Another USC Med School Dean Is Out
When USC selected Rohit Varma to succeed troubled Carmen Puliafito last year as dean of its Keck School of Medicine, university leaders praised the new leader as worthy of respect. What many students and staff didn't know is that USC had formally disciplined Varma in 2003 after allegations he had sexually harassed a young researcher. As The Times was preparing to publish a story disclosing the case, USC announced that Varma was no longer dean.
Amid the Sorrow, a Brotherly Bond Endures
After the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history, there are still few answers. Authorities revealed more details of the gunman’s actions leading up to Sunday. Republicans and the
What Will Congress Do for 'These Incredible Kids'?
The clock has run out for the so-called Dreamers to apply for
-- The civil rights law that prohibits discrimination in the workplace does not apply to transgender employees, Atty. Gen. Jeff Sessions has decided.
-- Trump appears on track to decertify the Iran nuclear deal next week, a decision that will open an unpredictable debate in Congress.
-- Trump, surrounded by military leaders and their spouses, made some cryptic but seemingly ominous remarks: "Maybe it's the calm before the storm."
A Movie Mogul Faces Allegations of Misconduct
This week in 1943, the world was at war, and at the Santa Ana Army Air Base, which is now the site of the Orange County Fairgrounds and John Wayne Airport, pilot cadets were undergoing basic training. That included learning about the dangers of oxygen deprivation. Not everyone thought they needed to wear a mask: "Some of the older pilots still think it's sissy stuff," said one officer, "until they get into trouble."
-- What to make of "Blade Runner 2049"? Film critic Kenneth Turan calls it a visually dazzling follow-up.
-- Film critic Justin Chang says "The Florida Project" is a magnificent portrait of a joyous, troubled childhood.
-- And in the riveting prison thriller "Brawl in Cell Block 99," Vince Vaughn breaks free of expectations.
-- Gov. Jerry Brown has signed landmark "sanctuary state" legislation, limiting whom state and local law enforcement agencies can hold, question and transfer at the request of federal immigration authorities.
-- Health officials say the state's outbreak of hepatitis A, already the nation's second largest in the last 20 years, could continue for many months, even years.
-- Prosecutors have dropped charges against an Oakland police officer in a big sex scandal, the fourth case in which charges against officers implicated in it have collapsed.
-- If you've ever been ticketed for stepping into a crosswalk after the countdown begins, you'll be happy to know it will no longer be an offense starting Jan. 1.
-- Soups, sides and more: 18 great recipes for beans.
-- Four pies served in Los Angeles you should probably eat as soon as you can.
-- California's fall colors are off to the slowest start in years. By now, there are usually blankets of gold.
-- These seven fire-retardant plants may help save your home.
HOLLYWOOD AND THE ARTS
-- "It was like pulling a bandage off very, very slowly": Steven Spielberg describes what it was like watching the HBO documentary about himself.
-- Why British writer Kazuo Ishiguro is a rarity and now a Nobel laureate.
-- A record 92 countries have submitted movies for consideration in the foreign-language film category for the Oscars. Welcome, Mozambique!
-- Tropical Storm Nate was blamed for at least 17 deaths across Central America. It could make landfall on the U.S. Gulf Coast as a hurricane.
-- The killing of three U.S. commandos in a remote West African desert has focused attention on one of the many places America has boots on the ground to fight terrorism.
-- The Mexico City prosecutor's office says it has opened up almost 150 investigations related to the earthquake, including inquiries into the collapse of 38 buildings in the capital.
-- Modern humans are a little more Neanderthal than we thought. As much as 2.6% of your DNA is from them.
-- The annual ritual of selecting the right health plan for the coming year is rife with uncertainty this year, thanks to the White House.
-- The nation's top consumer financial watchdog has issued tough regulations on payday and other short-term loans.
-- Washington Redskins receiver Terrelle Pryor apologized for cursing at and giving the middle finger to a Kansas City Chiefs fan, but he also said his behavior was a response to being called the N-word.
-- With a fresh voice behind the bench in coach John Stevens, the
-- The gun industry's drive to circumvent gun laws helped make the Las Vegas massacre worse.
-- No two natural disasters are alike, writes Greta Van Susteren.
WHAT OUR EDITORS ARE READING
-- How products made by North Korean workers, including seafood, wind up being sold in U.S. stores. (Associated Press)
-- Constantly putting things off? Don't wait! Look right now at these five strategies to overcome procrastination. (Harvard Business Review)
ONLY IN L.A.
Go to a sporting event and you'll hear "The Star-Spangled Banner" and endless variations of "Charge!" Go to a Dodgers, Kings or Clippers game, and you'll hear the organist play Mozart's "Eine Kleine Nachtmusik," the Mexican ranchero classic "El Rey" and Depeche Mode's "Enjoy the Silence." Meet Dieter Ruehle, whose fans include actor Rob Lowe and Tom Petty's longtime keyboardist.