| Jun 4, 2012
MEXICO CITY — Adolfo Calero, a former Coca-Cola executive who led the largest anti-Sandinista Contra rebel force in 1980s Nicaragua and served as one of its most articulate lobbyists in Washington, has died. He was 80.
Calero died Saturday night in...
| Jul 2, 2012
Aeronautical engineer Jim Drake had already solved the "puzzle" of pairing a surfboard with a sail when a young man who stopped to admire "the Baja Board" in the late 1960s suggested what he called "the perfect name": the Windsurfer.
In his Santa...
| Sep 16, 2012
Viking: 367 pp., $27.95
T.C. Boyle's new novel, "San Miguel," is written to the natural rhythms of a distant, isolated place, and to the human rhythms of tormented souls.
| Jul 29, 2012
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Harry Eisen, a Polish-born Holocaust survivor who founded Norco Ranch Inc. in western Riverside County in the 1950s and built it into one of the state's leading egg producers, processors and distributors, has died. He was 95.
Eisen died July 19 of...
| Apr 27, 2012
What's to like about taxes? Most people view them at best as a necessary evil to help pay for robust government services — a public benefit. But cigarette taxes are an anomaly. In their case, the tax itself is a public benefit. Proposition 29, which...
| Mar 30, 2011
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A virus that causes respiratory disease in humans has been linked to the deaths of wild mountain gorillas, according to a study conducted by researchers in Africa and two U.S. universities....
| Jun 22, 2011
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Los Angeles County Health Officer and Public Health Director, Jonathan E. Fielding advises people living or working in the Santa Clarita and San Fernando Valleys with heart disease, asthma or other respiratory disease to minimize outdoor activities....
| Nov 17, 2011
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A lawyer for hundreds of chronically ill South African gold miners says they were denied health checks for the potentially fatal lung disease silicosis. Attorney Richard Meeran says legal action has been launched in a London court seeking compensation...
| May 18, 2010
Reporting from Richmond County, Va.
The June air in the Northern Neck of Virginia was humid and electric, almost delirious. Big blue dragonflies bobbed over the tall grass, and cicadas sputtered in the forest. A thundercloud was waking up in the...
| Nov 22, 2011
John G. Smale, a self-effacing but tenacious executive whose brand-management savvy led him to the top of consumer-products giant Procter & Gamble before becoming chairman of General Motors and spearheading efforts to halt its slide toward bankruptcy,...
| Feb 10, 2009
Today's topic: City Controller Laura Chick says she'll vote no on Measure B because she thinks "the entire process of how it ended up on the ballot stinks." On the other hand, Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and other local leaders tout Measure B as a badly...