| Dec 19, 2013
| 3:00 AM
Chuck Cecil went to his first big band show in 1939, driving with three high school friends in a Model A Ford to South Gate to see bandleader Jimmie Lunceford at the Trianon Ballroom.
The following year, he was at the opening of the Hollywood...
| Sep 25, 2013
| 11:26 AM
Gov. Jerry Brown signed into law a bill that will raise California's minimum wage to $10 an hour by 2016.
The wage hike will go into effect in two phases: The current minimum of $8 an hour will be lifted to $9 on July 1, 2014, and then to $10 on Jan. 1,...
| Sep 25, 2013
| 11:46 AM
Does Hillary Clinton -- or any Democratic candidate -- really face an uphill battle in the presidential election of 2016?
In my Wednesday column, I noted that in the six most recent presidential elections with no incumbent in the race, if one party...
| Sep 25, 2013
| 4:37 PM
Gov. Jerry Brown signed into law a bill that will raise California's minimum wage to $10 an hour by 2016, a move celebrated by workers but criticized by many businesses.
The wage hike will go into effect in two phases: The current minimum of $8 an...
| Sep 29, 2013
Re "Republicans searching for Plan B," Sept. 26
Listening to the procession of Republicans in the last two years is like playing whack-a-mole: As fast as the American public knocks one down, another one pops up. Sarah Palin, Michele Bachmann, Rand Paul,...
| Nov 1, 2013
| 12:53 PM
WASHINGTON --– Even if his campaign staff may have considered replacing Joe Biden with Hillary Rodham Clinton on the ticket in 2012, President Obama would have “laughed [the idea] out of the room,” a White House spokesman said Friday....
| Nov 2, 2013
| 12:44 PM
On Saturday morning, police stood by as news trucks clogged the Porter Ranch street in front of the home of Gerardo Hernandez, the Transportation Safety Administration agent killed in Friday's shooting at LAX. Hernandez, 39, was the first TSA officer...
| Nov 3, 2013
| 5:00 AM
Never mind the conventional speculation about whether the resolution of some political standoff in Washington favors Republicans or Democrats, liberals or conservatives, "entitlement" fans or skeptics.
The more fundamental question, says Benjamin...
| Nov 4, 2013
| 5:10 PM
A Transportation Security Administration worker injured in the deadly shooting rampage at Los Angeles International Airport spoke to reporters for the first time Monday, saying his first thought was to help the passengers around him.
Tony Grigsby, 36,...
| Nov 5, 2013
| 9:52 AM
If American Airlines and US Airways divest themselves from "key" airports, the U.S. Department of Justice may be willing to drop its challenge to a merger plan for the airlines.
That is the word from U.S. Atty. Gen. Eric H. Holder Jr., who said the...
| Sep 30, 2013
| 9:50 AM
A.C. Lyles, a producer whose affiliation with Paramount Studios spanned more than 85 years, has died. He was 95.
Lyles died Friday night at his home in Los Angeles, said his assistant Pam Gibson.
His long association with the studio began when Lyles...