The inmate in blue jail-issue scrubs turned toward Mecca and sang the midday call to prayer heard at Muslim places of worship around Southern California on the last Friday of Ramadan.
Thousands of elementary school teachers have been asked this summer to hold on to their lesson plans as 37 school districts throughout the state seek to show that they are providing students with required exercise.
It is near midnight. The Ramadan prayers have just been said, the congregants have paid respect to Allah and headed home. Only the gray-haired imam and his wife remain at the little house of faith they have devoted their lives to.
When state regulators tried to tally water use across California recently, they didn't exactly get a flood of cooperation.
After the Dodgers fell 6-3 to the Diamondbacks on Sunday, Josh Beckett’s record since his no-hitter fell to 1-3. And he’s actually pitched well. Just not well enough to overcome Dodgers miscues, both mental and physical. Not well enough to overcome days like Sunday, when the Dodgers were just unable put together a sharp game before a Dodger Stadium crowd of 52,519. Beckett (4-4) gave up a first-inning bomb to Paul Goldschmidt for his 15th homer, but retired the next 12 Diamondbacks until David Peralta’s two-out double in the fifth. After Peralta stole third, Beckett unleashed a wild pitch that allowed him to score and break a 1-1 tie. The Dodgers had tied it in...