Archive for February 17th, 2013


Crime Stock Photo (police caution tape)
Pasadena police officers have stumbled into a backyard altar adorned with a human skull and other bones while investigating reports of a possible trespasser.
Provel, as seen in its native habitat.

One city's love affair with processed cheese

If you're not from St. Louis, you've probably never heard of Provel. It's a processed blend of cheeses extolled in the area for its buttery texture and smoky, tangy flavor.
A former councilman for the Southern California city of Lake Elsinore has been found slain in his home.
AMPAS Monday Nights With Oscar Screening Of "Driving Miss Daisy"

Oscar's effects in Hollywood begin Sunday night

Rolling out the red carpet and building press risers and fan bleachers for the Oscars requires closing street and sidewalks in Hollywood.
Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Martin E. Dempsey testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington on Tuesday, before the Senate Armed Services Committee hearing on the looming cuts to the defense budget.

Obama's top military adviser: Cuts would cost 'time and casualties'

Gen. Martin Dempsey, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, is fighting to stave off across-the-board cuts to the defense budget that could happen in a couple weeks if Congress fails to reach a deal.
Glendale Police Department
A Glendale police officer is suing the city and the police department, claiming he was the victim of repeated retaliation after he reported alleged work-related health violations.
The U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum is marking its 20th anniversary by touring some of its exhibits across the country, stopping at the Skirball Center in Los Angeles Sunday.
Willis' action sequel "A Good Day to Die Hard" debuted as the weekend's top draw with a $25 million debut from Friday to Sunday.
Iraqis inspect the scene of a car bomb attack in the Ameen neighborhood in eastern Baghdad on Sunday.

At least 2 dozen dead as car bombs explode in Baghdad

The explosions targeted mainly Shiite neighborhoods. The attack comes amid increasing Shiite-Sunni tension in Iraq.
Sen. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y. and Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., (second and third from left) announced plans to work on a bipartisan immigration proposal with their colleagues on Jan. 28 on Capitol Hill. They were also some of the first to respond to a leaked

White House outlines plan to give illegal immigrants path to citizenship

A draft of the plan, which was leaked to USA Today, proposes the creation of a "Lawful Prospective Immigrant" visa for those living here illegally.
Shadow Morton, a 1960s pop-song writer and producer whose biggest credits include "Leader of the Pack" and "Remember (Walking in the Sand)," has died. He was 71.
President Woodrow Wilson meets with his first Cabinet, circa 1912. Should Cabinets have a more central role in a president's decision making?

Rethinking the US Presidency: 3 alternative realities

As we pause to celebrate our exceptional leaders on Presidents Day, perhaps it's time we start contemplating a new kind of presidency — a presidency that befits these fitful times.
ScotsFest 2013
With the majestic Queen Mary ocean liner docked in the harbor, bagpipe players from throughout California are in Long Beach this weekend for the 20th annual "ScotsFest."
Outgoing Defense Secretary Leon Panetta announces a new medal that recognizes combat contributions made far from the battlefield.

New 'Distinguished Warfare Medal' reflects evolving military

Even safely away from combat, drone operators and cyber hackers can have a major impact on military operations. Until now, there hasn't been an award for those contributions.
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The Los Angeles Unified School District says a judge has dismissed a sexual harassment suit against former Superintendent Ramon Cortines.
Women's Marathon Olympic Trials
The 2nd annual Pasadena 'Rock & Roll' half-marathon takes place early Sunday, featuring a 13.1 mile route lined with music, crowds and closed streets.


Hydraulic Fracturing

Fracking rules workshop set for downtown LA Tuesday

California’s Department of Conservation will host a public workshop on the controversial technique of hydraulic fracturing in Los Angeles Tuesday.


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