Archive for December 11th, 2017

Thomas Fire containment hits 20 percent as acres burned hit 231,700

Local | | December 11 2017, 6:38 PM

The fire has destroyed 869 buildings, according to the latest totals. There are 18,000 structures that remain under threat.

California Democrats temporarily lose Assembly supermajority

Politics | | December 11 2017, 5:24 PM

When lawmakers return in January, they will have two vacant Assembly seats that won't be filled until at least April after Los Angeles members resigned amid sexual misconduct allegations.

How the food industry uses cavitation, the ocean's most powerful punch

Environment & Science | | December 11 2017, 1:38 PM

Cavitation produces a bubble that rapidly collapses and becomes hotter than the sun's surface. The mantis shrimp uses it, and now so do food and drink firms, to improve flavors — from yogurt to beer.

'The Endless Summer' filmmaker Bruce Brown dies at 80

Arts & Entertainment | | December 11 2017, 1:02 PM

Brown was known for the surf documentaries he made throughout the 1950s and '60s. He died in Santa Barbara.

Evacuation alerts become focus after devastating fires

Crime & Justice | | December 11 2017, 12:34 PM

Governor Brown is expected to ask for millions of dollars to improve emergency alert systems throughout the state, which are mostly controlled by local authorities.

Pentagon to allow transgender people to enlist in military

US & World | | December 11 2017, 11:59 AM

The Pentagon is allowing transgender people to enlist in the military beginning Jan. 1, despite President Donald Trump's opposition.

Mario Batali steps aside from his restaurants amid sexual misconduct allegations

US & World | | December 11 2017, 11:48 AM

Four women described how Batali touched them inappropriately, and others said they witnessed bullying and lewd comments. Batali doesn't deny the allegations, saying they "match up" with past behavior.

LA Metro construction unearths mammoth fossils

Local | | December 11 2017, 8:32 AM

Since work on the Purple Line extension began in 2014, fossilized remains have routinely turned up from creatures that roamed the region during the last Ice Age.

Discrimination against women is common across races, ethnicities, identities

US & World | | December 11 2017, 7:55 AM

New results from an NPR poll show sexism and discrimination against women is widespread and pervasive. Sexual harassment is just one of many challenges women experience in daily life.

Lyft offers education discounts to attract drivers

Business & Economy | | December 11 2017, 7:31 AM

Lyft is offering education benefits, a move aimed at recruiting and retaining drivers in its competition with Uber. But it raises a question about what these companies owe their workforces.

LA deputies shoot man who cut them with knife

Crime & Justice | | December 11 2017, 7:16 AM

Los Angeles County authorities say deputies fatally shot a man who attacked them with a knife, cutting their hands.

'Shape of Water,' 'Big Little Lies' lead Golden Globe noms; see the full list

Arts & Entertainment | | December 11 2017, 6:22 AM

The Guillermo del Toro Cold War-era fairytale led with seven nominations and the HBO drama led the television nominees with six nods. See the complete list of nominees here.

1 suspect in custody, 4 injured after explosion at NYC subway

Crime & Justice | | December 11 2017, 5:37 AM

The Fire Department of New York confirmed one non-life-threatening injury at the scene of the explosion.

Unprotected farm workers toiled in fields during Thomas Fire

Local | | December 11 2017, 5:00 AM

Advocates for the field hands say the employees worked in smoky conditions without protective masks, which are not explicitly required under state labor safety rules.

LA County library system in a growing financial hole

Education | | December 11 2017, 5:00 AM

L.A. County's library system is facing a massive structural deficit and the county has not yet figured out what to do about it.

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The LA Times on the 2014 secret Sheriff’s Dept. list of deputies with histories of misconduct

| December 11 2017, 9:56 AM

The Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department keeps a secret list of deputies with a history of misconduct.

Week in politics: Alabama race, Al Franken/Trent Franks resignations, more

| December 11 2017, 9:47 AM

We’re expecting another whirlwind week in politics this week.

Check in on Thomas fire, the 5th largest in Calif. history, and NY subway attack

| December 11 2017, 9:29 AM

The Thomas Fire that broke out a week ago in Ventura County is now the 5th largest in California history.

Founder of Homeboy Industries on redemption, second chances and the power of hope

| December 11 2017, 9:10 AM

Father Gregory Boyle knows a thing or two about second chances.

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Why Shohei Ohtani is set to impress for the Angels

| December 11 2017, 11:40 AM

The Angels have signed a player that is arguably the top international professional prospect. One Angels reporter explains how the team landed him.

Why wildfires are the "equalizer" in California's paradise

| December 11 2017, 11:37 AM

Thomas Curwen for the LA Times recently wrote about how the wildfires disrupt the illusion of Southern California as a place of nonstop idyllic living.

Napa resident to victims of SoCal fires: 'I know exactly what you're feeling'

| December 11 2017, 10:39 AM

Emily Cocks lost her home to the Atlas Fire in October. Two months later, she has advice for Southern Californians facing the same ordeal. One thing she notes: "You have to allow yourself to mourn, because I do think it is a mourning process."

Pop-up museum in Dodger Stadium showcases team's LA history

| December 11 2017, 9:51 AM

If you're still reeling from the Dodgers coming up short in the World Series, basking in their memorabilia in the "60 years in LA" exhibit could cheer you up.

Fire insurance: 3 things to do if your home is damaged by fire

| December 11 2017, 9:47 AM

Dealing with the loss of a home is heartbreaking enough, but for homeowners who are already struggling, there's another complication: navigating their fire insurance policies.

No Place Like LA: David and the weirdos of Long Beach

Local | | December 11 2017, 5:00 AM

David never felt at home being the outcast in Kansas. But amid all the weirdos in Southern California, he felt normal.

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