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L.A. County supervisors expected to call for a minimum wage study

Los Angeles County supervisors are expected to vote Tuesday on conducting a study on hiking the minimum wage to $13.25 or $15.25 an hour, mirroring a proposal by Los Angeles city officials.

Jimbo Fisher praises Jameis Winston's 'impeccable character'

Few people know Jameis Winston better than Florida State Coach Jimbo Fisher.

Apple CEO Tim Cook is forging an unusual path as a social activist

Tim Cook runs the world's most valuable company. Now he's making his mark as an outspoken social activist.

A chance to rein in payday loan abuse

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau has finally turned its regulatory gaze to short-term lenders — think payday loan and automobile title loan companies — that build businesses around loans that can't be repaid. The bureau floated a potential rule last week that addresses the...

L.A. is carried away on impounding vehicles, suit says

Last year, Los Angeles authorities towed and impounded 4,539 motor vehicles for violating the city's 72-hour time limit for parking in the same spot. One of them was a 1999 Toyota Sienna belonging to attorney J. David Sackman and his wife, Jerolyn.

California, drive carefully toward 'motor voter' law

In his first major act since taking office, Secretary of State Alex Padilla was smart to focus on California's chronic voting problem. Turnout in the last statewide election was a mere 42% — a new low. Without serious intervention it seems likely to continue to decline.

Court ruling shows hazy high school freedom

Almost half a century ago, in a case involving students who wore black armbands to protest the Vietnam War, the Supreme Court proclaimed that schoolchildren don't “shed their constitutional rights to freedom of speech or expression at the schoolhouse gate.” This week the court...

Gay rights supporters prepare for fight in Mississippi beyond marriage

At Hardee's restaurant on the east side of town, near the tiny two-room house where Elvis Presley was born, five mostly retired Tupelo good old boys sit nursing coffee, talking about gay marriage.

O.C. attorneys group criticizes D.A. for 'inappropriate' treatment of judge

The Orange County Bar Assn. denounced the Orange County district attorney’s office’s repeated attempts to disqualify a judge from cases, calling such tactics “excessive” and a possible affront to the whole judiciary, according to a resolution released Monday.

Black Dahlia: There Are Some Very Sick People in This World

This purported “tribute” to the Black Dahlia has been listed on EBay. Who makes this junk? Apparently it’s an outfit appropriately called Dreadful Dolls. Who buys it? For $325? There are some very sick people out there. Oh. It’s from … Continue reading ?

'Dunsinane' at the Wallis held back trying to land big message

Of all the possible Shakespearean sequels, "Macbeth II" seems among the least likely.

Snapchat is set to nearly double its office space in Venice

Snapchat first set up in Los Angeles in a funky old bungalow on Venice Beach, a little start-up with only 14 employees. Two years later, the messaging app is rich, famous and expanding fast.

Tribe fights Coachella Valley water agencies for aquifer rights

In drought-ravaged California, the vast freshwater aquifer beneath the Coachella Valley is a rare bright spot.

Prospective White House candidates tussle over Indiana religious law

The controversy over Indiana’s religious freedom law has opened a new — and predictable -- divide in the 2016 presidential race, as Republicans rise to its defense and Democrats condemn the legislation as discriminatory against gays and lesbians.

Mary Mallory / Hollywood Heights: Houdini’s ‘The Grim Game’ Scares Up Thrills

Harry Houdini in “The Grim Game.”   Long considered mostly lost, Harry Houdini’s second film, “The Grim Game,” re-premieres in its entirety Sunday, March 29, 2015, at the TCM Classic Film Festival, 96 years after it was released. A suspense … Continue reading ?

Kings' trip drags to ugly, and costly, finish with 4-1 loss in Chicago

If the Central Time Zone pushed around and roughed up the Kings over the weekend, well, then Monday night was far worse.

Where do 'religious freedom' acts mention gays or lesbians?

Poor Mike Pence. The Indiana governor, eyeing a long-shot presidential bid, probably didn't expect the hot mess he got himself into by signing his state's version of the federal Religious Freedom and Restoration Act, or RFRA. And it showed.

What if Starbucks' 'Race Together' had caught on in corporate America?

Howard D. Schultz, the chief executive of Starbucks, said in a letter to employees on Sunday that baristas would no longer be encouraged to write the phrase "Race Together" on customers' coffee cups, drawing to a close a widely derided component of the company's plan to promote a discussion...

Movieland Mystery Photo (Updated + + + +)

This week’s mystery movie has been the 1936 Twentieth Century-Fox film “Champagne Charlie,” with Paul Cavanagh (not shown), Helen Wood (Monday’s mystery woman), Thomas Beck and Minna Gombell (Friday’s mystery couple) and Herbert Mundin (Thursday’s mystery chap). It was directed … Continue reading ?

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