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Jerry Lewis was even more generous than his tireless charity work suggested

To the editor: Almost 60 years ago, a high school buddy and I needed some serious advice about pursuing a career in comedy. Without giving it much thought, we marched up to our idol Jerry Lewis’ front door and rang the bell. (“The slapstick, the telethons, ‘L-a-a-a-dy!’ — comic and philanthropist...

Skeptical about vaccinating your children? Talk to someone who knows the nightmare of polio

To the editor: For a long time I have been following the stories of parents who refuse to have their children vaccinated. I can hardly stand to read about it any more, hence this letter. (“Who are the doctors giving out too many vaccination exemptions?” Readers React, Aug. 18) I was a student nurse...

Should the LAPD test drones? Police ask the public to weigh in

Should Los Angeles police be allowed to test the use of drones? The question will be one of many posed Wednesday evening at a series of forums held by the Los Angeles Police Department as it tries to gauge public reaction to its proposal to fly drones during a one-year pilot program. The meetings,...

Today: Trump Turns Up the Heat in Phoenix

President Trump didn’t hold back much at a rally in the Phoenix Convention Center; outside, thousands took to the streets. Here are the stories you shouldn’t miss today: TOP STORIES Trump Turns Up the Heat in Phoenix Defiant. Freewheeling. Blistering. Those were just a few descriptions of President...

Sub-tropical corals vulnerable, new study shows

The vulnerability and conservation value of sub-tropical reefs south of the Great Barrier Reef - regarded as climate change refuges – has been highlighted in a new study.

How continents were recycled

Plate tectonics shape the Earth's dynamic surface. But when did these dynamics first emerge? And will the present-day continents last forever?

Study finds hydrate gun hypothesis unlikely

Clathrate (hydrate) gun hypothesis stirred quite the controversy when it was posed in 2003. It stated that methane hydrates—frozen water cages containing methane gas found below the ocean floor—can melt due to increasing ocean temperatures.

Don’t let Trump roll back California’s environmental gains

California has long been an environmental leader, adopting strong laws to protect the air, water and land that often, eventually, become national policy. Yet the task of setting and enforcing environmental standards is a huge one, and even Green California has relied on the federal government to...

Don't restrict free speech. Restrict the right to carry guns at potentially explosive public events

Russian playwright Anton Chekhov noted that, as a dramatic device, a gun introduced in the first act of a play must be fired in the second, otherwise it has no reason to be there. Let’s hope that’s not as true in life as it is in art, now that we have an armed racist right squaring off against...

There is no 'winning' military strategy in Afghanistan

When President Trump announced his decision to send more U.S. troops to Afghanistan this week, he described it as a bold new strategy to achieve victory in the 16-year-old war. “In the end, we will win,” he promised. “We will always win.” But there wasn’t much that was new about the ideas Trump...

Under Trump, evangelicals show their true racist colors

The statistics tell one story: 81% of white evangelicals voted for Donald Trump. The deafening silence from leaders of the religious right in the wake of the neo-Nazi violence in Charlottesville, Va., points to an even larger one, which places racism at the very heart of the movement. On the face...

Evolving perspectives on abrupt seasonal changes of the general circulation

It is not unusual that two similar scientific ideas on a particular phenomenon may echo each other across a long time span, unknown to the authors. Such an unintentional duet over history illustrates the amazing beauty of science by clearly showing that progress is not necessarily a linear process, but it is often accumulative.

Wiping out a population of animals might help the species

Mass deaths might not be all bad, because local die-offs could help to ensure the survival of the species as a whole

Albert Pujols hits his landmark 610th home run in Angels' 10-1 victory over Rangers

Albert Pujols seemed to take a beat longer as he made the final strides toward home plate. History deserved such an extra moment of appreciation. Pujols is all alone now. He hit his 610th career home run in the seventh inning Tuesday night at Angel Stadium to break a tie with Sammy Sosa for the...

For the Record

Music licensing services: In the Aug. 22 Business section, an article about music licensing sites said that Artlist.io’s service costs $199 per month. The cost is $199 per year. Racism in California: In the Aug. 17 California section, a column about racism and bigotry in the state’s history said...

ExxonMobil 'double speak' on climate laid bare

ExxonMobil knowingly misled the public for decades about the danger climate change poses to a warming world and the company's long-term viability, according to a peer-reviewed study, released on Wednesday, of research and statements by the US oil giant.

Warming Arctic spurs battles for riches, shipping routes

From a distance, the northern shores of Baffin Island in the Arctic appear barren—a craggy world of snow-capped peaks and glaciers surrounded by a sea of floating ice even in the midst of summer.

Federal judge says Arizona's ban on Mexican-American studies is racially discriminatory

A federal judge in Arizona ruled Tuesday that the state’s controversial ban on ethnic studies was motivated by racial discrimination. The decision from U.S. District Judge A. Wallace Tashima in a lawsuit brought by students against the state's top education official is a major blow to a state law...

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