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A Keystone XL activist gets his day in court

Good news is, Alec Johnson got off with a small fine. Bad news is, he didn't get to say a peep about why he performed his act of civil disobedience.

Taysir Batniji's ghostly carvings at Barnsdall recall fallen brother

On the surface, Taysir Batniji's installation at Barnsdall Park's Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery might seem like just another conceptual art gag: two walls full of what appear to be 60 plain, white pieces of paper displayed in plain white frames.

In Malibu, millionaires spar over a slow-growth ballot measure

The two millionaires squared off in the middle of the stage and sized each other up, staring eye to eye, like prizefighters.

Doctor says San Diego man accused in 3 deaths is mentally incompetent

A court-appointed psychiatrist has found a San Diego man mentally incompetent to stand trial on charges of killing two brothers and the fiance of one of the brothers.

Happy Birthday, Yosemite–and California’s State Parks System

2014 marks the 150th anniversary of the creation of what we now know as Yosemite National Park.  It’s also the sesquicentennial anniversary of California’s State Parks System.  The two events are, in fact, inextricably related.  And how they occurred is a noteworthy and truly inspirational story. In 1864, in the midst of the Civil War, […]

Time To Rename “Environmental” Law

Every year in October, the California State Bar Environmental Law Section hosts a three-day conference on the outskirts of Yosemite, attracting prominent lawyers, advocates, and public officials from all over the state. This past weekend, at the traditional Saturday night banquet, famed climate activist Bill McKibben was the speaker. Unfortunately at the last minute he […]

Colorado theater shooting suspect's trial delayed again

The death penalty trial of James E. Holmes, the man accused of opening fire on a packed Colorado movie theater in 2012, was delayed again Monday.

Holy Hill church selling Sunset Boulevard property near downtown L.A.

A church in bankruptcy proceedings has put its prime Sunset Boulevard property near downtown Los Angeles on the market for $55 million.

Army to quarantine all soldiers serving in Ebola-ravaged countries

Army Chief of Staff Gen. Ray Odierno issued a directive late Monday that all soldiers assisting in the Pentagon’s Ebola support mission in West Africa must be quarantined for three weeks before redeploying elsewhere.

After disappointing preseason, Clippers gear up for games that count

Clippers guard J.J. Redick said it will be easy for the team to forget about their ragged exhibition season.

Storied Merv Griffin ranch is for sale in Carmel Valley

Merv Griffin’s former ranch, Hawkridge, in Carmel Valley is for sale at $5.975 million.

Valeant says it's willing to raise offer for Allergan to $200 a share

As shareholders of Botox maker Allergan Inc. prepare for a vote on the company's future, a Canadian suitor said it's willing to increase its offer to buy the Irvine firm.

Ron Hextall relishes GM role in Philadelphia, sleepless nights and all

There are nights Ron Hextall is so consumed by his job he can't shut off his brain.

Deputy shoots man in Paramount; 2nd suspect sought

A Los Angeles County sheriff's deputy shot a person Monday near train tracks in Paramount, authorities said.

Nepotism not behind L.A. County Fire Dept. numbers

To the editor: I am a civilian dispatcher for the Los Angeles County Fire Department. I am not related to anyone in my department; however, I proudly serve our citizens alongside many employees who are. ("Family members beat the odds in winning prized firefighting jobs," Oct. 26)

Obama is no strategic genius on the Middle East

To the editor: Brian Michael Jenkins stretches credulity by comparing President Obama to Roman general Fabius Maximus. ("Is Obama a modern-day Quintus Fabius Maximus?," Op-Ed, Oct. 22)

Yes on 45 campaign hypes millions spent by opponents

Do voters really care who's paying for the campaign ads that are filling their mailboxes and the airwaves?

L.A. City Council overreaches on Fresno County farm workers

To the editor: As a management consultant, I have worked with Gerawan Farming on and off for almost 30 years. I know its operations well, and I know many of the company's employees. ("L.A. City Council backs union contract for Fresno farmworkers," Oct. 22)

Ex-San Bernardino cop gets 25 years for sex crimes against prostitutes

A former San Bernardino police officer was sentenced Monday to 25 years in federal prison for forcing prostitutes to have sex with him while he was in uniform.

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