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Jordan Spieth moves into contention at Colonial

Bryce Molder had a one-stroke lead with three holes to play Friday in the second round at Colonial when play was suspended because of darkness.  At nine under apr, Molder was a stroke ahead of Webb Simpson and two in front of second-ranked Jordan Spieth and Patrik Reed. Simpson and Spieth completed...

LAFD inspectors accuse supervisors of cutting corners, ignoring fire hazards

A group of senior Los Angeles Fire Department inspectors says the agency has put the public at risk by cutting corners in a frantic effort to clear a backlog of thousands of large buildings overdue for safety reviews. In interviews with The Times, the inspectors said their superiors have hurriedly...

Trump, Sanders Voters and Climate Change

I don’t pretend to understand the allure of Donald Trump.  I am an unabashed  supporter of Hillary Clinton.  I appreciate that many people I know and respect are Bernie Sanders supporters.  I am hoping that, once Clinton officially becomes the  Democratic candidate for President, Sanders supporters will work hard to elect Clinton as President, even […]

Reinventing Parks & Rec.

“The few green havens that are public parks” is a phrase from the Supreme Court’s opinion in the Overton Park case.  The case involved a plan to build a highway through the middle of a major park in Memphis.  The Court put a heavy burden on the government to justify the project: “The few green havens […]

TV Picks: 'Boxed In,' 'Little Horribles,' 'Chef's Table'

"Boxed In" (IFC.com); "Little Horribles" (YouTube). I am rather in love with these two Web comedies, written, directed and starring Amy York Rubin. "Boxed In," presented under the flag of IFC, is new; "Little Horribles," posted on Rubin's own Barnacle Studios YouTube channel, dates from 2013. Rubin...

Anze Kopitar may be in, and Dustin Brown out, as Kings captain

There were smiles and polite words about group leadership, and the coach said the captain had been asked to relinquish his position to a teammate and, as “a gentleman,” he had agreed to do so. Was this all about Kings captain Dustin Brown stepping aside for his friend and teammate, $80-million...

Kirsten Dunst sees an 'Orange Is the New Black' future for her 'Fargo' character

We know that showrunner Noah Hawley has gone ahead and planned the next season of his extraordinary anthology series “Fargo” without Kirsten Dunst, casting Ewan McGregor in a dual role playing polar opposite brothers. But that doesn’t keep us from wishing that maybe, some season in the future,...

N.Y.C. Nature: Time for Horseshoe Crabs and the Shorebirds That Love Them

In late spring, the crabs return to shallow bays in and around New York to mate after a winter in deeper water. Birds that feast on their eggs wait hungrily.

Apologize for Hiroshima? We can't even face the horror we wrought

President Obama laid a wreath at the Hiroshima Peace Memorial on Friday. It was a historic visit, the first of a sitting U.S. president to either Hiroshima or Nagasaki since the end of the Pacific War in 1945. In both Japan and the United States, an emotional controversy had simmered over whether...

Lesbian adoption ruling reversed by Alabama Supreme Court

The Alabama Supreme Court has voided its earlier decision not to recognize a lesbian couple's adoption that was carried out in another state. The opinion announced Friday falls into line with a U.S. Supreme Court ruling issued in March that said the Alabama court erred in declaring the adoption...

Essential Arts & Culture: Trump v. Shakespeare, LACMA in Venice, Beyonce's think tank

I'm Carolina A. Miranda, arts and culture staff writer at the Los Angeles Times. Welcome to your weekly guide to everything happening in the arts in Southern California and beyond. Don’t miss the special bonus item: your Moment of “Hotel California.” The Theater of Trump Donald Trump's candidacy...

Jurnee Smollett-Bell's role on 'Underground' is physically tough - and humbling

As an actor, channeling the physical and emotional pangs in telling the story of a group of slaves who risk everything to trek 600 miles to escape captivity brings with it a quick reality check: this wasn't a TV drama for those who actually braved the perilous journey. In WGN America’s “Underground,”...

California police misconduct records will remain secret after bill dies in committee

California politics updates: Bills in Sacramento face a big live-or-die moment, business groups play both sides in Assembly race May 27, 2016, 2:26 p.m. Welcome to Essential Politics, our daily feed on California politics and government news. Here's what we're watching: Lawmakers in Sacramento...

Turkish premier says it's 'unacceptable' for U.S. troops to wear Kurdish insignia

Turkey issued a stern rebuke Friday after images emerged of U.S. ground forces wearing the insignia of a Syrian Kurdish militia during operations against Islamic State. Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said it was "unacceptable" that U.S. special forces would be wearing shoulder patches...

Driving while high bills die in California Legislature

California politics updates: Bills in Sacramento face a big live-or-die moment, business groups play both sides in Assembly race May 27, 2016, 2:18 p.m. Welcome to Essential Politics, our daily feed on California politics and government news. Here's what we're watching: Lawmakers in Sacramento...

Tropical storm warning to be issued for South Carolina coast

(Reuters) - A tropical storm warning will be issued at 5 p.m. EDT on Friday for the South Carolina coast after a tropical depression formed north of the Bahamas, the National Hurricane Center said on its website.

Senate panel shelves bill requiring employers to provide employees their schedules a week early

California politics updates: Bills in Sacramento face a big live-or-die moment, business groups play both sides in Assembly race May 27, 2016, 1:02 p.m. Welcome to Essential Politics, our daily feed on California politics and government news. Here's what we're watching: Lawmakers in Sacramento...

Jurnee Smollett-Bell on the muddy physicality of her 'Underground' performance

Exclusive video interviews with TV stars from your favorite shows May 27, 2016, 1:11 p.m. There can be no doubt that television today offers more high-quality programming than ever before, and now it's not always even on your television. But wherever you watch it, there are so many stand-out performances...

'Frozen Live' musical heats up at California Adventure

Even by the very high standards set by their Disney-princess peers, the Arendelle royal sisters are the hardest-working women in show business. Weeks before its late November 2013 debut, “Frozen” was already carrying (crystallized) water for the Disneyland resort; Elsa (Idina Menzel) debuted the...

Would you even have bootstraps without a little luck?

Is there anyone more obnoxious than the person who, in the face of gushing admiration over her professional achievements, her perfect family, her lavishly appointed home, responds demurely, “We've been very fortunate”? Yes, there is. It's the person who denies his luck and good fortune, who attributes...

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