"The smoother the skin, the juicer the pulp, especially with limes and lemons," says Taylor Boudreaux, the chef at Westwood's Napa Valley Grille. Boudreaux is walking around the Original Farmers Market at Third and Fairfax, picking up produce. It's not his usual shopping spot, but Boudreaux is a bus ... More >>
Imprisoned nearly two decades for murder, it took another brutal slaying to free them
A 29-year-old woman says she was raped and indicated the suspect, who she hung out with at two Santa Barbara bars on the night of the alleged attack, drugged her, police said today. But this is where the story gets interesting: The victim says she realized what had happened when she discovered she ... More >>
A Canadian doctor who wants to legalize ecstasy says the drug is safe and that it's only the adulterated version of MDMA you find on the street that can kill you. But doctors at Los Angeles emergency rooms have told us that pure ecstasy can kill, including causing vital oxygen deprivation to organs ... More >>
Let's just get right to the point and tease up an apricot flame war: The Robada apricot is better than the Blenheim. Yes, yes, the Blenheim has an unquestionable pedigree. It's been around for over 100 years in California and was responsible for making the Santa Clara Valley an apricot goldmine at ... More >>
A 23-year-old was fatally gunned down only a few blocks from trendy Abbot Kinney Boulevard in Venice last night, according to Twitter reports. The website Yo! Venice! ID'd the victim as Oscar "ChoirBoy" Duncan, who was described as a youth minister who had attended Venice High School and volunteere ... More >>
Ten California residents have come down with food poisoning -- Campylobacter bacteria infections, to be exact -- after consuming raw milk produced by Fresno County-based Organic Pastures. Raw milk, raw skim milk (non-fat), raw cream and raw butter produced by the dairy have been recalled and are s ... More >>
By Andra Lim A former Mrs. Pakistan World beauty queen and her husband allegedly scammed Californians out of thousands of dollars and contributed to some losing their homes. Saman Hasnain, who won the pageant in 2008, and Jawad Hasnain have been charged with conspiracy to commit grand theft for o ... More >>
Courtesy of Walter Maciel GalleryCabrera's butterflies are each stamped with an impression of the U.S. pennyFarm implements and tools made of clay and decorated with ceramic birds, flowers and butterflies greet viewers entering the Walter Maciel Gallery, works from the Arbol de la Vida (Tree ... More >>
sci-arcThe mayor in October 2010, with Clean Tech architect hopefulsThroughout his campaign, his rocky term and his innumerable trips to Washington, Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa has sold himself as Mother Nature's closest ally. His devotion to expanding freeway-mangled Southern Cal ... More >>
Why Los Angeles politicians embrace a growing Ecstasy phenom that kills
Photo of Harris by Ted SoquiSqueaker: Harris is beating Cooley by 12,000 votes‚ÄčIt will be weeks before the winner is known in the super-close race for attorney general. But thanks to figures provided by the Secretary of State's office, we can make a back-of-the-envelope guess as to how the remaini ... More >>
Ted SoquiMeg Whitman‚ÄčThe head of a state law enforcement union predicted Tuesday that Meg Whitman won't cut police pensions if she is elected governor."I wouldn't think that would be on her radar," said Alan Barcelona, president of the California State Law Enforcement Association, which is backing ... More >>
A nutrition watchdog group has threatened to sue McDonalds over its "Happy Meals." The Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) threatened (PDF) to sue if the fast food chain did not stop using toys to market Happy Meals. "McDonald's practice of dangling toys in front of children is ... More >>
Felicia FriesemaJumping Jack apricots This seesaw weather we've been having (chilly and windy, then warm and sunny) might trick you into thinking we're stuck in a perpetual springtime, Memorial Day's approach notwithstanding. Local eaters with their noses stuck in the markets know otherwise ... More >>
Neon Tommy, the USC Annenberg School for Communication & Journalism publication, has been rebuffed by several counties in California in its attempt to obtain records of swine flu deaths.Neon Tommy Only after some persistence did Los Angeles County allow the USC journalists to take a peek ... More >>
To hear Bill Maze tell it, L.A. County takes all the money generated by the rest of hard-working California and squanders it on stuff like "public services and education." Not only that, says the termed-out Assemblyman, but you've got places up north like San Francisco and Marin County that always v ... More >>
Actor, former class clown remembered
CLASS CLOWN: PHIL NEWBY (1971-2009) The following article appears in print tomorrow (Thursday) The day after actor Phil Newby, 37, was found dead in his apartment last month, the victim of an apparent suicide, 200 company members and friends of Sacred Fools Theatre Company, where Newby perfo ... More >>
Uncovering our wet and wild past. Is it safe, or even possible, to let the water flow again?
Itís the master rebuilder vs. the progressive taxer in November
Southern Californiaís last wild river gets a national spotlight, but will it matter?
"There was tons of blood"
The right lawyer could make sure that L.A. County is run openly
Republicans on memory lane, Clinton on the pulpit and the Supremes on the spot
Newhall gets its way with county supervisors
Lessons from drug court
The shuttle disaster and the Quiet American within
The Center for Biological Diversity cares as much about the unarmored threespine stickleback as it does a cathedral forest of trees, which is why it is reinventing the environmental movement and could be saving Southern California in the process.
How legal problems, cultural shifts and internal turmoil muffled Americaís radical anti-abortion movement, and why the battle isnít over
Can Marcia Mayeda save county animal control?
Other countries are more generous with home-care workers
Notes on a literary festival
Governor Davis playing it straight
State officials set to green-light medical marijuana