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Neighborhood Walkability Could Influence Diabetes Risk

Amanda L. Chan | September 19, 2012 | Healthy Living
How walk-friendly is your neighborhood? It could factor into your risk of developing diabetes, according to the latest study showing how the built environment affects health. Researchers from St. Michael's Hospital and the Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences found that people who live in not-so-walkable neighborhoods have about...

Victoria Walker, 11-Year-Old, Wins $20,000 At AT&T Hackathon For 'Rode Dog' App

Anna Almendrala | September 21, 2012 | Los Angeles
LOS ANGELES -- An 11-year-old girl bested professional computer developers at a competitive hackathon, winning $20,000 to further develop a mobile app and market it. The competition, sponsored by AT&T, challenged developers to create an app to reduce distracted driving. Victoria Walker, a sixth grade student at Dodson Middle School,...

Jan Williams, 47 Percenter, Says Romney's Comments Have Turned Her Into A Democrat

Anna Almendrala | September 21, 2012 | Los Angeles
Whittier, Calif., resident Jan Williams, 55, has been a registered Republican voter since she was 18 and always considered herself moderate. She voted for President Barack Obama in 2008 because Sarah Palin gave her pause about John McCain's candidacy. But after hearing Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney dismiss the...

Los Tacos Los Angeles: A Salute To Tacos - Los Angeles - Slideshows

Sasha Bronner | November 19, 2012 | Los Angeles
Tacos are delicious and plentiful in L.A., from high-end eateries to street cart delights. Join us for a salute to the simple, savory taco. Curated by Rebecca Aronauer.

Benjamin Millepied: LA Dance Project Premieres Sept. 22 And Just Might Put Dance On The Map In LA

Sasha Bronner | September 26, 2012 | Los Angeles
Los Angeles isn't known as the capital of dance, but Benjamin Millepied is asking Angelenos (and the world) to think again. After years of debating, the French-born choreographer, director and former dancer has finally created LA Dance Project - a new dance company based solely...

California Voter Registration Goes Online, Increasing Accessibility

Kathleen Miles | September 19, 2012 | Los Angeles
While some states are making voting more difficult with voter ID laws, California has just made voting easier than ever. With only about a month until California's voter registration deadline (Oct. 22), the state has finally enabled online voter registration. The system went live early Wednesday thanks to a 2011...

Big Brother Renewed For Season 15, To Premiere Summer 2013

Laura Prudom | September 19, 2012 | TV
CBS' summer reality series, "Big Brother," has been renewed for a 15th cycle, the network announced Wednesday ahead of the show's 14th season finale. The long-running competition, which premiered in 2000, still performs well in young demographics, averaging 6.79 million viewers, 2.5/08 in adults 18-49, 3.0/08 in...

ALMA Awards 2012 Red Carpet Fashion (PHOTOS, VIDEO)

Miguel Ferrer | September 19, 2012 | Latino Voices
The 2012 NCLR ALMA Awards airs this Friday, September 21 (on NBC at 8PM/7PM CT), but there's no reason to wait to see just how the red carpet sizzled and how the stars literally lit up the night... er, day. The 2012 edition is...

Walmart, Coke Meet Quietly With Labor Groups, Non-Profits Over Food Supply 'Ethical Sourcing'

Dave Jamieson | September 20, 2012 | Business
WASHINGTON -- Representatives from the world's largest private employer and other Fortune 500 companies joined worker advocates, trade groups and government officials in a closed-door forum on Wednesday to discuss labor standards in the food supply chain. The powwow in the nation's capital made for some unlikely bedfellows. Billed as...

'Animal Practice' Accused Of Animal Cruelty By PETA

Laura Prudom | October 1, 2012 | TV
Though NBC's "Animal Practice" has yet to officially premiere, animal rights group PETA has already taken exception to its use of a capuchin monkey named Crystal, who is billed as one of the show's main stars. The group took to its website to...

Americans For Safe Access, Medical Marijuana Group, Plans Nationwide Protests Against Obama

Nick Wing | September 19, 2012 | Politics
Medical marijuana policy reform advocates will gather across the country on Thursday to protest President Barack Obama's aggressive crackdown on the substance. Americans for Safe Access, a national group promoting the advancement of cannabis for therapeutic use and research, announced in a release Wednesday that the demonstrations will...

Neil Patrick Harris Visits 'Delusion: The Blood Rite' Haunted Mansion

Curtis M. Wong | February 2, 2016 | Queer Voices
Neil Patrick Harris got a pre-Halloween fright this week, visiting a haunted mansion he's producing in Los Angeles this season. After experiencing "Delusion: The Blood Rite" last year, "How I Met Your Mother" star will be a co-producer of the 2012 Halloween event, which is being billed...

State Mental Health Cuts Hit Low-Income Patients Hard

Daniel Lippman | September 20, 2012 | Politics
WASHINGTON -- As states have struggled to balance their budgets, they've often eyed public mental health programs for cuts. But those cuts have hit a particularly vulnerable population: low-income people with often severe mental health disorders or addiction issues. Experts and mental health advocates say the reductions have led to...

Kelleher & Associates Suit Dismissed In Case Of Matchmaking Fail [UPDATE]

Nate C. Hindman | November 19, 2012 | Small Business
UPDATE: Oct. 5: The lawsuit filed against Kelleher & Associates has been dismissed with prejudice by the Superior Court of California, according to court documents. Previously: A Florida woman is suing a pair of mother-daughter millionaire matchmakers after she paid their firm $45,000 for dating services and was set...

Marijuana And Cancer: Scientists Find Cannabis Compound Stops Metastasis In Aggressive Cancers

Robin Wilkey | September 21, 2012 | San Francisco
A pair of scientists at California Pacific Medical Center in San Francisco has found that a compound derived from marijuana could stop metastasis in many kinds of aggressive cancer, potentially altering the fatality of the disease forever. "It took us about 20 years of research to figure this out,...

California School Buses: Aging, Polluted Vehicles Remain On State Roads

Carly Schwartz | November 19, 2012 | San Francisco
This article comes to us courtesy of California Watch. By Kendall Taggart Tens of thousands of California schoolchildren ride aging school buses that emit harmful pollutants, an analysis of state data shows. Unlike many states, California does not require bus owners to take buses off the...

Emmy Presenters 2012: Julianna Margulies, Ron Howard And More

Chris Harnick | September 19, 2012 | TV
Julianna Margulies might not take home an award at the 64th Annual Emmys, but she will hold one in her hand when she presents an award. "The Good Wife" star is just one of the many presenters who will hand out statues on Sun., Sept. 23...

Bakersfield Condors, California Hockey Team, Mocks Opposing City's Bankruptcy

Carly Schwartz | November 19, 2012 | San Francisco
FRESNO, Calif. -- A hockey game promotion poking fun at America's largest bankrupt city has caused a tiff between fans and newspaper columnists in California's Central Valley. The Condors, a Bakersfield minor league hockey team, advertised its game against Stockton Thunder on Dec. 27 as "Our City Isn't Bankrupt Night."...

Pollution From Burgers Worse Than From Diesel Trucks, Study Says (VIDEO)

Kathleen Miles | September 19, 2012 | Los Angeles
As if we weren't experiencing enough guilt each time we bite into a big juicy hamburger, now there's another negative consequence to think about. Commercial charbroilers--that ones that cook our burgers--emit twice the amount of pollution as diesel trucks, according to a study by UC Riverside (UCR). “For...

Latino Poverty Declines Slightly, Only Ethnic Or Racial Group To Register Improvement In Latest Census Bureau Report

Janell Ross | September 21, 2012 | Latino Voices
Little in the nation’s annual tabulation of disadvantage released by the Census Bureau last week can be described as encouraging. But, there was one sliver of good news for a population very hard hit by the Great Recession. Latinos were the only ethnic or racial group in the United...
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