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12:45am

Fri April 27, 2012
Opinion

In L.A., Dreams Of Sunshine Became A Nightmare

Originally published on Fri April 27, 2012 6:41 am

National Guardsmen watch a business go up in flames in South Los Angeles on April 30, 1992. The riots erupted after a mostly white jury acquitted police officers accused in the beating of black motorist Rodney King.
Hal Garb AFP/Getty Images

Commentator John Ridley moved to Los Angeles 20 years ago, not long before the riots.

Look, I was always going to end up in Los Angeles. From the time I was a kid in Wisconsin, for me, L.A. was the city. It had sunshine, palm trees, a black mayor, even a police force whose legend was preached nightly on hit TV shows.

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11:01am

Thu April 26, 2012
The Two-Way

With A Tweet, A's Player Unleashes Debate: Is 'Kiss Cam' Homophobic?

The video board at Busch Stadium is seen during a popular between-inning feature known as "Kiss Cam."
Jeff Roberson AP

Yesterday, in the San Francisco Chronicle, columnist Gwen Knapp hailed a tweet from an Oakland Athletics' player as the dawn of the "age of enlightenment."

In short, pitcher Brandon McCarthy sent out a tweet that suggested the "Kiss Cam" — a feature shown on scoreboards across the country in which a camera focuses on couples in hopes of a kiss — was anti-gay.

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3:52pm

Wed April 25, 2012
Around the Nation

After Riots, Scandal Sparked Reform In LAPD

Originally published on Wed April 25, 2012 6:28 pm

Los Angeles police form a line to keep a crowd from entering a building on April 30, 1992. Twenty years after the L.A. riots, most civil rights and community groups give the LAPD high marks for progress.
Nick Ut AP

It's been 20 years since Los Angeles erupted in riots following the acquittal of four white police officers in the beating of black motorist Rodney King. There have been many changes in the city since those days of fire, looting and public discord, but perhaps the biggest changes can be seen in L.A.'s police department.

On a drive around the heart of South Central L.A., there are still plenty of weed-filled lots where businesses that burned down in the riots used to stand. There's also still a lot of crime.

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3:02pm

Wed April 25, 2012
Shots - Health Blog

Teenagers' Latest Bad Idea: Drinking Hand Sanitizer

Originally published on Fri April 27, 2012 7:50 am

Keep the sanitizer on your hands and out of your mouth.
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Teenagers can be pretty creative in their pursuit of a cheap buzz. Last month we reported on the "cinnamon challenge," which involves snarfing down a spoonful of the powdered spice.

Now we've got teens quaffing hand sanitizer, and ending up sick in the ER.

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11:02am

Wed April 25, 2012
The Salt

Mad Cow Disease: What You Need To Know Now

Originally published on Thu April 26, 2012 8:29 am

Cattle feeding practices have been changed in an effort to halt the spread of mad cow disease.
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Mad cow disease has been detected in a cow in California, the first time since 2006 that the deadly disease has surfaced in the U.S.

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