Saturday, May 23, 2015

Southern California Saying Goodbye To Lawns

By Bettina Boxall, Los Angeles Times (TNS)

LOS ANGELES — When Gov. Jerry Brown ordered Californians to reduce urban water use by 25 percent, he declared war on the ubiquitous manicured lawn that — more than palm trees or pools — has for more than half a century been the beloved badge of Southland suburbia.

Among the early casualties is the expanse of green turf that Tom Beck and his wife planted around their Arcadia home 26 years ago.

“I have mixed emotions,” Beck said recently as he watched a gardening crew scrape up the grass in his backyard and cart it to a truck headed for the green waste dump.…

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Suspect Arrested In Washington, D.C., Mansion Killings

By Michael Muskal, Los Angeles Times (TNS)

Daron Dylon Wint was a welder with a violent past who sometimes worked for American Iron Works. Savvas Savopoulos was the company CEO and head of a family that lived in a mansion in Woodley Park, a wealthy and especially safe neighborhood in Washington, D.C., where guards and police are a frequent sight because the official residence of Vice President Joe Biden is nearby.

But that security didn’t protect the Savopoulos household: Savvas, 46; his wife Amy, 47; their 10-year-old son, Philip; and housekeeper Veralicia Figueroa, 57. Three of the four were stabbed or bludgeoned to death before they were found in the ashes of the burned-out home on May 14.…

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@POTUS: Another Way To Attack The President

Any high-profile person starting a Twitter account is news.

But when the president does it? Well, that’s something else entirely.

Who does he follow? Who is he talking to? Who’s tweeting at him? And how many of those tweets consist of threats and hate speech? (Unfortunately, a lot.)

@POTUS — not to be confused with @BarackObama, which is controlled by the group Organizing for Action — is the actual Twitter handle of the president.

So who is @POTUS following? Most of the 65 accounts he follows are government entities — the Treasury Department, Energy Department, Department of Veterans Affairs — and high-level administration officials, like Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewel, Secretary of State John Kerry, and Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker.…

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