• Home + Garden

    Gardening: Here’s why you probably will never see a naturally blue flower

    Blue is the rarest flower color, seen on only 10 percent of the 280,000 flowering plants on Earth. Among those who specialize in color analysis, it is sometimes claimed that, in reality, there has never been a true blue flower, nor will there ever be one. This has to do with the fact that there is no blue pigment in the plant kingdom and colors that appear to be blue are actually permutations of violet or purple. Red plant pigments in flowers and fruit, known as anthocyanins, are...

    Joshua Siskin

  • Automobiles

    Joyriding Montebello Chevrolet dealership employee caught by the car’s owner in fast-food drive-thru

    MONTEBELLO >> When she spotted her car Friday in the drive-thru of the Tommy’s in Pico Rivera, Mari Agredano-Quirino grabbed her cellphone, hit the record button and gave the repairman behind the wheel an earful. Agredano-Quirino had just dropped off the 2010 replica Indy 500 Chevy Camaro at a Montebello dealership for service. Yet a short time later, here was her car being taken out on...

    Sandra T. Molina

  • Food

    Opening of English pub The Stalking Horse among food events this week in the LA area

    Los Angeles, San Fernando Valley and Santa Monica area Events The Stalking Horse: Opening of the English pub inspired by Cornwall, England, 5 p.m. Sept. 5. Specialties include Cornish-style pasties and other savory pies and a vegan Welsh Rarebit. The bar offers beers, unusual gins and whisky. Hours: 5 p.m. daily until Sept. 18, when doors open at 11 a.m. (call to confirm hours). 10543 W. Pico Blvd., Los Angeles.


  • Wine tastings

    Beer and wine tastings in the Los Angeles area for the week of Sept. 3

    Los Angeles, San Fernando Valley and Santa Monica BevMo: Beer and wine tasting, 4-7 p.m. Friday. 7100 Santa Monica Blvd., West Hollywood, 310-882-6971; 3212 Wilshire Blvd., Santa Monica, 310-453-5600; 10984 Santa Monica Blvd., Los Angeles, 310-473-9600; 330 N. La Cienega Blvd., Los Angeles, 310-855-0169; 2533 Pacific Coast Highway, Suite A, Torrance, 310-257-0034; 1775 N. Victory Place, Burbank, 818-847-2175.


  • Immigration policy

    Southern California DACA recipients hope for the best, brace for the worst as Trump readies announcement

    A day before President Donald Trump was expected to announce his decision on an Obama-era program protecting young immigrants from deportation, dozens of young people who fear how they could be affected by the decision joined a Labor Day march in downtown Los Angeles Monday. Many vowed to defend the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, or DACA, that has allowed them to remain in the country. Though Trump has made no formal decision yet, news reports over the weekend...

    Susan Abram

  • Hepatitis

    LA County residents warned of Lancaster street vendor infected with hepatitis A

    Customers who bought fruit from a streetside vendor in Lancaster last month may have been exposed to hepatitis A, Los Angeles County health officials warned on Monday. The vendor was diagnosed with the disease and he may have transmitted it between Aug. 15 and Aug. 22, according to an alert from the L.A. County Department of Public Health. So far, there have been no cases associated with the fruit cart, health officials said. The vendor was working the corner of West...

    Susan Abram

  • Music festivals

    Poncho Sanchez, Ozomatli enliven Grand Park Labor Day music festival

    Grand Park in downtown Los Angeles hosted the Nightshift Labor Day Music Fest on Monday. Performers included Pancho Sanchez, Ozomatli, Grace Potter, and many others. • MORE PHOTOS: At the Grand Park festival

    By staff reports|

  • Home + Garden

    Gardening: Iris has a colorful history, forgiving nature

    When the mob overthrew the monarchy during the French Revolution, one of the first acts of the new governing authority was to remove the flower that had been visible for centuries on flags, shields, decorative patches and coats of arms. This flower, which had been proudly displayed by French royalty, nobility, clergy and soldiers, may be seen today in the logo of the New Orleans Saints professional football team. Known as fleur-de-lis, the flower (fleur) is commonly referred to as a...


  • Drug addiction

    For low-income drug users, Medi-Cal offers a fresh start

    Breann Johnson stopped using heroin on Mother’s Day this year, determined to end her 13-year addiction. Days later, she began three months of residential treatment in Riverside — all paid for by California’s Medicaid program. Johnson, who has two young sons, said other inpatient drug rehab programs had refused to accept Medicaid, and she knew outpatient care would not be enough to break her habit. “I couldn’t stop,” said Johnson, 28.

    By Anna Gorman California Healthline|

  • Health care reform

    5 out-of-the-box ideas for fixing the individual insurance marketplace

    With Republican efforts to “repeal and replace” the Affordable Care Act stalled, tentative bipartisan initiatives are in the works to shore up the fragile individual insurance market that serves roughly 17 million Americans. The Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee launches hearings the week Congress returns in September on “stabilizing premiums in the individual insurance market” that will feature state governors and insurance...

    By Julie Rovner California Healthline|

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