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  • 'The Waxman Report: How Congress Really Works' by Henry Waxman with Joshua Green

    'The Waxman Report: How Congress Really Works' by Henry Waxman with Joshua Green
    Pretty faces and promising careers tend to flash across our local political firmament with the frequency of shooting stars -- and with about as much effect. But for more than two decades, the most consequential elected official in Southern California has been a short, bald, decidedly mustached congressman from Los Angeles' Westside named Henry Waxman.
  • Metrolink balked at safety upgrade's cost

    Metrolink balked at safety upgrade's cost
    The head of Metrolink warned Congress a year ago that proposals to require updated safety devices on trains would involve "substantial cost" and urged lawmakers to give railroads "flexibility" in choosing and implementing the new systems. The testimony...

    Hope for Roquefort fans

    Hope for Roquefort fans
    On a recent afternoon, customers of the Los Angeles gourmet shop Joan's on Third were greeted with a one-pound wedge of L'Aigle Noir Roquefort, its blue-speckled innards showcased on a glass pedestal amid tidy piles of other artisan cheeses. Hanging above...

    Airlines share blame for flight chaos of 2007, report says

    WASHINGTON -- The record number of delayed and canceled flights in 2007 can partly be blamed on airlines knowingly scheduling more flights than airports have the capacity to handle, according to a report released today by the Department of Transportation'...

    $800 billion stimulus buys what? This

    by Janet Hook with Noam N. Levey, Jim Puzzanghera, Richard Simon and Jim Tankersley. . With Congress moving toward passage of an $800-billion-plus economic stimulus plan, big government is back. Unabashed. With a vengeance. The stimulus is bigger than...