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  1. JOE MATHEWS: Inland Empire's big recovery

    Saturday, Apr 25 2015 10:00 PM

    The Empire is back. I'm talking not about the new Star Wars movie but about Southern California's Inland Empire. Of course, you shouldn't hold your breath waiting for a statewide celebration of the remarkable economic comeback of the I.E. -- which encompasses Riverside and San Bernardino counties and their 4.4 million inhabitants. When it comes to this huge section of the state -- with a population greater than Oregon's --if the good news isn't being ignored, it's being spun as bad.

    The Inland Empire is by far California's least fashionable region. That's because it resembles the hotter, grittier, more working-class place the state is actually becoming, not the beautiful, wealthy place we aspire to be. When the I.E. is growing, such...

  2. JACKIE CUSHMAN: New rules, new game for Republican primary

    It's official, the 2016 presidential race is underway. At first glance, the matchup might look similar to the one we saw in each of the last few cycles: the inevitable Democratic nominee against dozens of Republican candidates. But it's...

  3. MATT DRISCOLL: Searching for some hope on Earth Day

    Kids have a way of putting my deep-rooted cynicism into the proper perspective. Specifically, my kids. When I look at them it's hard not to think about the future. Wednesday was Earth Day, as my oldest, soon to be 8-year-old daughter,...

  4. FORUM: Extreme environmentalism is to blame in state's drought

    California has a major drought, and that's resulted in bad stuff brought to us not by the usual suspect, global warming, but by radical environmentalists worsening the consequences. Some of them have gone beyond that misdeed. In efforts...

  5. CATHY YOUNG: Rape, lies and political correctness

    Does the cause of combating rape on college campuses require a willful blindness to false allegations? That's the question raised by some reactions to last week's police report on the inquiry into shocking -- and discredited -- claims of...

  6. JESSE HATHAWAY: How peer-to-peer businesses give modern consumers a Lyft

    Over the past few years, innovative new services such as Airbnb and Uber have sprung up across the nation, creating what's been termed the "sharing" economy or "peer-to-peer" economy. These services have endured varying levels of...

  7. REG HENRY: Ted Cruz and company do the time warp again

    One of America's unacknowledged problems is the national calendar shortage. It is not a general problem but restricted only to a segment of the population, although an influential one. Unfortunately, the calendar-challenged group is...

  8. JOE MATHEWS: Stadium will ease drought? No fooling?

    Could a new pro football stadium help California beat its drought? That's the ambitious goal of the latest stadium proposal to appear in Los Angeles. The project -- details of which are only now becoming public -- would provide more than...

  9. GEORGE RUNNER: Should green car drivers feel guilty?

    If you own a hybrid or electric vehicle, you probably feel pretty good about yourself. After all, you've made a socially responsible decision to help the environment, reduce your carbon footprint and improve air quality. But you might...

  10. SCOTT LEMIEUX: Are conservatives going to rally behind Cruz's bid for presidency?

    Ted Cruz, the Republican Texas senator and unofficial leader of the tea party faction, surprised exactly no one when he announced Monday that he would seek his party's 2016 presidential nomination. He may be a first-term lawmaker and he...

  11. JOE MATHEWS: China's president, California's savior

    Dear President Xi Jinping: This is a thank you note from California. Thank you for sustaining our neighborhoods through the housing crisis. Thank you for keeping wealthy Chinese so nervous about your purges of political opponents -- I'm...

  12. ALYSSA ROSENBERG: The fraternity, the nude pictures and the limits of the satire defense

    March has not exactly been a sterling month for the American fraternity system. First, the Sigma Alpha Epsilon chapter at the University of Oklahoma got itself booted from campus after video surfaced of members chanting that they'd rather...

  13. ANDRES MARTINEZ: Will surging dollar put brakes on America's recovery?

    Sometimes my parenting slackens and Sebastian gets accustomed to staying up late, taking too much screen time, and passing on his veggies. Pulling him back to normalcy from this anarchy is never easy. All of which is to say I don't envy...


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