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

    Tuesday, Mar 31 2015 08:00 PM

    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 a home for the National Football League's Jacksonville Jaguars, who are looking to leave their smaller market in North Florida. The proposed stadium would double as one of the world's largest and most advanced water recycling facilities.

    The new stadium would be designed to capture and clean rainwater from Los Angeles' infrequent storms, thus fulfilling two longstanding California dreams. After 20 years of pro football drought, L.A. would again have a team. And Southern California could become far less...

  2. 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...

  3. 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...

  4. 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...

  5. 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...

  6. 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...

  7. KERRY McGILL: The 'Give-Me Generation': How did our kids become so entitled?

    I became an assistant soccer coach when my first son was 6. There were a couple of kids on the team who were better than the others, but as anyone who has been to a soccer game played by 6-year-olds knows, it was difficult to tell who had...

  8. JOE MATHEWS: Did we learn from Bell?

    There is no greater symbol of local California corruption than Bell, a city of 35,000 people and 2 ½ square miles in southeast Los Angeles County. For years, Bell City Manager Robert Rizzo and others paid each other scandalously high...

  9. JAMES BURNS: A toast to the 'invisible Irish'

    Celebrate St. Patrick's Day with the invisible Irish: the Scotch-Irish. These are Scots who moved to Ireland four centuries ago, their offspring later immigrating to this country during the Colonial period. Once on these shores, the...

  10. ANNE STECKEL: Without fuels standard, biodiesel industry faces uncertain future

    The large-scale production of domestic biodiesel should be something President Barack Obama strongly supports, due to his commitment to slowing the pace of climate change and reducing our dependence on fossil fuels. After all, the...

  11. GINA BARRECA: Learning from rotten teachers

    I had two rotten teachers during my school years. You can learn a great deal from those who don't have your best interests at heart. It's smart to pay attention to the opposition. It's often your enemies and not your allies who teach you...

  12. DOYLE McMANUS: Minority government of pragmatic Republicans

    Last week's drama in the House of Representatives, when Speaker John A. Boehner needed Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi to rescue him from his own rebellious party, looked like a messy disaster for Republicans. But it could have been worse....

  13. MIKE CRONIN: How America invented St. Patrick's Day

    When I was growing up in Britain in the 1970s, St. Patrick's Day didn't exist. The conflict in Northern Ireland was at its bloodiest, and it was not a time when British cities would open their civic spaces for a celebration of things Irish...

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