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decoding your baby's dna: it can be done. but should it be?

a groundbreaking $25-million federal effort has studied the value of sequencing babies' entire dna, known as their genome. tests show this can help some very sick newborns, but it also raises complex questions.





bay area falling behind on quake safety despite booming tech economy

property values are soaring to stratospheric levels. the tech-fueled economy is booming. but the bay area has stalled on seismic safety effort. some fear officials are losing a golden moment with so many flush with so much money.





don't run out of money in retirement: here's how much to use per year, and why

dear liz: i am confused about “safe withdrawal rates” from retirement accounts. i’ve read that withdrawing 4% of savings each year is the gold standard that financial planners utilize to ensure that life savings are preserved in retirement.

however, if the standard & poor’s 500 index returns on...






there's a way around those crowds in malta

in regard to “mingle with millenniums,” by alice short, april 8: i was in malta in october, and there are a couple of things that should have been mentioned.

the streets are very narrow and the roads are very congested, but there’s a great bus system with a 21 euro (about $26) ticket that lets...






trump claims bragging rights on north korea, but kim also acting from position of strength

within minutes of north korea’s announcement that it was suspending nuclear and missile tests and closing a test site, president trump proclaimed a victory of sorts.

“big progress!” he tweeted, eager to bask in the glow of credit for having influenced a significant reversal by a traditionally intractable...






in socal, cool and close to home for weekends at the end of april (and a little bit of may)

blues and rock ’n’ roll. flowers and kites. art, film and food. you’ll find plenty of events for april 26-29.

san diego

floral artists interpret paintings and sculptures in flowers at the 36th art alive at the san diego museum of art. enjoy the scent of blossoms from creative floral works of art....






3 dead in nashville waffle house shooting; suspect sought

police in nashville say three people are dead and four are injured after a shooting at a waffle house restaurant early sunday.

the metropolitan nashville police department says the gunman was a white man with short hair who was wearing only black pants and a coat. a customer at the restaurant took...






before robert louis stevenson was famous, he was captivated by california. what better place for a scandalous liaison?

in the summer of 1879, an obscure scottish author set out for california in pursuit of a married woman 10 years his senior. the three-week journey nearly killed him. and the shock and shame nearly killed his pious, presbyterian parents in edinburgh.

the author’s name was robert louis stevenson....






islamic state suicide bomber kills 48 at afghan voter center

a suicide bomber struck a voter registration center in the afghan capital sunday, killing at least 48 people in an attack claimed by the islamic state group.

public health ministry spokesman wahid majro said another 112 people were wounded in sunday's attack, updating an earlier toll. gen. daud...






the week ahead in l.a. dance, april 22-29: 'forever flamenco' and more

dance

compiled by matt cooper

alvin ailey american dance theater the company performs works including their signature piece, “revelations.” segerstrom hall, segerstrom center for the arts, 600 town center drive, costa mesa. sun., 1 p.m. $29 and up. (714) 556-2787.

cinderella inland pacific ballet...






l.a. movie openings, april 27

april 27

adventures in public school

coming-of-age comedy about a formerly homeschooled teen's awkward entry to the mainstream. with judy greer, daniel doheny, siobhan williams. written by kyle rideout, josh epstein. directed by kyle rideout. nr.

avengers: infinity war

iron man, thor, captain america...






the week ahead in l.a. classical music, april 22-29: brentano quartet with dawn upshaw and more

camerata pacifica program includes the world premiere of lera auerbach’s 24 preludes for viola & piano, plus schubert’s piano trio. museum of ventura county, 100 e. main st., ventura. sun., 3 p.m. $50, $56. (805) 884-8410.

celebrate colburn guest conductor michael tilson thomas leads colburn orchestra...






the week ahead in l.a. theater, april 22-29: 'dirty blonde,' 'belleville' and more

capsule reviews are by philip brandes (p.b.), f. kathleen foley (f.k.f.), margaret gray (m.g.), charles mcnulty (c.m.) and daryl h. miller (d.h.m.).

openings

belleville l.a. premiere of amy herzog’s hitchcock-style drama about an american couple in paris; with anna camp (“pitch perfect”) and thomas...






films and programs for the week of april 22: discovering yosemite, running the appalachian trail, hiking joshua tree

yosemite

workshop

an rei expert will help you discover yosemite national park and share tips on making the most of your adventures

when, where: 7 p.m. april 24 at the rei store in woodland hills, 6220 topanga canyon blvd.

admission, info: free. (818) 703-5300 appalachian trail

presentation

runner...






beyoncé turns coachella into beychella once more

“how did you do that so fast,” beyoncé asked, impressed that a fan showed up to her headlining set at the coachella valley music and arts festival on saturday night decked out in the sorority themed garb inspired by her set.

that a fan showed up in a homemade homage to an outfit they saw just a...






can a dinner conversation — or a hundred — ease racial division?

seven strangers sat at a dinner table in downtown los angeles, ringed by reporters jotting down notes, and set out to talk about race.

they included a muslim physician originally from pakistan; a los angeles transplant who had lived in canada and japan and whose family had emmigrated from taiwan...






islamic state suicide bomber kills 31 at afghan voter center

a suicide bomber struck a voter registration center in the afghan capital sunday, killing at least 31 people in an attack claimed by the islamic state group.

public health ministry spokesman wahid majro said another 54 people were wounded in sunday's attack, updating an earlier toll. gen. daud...






in paraguay, presidential front-runner is son of aide to ex-dictator stroessner

the son of a top aide to former dictator alfredo stroessner is expected to be elected president of this south american nation as paraguayans go to the polls sunday.

the heavy favorite is mario abdo benitez, 46, a former senator and standard-bearer of the center-right colorado party, which has long...






does city hall really believe elon musk can solve l.a.'s traffic problems so quickly?

to the editor: i remain of the belief that elon musk is one of the greatest innovators of the modern era.

however, while spacex seems to work well (for government work), my question is this: will the fast-tracked, technology-testing tunnel being built by musk’s boring co. proceed as well, and as...






insurers that refuse to pay for an injection to treat arthritic knees have a point

to the editor: although i agree that it’s generally accurate to put the words “insurer” and “insanity” together, the case for hyaluronic acid injection in patients with osteoarthritis is not a good illustration of this madness. (“the insanity of covering a $50,000 knee operation but not a relatively...