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October 26, 1990
I like the Santa Monica Mountains Recreation Area. The facilities never seem too crowded and it's usually a pleasant afternoon. I probably hike in one of the park units, with my family, four or five times a year. However, my family and I breathe the air in the Conejo Valley. We face the gridlock on our roads. The thought of sacrificing our air quality and quiet lifestyle for a few more acres of parkland is frightening. What is the point of having parkland with Stage 1 smog alerts?
November 9, 1993
I was appalled to hear that several C-130 air tankers sat on the ground for two days, ready to go, while waiting for some yahoo up the chain of command to give the pilots the OK to fly. I am sure that if they flew when the fires started, many homes and burned acreage would have been saved. This is because of some 1922 law that ensures private contractors be contacted before the National Guard planes can go. Surely the law can be overruled by someone in an emergency like this.
February 17, 2001
Carlos Perez says "people are going to be scared" when they see him pitch. He's right. As a Dodger fan, nothing could scare me more than to see him headed to the mound. DAVE PARKER Venice
November 30, 2009 | By Claudia Eller
Six years ago, when Jason Reitman set out to write a dramatic comedy about a "corporate downsizer" who flies around the country and fires employees, the economy was booming and jobs were plentiful. By the time the young director, known for his 2007 hit "Juno," got around to making "Up in the Air," the world had drastically changed. The great recession hit, unemployment soared to nearly 10% and adult audiences had largely forsaken films with weighty topics, instead favoring escapist fare.
November 29, 2009 | By Rachel Abramowitz >>>
Jason Reitman is the first to tell you that he's an "aisle." He prefers sitting in an aisle seat on an airplane, which is relevant because his new film, "Up in the Air," in theaters Friday, is shot extensively on planes and in airports. It details the life of urbane corporate-downsizing expert Ryan Bingham (George Clooney), who flies around the country firing people and studiously avoiding human connection. For Reitman, an aisle is never just an aisle or a preference for legroom but an actual psychological tag, which he describes as "selfish."
September 14, 2009 | Mike Penner
Headline that bounced around the Internet over the weekend: "Is Michael Jordan planning to start a 50-and-over league?" The quick answer is no, because it takes time to examine how an off-hand comment Jordan made during his Hall of Fame induction speech can be twisted into such a headline. What Jordan said: "Although I am recognized with this tremendous honor of being in the Basketball Hall of Fame, I don't look at this moment as the defining end of my relationship with the game of basketball.
May 23, 1989 | From United Press International
Harper Group Inc. said it agreed in principle to acquire Challenge Freight Services Ltd. from Fletcher Challenge Ltd. of New Zealand. With the acquisition of Challenge Freight, Harper said, it is entering the market of perishable goods export air freight.
December 20, 2008 | Times Wire Reports
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia struck down an exemption that has allowed refineries, chemical plants and other industrial facilities to exceed federal air pollution limits. The 2-1 decision overturned a provision enacted in 1994 under President Clinton and broadened by President Bush.
September 5, 2008 | Greg Braxton
One of the fall's most offbeat new television series will debut next week in miniature. "Blank Slate," a crime thriller in the form of a "microseries" starring Eric Stolz and Clancy Brown, will premiere Sept. 9 on TNT and air for two consecutive weeks on Tuesdays and Wednesdays evenings. Five two-minute episodes -- produced by Electric Entertainment, a production company run by Dean Devlin ("Independence Day") -- will air each night within back-to-back episodes of "Law & Order."
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