September 7, 2008
Regarding your column on federal oversight of supplements ("Supplements need strong FDA medicine," Consumer Confidential, Sept. 3): I know that the owner of that bogus product, Enzyte with Smiling Bob, is going to jail, and a big decision just came down against Airborne for colds. So I was surprised that, in the store yesterday, Airborne was still there on the shelf, and last night watching TV, I saw a commercial with Smiling Bob for Enzyte. How is that possible? Scott James Los Angeles -- The Food and Drug Administration is an incredibly dysfunctional agency that cannot effectively regulate the food and drugs it already is charged to monitor.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 18, 1987
Ted Thackrey Jr.'s story (April 25), "Rescuers Parachute Into Sea," was more graphic than television and more dramatic than fiction. Courageous crews of airborne paramedics, an aerial emergency physician and flight personnel pitting their skill and the mighty craft of industry and war against the limits of distance and the sea should bring pride and perhaps some comfort to travelers and taxpayers. A current Paul Simon song refers to ". . . the way we look to us all" on video, but this story pulled together images of events beyond the capacity of the minicam.
January 4, 1998
I enjoyed the article headlined "A Fresh Start" (Dec. 21). How wonderful that this home was remodeled to be a safe and secure home for disenfranchised women. However, the article said the house now has "excellent airflow, which helps prevent the spread of hepatitis." This is not correct. Perhaps you meant tuberculosis. Tuberculosis is a communicable disease spread by an airborne process. Hepatitis is spread by human secretions, such as feces, blood, sperm, etc. Good hand washing and the use of barrier methods during sexual intercourse and not sharing needles can aid in diminishing the spread of hepatitis.
June 24, 2010 |
When Gen. David H. Petraeus took command of the war in Iraq at its low point in 2007, he sent a blunt e-mail to a fellow officer about the task ahead: "We're going to get one last shot at this and we need to make it really count," he wrote. "It's not business as usual." Petraeus could make the same statement today after being chosen by President Obama to take over in Afghanistan. Once again he is being put in charge of a faltering war by a president desperate to see quick results.
July 27, 2009 |
I first got to know Robert Bucksbaum when I discovered that my favorite neighborhood theater, the Majestic Crest in Westwood, wasn't owned by a corporate theater chain but by one man who was so crazy about movies that he'd bought his own movie theater, making him one of the few individual theater owners in America. Our paths have continued to cross, since Bucksbaum -- who's something of a baseball fanatic as well -- manages our local Little League's summer All-Star team, which, thanks to some stellar play from a great bunch of kids, including his twin boys and my son, ended up winning the District 25 championship.
May 5, 2012 |
There are frequent fliers, and then there are people like Steven Rothstein and Jacques Vroom. Both men bought tickets that gave them unlimited first-class travel for life on American Airlines. It was almost like owning a fleet of private jets. Passes in hand, Rothstein and Vroom flew for business. They flew for pleasure. They flew just because they liked being on planes. They bypassed long lines, booked backup itineraries in case the weather turned, and never worried about cancellation fees.