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September 18, 2010 | By Tony Barboza, Los Angeles Times
The nation's ability to detect tsunamis has improved in the last few years, but the government remains ill-prepared to warn coastal communities of fast-approaching waves like those that ravaged Southeast Asia in 2004, according to a report issued to Congress on Friday. In a near-the-shore tsunami that arrives less than an hour after a seismic event — such as an earthquake, landslide or volcanic eruption — most people along the coast would receive no warning or orders to evacuate, according to the 266-page study by the National Research Council.
July 31, 1992 | EARL GUSTKEY, The Times
It was like pulling out a basketball game with a late jump shot, or winning a baseball game in the ninth inning with a two-out home run. After two rounds the other day in the Olympic boxing tournament, light-middleweight Fao Maselino of American Samoa sat on his stool, and looked at the scoreboard. He was losing on points to Japan's Hiroshi Nagashima, 5-3.
April 26, 1989 | SHIRLEY MARLOW
One of the advantages of being vice president, apparently, is that you can declare holidays. At least that's what Dan Quayle did for the people of American Samoa. "You all look like happy campers to me," the vice president, who was decked out in sweet smelling leis for his visit, said as he spoke to about 2,000 natives gathered for his brief stopover en route to Australia. Quayle had flown from Hawaii. Leaving the plane in Pago Pago, Quayle and his wife, Marilyn, were greeted by village elders dressed in sarongs and carrying long walking sticks.
May 26, 1989
The U.S. Secretary of the Interior has requested $21.5 million on behalf of the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area for acquiring land in the fiscal year that begins Oct. 1. The amount is about $10 million more than was allocated for the mountain parklands this year, and more than $20 million more than was allocated for it the year before. Interior Secretary Manuel Lujan said he was following President Bush's direction to buy land to provide recreation for residents of the nation's major urban areas.
July 5, 2013
Re "Minimum wage debate reignites age-old arguments," Column, June 30 Michael Hiltzik doesn't need to look all the way to American Samoa for an example to debunk the theory that boosting the minimum wage increases unemployment. The San Francisco Bay Area's economy is booming, and it's doing this in a state with one of the country's highest minimum wages. In May, the counties of San Francisco, Marin and San Mateo each reported unemployment rates no higher than 5.4%. At the same time, San Francisco's minimum wage - $10.55 an hour - is the country's highest.
June 28, 2013 | By Louis Sahagun
An ancient Asian dining tradition comes to an end in California on Monday, and grocer Emily Gian is none too happy. Gian has slashed prices on shark fins, the astoundingly expensive ingredient of a coveted and ceremonial soup, in hopes she will sell out before a California ban on sale or possession of the delicacy takes effect Monday. "The law is unfair," said Gian, whose store in Los Angeles' Chinatown sells shark fins for $599 a pound. "Why single out Chinese people in California when shark fins are legal in many other states?"
May 2, 1989 | JIM MANN, Times Staff Writer
Richard M. Nixon's foreign travels as vice president are remembered mostly for his "kitchen debate" with Soviet leader Nikita S. Khrushchev on the comparative merits of communism and capitalism. When George Bush was vice president, he was the official funeral-goer, traveling overseas regularly to attend the last rites of such foreign dignitaries as Soviet leaders Leonid I. Brezhnev and Konstantin U. Chernenko. Now, Dan Quayle is putting his personal imprint on the institution of vice presidential globe-trotting during a four-nation, 27,000-mile swing through Asia.
August 17, 1987 | DAVID REYES and LONN JOHNSTON, Times Staff Writers
One choir already had crowded into the tiny First Samoan United Church of Christ in Santa Ana. Another choir waited patiently in an air-conditioned bus across the street. A third was due to arrive any moment. "We're going to have one choir sing, then file out to make room for the next. We just don't have that much room inside," said Irene Elizarraraz, daughter of the Rev. Tauvaa Sagiao, 68, who died of cancer Aug. 8 and whose memorial service Sunday drew so much attention.
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