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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 4, 2001
Re "Judge Voids Jury Verdict in Halloween-Prank Shooting" Feb. 24: Here are two definitions. A prank is something done to provoke laughter or amusement. A theft is an act of stealing. The first is playful and harmless; the second, a crime. These were not two little boys out having fun. They were both young men out intentionally hurting others for their own amusement. ROBERT SPENCER Westminster I have felt the fear of being at the mercy of teenagers who hunt in packs and think of themselves above the law. I have no tolerance for any kind of vandalism and would like to see the punishment for graffiti or petty theft handled as I understand it is in Indonesia or Singapore, with public flogging or public humiliation.
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BUSINESS
August 2, 1985 | DANIEL AKST
The president of financially troubled Malibu Grand Prix Corp. has resigned from its board of directors, and the Woodland Hills-based amusement center company is "engaged in discussions" about his status as president and chief operating officer as well, the company said Thursday. Neither the president, Edward T. Peabody Jr., nor the chairman and chief executive, Ira L. Young, could be reached for comment.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 9, 1997
In regard to your Oct. 22 article "Knotts Agree to Sell Park," I'd have to say it's quite nice to see that someone is going to make the effort to expand the park. Knott's Berry Farm is actually a small amusement park, especially when compared with its competition, such as Disneyland. The attractions that Knott's is composed of are exhilarating and fun, yet there just aren't enough of them. It's obvious to one who has been to other amusement parks that Knott's is nowhere near as busy.
BUSINESS
October 1, 2000
I was dismayed to read that the new Disney California Adventure theme park is seeking to be an "edgier" type of amusement park ["Disney Reaches for New Audience," Sept. 20]. I think that is a big mistake. We already have enough "edgy" places to go and "edgy" things to do in this world. If I want "edgy" real life, I can go to Venice Beach. If I want "edgy" artificial life, I can go see almost any movie or watch almost any TV show. If I want to hear "edgy" music or listen to "edgy" conversation, I just have to tune in to almost any radio station.
TRAVEL
March 20, 2005
SO the Transportation Security Administration is banning lighters from airliners [Travel Log, March 6], though it is still allowing matches and up to four matchbooks if you carefully allocate them on your person and carry-ons. The funny part -- which would be hilarious if these people weren't responsible for serious safety issues -- is that they mention shoe bomber Richard C. Reid. Ironically, Reid tried to light his device with ... yes, matches. I haven't had as much amusement since standing in a security line with an ex-Marine commercial pilot telling me security screeners now possess his mustache trimmer, while he not only has an ax in the cockpit, but he is also in control of the aircraft.
NEWS
June 19, 1987
I read with amusement "The Quest for Self-Esteem" by Beth Ann Krier (June 14). The article dealt with the newly formed California Task Force on Self-Esteem. Krier did her job well, and my comments are not directed toward her. The problem is that I'm not supposed to be amused by this article, for certainly it deals with extremely serious issues. But, why do I feel that nothing will come out of this task force? Why do I feel these "experts" will do nothing but improve their own self-esteem when they meet once a month and toss around their personal approaches at solving the problems?
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 23, 1987 | LONN JOHNSTON, Times Staff Writer
A half-million-dollar embezzlement scam at Disneyland that had gone undetected for almost a year began unraveling with a telephone call from a suspicious shopper at a garage sale 65 miles from the amusement park, authorities said Tuesday. The shopper wondered why he had to write a check to a man in Anaheim for the cut-rate Mickey Mouse watches and Magic Kingdom shirts he was buying in Thousand Oaks. So he called a friend at Disneyland security.
OPINION
October 14, 2008
Re "U.S. said to have spied on families, Red Cross," Oct. 10 After years of President Bush defending his right to eavesdrop on overseas "terrorist" calls to Americans, we learn that that evidently included calls from the very people we sent to the Middle East to protect us -- many who died to protect our right to privacy. Pillow-talk calls between soldier husbands and wives, boyfriends and girlfriends were being passed among analysts for their amusement. Many of these analysts are fresh out of high school and evidently not well trained.
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