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October 3, 2012 | By Robin Abcarian
The candidates may slog it out about weighty topics like taxes, deficits and the role of federal government, but when they invoke their families, it's hard not to smile. Wednesday evening in Denver, the first of three presidential debates opened with the acknowledgment of a milestone in President Obama's marriage: his 20 th anniversary. “There are a lot of points I want to make tonight,” Obama said. “But the most important one is that 20 years ago I became the luckiest man on Earth because Michelle Obama agreed to marry me. And so I just want to wish, Sweetie, you happy anniversary and let you know that a year from now we will not be celebrating it in front of 40 million people.” WHAT THEY SAID: The first presidential debate Republican nominee Mitt Romney, setting the tone for his easy and confident 90-minute exchange with Obama, took the opportunity to congratulate the couple in his first response.
April 25, 2014 | By Michael Muskal
When David Campbell, a New Hampshire state representative from Nashua, drove the wrong way in a hotel driveway and ran over five ducks, he knew that he had a problem. He didn't know that the incident would leave him a dead duck politically. Campbell, who served 14 years in the state legislature, announced Wednesday he will not seek reelection. That came one day before the state attorney general released a scathing report of the events of Dec. 23, a night of eating and some drinking before the encounter with some ducks who lived in a pond in front of a hotel.
March 10, 1991
Regarding the article (Metro, March 4) on the participation of "certified disadvantaged minority" contractors in building the Century Freeway: Does anyone have the courage to speak out about what a distortion of the true meaning of the civil rights movement these minority set asides are? The spectacle of one group of people charging that another group has not been historically oppressed enough to haul dirt out of a construction site would be laughable were it not for the fact that it threatens the Century Freeway with still more delay.
April 23, 2014 | By David G. Savage
WASHINGTON - Victims of child pornography whose images of sexual abuse have circulated on the Internet may claim damages from every person caught with illegal images, the Supreme Court ruled Wednesday. But justices rejected the idea that a single person who possesses such images may be assessed the full amount due to the victim, setting aside a $3.4-million verdict against a Texas man in a favor of a woman whose childhood rape was photographed and widely circulated on the Internet.
June 1, 1986
Whatever they are doing ("they" meaning the writers) of "Moonlighting" is nauseating. I used to love the show. Now, however, I couldn't care less if it was on because it has become too silly. The humor is obnoxious and almost insulting. I find the little asides too cutesy and wonder if anyone else is feeling the same way. I want to give the show another chance, but lately I just haven't cared if it's on or not. Kathy Lawrence-Gillum, Sherman Oaks
March 14, 2004
Re "Penny-Wise, Fire-Foolish," editorial, March 8: The Times did not look closely enough at San Diego's Proposition C when it chose to berate us for not passing it. Proposition C was going to raise the hotel room tax to 13% from 10.5%. The entire increase of 2.5% was going to go to the Convention and Visitors Bureau and the Convention Center. Of the original 10.5% tax, control of 4% was going to be taken away from the City Council and divided up among the Police and Fire departments, libraries and parks, leaving 6.5% to be used at the discretion of the city.
April 19, 2009
This week, the Los Angeles City Council will vote on whether the new police headquarters should bear the name of controversial former Police Chief William H. Parker. Parker was admired for largely ending corruption on the force. But his attitudes on race and his high-handed style also brought him many detractors, among them J. Edgar Hoover, who ran the FBI during Parker's tenure.
August 8, 1986 | STEVE HOCHMAN
Joan Baez demonstrated Wednesday at the Universal Amphitheatre just what it is that has carried her from the Greenwich Village coffee houses of 25 years ago through Woodstock to the recent Amnesty International concerts: perspective. The key to this was found not in her message songs--like many of her ilk, she tends toward smug political correctness--but in the often self-deprecating sense of humor revealed through some funny, surprising selections and a string of witty asides.
It is difficult to picture Tony Jelso as a quitter--a guy who would walk off the court in the middle of a national racquetball tournament saying he'd had it. In the wake of his dominating gold-medal performance in the U.S. Olympic Festival last week, it seems unimaginable that Jelso would ever be eager to pack his bags and slip out the back door. Jelso, 23, of Ventura, was running Chris Cole of Flint, Mich.
Republican critics of affirmative action hailed Monday's Supreme Court decision as a mandate for even more sweeping action by Congress and vowed to press home their attack on federal programs of racial preference.
April 16, 2014 | By The Times editorial board
After several years during which they provided no money for sidewalk repairs, the City Council and then-Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa last year set aside $10 million to begin addressing the backlog of busted sidewalks in Los Angeles, especially those that have led to trip-and-fall claims. But today, the $10 million hasn't been touched. In January, the city's Bureau of Street Services proposed using one-third of the money to repair broken sidewalks associated with injury claims, one-third to fix those with heavy pedestrian traffic and the final third for a 50/50 program in which property owners would cover half the cost.
April 13, 2014 | By Howard Blume
Los Angeles teachers' union president Warren Fletcher said he will no longer actively campaign for reelection, clearing the path for challenger Alex Caputo-Pearl to become the next leader of United Teachers Los Angeles. In the first round of voting in March, Caputo-Pearl received 48% of the votes and Fletcher 21%. The runoff election takes place this month with ballots set to be counted April 29. In an interview Sunday, Fletcher said he has not formally suspended his campaign, and that he would serve again if he won. But the one-term incumbent emphasized that he has accepted the near inevitable.
April 12, 2014 | By Laura King
CAIRO - Egypt on Saturday sharply rejected a prominent human rights group's criticism of two tough new draft anti-terror laws. The measures, which have yet to be signed into law by interim President Adly Mansour, so sweepingly define terrorism that almost any sort of political activism, however peaceful, could result in prosecution, Amnesty International said in a statement issued Friday. Foreign Ministry spokesman Badr Abdelatty dismissed the London-based group's criticism, characterizing it as meddling in Egypt's affairs.
April 7, 2014 | By David Wharton
Tiger Woods and his surgically repaired back certainly won't be teeing off at Augusta National this week, but it seems the rest of the injury list for the Masters has dwindled considerably. As recently as a week ago, there had been concern about numerous stars pulling out of the first major championship of the season. The list of questionables included Phil Mickelson, who was battling a pulled muscle. He finished four rounds at the Shell Houston Open on Sunday and announced that he "didn't feel any discomfort swinging and playing and the game is not far off. " Jason Day, who has missed tournaments with a sore thumb, reportedly played a practice round at Augusta over the weekend and, despite wrapping on his injured hand, declared himself ready.
April 4, 2014 | Bill Plaschke
Vin Scully, marching to the middle of the field to throw out the ceremonial first pitch in all his red-roaring glory, was on time. Yasiel Puig was not. Sandy Koufax, sprinting out of the dugout to home plate to catch that pitch amid shrieks of surprise, was on time. Yasiel Puig was not. The best of Dodgers history and majesty showed up as scheduled Friday in what should have been a glorious 53rd home opener at Dodger Stadium. If only their most exciting young player of the present had shown this game the same respect.
April 1, 2014 | By Eryn Brown
Healthcare advocates Tuesday urged the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors to set aside at least $11 million in additional funding for free medical services for low-income residents - including immigrants lacking legal status - who remain uninsured under Obamacare. Members of the faith-based coalition One L.A., labor groups and community healthcare organizations told reporters and board members that failing to expand a county program to serve thousands more poor and undocumented residents would endanger public health.
June 11, 2000 | RACHEL USLAN
Some of the more unusual facts DVD fans have found on discs: "The Birds": "In the scene where all the children are running away, they're running on a giant treadmill inside a studio." --PATRICK MCGILLIGAN, ASSISTANT MANAGER, VIDIOTS IN SANTA MONICA * "Goldfinger": "[German actor Gert] Frobe didn't speak a word of English and the producers/directors only discovered it shortly before the first day of shooting. They had to dub his lines." --VINCENT MATIS, HOMETHEATERFORUM.
April 24, 1986 | BETSY BALSLEY, Times Food Editor
It happens to everyone at some point. You invite friends to dinner, then just can't get excited about what to feed them. Your creativity is in limbo. You procrastinate. The clock moves ahead inexorably and visions of a disastrous evening are beginning to appear. You have to produce something--anything. Instead of trying to re-create something a professional chef has spent years perfecting, look for an easy out. Don't even think about preparing an exotic main dish; settle for a simple entree.
March 31, 2014 | By Jerry Hirsch and Jim Puzzanghera
As General Motors Co. heads into congressional hearings examining its failure to fix a deadly safety defect, the automaker has moved swiftly to burnish its safety credentials by recalling millions of vehicles. GM said Monday that it will set aside $750 million in the first quarter to pay for repairs even as it recalled an additional 1.5 million vehicles. The car company has now called back about 5 million vehicles in the last two months to fix problems including faulty power steering systems, oil leaks and fractured axle shafts.
March 17, 2014 | By Jerry Hirsch
In its latest reaction to a mounting safety scandal, General Motors Co. recalled 1.5 million more vehicles and set aside $300 million to pay for repairs. The move follows the automaker's apologies over delays in fixing a deadly ignition switch problem. The new recalls - for unrelated issues, mostly involving air bags - stem from a top-to-bottom safety review ordered by GM's new chief executive, Mary Barra. GM released a video of Barra's frank comments to GM employees Monday, hammering home the gravity of the automaker's mistakes.
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