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April 12, 1987
Re your story on the Conviction in "Murder Set Aside for Bias 4th District Court of Appeal," (March 18): I don't know all of the factors that may have been involved in the judge's decision, but it is the most ludicrous decision that could have been made, based on the information given in your story. A conviction was decided by a jury selected by both prosecutor and defense attorneys, each trying, during jury selection, to guess which way these people could be persuaded. Now a judge determines that bias existed because there were no Latinos on the jury.
April 8, 2007
Halfway through Dan Neil's piece on his driving a "Formula One" race car ["Bright Lights, Big Engines," April 1], readers find that he actually drove a heavily modified race car. Certain unmodified street cars (Dodge Viper, Chevrolet Corvette Z06) could achieve about the same performance. The ultralight weight of and lack of sound-deadening on Neil's car surely made for a thrilling experience, but the paper misled its readers by promoting the article during the week and with the headlines and photo captions on the story itself.
February 1, 2007
READING about the Dervaes family ["O, Pioneers in Pasadena," Jan. 25], was such a refreshing change from the millionaires you normally feature. Until now, all I'd learned about "the inner life" from The Times' Home section was that having one requires tons of cash spent on meaningless objects. SCOTT LANDSBAUM Beverly Hills
Ventura County's five lawmakers say they strive to put aside personal and party differences when decisions are being made to split up state funds for local public works projects. Lynn M. Suter, a capital lobbyist for the city of Ventura, agrees that the "vast philosophical differences" among the county's three Republican and two Democratic lawmakers "don't get in the way of the delegation responding to local needs."
The end has come at last. Finally, ABC's "Ellen" is over, complete, finished in first run, about to become dust. After tonight, no longer will we have Ellen DeGeneres' loathsome personal lifestyle regularly thrust at us. You know full well the aberrant, dysfunctional, repugnant behavior I'm speaking of--a mode of conduct that promotes something vile and alien that America's sweet, innocent children should not be exposed to or even hear. Constant grousing.
December 31, 1997
Re "Girl's Tragic Death Moves Judge, Jury to Look Beyond the Law," Dec. 25: This is the triumph of genuine humanity. Greatest praise to the spirit of Canadians and their court. Yes, laws are made by people to serve the best interests of people. One rule does not serve justice in all cases. If it fails in a special circumstance, justice must to be pursued beyond law. This should be a precedent to all countries in the whole world. TOSHIKO HONDA Santa Monica
April 18, 1986
Clarence M. Pendleton Jr., chairman of the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights, has pursued his limited vision of civil rights too loudly for toolong. He thinks that minorities and women no longer need help in competing in a world that sadly retains many instinctive prejudices. Pendleton is wrong. And he is an embarrassment to an Administration that has finally seen fit to disagree with him on a key policy issue. It is time for him to resign or be removed.
November 18, 2001 | From Associated Press
After all he's been through in four years at South Carolina, Phil Petty wasn't about to let a sore shoulder keep him from beating Clemson for the first time. Petty, questionable before kickoff, took a few aspirin before completing 14 of 23 passes for 152 yards as his No. 22 Gamecocks beat Clemson, 20-15, on Saturday.
April 29, 1990
The American Society of Interior Designers, Pasadena chapter, has elected Christie L. Skinner president. Skinner owns City Spaces Inc. in Pasadena.
May 17, 1998 | Jean Winegardner
It's well documented that, in its heyday from the late 1920s to the '50s, Central Avenue was the center of L.A.'s jazz scene. What's not as well known--"the part that is not told," as Anthony Scott, executive director of the Dunbar Economic Development Corp., says, is that it was also home to some of the city's first black-run businesses, social organizations and churches. This unknown side is celebrated in an exhibit opening today at the landmark Dunbar Hotel.
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