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May 19, 1987
Betty O'Meara's letter on the matter of blame-shifting reminded me of the following: Adam blamed it on Eve, Eve blamed it on the serpent. The poor serpent! It didn't have a leg to stand on! DONALD R. LEHTI Los Angeles
April 12, 2014 | By Patrick J. McDonnell
BEIRUT - Each side in the Syrian conflict blamed the other Saturday for an alleged poison gas attack that reportedly injured scores of civilians in the central province of Hama. There was no independent confirmation of a chemical strike, which reportedly hit the village of Kfar Zeita, an agricultural center northwest of the provincial capital, Hama. Fierce clashes between rebel and loyalist forces have been reported in the area. Various pro-opposition accounts said a government air raid Friday in Kfar Zeita included bombardment with an unspecified chemical agent, causing choking and suffocation among scores of residents.
June 12, 1989 | From Reuters
A French commission of inquiry said today that engine failure caused the crash of a Soviet MIG-29 fighter jet at the Paris air show last week. It cleared the pilot of any blame.
April 11, 2014 | By Mery Mogollon and Chris Kraul
CARACAS, Venezuela - A marathon meeting between President Nicolas Maduro and opposition leaders that ended early Friday kept alive the possibility of a compromise between the two sides to halt Venezuela's slide toward anarchy. Maduro hosted 11 opposition leaders Thursday night at the Miraflores presidential palace in Caracas, the capital, and the political foes leveled bitter accusations. Each blamed the other for the violence that has left 41 people dead and more than 1,000 injured since February.
April 3, 2006
After reading "Mommy wars -- a false battle" (Opinion, March 31), my only question for Rosa Brooks is why did she wait so long in her commentary to blame men for a battle fought by women? Brooks seems to be the kind of feminist who also blames men when the economy slows down, when the weather turns sour and when women wear high-heels. She needs to get out more, away from her feminist tomes and friends. JERRY A. BOGGS Livonia, Mich.
November 18, 1989
Is it true that George Raveling is a UCLA plot? LARRY HARRIS, Manhattan Beach
August 26, 2008 | From Times Wire Services
Netflix Inc. is blaming a faulty piece of computer hardware for a breakdown that delayed millions of shipments to the online DVD rental service's customers this month. "We've taken steps to fortify our shipping system with the acquisition of additional equipment and worked with our vendors to verify we're in good shape elsewhere," technology chief Mike Osier wrote on Netflix's website.
June 30, 1989
A Soviet MIG-29 jet fighter that crashed in flames at the Paris Air Show went down because a small bird was sucked into its engine, a commission has concluded. Specialists found feathers sticking to the wrecked engine's blades, the newspaper Socialist Industry said, quoting the head of the French-Soviet panel's Soviet contingent, Donat Ogorodnikov. The commission's findings absolved the organizers of the June air show of all blame, the newspaper said.
June 9, 1989 | From Reuters
The United States is partly to blame for a huge influx of Vietnamese "boat people" into Hong Kong, a relief official said Thursday. Chris Bale, Hong Kong director of the British-based charity organization Oxfam, said Washington has applied pressure on Southeast Asian nations to provide asylum to boat people fleeing Vietnam.
January 9, 1992
If Columbus didn't discover the "New World," someone eventually would have; all the things that he is blamed for would have been blamed on someone else. Don't blame Columbus, he was just a navigator. CHARLES W. LeCOMPTE Santa Barbara
April 8, 2014 | By Kate Mather, Joseph Serna and Joe Mozingo
ISLA VISTA, Calif. — The scene Monday on Del Playa Drive was a curious, uniquely Isla Vista mix: part laid-back beach vibe, part riot aftermath. Beach towels fluttered over cliffside balconies as UC Santa Barbara students enjoyed spring weather. Dumpsters overflowed with beer boxes and red cups. "I was in the riot," one young woman said nonchalantly to her friend as they rode beach cruisers. "I got hit by a tear gas grenade," a male student told his friends as they carried an inflatable pool over their heads.
March 26, 2014 | By Mike DiGiovanna
PHOENIX - Angels fans won't have Joe Blanton to kick around anymore. The Angels released the struggling and oft-criticized right-hander on Wednesday and ate the remaining $8.5 million on his contract, a move that was probably more difficult for General Manager Jerry Dipoto to digest than Blanton. "It's regrettable, it's a mistake on my part, there's no one else to blame," said Dipoto, who signed Blanton to a two-year, $15-million deal before 2013. "I made the call on signing Joe Blanton, and obviously this isn't the way he or I wanted it to work out. Unfortunately, that's the way it goes sometimes.
March 24, 2014 | Bill Dwyre
For much of our adult lives, the Lakers have been the toast of the town. That's why the anguish is so understandable now that they are merely toast. But in the midst of all the noise, have we not missed some of the more salient points? Are we so engrossed in our need for instant gratification that we cannot look beyond the most recent tweet? Even as we dissect everything about the Lakers as if they were biology-class frogs, aren't we getting off track a bit? There is no intention here of being an apologist.
March 20, 2014 | By Corina Knoll
    It was a collision that rewrote the future of a young man: A football team captain on the verge of heading off to college would instead become a childlike invalid who struggled to tie his shoes. Edward Acuna was 17 when he took the field for Pomona's Garey High on an October night. In the fourth quarter, he sustained a helmet-to-helmet hit. When the defensive lineman eventually gained consciousness, he was partially paralyzed, unable to utter simple words and had lost his short-term memory.
March 19, 2014 | By Vincent Bevins
SAO PAULO, Brazil -   The governor of Rio de Janeiro state apologized Wednesday for the death of a woman shot during a firefight between police and criminal suspects and later dragged behind a police vehicle. The incident was the latest to raise questions about police conduct  in Rio as Gov. Sergio Cabral's administration continues a years-long effort to reform the police department and establish peace in its favelas , or slums, in preparation for the 2014 World Cup, which begins in June, and the 2016 Olympic Games.
March 18, 2014 | By Jeff Gottlieb
Crews worked Tuesday to fix a fingertip-sized hole in an underground pipe that allowed about 1,200 gallons of crude oil to seep onto a quiet residential street in Wilmington. Phillips 66, which earlier in the day said it was almost positive that it was not to blame for the leak, later took responsibility and put the blame on one of its out-of-service pipes. Don Ellis, a hazardous-materials specialist with the Los Angeles County Fire Department, said that when an underground oil pipeline is withdrawn from use, it is supposed to be capped and the material inside vacuumed out. Janet Grothe, a spokeswoman for Phillips 66, said the company would investigate why oil remained in the pipe, which she said was taken out of service before Phillips 66 acquired it. Los Angeles Councilman Joe Buscaino, who was touring the area, said the pipe had been withdrawn from service in 1998.
May 19, 1989 | From United Press International
Two trains collided Wednesday near Mocuba in Zambezia province, killing at least 23 people and injuring 48 others in an accident blamed on bad maintenance of the rail line, Radio Mozambique said Thursday.
June 11, 1989 | From Associated Press
The standard of written English among some Oxford University students is so poor that tutoring may be necessary, a professor says. Jack Pole, Rhodes professor of American history at Oxford, blamed the decline on Britain's schools, saying they offer pupils no encouragement to attach value to grammar and style in writing. Pole also blamed sloppy language in the media. He said that persistent offenders may have to be sent to a tutor but that most of the students are well-groomed in writing elegant English.
March 17, 2014 | By Amro Hassan
CAIRO  - A state-appointed human rights panel on Monday blamed both sides for the deadly violence seven months ago when security forces broke up protest camps set up by supporters of ousted Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi. The National Council for Human Rights, releasing its findings at a news conference, said it had confirmed the deaths of 632 people, most of them protesters. Egyptian and international human rights groups have put the toll over several days in mid-August at nearly double that.
March 14, 2014 | By Ari Bloomekatz
A security lapse at the Twin Towers Correctional Facility in downtown Los Angeles that helped allow an inmate to escape earlier this week has been rectified, sheriff's officials say. The inmate, 37-year-old Christopher Lee Brown, remained at large Friday after he walked out of the inmate release area about 10 p.m. Wednesday. He had been sentenced earlier in the day to four years, eight months in jail after being convicted of burglary and identity theft. Authorities said they believe Brown impersonated another inmate as part of his effort to escape.
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