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July 27, 2012 | By Scott Collins
AMC has killed "The Killing. " The cable network has axed the crime drama after two seasons. The series started to great acclaim from critics, but many fans turned against the show after it failed in its first season to resolve the investigation of the murder of Rosie Larsen, which fans felt they had been implicitly promised. "After much deliberation, we've come to the difficult decision not to renew 'The Killing' for a third season," AMC said in a statement. "The Killing" marks a rare failure for AMC, which has embarked on an aggressive expansion into original programming in recent years.
March 25, 2014 | By David Horsey
If Democrats think the botched rollout of the Obamacare web site has handicapped them in the 2014 congressional elections, they should be ready for worse to come. Unhappiness with the negative effects of the healthcare law could produce even nastier consequences for Democrats in 2016.  In the unrelenting partisan war between Republicans and Democrats that started as soon as Barack Obama became president in 2009, the Affordable Care Act has been the central battleground. The GOP used the ACA to bludgeon Democrats and win control of the House of Representatives in 2010.
February 6, 2013 | By Paul Armentano
Former head of the Drug Enforcement Administration Robert Bonner wrote in his Feb. 1 Blowback article , "There is still no such scientific study establishing that marijuana is effective as a medicine. " Nonsense. Over the last several years, the state of California, via the Center for Medicinal Cannabis Research , has conducted several placebo-controlled, FDA-approved clinical trials affirming the safety and therapeutic efficacy of cannabis. Other institutions have as well.
October 10, 2013 | By E. Clement Shute Jr
The Times' characterization in its Sept. 15 article on the agreement between California and Nevada on development at Lake Tahoe as a win for Nevada reflects a misunderstanding of what occurred and what it means for environmental improvement at the lake. The updated regional plan will result in improved air and water quality. It is supported by nearly all the stakeholders at Lake Tahoe, including the League to Save Lake Tahoe. Its policies are backed by scientific studies . And, importantly, the plan was the result of cooperation between the two governors and the bi-state governing board -- the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency -- on which I serve.
March 22, 2008 | MEGHAN DAUM
I'm feeling oddly tongue-tied in the wake of the pop psychology gabfest spawned by the ever-evolving sex scandals of the New York governor's office. Even though I happened to be in New York when the whole Eliot Spitzer thing was unfurling, and every other conversation had something to do with hookers or managed to incorporate cheesy innuendo about "Client 9. " I'm still not entirely clear as to what we're supposed to take away from this. But, by God, we need something. The Spitzer narrative, its many lurid subplots, and now the peccadilloes of the new N.Y. "Luv Gov" and his wife have demanded not just around-the-clock reporting but a breathless "cultural dialogue" suggesting that a huge percentage of Americans have quit their day jobs and turned into amateur psychologists.
November 24, 2010 | By Dennis McLellan, Los Angeles Times
Chalmers Johnson, an influential scholar of East Asia's political economy whose seminal writings forced a reevaluation of both the Chinese Revolution and the Japanese "economic miracle," has died. He was 79. Johnson, who taught at the Berkeley and San Diego campuses of the University of California from 1962 to 1992, died Saturday of complications of long-term rheumatoid arthritis at his home in Cardiff-by-the-Sea, said his wife, anthropologist Sheila K. Johnson. The UC Berkeley-educated Johnson was the founder and president of the Japan Policy Research Institute, a 16-year-old nonprofit organization devoted to public education about Japan and its place in the world.
August 19, 2002
In Argentina, even in the wealthier area that includes Buenos Aires, half of the population lives in poverty in shantytowns. In Brazil, 10% of the people control half of the wealth. In Guatemala, about two-thirds of children under 5 years old are chronically malnourished. In Colombia, an average of eight people a day are kidnapped for ransom.
March 5, 1987 | RALPH D. VARTABEDIAN, Times Staff Writer
Question: What is engine blow-back? How is it caused, and how can it be corrected? I have a 1963 Cadillac with 150,000 miles on it, which I bought new. The car uses oil, particularly on sustained drives, and will need a quart every 200 miles. It does better in city driving. I don't see any oil leaks or blue smoke, but the engine is covered with slimy oil. I have been told the problem is blow-back, and only a complete engine overhaul will fix it.
February 1, 2013 | By Robert Bonner
Reacting to a federal appellate court decision upholding the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration's denial of reclassification of marijuana, The Times states in its Jan. 25 editorial that whether marijuana should be reclassified under federal law to permit its prescription as a medicine should be based on science and an evaluation of the facts, rather than on myths. I fully agree.  And yet the editorial is based on the myth that the DEA has made it "nearly impossible" for researchers to obtain marijuana for such scientific studies.
May 28, 2013 | By John Shallman
More often than not, columnist Jim Newton gets things right. But his analysis of Controller Wendy Greuel's campaign for mayor of Los Angeles, which I advised, is dead wrong.  Newton: "Greuel never introduced herself in a positive way to voters. " Greuel's first television commercial did precisely what Newton said she did not: It introduced Wendy in a positive way to voters. The ad, " All of L.A. ," featured her speaking directly to the camera as she described her record identifying waste as controller and her plan to create jobs, improve schools and reduce crime for all of Los Angeles.
September 25, 2013 | By Raul A. Reyes
Dismissing comparisons of tea party Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) to the infamous Joe McCarthy, Jonah Goldberg suggests in his column Tuesday that Cruz instead "might be the conservative Barack Obama. " Goldberg then requests that readers "bear with me. " Those three words should be taken as a warning sign. When a writer asks readers to "bear with me," it often means he is about go out on a limb with an absurd proposition. And that is what Goldberg proceeds to do. After taking his readers out on a limb with him, the branch then comes crashing down under the weight of assumptions and mischaracterizations.
September 20, 2013 | By Jack Mosbacher
In the coming weeks, Gov. Jerry Brown will likely sign AB 484, a measure that would put the state at odds with the Obama administration and risk $1.5 billion in federal funding by effectively suspending data collection on K-12 student achievement for the current school year as the state transitions to the Common Core curriculum. What this effort doesn't consider is that there are other crucial changes taking place in California's education system, including different ways to allocate funding to schools.
September 10, 2013 | By Maria Blanco and Manuel Pastor
It should be self-evident that a city like Los Angeles -- with nearly half the population having come from outside the country -- would be well served by an Office of Immigrant Affairs at City Hall. But according to Paul Whitefield, who questioned the office's value in his Aug. 27 Opinion L.A. blog post , rebooting the program established by former Mayor James Hahn's administration would distract from basic city services. Credit Whitefield for making some good points about the need for new Mayor Eric Garcetti to pay attention to these basics, including fixing streets, funding the fire department and improving transit.
August 22, 2013 | By Max Boot
Prominent commentators, including Leslie Gelb, John Bolton and Bret Stephens, are counseling the Obama administration to swallow its qualms about the military coup in Cairo and embrace the generals as the best alternative to the Muslim Brotherhood. This is what might be called the "son of a bitch" theory of international relations, after the apocryphal comment supposedly made by President Franklin D. Roosevelt about Nicaraguan dictator Anastasio Somoza: "He may be a son of a bitch, but he's our son of a bitch.
August 12, 2013 | By Derrick Morgan
Imagine a major Christian leader citing Scripture while writing about marriage, abortion, divorce or sexual abstinence in a commentary published by a mainstream newspaper. Imagine him encouraging reforms that "reflect biblical principles," noting that "nations will be judged," that Christian lawmakers should "let personal faith replace political fear. " Imagine him arguing that a specific reform "will honor our American values, our biblical values and our God. " Hard to imagine a mainstream, secular publication featuring such a piece, isn't it?
August 9, 2013 | By Amy Wallen
After reading 27-year-old Max Perry's Op-Ed article " Poor Memory? Forget it " in my old-fashioned print newspaper, I laughed both at his irony and his naivete. He is right that we older folk say, "Shoot me when my memory loss gets too bad. " But, then he says, "Go with the flow. " That it's not "cataclysmic. " Dear Max, let me explain this memory loss we are so willing to be shot over. I see your point, it's just a cocker spaniel whose name we forgot. If we had dementia we would think that dog was one of our kids.
May 30, 2013 | By Lisa Wade
In his Op-Ed article this week on hookup culture in college, Bob Laird links binge drinking and casual sex to sexually transmitted diseases, unwanted pregnancies, confusion, low self-esteem, unhappiness, vomiting, ethical retardation, low grades and emotional inadequacy. "How nice of The Times to include this leftover piece from 1957 today," snarked a reader in the online comments.  Fair enough, but Laird is more than out of touch. He also fundamentally misunderstands hookup culture, the relationships that form within it and the real source of the problems arising from some sexual relationships.
February 12, 2013 | By James Cavallaro
In his Feb. 5 Op-Ed article, " The case for drone strikes ," Michael W. Lewis presents a distorted picture of the methodology and conclusions of a report I coauthored, “ Living Under Drones: Death, Injury, and Trauma to Civilians from U.S. Drone Practices in Pakistan .” First, Lewis suggests that our report errs in adopting the civilian casualty estimates provided by the Bureau of Investigative Journalism, based in Britain. It is true that the bureau's estimates of civilian casualties have been higher than the two other institutions -- the Long War Journal and the New America Foundation -- compiling the information available on this issue.
June 12, 2013 | By Raul A. Reyes
As an attorney and a supporter of immigration reform, I read the Op-Ed article Monday by Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.) hoping to learn more about principled conservative opposition to the so-called Gang of Eight's plan in the Senate. Instead, I was disappointed by Sessions' one-sided view of the legislation, as well as by his failure to offer any alternative for fixing our immigration system. Sessions characterizes the Senate plan as "amnesty. " In reality, it's anything but, as the bill would force undocumented immigrants to pay back taxes, fees and at least $2,000 in fines, pass a background check and wait 13 years before they could become citizens.
June 11, 2013 | By Peter Taylor
In arguing that the individual campuses of the University of California would be better served by having a looser relationship with a drastically downsized UC office of the president, UCLA history professor David Myers relies in part on the late Clark Kerr to make his case. In a May 31 Times Op-Ed article , Myers cites the former UC president's observation that the "university-wide system has no alumni, no students, no faculty, no sports teams, no one to cheer for it. " Myers' selective quotation doesn't actually reflect Kerr's broader view on this subject.
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