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August 14, 1994
In his review of several books on the Apollo space program (Book Review, July 3, 1994), writer Terry Bisson claims, "Neither America nor Russia could (put a man on the moon) today. The blueprints for the F-1 engines are lost . . . " The belief that the blueprints for the Saturn V engines (and the rocket itself) have been lost is nothing more than a continually propagated misconception. The blueprints for the Saturn V rocket are stored on microfilm at Marshall Space Flight Center, and the Federal Archives in East Point, Ga., also house 2,900 cubic feet of Saturn documents.
March 30, 2014 | By The Times editorial board
Last year, after it was revealed that the National Security Agency was indiscriminately scooping up records of Americans' telephone calls under an expansive interpretation of the Patriot Act, President Obama urged the public to relax. "Nobody is listening to your telephone calls," he said. As for the so-called metadata that was being vacuumed up and stored by the government - the source, destination and duration of calls - the president assured the nation that the program was free of abuses and subject to aggressive oversight.
February 9, 1989
Shneour's illustration to prove the pro-lifers errant surely misses the mark. He contends that burning blueprints is something less than arson and aborting a baby is less than murder. Wonderful illustration, but let's look more carefully. If someone takes gasoline and a match to my blueprints he may owe me five bucks for replacement costs. On the other hand, if he sets fire to my fully framed but unfinished condo, he will be led away in handcuffs from the scene of the crime. Let's not tamper with approved building projects.
March 5, 2014 | By Meg James and Joe Flint
Walt Disney Co. and satellite TV provider Dish Network's sweeping new agreement could lead to changes in the way consumers watch television. The comprehensive distribution deal, announced late Monday, is expected to become a blueprint on how the television industry treats the increasingly important digital rights for valuable programming. Dish secured Internet streaming rights for content from Disney's ESPN, ESPN2, ABC Family and Disney Channel as well as the eight ABC television stations that Disney owns.
August 26, 1986
South Korea's major political parties formally presented their rival blueprints for amending the constitution and revising the setup of the government to a special committee of the National Assembly. The version proposed by the ruling Democratic Justice Party suggested a parliamentary Cabinet system under which the president is ceremonial head of state while the prime minister holds all executive powers.
March 1, 1998 | Jim Heimann
Angelenos are more likely to have seen the bridges just east of downtown in a movie than to actually have crossed them. A favorite of location scouts, the unique series of spans crossing the L.A. River have posed for countless action films. Least traversed of the group is the southernmost, the Washington Boulevard overpass. Its location in a heavily industrial area makes it more familiar with truck drivers than commuters. Too bad.
July 22, 2001 | Associated Press
Next summer, Brian Walker hopes to launch his 24-foot homemade rocket 35 miles above the Earth's surface--with him on board. He expects the trip to last 15 to 20 minutes. Here's how it's supposed to work: * The rocket's 9,000-pound load of 90% pure hydrogen peroxide will be forced from a pressurized fuel tank into a catalyst chamber containing stacks of silver screens. Contact with the silver will create a chemical reaction, causing the hydrogen peroxide to suddenly expand.
December 2, 1986
California has a remarkable opportunity to turn a setback into an opportunity to correct the failure of its mental-health services to care properly for the thousands turned out of mental hospitals onto the streets in recent years. There is now an agreed blueprint. All that is missing is someone to take the lead and someone to provide the money.
October 14, 1985
The most pressing task after Mexico's recent earthquakes was helping the victims. But the potential exists for long-term social and economic devastation even more severe than the quakes brought last month. For Mexico, the time has come to address the future. The nation faced difficult problems even before the tremors began.
Racing's first three-time winner of the Indianapolis 500 lives here, just to the side of a county road winding toward Cottonwood Cove, down past the town cemetery to the softball field, where the sign reads: "Cross at your own risk." Cross the sandy wash, and more than likely you will find Louie Meyer--winner of the 1928, 1933 and 1936 Indy 500s--sitting on his porch, soaking up the dry warmth of a 100-plus-degree desert day.
January 30, 2014 | By Brian Bennett and Michael A. Memoli
CAMBRIDGE, Md. - A Republican blueprint for immigration reform offers legalization for some of the nation's 11 million people who are in the country illegally, but no special pathway to citizenship except in the cases of children brought here by their parents, according to a draft presented Thursday to lawmakers by party leadership. The much-anticipated blueprint, while short on specifics, would offer legal status to immigrants as long as they admitted to wrongdoing, paid fines and taxes, submitted to a criminal background check and demonstrated a mastery of English and civics.
January 24, 2014 | By Garrett Therolf
Responding to recent high-profile deaths and injuries, a special county commission on child welfare is proposing a far-reaching overhaul of the Los Angeles County child protection service. The plans would impose greater oversight on private foster care agencies and improve coordination among the many agencies who deal with child welfare cases, officials said. In addition, representatives of the commission drafting reforms are calling on the county to establish a position of child welfare czar empowered to coordinate services between the Department of Children and Family Services and other county agencies involved in child abuse cases, including health services, social services and mental health.
January 9, 2014 | Chris Megerian and Anthony York
SACRAMENTO - Gov. Jerry Brown persuaded Californians to elect him by promising to fix the state's financial problems, and his latest budget proposal will play a big role in his effort to stay in the job. His $155-billion blueprint, unveiled Thursday, lays the groundwork not only for spending negotiations with lawmakers but also for an expected reelection campaign that could earn Brown an unprecedented fourth term as governor. Holding news conferences in three cities - Sacramento, San Diego and Los Angeles - Brown focused on the need for continuing fiscal restraint despite the state's economic recovery.
January 9, 2014 | By Chris Megerian
SACRAMENTO -- Gov. Jerry Brown on Thursday detailed his plans to continue nursing California back to financial health, emphasizing the need to carefully guard the surplus revenue generated by the recovering economy. The governor, during a Thursday morning press conference at the Capitol, said he wants to repay $11 billion of the state's debt and stash $1.6 billion in a reserve fund. "For this year, there's very good news. Good news in the fiscal stability and resources available for the state of California," Brown said, "but also cautionary warnings that, by no means, are we out of the wilderness.
January 8, 2014 | By Chris Megerian and Anthony York
SACRAMENTO - When he unveils his new budget plan Thursday, Gov. Jerry Brown will propose billions of dollars in new spending on schools, healthcare, social services and environmental programs as California reaps the benefits of an economic turnaround. The governor's $155-billion blueprint would increase general-fund spending by more than 8%, to $106.8 billion. Brown also wants to repay $11 billion in debts incurred during years of state financial crisis, and he would stash $1.6 billion in a reserve fund as a buffer against future economic turmoil.
December 28, 2013 | Thomas H. Maugh II
The difference between a glove for the left hand and one for the right is obvious to the human eye, even though the two are mirror images of each other. It is an easy task to distinguish between them and separate them from each other. Most biological molecules have similar mirror images, but it can be difficult to distinguish between them and even harder to separate them. Hardest of all is synthesizing only the desired form, because only this form will interact with other biological molecules in the correct fashion.
September 12, 2009 | Debra Prinzing
Satisfy your inner architect and set the dinner table with these platters, plates, mugs and linens embellished in blueprint-style patterns. The Floorplan collection's black-line drawings depict just about every type of urban abode available, from the post-college studio to the uptown penthouse. "Customers are putting them all together and having fun with them," says Sara Mills, who worked on the design team with Julie Gaines, owner of the Fishs Eddy housewares outlet in Manhattan. The stackable pieces are made of sturdy china and are safe to use in the microwave and dishwasher.
December 13, 2013 | By The Times editorial board
Top Assembly Democrats have revealed what they'd like to do with billions of dollars in extra tax revenue that the state is projected to receive, and their top priorities were reassuring: expanding the reserve fund and paying down the debts that Sacramento accumulated over the last decade. Their budget blueprint also calls for a lot of new spending on education and anti-poverty programs, however. If state government really has entered a sustained period of large surpluses, lawmakers can afford to make more long-term investments in California's infrastructure and its people.
December 13, 2013 | By David Zucchino
KABUL, Afghanistan - Formal peace talks between Taliban insurgents and the central government may be at a dead end, but provisional peace negotiations are underway in the rugged and often unforgiving Afghan countryside. In some remote districts, Afghan army and police commanders have agreed to cease-fires with local Taliban commanders, according to international coalition officials, diplomats and former top Afghan government advisors. Driven by tribal and sometimes family ties, these informal accommodations are viewed as a possible blueprint for a wider, more meaningful national peace deal after 12 years of war. In many instances, former top Afghan government security advisors say, the Taliban is under intense pressure from tribes fed up with the militants' roadside bombings and intimidation of villagers.
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