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SCIENCE
March 8, 2008 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
A robotic spacecraft circling Mars has snapped the first image of a series of active avalanches near the planet's north pole, scientists said Monday. The image, taken last month by NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter, reveals at least four avalanches of fine ice and dust breaking off from a steep cliff and settling on the slope below. The cascade kicked up massive debris clouds, with some measuring more than 590 feet across.
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FOOD
May 14, 1992
In your airline food article, "You Can Take It With You" (April 9), Jonathan Gold wrote: "Bringing your own wine is technically illegal, but no more risky than sneaking a nip in the stands at a college football game." What a pity! We don't have enough fraud, deceit, cheating, law breaking in the world, now we even get encouragement. Come on. How about some great ideas that instill integrity? JUDITH SHARPE
ENTERTAINMENT
November 21, 1992
I am disgusted with your anti-white, racist headlines and articles. The headline "Breaking Up 'White-Bread' Look of TV Commentators" on a column by Howard Rosenberg, a "white-bread" commentator himself, is anti-white, racist, derogatory to a group of L.A. citizens and unacceptable! Would you print "Break Up of 'Chocolate Pudding' Look of Lakers" with hiring of white players? Let's show respect to all! Be polite! RUTH McFARLANE Pasadena
OPINION
September 6, 1987
With all the dire warnings about what Supreme Court nominee Robert Bork will do to our American way of life, I began to develop a few doubts about him. Now, thanks to the American Civil Liberties Union breaking its policy and coming out strongly against him (Part I, Sept. 1), I am now convinced he would be a fine asset to the court. JOHN M. STALBERG Pacific Palisades
MAGAZINE
October 21, 1990
As a Latin American, I am proud that a Nobel prize was bestowed on Garcia Marquez. But, because of my ancestry, I find it justified that the honoree felt humbled on being cast in Cervantes' company. He has reasons to feel humble. As a contemporary of el Bogotazo , I remember it well: While Garcia Marquez was breaking windows, Castro (on a trip paid by Peron!) was blamed for 32 of the 3,000 deaths. JOSE M. CUETO Santa Ana
SPORTS
July 7, 1990
I am very angry. I heard recently of the new contract that Jose Canseco signed. I cannot believe that anyone could pay a baseball player $23 million for five seasons of games. The idea that if you took all of the salaries from the players in both or maybe one league and could pay off the national debt scares the life out of me. It is insulting to people who work their whole lives, breaking their backs to keep their heads above water, to see someone throw a ball eight months out of the year and make millions of dollars.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 4, 2009
Maybe Greg Braxton, who reported on Paul Moyer's retirement ["KNBC Anchor Moyer Retires," April 2], could explore why, in the face of declining viewership, the local newscasts insist on greatly annoying the few viewers they still have remaining. There is that extremely overused and misused riff for "breaking news": If it is the evening newscast and the event happened in the morning, it is not "breaking news." "Coming up next" means next (first story after the commercial break), and not much later in the newscast with additional teasers for it. Why would Chuck Henry think that "you will not believe" that burning popcorn in the office microwave oven would set off the sprinklers?
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