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OPINION
June 16, 2013
Re "Risks to hands-free units," June 13 As far as it goes, the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety's study on the dangers of using hands-free devices while driving is accurate. However, it should be noted that the hands-free technology in modern cars is new and that in time drivers will adapt to these systems and will learn how to manage all this new information. We are only in the infancy of this pervasive technology, and it's impossible to fully understand how we'll adapt to it in the future.
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OPINION
June 16, 2013
Re "A restrained state budget," Editorial, and "A longer day in court," June 13 Shame on the governor, the Legislature and, frankly, The Times' editorial board. The dismantling of the California legal system, our third branch of government, continues with the new proposed state budget. Your editorial makes no mention of our courts, where citizens wait too long for justice. The California courthouse infrastructure, especially in Los Angeles County, was built from decades of prudent decisions, and now many locations are being closed down.
BUSINESS
June 10, 2013 | By Ricardo Lopez
The Supreme Court on Monday gave a California raisin-growing couple another chance to defend their claim that the government violated their constitutional rights by fining them after they refused to obey Depression-era crop mandates. In a unanimous ruling , the high court sent the case back to the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals, saying it had incorrectly ruled that  it did not have jurisdiction to hear a particular defense brought forth by the couple suing the U.S. Department of Agriculture.  The case arose in 2002 and was brought forth by Marvin and Laura Horne, who have grown raisins in California's Central Valley since 1969 under the Raisin Valley Farms brand.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 7, 2013
The California Supreme Court on Monday unanimously upheld the right of cities to ban  medical marijuana  dispensaries. Although voters or the Legislature may decide to adopt "a different approach" in the future, nothing in the current laws restricts the right of local governments to declare dispensaries a nuisance that must be prohibited, the court said. Join us at 9 a.m. as we discuss the court's ruling and what it means for California medicinal users with Times reporter Maura Dolan.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 6, 2013 | By Maura Dolan
[Updated 1t 10:15 a.m.: SAN FRANCISCO -- The California Supreme Court decided Monday that cities may ban medical marijuana dispensaries through zoning. The state high court's unanimous ruling,  which approved a ban by the city of Riverside, is expected to spur more such prohibitions around the state. About 200 communities now have zoning laws that exclude cannabis dispensaries.] During a hearing in February, several justices indicated they favored upholding city bans.
NEWS
May 2, 2013 | By Ted Rall
Legislation approved by the Assembly would make California the first state to allow noncitizens to serve on juries. Naturally, the courts would have to make certain adjustments. ALSO: The power of jury duty Photo gallery: Ted Rall cartoons Kenny Smith schools Chris Broussard on inclusiveness Follow Ted Rall on Twitter @TedRall
OPINION
April 16, 2013
Re "Comic had ark of characters," Obituary, April 13 I first met Jonathan Winters in 1967 in Vietnam. Not many Hollywood people did USO visits to our remote location. We never hosted the Bob Hope-type entertainers. Winters was brilliant. Before the "show," some of us engaged him in what we would call just a conversation. Everything that was said turned into a joke or something original and funny. In some ways it was hard to determine just who Winters really was; the continuous on-stage personality or someone masquerading as a regular person.
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