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May 14, 1988
Making pitchers completely stop in their delivery is like making drivers completely stop at stop signs. One disrupts the flow of our great game; the other the flow of traffic. Bring the "California Roll" back to the big leagues! NICK ROSE Westwood
April 24, 2014 | By Gary Klein and Chris Foster
Don't look for the union label around USC's or UCLA's football practice facilities any time soon. Football players at both schools are aware that Northwestern players might unionize. But when asked about the issue recently during spring practice, several said they were only casually monitoring the situation. "There has been some small talk around the locker room," said UCLA quarterback Brett Hundley. "We'll get a lot more information. Obviously, they are starting something. " Northwestern players will vote Friday on whether to unionize.
July 2, 2000
Re "Merits of Estate Tax," letter, June 24: The Congressional Budget Office has released information that this tax is "cost-inefficient" since it costs more to administer and collect this tax than the total amount collected. For this reason alone, it should be abolished completely. The sooner the better. ALEX H. GAAL San Marino
April 22, 2014 | By Patrick J. McDonnell
BEIRUT - The Syrian government has shipped out almost 90% of its chemical weapons material, raising hopes that the war-ravaged nation can meet a Sunday deadline to comply with a disarmament accord, an international regulator said Tuesday. The latest shipment on Tuesday to the Mediterranean port of Latakia means that 86.5% of the weapon material has been removed, according to a statement from the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, which is overseeing destruction of Syria's toxic chemical stockpile.
November 17, 2002
Regarding the article about so few political movies being made ("Propelled by politics," Nov. 10), nowhere does the story mention "Bowling for Columbine," which is the most political film (and making money, Hollywood!) today, and it's an independent to boot. How could you leave it out completely? Hank Rosenfeld Santa Monica
November 5, 1991
I have been an admirer of your column for some time. The Oct. 17 one in The Times about the Thomas-Hill controversy is deserving of a literary award. It expresses my sentiments completely--especially your last paragraph. MIMI BIRNKRANT, Newport Beach
October 23, 1994
In her excellent article on the North Frisian island of Fohr ("Island Playground in the North Sea," Sept. 11), Eva G. Fremont translates the term Wattenmeer as cotton sea . There is in German the word Watte , meaning cotton , but it is not related to Wattenmeer or Watt , a derivative of the low German and Old High German wat , which means "a place in the sea low enough to wade through." ELISABETH HAGGBLADE Fresno By the second paragraph of Eva G. Fremont's article on the German island of Fohr, I wanted to scream.
October 5, 2008 | Kathy M. Kristof, Special to The Times
Justin and Brandy Besemer were newly married and trying to pay off their wedding debt when they decided their family needed a dog -- an American Bulldog named Kaila. Thus started one of their first arguments. Brandy, who had never had a dog before, wanted to spend a little over $300 a year to buy pet insurance. Justin, who had always had dogs, thought it was a waste of money. "His parents told me this horror story that made me insist we get it," explained Brandy, 28.
October 17, 2000 | From Associated Press
Chris Herren and Bryant Stith were traded to the Boston Celtics by the Denver Nuggets on Monday for Robert Pack and Calbert Cheaney. The deal had been agreed to a while ago but couldn't be completed until 60 days after the Celtics obtained Pack from the Dallas Mavericks in a four-team trade. The Nuggets also said they had picked up options on the fourth year of the contracts of center Raef LaFrentz and Keon Clark. Both are third-year players. Herren, 25, averaged 3.
Jermaine Jackson says he took a biting musical swipe at his superstar sibling, Michael, because his younger brother had frozen him out of his life. In an interview, Jermaine explained that the cantankerous lyrics to his song "Word to the Badd!!," which criticize Michael for allegedly changing his skin color and obtaining plastic surgery, were written in retaliation for eight months of unreturned phone calls.
April 22, 2014 | By Charles Fleming
When Norman Hajjar rides around the country, he rides around the country. The long distance driver has just finished an epic 24-day, 12,000-mile national tour, driving a stock Tesla S model electric automobile. Hajjar's journey began in the Pacific Northwest, traversing Washington and Oregon before crossing California from top to bottom and heading east -- to Maine, via Wyoming and South Dakota. Then he drove the Tesla south to Florida, then back north to Pennsylvania before turning west and retracing the route back to California.
April 15, 2014 | By Oliver Gettell
The late actor Paul Walker's brothers, Caleb and Cody, have joined the production of "Fast & Furious 7" and will stand in for him to complete the movie, according to the franchise's official Facebook page. Walker, who died in a single-car crash over Thanksgiving weekend, "had already shot his dramatic scenes and most of his action for 'Fast & Furious 7,' " the update says , and the film has since resumed shooting. "Caleb and Cody are helping us complete some remaining action for their brother and fill in small gaps left in production," the update says.
April 10, 2014 | By David Zahniser
The panel charged with looking into sexual harassment claims against Los Angeles City Councilman Jose Huizar has completed its work and forwarded its findings to Council President Herb Wesson. Council members have scheduled a possible closed-door meeting Friday to discuss the report, which was produced by Batza & Associates, an investigative firm that specializes in workplace matters. The firm's findings will not be publicly released because Huizar is a city employee and employee matters are considered confidential, said Raelynn Napper, equal employment opportunity division manager for the city's Personnel Department.
April 10, 2014 | By David Zahniser
The panel charged with looking into sexual harassment claims against Los Angeles City Councilman Jose Huizar has completed its work and forwarded its findings to Council President Herb Wesson. News that the probe is finished comes as the City Council on Friday is scheduled to consider a contract authorizing up to $200,000 in payments to the law firm representing Huizar in a lawsuit filed by his accuser, former Deputy Chief of Staff Francine Godoy. The report, which council members are expected to consider behind closed doors, was prepared by Batza & Associates, an investigative firm that specializes in workplace matters.
April 9, 2014 | By Andrea Wang
The following is a full list of nominees for the 2014 Billboard Music Awards: ARTIST AWARDS Artist Miley Cyrus Imagine Dragons Bruno Mars Katy Perry Justin Timberlake New artist Bastille Capital Cities Ariana Grande Lorde Passenger 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April 7, 2014 | By Chris Dufresne
ARLINGTON, Texas - Kentucky freshman guard Aaron Harrison launched a last-seconds three-point shot Monday from the same spot he'd knocked two straight opponents out of the tournament. This time he didn't make it, though, and this time it didn't matter. Connecticut didn't just defeat Kentucky, 60-54, to win the NCAA title Monday night before a crowd of 79,238 at AT&T Stadium. BOX SCORE: Connecticut 60, Kentucky 54 Connecticut never trailed in the game, going wire to wire to cap a tournament run that was even more improbable than Kentucky's.
January 3, 1993 | SUZANNE MUCHNIC, Suzanne Muchnic is The Times' art writer
When they converged in San Francisco about 45 years ago, Wolfgang Paalen, Gordon Onslow Ford and Lee Mullican wanted nothing less than to be image makers of cosmic freedom. The purpose of art, they thought, was self-transcending awareness.
July 22, 1990 | JOHN JOHNSON and RONALD L. SOBLE, John Johnson and Ronald L. Soble, Times staff writers, are working on a book about the Menendez case for New American Library.
ON A MILD SUNDAY last summer, a string of "popping sounds" drifted through the lazy night air of Beverly Hills around 10 o'clock. "I didn't think anything of it," said Tom Zlotow, a neighbor who soon learned that the noises he'd heard from the house right behind his were echoes of the most sensational crime in the history of Beverly Hills. "I didn't even think it could be gunfire, especially around here."
April 4, 2014 | By Marion McNabb
I'd been living in Los Angeles a short time when I found myself in an improv comedy class in Hollywood. A friend who was also an actress had encouraged, well, nagged me to enroll in what is now iO West, the West Coast offshoot of Chicago's ImprovOlympic. I was intimidated, but I also was lonely and looking for a challenge, so I went. That choice, to face my fears and connect with others, forever changed my life. From the outside, the tiny theater space on a stretch of Santa Monica Boulevard looked industrial - not the beachy sort of place I, a newcomer to L.A., had imagined it would be. I was not impressed.
March 27, 2014 | By Mike Bresnahan
MILWAUKEE - The Milwaukee Bucks are an awful team, clinging to the NBA's worst record week after week, month after month. But they can always remember one thing about this season. They swept the Lakers. It became official Thursday, 108-105, another loss for the Lakers that was only slightly better than their dismal one at home to the Bucks. On New Year's Eve. By 15. Was it already mentioned that the Bucks are the worst team in the NBA? This one took place in front of thousands of empty seats because the Wisconsin Badgers started a Sweet 16 game in Anaheim 15 minutes before tipoff here.
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