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July 27, 2012 | By Jerry Hirsch
Mazda Motor Corp will recall 217,500 Tribute sport-utility vehicles sold in the U.S. to fix the same sticking gas pedal problem that Ford Motor Co. is dealing with in older Escape SUVs. The vehicles were jointly developed and share the same design.  The Mazda recall affects Tributes from the 2001 to 2006 model years and the 2008 model.  Like the Ford recall, only vehicles equipped with the 3-liter, V6 engine and cruise control are affected. Ford on Thursday recalled 421,000 Escapes sold in the U.S. Ford said the problem occurs because of inadequate clearance between the engine cover and the cruise control cable.
May 23, 1993
As a kindergarten teacher with 34 children in my class, I empathize with Marie Gruver (" . . . And Then There Were 34," May 9). Her frustrations are mine: the little child sharing or reading a story cut off before finishing; the uncooperative children demanding a disproportionate amount of time; the accelerated student "cruising" on his/her own; the too-young child becoming frustrated, then disruptive. At last some educational experts (where did you find them) actually recognize that large class size can erode the quality of learning.
April 27, 2012 | By Jerry Hirsch, Los Angeles Times
Although the technology is just in its infancy, 1 in 5 drivers expresses interest in cars that drive themselves, reports research firm J.D. Power and Associates. Tech giant Google Inc., Caltech and other organizations have been working to develop such "autonomous" vehicles, which use radar, video cameras and lasers to navigate roads and stay safe in traffic without human assistance. Google has said that computer-controlled cars should eventually drive more safely than humans, who, after all, get sleepy and distracted and can't see in every direction at once.
September 15, 2002
Your article "Cruise Control: On Some Lines, Tips Are Automatic" (Travel Insider, Aug. 18) leaves out some important aspects of cruise gratuities. Many cruise line employees are underpaid. Even on lines where gratuities are included, wages tend to be low. Cruise lines can continue these exploitative practices because their ships are registered in other countries, so they don't have to comply with U.S. labor laws. Many cruise employees are separated from their families for long periods and work well beyond eight-hour days for wages that teenage baby-sitters would consider inadequate.
November 13, 2012 | By Charles Fleming
Aprilia is going after the adventure bike market - hard - with its powerful, newly designed Caponard 1200. Having captured the hearts of track racers and cycle reviewers with its high end MotoGP-styled superbike RSV4, the Italian bike manufacturer is trying to increase American market share by going after a more casual class of rider. The Caponard is clearly meant to challenge the dominance of the BMW GS-series and Ducati Multistrada machines. The Caponard -- a dramatic upgrade from the mid-2000s Caponard 1000 and a grown-up cousin to the company's Mana 850GT -- offers a V-twin 128-HP power plant (from the same base as Aprilia's Dorsoduro 1200, using the company's now-standard electronic throttle Ride-By-Wire system)
August 27, 1998 | JOHN O'DELL
Next Time Call the Welcome Wagon. After handing Lincoln-Mercury officials the key to the city last month during ceremonies welcoming the Ford Motor Co.'s luxury division to its new world headquarters in Irvine, Mayor Christina Shea quipped that she thought the key was "from a Chevy Blazer." It couldn't have been. Anyone who drives around Irvine knows full well that leather-upholstered Suburbans and Lincoln Navigators are the sport-utes of choice in that upscale town.
November 6, 2012 | By David Undercoffler
It's Day 2 of our five-day stint with the Tesla Model S and already we're noticing several details about this car that are worth sharing. Here they are in no particular order, or click through our gallery to see what we're talking about. The most dramatic aspect of the inside of the Model S is the 17-inch touch screen. You can use the entire display for the navigation system, which uses Google Maps. Or you can split the screen between any combination of navigation, stereo, backup camera, phone and efficiency meter.
December 20, 2012 | By Joe Flint
After the coffee. Before figuring out if I can get out of town next week. The Skinny: I'm almost over this annoying cold that has hampered me for over a week. So don't cough around me. Thursday's stories include a look at whether Tom Cruise is big enough to pull off "Jack Reacher", and three senators criticize "Zero Dark Thirty. " Daily Dose: Fox Business News is wrapping up its best year ever while CNBC will be happy when 2012 is over. Although CNBC is still dominates among viewers and adults 25-54, it is down 14% and 15% respectively in those key categories.
July 19, 1986 | STEVE DOLAN, Times Staff Writer
If linebacker Shane Nelson plays a complete 1986 season for the Chargers, forget about comeback player of the year awards. Comeback player of the decade would be more appropriate. To put things into perspective, injuries have prevented Nelson from playing a complete game since 1981, when some of this year's Charger rookies were high school seniors. After four years of injuries, what keeps bringing Nelson back? "I don't think the game has passed me by," he said. "It's still the same athletes.
November 25, 2009 | Mark Heisler
There is a time for the New York Knicks -- at least in theory -- but this isn't it. Currently saving salary-cap room in the hope of having two maximum slots to offer next summer's free agents, that leaves the matter of the present, which was inconvenient, indeed, Tuesday night when they faced the Lakers, who already have stars in their max slots. The Lakers also have many tall players, while the Knicks started 6-foot-9 David Lee at center. Tuesday's game, which the Lakers won, 100-90, was like watching the storks play the fish in a swamp, or bend down to eat them.
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