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February 8, 2013 | By Ronald D. White
The U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says it is looking into possibly expanding a small recall of Pontiac G6 midsize cars to as many as 550,000 vehicles. Three years ago, just 9,000 of the cars were recalled by General Motors because the brake lights and cruise control didn't work properly. That recall affected cars made only in January 2005. But the NHTSA says it has subsequently received more than 200 complaints about brake lights that do not come on when brake pedals are pressed or that the lights come on when brakes are not being applied.
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.
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)
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.
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.
September 13, 2012 | By David Undercoffler, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
Chevrolet has found a bit of mojo over the past 24 months in a segment of the automotive landscape that, historically, hasn't been its strong suit: small cars. The compact Cruze was a sales leader for much of 2011 and after slowing a bit for some of 2012, was the bestselling car in its class for August. Meanwhile, GM (Chevrolet's parent) says people bought almost 74,000 of its sub-compact Sonic in its first 12 months on the market. So Chevrolet is going even smaller with the Spark.
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.
May 21, 1987 | PATRICIA WARD BIEDERMAN, Times Staff Writer
Tim Hall, president of the senior class at Palos Verdes High School in Palos Verdes Estates, never thought he'd succumb to senioritis. "I used to study so hard," he said, recalling his industrious junior year as if it had occurred in the distant past. Like most of the 457 members of the Palos Verdes' Class of 1987--indeed, like high-school seniors everywhere--Tim keeps forgetting why he should concentrate on calculus and English composition.
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