March 30, 2013
From: Goldberg, Nick Sent: Saturday, March 30, 2013 12:31 PM To: Los Angeles Times Staff Subject: Dan Turner Dan Turner, an editorial writer at The Times, died this morning after a two year struggle with pancreatic cancer. Though he suffered a lot of pain in recent months, he died peacefully. It's overwhelmingly sad and terribly unfair. Dan was about to reach his 50th birthday next month. He was a lovely colleague, a mild, kind, smart voice in our editorial board meetings.
December 20, 2012 |
Despite Friday's slaughter of innocents in Newtown, Conn., it turns out that gun violence isn't particularly common in that state. Per-capita firearm homicides are about average compared to other U.S. states, and Connecticut actually gets high marks from the Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence, whose score card rates it fifth best in the nation for its legislative efforts to keep dangerous weapons out of the hands of criminals. As Congress and the states examine ways to toughen gun laws in the wake of the elementary school rampage that left 20 children and seven adults dead, figures like that aren't very encouraging.
October 5, 2012 |
This post has been updated from its original version. A new paragraph, marked by an asterisk, has been added. Walking the dog the other morning, I heard an odd whistle and hum behind me; it was one of my neighbors returning home (I happened to be standing in front of his driveway at the time), driving his new Nissan Leaf electric car. "How do you like your Leaf?" I asked, while dragging the pooch out of his path. "Man, I absolutely love it. I haven't been to a gas station in, like, two months.
April 27, 1991 |
A veteran policeman who was named officer of the year in 1989 for rescuing two people from fires was charged Friday with setting a blaze in the parsonage of the city's oldest black Baptist church. Sgt. Oliver Brown was relieved of duty pending the outcome of an investigation into the Thursday night fire that heavily damaged the pastor's home at Mt. Zion Baptist Church, police spokesman Dan Turner said.
December 14, 2012 |
If there's been another tragic mass shooting, there must be pundits all over the mediasphere ranting for or against tighter controls on guns. The arguments follow a predictable course: Advocates point out that gun violence in the United States, presumably because of its laws granting easy access to firearms, is far more common than in more restrictive countries, particularly in Europe. Opponents fire back that criminals will break the law to obtain guns if they want them -- after all, they're criminals, who feel no apparent remorse about mass slaughter.
October 28, 2012 |
Gov. Rick Perry is the kind of politician many Texans seem to like: straight-talking, rigidly Christian, a bedrock conservative. His Lone Star State popularity apparently deluded him into believing he'd have a shot at national glory, yet when the rest of the country got a close look at him during his run for the GOP presidential nomination, it became clear that all wasn't quite right with the leather-faced former cotton farmer. It wasn't just his frequent gaffes and memory lapses; it was that at key times he didn't seem quite all there mentally, such as during a debate in Orlando, Fla., when his speech was so slurred that pundits questioned whether he had suffered a stroke or had been drinking beforehand.