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September 21, 1995
Wow! The Los Angeles City Council declared the city racism-free (Sept. 13). Now that we have that problem solved, the County Board of Supervisors should declare the county debt-free and we can get on into the 21st Century. BRYAN W. STEVENS Rolling Hills Estates
March 21, 2014 | By Ben Bolch
Reinforcements arrived for the Lakers at a time when they could exchange their entire roster for the Western Conference All-Stars and it wouldn't matter. Their season is pretty much done. On the bright side, Steve Nash may not be. The veteran point guard played only eight days after being declared out for the season, about the only highlight of the Lakers' 117-107 loss to the Washington Wizards on Friday night at Staples Center. Nash tallied a season-high 11 assists to go with five points, four rebounds and three steals in 19 minutes while coming off the bench for the first time since March 9, 2000, as a member of the Dallas Mavericks.
April 26, 1989 | From Associated Press
President Bush on Tuesday declared a federal disaster in six counties in West Texas, where thunderstorms and flooding destroyed property in late March. Bush's declaration frees federal funds for such assistance as temporary housing and grants and low-interest loans for individuals and businesses.
March 19, 2014 | By Dominic Gates
SEATTLE - A review of crucial systems on Boeing's 787 Dreamliner ordered immediately after two serious 787 battery failures in January 2013 has concluded that the jetliner is safe, meets design standards and is about as reliable as other Boeing aircraft were after being introduced, according to a final report published Wednesday. The review, conducted by Federal Aviation Administration and Boeing Co. technical experts, also validates the oversight role played by the regulatory agency, concluding that "the FAA had effective processes in place to identify and correct issues.
November 26, 1988
It was very disappointing to read your editorial "Razzle-Dazzle in Algiers" (Nov. 16), and find out that you had nothing positive to say about the Palestinian declaration of statehood. While The Times editorial criticized the Palestine National Congress for not defining the boundaries of its declared state, it conveniently failed to mention that when the state of Israel was declared, its boundaries were not defined either. Furthermore, the editorial dwells on too many worn out arguments that do not serve the cause of peace.
January 10, 2009 | Times Wire Reports
Ten million people risk going hungry in Kenya after harvests failed because of drought, the government said. The government declared a national emergency and will lift the import duty on maize until the next major harvest, which will not be for a year in many areas. The emergency declaration allows the government to divert money from development projects to food aid and to use disaster funds that are held in reserve, said government spokesman Alfred Mutua. Kenya's finances are under strain because of the cost of sheltering and re-integrating 600,000 people displaced by violence after the disputed December 2007 elections.
June 4, 1989 | SAM JAMESON, Times Staff Writer
Prime Minister Sosuke Uno declared Saturday that "my Cabinet is not an interim Cabinet" and said he will seek reelection when his term of only five months as ruling party president expires. By tradition, the party presidency is a requirement for holding the post of prime minister. "I am not an offshoot of (the faction of former Prime Minister Yasuhiro) Nakasone," declared the former Nakasone lieutenant. Nor, he added, does he intend to serve as a "bridge" between the government of former Prime Minister Noboru Takeshita, who virtually single-handedly picked him, and any future administration of Shintaro Abe, a factional leader close to Takeshita, as Japanese analysts have predicted.
May 10, 1989
Former wrestler-turned-actor Tiger Joe Marsh, who once was declared "heavyweight champion of the world," died Tuesday of heart failure in Chicago's Michael Reese Hospital. He was 78. Marsh, who was born Joseph Samuel Marusich in Chicago in 1911, won the supposed world championship in 1937. Times columnist Jim Murray, writing about Marsh in 1965, said the title "made him one of a select party of 20 or so at the time." In fact, Murray said, Marsh won because a referee in Lawrence, Mass.
December 5, 1988
Since the Soviet Union has recognized a nonexistent, landless state (Palestine) that declared its "independent existence" (Part I, Nov. 19), shouldn't the U.S. and others recognize the existent, landed state (Estonia) that declared its "sovereignty" (Part I, Nov. 17) too? SID TURKISH Beverly Hills
June 13, 1989 | From Associated Press
President Bush on Monday declared the states of Ohio and Alaska eligible for disaster aid because of flooding caused by heavy rains last month.
March 17, 2014 | By Carol J. Williams
Russian President Vladimir Putin issued a decree recognizing Crimea as a "sovereign and independent government" following a controversial vote on the Russian-occupied peninsula to secede from Ukraine, the Kremlin news service announced late Monday. The swift official recognition of the vote Sunday engineered by Russian nationalists installed in the regional leadership just two weeks ago was likely to inflame an already tense standoff between the Kremlin and an interim leadership in Kiev, the Ukrainian capital, which branded the secession vote illegal and provocative.
March 17, 2014 | By Sergei L. Loiko
SIMFEROPOL, Ukraine - The Crimean parliament on Monday declared the region independent of Ukraine, a first step toward the goal backed by 96% of voters during a weekend referendum: becoming part of Russia. The peninsula's pro-Moscow parliament adopted Moscow time as its own starting March 30, moving clocks forward two hours, and declared the Russian ruble to become the region's official currency, though the Ukrainian hrivna will remain in circulation until Jan. 1, 2016. A few days before the referendum, the local banks stopped serving customers and cash machines around the peninsula quickly ran out of cash.
March 7, 2014 | By Alana Semuels
The Kansas Supreme Court has ruled that the state's current levels of school funding are unconstitutional, and ordered the Legislature to provide for “equitable funding for education” by July 1. The long-anticipated ruling was a victory for education advocates in the state, but it may be a short-lived one as the Legislature has vowed to defy court orders on the subject. The Kansas Legislature began reducing school funding in 2009 during the recession. As part of this reduction, lawmakers began to reduce and withhold payments of state aid, making poorer school districts scramble for adequate funding.
February 27, 2014 | By Christine Mai-Duc
In the midst of what is expected to be Southern California's wettest storms in two years , Long Beach officials took steps to restrict water usage citywide. In a unanimous vote Thursday, the Long Beach Board of Water Commissioners declared an imminent water shortage. Residents will now be  barred from watering their lawns except on Mondays, Thursdays, or Saturdays, and restaurants cannot serve water to customers unless they request it. In addition, Long Beach has ongoing prohibitions on watering between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. and hosing down sidewalks and driveways without specialized hoses.
February 26, 2014 | By Frank Shyong
Irwindale city officials are scheduled to hold a hearing Wednesday night to decide whether to declare a Sriracha hot-sauce plant a public nuisance in the wake of complaints of a spicy odor  coming from the factory. The public hearing is the latest move  in the city's effort to force sauce maker Huy Fong Foods to address the smell. In November, the city sued the company in Los Angeles Superior Court, winning a temporary, partial shutdown. A judge still must determine whether to issue a permanent injunction.  Sriracha officials are questioning whether the plant emits a harmful smell and have opened their doors for public tours of the plant as a way to counter the odor allegations.  PHOTOS: Sriracha factory About 50 people are expected to protest outside Irwindale City Hall during the hearing, Huy Fong officials say. Huy Fong officials say that holding the hearing is premature and punitive, but they will fix problems if they are found  “It seems like they just don't have the patience and they're not inclined to wait,” said John Tate, an attorney for Huy Fong.
February 19, 2014
Jahi McMath, a 13-year-old girl declared brain dead after having tonsil surgery at an Oakland hospital but whose parents refused to take her off a ventilator, is not suffering, her mother wrote Wednesday. The teen was at the center of a patient's rights struggle between her family and the Children's Hospital & Research Center Oakland after her death. She has since been moved to an unnamed long-term care facility. "I can tell you that she is much better physically since she has left Children's Hospital and I see changes that give me hope," Nailah Winkfield wrote Wednesday in a Facebook message to KTVU-TV . She did not provide any details on Jahi's physical condition.
January 25, 1991
After watching the early reports of the Iraq invasion, I was disappointed that, after two hours, none of the networks had declared a winner. GARY A. ROBB Los Angeles
February 15, 2014 | By John M. Glionna
SALT LAKE CITY - The art of bartending, Matthew Pfohl says, is all about the performance, the subtle dance of bottle and glass. Over his career this virtuoso of the high-end pour has dazzled customers, effortlessly grabbing a top-shelf gin, say Bombay Sapphire, and making a delicate decant to create another liquid masterpiece. But in Utah, his act takes place backstage. He mixes drinks out of view in the kitchen, one result of strict regulations governing alcohol and backed by the politically powerful Mormon Church.
February 11, 2014 | By Maria L. La Ganga
SEATTLE - Declaring that he is "not convinced equal justice is being served" by the death penalty as it is carried out today, Washington Gov. Jay Inslee on Tuesday declared a moratorium on executions. Inslee did not commute the sentences of the nine prisoners on death row or issue pardons. Instead, he told reporters, if a death penalty case comes to him for action, he will issue a reprieve. "Equal justice under the law is the state's primary responsibility," Inslee said. "The use of the death penalty in this state is unequally applied, sometimes dependent on the size of the county's budget where the crime occurred.
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