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October 4, 2011 | By Dylan Hernandez
The Dodgers on Tuesday declined club options for next season on third baseman Casey Blake and pitcher Jon Garland. The moves were expected. Blake's season ended with a neck operation and Garland's with shoulder surgery. Blake's option was for $6 million and Garland's for $8 million. The Dodgers will pay Blake a $1.25-million buyout and Garland $500,000. Both players will become free agents five days after the end of the World Series. The Dodgers also removed record-breaking utility man Eugenio Velez from their 40-man roster and demoted him to triple-A Albuquerque.
March 15, 1986
Iam a student at Los Angeles Pierce College and I am writing to you about the severe decline in funding for all of our community colleges. What is being done to address the needs of our community colleges? These schools give vital services to all of our young people and adults who would otherwise remain school dropouts. It seems we are becoming an elitist society where only the rich and powerful will be able to educate their children now and in the future. Tom Jefferson said that we must have an enlightened electorate to survive as a democracy.
May 19, 2008 | From Times Wire Reports
The state's largest caribou herd shrank 20% -- or 113,000 -- from 2003 to 2007, according the latest count by the state Department of Fish and Game. The decline of the Western Arctic Caribou Herd came after years of steady growth. The reasons are not clear, said Jim Dau, the lead state biologist on the herd since 1988, but warm spells in recent winters may have played a role.
August 20, 2010
The number of U.S. movies showing people smoking has declined since 2005, but cigarettes still feature in far too many films and could be influencing young people to take up the habit, according to a report released Thursday. The report's authors recommended that movie ratings also consider whether the film depicts smoking and suggested that strong advertisements about the dangers of smoking precede movies that show tobacco use. "The results of this analysis indicate that the number of tobacco incidents peaked in 2005, then declined by approximately half through 2009, representing the first time a decline of that duration and magnitude has been observed," the team at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, UC San Francisco and elsewhere wrote.
October 20, 1986
A 10-year report on smoking released by the American Cancer Society shows the number of adult smokers in America dropped to 30% this year from 37% in 1976. The percentages of men and women who smoke declined but the actual number of American women who smoke has increased, the report said. In 1976, 42% of American men and 32% of women over age 20 were smokers. By 1985, the percentage for men had dropped to 33%, while the percentage of women smokers dipped to 28%.
March 7, 1999
Re: "The Dishiest Mag Alive" by Pamela Warrick, Feb. 24: The decline of American culture started with the first issue of People. GERALD MARANTZ Via Internet
April 21, 2012 | By Ronald D. White, Los Angeles Times
U.S.-based companies raised $6.3 billion through 717 venture capital deals during the first quarter of 2012, an 18% decline in capital and 9% decline in deals compared with the same period last year, according to Dow Jones VentureSource. "The declines were pretty evenly spread across industries so there weren't any big winners or big losers in the quarter, but there were some surprises. Investment in consumer Internet companies fell after two exceptional investment years, while the IT industry fared well thanks to strong interest in software start-ups," said Jessica Canning, global research director for Dow Jones VentureSource.
December 26, 1986 | Associated Press
Japan's exports of cars, trucks and buses fell 15.1% in November from a year earlier to 516,928 units, the sharpest decline on record, the Japan Automobile Manufacturers Assn. said today. Officials of the association said the drop was the largest since 1979 when it adopted its current method of record-keeping. It followed a 9.4% decline in October over the same month the previous year.
February 26, 1986 | Associated Press
The dollar continued to decline, but more slowly, against most major foreign currencies Tuesday. The price of gold shot up more than $10 an ounce in response to the political turmoil in the Philippines but then settled down. Bullion was quoted at $347.75 an ounce at 4 p.m. EST at Republic National Bank, down 25 cents from Monday's late bid. Dealers said the dollar's drop was triggered by remarks made Monday by Preston Martin, vice chairman of the U.S. Federal Reserve Board.
February 1, 2012 | By Rosa Brooks
Is America in decline? Is our global influence waning? Expect that question to get plenty of airtime as the presidential campaign heats up. According to the Republicans, President Obama's fundamental foreign policy problem is that he thinks America is a fading power and all we can hope for is to "manage the decline. " It's a claim that's long been echoing through the conservative blogosphere, and now the campaign trail. John Bolton, who's joined Mitt Romney's foreign policy team, minces no words: Obama "believes that the role of America in the world is to be a well-bred doormat.
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