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October 22, 1989
Bravo for CBS and "Peaceable Kingdom." This marvelous and enlightening series is free of sex and violence. It is the best definition of family entertainment. Elaine Leonard, Woodland Hills
February 14, 1987
Orel Hershiser has given us a new definition of chutzpah: Ask for a 10% raise on your $1-million salary after a season of 14 wins, 14 losses and a 3.85 earned-run average. The old definition, as you probably know, was the guy who murdered his parents and asked leniency because he was an orphan. PAUL BAESSLER Agoura Hills
December 18, 2013 | By Soumya Karlamangla
The Los Angeles City Council agreed Wednesday to tighten the rules for who can vote in neighborhood council elections after complaints that an overly broad definition of community stakeholder had allowed outsiders to manipulate results. The new rules mark an ongoing attempt to refine the neighborhood governance system, struck in the late 1990s after the San Fernando Valley secession movement to give residents a stronger voice in city politics. Previously, anyone could vote in a neighborhood council race just by displaying a receipt for a latte from around the corner, as proof of having a vested interest in a community - a "Starbucks stakeholder.
January 7, 2012 | By Kim Geiger and Robin Abcarian
It's no secret that in Google land, Rick Santorum's last name produces an embarrassing search result aimed at ridiculing the former Pennsylvania senator for his objection to homosexuality. The nearly decade-old prank -- launched by columnist Dan Savage and euphemistically referred to as Santorum's “Google problem” - remains a top result in search engines, even as Santorum rides a wave of newfound popularity. And now it appears that the pesky webpage - let's refer to it as the “definition” - is getting a boost, albeit unintentional, from Santorum's rivals.
December 22, 2011 | By Shari Roan, Los Angeles Times / For the Booster Shots blog
Recovery is a beautiful word for people suffering from a mental illness or addiction. But what does it mean? A year-long project by experts nationwide has led to a new definition of the term that is meant to help doctors, counselors and policymakers who oversee the field. And it just might help people who are in recovery, too. The new definition is thoughtful, if not pithy: "A process of change through which individuals improve their health and wellness, live a self-directed life, and strive to reach their full potential.
March 29, 2007
RE "The Lowdown on Flat-Panels" [March 15]: Having purchased a 46-inch LCD flat-panel TV, I can tell you that you omitted a critical factor: How does the set display standard definition pictures? My biggest disappointment in the flat-panel I bought was that at $3,500, the set cannot come close to the quality of the $400 cathode ray tube TV it replaced when I'm watching standard-definition broadcasts. And lest anyone be deceived by the clarity of the "sweat beads on some jock's face" on the stunning store HD displays, it is no accident that they are always high-definition.
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