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February 29, 2008
Re "Tourist trap," Opinion, Feb. 19 Eric Lucas' perspective on the United States' welcome to the world is outdated. The Department of State issued 6.4 million nonimmigrant visas in fiscal year 2007, 10.4% more than the year before. We issued more than 651,000 student and exchange visitor visas -- an all-time high. The Bureau of Consular Affairs has enhanced America's welcome by improving the transparency and efficiency of the visa process while maintaining its security. U.S. Embassy websites worldwide provide information in English and the local language.
October 30, 2012 | By Cindy Chang, Los Angeles Times
Yi-Shen Chou has spent more than 30 years in the U.S., first as a motel operator and now as a Monterey Park retiree who enjoys line dancing and computer games. His family - a half-dozen brothers and sisters and numerous nieces and nephews - remains in Taiwan. Occasionally, Chou reunites with them on one side of the Pacific or the other, but for the most part, he is alone here. Chou, 71, may soon be able to see his relatives more often. Starting Thursday, Taiwanese citizens will no longer need a visa to visit the U.S., eliminating a cumbersome and expensive process that deterred some people from making the trip at a time when few Taiwanese are seeking to settle here permanently.
October 1, 1992
Cardinal Jacques Martin, 84, a close aide to Pope John Paul II who organized many of the Pope's trips and traveled with him. Born in Amiens, France, Martin worked in the Vatican's Department of State from 1934 to 1969. That year, he was appointed head of the papal household, the department in charge of the Pope's daily affairs. In that job he organized the trips of John Paul, who traveled frequently in those years.
July 11, 2013 | By Paige St. John
Citing "significant and troubling evidence" that inmates are not receiving adequate mental health care, a federal judge Thursday expanded court oversight to include the Department of State Hospitals. Judge Lawrence Karlton said prisoners' lawyers said severe staffing shortages, wait lists and even "denial of basic necessities including clean underwear" may be harming mentally ill prisoners. His order requires a court-appointed monitor to report back in 75 on those conditions. The judge said he is holding off on issuing further orders until he receives that report.
February 28, 2013 | By Paige St. John, Los Angeles Times
SACRAMENTO - Gov. Jerry Brown has pointed to reams of documents to make the case in court and on the stump that California's prison crisis is over, and inmates are receiving good care. But there is at least one document the administration wanted to hide. New court filings reveal that the state suppressed a report from its own consultant warning that California's prison suicide-watch practices encouraged inmate deaths. Lindsay Hayes, a national expert on suicide prevention in prisons, told corrections officials in 2011 that the state's system of holding suicidal inmates for days in dim, dirty, airless cells with unsanitized mattresses on the floor was compounding the risk that they would take their own lives.
June 30, 1999 | From Times Wire Reports
James Hormel was sworn in as the first openly gay U.S. ambassador after a two-year delay caused by fierce opposition among conservative lawmakers and some Christian groups. Hormel took the oath of office to serve as ambassador to Luxembourg before Secretary of State Madeleine Albright at a Department of State ceremony attended by many supporters, including his former wife, Alice, his five children and his partner, Timothy Wu.
April 29, 2004 | From a Times Staff Writer
Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger will visit California troops stationed at Ramstein Air Base in Germany after completing his trip to Israel this weekend, his office said. The office has revealed few details about the visit, which will extend Schwarzenegger's first foreign trip since he took office in November.
September 19, 1985 | Associated Press
Sixty percent of the federal officials getting free transportation between home and office in the first half of 1985 were not entitled to the benefit, congressional investigators said today. The General Accounting Office reported that of the 128 officials provided with government vehicles for commuting, some of them with chauffeurs, 79 had no legal basis for the transportation.
November 10, 2005
Cindy Chang's review of Leimert Park ["Feeling the Pulse of a Neighborhood," Nov. 3] left me feeling like I had just received a U.S. Department of State travel warning rather than a positive evaluation of retail and dining establishments. No one in their right mind would patronize a restaurant in an area where a writer has characterized it as a place where one is "feeling a physical threat real or imagined." Even though Ms. Chang was expressing the paranoia of her date, she was guilty of aiding and abetting by incorporating his anxiety into the review.
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