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January 13, 2010 | By Robert Hilburn
"Country & Western Hit Parade: Dim Lights, Thick Smoke and Hillbilly Music" is the second half of an invaluable album project from Bear Family Records that enables pop fans to step back in time to listen to music on the radio just like Elvis Presley, Bob Dylan and Ray Charles did more than half a century ago. Each of the single discs released in the "Dim Lights" series contains 25 to 30 of the most popular country songs of a given year, from 1945...
February 26, 2014 | By Lisa Mascaro
WASHINGTON -- A top House Republican unveiled an ambitious tax code overhaul Wednesday, taking aim at long-protected loopholes for mortgage interest deductions, corporate jets and Wall Street pay, while promising to lower top rates to 25% for most individuals and corporations. But it has little chance of becoming law. The White House cautiously welcomed the effort, but top Republican leaders in Congress, including House Speaker John A. Boehner (R-Ohio) and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.)
November 14, 2008 | TIMES WIRE REPORTS
A dirty brown haze sometimes more than a mile thick is darkening skies over vast areas of Asia and in the Middle East, southern Africa and the Amazon Basin, changing weather patterns and threatening health and food supplies, the United Nations reported. The so-called atmospheric brown clouds are a mix of particles, ozone and other chemicals that come from cars, coal-fired power plants, burning fields and wood-burning stoves and fireplaces. A report commissioned by the U.N. Environment Program said the clouds dim light by as much as 25% in some cities, including Karachi, Pakistan; New Delhi; Shanghai; and Beijing.
January 31, 2014
That was a good article showing another side of Richard Sherman ["Oh the humility. " Jan. 28]. I just wish for the day when people will not seem surprised that there are good, decent, intelligent people who come from loving, caring families ... and they just happen to be from Compton. There are many, many more. Kelvin D. Filer Compton :: Sunday's Super Bowl is pivotal. Flash forward 10 years to 2024. The Seahawks have won three Super Bowls by playing "smashmouth" football.
April 27, 1986
All right, Mr. Lau, don't keep it a secret. Where in Monterey Park would you send us round-eyed fans of San Francisco's Ocean City and Asia Gardens dim-summeries? P.S. It doesn't count unless they come out on carts. LEE MOLHO Los Angeles Lau suggests Casa de Oriente, 2000 W. Main, in Alhambra, where dim sum is served from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. each day--a la carts.
March 29, 1986
Like John F. Carlucci (Letters, March 15), I and my family and neighbors in Redlands witnessed the coming and going of Halley's comet in April, 1910. The smogless air was clear as crystal. After sundown the huge comet covering perhaps one-sixth of the sky was magnificently visible over Mt. San Bernardino. There were no street lights to dim the spectacle. The next night the comet was directly over head after sunset and the third night it appeared low in the west, not to be seen again until 1986.
September 30, 2009 | Associated Press
Jorge Cantu hit a tiebreaking RBI single in the seventh inning Tuesday night, and the Florida Marlins damaged Atlanta's playoff hopes with a 5-4 victory that snapped the Braves' seven-game winning streak. The Braves fell three games behind the Colorado Rockies in the wild-card race and were pushed to the brink of elimination in the NL East, with Philadelphia taking a five-game lead with five to play. The Phillies' 7-4 win over Houston reduced their magic number for clinching the division title to one. Florida was officially eliminated from playoff contention when the Rockies beat Milwaukee later Tuesday night.
July 14, 1991
Having endured another onslaught of Spike Lee's racist drivel, I can only think "mental and moral midget." Instead of Malcolm X, the most fitting project for this rather dim sociologist would be the Don King story. DAN O'NEILL Los Angeles
November 29, 1985
When I was 17, that was 75 years ago, I saw and celebrated it--maybe not scientifically, but with lots of fun and interest as something special in our daily lives, on top of a two-story tenement in Brooklyn, N.Y. We observed, sang, danced and drank Coca Cola. My recollection is a bit dim, a great ball of fire and a lingering tail. This year, however, it will be different, coming to California to live. I've seen, learned and studied the heavens and shall go out to the deserts, mountaintops, observatories with interested groups.
April 2, 1987
This is a protest against blinding auto headlights. Years ago motorists were cited for glaring headlights. Today that law is not enforced. Observe night driving on any major thoroughfare. One out of 20 cars have unusually bright headlights, which could result in accidents. About one in a 100 even have all four headlights blazing. And nothing is done about it. Do auto parts suppliers offer a choice of regular and extra bright lights? The worst offenders: Cars with one light out or one dim defective light; then all the amperage flows into one blinding light.
January 30, 2014 | By Robert Abele
Your tolerance for the navel-gazing and smug behavior of aimless twentysomethings will be put to the test during "Brightest Star," a flat indie romance from Maggie Kiley, making her feature directing debut. Beware any movie that talks about what it is before being what it is. If the gooey opening-theme narration on bright stars and black holes from our recently dumped protagonist (a charisma-free Chris Lowell) doesn't chafe, the endless shots of him staring moonily into space surely will.
January 8, 2014 | By Amina Khan
If you're a giant space telescope squinting into the far reaches of the cosmos, gravity is your best friend. Using the magnifying powers of massive galaxy clusters, three of NASA's Great Observatories - the Hubble, Spitzer and Chandra space telescopes - are joining forces to discover some of the earliest galaxies in the universe. This effort, called Frontier Fields, released early results this week at the American Astronomical Society meeting in Maryland. The Hubble Space Telescope has been looking deep into the distant reaches of the universe, because the longer the light has traveled, the older the image we see is -- and the closer to the big bang it must be. Scientists want to understand these galaxies and their stellar contents in order to better understand the origins of our universe, which was born 13.8 billion years ago. But the light from these distant galaxies is incredibly faint - so much so that, beyond a certain point, it's difficult to pick it up in wavelengths beyond infrared.
September 27, 2013 | By Don Lee
WASHINGTON -- It's become a familiar chapter in this sluggish economic recovery: Dysfunction in Washington drags down consumer confidence. After rising to a six-year high this summer, the University of Michigan reported Friday that its gauge of consumer sentiment fell sharply in September to 77.5 from 82.1 in the prior month. That's the lowest reading since April. "While few consumers expected a federal shutdown, complaints about the economic policies of the government have risen," said Richard Curtin, director of the Thomson Reuters/University of Michigan survey.
September 17, 2013 | By Lisa Mascaro
WASHINGTON - The federal deficit has shrunk to its lowest level since 2008, when President Obama won election at the start of the Great Recession, and is on track to decline even more thanks to an improving economy, higher taxes on the wealthy and reduced federal spending, the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office said Tuesday. But even with declining deficits, the nation's debt keeps piling up, leaving lawmakers with no easy choices to fix the poor long-term fiscal outlook.
September 7, 2013 | By Amina Khan, This post has been corrected, as indicated below.
Is it time for a stellar identity crisis? Astronomers studying cold brown dwarfs have found that the boundary between star and planet might be much blurrier than once thought. These strange 'failed' stars, described online in the journal Science, could help shed light on the atmospheres of distant exoplanets. Scientists have managed to find out a lot about stars and their atmospheres by studying their light, including their temperatures and their distances. But that's easier said than done for exoplanets: The operating ground rules are very different between a massive, hot, bright star and a very small, cool, dark planet.
August 15, 2013 | By William B. Gould IV
Gov. Jerry Brown, his investigative panel and a San Francisco Superior Court judge appear to be of one mind: A renewed strike against the Bay Area Rapid Transit District would jeopardize and harm the public's health, safety and welfare. Thus, the court ordered a 60-day injunction against a strike, as provided for by California labor law, until midnight Oct. 10. In most public transit labor disputes, unless binding arbitration is substituted for the injunction, state intervention is unlikely to solve the deeper problems and may only put off an eventual work stoppage.
April 1, 2007
Yes, there are two main streets in Chinatown ["Inside Chinatown," March 25]: Grant Avenue for the tourists and Stockton Street for the locals. There is also another "nontourist" area in San Francisco known as "Chinatown Two." It's in the Richmond area. If you don't want to drive the five or six miles, just jump on the No. 2 bus and get off at 22nd Avenue and Clement Street. Low-priced bakeries, restaurants and dim sum places abound. JOSEPH LEA Mission Viejo
When the phone rings in the Chatoff kitchen, it could be a credit-card pitch--or it could be a well-known actress with emotional problems less well-known to her fans. "Trust the process," Steven Chatoff counsels in a firm, soothing voice. "Trust it." Translation: Take your medication. The problem right now isn't the business. The problem is you. From his Thousand Oaks home, Chatoff routinely delivers such messages to entertainment figures--particularly rock musicians--on both coasts.
August 14, 2013 | By Maura Dolan
SAN FRANCISCO - The California Supreme Court unanimously rejected an attempt Wednesday to revive Proposition 8, ending the pending legal challenges over the 2008 ballot initiative that banned same-sex marriage. The state high court's decision, made in closed conference, does not foreclose future attempts in other courts to stop the marriages, though the chance of any new bid succeeding appeared dim. The court issued its decision in a brief order that did not explain the justices' reasoning.
June 25, 2013 | By Jamie Wetherbe
Broadway will dim its lights Wednesday to honor James Gandolfini,  the "The Sopranos” star and Tony nominee who died last week at the age of 51. The Broadway League announced Tuesday that theater marquees will go dark for one minute at 8 p.m. Gandolfini, best known for playing New Jersey mob boss Tony Soprano on HBO's "The Sopranos,” also starred on stage. In 2009, he earned a best actor Tony nod for his role in Yasmina Reza's comedy "God of Carnage,” which two years later was produced at L.A.'s Ahmanson Theatre.
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