January 25, 2013
Re "On 2 wheels, it's open road," Column, Jan. 19 In his justification for motorcycle "lane splitting," Doug Smith writes as if all motorcyclists are supremely careful drivers. He ignores the numerous hazards this practice poses to automobile drivers. If Smith wants to take his chances of becoming road kill, he might want to consider the consequences to drivers who are unable to see motorcycles in their blind spots. Motorists who end up harming lane splitters have to live the rest of their lives knowing they changed or even ended a precious life through little fault of their own. Lawmakers must take a serious look at the number of accidents and fatalities resulting from this practice of beating traffic.
July 3, 2012
Re " The strange streets of L.A. ," Opinion, July 1 Looking for comedy writers? Look no further than the Jennifer Chuu, Joanne Lo and Doug Smith. Their take on the misspellings of L.A.'s streets as written by traffic cops was hilarious. More, more, please. Charlotte Levitt Los Angeles ALSO: Letters: A new water war Letters: Unions and political spending Letters: The wrong kind of pension reform
March 25, 2012 |
American audiences know Jay Baruchel as the nerdy kid from such films as "Knocked Up" and "She's Out of My League. " But with the new hockey comedy "Goon," the Montreal native is making the leap to feature film screenwriter. He and Evan Goldberg ("Superbad") teamed up to pay homage to Canada's national pastime with a movie that's violent on the ice and tenderhearted off — but it is thoroughly, unquestionably Canadian. "We made it for somebody, and we made it for Canadian kids," Baruchel, 29, said in a recent interview.
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November 11, 2008
Veterans Day traces its roots to World War I, commemorating the day the armistice went into effect on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month. It celebrates the heroism and sacrifice of those who have fought for our country, particularly the living veterans. There are roughly 23 million veterans living in the U.S., with some 2 million in California. Here's a statistical profile of some of the key characteristics that make up the state's veteran population. -- Notes: All numbers rounded to the nearest 1,000.
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November 12, 2006 |
I was making my way back from Hemet, where I had just met with the family of a soldier killed in Iraq, when I thought about my colleague Doug Smith. Smith, a Times scribe for 36 years, was on his third volunteer tour of duty reporting from Iraq. I know it's tough on his wife, Jackie, when he's away, so I called her at the Smith home in Pasadena to check in. Jackie had just gotten off the phone with Doug, and there was nervous relief in her voice.
November 10, 2004 |
There isn't much ordinary about Utah quarterback Alex Smith, other than his last name. Last week, that last name was on an express-mail letter sent to Utah by the Downtown Athletic Club notifying Smith he is a candidate for the Heisman Trophy. He can put the letter alongside another piece of paper that makes him a rare college junior -- the diploma he received in May when he graduated with a degree in economics after only two years in college. Smith, a nephew of Michigan State Coach John L.