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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 31, 2000
It is illegal to drive the speed limit in California! JOEL ZESERSON Marina del Rey
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BUSINESS
April 27, 2014 | By Hugo Martin
Airline mergers have put more than 70% of the nation's domestic traffic in the hands of four major carriers. But low-cost airlines still have some influence over airfares. A new study shows that when an airline such as JetBlue, Spirit, Frontier, Alaska and Southwest launches service on an existing domestic route, the average price from all carriers drops as much as 67%. It's good news for travelers, but aviation experts say most popular routes are still dominated by the four biggest carriers - United, Delta, Southwest and the soon-to-be-merged American Airlines and US Airways.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 19, 1996
Re "Tougher Driving Test Keeps More Off Road," Aug. 11: It was encouraging to read the DMV is cracking down on driving tests. I hope they pay attention to tailgating. I have been struck from the rear five times; the last three cars I have owned were totaled as a result of tailgaters. One accident incurred injuries to passengers in my car. Our state legislators refuse to make the law stiffer for tailgaters. They pass an anti-littering law that carries a $1,000 fine, but saves no lives, while ignoring a serious driving hazard.
OPINION
April 27, 2014 | Times Editorial Board
Given the danger posed by drunk or reckless drivers, police should follow up on information - even information from an anonymous source - that a vehicle might be careening down a street or threatening other motorists and pedestrians. If they confirm that is the case, they should stop the vehicle. But that isn't what happened in a California case decided by the Supreme Court last week. The court's ruling makes it too easy for police to stop motorists on the basis of an anonymous tip. In 2008, a 911 dispatch team in Mendocino County received a report that a pickup truck had forced another vehicle off the road, giving rise to a concern that the driver might be drunk.
TRAVEL
March 7, 1993
Travelers to Mexico should be alerted that in an effort to reduce the levels of pollution in Mexico city, cars within city limits may not be driven on certain days of the week, determined by the last number on the license plate. Driving a car with a foreign license plate will not necessarily exempt you. LUCIE FORBES Tucson, Ariz.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 20, 1997
"Driving Home an Important Point" (March 9) made me start thinking of when I was in my teenage years, wondering what it would be like to be in a drag race or be a spectator. I never did either. Now that I am older I appreciate that decision. I cannot imagine losing a friend or friends for a moment of pure adrenaline. Why can't teenagers open their eyes and see that driving at 100 mph down a deserted street can only endanger their lives? Somehow, we need to get a message to them that the need for speed is not the way to be. CARMEN L. PEREZ Granada Hills
OPINION
May 25, 2008
Re "These bills won't affect you unless you drive," May 21 After reading The Times' story on proposed driving legislation, I came away ambivalent about Dick Messer. I couldn't agree with him more about legislative priorities, but his complaint about a proposal to prohibit driving with a dog in your lap was stunning. What makes him think that carrying his obviously beloved pet in his lap while driving is in any way safe or prudent for him, for his dog or for those near his car? Maybe there shouldn't be a law, but maybe there should be some form of mandatory counseling for people like Messer.
OPINION
April 2, 2002
According to your March 28 headline, "Most Teens Admit Risky Road Behavior." "They think they are 10 feet tall and bulletproof," says Tina Pasco of MADD. So, then, must adults. I am a frequent pedestrian and have nearly been run over by any number of hostile, unskilled and oblivious drivers. The vast majority are grown-ups; no teenager has ever shouted profanity at me for crossing the street too slowly, for instance. It is ludicrous to assume that risky driving is a "teen problem." Rude and dangerous driving is the rule, as opposed to the exception, on our roads.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 31, 1990
If Gov. Deukmejian did very much driving in the traffic congestion and gridlock in Southern California, he would or should ask, "How long has this been going on?" The correct answer would be at least as long as the eight years of his governorship. This traffic situation has developed despite his many pre-election campaign promises not to follow in the footsteps of the Brown/Gianturco "do-nothing" regime. JOSEPH E. MONROE Costa Mesa
ENTERTAINMENT
April 25, 2014 | By Charles McNulty, Los Angeles Times Theater Critic
Depending on your knowledge of the material and expectations going in, the touring version of "The Gershwins' Porgy and Bess," which opened Wednesday at the Ahmanson Theatre, might be either an ingenious, audience-friendly re-creation or a bastardization of this classic American show. Both perspectives can reside within the same spectator, as they do within me, one alternately gaining the upper hand over the other. Undeniable, however, is the majesty of the score, which begins after the Overture with "Summertime" and keeps soaring with "My Man's Gone Now," "Bess, You Is My Woman Now" and "I Loves You, Porgy.
BUSINESS
April 25, 2014 | By David Undercoffler
The Honda Fit was easily the best subcompact on the market - great fun to drive and a deft mix of efficiency, interior space and value. Then Honda discovered that fun doesn't sell. The newly redesigned 2015 Fit is still spacious, frugal and smartly engineered. But Honda - tired of seeing Fit sales lag behind those of the Chevy Sonic, Ford Fiesta and Hyundai Accent - has sucked out all the joy from the car's handling. PHOTOS: 2015 Honda Fit Honda's third generation of this four-door hatchback, marked as a 2015 model, started showing up in dealerships this month.
SPORTS
April 24, 2014 | By Eric Sondheimer
 When it comes to driving in runs, Granada Hills Kennedy junior Estevan Rodriguez keeps coming through in the clutch. He raised his season RBI totlal to 31 on Thursday after going three for three with three RBIs in Kennedy's 13-0 Valley Mission League win over Reseda. Felix Rubi struck out 10 in five innings. Kennedy (16-6, 5-1) plays Sylmar in a critical two-game series next week. Sylmar defeated Van Nuys, 22-3, in five innings. Jose Holguin ahd three hits and three RBIs. In the Southwestern League, Great Oak defeated Vista Murrieta, 4-3. Vista Murrieta scored three runs in the top of the seventh.
OPINION
April 24, 2014 | Times Editorial Board
Something stinks in Irwindale. In recent months, officials in the largely industrial San Gabriel Valley city have appeared to be on a crusade to shut down Huy Fong Foods, the company that makes a wildly popular Sriracha sauce, for emitting chili and garlic odors that bother some neighbors. While a city should protect residents from harmful and/or unpleasant fumes, Irwindale's aggressive and unreasonable tactics have threatened to drive a home-grown enterprise out of state and bolstered California's unfortunate reputation as a bad place to do business.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 24, 2014 | By Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times Film Critic
It sounds contrived, and it is. It sounds like a bit of a stunt, and it is that too. It may even sound boring, but that it is not. In fact, whip-smart filmmaking by writer-director Steven Knight and his team combined with Tom Hardy's mesmerizing acting make the micro-budgeted British independent "Locke" more minute-to-minute involving than this year's more costly extravaganzas. Though a dozen actors are listed in "Locke's" credits, Hardy is the only one who appears on screen in this real-time drama that unfolds inside a moving BMW during the 85 minutes it takes construction foreman Ivan Locke to make a nighttime drive from Birmingham to London.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 23, 2014 | By A Times Staff Writer
What's the strangest thing people do when they drive? That's the question Times transportation writer Laura Nelson asked on Twitter on Wednesday morning. She got some startling - but probably not surprising - responses: - Shaving. - Playing musical instruments. - Applying makeup. - Eating Vietnamese noodles. - Playing video games. - Reading a paperback book. In some ways, it is a perennial question in Los Angeles.
SPORTS
April 23, 2014 | By Dylan Hernandez
ON THE MEND: Clayton Kershaw is scheduled to pitch Friday for Class-A Rancho Cucamonga, Dodgers Manager Don Mattingly confirmed. The minor league rehabilitation assignment will be the first for Kershaw, who had never been on the disabled list. Kershaw is expected to throw about 55 pitches. Mattingly said the left-hander will pitch in the minor leagues more than once before he returns to the major leagues. ON THE MOUND: The Dodgers ended their losing streak at two games behind Zack Greinke's best start of the season.
SPORTS
April 23, 2014 | By Jim Peltz
Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III was tapped to drive the pace car for NASCAR's Sprint Cup Series race in Richmond, Va., on Saturday night, thanks to prodding on Twitter by his friend Dale Earnhardt Jr. Earnhardt, this year's Daytona 500 winner and a longtime Redskins fan, tweeted a month ago that perhaps Griffin could be grand marshal at the race at Richmond International Raceway. Raceway President Dennis Bickmeier then asked Earnhardt if Griffin could drive the pace car that leads the 43-car field to the green flag.
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