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October 31, 2000
It is illegal to drive the speed limit in California! JOEL ZESERSON Marina del Rey
April 9, 2014 | By Howard Blume
A popular Los Angeles high school science teacher has been suspended after students turned in projects that appeared dangerous to administrators, spurring a campaign calling for his return to the classroom. Students and parents have rallied around Greg Schiller after his suspension in February from the downtown Cortines School of Visual & Performing Arts. Supporters have organized a rally on his behalf at the campus for Thursday, gathered hundreds of signatures on a petition calling for his reinstatement and set up a social media page.
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.
April 6, 2014 | By Brett Berk
My Grandma Bobbie is 93 and lives on her own, in a spotless condo decorated with enviable midcentury furnishings. The daughter of a General Motors millwright, she grew up in Detroit riding the streetcar, but one of her goals was to get to the promised land - the suburbs - and preferably by car. For my grandmother, like many older people in her cohort, a car is not only a convenience or a luxury - though it is that; Grandma loved Lincolns and Cadillacs...
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.
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
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.
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.
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
April 6, 2014 | By Walter Hamilton
The stock market is hitting new highs - just as corporate profit growth is slowing to a crawl. Rising earnings helped drive share prices to a series of record peaks in the last few years. But that dynamic could be tested this week when companies such as Alcoa Inc. and JPMorgan Chase & Co. begin releasing first-quarter results. Quarterly profits are expected to drop for just the second time in four years. The decline would be relatively small: 1.2% for companies in the Standard & Poor's 500 index, according to FactSet Research Systems.
April 1, 2014 | By The Times editorial board
Each Los Angeles County sheriff's deputy is supposed to carry a card at all times that sets forth the department's core values, embodied in a single sentence pledging respect, integrity, wisdom and "the courage to stand against racism, sexism, anti-Semitism, homophobia and bigotry in all its forms. " The card has been variously called inspirational and plain silly, but if it's silly, its silliness lies not in the values expressed but in the notion that words on a card could, by themselves, imbue deputies with values that they do not already hold or that are not instilled in them in training and reinforced each day on the job. News reports and anecdotal tales of inmate abuse, the hazing of new deputies and disrespect paid to the communities it is supposed to protect suggest that the department has a long way to go to make its core values more than words on a card.
March 27, 2014 | By Robyn Dixon
CAPE TOWN, South Africa - When South African airport officials threatened to send Dr. Paul Semugoma back to his native Uganda, he shook with fear. Semugoma, an outspoken gay activist, was determined to remain in this country, where he has lived for two years, rather than be sent back to one of Africa's most homophobic countries. Held by immigration officers after returning to South Africa with an expired visa, he was allowed to stay only after an outcry from human rights groups mindful of new legislation in Uganda calling for life in prison for those who engage in repeated acts of gay sex. The harshness of the law signed days later by Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni - and similar strictures in more than three dozen African nations - is triggering a profound reaction in Africa.
March 22, 2014 | Steve Lopez
A 10-year-old student from Noble Avenue Elementary School in North Hills visited the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels last week on a diplomatic mission. Jersey Vargas, a fourth-grader, was about to leave for Rome and a possible visit with Pope Francis, but first she wanted to ask Archbishop Jose H. Gomez for his blessing and his help. Jersey said she hoped the archbishop will "help my Dad out, so he can be with me and my family, and we won't be separated ever again. " Her father has been in custody since September, Jersey told me. She said he "was caught driving without a license, and because he wasn't born in the United States, that also didn't help him out….
March 22, 2014 | By Evan Halper
WASHINGTON - Hoping to get pot legalized in Nevada, an investment firm specializing in the fast-growing marijuana industry invited the ballot initiative's backers to pitch 150 financiers at a Las Vegas symposium. Within 10 minutes, they raised $150,000. Political contributors are not the only ones taking notice of the new realities of the marijuana business, said San Francisco-based ArcView Chief Executive Troy Dayton, who estimated his group would pump about $500,000 into pot this year.
March 21, 2014 | By Jason Wells
A 55-year-old man was charged Friday with four felony counts after police allegedly found three pipe bombs in his SUV during a traffic stop in Northridge. David Patton, of Encino, had allegedly been driving with one of the pipe bombs between his feet on the floorboard when he was pulled over Wednesday for appearing to be "a little bit under the influence of narcotics," LAPD Capt. Stephen Carmona  told KTLA-TV . Police discovered the bombs during a more thorough search of his SUV, prosecutors said.
March 17, 2014 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Monday morning began with a thud for many Internet users who have reported problems with Google Hangouts and Google Drive. Users say they are experiencing issues accessing Hangouts and Drive, Google's instant messaging and cloud-based office suite service, respectively. Hangouts, which is commonly referred to by many as "Gchat," has been having problems since at least 9:22 a.m., according to Google . The Mountain View, Calif., company said it is investigating the problems with both services and will offer an update shortly.
March 17, 2014 | By Nardine Saad
Chris Pine of "Star Trek Into Darkness" pleaded guilty Monday to driving drunk in New Zealand.  The actor, who had been charged following an arrest at a sobriety checkpoint after leaving a Feb. 28 wrap party for his film "Z for Zachariah," appeared in Ashburton District Court for a hearing Monday. The "Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit" star was fined $79 ($93 in New Zealand) and had his New Zealand driver's license suspended for six months, according to the Associated Press. The 33-year-old Angeleno reportedly stood silently with his hands behind his back during the hearing and his attorney entered his plea.
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