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May 5, 2000
Re "LAX Gets Face Lift for Democratic Convention," May 2: The pylon beautification of LAX is the worst concept yet. If the design is to enhance the area for incoming Democratic conventioneers, how about doing something about the ugly entrance to L.A. along La Cienega. Surely the old oil fields present no cosmetic panorama for first-time arrivals that use that corridor to enter L.A. Spending money to enhance our image is one thing. Using it foolishly to install pylons is ridiculous.
March 28, 2014 | By Kevin Baxter
The agreement announced Friday between Major League Baseball and the players' union to stiffen penalties for those caught using performance-enhancing drugs was applauded by players who said they are tired of seeing the sport embarrassed by cheaters. "That's something that the players have been interested in and pushing for a long time," Dodgers catcher A.J. Ellis said. "We want to make this game clean and we want the penalties harsh for guys who want to violate the agreement. " Under the new deal, the most significant toughening of the drug protocol in eight years, the penalty for a first offense increases from 50 to 80 games and the penalty for a second violation jumps from 100 games to 162, the equivalent of a full season.
January 15, 2006
Re "The right divide," Opinion, Jan. 11 Todd Gitlin's questioning spirit can only do conservatives good. Among the questions they might consider are: Does the "word of God" trump the Constitution? Is faith more reliable than reason? Should abortion be a crime? Are presidents free to violate statutory law, in wartime or otherwise; and if so, are presidents also free to determine when we are, or are no longer, at war? To what extent do we have the right to inflict casualties on other peoples to enhance our security?
March 16, 2014 | By Hugo Martín
Months after an airport screener was killed in a shooting rampage at Los Angeles International Airport, a new report concludes that adding more security measures at the nation's airports may not be worth the cost. The study goes on to suggest that it might even make sense to relax some of the existing security tactics. "It may be time to reduce security," said John Mueller, a professor of political science at Ohio State University who wrote the report with Mark G. Stewart, a civil engineering professor at the University of Newcastle in Australia.
March 15, 1999
Driving the El Portal Road along the beautiful and previously untouched Merced River Canyon into Yosemite National Park has been an uplifting, special and enjoyable part of the experience of entering the park from Highway 140. However, a current road-widening project of Highway 140 into the park is significantly destructive to the natural environment of Yosemite. A completely inadequate environmental assessment was done that excludes a full study on the impacts of this project on the many federally listed species relying on this previously undisturbed habitat.
February 6, 1994
Colman Andrews' paean to the pleasures of drinking ("Getting Drunk," Jan. 2) won't do much to change the ridiculous attitude of the extremists who see evil in everything, but it's nice to hear the voice of reason. I particularly enjoyed his comments on the Johns Hopkins questionnaire, since I remember once discussing a similar one with Humphrey Bogart. He was genuinely puzzled that his score on a magazine questionnaire clearly marked him an alcoholic when his life didn't. He used drinking as Andrews seems to--to enhance his enjoyment of life.
November 12, 2000
I just concluded a business trip to the Midwest and the South. On that trip, I was at six different airports. Unlike Burbank Airport, every one of those airports offered modern, up-to-date facilities. An outdoor baggage claim area is just one of the many shortcomings at Burbank. In fact, one of those airports was so configured like a shopping mall I actually thought I was not in an airport. The city of Burbank has a great opportunity to enhance its image but instead has chosen to view the airport as an albatross.
October 1, 2008 | Jessica Guynn
Call it a big win for online auctioneer EBay Inc. The San Jose company announced Tuesday that Netscape Communications co-founder and all-around golden geek Marc Andreessen had joined its board of directors. In a statement, EBay Chief Executive John Donahoe said Andreessen's insights would be invaluable as the company seeks to "drive further innovation on our platform, invest in growth opportunities and develop technology that will further benefit our customers, build powerful communities and enhance e-commerce."
July 23, 1985
Our President is 74 and he has cancer. I am the same age, and I, too, have cancer. With my cancer has come an opportunity to be contemplative. I can't help but reflect on the values manifested by our actions and inactions as a nation. A whole litany of things come to mind: the huge amount of money going into weapons research and the minimum amounts going into medical research; our polluted water, air and soil; and the curtailment of vital human services. Your editorial correctly indicates that cancer "strikes the young and old, the fit and the weak, the rich and the poor, the common and Presidents."
If you're old enough to have midriff bulge, the fashion stories emanating from television can be a major turnoff. There's no denying the spandex-and-denim set dominates the tube's style waves, from "Melrose Place" to MTV. But a few stylish, mature role models--for whom black leather motorcycle jackets are not the be-all and end-all--do exist.
February 28, 2014 | By Charlie Vascellaro
Sure, there are changes in the ballclubs that populate Arizona's Cactus League, as those teams begin to mold themselves into contenders. But the biggest change this spring may be the new Cubs Park in Mesa. The park is part of the league's consolidation trend for the Phoenix area: The Chicago team's new home is at the busy junction of Arizona 101 and 202 loop highways on the Tempe-Mesa border. Some design elements will remind you of the Cubs' historic Wrigley Field. The left-field party deck is modeled after the famous rooftops of the Chicago neighborhood surrounding Wrigley.
February 4, 2014 | By Charles McNulty, Los Angeles Times Theater Critic
It might seem odd that South Coast Repertory is presenting a revival of "The Light in the Piazza. " Renowned for developing new American plays, SCR isn't known for producing musicals. What's more, the show hasn't been away all that long. Bartlett Sher's original Broadway production had a spectacular run at the Ahmanson Theatre in 2006. But this more contained SCR production provides a unique perspective on "The Light in the Piazza," written by Craig Lucas (book) and Adam Guettel (music and lyrics)
December 4, 2013 | By Andrew Cohen
A murder trial is held and the defendant is convicted. After hearing the mitigating and aggravating circumstances of the crime during the sentencing phase of the case, the jury concludes that the death penalty is not an appropriate punishment for the crime. The jury votes instead for a life sentence. But after deliberations are over, the judge overrides the jury's verdict and sentences the defendant to death anyway. Afterward, on the campaign trail, the judge boasts that he is tough on crime, and a stoic supporter of capital punishment, and suggests the electorate should reward him for these positions with another term.
December 2, 2013 | By Jay Jones
A wedding ceremony for less than $100? A beautiful setting -- Hawaii -- and some bargain prices may mean big business in the Aloha State, where same-sex marriages begin Monday. “We anticipate a huge increase in spending in the state of Hawaii from the LGBT market,” Neal Miller of Atlanta's Neal Miller Travel Co. told Travel Weekly . “We expect larger celebrations, larger groups of folks coming to Hawaii with couples choosing to bring their families along with them.” Citing a paper from the University of Hawaii Economic Research Organization released in July, U.S. News on NBC News reported that same-sex marriage could add nearly $70 million a year to Hawaii's economy.
November 24, 2013 | Wire reports
Free-agent shortstop Jhonny Peralta and the St. Louis Cardinals have agreed on a four-year contract, giving the All-Star a fresh start after his Biogenesis drug suspension last summer. The Cardinals filled a need by getting a top-hitting shortstop a month after losing the World Series in six games to Boston. Pete Kozma and Daniel Descalso , although generally good fielders, are light hitters. The deal was expected to be worth more than $50 million. "We are pleased to announce that Jhonny has agreed to terms and I know he is equally excited to be joining the Cardinals," General Manager John Mozeliak said in a statement.
November 21, 2013 | By David Pierson
The meat industry is a global business, but many consumers don't realize how far their hamburger may have traveled to end up on their plates. New federal labeling rules set to take effect Saturday will illuminate that process by requiring meatpackers to list where livestock was born, raised and slaughtered. That's a step up from the current law, which only requires labeling country-of-origin. The new rules update a law known as country-of-origin labeling (COOL) and are being applauded by consumer advocates and some U.S. beef ranchers who see the regulations as a victory for food safety and domestic sales.
One of the most tragic and disturbing moments of American history can soon be yours to watch and review in your own home. Next week, the public will be able to purchase for the first time on video an authorized, newly restored copy of one of this century's most infamous film sequences, the home movie footage of President John F. Kennedy's assassination. "Image of an Assassination: A New Look at the Zapruder Film," which will retail for $19.
July 19, 1985 | TOM GORMAN, Times Staff Writer
Everybody's got it, almost everybody experiences it, but there's not much agreement in San Diego County on how to teach it to our children. Sex. How do public schools teach a subject that is steeped in personal, parental and religious values, but which most people believe, according to public opinion polls, should be taught in the classroom? When it comes to math, there's little discrepancy among school districts about what skills to teach at what levels.
October 31, 2013 | Bill Plaschke
In Boston this week, a patchwork collection of athletes with grimy beards and dirt-caked knees had the remarkable strength to elevate a city torn by tragedy. A baseball season that began with the horror of the Boston Marathon bombing ended with the magic of a Boston Red Sox world championship. When the Red Sox beat the St. Louis Cardinals and clinched a title at swaggering, swooning Fenway Park for the first time in 95 years, you really wanted to believe this was another example of Boston Strong.
October 17, 2013 | By Michael Finnegan, Rosanna Xia and Ari Bloomekatz
Mayor Eric Garcetti said Thursday he was considering a new "chief resilience officer" to oversee preparations for a major earthquake and ensure Los Angeles can minimize the disaster's damage. Garcetti's suggestion for a top coordinator of earthquake issues came as he prepares to announce what he called "some very concrete steps" to enhance seismic safety in a city with a long history of deadly temblors. "The problem is there are lots of different pieces of this, but there's nobody at City Hall who ultimately is kind of the earthquake expert, so I'm looking at that," Garcetti said.
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