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September 1, 2009 | Maeve Reston
Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa launched a prescription-drug discount program for city residents Monday, following up on a campaign promise he made five years ago while running for mayor. At a senior center in Montecito Heights, Villaraigosa said the city had contracted with Ohio-based Envision Pharmaceutical Services, which will negotiate with pharmaceutical companies to obtain lower prices for residents who carry discount cards. The discounts, which could range from 5% to 40% depending on the medicine, will be available at about 1,500 Los Angeles pharmacies that participate in Envision's network.
February 17, 2014 | Chris Dufresne
SOCHI, Russia - Tiger Woods at age 20 used his first pro tournament, the Greater Milwaukee Open, to say, "Hello, world. " Eighteen years later, a month shy of her 19th birthday, U.S. ski team star Mikaela Shiffrin sat down at the Gorki Media Center and announced similar intentions. She had been in Sochi for 18 hours but acted as though she had been raised around the corner. FRAMEWORK: Best images from Sochi Her Olympic debut, the women's giant slalom, was three days away.
April 27, 1992
While looking at the front-page photo (April 19) of death penalty protesters holding up cards showing names of people executed in California, I couldn't help but envision all the gravestone with the names of their victims. DEANNE POULOS Downey
February 5, 2014 | By Ralph Vartabedian
A Seattle energy company received initial regulatory approval Wednesday to build five massive wind turbines floating 16 miles off the Oregon coast. The pilot project off Coos Bay would be the first offshore wind facility on the West Coast. It also would be the biggest demonstration of technology that places floating turbines on platforms in deep water, according to federal officials and executives at Principle Power, the developer. The turbines would be as tall as a 60-story building, vastly larger than typical turbines on land-based wind farms, and able to tap strong ocean winds that blow consistently in southern Oregon, said Kevin Banister, Principle's vice president for business and government affairs.
September 25, 1994
Regarding the changes for the next television season: How far can this corporate paranoia go? Now, besides cutting the time between programs, we must do without the often delightful theme songs. Can you imagine such programs as "Cheers" or "All in the Family" without them? I can only envision a bleak season ahead. Larry Ginsky, Glendale
May 3, 1998
Re "Democrats Lose One for The Gipper," Capitol Journal, April 27: A "right-wing" group, such as Young America's Foundation, makes George Skelton "whimsically" envision Nazis. I wonder if "left-wing" groups, such as the ACLU or NOW, make Skelton whimsically envision Soviet gulags and mass murder. YAF's only crime is the desire to promote the legacy of Ronald Reagan. President Reagan peacefully advanced the human rights of more people than any man in history. He was right about the Soviets, the arms race and Nicaragua--and American liberals will never forgive him for it. JEFF MELLINGER, South Pasadena I found the column so offensive that I am compelled to protest.
July 21, 2002
Regarding "Taking Back the Streets" by Karen E. Klein (July 7): Own-your-owns were not apartments converted to cooperatives but were built specifically for retiring adults who wanted to own their residence but not have grounds upkeep. They are mostly in Long Beach and Pasadena, built between 1958 and 1962 when there were no condominium codes. They have their own deeds. The developers did not envision many buyers would have cars, so few of them have garages or parking, and those garages were sold separately with their own deeds.
March 2, 1995
In regard to your Jan. 10 interview with Joseph Edmiston, executive director of the Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy, let me say: We in the community who have worked to acquire parkland for the future had it much easier before we created the Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy. Never did we envision a Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy board which allowed its executive director to tell it what to do. We envisioned a board with a comprehensive grasp of the Santa Monica Mountains that followed a plan and directed its executive director to implement these plans.
January 1, 1987
All Ram fans deserve an apology from John Robinson. Last year, we had to endure too short, too slow, too inaccurate Dieter Brock while Jeff Kemp was tied to the pine. Kemp is traded to San Francisco and another over-the-hill project is brought in. I hope Jim Everett turns out to be the player we all envision, at least for Robinson's sake. Considering what the Rams paid for Everett, only years of all-pro performances will let Robinson off the hook this time. RON CHAFFINS Azusa Editor's note: These letters represent many of the best received by The Times in 1986
It was supposed to be a brief stop at the Primadonna casino, 43 miles south of Las Vegas, but one poker game led to another. By 3 a.m. May 25, 1997, Jeremy Strohmeyer and David Cash were tired of hanging around the arcade, waiting for David's dad. Bored, the two 18-year-olds decided to urinate on two coin-operated games. David chose Big Bertha, whose polka-dot dress flared when players hurled balls into her gaping red mouth. Jeremy selected a helicopter game. Then a wall socket.
January 30, 2014 | By Jared S. Hopkins
Jack Mortell leaned in and his eyes widened at the scenario he dreamed up: Who would win if all the gold medalists in speedskating from the upcoming Winter Olympics faced off against one another? "I think people would want to know, don't you?" Mortell asked, grinning. "I think that kind of race would generate some interest. " Fans may find out. In May, Mortell and well-heeled investors plan to launch Ice Derby, an entertainment ice show centered on a professional speedskating tour and featuring figure skating and ice dancing.
December 24, 2013 | By Saba Hamedy
Brenda Schmitz and her youngest son, Max, then 2 years old, shared a favorite song: "Over the Rainbow. " At the time, Schmitz and her family hadn't seen rain - let alone a rainbow - for five weeks when the wife and mother of four was hospitalized at Mercy Medical Center in Des Moines for ovarian cancer. But on the day of her death, in September 2011, a large, bright double rainbow cast across the sky. Her husband, David, said this was the first but certainly not the last time Schmitz would give her family signs that she was watching over them.
December 6, 2013 | By Robyn Dixon
JOHANNESBURG, South Africa - Nelson Mandela didn't coin the term "Rainbow Nation" or the phrase "Proudly South African. " But the optimism, determination and compassion of the country at its best owed everything to him. In recent years, however, South Africa under the leadership of the African National Congress that Mandela loved is often quite different - shoddy, corrupt and incompetent. In short, depressingly like other African countries betrayed by liberation movements. While life has gradually improved for many, problems once attributed to apartheid stubbornly remain.
October 30, 2013 | By Helene Elliott
GLENDALE, Ariz. - Anthony LeBlanc believes the Phoenix area can be a sustainable hockey market, even though the many empty seats for the Coyotes' game against the Kings at Arena on Tuesday would seem a strong contradiction. LeBlanc is co-owner, president, chief executive and alternate governor of the Coyotes, a string of titles he assumed last summer when he and other investors banded together to purchase the franchise from the NHL for $170 million. He and fellow investor Daryl Jones had chased a deal to buy the Coyotes for four years but couldn't quite close it; with financier George Gosbee on board the IceArizona group completed the transaction in August.
October 17, 2013 | By Sharon Mizota
You know the nightmare where you show up naked at the office? Kristian Burford has captured something of that horrifying feeling in his latest installation at Nye + Brown. It consists of two glass-enclosed, generic office cubicles, each populated by a matte gray sculpture of a nude, bald woman. The woman in the first cubicle pokes her head up to look at the second figure with a somewhat startled expression. More relaxed, the other woman occupies an equally nightmarish reality. The interior of the glass in both structures is covered with a mirrored coating that creates an infinite, internal reflection.
October 1, 2013 | By Chad Terhune
Older and sicker Californians are likely to be first in line for guaranteed health coverage as the state's new insurance market opens Tuesday as part of the landmark healthcare law. Like shoppers queuing up for bargains on Black Friday, people such as 52-year-old James Craig, an uninsured day laborer, say they can't wait to get their insurance cards. "I think Obamacare is the greatest thing ever," said the Los Angeles resident, who said he suffers from high blood pressure and hasn't seen a doctor in years.
April 7, 2009 | MICHAEL HILTZIK
A nostrum we're constantly spoon-fed by pop psychologists advises getting through the bad times by thinking ahead to something better. So in my search for a happy place in which to take refuge from the Great Recession of 2008-09, I've been pondering what the American economy will look like -- or should look like -- once we work through the current financial crisis and gear up for resumed economic growth.
November 26, 1989 | From National Geographic
Almost 15 years have passed since a North Vietnamese army tank forced the gate of Saigon's Independence Palace, signaling the defeat of South Vietnam and the unification of the two countries under communism. Today, the sound of war still faintly reverberates throughout Saigon, now officially known as Ho Chi Minh City, where the Communist victory is tainted by what is, for many, a futile quest for prosperity. "Could it be that quite a few things here really haven't changed all that much?"
September 7, 2013 | By David S. Cloud
WASHINGTON - The Pentagon is preparing for a longer bombardment of Syria than it originally had planned, with a heavy barrage of missile strikes followed soon after by more attacks on targets that the opening salvos missed or failed to destroy, officials said. The planning for intense attacks over a three-day period reflects the growing belief in the White House and the Pentagon that the United States needs more firepower to inflict even minimal damage on Syrian President Bashar Assad's forces, which have been widely dispersed over the last two weeks, the officials said.
August 1, 2013 | By Louis Sahagun
An artist and a director of the Annenberg Foundation is seeking permission to build a 70-foot water wheel to draw water from the Los Angeles River north of Chinatown to create a stream and shady retreat for the public. The idea is to transform one of the most heavily industrialized stretches of the river into a slice of sylvan tranquillity, said artist Lauren Bon, granddaughter of the late Walter Annenberg, a publishing magnate and philanthropist. "If we succeed, people 100 years from now will wonder how a water wheel and giant canopy of cottonwoods somehow escaped the explosive industrial growth of Los Angeles," Bon said.
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