CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 11, 1993 |
We're hearing these days that the way to restore equilibrium to our violent society is to put guns into the hands of good guys and send then out into the streets as auxiliary police officers. I'm not certain that the law-abiding citizens in any American big city want to return to a social climate that smacks of the boom towns of the Old West, when gunfire often ended disputes between good and bad guys.
August 12, 1992 |
Remember the last time you read a novel, spent a romantic evening alone with your mate, slept in, walked on the beach, took a class just for the sake of learning or went on a vacation without bringing work along? Probably not--especially if you're one of those high-achieving, fast-track types who has helped transform Orange County from a sleepy suburb to a bustling urban area.
September 19, 1991 |
Most single seniors were once half of a couple. Unlike other single people--who divorce, delay marriage to pursue a career or fail to meet the right person--seniors often find themselves alone because their life partner dies. Losing a spouse through death or divorce is never easy. But when the union has endured for decades, some people have described the separation as "losing themselves" or as "an amputation." And regaining emotional equilibrium can be a long and delicate process.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 26, 1991
In response to your editorial "Identifying an Alleged Victim of Rape" (April 19): When it comes to victims of rape, we Americans have a double standard. Whether defined as a crime of sex or violence, rape is definitely an act of robbery--a robbery of a woman's sense of self. The woman's alleged sexual history and possible indiscretions are dragged out into the public arena. When she is not the perfect Victorian virgin, the media and/or courts seek to show that somehow she tempted the man. This is pure hogwash.
August 29, 1990 |
The stock market posted a moderate gain today, encouraged by falling oil prices as well as by optimism over the Persian Gulf crisis. The Dow Jones average of 30 industrials rose 17.58 to 2,632.43. Advancing issues outnumbered declines by about 9 to 5 on the New York Stock Exchange, with 971 up, 512 down and 492 unchanged. Big Board volume totaled 134.24 million shares, against 127.65 million in the previous session. The NYSE's composite index gained 1.51 to 177.77.
June 7, 1990 |
Yogi Berra once said that 90% of pitching is half mental. And the same goes for golf. Corey Pavin, 30, is just one of many great examples. The former UCLA star from Oxnard, who at 17 became the youngest golfer to win the Los Angeles Men's City Amateur tournament, blazed onto the PGA Tour in 1984, winning the Houston Open and finishing 18th on the money list.
May 24, 1990 |
Take a deep breath in. Don't let it out. Now take another breath in. Don't let it out. Breathe in again--but not out. Can you breathe in one more time? Probably not. That's how it feels to have asthma, explained Mary Lanuti, a nurse and respiratory therapist, at the American Lung Assn. of Orange County's "Parent Seminar on Childhood Asthma" Saturday. "The problem isn't that you can't get any more air in," she said. "The problem is, you can't get it out."
April 29, 1990 |
Midway through a steamy Friday afternoon, a tanker truck overturned on the Golden State Freeway northwest of downtown Los Angeles, spewing gasoline near the Colorado Street exit. Caltrans predicted that the tie-up would last until at least 7 p.m. Work-weary drivers swore, snarled and chain-smoked their way up the pavement, nearly all of them looking impatient--except the pony-tailed woman in the battered white van.
November 12, 1989 |
"We are the people." When demonstrators shouted those words, it was an ironic and bitter indictment of 40 years of the German Democratic Republic. So far, mass demonstrations have been acted out with a subtlety and finesse that flatly contradicted all speculations that after 12 years of totalitarian Nazism and 44 years of totalitarian communism, the human mind would be utterly deformed. A great chapter of history is taking place right at our doorstep.
June 25, 1989 |
Americans have the feeling that Japan is swiping our car market, annexing our downtown real estate, cornering the market on electronic gadgets and buying up all the luxury trinkets on Rodeo Drive. We are protectively scornful when a Japanese corporation pays $43 million for a shopworn Van Gogh and nervously amused when the New York Times reports that snooty Fifth Avenue shops put discreet signs in vitrines whispering "Japanese Spoken Here." Our politicians like to create the impression that the Japanese miracle is just some sneaky illusion created by unfair trade practices, but secretly the thermometer of our admiration for them just keeps rising.