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May 26, 1996
On Mother's Day we were happy to see the article "Mothers' Amends" (May 12), the story of our beautiful adopted daughter Nika. My husband and I feel it is important to share our story because adoption has received much undeserved negative press. We also hope that people who have experienced a failed adoption will take encouragement and go on to adopt again. We felt Nika's story was well-written and wonderfully presented. As an adoption professional, however, I am saddened by what seems to be a world of fear and misinformation regarding the adoption process.
December 15, 2013 | By Lew Sichelman
Major corporations raise capital by selling shares in themselves. So do companies with little or no substance behind them. Even start-ups sometimes "go public" before they really start up. So why can't America's homeowners? They can. In yet another new twist on the age-old concept of shared appreciation, they soon may be able to raise money for a down payment, or build up enough equity to jettison a higher-rate mortgage for a less expensive one, by "selling" shares in their homes.
October 30, 1988
There is confusion regarding my position on the participation of Venice architects and developers in the Local Coastal Plan public workshops. The article (Times, Oct. 6) states that I objected to "the presence . . . of architects and design professionals who have taken on the title of 'facilitator.' " I have never objected to the presence and full participation of any Venice architect or developer at these workshops. My complaint focuses on the special emphasis given this group by the city Planning Department.
October 6, 2013 | By Broderick Turner
His arms are more defined and muscular at Clippers ' training camp. His face is thinner-looking and his body looks more chiseled. Those are some of the physical changes to Chris Paul this fall as he takes part in "one of the best camps I've been a part of during my nine-year career. " Paul is also in a new system, and with that, Clippers Coach Doc Rivers has some changes for his All-Star guard as well. "I've still got the same role, to facilitate," Paul said. "But the coaches want me to be aggressive early, but not too much.
February 17, 2007
IN the Libby trial testimony, we learned that the Bush administration considered "Meet the Press" a useful tool for getting out its political spin. Scott Collins acted surprised by this revelation, stating that "we" always thought Tim Russert was tough on the powerful ["Russert's Fault? A Lack of Outrage," Feb. 12]. Give me a break! Almost all of the TV news journalists fail in their responsibilities as truth finders. They seem to think that to ask provocative questions and then to permit their guests to spin is acceptable.
August 23, 1987 | Dale Baldwin
When they're working properly, electronic gadgets are truly marvelous: The same technology that allows you to hear your answering machine messages over a pay phone miles from your house can save the life of a woman who has fallen down a flight of stairs in her own home. The latter scenario is depicted (with models) in photographs in the brochure for the Lifecall alert system from Pro-Alert Response Systems, 1991 Village Park Way, Encinitas.
December 2, 2009
President Obama's decision to send 30,000 more troops to Afghanistan pleased many military officials, who said they believe the bolstered forces will be able to execute a more robust counterinsurgency strategy. With two decisions to increase troop levels this year, Obama has nearly doubled American combat power in Afghanistan, Pentagon officials noted Tuesday. And while Army Gen. Stanley A. McChrystal did not get the 40,000 additional troops he reportedly requested, one Defense official said McChrystal would not have to scale back any of his plans to take on Taliban forces in eastern and southern Afghanistan.
March 18, 2007 | T.J. SIMERS
I am so proud of Kobe Bryant. Who said you can't teach an old superstar new tricks? He kept his elbows in, is in no danger of being suspended, and upon further review, the only thing anyone wants to look at upon closer inspection is his final three-pointer Friday night.
December 21, 1990 | JEFF MEYERS
Marsha Henry got divorced four years ago and joined a ski club. The two events are not unrelated. "I wanted to learn to ski and save money doing it, and I wanted to meet people," said Henry, who lives in Granada Hills. Ski clubs, which function as de facto travel agencies, make skiing easier and cheaper. The clubs arrange accommodations at group rates and do all the planning. All a member has to remember to do is show up before the bus pulls away.
Researchers have taken a major step forward in understanding how the nose perceives and differentiates between the estimated 10,000 different smells to which it is exposed. A Columbia University team reported Friday in the journal Cell that it had isolated a family of 18 genes that are the blueprints for the exquisitely sensitive receptors in the nose that signal the presence of odors. The team's results suggest that there may be 100 to 200 more such genes.
July 31, 2013 | By Janet Stobart, This post has been corrected. Please see note at bottom for details.
LONDON -- The Bank of England facilitated the transfer of Nazi-plundered gold from Czechoslovakia to the German central bank in the run-up to World War II, according to documents published online. Extracted from an unpublished history of the Bank of England written in the 1950s and posted on the bank's website for the first time Tuesday, the faded, type-written pages explain its role in the Swiss-based Bank of International Settlements, which authorized international transactions at the time.
May 29, 2013 | By Chris Kraul
BOGOTA, Colombia - Venezuela recalled its ambassador and ended its participation in peace talks Wednesday after Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos met with the losing opposition candidate in Venezuela's recent presidential election. Santos received losing candidate Henrique Capriles at the presidential palace in Bogota. Capriles has charged that the Venezuelan presidency was stolen from him in the April 14 election by the apparent winner, Nicolas Maduro, the late President Hugo Chavez's handpicked successor.
April 3, 2013 | By The Times editorial board
The recent agreement between business and labor leaders on how to provide visas for nonagricultural workers in such industries as construction, hotels and restaurants is a surprising and welcome development. Such a breakthrough agreement would have been unthinkable a year ago, when the debate over comprehensive immigration reform was mired in anger and overheated preelection rhetoric. Fortunately, stubborn partisanship has given way to wary pragmatism. As a result, members of Congress and stakeholder groups have resumed negotiations, and deals like the one reached between the AFL-CIO and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce over the weekend are possible.
March 22, 2013 | By Edmund Sanders and Christi Parsons, Los Angeles Times
JERUSALEM - President Obama brokered a diplomatic reconciliation between key Middle East allies Israel and Turkey at the end of his visit to the Holy Land, thawing tensions that have complicated U.S. efforts to cope with regional issues including Syria's civil war. With Obama looking on, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu formally apologized Friday to Turkey over the 2010 killing by Israeli soldiers of nine Turkish activists aboard a...
March 20, 2013 | By Alex Rodriguez, Los Angeles Times
ISLAMABAD, Pakistan - A man arrested in Karachi on suspicion of helping in the 2002 kidnapping of American journalist Daniel Pearl once led the militant group Lashkar-e-Jhangvi's operations in Sindh province, authorities said. Authorities believe Qari Abdul Hayee, who was arrested this week in a police raid, was one of the Sunni militant group's facilitators in Pearl's abduction, Pakistani news reports said. Pearl, 38, a reporter for the Wall Street Journal who grew up in Los Angeles, was abducted in January 2002 in Karachi and beheaded by his captors a month later.
January 28, 2013 | By Mike Bresnahan, Los Angeles Times
It's come to this: One of the best point guards ever is now the Lakers' shooting guard and one of the best shooting guards ever is now their point guard. Somehow it's working. Perfectly. Kobe Bryant continued to ignore his score-first instinct, coming whisper-close to a triple-double for the second straight game as the Lakers beat the Oklahoma City Thunder, 105-96, in front of a Staples Center crowd that was relieved, exuberant and drained at the same time Sunday. Steve Nash was part of it too, putting together 17 points and five assists as the team's No. 2 ballhandler, strange as it was to say it like that.
October 2, 1996 | CARLOS V. LOZANO
Ventura County supervisors voted Tuesday to approve the hiring of a family law facilitator who will assist people in the courts system who cannot afford an attorney. The facilitator--an experienced attorney with mediation experience--will help resolve issues of child support, spousal support and health insurance in divorce and legal separation, officials said.
May 13, 2002 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Whales originated from land animals that looked like pigs, but changes in their inner ear helped them evolve into acrobatic swimmers, British scientists reported in the May 9 issue of Nature. By studying fossils of whales, the team uncovered clues about the evolution of cetaceans--whales, dolphins and porpoises--and how and when they became such agile sea creatures. Whales left land permanently about 45 million years ago.
December 23, 2012 | By Mike Bresnahan
Steve Nash finally returned, the man who was supposed to restore order and balance to the Lakers' offense, but Kobe Bryant took 41 shots. What's next in this loopy season for the sub-.500 Lakers? Bryant's 34 points were wildly inefficient Saturday against Golden State. Put it this way: He took only five more shots when he scored 81 against Toronto in that 2006 game. He made only 16 shots against the Warriors (not good accuracy) and took only one free throw (not really his fault)
December 12, 2012 | By Emily Alpert
British police and army agents aided in the assassination of a Belfast attorney in front of his wife and three children more than two decades ago, but there was no “overarching state conspiracy” to kill him, say the findings of an independent investigation released Wednesday. Patrick Finucane, a lawyer who defended Irish Republican Army suspects, was slain in his home by militants from an outlawed loyalist group. The 1989 killing has been one of the most bitterly disputed slayings of the Northern Ireland conflict, with questions swirling around the part played by British agents who were supposed to be foiling terrorism.
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