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August 8, 1997 | NICK ANDERSON
Proponents of the "English for the Children" initiative say that state programs for students who are not fluent in English have an "annual failure rate" of 95%--a contention that bilingual advocates call a gross distortion. The figure, widely circulated in campaign literature, draws on the state's annual count of English-learning students who attain fluency. The statewide rate for such conversions is now nearly 7%, up from 5% a few years ago.
December 27, 2012 | By Edward J. Pinto
Imagine that a federal agency wanted to hurt America's working-class families on purpose. How would it inflict maximum damage? It might start by aggressively marketing homeownership to marginal borrowers. It would tell them that bad credit scores aren't a problem. It would push them into homes they can't afford, saddle them with loans that barely build equity and provide no incentives for fiscal discipline. And when many of these homes go underwater and into foreclosure, it would leave families in financial ruin.
January 23, 1994 | GREG JOHNSON
Timothy M. Bates, a researcher at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington, stirred up a hornet's nest late last year when he suggested that the failure rate of franchised businesses is higher than that of independent start-ups. "I've been in the (research) business for a long time, and I've never seen a reaction like this," Bates said of response to the franchise study. "I must have gotten 200 phone calls" from disgruntled franchise holders and their lawyers.
January 16, 2011 | By Stuart Pfeifer, Los Angeles Times
Allergan Inc.'s ideal customer is visibly aging and overweight ? and has the money to do something about it. The Irvine company has become a darling of Wall Street by playing to Americans' obsession with health, and their vanity, by marketing products such as wrinkle-erasing Botox, Natrelle breast implants, Latisse eyelash lengthener and the Lap-Band weight-loss device. Its stock has soared 186% over the last decade. But with the market for the Lap-Band leveling off in a sluggish economy, the company has turned to the Food and Drug Administration for help: It wants to increase the pool of potential customers by making the stomach-banding surgery available to less-obese people.
February 13, 1986 | LEE MAY, Times Staff Writer
Almost 30% of all immigrants who apply for citizenship fail on their first try, according to a report released Wednesday by the National Assn. of Latino Elected Officials. The report, entitled "The Long Gray Welcome," painted an unflattering picture of the U.S. naturalization program. It said that court backlogs, overly complicated procedures, inefficiency and "needlessly cold" naturalization forms contribute to the high rate of failure.
August 7, 1997 | From Times staff and wire reports
A medicine abandoned by its maker two years ago when it was displaced by more powerful drugs appears to be the first to substantially reduce the high failure rate of angioplasty. About 500,000 Americans undergo angioplasty each year to unclog plugged heart arteries. In about 20% of cases, though, the procedure has to be repeated within a few months because the blood vessels fill up again.
December 30, 1987 | WILLIAM TROMBLEY and RAY HEBERT, Times Urban Affairs
When Willa Porter, who owns a small Orange County contracting business, was awarded a $50,000 subcontract on the Century Freeway, she thought she was witness to the birth of a new civil rights movement. Porter had been in and around the construction business for 20 years but had never come close to getting a job on a major project. Such work was not for women, she had come to believe.
Cab driver Claude Jacques learned English and his way around New York City at the same time. "One time, this guy asked to go to 'The Garden,' " said Jacques, who arrived from Haiti 10 years ago. "I start going to Central Park. The guy screams, 'Madison Square Garden, Man!' No tip from him." That was in a more freewheeling time. Nowadays, before a new cabbie hits the streets, there are classes to take and tests to pass.
May 11, 1986
Women who use intrauterine devices may face up to three times the risk of unplanned pregnancies after they switch to other birth control methods, a study warns. The recent withdrawal of most IUDs from the market thus may lead to an estimated increase of 123,000 unwanted pregnancies annually among the 1.4 million women now using IUDs, according to an article in Family Planning Perspectives, a journal of the Alan Guttmacher Institute.
August 25, 1994
It's sad to read your article "Change Is Slow in Therapy Group for Men Who Batter" (Aug. 11). It states that half of those men ordered into counseling drop out and only about half of those who finish the course stop beating their partners. Based on this 75% failure rate, it is even more of an urgent reason for society to bring this issue early into our education system, targeting today's teen-agers, boys and girls, about equality and mutual respect. HARRY LEE Burbank
June 2, 2010 | By Jeannine Stein, Los Angeles Times
Today's teenagers are increasingly likely to use the rhythm method to prevent pregnancy and to have relaxed attitudes about unwed motherhood, according to a new government sex survey. The results, released Wednesday by the National Center for Health Statistics, found that 17% of 15- to 19-year-olds used periodic abstinence, or the calendar rhythm method, as a form of contraception in the period from 2006 to 2008. In 2002, 11% of teens used that method. "That was pretty much a surprise," said Joyce Abma, lead author of the study and a demographer with the center.
October 22, 2007 | Mary Beckman, Special to The Times
Last week, the Food and Drug Administration and heart device maker Medtronic told doctors to stop using a particular component -- the wire lead -- of Medtronic's latest generation of implanted heart defibrillators. Cardiologist Dr. William Maisel, a consultant to the FDA, explains what these devices do and what went wrong. What are these implantable heart devices? Implantable heart devices come in two types. The more common device, a pacemaker, is designed for hearts that beat too slowly.
December 21, 2005 | Walter F. Roche Jr., Times Staff Writer
A national physicians group is leading an effort in Congress to halt annual competency tests of doctors and laboratory technicians who read Pap smears, even as the results of the first such test indicate significant problems with the way the slides are interpreted. Legislation to place a moratorium of at least one year on the proficiency exams recently passed the House and is now before the Senate. It is supported by the College of American Pathologists, which accredits laboratories nationwide.
August 7, 2005 | Juan A. Lozano, Associated Press Writer
Eighty-six Squared has never been in a hurry. The Black Angus bull was born 15 years after cells from his genetic donor, Bull 86, were frozen as part of a study on natural disease resistance. When Bull 86 died in 1997, scientists thought his unique genetic makeup had been lost. But researchers at Texas A&M University were able to clone him from the frozen cells in 2000. Now 5 years old, 86 Squared spends his days grazing on a rural area of the A&M campus.
October 15, 2003 | From Bloomberg News
IBM Corp. employees knew the company's computer disk drives had a higher failure rate than the company had acknowledged, according to court papers. In courtroom testimony in August in Alameda, Calif., lawyers representing customers suing the company presented e-mail messages showing IBM employees discussing failure rates far higher than the company claims. "Do you mean to tell me we're shipping drives for distribution with knowing defects of 17%?"
June 14, 2003 | Duke Helfand, Times Staff Writer
California's high school exit exam, once heralded as a sure-fire way to ratchet up achievement and make a diploma worthwhile, will be postponed amid concerns about high failure rates and the political and legal backlash from denying thousands of students the right to graduate next year. A majority of the members of the California Board of Education said they would vote next month to delay what was one of Gov. Gray Davis' central education reforms.
August 11, 1986 | GLENN F. BUNTING, Times Staff Writer
A dozen training officers, each with a hard body and bulging biceps, marched into the front of a classroom and stared down a motley group of new cadets. "We look at them like they're a bunch of sleazeballs," Deputy John DeAngelis said of the training staff's first encounter with cadets of the 74th San Diego County Sheriff's Academy. Most of the cadets, in their 20s, had no idea how to respond to the icy greeting. They squirmed in their chairs and wiped beads of sweat from their anxious faces.
The federal government warned Friday that faulty parts on some types of cardiac pacemakers could cause the devices to fail and urged doctors to closely monitor patients who have the implants. Troublesome "leads" on some of the pacemakers in question have lead to a failure rate of up to 8% from three to seven years after implantation, according to a report prepared by the General Accounting Office and released by Rep. Henry A.
June 1, 2003 | Martin Booe, Martin Booe last wrote for the magazine about men who cook.
SCENE: De Mori Restaurant, Beverly Hills. A cheery patio restaurant in the Rodeo Collection. Ivy curls around the trellis overhead and a fountain makes soothing sounds in the background. Owner Silvio de Mori, 55, with white-silver hair and eyes that crinkle up merrily, or wistfully, presides over the end of lunch with yours truly, MB, who is, for most intents and purposes, at this moment, an emotional wreck.
May 2, 2003 | Duke Helfand, Times Staff Writer
The president of the State Board of Education, reacting to a new report that highlights the high failure rate on California's high school exit exam, said Thursday that the test should be postponed as a graduation requirement for up to three years. Students in the class of 2004 must pass the math and English-language arts portions of the exam to earn a diploma, according to current rules that have provoked protests from many worried parents and teens.
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