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May 16, 2006 | Diane Ravitch, DIANE RAVITCH is a historian of education at New York University, a senior fellow at the Hoover Institution and author of "The Language Police: How Pressure Groups Restrict What Students Learn."
TWENTY YEARS AGO, I was invited by then-State Superintendent of Public Instruction Bill Honig to join a committee to revise California's history curriculum. Over 18 months, we produced a document that added more time for the study of American and world history and called for the teaching of the dramatic controversies that make historical study engaging and honest.
July 2, 2007 | Max Boot, MAX BOOT is a contributing editor to Opinion, a senior fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations and author of "War Made New: Weapons, Warriors, and the Making of the Modern World," due out in paperback in August.
SEN. RICHARD LUGAR's comments on Iraq came like a clap of thunder in the sultry summer skies of Washington. The ranking Republican on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee declared in a widely covered speech last week that he doesn't think "the current 'surge' strategy will succeed" and that we should therefore "downsize the U.S. military's role in Iraq."
May 15, 2006 | Marc Siegel, Special to The Times
The premise IN "Fatal Contact: Bird Flu in America," which aired Tuesday night on ABC, a businessman returns to the U.S. from Hong Kong, where he has unwittingly picked up a newly mutated strain of the H5N1 bird flu from being coughed on by a factory worker. Back in Virginia, he becomes weak and feverish and collapses with a severe nosebleed. Public health officials are called in quickly. Dr.
June 14, 2013
Re "Growing pains," June 10 Transit-oriented development is one thing when you have a clean slate to work on; it is another when you are inserting a light-rail line into an existing (and thriving) community like West Los Angeles. You can't just plop a huge development like the proposed 638-unit Casden West L.A. next to the rail station, call it transit-oriented development and ignore the surrounding conditions. Casden uses its adjacency to a future Expo Line station as an excuse to overbuild.
Low-fat Haagen-Dazs? In several instances, it really was too good to be true, the Federal Trade Commission says. Haagen-Dazs Co., which built its reputation on rich, creamy frozen desserts, agreed Monday to settle FTC charges that it made false and misleading statements about its frozen yogurt products. The company, based in Teaneck, N.J., advertised its frozen yogurt products last year as "low fat" and "98 percent fat free."
March 15, 1992 | GEORGE L. PERRY, GEORGE L. PERRY is a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution research organization in Washington. and
When President Bush put forth a set of modest tax proposals in his State of the Union address, he surrounded them with rhetoric borrowed from his glory days a year earlier when he was threatening Saddam Hussein rather than congressional Democrats. Perhaps such hyperbole by politicians should not be a surprise. But it was disappointing to see the annual report of the Council of Economic Advisers join the chorus.
January 10, 1993 | Christopher Dickey, Dickey, Paris bureau chief of Newsweek, is the author, most recently, of "Expats: Travels in Arabia" (Atlantic Monthly Press)
By Oriana Fallaci. A novel. About Beirut. Sounds like a daunting proposition. "Inshallah"--God willing--you'll get through it. Perhaps you remember Fallaci, the tiny, tightly wired Italian interviewer who coaxed the hidden cowboy out of Henry Kissinger. She who ripped off her chador while interviewing Khomeini, and sent him fleeing from the room. She who wrote an essay to an unborn child. Or a paean to her dead lover, "A Man."
December 9, 2012 | By David L. Ulin, Los Angeles Times Book Critic
We live in a culture of excess. From supersized fast food to billion-dollar presidential campaigns, bigger is always better. This is hardly a new observation; it's been part of us all along. In his 1960 satire "The Magic Christian," Terry Southern imagines "a gigantic convertible … scaled in the proportions of an ordinary automobile but … tremendous in size - … longer and wider than the largest Greyhound bus. " And then, of course, there is "The Great Gatsby," F. Scott Fitzgerald's 87-year-old masterpiece, a novel that takes excess as its essence, unfolding on vast estates, at lavish parties, while never losing sight of the fact that beneath the surface, such fripperies cannot mask an emptiness that is all-pervasive, that all the money, houses, Champagne in the world won't fill.
September 4, 1986 | Associated Press
Libyan leader Moammar Kadafi today threatened to withdraw from the nonaligned movement, saying it did not do enough to support Libya in its conflict with the United States. "I want to say goodby, farewell to this funny movement, to this fallacy--farewell to this utter falsehood," Kadafi said in a rambling 1-hour speech that stunned delegates at the weeklong summit. He paused in his speech to allow a group of young Libyan women in battle fatigues to chant "Down, Down U.S.
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