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February 24, 2010 | By Kenichi Ohmae
Toyota has built a strong presence in the United States by serving its consumers well and doing what the U.S. government has wanted. Now it has stumbled badly largely because its greatest strength -- the Toyota way of "accumulation of small improvements," or kaizen kaizen philosophy -- has turned out to be a weakness in the age of complex electronic engines. There is every reason to believe Toyota will fix its technical and management problems. The question is whether, panicking in the very un-Japanese glare of the American media and political spotlight, it will dig a deeper hole by losing the trust and reputation for competence among its customers.
April 24, 2014 | Mary McNamara
"House" meets "Homeland" and goes dancing with "Grey's Anatomy" on the new ABC "medical" drama, "Black Box," a show so deeply flawed and absurdly derivative you will wonder if you, like the main character, are experiencing a manic episode. Kelly Reilly stars as Dr. Catherine Black, a predictably brilliant and beautiful neurosurgeon who is also bipolar and prone to go off her meds. Like "Homeland's" Carrie Mathison and Dr. Gregory House, Black believes there is a direct relationship between her abilities and her disorder.
September 20, 2013 | By Jerry Hirsch
BMW is recalling 134,100 5-series sports sedans in the U.S. because of an electrical flaw that could cause the tail lights to fail. The recall affects 528i, 535i, 550i, and M5 cars from the 2008 through 2010 model years. Over time, the connection with the bulb can corrode, causing increased electrical resistance and damage to the area. This can result in an intermittent or permanent loss of the light's function including brake, turn and reverse signals. The problem is showing up in about 15% of the cars.
April 15, 2014 | Christopher Hawthorne, Los Angeles Times Architecture Critic
For Kerry Brougher, newly named director of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' planned film museum, the bubble may be nothing compared with the spaceship. Brougher comes to the academy from the Hirshhorn in Washington, D.C., where one of his first tests as interim director was dealing with fallout from a failed proposal to install a $15-million inflatable bubble in the museum's circular courtyard. In Los Angeles, Brougher will inherit a new architectural challenge: what do with a major building project that isn't in danger of being scrapped, as the bubble was, but has significant, even fundamental design flaws.
December 1, 1987
I was pleased to read the Tavris article. I agree that the "fatal flaw" approach to select candidates has some serious problems itself. The way I see it we are all human, we are all going to make mistakes and errors in judgment. Does this mean from the moment we enter college that we should live the life of a saint because we may run for public office 10 years down the road and who knows what dirt might come out if we are not careful? Do we really have the right to dig into the private lives of candidates?
February 18, 2006
Re "A Child's Death Reveals a System's Tragic Flaw," Feb. 13 A significant flaw in the system is the Los Angeles County Children's Court, where referees and commissioners of dubious qualifications render critical rulings affecting the lives of children, parents and foster caregivers. The judges, who are outnumbered, do not fare any better. It seems that the children's courts serve as training grounds for higher judicial positions -- an unfortunate reality considering the discretionary powers granted to them.
July 25, 1990
Every time something goes wrong with the U.S. space program (currently the subject is the problems with the Hubble Space Telescope) inevitably some people write in, wailing that all that money should have been spent on Earth. I'd like to point out that the money was spent on Earth. No one has rocketed payloads of dollars bills into orbit and jettisoned them. The money spent on the space telescope, and all space program projects, went for salaries and purchases right here on Earth.
April 25, 2005
Your April 21 editorial, "Eroding the Death Penalty," is a call for all Californians to support its abolition rather than wait for its erosion. The case that the editorial mentions, a county prosecutor having convinced two separate juries that two separate people committed the same murder, points to the basic flaw in our system of justice: It is about winning, not about protecting the people. As long as we have the death penalty, innocents will be executed, and all taxpayers are instrumental in the coldhearted killing of a human being.
November 15, 1987 | CAROL TAVRIS, Carol Tavris is a social psychologist and writer in Los Angeles.
From all the stones being thrown at political candidates these days, you would have to conclude that Americans are an alarmingly sinless lot. It is easy, of course, to have a clear moral vista from the vantage of a high horse. Have candidates been caught plagiarizing, smoking marijuana, weeping in public, having extramarital affairs? Throw them out. They're unfit for public office. Well, sometimes they are, and sometimes they aren't.
March 12, 1987 | DEBRA WHITEFIELD, Times Staff Writer
In castigating President Reagan's hands-off approach to running the nation's affairs, the Tower Commission has dragged the ordinarily mundane subject of management style out of the corporate board room and catapulted it into the political arena. So flawed is the President's management style, the report by the presidential board concluded on Feb.
April 11, 2014 | By Alice Short
CHARLESTON, S.C. - When the email proposing a business meeting in Charleston popped up, it took all of three seconds to say yes. I'd never been to South Carolina, but I've read glowing dispatches from friends and colleagues for years. Southern hospitality is not a myth, they insisted, as they extolled the beauty of the area and its vigorous dining and bar scene. When I started to research this coastal city, it was its Civil War-era attractions that proved most compelling. After all, the war "started" here when Confederate forces forced Union troops from Ft. Sumter in April 1861.
April 10, 2014 | By Noam N. Levey and Christi Parsons
WASHINGTON - Kathleen Sebelius, who helped guide the rocky and controversial rollout of President Obama's landmark healthcare law, is stepping down as Health and Human Services secretary after about five years, according to a senior administration official. In her place, the president plans to nominate Sylvia Mathews Burwell, director of the White House Office of Management and Budget. Sebelius was not pressured to resign, according to the administration official. But she leaves after presiding over the disastrous launch of the health law's new online insurance marketplaces last fall.
April 10, 2014 | By Sheri Linden
Growing up before moviegoers' eyes, Abigail Breslin ("Little Miss Sunshine") and Georgie Henley ("The Chronicles of Narnia") enter true-crime territory as murderous siblings in the bumpy ride that is "Perfect Sisters. " The film owes whatever persuasiveness it has to the teen leads' sharp performances - their sisterly chemistry and their filial friction with an alcohol-addled mother, well played by Mira Sorvino. Screenwriters Fabrizio Filippo and Adam Till draw upon the so-called Bathtub Girls - Canadian honor students whose trial for matricide grabbed headlines in the mid-2000s - to examine the months leading up to and following the crime.
April 9, 2014 | Chris O'Brien and Salvador Rodriguez
The discovery of a significant flaw in software that was supposed to provide extra protection for thousands of websites has thrown the tech world into chaos as experts scrambled to understand the scope of the vulnerability. On Tuesday, Tumblr, owned by Yahoo Inc., became the largest website to disclose that it had been hit by the "Heartbleed Bug" and urged users to change not just the password for its site but for all others as well. Signaling just how much uncertainty and confusion surrounds the glitch, security experts warned that such a gesture might actually be useless because if a site has not fixed the problem hackers could just as easily steal the new password.
April 9, 2014 | By Chris O'Brien
The "Heartbleed" software flaw that triggered alarm bells around the world could fundamentally undermine two decades' worth of efforts to persuade consumers they could trust the Web to securely handle such tasks as buying a pair of shoes and applying for a job. The discovery of a gaping hole in a piece of software that was supposed to protect personal information from hackers left websites rushing to fix the bug while consumers struggled to understand...
April 9, 2014
Re "A sharing economy," Opinion, April 6 Before I read Jaron Lanier's revelatory book, "Who Owns the Future?," I might have blithely accepted the capitalistic efficiency of the sharing economy as described by Jeremy Rifkin. But consider the case of my cab driver: His professional, safe, reliable and fully insured service is getting killed by under-regulated siphons such as Lyft. Airbnb promises to do the same to hotels by exploiting unfair advantages. Who knows which industry will be next?
March 26, 2014 | Chris Dufresne
Only the very best teams in college basketball have advanced to the NCAA tournament's round of 16. Take Dayton versus Stanford in the South Regional … please. Dayton finished fifth in the Atlantic 10 Conference and absorbed a 26-point loss this season at St. Joseph's. Stanford tuned up for the NCAA tournament with an invigorating 25-point loss to UCLA. UCLA is not one to talk, though, losing its last Pac-12 Conference regular-season game, by 18, at doormat Washington State.
March 20, 2014 | By Robert J. Lopez and Ben Welsh
Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, responding to a barrage of criticism about a Fire Department hiring system that eliminated thousands of qualified applicants, announced Thursday afternoon that he is scrapping the process. "I have determined that the Fire Department's recruiting process is fatally flawed," Garcetti said in a statement. The mayor said he made his decision after he discovered that Fire Department "staff organized special recruiting workshops for LAFD insiders. " A class of 70 new recruits is in training.
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