CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 22, 1989 |
Developers hoping to build houses in rugged Topanga Canyon may soon discover that a mathematician is as important to their projects as an architect, a geologist or a slope engineer. Los Angeles County officials have unveiled a complicated formula that they plan to use to determine how large houses can be in a mountainous area. County planners are reacting to canyon dwellers' complaints that oversized homes are being built on tiny hillside cabin lots left over from 1920s-era subdivisions.
October 21, 1986 |
Pummeled by the worst electronics industry recession ever, SFE Technologies is reshaping itself to try to turn its sagging fortunes around. In a move to placate lenders and investors, the troubled San Fernando-based electronics concern last week disclosed tentative plans to sell plants in New Orleans, Tucson and West Germany--about 20% of the company's manufacturing capacity--to Spectrum Control of Erie, Pa.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 14, 2011 |
One of the hottest debates over Gov. Jerry Brown's $84.6-billion budget involves a $1-billion corporate tax break that businesses promise will spur job growth but that independent analysts say actually gives California companies an incentive to expand out of state. The tax provision took effect only last week. Now, Brown would like to repeal it. The provision is part of a law that allows companies to hire workers and build facilities in California without increasing their income tax liability.
October 29, 1988 |
In "The Drifter" (selected theaters), an attractive young woman (Kim Delaney) picks up a handsome hitchhiker (Miles O'Keeffe) against her better judgment and winds up sharing a motel room with him. Once home and back to work, she can't shake the guy. Writer Larry Brand in his directorial debut tries so hard to avoid the predictable lady-in-distress formula that he ends up overreaching disastrously. He deftly establishes that Delaney's well-played Julia is the quintessential yuppie.
August 21, 1985
U.S. District Judge Murray Schwartz of Wilmington, Del., agreed with a group of 40 small Coca-Cola bottlers that the company should divulge the formulas for Coke and other products. The bottlers are suing Coca-Cola over its pricing policies. Coca-Cola vowed that it would not disclose the 99-year-old recipe. The bottlers said they need the formulas to prove that Diet Coke is the same product as Coca-Cola.
September 13, 2010 |
By now, the overwhelming benefit of breastfeeding babies to improve their health, and sometimes to save their lives, is universally acknowledged, even by the companies that produce formula. But breast-feeding rates remain alarmingly low, and the reason is the relentless marketing of these same companies, the implicit collaboration of well-meaning hospitals and the unwillingness of government to abide by its international commitments. Though we would all like to believe that we outsmart advertising and make decisions based on rational assessments, formula companies and the World Health Organization know better.
June 12, 2013 |
Many factors are relevant in determining how much the state should spend to provide a child with an "adequate" public education, but this is not one of them: whether the child lives in an area that was largely agricultural during the early 1970s. Yet agricultural zoning is, to this day, a significant component in the stupefyingly complicated formula that determines California's per-pupil funding. Everyone knows the formula is a mess, but for decades the Legislature did nothing to change it. Now, taking advantage of an unusual moment in state budget history, Gov. Jerry Brown has sliced through the paralysis and reached a compromise with legislators to create an immeasurably more sensible, comprehensible and fair formula for funding schools.
March 14, 2011 |
The human appetite is a fickle thing. It may come on strong if you walk by a hot dog stand but disappear if you spend too much time thinking about the ingredients. Comfort eaters may feel ravenous at the end of a bad day. And people who are bored with what they're eating may feel full (or at least fed up) after just a few bites. At a time when so many people are struggling with their weight, appetite has become a hot topic. Researchers work to understand its ebb and flow, and dieters look for ways to dial it back.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 11, 2011
Peter J. Marcher Jr. , a master brewer who developed the formula for Colt 45 malt liquor for the National Brewing Co. of Baltimore, died of pneumonia Feb. 2 at a retirement home in Lancaster, Pa. He was 92. Bella Itkin-Konrath , a nationally known acting teacher at De Paul University whose students included Kevin Anderson, Linda Hunt, Harvey Korman, Joe Mantegna and Elizabeth Perkins, died of natural causes Wednesday at St. Joseph Hospital in...
September 8, 2012 |
Child welfare agencies call them the "milk ladies. " For nearly 30 years, the women have trekked the Chicago area dropping off cases of brand-name baby formula for mothers who can't afford to feed their infants. The original eight women have been friends for years, gathering once a month to rehash high school memories and share stories about their own children while making the deliveries. Now, the founders are joined by their daughters and relatives. Together, they have raised $2.6 million through donations and grants.