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January 14, 2010
Haitians have long been prey to hurricanes and coups, their nation ravaged by erosion and corruption, mudslides and marauders, poverty and violence. Now the few economic and political gains made over five years of relative stability have been buried along with thousands of corpses in the rubble of a magnitude 7.0 earthquake. The presidential palace, parliament, government ministries and hospitals -- indeed most of the capital of Port-au-Prince -- are in ruins. An already dysfunctional state now lacks even the edifices of government.
February 27, 2014 | By Salvador Rodriguez
The Snakebyte Vyper is a 3-in-1 mobile tablet that can also control your TV and function as a video gaming console. Users can hold the tablet in their hands when they want to surf the Web, read e-books or check their social media. They can also hook up the tablet to its dock and use a wireless remote when they want to watch content from apps such asNetflix and HBO Go on their TV. And when they're ready for a video game, users can launch a gaming app on the tablet and play a game on the TV wih a controller that comes with the device.
February 2, 2010 | By Shari Roan
Widely used antidepressants may help patients recover cognitive functions, such as memory skills, that are damaged following a stroke, according to research released Monday. Escitalopram, a type of selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor, or SSRI, was linked to improved cognitive functioning in a group of stroke patients who did not have symptoms of depression, scientists found. Previous research showed antidepressants were associated with improved cognitive functioning in stroke patients who were given the drug because they were depressed.
February 8, 2014 | By David Wharton
SOCHI, Russia - It was 2:30 a.m. and the stranger on the other side of the door wanted into my hotel room. "How many cards do you have?" he kept asking in broken English. The lock rattled and eventfully broke. Still hazy from sleep, I did all I could to keep him from forcing the door open. Finally, he backed away as more footsteps hurried down the hall. A new speaker identified himself as the hotel manager. He said the late-night intruder was a locksmith mistakenly sent to change the lock.
January 9, 1987
Throughout David Johnston's article, "Jury Out on Vision Therapy for Troubled Teens" (Jan. 2), reporting Dr. Stan Kaseno's San Bernardino County Juvenile Hall project, claims were made that there is no research substantiating visual training's effectiveness. The Optometric Extension Program, an international nonprofit foundation headquartered in Santa Ana, provides postdoctoral continuing education in behavioral optometry to optometrists in 26 countries and began teaching visual training in 1937.
January 29, 1994
Re: Jan. 25 article "Earthquake Will Bring Metrolink to Camarillo." I am proposing that a better expenditure of $500,000 to $900,000 in FEMA funds would be construction of an airport terminal at Point Mugu Naval Air Weapons Center. There is already a fully built and functioning Amtrak transportation center in Oxnard for people of Camarillo or Ventura. FERDINAND PINA Oxnard
December 13, 1987
Two important issues need to be addressed regarding the article "A Heartfelt Revolution" by Lynn Simross (Dec. 3). The subject was heart transplants at UCLA Medical Center. First, the long, stressful hours of the two coordinators of the heart transplant program, sometimes working 20-hour days and occasionally having to stay awake and functioning at the hospital for three days straight, does not a mentally competent, safely functioning individual make. When considering the monumental responsibilities of the coordinators as Simross related, the obvious expectation would be that the calmest, best prepared, most alert individuals would be in that position and that such an optimum state of functioning would be at all times assured.
September 6, 1998
As the parent of three young children, I am opposed to the current trend of holding teachers accountable for the poor performance of their students on standardized tests. If such low scores were followed up with an intensive addition of extra teachers and tutors to bring up the skills of low-functioning students, that would be great. I believe most of the low achievement in schools has to do with the low socioeconomic levels and language levels at home. I would like to see the students and parents held accountable rather than have the state government focus on teachers as the problem.
April 28, 1990
Regarding your coverage of the recent Long Beach Grand Prix and the young black participant, why don't you just report events as they happen? Good thing I wasn't in the race: You would have run out of words in your lead paragraph: The 5-foot-6, left-handed, bald, first-generation, Irish Caucasian Catholic, native Pennsylvanian, functioning alcoholic with an upper plate and a history of changing jobs... JOHN E. HAROLD San Dimas
September 27, 1990
This column only serves to focus our attention again on the great inconsistency of the abortion rights movement. Since the greatest consideration is the dignity or value of the unborn child (fetus), this discussion can only be carried on while the rights of unborn children are ignored. Specifically, how could an unborn child's brain cells after an abortion be of any use if they were not functioning effectively in the pre-born baby before the abortion? It all breaks down into an obvious assault on all the defenseless unborn children who cannot speak or act for themselves.
January 17, 2014 | By Robert Krol and Shirley Svorny
The recent report from the Los Angeles 2020 Commission paints a bleak picture for Los Angeles, with a laundry list of ills facing the city. Our concern is that the commission will recommend options, to come within 90 days, that mimic those of the past: policies that favor specific industries, aim for growth in only particular geographic areas, lend money to firms turned down by banks or target specific types of jobs. We can't say this firmly enough: An important objective must be to make adjustments that give investors security about the future of city services and tax rates.
December 23, 2013 | By Chad Terhune, David Lauter and Maeve Reston
After months of technical glitches and political tumult, a burst of last-minute insurance shoppers illustrated the growing appetite for Obamacare and the enormous challenges ahead in making the massive healthcare expansion work. On Monday, the crush of consumers prompted the Obama administration to put thousands of applicants on hold and push back another key enrollment deadline to Tuesday. This unexpected move came despite weeks of computer fixes aimed at improving the troubled website.
September 19, 2013 | By Mary McNamara, Los Angeles Times Television Critic
Going into Sunday's Emmy telecast, all eyes are on "Breaking Bad. " It's picked up a slew of acting awards during its five-season run and is this year's odds-on favorite for drama series; as the show moves toward its Sept. 29 finale, its ratings have almost tripled since last year. "Breaking Bad" exemplifies a new sort of television series, one conceived with its ending in sight. Wonderfully written, powerfully acted, gorgeously shot, its seasons serve as chapters that take on the Big Four of literary conflict: Man versus Man, Man versus Nature, Man versus Society, Man versus Himself.
September 11, 2013 | By Alexandra Zavis
Mike Dalton starts his day at a Department of Veterans Affairs office in Oakland doing something he couldn't do a year ago: He signs on to a computer and calls up an application for disability compensation. With a few mouse clicks, he pulls the information he needs to rate a veteran's injuries. The new computer system is the centerpiece of a major overhaul that department officials promise will clear the backlog of claims that has had severely wounded veterans waiting months - if not years - to find out whether they will receive financial help.
August 23, 2013 | By Christopher Knight, Los Angeles Times Art Critic
The more that Ian Barry fabricates motorcycles from scratch, the more arresting they become. Shedding the legacy of a customized bike, in which a manufactured machine gets tailored, “The White” asserts its abstract sculptural properties without losing its functional beauty. At Michael Kohn Gallery, Barry is showing “The Kestrel” (2010) and “The Black” (2011), two earlier handcrafted motorcycles, together with the recently completed “The White.” The names come from types of falcons, and looking at the newest one it's hard not to think of Brancusi's sleek “Bird in Space.” Except for the engine and two tires, the artist built the motorcycle from the ground up, fender to handlebar.
August 15, 2013 | By Eryn Brown and Amina Khan
NASA scientists said Thursday that the agency will no longer attempt to restore full function to the exoplanet-hunting Kepler space telescope , which has been hobbled since the spring. A three-month effort to return the craft to working order , completed just last week, was unsuccessful, said Kepler deputy project manager Charles Sobeck during a phone call with reporters.   Reaction wheels that help the craft focus on far-off stars “are sufficiently damaged that they cannot sustain spacecraft pointing control for any extended period of time,” he said, adding that the space agency will now focus on figuring out how it might still use the telescope with only two fully functioning reaction wheels.
July 10, 2003
Re "A Repeat Drunk Driver's Luck Runs Out," July 4: Sadly, the "friend" of the drunk driver who killed the preschool teacher in Redding, Calif., who says that Novis Levelle Lackey had "had a few beers but wasn't drunk enough to run off the road and kill a teacher," is in as deep a state of denial as I was years ago. I've been a sober alcoholic for over 15 years. I drove drunk at least four nights a week for a minimum of 10 years of my life, sometimes in blackouts, sometimes after only a "few beers," but was fortunate to not have injured or killed anyone else while I recklessly pursued my "feeling good" state (or avoidance of feelings)
August 25, 1991
The city of Dana Point is at a crossroads. The determination will soon be made as to whether we are to be managed by our elected officials or respond to the push-pull of a small but vocal group of rabble-rousers. The most recent "to-do" has been a meager attempt to subject the city's General Plan to a referendum, to appear on the ballot next June. For the city to continue as a functioning entity, we need to uphold the ratification of the General Plan. We cannot afford to operate for a year without a General Plan; to do so is to cease to function.
July 15, 2013 | Michael Haederle
It began with a casual question that neuroscientist Kent Kiehl posed to a postdoctoral fellow in his laboratory who had been conducting brain scans on New Mexico prison inmates. "I asked, 'Does ACC activity predict the risk of reoffending?' " Kiehl recalls, using the scientific shorthand for the anterior cingulate cortex, a brain structure associated with error processing. The postdoctoral fellow, Eyal Aharoni, decided to find out. When he compared 96 inmates whose brains had been monitored while they performed a test that measures impulsiveness, he discovered a stark contrast: Those with low ACC activity were about twice as likely to commit crimes within four years of being released as those with high ACC activity.
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