October 18, 2002
I was not surprised by The Times' endorsement of Gov. Gray Davis (editorial, Oct. 15). However, it was not a very flattering endorsement. You highlighted his "obsessive pursuit" of campaign dollars and his inability and slowness to "grasp the lead on critical issues," including his failure to act in a timely manner to head off the energy debacle. You implore him to drop the "perpetual fund-raising" and take the lead in finding solutions to the many problems that have escalated during his term.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 28, 1988
The story of the new American Embassy building in Moscow may become one of the great construction epics of all time--not exactly on the order of the pyramids of Egypt, the Panama Canal or the transcontinental railroad, but certainly something to be spoken of with the kind of awe and wonder implied in the question: How did they ever do that ? The question isn't meant to suggest anything even faintly heroic about the embassy story. On the contrary.
February 8, 1997
I would like to thank Bill Plaschke for putting the word Galaxy in the L.A. Times [Feb. 2]. It is a very rare occurrence. Still, blaming the Galaxy's press agents for deficient coverage is myopic at best. What Mr. Plaschke seems to be admitting is that the L.A. Times sportswriters spend their time sorting through the deluge of press releases from the NFL, NBA and major league baseball looking for documents to affix their bylines to. This wouldn't surprise me. It would, however, be a plausible explanation of the lack of coverage of the Galaxy in the L.A. Times.
June 5, 1999
Shame on Spike Lee for advocating the murder of Charlton Heston, president of the National Rifle Assn. (Morning Report, May 29)! Sure, Lee was just kidding and offered a crude attempt at irony, but suppose his words were taken seriously by a troubled teen admirer who then assassinated Heston? Perhaps it is time to rein in the 1st Amendment? DAVID R. BERRY Cucamonga In a fit of pique at the Cannes Film Festival, Spike Lee said I should be shot "with a .44 Bulldog" (the handgun used by the serial killer Son of Sam)
June 21, 2008 |
PHILADELPHIA -- Torii Hunter was in full mea culpa mode Friday, taking responsibility for Wednesday night's gaffe, when he forgot there were only two outs, pulled up between second and third base and was tagged out in a rundown against the New York Mets. But there was an extenuating circumstance. "I passed the bag, stepped on [second baseman Damian] Easley's foot and rolled my ankle," Hunter said. "That took me out of my game. It was the same ankle I broke before, and I kind of lost it.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 13, 2000 |
An employee in a Paramount city building gazed out his window and spotted two men breaking into a car across the street. Two detectives arrived promptly and arrested the alleged crooks. The latter demanded to know who had snitched on them, according to City Talk, Paramount's newsletter. The deputies pointed across the street to the public-minded employee's place of business--a Sheriff's Department substation whose parking lot was filled with black and whites. "Duh!" concluded the newsletter.
February 24, 2008 |
Q:I have been seeing the same woman for my waxing for the last eight years. Over this time, we have become good friends. Or so I thought. When I went in for my appointment the other day, she put her hand on my belly and beamed at me. "Congratulations!" she bellowed. The problem is: I'm not pregnant. I was shocked! I didn't know what to say. What is the proper way to respond to a comment such as this? And when is it OK to ask that question anyway?
September 28, 2008 |
Japan's transport minister has resigned over a string of gaffes, according to Kyodo News agency. Nariaki Nakayama's resignation will be a major blow to Prime Minister Taro Aso, who took office Wednesday. Nakayama handed in his resignation before a Cabinet meeting today. He had called Japan's largest teachers union "a cancer" and described people who opposed the construction of Narita international airport as "more or less squeaky wheels," according to local reports.