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NEWS
September 28, 1991 | MICHAEL PARKS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In a frantic effort to save its collapsing economy, the Soviet Union sold two-thirds of its gold reserves in the last year, spent all of its foreign currency holdings and went deeper into debt overseas, the government's chief economist said Friday. Grigory A. Yavlinsky, deputy chairman of the provisional committee managing the Soviet economy, said the Soviet Union, one of the world's major gold producers, now holds only 240 tons in gold reserves, worth about $2.7 billion.
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NEWS
June 2, 1988 | STANLEY MEISLER, Times Staff Writer
A handclasp and a walk in the woods in Geneva. Frigid stares and tight lips in the blustery cold of Reykjavik. The signing in Washington of a historic treaty on medium-range nuclear weapons. And now in Moscow, a walk through the heart of the "evil empire." The moods and images of the four summits of Ronald Reagan and Mikhail S. Gorbachev have differed in ways both subtle and striking.
SPORTS
November 14, 1989 | RANDY HARVEY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Although West Germany has more than twice as much land and almost three times as many people, it has won fewer than half as many Olympic medals as East Germany since they began competing as separate nations in 1968. The disparity does not have to be explained, particularly not to West Germans. But last year, as East Germany's political leader, Erich Honecker felt compelled to do so, anyway.
NEWS
January 26, 1990 | GEORGE SKELTON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Americans are not worried about the prospect of a reunified Germany once again dominating Europe, but the notion scares people in Poland and concerns the British and French, according to a survey conducted jointly by The Times Poll and The Economist. In the abstract, Americans and the French overwhelmingly favor the idea of reuniting West Germany and East Germany nearly 45 years after the crushing defeat of Adolf Hitler's Third Reich.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 19, 1996
The ongoing saga of Los Angeles Mayor Richard Riordan's government reform initiative took a decidedly political turn Wednesday when the City Council instructed the city clerk to decide whether the petition qualified for the ballot. The petition to create a government reform panel has been in limbo for days because neither City Clerk J. Michael Carey nor the county registrar-recorder was willing to take the responsibility of certifying the controversial petition.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 25, 1996
A feud over a petition drive to create a municipal government reform panel took another twist Tuesday, when lawyers for Mayor Richard Riordan suggested that Councilman Nate Holden violated the law by asking a judge to delay a ruling on the matter. Riordan and his supporters sued the city after the city attorney's office suggested that the City Council has the discretion to delay the reform measure's appearance on the ballot. U.S. District Judge Mariana R.
NEWS
January 13, 2012 | By Christi Parsons
President Obama this morning will ask Congress to give him authority to significantly shrink the federal government by merging six agencies dealing with trade and commerce, a senior administration official said. Obama is seeking power to propose a sweeping consolidation of agencies with overlapping duties with an eye toward saving money and improving performance, the official said. The president is asking Congress to grant him authority held by no president since Ronald Reagan.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 31, 1996
Los Angeles Mayor Richard Riordan and his supporters submitted 300,000 signatures Wednesday to create an elected government reform panel. The campaign needs 197,000 valid signatures to qualify a measure for the April ballot but Riordan and his backers submitted an additional 103,000 to compensate for invalid or duplicate signatures that were collected. Riordan has argued that the city is governed by an outdated and inefficient government charter that was adopted in 1925.
BUSINESS
December 28, 1997 | DAVID R. OLMOS
Government reform of the managed-care industry will be at the top of the agenda. Expect to see a flurry of legislation in Washington and Sacramento now that federal and state commissions have issued recommendations on how to better protect consumers enrolled in HMOs and other health plans. The fate of hospital giant Columbia/HCA, the target of a sweeping federal criminal investigation, will become clearer in 1998.
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