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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.
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.
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.
September 22, 2009 | Times Wire Reports
Despite some progress, congressional investigators cast doubt on whether efforts by American International Group Inc. to restructure its operations and pay back the government will ever prove successful. Still, the company's shares jumped $8.49, or 21%, to $48.40 after the head of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform said that panel would examine a plan to reduce the AIG bailout package. The Federal Reserve and Treasury Department have provided $182.3 billion to AIG.
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.
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.
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.
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.
January 17, 1988 | NICK B. WILLIAMS Jr., Times Staff Writer
Goh Chok Tong bristled last week as he stood before his colleagues in Parliament and promoted a plan to change the electoral system here. "I don't think we are tinkering with the system," declared the first deputy prime minister. "We are making improvements . . . based on 22 years of working it. We are trying to remove a weakness." "Tinkering"--the word used by a government official to describe the reaction of some Singaporeans to the proposed change--carries a negative connotation, Goh, the No.
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