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October 11, 2012
Re "L.A. children's television host in 1950s, '60s," Obituary, Oct. 7 As a child of the 1950s, while my parents worried about the communist living next door, I shared my lunch with the late "Sheriff" John Rovick. Afternoons were divided between playing "Red Light, Green Light" with Engineer Bill; trying to make my own puppet to resemble Webster Webfoot, which sat on the lap of Jimmy Weldon; and the battle for my attention between "Skipper Frank" Herman on "Cartoon Carousel" and Tom Hatten with his "squiggles.
October 2, 2012 | By Christopher Reynolds
Updated at 10 a.m. Friday to include comments from a Treasury Department spokeswoman. American travel to Cuba, which has surged and dwindled through decades of political ups and downs, may soon be surging again. The key, veteran tour operators say, is the end of an apparent logjam in the handling of travel licenses by the U.S. Treasury Department's Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC). That office is responsible for issuing and renewing the licenses that educational tour operators must have before they can sell Cuba tours to Americans.
September 29, 2012 | Roy Wallack, Gear
When the weather cools off (we hope) this fall, the active man and woman will hit the trail. Whether you hike, bike, run or bird-watch, carry a giant backpack or a pocket-sized water bottle, push your heart rate to the limit or barely break a sweat, the items below will add to the fun - helping to speed you along, keep you on track, record the adventure and get you home safer and sounder. Smart head light Petzl NAO: Patented, self-adjusting headlamp for all-night marathoners, mountaineers and rock climbers that automatically alters light output based on how far you are from an object, theoretically maximizing safety and battery life.
August 20, 2012 | By Amina Khan, Los Angeles Times
Two weeks after landing the Curiosity rover on Mars without a hitch, scientists and engineers at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory learned that their InSight mission to study the Martian interior had received the go-ahead from NASA. InSight - short for Interior Exploration using Seismic Investigations, Geodesy and Heat Transport - will use a lander to understand how Mars, Earth and other rocky planets were formed in the early days of the solar system. Planned to launch in March 2016 and reach Mars six months later, the lander would operate for 720 days and give the Red Planet the equivalent of a doctor's physical - checking its pulse, gauging its reflexes and taking its temperature.
August 15, 2012
Re "Feds deal a blow to would-be attorney," Aug. 13 The more I learn about Sergio C. Garcia, the more I believe that his application for a green card should have been approved many years ago. There are those who say that granting him a license to practice law as an illegal immigrant is amnesty. Justice isn't always codified as law. Garcia isn't asking for a handout. He represents the American dream, and he wants to be a productive member of our society. In this day and age when we have Americans renouncing their citizenship so they can avoid paying taxes, Garcia is a breath of fresh air. There's something fundamentally wrong when Garcia is denied a chance to make this nation greater.
June 2, 2012 | By Ralph Vartabedian, Los Angeles Times
California voters are losing faith in a proposed $68-billion bullet train project, saying the state has higher priorities, they would seldom use the service and they would halt public borrowing for construction if they could, a USC Dornsife/Los Angeles Times poll found. A strong majority of voters have turned against the project just as Gov. Jerry Brown is pressuring the Legislature to green-light the start of construction in the Central Valley later this year, a major step in the plan to connect Los Angeles and San Francisco with high-speed rail service by about 2028.
May 20, 2012 | By Jim Peltz
The effect of Sunday's solar eclipse was slightly evident at Dodger Stadium in the fifth and sixth innings, the day's fading sunlight growing even dimmer across the ballpark's right-field corner. Then matters suddenly brightened for the Dodgers when rookie Scott Van Slyke slugged a pinch-hit, three-run home run that erased a St. Louis Cardinals lead and led the Dodgers to a 6-5 victory and a sweep of their three-game series. Van Slyke homered in only his ninth big league at-bat and after getting the green light from Manager Don Mattingly to swing at a 3-and-0 pitch from reliever Marc Rzepczynski.
March 6, 2012 | By Dennis McLellan, Los Angeles Times
When director George Lucas hired illustrator Ralph McQuarrie in 1974 to do a series of paintings visualizing scenes from his script for an intergalactic war movie he was trying to sell, McQuarrie liked the concept for the space fantasy. He just didn't think it would ever get made. "My impression was it was too expensive. There wouldn't be enough of an audience. It's just too complicated," he recalled in a 1999 interview with the San Diego Union-Tribune. "But George knew a lot of things that I didn't know.
February 22, 2012
An advisory committee's hearty 20-to-2 vote to recommend approval of the obesity drug Qnexa on Wednesday means it's highly likely the FDA will allow the medication to be marketed when the agency issues its final report later this year. If approved, Qnexa will be the first new prescription weight-loss medication in 13 years. But people looking for a quick way to lose five or 10 pounds may find Qnexa too troublesome to bother with. According to the manufacturer of the medication, Vivus Inc., and FDA officials, Qnexa should be carefully prescribed and patients should be closely monitored while on the drug.
November 20, 2011 | By Troy Wolverton
Televisions, computer monitors and smartphones display only a fraction of the colors the human eye can see. But thanks to a new technology developed by a Silicon Valley nanotechnology company, they may soon get a lot more colorful. Nanosys, which works with materials up to 100,000 times thinner than a human hair, has crafted a thin film laden with minuscule particles that can be placed inside a display to dramatically boost the color range it can show. "Around 30% of what the eye can actually perceive in the real world, your TV can reproduce faithfully," said Jason Hartlove, chief executive of the Palo Alto company.
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