September 10, 2012 |
Chicago public school teachers flooded the city's downtown Loop on Monday as a strike over stalled labor negotiations threatened to stretch longer than some people had expected. Teachers wearing red shirts and carrying "ON STRIKE" placards protested against the Chicago Public Schools as the city's administrators and the teachers union failed to come to terms over pay and other issues. Negotiations remained gridlocked as of Monday evening. Some parents struggled to cope with the sudden shutdown despite the district's contingency plans to keep schools open to at least host Chicago students.
August 31, 2012 |
If you're revving up the engine to get a jump-start on your holiday weekend, you're already too late. Travelers should have hit L.A.'s freeways before noon Friday to avoid big traffic, and the worst will come between 5 and 6 p.m. this evening. Best time to flee? Saturday morning. That's the advice from INRIX traffic information that says New York, Los Angeles and Washington, D.C., in that order, will be the most congested areas of the nation over Labor Day weekend. "Those leaving [L.A.]
August 23, 2012 |
There are plenty of things not to like about this year's presidential campaign, including how nasty and negative a mud fight it's become, with both sides engaging in shameless distortion. But here's the worst thing about this presidential campaign: No matter what happens on election day, there's little hope of a good outcome. For most of the last four years, Washington has been mired in political gridlock, deadlocked between Republicans who want to slash government and keep taxes low and Democrats who are willing to trim government a bit but also want to raise taxes on the affluent.
August 21, 2012 |
It's a night of wondrous Dodger Stadium sights, with Fernando Valenzuela on a bobblehead, Don Newcombe taking a bow, and fans booing the San Francisco Giants. But I'm blinded by another Dodgers tradition. Headlights. They are glowing from beyond the right-field pavilion, in a long line of cars entering the stadium, in clear sight from my press-box chair. They are no different from the headlights that snake into any major league stadium on any summer night, with one blue twist. It is the top of the fourth inning.
August 1, 2012 |
Tea partiers are fed up with the status quo and demand change. So they elect people like Texas GOP Senate nominee Ted Cruz, who by emphasizing his own unwillingness to compromise ensures that nothing will change and that Congress will remain at least as paralyzed and powerless as it already is for the foreseeable future. Great move, Liptonites. The come-from-behind victory by Cruz in a Republican runoff election Tuesday against Texas Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst is being widely hailed as another sign not only of the tea party's political might, but its disdain for establishment Republicans.
July 9, 2012 |
WASHINGTON -- To understand the choices before voters this fall, look to Congress this week, where the House and Senate are set to conduct show votes on measures that will have long lives on the campaign trail, but little expectation of becoming law. The contrast being presented is clear: The GOP-led House is scheduled to vote on a bill to repeal President Obama's healthcare law; the Senate, with its Democratic majority, will try to advance one...
July 8, 2012 |
LONDON - Like most taxi drivers here, the one negotiating us through the heavy traffic along the Strand had plenty to say. But instead of the usual taxi driver topics of politics or bad drivers, the subject uppermost on his mind was the Olympics and how he was looking forward to missing them. "Me and the missus are going away," he volunteered. "We've booked a holiday in Majorca for some sun and to get away from London. A lot of my mates are doing the same. " The reason, he said, was that he and his fellow drivers expect the traffic situation to be intolerable during the Olympics, mainly because London Mayor Boris Johnson and the London Organizing Committee have decreed that several of the city's main thoroughfares will be closed to all vehicles except VIP transport.
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May 19, 2012 |
SACRAMENTO - For years, running for office as a Republican in California boiled down to one core pledge, bound by a candidate's signature and enforced with a vengeance: no new taxes. Not anymore. The state's new political landscape, scrambled by freshly drawn voting districts and new election rules, has given rise to a handful of GOP hopefuls proudly bucking the anti-tax orthodoxy. Their candidacies have the potential to end years of partisan gridlock here. It would have been unimaginable in the last election, just two years ago: At least five viable Republican contenders for the Assembly are refusing to sign the no-tax pledge that helped ensure protracted budget negotiations and gimmick-laden spending plans as California limped from one fiscal crisis to another.
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May 15, 2012 |
With the Lakers, Clippers and Kings all in postseason action this weekend and the final stage of the 2012 Amgen Tour of California, authorities are warning of street closures and heavier than normal traffic in the downtown area. "There's never been a weekend like this in Los Angeles," said AEG's Michael Roth. "Six playoff games in four days? In Los Angeles? Never. And the bike race will be a really big deal. " Officials are expecting normal game traffic Thursday and Friday evening, and Saturday's back-to-back Clippers and Lakers games should not be a problem, Roth said, noting that Staples Center has handled more than a hundred doubleheaders.
April 7, 2012 |
SAO PAULO, Brazil - If you plan to fly somewhere in Brazil on a busy weekend, you'd better be prepared to wait. At some airports, up to a third of the flights can be canceled or delayed. If you choose to drive, you'll sit in traffic. The 50-mile trip from Sao Paulo to nearby beaches for the Carnaval holiday this year took as long as five hours. If you're counting on the planned bullet train between Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro, good luck with that. It won't be ready when Brazil hosts soccer's 2014 World Cup. In fact, the transportation minister said recently that it won't be operating until 2022, at the earliest.