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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 19, 1988
Los Angeles Municipal Court Judge David M. Kennick was hardly a credit to the bench. The California Commission on Judicial Performance, in recommending his removal from the bench early this year, accused him of demeaning Asians and women in court, ridiculing alcoholics who appeared before him by slurring his speech, and appointing cronies to represent indigents in his courtroom.
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NEWS
September 24, 2012 | By Jenn Harris
When it comes to comfort food, for some, potatoes reign supreme. During our Monday morning #weekendeats chat, participants shared how potatoes played starring roles in their weekend fare. Here's a look at the highlights: Jenny Johnson of the blog VintageSugarcube.com shared a photo of Charlie's Cherubs mini sweet potato chai-infused angel food cakes , and Shirley of the blog Lovelylanvin.com shared a photo of her roast chicken with Japanese sweet potatoes, called satsumaimos.
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WORLD
March 23, 2011 | By Henry Chu, Los Angeles Times
Depending on whom you ask, the warplanes sent to enforce a no-fly zone over Libya are there to carry out Operation Odyssey Dawn, Operation Ellamy or Operation Harmattan. All three names refer to the same mission. But the different designations by the United States, Britain and France, respectively, are also emblematic of the fact that, after days of joint airstrikes, the coalition trying to keep Libyan dictator Moammar Kadafi in check still can't agree on who should take united command of a military campaign with no clear end in sight.
BUSINESS
June 6, 2012 | By Tiffany Hsu
The European Central Bank is keeping its benchmark interest rate steady at 1%, handing off the responsibility of righting the struggling Eurozone to its disparate governments. Mario Draghi, the bank's president, said Wednesday that although the second quarter will bring weakening growth and “prevailing uncertainty,” the euro area's economy is expected to “recover gradually.” Inflation rates will remain above 2% for the rest of the year, Draghi said, but they could fall below that mark early next year.
NEWS
April 13, 1989
RE: "Queen" Cathie Wright whose daughter, Victoria, can do no wrong. At least this seems to be the consensus of mother, the courts and especially the Department of Motor Vehicles. As a retired DMV employee, that kind of record would cause immediate revocation of the driver's license, at least for you and me. And the incident of vital information missing from DMV files and court records sounds like it was advised not to be entered as it was considered a "hot potato." I understand Judge Bruce A. Clark is tough and observes the law. Perhaps he was advised the issue was too sensitive or "Queenie" got to him. Before I retired I was advised not to write this type letter as it would put my job and promotions in jeopardy.
NEWS
October 6, 1987 | From Reuters
A woman peeling potatoes in the Byelorussian town of Gomel found that the biggest one was too hot to handle: It was a hand grenade. The woman had selected the biggest potatoes from a bag she bought the night before, but she got suspicious when one of them seemed a little heavy, according to Pravda, the Soviet Communist Party daily. "On closer inspection, in better light, she was horrified: It was a real hand grenade. She recognized it from picture and photographs," the article went on.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 21, 1985 | MARK GLADSTONE, Times Staff Writer
A controversial bill that could block a drive to incorporate Marina del Rey has abruptly gained a new author and turned into a legislative hot potato. First, Sen. Bill Lockyer (D-Hayward), who pushed the bill through the Local Government Committee and onto the Senate floor last month, dropped his proposal, citing "in-house wrangling." Then, lobbyists for the Marina del Rey Lessees Assn., a major backer of the bill, persuaded Sen. Joseph B. Montoya (D-Whittier) to step in to carry it.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 10, 1995 | LARRY GORDON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Structural engineer Nabih Youssef has had difficult and politically sensitive assignments before, including seismic retrofitting of City Hall and Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. His latest task, though, may be the earthshaker. Soon he will be center stage in one of the most contentious architectural preservation squabbles in city history--the dispute over the plan to demolish St. Vibiana's Cathedral.
NEWS
August 6, 1986 | PAUL JACOBS, Times Staff Writer
In the latest flare-up in a hot potato war, some state health officials want to stop the treating of potato products with sulfites--chemical preservatives that in small amounts can cause severe reactions and even death in certain people, primarily asthmatics.
BUSINESS
October 20, 1989 | ART PINE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The United States and its major economic allies are engaged in a deadly serious game of economic hot potato--to see which will end up bearing the brunt of a new surge of inflation that is building in the major industrialized countries. The struggle has become more intense in the wake of the recent failure by the seven major industrial democracies to fix the value of the dollar on the foreign exchange markets.
HEALTH
November 28, 2011 | By Jill U. Adams, Special to the Los Angeles Times
A law blocking new regulations of tomato paste, spuds and salt in school meals causes a stir. If you've been following the headlines recently, you could be forgiven for thinking that pizza is now considered a vegetable in the cafeterias of American schools. The latest food fight in Washington, D.C., did indeed feature this kid-food staple, especially a key ingredient - tomato paste. One point of contention was whether the amount of sauce contained in a pizza slice was enough to qualify as a "serving" of vegetables.
WORLD
March 23, 2011 | By Henry Chu, Los Angeles Times
Depending on whom you ask, the warplanes sent to enforce a no-fly zone over Libya are there to carry out Operation Odyssey Dawn, Operation Ellamy or Operation Harmattan. All three names refer to the same mission. But the different designations by the United States, Britain and France, respectively, are also emblematic of the fact that, after days of joint airstrikes, the coalition trying to keep Libyan dictator Moammar Kadafi in check still can't agree on who should take united command of a military campaign with no clear end in sight.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 11, 2010 | By Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times Film Critic
We pay lip service to old Hollywood, to the storied age of the movie studios, but do we really know what happened on those fabled lots? Do we understand that world that is no more? A fascinating new series put together by the UCLA Film & Television Archive offers a window into that reality and a whole lot more. "Rarities From the Warner Archive Collection," a 19-film program starting Friday at the Billy Wilder Theater at the Hammer Museum in Westwood, is of great interest on a number of levels.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 29, 2010 | By Scott Kraft, Los Angeles Times
Evan Beard, a 23-year-old fresh out of Duke University, and his college classmate had created what they just knew was a great product – a cool new way for people to manage their mountains of email. But they needed an angel, someone willing to gamble on a two-man venture with no balance sheet, no revenue and no profit. They were praying that angel would be Ron Conway, a grandfather with a thick head of silver hair who, though barely known outside the tech world, is the most influential and best-connected angel investor in Silicon Valley.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 16, 2010 | By Betsy Sharkey, Los Angeles Times Film Critic
Director Neil LaBute's new comedy, "Death at a Funeral," which stars a posse of comics headed by Chris Rock, is the movie version of karaoke. It sings the same tune as the 2007 British underground hit, but it's a little, and at times a lot, off-key. Anyone who saw the original Frank Oz comedy of manners, with its Pandora's box of problems sharing coffin space with the deceased patriarch of a dysfunctional English family, should hold on to whatever fond memories they might have. For the rest, this new "Death" has its moments, but on the whole the production is, as "American Idol's" Randy Jackson might say, very pitchy and a couple of beats behind.
SPORTS
October 19, 2009 | SAM FARMER
The New York Jets, Philadelphia Eagles and Tennessee Titans -- three proud NFL franchises. Cold, colder and coldest. The Jets lost to one-win Buffalo, the Eagles lost to one-win Oakland, and the winless Titans, well, they should warm themselves by burning the video from Sunday's 59-0 obliteration at New England. "You never go into a game thinking it's going to be like this," said Patriots Coach Bill Belichick, whose team put on a record-setting performance at snowy Gillette Stadium.
NEWS
June 20, 1985 | MARK GLADSTONE, Times Staff Writer
A controversial bill that could block a drive to incorporate Marina del Rey has abruptly gained a new author and turned into a legislative hot potato. First, Sen. William Lockyer (D-Hayward), who pushed the bill through the Local Government Committee and onto the Senate floor last month, dropped his proposal. In a statement issued Monday, he cited "in-house wrangling." Then, lobbyists for the Marina del Rey Lessees Assn., a major backer of the bill, persuaded Sen.
OPINION
September 8, 1991
Would Thomas, if confirmed, uphold a woman's right to abortion? That's the wrong question. The proper question is: Will the Congress, which has authority in these matters, pass an act that will define and vindicate this right? To ask this question is then to answer it. Abortion is controversial and Congress likes to duck controversy. Its members much prefer having an unelected but politically correct Supreme Court take this hot potato off their hands. Thus, if the Senate votes to reject Judge Thomas, it will merely show, once again, that this branch of Congress is made up of cowards who would rather posture and pose than grapple seriously with their responsibilities.
OPINION
March 11, 2007
Re "For Rep. Sanchez, a hot-tomato label means a hot potato," March 5 Everything positive in your article about our beloved Rep. Loretta Sanchez (D-Santa Ana) is true. I have known Sanchez since she first ran for an Anaheim City Council seat (she was then a Republican and was ignored by the Republican Party -- fortunately for us Democrats in Orange County). She has been exceedingly accessible to her constituents. People who work in her office convey the feeling that Sanchez is a real and caring individual willing to listen.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 5, 2007 | Ashley Powers, Times Staff Writer
Pacing next to the desk and U.S. flag in her district office in Garden Grove, the paradox that is Rep. Loretta Sanchez was on full display. The congresswoman ticked off a meaty legislative to-do list: immigration reform, port safety, stopping sex trafficking, revamping "terrible management" at the Department of Homeland Security. She was articulate and sharp, even magnetic. At the same time, she was shedding a red St.
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