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June 25, 1995
"Genetic Backlash" (May 24) was a thought-provoking article about the challenges the biotechnology industry faces in moving from lab to marketplace. Specifically mentioned was an effort by Jeremy Rifkin, a longtime biotech opponent, to halt the patenting of genetic materials. This wide-ranging story covered many issues, but I would like to add perspective to some of the items mentioned. First, it is important for your readers to know that the industry and its activities are regulated by the Food and Drug Administration, the Environmental Protection Agency, the National Institutes of Health and the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
July 17, 1990 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
The African National Congress sent a report on alleged police violence to President Frederik W. de Klerk and demanded an end to what one black leader called the "shocking inhumanity" of police in rural areas. Reg September, ANC leader in Cape province, told reporters that police outside the major cities are slow to adapt to the new, apartheid-free South Africa that De Klerk has promised to create.
January 26, 1987 | BOB BAKER, Times Staff Writer
Standing beneath a large purple banner that declared, "If you live in the future and ignore the past, you have no present," Bruce Matsui, principal of a Monterey Park intermediate school, was lecturing several dozen students about his ancestors.
August 21, 1985 | JOHN HURST, Times Staff Writer
It was, an appeals attorney said, "a dirty little murder." Ronald Lee Sanders is not a notorious killer. Like most of the 167 condemned men living on San Quentin's two Death Rows, Sanders is virtually anonymous. The murder for which he was convicted did not make the pages of The Times. It was not even a big story in Bakersfield, where it occurred. The judge who sentenced Sanders to the gas chamber couldn't remember the details of the case 3 1/2 years later.
September 27, 2013 | By Catherine Saillant
Los Angeles City Councilman Mitch O'Farrell on Friday proposed banning animal snare traps in the city, saying the wire nooses used to trap coyotes are "inhumane. " O'Farrell said his office was alerted to a coyote killed in a snare trap in Silver Lake two weeks ago. His staff found that while it's illegal to injure or cripple an animal in a trap, snare devices are not specifically outlawed. O'Farrell said he hopes to change that. When an animal walks into a snare trap, a wire tightens around its neck, slowly suffocating it. If a limb becomes ensnared, the trapper can be faced with a panicked, wild animal fighting for its life.
September 2, 1993 | From Associated Press
Gregory Alan-Williams, 37, a cast member of TV's "Baywatch," said he found the bag at the intersection of Florence and Normandie avenues after Denny, a truck driver, was beaten April 29, 1992. He said he did not turn the bag over to police until about a month ago. "I saw it more as a personal item and something that had a personal meaning to me," Alan-Williams said. "I didn't see it as evidence. If it was any sort of evidence, it was evidence of inhumanity."
September 11, 1986 | Associated Press
In the temple still stained with the blood of the dead, more than 1,000 mourners said final prayers Wednesday for the 21 victims of a terrorist massacre at Istanbul's largest synagogue. Women, their heads covered by black shawls, wailed as rabbis read Jewish prayers, including one asking revenge for the death of innocent people and another normally said during war.
September 22, 2006 | ROSA BROOKS
WE DON'T torture detainees, President Bush has repeatedly insisted; we just make use of lawful "alternative procedures" of interrogation. But if everything we've done is lawful, why is the White House suddenly so desperate to get a deal with Congress that would "clarify" Common Article 3 of the Geneva Convention and amend the War Crimes Act, which criminalizes violations of the article?
September 22, 1994 | ALEXANDER COCKBURN, Alexander Cockburn writes for the Nation and other publications
This week, Keith McHenry is sitting by the phone waiting for a call to come down to Superior Court in San Francisco to face a felony charge arising from his efforts to feed the city's homeless. San Francisco has piled other felony charges on him. So this Good Samaritan faces a possible life sentence under California's three-strikes-and-you're-out law. For feeding homeless people in San Francisco, McHenry has been arrested 92 times since 1988, though never tried and never convicted.
February 23, 1992
Even conservative Sen. Strom Thurmond (R-S.C.) may be slightly less doctrinaire on abortion than George Bush. How else to explain Thurmond's vote this month for legislation that would lift the Administration's inhumane ban on transplant research using fetal tissue? Fetal tissue grafts have shown great promise as a treatment for Parkinson's disease, diabetes, spinal cord injuries, muscular dystrophy, Alzheimer's disease and a host of other disorders.
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