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November 27, 2005
I enjoyed Jane Engle's comments on Song, the creative spinoff owned by Delta ["Song's Legacy Will Live On, Even as the Carrier Bids Adieu," Travel Insider, Nov. 20]. I must agree with her that Song crews are witty, also younger, more friendly and helpful. I have flown on Song, and it is very good. Not only the personal TV in your seatback but also the food, the music downloads and the atmosphere are great. I would rather fly on Song than many other competitors. Ted by United is also good, and its economy class is more spacious.
April 24, 2014 | Times Editorial Board
Eager to preserve the Internet's openness but not to be rebuked again by the courts, the Federal Communications Commission is crafting yet another set of "Net neutrality" rules to limit broadband providers' control over the data traveling through their networks. The tentative proposal unveiled Thursday seems more permissive than the rules a federal appeals panel rejected in January, prompting some critics to warn that Internet service providers will rush to create "toll lanes," giving preference to some content providers and moving their data faster to end-users.
July 1, 1990
One restaurant my husband and I adore is Antoine in Newport Beach. The food is delicious, the presentation innovative. But best of all, the service is professional and almost up to European standards. WENDY WAINWRIGHT Los Angeles
April 4, 2014 | By Scott Collins and Meredith Blake
NEW YORK - The days are numbered for stupid human tricks and goofy Top 10 lists: David Letterman is preparing to retire from "Late Show" in 2015, in another generational upheaval that will roil the crowded late-night TV schedule. The host, who turns 67 this month, plans to say good night to his hosting duties once his current contract expires next year. The news, which first leaked via Twitter, was later confirmed by Tom Keaney, a spokesman for Letterman's production company, Worldwide Pants.
October 17, 1987
As a lawyer, Bork is unquestioned for his skill and innovative logical constructions to support his opinions. But more is needed if he were to be trusted with final judgments of laws vital to the existence of all. Who would wish to have vital surgery performed by an exceedingly skillful and innovative surgeon such as Dr. Frankenstein? DARYL ERRETT Goleta
April 11, 1987
Marks and Garrison are to be commended for their specific alternatives to superpowers' wars. It's time for old approaches to die. We cannot afford people who constantly submit an analysis of problems, but are not creative enough to offer responsible solutions. Inflammatory slurs directed toward nations or persons or ideas serve no productive purpose. It's time for innovative approaches. We need idea banks whereby persons submit ideas with less concern for personal credit than how ideas can be put into a problem-solving context.
August 11, 2008 | Roy M. Wallack
Retired Huntington Beach firefighter Robert LaFever, 61, and his wife, Gaye, 57, a retired dental hygienist, wanted to stay fit with daily swimming and water running, but didn't like the heavily chlorinated water at the gym and didn't have the budget and backyard space for their own full-size pool. The solution? Last year they got a swim spa -- essentially an elongated hot tub with a current emanating from one end.
Franklin D. Israel, a highly respected modern architect known for placing his individual stamp on the innovative Southern California design tradition made famous by Frank Lloyd Wright, Rudolph Schindler and Frank Gehry, died Monday. He was 50.
January 17, 2009 | David A. Keeps
Chicago artist Matt Binns finally has found some use for all those old coins brought back from foreign travels. Affixing powerful neodymium magnets to pocket change dating to the late 19th century and hailing from around the world, Binns' super-strong MagnetiCoins can hold more than a dozen sheets of paper. "People are more than welcome to try this at home," he says. But for those who want the finished product, Binns has launched
As Bill Singer pulls a lever on the transformer box at UC Irvine, he illuminates both the baseball field and his own role as a citizen. Once known as the Singer Throwing Machine, a 20-game winner with both the Dodgers and Angels, Singer is an anomaly in an era when pampered players have developed a reputation for taking their money and never being heard from again.
April 4, 2014 | By Gwenda Bond
John Green's career as a book world phenom began auspiciously: His funny but tragic 2005 debut novel, "Looking for Alaska," became a cult young adult hit and landed the American Library Assn.'s Printz Award for YA novel of the year. This was followed by 2006's "An Abundance of Katherines," a heavily footnoted romantic comedy shortlisted for the Printz and the Los Angeles Times Book Prize, and 2008's "Paper Towns," which nabbed an Edgar Award. But it was 2012's "The Fault in Our Stars," featuring a heart-wrenching romance between intellectual teen cancer patients that cemented Green's status as a YA superstar.
April 3, 2014
Sandy Grossman, 78, a television sports director who oversaw broadcasts of a record 10 Super Bowls and introduced several innovations to TV sports coverage, died Wednesday of cancer at his home in Boca Raton, Fla., according to his son Dean. Grossman won eight Emmys for his work in a career that spanned more than four decades. From early on, he sought to not just cover the action, but also humanize sports matches by concentrating on individuals. "A good football broadcast should be like a good novel," Grossman said in a 1980 Los Angeles Times interview.
March 5, 2014 | By Julie Makinen
BEIJING - In the mid-1980s, Wu Tianming's star was on the rise. With China opening up to the world after the Cultural Revolution and Mao Tse-tung's death, he had found success as director of movies including "Life" and "The Old Well" and as the head of the Xi'an Film Studio. Under his guidance, daring and innovative filmmakers like Zhang Yimou and Chen Kaige were bursting onto the international scene with pictures like "Red Sorghum" and "King of Children. " Wu was making a name for himself for his willingness to shake up an ossified state-run studio - and was raising eyebrows for calling out Communist Party bureaucrats who meddled in the arts.
February 25, 2014 | Jonah Goldberg
Down with stakeholders. The American Academy of Pediatrics has come out against affordable healthcare for kids. Retail medical clinics - at drugstores, Wal-Marts, etc. - are cropping up across the nation, thanks in part to the expected longer waiting times and out-of-pocket expenses stemming from Obamacare. And the pediatricians don't like it. "While retail clinics may be more convenient and less costly, the AAP said they are detrimental to the concept of a 'medical home,' where patients have a personal physician who knows them well and coordinates all their care," reported the Wall Street Journal.
February 24, 2014 | Brady MacDonald
A $10-million first-of-its-kind attraction coming to Canada's Wonderland will combine a 4-D interactive dark ride with a roller-coaster track inside the Toronto-area amusement park's decades-old Wonder Mountain centerpiece. Photos: Wonder Mountain's Guardian at Canada's Wonderland Debuting on May 4, Wonder Mountain's Guardian will carry riders up a 60-foot-tall coaster lift hill on the exterior of the man-made mountain before dipping inside a cavern and slowing down for a dark ride experience complete with wind, motion and other special effects.
February 16, 2014 | By Tony Perry
SAN DIEGO - Kris Warren, a Marine veteran with combat duty in Iraq, remembers the disorientation and other problems that kept him from reentering civilian life. Finally he mustered the courage to ask for help from the Department of Veterans Affairs in Los Angeles. With that help over months, he was able to reunite with his wife and children and avoid slipping into homelessness. Now, Warren, 36, is part of an innovative VA program set to begin in San Diego: a residential treatment facility exclusively for Iraq and Afghanistan veterans in danger of becoming homeless.
Active parents of young children once had to stay home or find a baby-sitter if they wanted to jog or bicycle. Now, courtesy of fitness-oriented marketers plugging in to the booming baby market, a variety of safe and sleek devices help parents take their infants and toddlers on the road. Since 1984, parents serious about their jogging have been rolling their children out in jogging strollers, the three-wheeled devices that sometimes even have their own class in 10-K races.
February 16, 2014 | By Andrew Hill
How to get big - without getting bloated - is one of the greatest challenges facing growing businesses. Start-ups want to know how they can expand without adding layers of deadening process. At the same time, large companies want to know how to replicate the creativity and innovative prowess of start-ups without triggering an anarchic free-for-all. Drawing on the authors' own and others' insights, "Scaling Up Excellence: Getting to More Without Settling for Less" promises many answers to those pressing questions.
February 14, 2014 | Roy Wallack, Gear
If the five-toed shoe and the kettle bell were among the biggest innovations in workout gear in recent years, how do you make them better? That's the question that inventors face every day as they try to improve the seemingly unimprovable. Below, find four valiant - and fairly successful - new takes on old fitness standbys. Split-toe running shoe TOPO ATHLETIC Run Trainer: Ultralight low-rise running shoe with a split-toe "Tabi" design that separates the big toe from the rest of the foot, theoretically allowing it to move independently and work as a key stabilizer, amplifying the foot's natural biomechanics.
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