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April 27, 2009
Re "A burning problem," editorial, April 22 Thank you for acknowledging the risk posed by excessive wildfires to California's fragile, native shrublands, especially chaparral. Far too often these beautiful plants have been falsely blamed for wildfires because they are viewed as "overgrown" vegetation. Nothing could be further from the truth -- it is increasing fire frequency and the resulting invasion of non-native weeds that pose the real threat. Dry annual weeds are much more flammable than native shrublands.
October 2, 1998 | From Times Wire Reports
Within days of Germany's World War II defeat, Prime Minister Winston Churchill ordered his aides to draft contingency plans for an Anglo-American invasion of the Soviet Union, a British newspaper reported. Citing documents recently discovered in Britain's public archives, the Daily Telegraph said the plan, code-named "Operation Unthinkable," eventually was rejected by Churchill and replaced with a strategy to guard against invasion by Josef Stalin's Red Army.
October 15, 2009 | TIMES WIRE REPORTS
The government said at least 85,000 Iraqi civilians, military and police were killed from 2004 to 2008 in sectarian violence. What remains unanswered is how many died in the 2003 U.S.-led invasion and in the months of chaos immediately following it. A report released by the Human Rights Ministry said 85,694 people were killed from the beginning of 2004 to Oct. 31, 2008. The figures do not cover U.S. military deaths, insurgents, or foreigners, including contractors. And they do not include the first months of the war after the March 2003 invasion.
October 1, 1989
My family watched in amazement at "Totally Hidden Videos" on Sept. 10. The parade of cruel humor was nothing sort of irresponsible. Segments that involved assault and robbery, and a man in a wheelchair falling into a pool were not funny, but desperate. For the producers to solicit home videos that encourage pranks like ringing door bells is juvenile and should alert viewers and the Fox network to question the show's validity. And speaking of the producers, they should change their company name from Invasion of Privacy Inc. to Invasion of Integrity.
November 11, 1990
With interest in ETs and UFOs soaring, it is time to bring back "The Invaders," the well-executed series from 1967 that focused on a young architect's quest to thwart an alien takeover of terra firma. Roy Thinnes, the star of that series, could take up where he left off, combatting the invasion. Franklin R. Ruehl, Glendale
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