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February 26, 1990 | From United Press International
ABC Sued for $50 Million Over Home Video Show: A writer who says ABC stole his idea when it created "America's Funniest Home Videos" filed a $50-million suit Wednesday in Superior Court, claiming that he was defrauded by the ABC network, Westinghouse Broadcasting Co. and others. The suit by Joseph Kaufman said he developed the idea of using amateur home videotape on television and had an oral contract to try out the concept on the syndicated one-hour "Wil Shriner Show" in November, 1987.
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February 26, 1990 | From United Press International
ABC Sued for $50 Million Over Home Video Show: A writer who says ABC stole his idea when it created "America's Funniest Home Videos" filed a $50-million suit Wednesday in Superior Court, claiming that he was defrauded by the ABC network, Westinghouse Broadcasting Co. and others. The suit by Joseph Kaufman said he developed the idea of using amateur home videotape on television and had an oral contract to try out the concept on the syndicated one-hour "Wil Shriner Show" in November, 1987.
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OPINION
December 31, 2005
Re "U.S. Spying Is Much Wider, Some Suspect," Dec. 25 John Yoo's interpretation of the 4th Amendment -- that warrantless searches are permitted if they are undertaken to protect national security or are not inherently unreasonable -- clearly contradicts the language of the amendment: "The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no warrants shall...
OPINION
December 22, 1985
I believe that making English the official language of California would be inappropriate because it would constitute an insult to Hispanic Californians. It would indeed be ironic, and a slap at Spanish culture, if California were to discourage the use of the Spanish language. The state's very name and the names of its major cities, streets and mountain ranges are of Spanish origin. California is known for Spanish architecture and Mexican food. Let us not forget that California was once part of Mexico, which was once part of Spain.
NEWS
February 20, 1986
Dr. Jean B. deKernion has been named chief of the division of urology at the UCLA School of Medicine. DeKernion has been at the school since 1973 and has written several books and articles. He replaces Dr. Joseph J. Kaufman, who is retiring after 16 years as chief of the division. Kaufman will continue as a professor of urology.
OPINION
September 22, 1985
The leaders of the Jewish community have made a big mistake in their criticism of Mayor Tom Bradley over his reaction to the Los Angeles appearance of Louis Farrakhan. As a Jew, I am very sensitive to anti-Semitism. But anti-Semitism is not the issue here. No one denies that Farrakhan made anti-Jewish remarks; and, no one is seriously alleging that Mayor Bradley or any other leader of the Los Angeles black community is anti-Semitic. Instead, Jewish leaders have stirred up a major controversy over their demand that Bradley condemn Farrakhan before Farrakhan made his speech.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 7, 1999
"Crimes of Violence Hit 24-Year Low" (Dec. 28) associates the drop in crime with more police apprehending more criminals and gun control. The article failed to mention the role an expanding economy and low unemployment have played in reducing the crime rate over the last five years. Law enforcement is necessary to treat the problem of crime. Improving the effectiveness of law enforcement will influence the crime rate to some extent. But, to meaningfully reduce crime, one must consider the causes, and unemployment is certainly a major one. A prospering economy has a more powerful influence on the crime rate than increasing law enforcement.
OPINION
March 29, 2008
Re "Put teachers to the test," Opinion, March 23 Despite Camille Esch's suggestion that teacher evaluations be linked to improved test scores, teachers are being put to the test every day and in every classroom across this state. I have 36 to 40 middle-school students in each of my classes. They come from a wide variety of abilities and backgrounds. Our state is facing a $16-billion deficit. The result will be even larger class sizes. I would like to extend an invitation to Esch: Trade places with me for two weeks.
OPINION
March 19, 2005
Re "In an Era of Only One Superpower, We're All Safer," Commentary, March 13: I will accept Arthur Herman's argument that having only one superpower is a good thing on one premise: that he will accept the one superpower if it someday becomes China, North Korea, Russia, Japan or Pakistan. Christina Waldeck Torrance I must strongly object to Herman's analysis regarding the alleged benefits of the U.S. status as the world's single superpower. He cites as a precedent more than 100 years of "peace, prosperity and stability" that reigned when the British were the only global superpower from the early 19th century.
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October 31, 2007
Re "Orthodox rabbi breaks with norm," Oct. 27 If the division of Jerusalem were the only issue, Rabbi Yosef Kanefsky would have a good point. In reality, giving up a part of Jerusalem will not solve the Israeli-Palestinian problem, nor will removing the settlements from the West Bank. That was vividly demonstrated when Israel removed settlements from the Gaza Strip and Palestinians responded by accelerating attacks on Israeli communities.
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April 19, 2001 | JUSTIN POPE, ASSOCIATED PRESS
When he needs a break, KB Toys CEO Michael Glazer goes for a drive--in the sit-down arcade-style racing game that occupies a corner of his office. On his coffee table, a gyrating, battery-powered stuffed dog belts out "Who Let the Dogs Out" at the push of a button. And down the halls, stuffed animals are perched in nearly every cubicle. "We never get depressed around here because we can always come play with the toys," Glazer said.
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