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April 18, 2009 | Reuters
The Tribeca Film Festival opens Wednesday, dampened by a U.S. recession that cut the movie slate by nearly a third, but organizers chose more upbeat films in a bid to cheer moviegoers. While the festival in New York City traditionally screens films focusing on difficult global issues, founders Robert De Niro and Jane Rosenthal said a special effort was made to lift the mood. "In challenging times, people like to go to the movies, and we have tried to program lighter fare so people can have a few more laughs," Rosenthal said in an interview.
March 27, 2014 | By John Horn
Even in the annals of dumb crooks, Tommy and Rosemarie Uva weren't the sharpest tools in the shed. In the early 1990s, the young Queens couple decided to stick up Mafia social clubs. In the abstract, the choice of location made sense. The clubs were filled with guys with fat wallets and even chunkier jewelry, and they didn't carry guns for fear of government raids and were not likely to call the police for help. But their plan had one obvious and ultimately fatal flaw: The Uvas were, after all, stealing from the Gambino and Colombo crime families.
June 10, 1989 | MARY LOU FULTON and CARLA RIVERA, Times Staff Writers
A child playing with a cigarette lighter began an intense blaze that killed two infants and seriously injured another at a day-care home in Huntington Beach, fire officials said Friday. While Pat Orozco was in the bathroom Thursday morning, one of four children in her care began playing with a lighter in the living room, said Martha Werth, a public information officer for the Huntington Beach Fire Department. The lighter ignited a nearby overstuffed chair and the blaze spread quickly to an adjacent playroom.
January 17, 2014 | By Jerry Hirsch
Mustang versus Camaro. BMW versus Mercedes. Camry versus Accord. These are among the biggest rivalries in the automobile world. Get ready for the next epic battle: aluminum versus steel. "This has become a real competition," said Golam Newaz, an automotive materials engineer at Wayne State University in Detroit. The growing contest between the two metals was evident in the new car introductions at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit this week. Automakers are looking ahead to the stringent federal standard requiring a near-doubling of fuel economy by 2025.
June 26, 2005
REGARDING "When in France, Don't Eat the Fajitas" [Traveler's Journal, June 5]: I went to a Tex-Mex place in Paris called La Perla and ordered a burrito. I asked the waitress if it was very large. She said, "Mais, oui!" The burrito that appeared was about the size of a disposable lighter. To the author, Robin Rauzi, if you come back, please bring me handmade corn tortillas. Even the ones from Trader Joe's would be appreciated. David Lebovitz Paris
September 9, 1990
Those wanna-be homeowners should look again at less populous/less popular areas such as the Santa Clarita Valley. Quality of life here is excellent. Housing is more affordable and freeway traffic is lighter. They might drive here, look around and be pleasantly surprised. My husband and I are glad that we did! PATRICIA McLEOD Valencia
May 8, 1988
View states that colorism in America resulted from the preferential treatment accorded the lighter-skinned offspring of slave masters and slave women. The existence of colorism is not confined to this country. In India where persons of African ancestry are almost never encountered, every microshade of skin color between teakwood and mahogany is noted with subtle but obsessive concern. One sees personal ads in the daily newspapers that read, "I am seeking a husband for my Brahmin daughter.
June 29, 1989 | From Times wire services
The Harvard University lightweight eight broke a course record with a thrilling quarter-length victory over University College Galway on the second day of the 150th Henley Royal Regatta today. The victory came in the third most important event for eights, the Thames Cup, the rules of which were changed in 1985 to tailor the event for smaller or lighter clubs or university crews. The American crew won in 6 minutes, 26 seconds, five seconds faster than the Thames Cup record set by Imperial College.
January 14, 2007
I am surprised that you failed to mention whether a seat has a power outlet as a selection criteria ["Snag the Best Seat on the Plane," Jan. 7]. On many planes, only a small number of rows in coach have power outlets (cigarette-lighter style). If the flight is more than three hours, I will sometimes take a middle seat to ensure I can plug in my computer. RICHARD HARBAUGH Irvine
February 9, 2009 | Times Wire Reports
The Navy plans to remove 800 tons of water from a warship that ran aground off the coast of Honolulu before trying again to free it. The Navy hopes the lighter load will help it pull the Port Royal to safety. Several attempts to free the $1-billion cruiser have failed since it got stuck on a rock and sand shoal Thursday. Rear Adm. Joe Walsh, U.S. Pacific Fleet deputy commander, says the Navy will try again early today. No one was injured when the ship grounded, and no contaminants have leaked.
December 16, 2013 | By Jerry Hirsch
The C-class sports sedan from Mercedes-Benz is often called the “baby Benz” because it was the smallest and least expensive model the German automaker sold in the U.S. Baby has grown up. Mercedes revealed details Monday about the next generation C class, which will go on sale as a 2015 model next fall. The car is roomier than the current model and will offer more safety features and amenities, including a touch pad on the center console that will work the controls. PHOTOS: The 2015 Mercedes-Benz C-class “The car matures,” said Steve Cannon, chief executive of Mercedes-Benz USA. “The level of refinement takes a dramatic step up.” The role of the C had to change because it is no longer expected to bring entry-level buyers into the Mercedes brand, Cannon said, a task that's now on the shoulders of the smaller and less expensive CLA. Mercedes hasn't discussed its pricing strategy but hinted that the vehicle will sell close to its current cost, which starts at around $36,000 and quickly climbs north with options.
October 22, 2013 | By Rob Schmitz
There are few things the good people of Shanghai love more than shopping. And there were few shopping centers as luxurious as the city's Jinjiang Dickson Center. When it opened in 1994, the Jinjiang was China's first luxury retail mall, well situated among the leafy London plane trees of the former French Concession along the auspiciously named Changle Lu, the Street of Eternal Happiness. Across the street from the mall stood the hotel where, in 1972, President Nixon and Chinese Premier Chou En-lai signed the treaty that would formally open trade between what are now the two largest economies on the planet.
October 7, 2013 | By Chris Foster
Tony Parker didn't take the midnight train to Georgia. The UCLA basketball player who seemed the most likely to bid adieu to Westwood remained in town. Now he is looking to make last season an anomaly.  “I feel like last year was perfect for me," said Parker, a 6-foot-9 sophomore from Lithonia (Ga.) Miller Grove High. “I feel like I needed a reality thing.” Realities don't come any starker. Parker was part of a recruiting class that was ranked first or second nationally, depending on which recruiting service was doing the ranking.
August 28, 2013 | By Julie Cart, Robert J. Lopez and Joseph Serna
GROVELAND, Calif. - The Rim fire should be fully contained by Sept. 10, a fire official said Wednesday, as lower temperatures, higher humidity and lighter winds allow crews to make headway against the sprawling blaze that has swept into Yosemite National Park. "That's given us a greater opportunity to get in there and strengthen our containment lines," said Daniel Berlant, spokesman of the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection. Officials have said they expect it to burn until snow begins to fall.
August 23, 2013 | By Chris O'Brien
Even as federal antitrust lawyers proposed a slight reduction in their proposed penalties in the Apple e-book case, they stepped up their criticism of the company for continuing to insist it did nothing wrong. In a filing made on Friday, the U.S. Justice Department agreed to shorten the length of its proposed injunction on Apple from 10 years to five. But the Justice Department said it was still requesting that a judge impose the same range of penalties, which include appointing a third-party antitrust monitor, restrictions on deals Apple can strike with publishers and new requirements to let competitors link to their own e-book stores from their apps.  PHOTOS: The 10 biggest tech gadget fails Most interesting, however, was the tone of exasperation contained in the latest filing.
August 20, 2013 | By Patrick McGreevy
Some California motorists would see the government reach deeper into their pockets under two bills approved by state lawmakers this week. The Senate on Monday approved AB 767, which allows counties to follow the lead of Los Angeles and San Bernardino counties and receive authority to double a fee for auto-theft prevention that appears on vehicle registrations. The fee could go from $1 to $2 for non-commercial vehicles and from $2 to $4 for commercial vehicles. The money is used by counties to fund their programs to “deter, investigate, and prosecute vehicle theft.” The measure would increase law enforcement funding by $19 million annually.
November 21, 2004
Since Robert Hilburn is one of the guys who decides who gets into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, he might consider taking up the torch for the original Lynyrd Skynyrd, especially if he's going to hype Grandmaster Flash for enrollment on the basis of one song ["Good Isn't Good Enough," Oct. 31]. How about "Free Bird"? It's only the No. 1 cigarette lighter rock anthem single of all time, surpassing even "Stairway to Headphones." "Sweet Home Alabama" is such a part of pop culture that Reese Witherspoon names her movie after it. There is more to the hall than just who remains "relevant" today.
March 4, 2002
Patt Morrison's Inside Politics ("Lockyer's Elements in Ca. Political Chemistry," Feb. 25), describing Atty. Gen. Bill Lockyer's new elements (Burtonium, Enronium, etc.), reminded me of some other rare elements, often sought in the aerospace industry. One is balloonium, a favorite of designers whose projects are exceeding weight targets. Balloonium has a negative density, so the more you use, the lighter the structure becomes. The other is unobtanium, which always seems to be in short supply.
August 12, 2013 | By Richard A. Serrano
FT. MEADE, Md. - Lawyers for Army Pfc. Bradley Manning sought to convince a military judge Monday to give him less than the maximum prison term, arguing that the former intelligence analyst was mentally unstable and that his commanders should not have sent him to Iraq. Manning, who was convicted last month of espionage and mishandling classified data for leaking 700,000 military and diplomatic cables and other classified materials to the anti-secrecy website WikiLeaks, faces up to 90 years in prison.
July 23, 2013 | By Chuck Schilken
Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers should be several million dollars poorer today. And some guy named Todd Sutton should be that much richer. All because Milwaukee Brewers star Ryan Braun was suspended for 65 games Monday for multiple violations of baseball's drug policy. And because of a now-deleted bet between Rodgers and Sutton last year. Back in February 2012, Braun had a 50-game suspension for basically the same charges overturned, with an arbitration panel finding concerns with the way the player's urine samples were handled.
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