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March 5, 2011 | Sandy Banks
I'm not trying to keep Karla Saenz from getting her eyeglasses or to allow Gloria Lua's cholesterol to land her in a hospital bed. And I understand why they and their fellow cafeteria workers might have taken it personally when I slammed the Los Angeles Unified School District in my column on Tuesday for footing the bill for their healthcare costs. I used the three-year-old deal, a $35-million annual commitment for a school system facing a $400-million deficit this year, as an example of the sort of irresponsible spending that feeds the public perception of government employees on the dole.
March 20, 2010 | By Mary McNamara television critic >>>
In the film "We Are Marshall," the town of Huntington, W.Va., reels, then regroups after most of Marshall University's football team is killed in a plane crash. Forty years later, Huntington is at the center of yet another potential turn-around tale. Only this time, rather than a phoenix emerging from the ashes, the image is more of a grilled chicken breast rising from a landfill of deep fryers. In "Jamie Oliver's Food Revolution," the boyish and preternaturally media-friendly British food guru known for a while as "The Naked Chef" because of his penchant for simple food, comes to Huntington in the hopes of transforming the unhealthiest town -- i.e. the fattest town -- in America.
November 12, 2011 | By Robert Lloyd, Los Angeles Times Television Critic
"The Song of Lunch," which airs Sunday as part of PBS' "Masterpiece Contemporary" series, is something you don't see every day, not even in bardic old England, whence it comes, and where a 47-minute TV drama using a narrative poem for a screenplay would seem somewhat more likely than it would here. Christopher Reid is the poet whose 2009 book is the source of all the words spoken here, in order, nearly all of them by the wonderful Alan Rickman, and nearly all the rest of them by the equally wonderful Emma Thompson, two actors whose many other accomplishments may be obscured in far posterity by their having appeared in "Harry Potter" movies.
March 5, 2005
Re " 'News' Video Extols Gov.'s Plan," Feb. 28: Last year, the Bush administration took a lot of heat from Congress when it produced videos that looked like news reports but were just political propaganda extolling the supposed virtues of Bush-backed Medicare reform. Apparently learning nothing from that experience, the Schwarzenegger administration followed suit with faux "news" videos extolling the regressive Republican effort to deny most hourly workers a guaranteed lunch break. This alone would be appalling, but, shamefully, the video contained a representative of Mimi's Cafe -- a company that is a defendant in class-action litigation under the current regulations -- all but putting on the company's case at taxpayer expense, and with no disclosure of the company's direct financial interest in a change in the rules.
I'll never eat lunch in this town again. No, no, I haven't been blacklisted because I wrote a tell-all book about such pressing matters as Goldie Hawn's hygiene or Steven Spielberg's fondness for doughnuts. I've blacklisted myself. It's no great loss to the Ivy, Spago or the art of networking, I assure you. I'm about as adept at networking as I am at netting tuna. Come to think of it, I have about as much desire to network as I do to inflict death on the sorry, declining tuna population.
February 9, 2011 | By Michael A. Memoli and Michael Muskal, Washington Bureau
The top Republicans in the House of Representatives dined with President Obama on Wednesday, and the menu was dominated by talk on the economy, budget deficits, regulatory reform and trade. Speaker John Boehner, Majority Leader Eric Cantor of Virginia and Rep. Kevin McCarthy, of California, had lunch with the president, Vice President Joe Biden and Chief of Staff Bill Daley. There were no concrete agreements, but both sides said the session was agreeable.  “It was a very good lunch, and we were able to find enough common ground, I think, to assure the American people that we are willing to work on their behalf and willing to do it together,” Boehner, of Ohio,  told reporters after the luncheon.
April 8, 2014 | By The Times editorial board
No one should have expected that putting more vegetables in front of elementary school students would instantly turn them into an army of broccoli fans. Plenty of food has been thrown out since new federal rules took effect in 2011 requiring students in the subsidized school lunch program to choose a fruit or vegetable each day. Nevertheless, studies find that continued exposure to produce is resulting in more children eating at least some of it. That's worth a certain amount of wasted food.
December 23, 1990
I read with interest your article regarding the problem at Santa Monica High School during the lunch break (Times, Dec. 16). You mentioned that the "open lunch" policy is at least 30 years old. I'll say it is. During my senior year, 1934, Louis Veenker ran for president of the Boys League on a campaign of doing away with the "bound rules," which prohibited leaving the campus during school hours. Louis' father was August Veenker, the boys vice principal. Enforcing this rule was almost impossible.
January 2, 1986 | Associated Press
About one-third of the trips made by government cars and drivers assigned to Environmental Protection Agency executives were to lunch at an average cost of $45 a trip, according to a report released today by the agency's inspector general. The report recommended more use of taxis at a cost of about $5 a trip, but the agency has decided not to do it, according to one official.
June 7, 1997
In today's column (June 1), Jim Murray compares the meeting of John Daly and Tiger Woods to a fight between Jack Dempsey and someone named Firpo. His first name might have been Jake. I haven't been around that long. Two days ago, Mr. Murray's column, on the same golf tournament, conjures up the ghosts of "Dempsey-Tunney. Notre Dame-Army. Koufax against the New York Yankees," etc. I mention this because a friend of mine at work and I have a standing bet. If Murray mentions Jack Dempsey in a column, my friend owes me lunch.
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