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July 17, 2013 | By Jeffrey Fleishman and Ingy Hassieb
CAIRO - The young recruits with rifles and ragged duffels will never see the swimming pools of the officers clubs that line the boulevards of Cairo. They will not profit from the Egyptian military's network of private business interests. They'll eat beans and bread and earn about $30 a month. But they will be respected as men who protect the homeland - from foreign enemies and sometimes from itself. A military coup in most nations would signal alarm about the country's future.
July 17, 2013 | By Jack Dolan
A crew member's inappropriate response to a fire alarm on the Carnival Splendor cruise ship in 2010 led to a loss of power that forced nearly 4,500 passengers to endure a hot, four-day tow back to port, a U.S. Coast Guard report found. Many air conditioners, refrigerators and toilets stopped working during the tow back, according to passengers. Details of the crew's mistakes are contained in a scathing, 51-page Coast Guard report on the fire that broke out Nov. 8, 2010, as the ship sailed from Long Beach to the Mexican Riviera.
July 14, 2013 | By Catharine Hamm
As much as I'd like to believe it - especially in these cases - the customer is not always right. In fact, sometimes the customer is downright dunderheaded, as I was in a couple of recent instances involving rental cars. Rookie mistakes both, and they cost me - in one case time, in another money. On a rainy Sunday morning last month, I returned a three-day rental car to the Des Moines airport. The rate was about $43 a day for a compact car. I had picked up the rental car at 9 a.m. Friday and had said on my reservation that I would return it at 10 a.m. Sunday.
July 13, 2013 | By Kate Mather and Rong-Gong Lin II
The TV anchor who unwittingly broadcast fake, racist names of the pilots flying the ill-fated Asiana Airlines Flight 214 issued an apology Saturday as debate over the incident continued. The segment on Friday at noon that referred to two of the pilots as "Captain Sum Ting Wong," and "Wi Tu Lo," has gone viral and drawn heavy criticism on the Internet. "Apologies to all upset by a story on Noon News. A serious mistake was made @KTVU," anchorwoman Tori Campbell wrote on Twitter.
June 22, 2013 | Derek Simmons, Simmons is a deputy design director at the L.A. Times
Had Facebook existed in 2001, my sons Jackson and Teegan would not exist. They wouldn't be here because I would have never met Sheri Smith, their mother and my wife of 10 years. We encountered each other by accident in 2001 because of an error in a newspaper. Sheri had placed a notice for her 10-year high school reunion in the Moncton Times & Transcript in New Brunswick, Canada. It included an email address for her classmates at Riverview High School to use for communication leading up to the event.
June 22, 2013 | By Minh Dang, Los Angeles Times
The trouble started with the inheritance. Eight years ago, the economy was booming and Jane Osick was on solid ground. She had manageable student loans, a stable job and excellent credit. Then, in less than two years, she racked up $120,000 in credit card debt. How did a sensible schoolteacher dig such a hole? Blame it on the inheritance - a house she helped refinance when her mother was ailing and then remodeled after her mother died. "Looking back, what I should have done was stay out of it," said Osick, 48. "We should have let her lose the house, because what difference would it have made?
June 19, 2013 | George Skelton, Capitol Journal
SACRAMENTO - Given half a chance - any rationale at all - governments invariably will try to restrict the citizenry's access to public information. Especially if it might shine the light on official stupidity or misbehavior. That's just human nature. Companies do it too. The difference for governments, of course, is that they're living off of, and are supposed to be working for, the public. The people have a right to know whether officials are performing like dunces, as in building a new span of the San Francisco Bay Bridge with weak bolts, or lining their pockets with taxpayers' money, as they were in the city of Bell.
June 19, 2013 | By The Times editorial board
California's lawmakers never tire of letting members of the public know what a nuisance they are. Last year, for instance, made it optional for local governments to comply with laws requiring them to post public meeting agendas. The ostensible reason was savings: Cities, counties, school districts and other agencies complained that writing up agendas and making them publicly available were expensive, that the law requiring such actions was a state mandate, and that the state must either pay governments to comply or suspend the requirement.
June 19, 2013 | By James Cuno
A report released this week bears out what many educators have been predicting: Amid rising college tuition, increased global economic competition and a job market that disproportionately rewards graduates in STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) fields, students are seeking degrees in what they and, indeed, many in our nation view as lucrative business and hard-science disciplines. The study is from the American Academy of Arts and Sciences' Commission on the Humanities and Social Sciences, on which I serve.
June 18, 2013 | By Tina Susman
NEW YORK -- It's widely known that former New York Mayor Ed Koch planned every detail of his funeral and burial, and for good reason. The one thing he couldn't oversee -- the final etchings on his tombstone -- is wrong. If he were alive to see it, Koch might laugh at the mistake. After all, it shaved 18 years off the age of the 88-year-old Koch, who died of congestive heart failure in February.   The tombstone at Koch's grave in the Washington Heights section of Manhattan lists the three-term mayor's birthdate as Dec. 12, 1942, instead of Dec. 12, 1924, a mistake first reported Monday by NBC News in New York .  "You could call it a grave mistake," the news anchor said in introducing the segment.
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