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TRAVEL
August 4, 2013
GRAND CANYON Workshop Experts will discuss hiking the rim-to-rim trails and reveal hidden treasures of this iconic destination. When, where: 7 p.m. Thursday at the REI store in Huntington Beach, 7777 Edinger Ave. Admission, info: Free. (714) 379-1938. HIKING Documentary "Mile … Mile & a Half" tells the journey of five friends on the John Muir Trail, hiking 219 miles in 25 days. When, where: 6:30 Friday at the Adventure 16 store, 11161 W. Pico Blvd., Los Angeles Admission, info: $15 suggested donation.
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OPINION
August 4, 2013
Re "Braking a habit of the Vegas trip," Aug. 2 When I bought my one and only Corvette in 2005, my first thought was when I would drive to Las Vegas to see how it really ran. Three weeks later and with a full tank, I found myself cruising along Interstate 15 en route to Sin City. On what looked to be a very straight, safe and almost vacant part of the highway, I got my Vette up to 124 miles per hour and decided that was fast enough. There were no cops and no problems, but I knew this was a free gift.
OPINION
August 4, 2013
Re "No-otter zone is sought by lawsuit," Aug. 2 I was the chief negotiated for affected fishermen before Congress established the "otter-free zone" off the Southern California coast in 1986. But in 1993, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service abandoned that program. Before the passage of Public Law 99-625 in 1986, our legal counsel at the time, the Pacific Legal Foundation, determined that the proposal to translocate sea otters to San Nicolas Island violated the Marine Mammal Protection Act. Attorneys for the Interior Department agreed.
WORLD
August 4, 2013 | By David Willman
WASHINGTON - Citing "an abundance of caution" in response to a potential threat to Western interests from Al Qaeda, the Obama administration announced Sunday that it would extend until next weekend the closures of numerous U.S. embassies and consulates in the Muslim world. A total of 19 diplomatic facilities are to be affected, although "a number" of those already were scheduled to be closed in deference to the conclusion of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, said Jen Psaki, a spokeswoman for the U.S. State Department.
OPINION
August 3, 2013
Re "Israelis and Palestinians to confront tough issues," July 31 It is disappointing that the United States continues to show unconditional support for Israel even when our ally violates international law and ignores U.N. resolutions condemning its behavior. From 1972 to 2011, the United States has issued the only vetoes to 42 U.N. Security Council resolutions condemning Israel's behavior, most of which were related to the occupied territories. These negotiations would be unnecessary if Israel would respect U.N. resolutions and the International Court of Justice concerning settlements, borders, the right of return, the separation barrier with much of the West Bank and the status of Jerusalem.
OPINION
August 3, 2013
Re "Politicians take to the couch," Opinion, Aug. 1 Meghan Daum makes an important point: Two weeks of psychotherapy treatment for San Diego's embattled mayor, Bob Filner, will barely begin to scratch the surface of behavioral patterns that have been in force for decades. Even if Filer had multi-hour daily sessions for two weeks (unlikely), his initial resistance to being forced into treatment, combined with an ulterior motive (protect his career) means that much of the time would be taken up dealing with those issues and not his behavior toward women.
TRAVEL
July 28, 2013
The marvelous spread on San Francisco nearly brought tears to my eyes, with reflections of my "return" to that marvelous city in October 1958 ["San Francisco at Iconic Speed," by Christopher Reynolds, July 21]. A native Californian, I had concluded a six-year tour of duty as an officer in the U.S. Public Health Service, stationed mainly in East Coast locations. Newly single, I had accepted a position with an organization whose headquarters was at 518 Sutter St., a block from Union Square.
BUSINESS
July 26, 2013 | By Andrew Tangel
NEW YORK - Even the stock rally may need a summer vacation. Investors have been pouring back into stocks this month, pushing major U.S. stock indexes up more than 4% in July. But the rally took a bit of a respite over the last five days, ending the week up only slightly. "The market is just taking a pause," said Paul Zemsky, head of multi-asset strategies for ING U.S. Investment Management in New York. Stocks' July gains still amount to "a pretty big move in one month. " The Dow Jones industrial average added only 3.22 points, or 0.02%, to 15,558.83 on Friday as Chinese leaders rekindled worries over growth and a credit bubble in the world's second-largest economy.
OPINION
July 24, 2013
Re "Leave the patient satisfied," July 21 The problem with using patient satisfaction in determining federal reimbursements to hospitals is this: Some people are never satisfied. I have worked in healthcare in L.A. for 20 years, and I currently work in a major emergency room. I can tell you that patient satisfaction is often not based on the quality of care. There's the able-bodied patient who demands transportation assistance upon discharge. There's also the normally healthy patient who comes in complaining of a cough and becomes abusive when finding out there is a wait for a physician who, by the way, was treating a gunshot victim.
OPINION
July 24, 2013
Re "Trayvon Martin, an American son," July 21 Bravo to Erin Aubry Kaplan for linking the upcoming 50th anniversary of the Moynihan Report on the state of black families in America with the Trayvon Martin case. Readers may recall that Sen. Daniel Patrick Moynihan advocated a policy of temporary "benign neglect" for urban (in other words, black) neighborhoods. Conservatives liked his emphasis on the black community's responsibility for its own problems. Individual responsibility matters, but there are significant social factors as well.
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