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September 19, 2013 | By Tracy Wilkinson
MEXICO CITY - Rescue teams were searching Thursday for an estimated 68 people believed buried in a mudslide after multiple storms battered large swaths of Mexico, killing nearly 100 people nationwide and leaving thousands stranded or homeless. While much attention was focused on tourists caught in the Pacific resort of Acapulco, grimmer reports emerged from villages in that hard-hit region of Guerrero state, which were largely cut off from aid and may have suffered large-scale devastation.
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TRAVEL
September 15, 2013
What place lifts your spirits? We asked a group of seasoned travelers to describe their happy places, the destination they conjure in times of trouble. The allure is aesthetic, but it's also emotional. The place is reminiscent of home - or the polar opposite of home. It is exotic - or ordinary. Wherever it is, it beckons these travelers to lay down their burdens and put their cares at bay. Here are their choices. To tell us about yours, email travel@latimes.com .
NATIONAL
September 9, 2013 | By Michael A. Memoli
PITTSBURGH - In a hotel conference room overlooking this city's downtown, the leaders of one of the nation's largest conservative advocacy groups outlined a plan to cripple President Obama's healthcare law. With funding for government operations set to run out at the end of this month, Heritage Action, part of a coalition of conservative lawmakers and outside groups, wants Republicans to refuse to vote for a law that would authorize spending unless...
TRAVEL
September 8, 2013
BALKANS Slide show Angel Castellanos will share his experiences in Croatia and the western Balkans, from the Adriatic to the old capitals of Sarajevo and Belgrade. When, where: 7:30 p.m. Monday at Distant Lands, 20 S. Raymond Ave., Pasadena. Admission, info: Free. RSVP to (626) 449-3220.¿ RUNNING Workshop Experts will offer tips on trail running, including technique, training, clothing and footwear specific to the sport. When, where: 7 p.m. Thursday at the REI store in Huntington Beach, 7777 Edinger Ave. Admission, info: Free.
OPINION
September 7, 2013
Re "How to build a better GOP," Opinion, Sept. 3 The GOP needs to tell better stories? As a registered independent, I've heard all the stories from the GOP that I can stand. Who can forget "mission accomplished"? Mitt Romney had a great story to tell about the 47%. I can't recall the third story Rick Perry told during a debate for his party's nomination. And now Rand Paul has a fabulous story of how Syrian President Bashar Assad protects Christians. Not once does Jonah Goldberg mention Abraham Lincoln and his story about inclusiveness.
OPINION
September 7, 2013
Re "Senate panel supports U.S. strike on Syria," Sept. 5 It's time to call everyone's bluff on the Syrian chemical issue to smoke out the contending parties. Whether it be Bashar Assad's regime, the rebels, the U.S. and its allies, Arab states, the Russians or the Iranians, all claim they are against chemical weapons use in Syria. Leaving aside the wink-wink involved - obviously, some party (think the Assad regime) used the weapons in the August attack - let's put the representations to the test.
SPORTS
September 7, 2013 | By Mike DiGiovanna
The Angels, in desperate need of young, effective and inexpensive starting pitchers, appear to have found one right in their own house. Garrett Richards recovered from a shaky start Saturday night to blank Texas on two hits from the third through seventh innings and lead the Angels to an 8-3 victory over the Rangers in Angel Stadium, their 12thwin in 15 games. The 25-year-old right-hander opened the season in the bullpen, made four starts in late April and went back to a relief role before replacing struggling right-hander Joe Blanton in the rotation in late July.
OPINION
September 5, 2013
Re "Obama steps up campaign for airstrikes," Sept. 3 The frantic tone of the Obama administration, seemingly desperate to send missiles into Syria, indicates a serious lack of understanding of the dynamics of the Middle East and a continuing infatuation with the bullying tactics of past administrations, which have resulted in hundreds of thousands of deaths in the region. These bankrupt military policies have resulted in making the Middle East a caldron of misery and death. Why doesn't the U.S. try a sensible approach involving working with the other important key players and countries in the region, primarily Iran and Russia, rather than trying to further ostracize these countries?
OPINION
September 5, 2013
Re "Wide use of non-MDs is rejected," Sept. 2 The Legislature missed an opportunity to help the millions of Californians who face challenges accessing safe, high-quality and affordable healthcare services. Our state's healthcare system is greatly overburdened. Under the Affordable Care Act, about 4.7 million more Californians will be eligible for health insurance, and about 1.4 million will be newly eligible for Medi-Cal. However, there are not enough trained medical professionals to appropriately care for these new patients, particularly those who need access to primary-care services.
OPINION
August 31, 2013
Re "A moral and legal test for Obama," Aug. 28 U.S. officials are claiming they have irrefutable evidence of a poison gas attack against civilians in Syria. Trade those words for something like "convinced that there are weapons of mass destruction. " Ring any bells? Kim Righetti Upland ALSO: Mailbag: Syria -- to strike or not to strike Letters: Egypt's choices and U.S. options Letters: iPads won't cure what ails LAUSD
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