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TRAVEL
November 24, 2013 | Los Angeles Times
SNOW SPORTS Workshop An expert will offer tips on taking care of skis and snowboards, including how and why waxes work and base preparation. When, where: 7 p.m. Tuesday at the REI store in Rancho Cucamonga, 12218 Foothill Blvd. Admission, info: Free. (909) 646-8360 Please email announcements at least three weeks before the event to travel@latimes.com .
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OPINION
November 21, 2013
Re "When a mascot is offensive," Editorial, Nov. 19 As a long-ago alum of Coachella Valley High School, I agree that the school's "Arab" mascot needs a redesign. It looks like a creepy, scruffy, snaggle-toothed, disreputable thug, hardly anything any self-respecting Arab would want to identify with. Times change, and I'm sure my wonderful old high school will keep pace by rethinking its mascot. Ann Calhoun Los Osos, Calif. I am a Coachella Valley High School alum.
OPINION
November 21, 2013
Re "Bough wow," Nov. 19 That Steven Craig and other major mall operators pay $1,000 a foot to have these majestic trees ripped from the earth to be transplanted and die in shopping malls reeks of selfish greed. The true goal is to lure shoppers to spend on oftentimes unwanted and wasteful products, many made in China and other countries where we have sold out our workforce to those employed in the confines of sweatshops. The true meaning of Christmas was lost many generations ago. Far more meaningful - and in place of these monster trees that have lost their oxygen-producing, carbon-consuming values - might be a smaller, locally grown tree next to a Nativity scene.
BUSINESS
November 21, 2013 | By Walter Hamilton and Andrew Tangel
The Dow Jones industrial average closed above 16,000 for the first time, a testament to investors' hope that the plodding economy can gain momentum in the coming year. The index, a gauge of 30 of the largest American companies, jumped more than 109 points to close at 16,009.99. Thursday's advance was propelled by a better-than-expected drop in jobless claims and a Senate panel's vote supporting Janet Yellen's bid to lead the Federal Reserve. The stock market is caught up in its most furious rally in a decade.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 19, 2013 | By Anthony York
SACRAMENTO - Gov. Jerry Brown expressed hope Tuesday that court-ordered negotiations can resolve the lingering impasse over how to relieve prison crowding in California. As ordered by federal judges, the Brown administration has been in talks with attorneys for inmates whose lawsuits led the court to declare the prisons unconstitutionally crowded. "I'm reasonably optimistic that we're going to come to something that we can make work," Brown said at a charity event in the capital.
WORLD
November 17, 2013 | By Fabiola Gutierrez and Chris Kraul
SANTIAGO, Chile - Buoyed by personal popularity and her promise to rewrite Chile's Constitution, Michelle Bachelet surged to the top in Sunday's first round of voting to elect a new president, but fell short of enough votes to avoid a runoff. With nearly all ballots counted, Bachelet, a pediatrician and former president, was far ahead of eight other candidates, but, at 47%, was below the simple majority needed for an outright victory. In a distant second place was economist Evelyn Matthei, a former labor minister in President Sebastian Pinera's government.
OPINION
November 15, 2013
Re "What would Reagan do?," Opinion, Nov. 11 Frank Keating's well-thought-out reflections on President Reagan's progressive attitudes toward common-sense immigration reform explain exactly why the former Oklahoma governor would never have even the slimmest of chances of being elected again. It's sad beyond words - the lessons that have been totally forgotten by the current tea party inhabitants of the GOP. For our country and the Republican Party, let's hope these low-information zealots are on their way out and America can regain the vision shared by Reagan and the vast majority of our citizens.
OPINION
November 13, 2013
Re "The toil in Mexican tomatoes," Nov. 11 The United States is the land of liberty, opportunity and happiness. In complete contrast are parts of Mexico. Last year, $1-billion worth of vegetables was exported from the state of Sinaloa, including nearly half the tomatoes Americans consume. The people who pick those vegetables should live like kings, yet they live like peasants. We contribute to their destitution. They produce their most prized resource for us, and we cheat them by not ensuring that they receive proper wages.
OPINION
November 13, 2013
Re "Putting prayer in its place," Letters, Nov. 7 Christians - non-denominational evangelicals, most mainline Protestants and Roman Catholics - and many other non-Christians believe God or another deity sees all, hears all and knows the past, present and future. God knows everything humans have done, are doing and will do. Publicly spoken prayer is not needed for these groups to "invoke their deity. " God needs no summons, if they believe what they say they do. In fact, they can't un-invoke God's presence.
NATIONAL
November 13, 2013 | By Becca Clemons
WASHINGTON - The Obama administration's choice to lead the Homeland Security Department soared through his Senate confirmation hearing Wednesday with little of the usual partisan politics that have blocked many of the president's recent nominees. Jeh Johnson, a former top Defense Department lawyer, faced some pointed questions but almost no opposition from senators, who generally prefaced their questions with praise for him and his qualifications. "Fortunately for our nation, he is a strong leader and well prepared to face the challenges that will await him," said Sen. Thomas R. Carper (D-Del.)
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