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OPINION
January 8, 2013
Re "The storm next time," Editorial, Jan. 4 There have been documentaries, news stories and policy proposals that focus on infrastructure (President Obama's jobs bill comes to mind). We have watched people die in Minnesota when a bridge collapsed, we in California faced regular rolling blackouts, and many states have had horrible floods, fires, tornadoes or hurricanes. Until all 50 state governors get together and demand a national policy and funding for infrastructure and the business community backs them up, we will just keep reacting to the most recent disaster.
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OPINION
January 8, 2013
Re "Hagel faces tough test in Senate," Jan. 7 So Beltway politicians believe former Sen. Chuck Hagel (R-Neb.), President Obama's Defense secretary nominee, is "outside the mainstream" of American foreign policy because he favors diplomatic solutions to international problems, wants our country "to avoid needless, senseless wars," insists that his primary loyalties are to the United States and urges a "careful decision-making process" before starting...
SPORTS
January 5, 2013 | By Broderick Turner
His shot had betrayed him and his injured body wasn't helping matters. But Willie Green had decided that he wasn't going to give in to either bad situation. Instead, Green went to the Clippers' practice facility on an off day from practice and rehabilitated his injured knee some more and then got in some extra work. The payoff was how Green played for the Clippers during their victory over the Lakers on Friday night. Green had 10 points, making four of six shots. "I got my rhythm going," Green said.
OPINION
January 1, 2013
Re "Technical school in peril," Dec. 27 The Los Angeles Unified School District's threat to close its well-regarded aviation mechanic school at the Van Nuys Airport is the latest example of the district's "college only" mentality. While the original intentions of this "more rigorous" curriculum may have been laudable, the practical result is an increasing number of frustrated students in danger of dropping out. As a counselor who works with the so-called at-risk population, I listen to the frustration and anger of many students who have repeatedly failed the same classes.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 27, 2012
After 50 years of spinning webs and catching a who's who of criminals, Peter Parker is out of the hero game. But Spider-man is still slinging from building to building - reborn, refreshed and revived with a new sense of the old maxim that Ben Parker taught his then-fledgling nephew that "with great power, comes great responsibility. " In Issue 700 of the famed comic book, out Wednesday, Parker's mind is trapped in the withered, dying body of his nemesis, Doctor Octopus, a.k.a.
OPINION
December 22, 2012
Re "The Hagel litmus test," Editorial, Dec. 20 What a breath of fresh air: that it is not a bad thing for the U.S. to choose a secretary of Defense based on what's best for this country rather than for Israel. It is time to rethink the cliche about our "unshakable" relationship with Israel. How come our relationship with, say, Britain or Canada is never described so warmly, even though both countries hew more closely to our idea of civil rights? There was a time when our relationship with white South Africa was warm, but when the Boers drifted into apartheid, the relationship chilled.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 19, 2012
NBC News' chief foreign correspondent Richard Engel and two members of his production team, producer Ghazi Balkiz and cameraman John Kooistra, have been released after five days in captivity in Syria. The network released the following statement Tuesday: "After being kidnapped and held for five days inside Syria by an unknown group, NBC News Chief Foreign Correspondent Richard Engel and his production crew members have been freed unharmed. We are pleased to report they are safely out of the country.
WORLD
December 18, 2012 | By Patrick J. McDonnell and Rima Marrouch, Los Angeles Times
BEIRUT - Thousands of residents were fleeing a densely populated Palestinian district outside Damascus Monday amid rumors that Syrian government forces were massing and poised to attack. Syrian authorities say cadres of "terrorists" - the government's designation for the country's rebels - have infiltrated the Yarmouk camp, a sprawling urban enclave on the southern fringes of the capital. Yarmouk is home to about 300,000 people, half of them of Palestinian origin. Opposition activists said Syrian warplanes attacked the camp Sunday, killing at least eight people, including several outside a mosque.
WORLD
December 18, 2012 | By Reem Abdellatif, Los Angeles Times
CAIRO - Egypt's public prosecutor, appointed by President Mohamed Morsi last month, resigned from his post Monday amid ongoing tension between the nation's judiciary and the president. Talaat Ibrahim submitted his resignation to the Supreme Judiciary Council, according to the state-run news agency. The council said it would deliberate Sunday on whether to accept the resignation. Members of the Judges Club and the nation's judiciary have been furious with Morsi since he decreed Nov. 22 that an Islamist-led assembly writing the nation's draft constitution was immune from judicial oversight.
OPINION
December 16, 2012
Re "Rice out as Obama pick for Cabinet," Dec. 14 The bullying of Susan Rice by the Republicans to withdraw her name from consideration as secretary of State is infuriating. The president says Rice's withdrawal demonstrates her strength of character. It only demonstrates a weakness of character from the White House. Rice should stand and fight if she is qualified. Dennis Grossman Woodland Hills ALSO: Letters: Atheists and Christmas Letters: Torture on the big screen Letters: Inside the mind of Justice Scalia
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