December 5, 2013
A taut blues-rock machine led by guitarists Susan Tedeschi and Derek Trucks (nephew of Butch Trucks of the Allmann Brothers, which also features Derek's talents), the Tedeschi-Trucks Band performs from its fierce new album, "Made Up Mind. " A rich showcase for Tedeschi's world-weary vocals and Trucks' slippery guitar, the record marks only a jumping-off point for avenues explored here. Orpheum Theatre, 842 S. Broadway, L.A. 8 p.m. Fri., $35-$75. http://www.ticketmaster.com.
December 4, 2013
Re "The Benghazi syndrome," Opinion, Dec. 1 Mieczyslaw P. Boduszynski's article calls to mind my experience in Tunisia last month and demonstrates why the U.S. government should consider more substantial cultural and educational engagement in North Africa. Like the author in Libya, when I was in Tunisia, I spoke with Tunisians from all walks of life. I visited museums and historic monuments. I spoke with professors, students, government representatives and private directors of arts programs.
December 4, 2013
Re "Abortion clinics, not battle zones," Editorial, Dec. 2 As a family doctor who provides comprehensive reproductive healthcare, I am troubled that the U.S. Supreme Court will consider the constitutionality of Massachusetts' "buffer zone" law. I used to work at a family planning clinic in Massachusetts, where I witnessed the appalling intimidation tactics of protesters before the law requiring them to stay 35 feet away was enacted. I have seen protesters photographing patients' faces to post on anti-choice websites, screaming profanities at clinic volunteers and posing as staff falsely claiming that the clinic had been shut down by the health department.
December 3, 2013
Re "Minority rule in the Senate," Opinion, Dec. 1 Joyce Appleby would eliminate the filibuster, arguing that the Founding Fathers, having entrenched an inequality of representation in the Senate, certainly did not want to deviate further from majority rule. She refers to James Madison's opinion that requiring a supermajority would reverse the fundamental principle of free government. During the debates over the Constitution and the question of a Bill of Rights, however, Madison argued differently.
December 3, 2013
Re "Afghans recall deaths by drone," Dec. 1 The United States has not won a war in Asia since World War II. The difference between World War II and Afghanistan is asymmetrical warfare. In World War II, Japan had capabilities and equipment similar to the U.S. Its soldiers wore uniforms. That war was symmetrical, and we won. In Vietnam, the enemy often dressed like everybody else and fought mostly guerrilla style. That is asymmetrical warfare. In Iraq, President George W. Bush sought to overthrow a dictator, thinking Iraqis would welcome U.S. intervention.
December 3, 2013 |
Success! The Obama administration announced over the weekend that it had hit its deadline of Nov. 30 for HealthCare.gov. Of course, there were caveats. The site will still probably get buggy when there's a lot of traffic, which is why Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius advised people to use it at off-peak hours. But that simply means peak hours will be moved to after midnight. After all, you don't alleviate crowding if you tell everyone to try a different door.
December 2, 2013 |
KIEV, Ukraine - President Viktor Yanukovich appeared to give ground Monday in the face of massive demonstrations that threatened to hobble his government, seeking to reopen talks with the European Union about forging a closer economic relationship. As protesters declared a general strike and blocked access to the government's headquarters in central Kiev, Yanukovich spoke by phone with European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso to ask whether Ukraine could send a delegation to discuss a previously scuttled free trade agreement, the Interfax-Ukraine news agency reported.
December 1, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - Two months after its disastrous debut, the federal website for enrolling Americans in health insurance under President Obama's healthcare law has improved markedly, and many consumers are now likely to be able to use it to select insurance plans. Enrollment in health plans - the most important measure - has been accelerating. But the performance of the troubled HealthCare.gov website, which consumers in 36 states are supposed to be able to use to sign up for health coverage, still falls well short of basic standards for Internet-based commerce.
November 30, 2013
Re "Gehry's Grand vision," Nov. 25 Finally, finally, perhaps the most interesting piece of undeveloped corner real estate in Los Angeles has a worthy project proposed. It took guts on L.A. County Supervisor Gloria Molina's part to stand up and demand something better for the site, fighting all the pressure to get a lesser project built. Bunker Hill, where I live, is a jewel in downtown, a hill of public art, museums, overhead pedways (walkways) and green spaces, all there because the Los Angeles Community Redevelopment Agency made it a "planned" area of development.
November 30, 2013 |
LONDON - Authorities began combing through the wreckage of a Scottish pub Saturday for clues as to why a police helicopter plunged onto its roof, killing at least eight people, including all three on board, and seriously injuring 14. "A full and thorough investigation into what happened last night has already begun," Stephen House, chief constable of Scotland Police, told reporters in the city of Glasgow, which awoke to an extraordinary scene of...