April 15, 2010 |
The U.S. Treasury Department wisely delayed its semiannual report on global exchange rates so that more sensible heads can prevail before we stumble into a trade fight with China. The congressionally mandated report surveys exchange rates and other indicators of the global economy and determines whether any U.S. trading partners are guilty of "currency manipulation." Treasury Secretary Timothy F.
January 6, 2010 |
Today was a good day for "District 9," "An Education," "Precious" and "Up in the Air," each of which pulled in a best picture nomination for the USC Libraries 22nd Annual Scripter Award just hours after receiving similar honors from the Producers Guild of America. The fifth Scripter nod went to the Jeff Bridges drama "Crazy Heart." The award honors both the author and screenwriter of the year's best book-to-film adaptation (or in the case of "District 9," a short film screenplay adaptation)
December 21, 2009 |
Thousands of supporters of Iran's most senior dissident cleric marched through streets in his hometown and descended upon the country's main theological center Sunday to mourn his passing just days before the climax of a politically charged religious commemoration. Ayatollah Hossein Ali Montazeri, a pillar of the Islamic Revolution three decades ago who became a staunch defender of the nation's current opposition movement, died late Saturday of complications from advanced age, diabetes and asthma, his doctor told state television.
December 29, 2009 |
The Times' Dec. 22 editorial on the federal government's rule requiring airliners that sit on the tarmac for more than three hours to disembark passengers was surprisingly astute -- surprising because the sensible observations and conclusions that The Times expressed have been so rarely understood or articulated in this emotion-charged debate. Ever since a very few but very public events -- in December 2006, February 2007 and then one flight this past summer in Rochester, Minn. -- many have made "fixing" this problem a cause celebre.
January 6, 2010 |
The Los Angeles Times Media Group and U.S. Local News Network Inc. have formed a joint venture that will include launching two news websites aimed at readers and advertisers in Orange County. The venture, which will be announced today, will allow the companies to share content and advertising sales across the sites -- www.theocnow.com and www.oclnn.com -- and those of three existing Times-owned local newspapers in Orange County: the Coastline Pilot, the Daily Pilot and the Huntington Beach Independent.
February 17, 2010 |
Southern California is headed for a gradual economic recovery in 2010 and 2011, along with the rest of the state and the country, according to a forecast released today. Unemployment will remain elevated, but the entertainment, international trade and tourism sectors will push growth regionally, according to the report from the Kyser Center for Economic Research at the Los Angeles County Economic Development Corp. "The feeling is that the worst is past and we are looking at a modest recovery," said Jack Kyser, founding economist of the center.
October 30, 2009 |
The Times' Oct. 25 article, "How a girl's stark words got lost in the Polanski spectacle," is yet another piece about Roman Polanski's crimes that purports to be tough on the film director but instead adds to the public perception that what he did was no big deal. First, the story refers to the crime as an "alleged" rape. Polanski pleaded guilty to "unlawful sex with a minor," which is the crime of child rape in California. There is no need to use the word "alleged" anymore.
November 20, 2009 |
Google Inc.'s new Chrome operating system, which is designed to bypass computer hard drives and work totally by way of an Internet connection, got its first public preview Thursday. The system, due out about a year from now, could eventually pose the first real competition for Microsoft Corp.'s and Apple Inc.'s computer operating systems since the earliest days of home computers. Chrome's main difference is that applications and other materials that now exist on a user's hard drive will instead live online.
December 14, 2009 |
The Times' Dec. 3 editorial, "Trading with Ecuador," ignores evidence of Ecuador's hostility to the United States and misleadingly asserted that Chevron is calling for an end to beneficiary status for Ecuador under the Andean Trade Preferences Act. While more than one organization has called for "halting the trade agreement" with Ecuador, Chevron is not. Chevron is arguing that countries should not be unconditionally rewarded with unilateral trade...
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January 1, 2010 |
The annual run-up to this morning's Tournament of Roses parade unfolded overnight like a finely tuned ritual on Pasadena streets and inside cavernous float-decorating venues. Orange Grove Boulevard was filled with parade floats, flood lights throwing them into sharp relief. Smoke from barbecues masked the scent of flowers, and families strolled down the street while others camped on air mattresses and played cards on small tables. Ed Blecksmith walked slower than most as old friends stopped him frequently to shake his hand.