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February 10, 2009 | Times Wire Reports
In a sign of how vilified smoking has become, lawmakers in Virginia -- where the world's largest cigarette factory churns out Marlboros -- passed curbs on smoking in restaurants. The 59-39 vote in the House of Delegates approved a watered-down bill that allows smoking only in private clubs, outdoor cafes, designated smoking rooms and establishments that are off-limits to minors. The proposed penalties are hardly draconian: a maximum civil fine of $25 for smokers or restaurateurs who defy the law. The bill already exempted private clubs and outdoor patios.
December 19, 2013 | By Michael S. Roth
The American Studies Assn. recently passed a resolution that "endorses and … honor[s] the call of Palestinian civil society for a boycott of Israeli academic institutions. " The action was taken, the group explained, because "there is no effective or substantive academic freedom for Palestinian students and scholars under conditions of Israeli occupation," and because "Israeli institutions of higher learning are a party to Israeli state policies that violate human rights and negatively impact the working conditions of Palestinian scholars and students.
October 2, 1996
Just when Los Angeles County taxpayers are asked to vote over $300 million for needed parks (Prop. A), Robert A. Jones' essay ("Defying the Job God," Sept. 18) tells how Long Beach Naval Station, 170 park-like acres and beautiful buildings, paid for by taxpayers (though off-limits to the public), is about to be flattened and paved with asphalt for the China cargo trade. No wonder people are fed up with government. VIKKI CUKIER Calabasas
October 16, 2013 | Richard Winton and Kate Mather
A Los Angeles International Airport employee has been arrested in connection with dry-ice bomb explosions, law enforcement sources told The Times late Tuesday. The suspect was identified as Dicarlo Bennett, according to the sources. Public records show that Bennett, 28, lives in South Los Angeles. He was arrested Tuesday in Paramount, the LAPD said. A Facebook account registered to a Dicarlo Bennett said he studied at Santa Monica College and was a former ramp supervisor for Servisair, an airport contractor.
April 23, 2009
Re "FBI losing trust of some Muslims," April 20 I was surprised by the statement by Hussam Ayloush, executive director of the Council on American-Islamic Relations for Greater Los Angeles, that "our mosques are off-limits ... our Koran is off-limits." If Islam is a universal religion, why would a Muslim spokesperson declare their mosques and their sacred book off-limits? On the other hand, if Islam is a political force, intending to subject us all to harsh Sharia law, then it is understandable that Muslims would want to keep their meetings closed and their handbook for accomplishing their objectives out of the hands of the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
June 19, 1988
Many times articles in the Travel Section will mention great golf courses but will state that the public cannot play there. Sometimes this is only a half-truth. In many cases the public can play at the course but only if they stay at a hotel that is associated with the course or if they're on a special golf tour. I never consider a course off-limits until I've exhausted all possibilities. GERALD F. ABBOTT Hawthorne
February 19, 1998
Re "Pendulum of Morality Is Swinging Back," Column Right, Feb. 12: The variability of human nature and morality are of minor proportions; James Pinkerton's emphasis is misdirected. In this explosive information environment with the worldwide proliferation of uncontrolled cyberspace activity, nothing seems to be off-limits. The various media have taken the cue, and with little compunction delve into President Clinton's sexual intimacies. The tabloidization of news and the accompanying flow of salacious material are far too great.
November 28, 1999
In some of the pictures accompanying your article on Easter Island ("A Heady Adventure," Oct. 24), it was surprising to see tourists walking on the carefully aligned stones and grass arranged in front of the moai displays and posing close to the statues themselves. When we visited the island, guided by Chilean anthropologists in charge of the sites, we were strictly forbidden to approach any closer than the boundaries of the rows of stones and grass, which kept us well away from the upright figures.
December 21, 1995 | JORGE G. CASTANEDA, Jorge G. Castaneda, a Mexican political scientist, is writing a biography of Che Guevara that will be published in the United States by Alfred A. Knopf
It is, of course, only a coincidence that the same week the United States was submerged in a Beatles-inspired wave of nostalgia for the 1960s, one of the most emblematic symbols of those times, Ernesto "Che" Guevara, reappeared in the news when a Bolivian general acknowledged that the leftist revolutionary had been buried, not incinerated, in Bolivia, after he was executed for his antigovernment activities in 1967.
The nation's most famous "country club prison," once the domain of such celebrity felons as inside trader Ivan Boesky and Watergate figure H.R. Haldeman, is shutting down. The Lompoc Federal Prison Camp is being converted into a higher security federal prison. A prison with fences and razor wire instead of small "off-limits" signs around the property. A prison where inmates have to wear khaki uniforms instead of shorts and T-shirts. A prison where inmates can't play tennis in the afternoon.
February 11, 2013 | By Wesley Lowery
Strutting the stage in her white tuxedo jacket, shorts and sparkling top hat, Taylor Swift opened Sunday's Grammy Awards with a live performance of her current hit, "We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together. " Inside Staples Center, the singer's performance earned loud applause. But to the Twitterverse watching at home, the pop and country superstar sang a little bit flat. Swift was dancing in the footsteps of countless artists who have performed live at music's biggest night.
February 2, 2013 | By Noam N. Levey, Washington Bureau
WASHINGTON - Healthcare for the nation's poor, once viewed as especially vulnerable in this era of budget cutting, has emerged as a surprisingly secure government entitlement with as much political clout as the Medicare and Social Security retirement programs. Even as President Obama and congressional Republicans gear up for a new budget battle, Medicaid and the Children's Health Insurance Program, which together provide coverage to more than 1 in 5 Americans and almost 1 in 3 Californians over the course of a year, appear off-limits despite their huge price tag. The president protected Medicaid in 2011 when Congress and the White House slashed $1.2 trillion in federal spending, including on Medicare - the healthcare plan for seniors and disabled people - as part of a deal to raise the nation's debt limit.
August 21, 2012 | By Mark Z. Barabak, Los Angeles Times
Fred Davis always loved putting on a show. As a boy, he recruited his siblings and neighbor kids to perform in the plays he wrote and staged in the family den and, sometimes, in nursing homes around Tulsa, Okla. Davis wanted to be an actor, but his middling talent and the sudden death of his father when he was a teenager changed those plans. He inherited his dad's public relations firm, grew up and became a successful commercial ad man before moving into politics, largely by happenstance.
August 10, 2012 | By Patrick McGreevy, Los Angeles Times
SACRAMENTO - When sprinter Allyson Felix returns home to Southern California with her Olympic gold medal, she may have to share her good fortune with her government. The $25,000 honorarium that gold medalists receive from the U.S. Olympic Committee is subject to both federal and state taxes, as is the $15,000 for silver medalists and the $10,000 for bronze winners. Now a bipartisan group of state lawmakers wants to help Felix and more than 30 other California medalists by exempting the honorariums and the value of their medals from state taxes.
July 24, 2012 | By David Horsey
James Holmes, the alleged shooter in the Aurora, Colo., movie theater massacre, was lucky to be living in the U.S.A. People who want to kill people find guns are very handy and, thanks to America's gun lobby, they can buy them easily in this country, along with all the ammunition needed to get the job done. If the alleged gunman had been living in Norway, a place with much stricter gun regulations, he would have had to work harder to amass an arsenal. Still, there is the inconvenient fact for liberals that Norway's tougher laws did not deter right-wing racist Anders Breivik from gunning down 69 young people at a leftist youth camp last summer.
May 20, 2012 | By Lisa Mascaro
WASHINGTON -- House Speaker John A. Boehner dismissed as "nonsense" a proposed GOP campaign attack on President Obama's past association with the Rev. Jeremiah A. Wright, Jr., as well as a Democratic fundraising effort that followed.   "This kind of nonsense shouldn't happen," said Boehner on ABC's "This Week with George Stephanopoulos. " "The election is going to be about the economy and getting Americans back to work. And I think Gov. Romney's prescriptions are much better. "   The role of the harsh attack ads -- this one over the delicate topic of religion -- reared this week after the New York Times disclosed a proposal from conservative strategists to wage an ad blitz against Obama, linking him to the controversial remarks from Wright, his former pastor in Chicago.
If you're old enough to have midriff bulge, the fashion stories emanating from television can be a major turnoff. There's no denying the spandex-and-denim set dominates the tube's style waves, from "Melrose Place" to MTV. But a few stylish, mature role models--for whom black leather motorcycle jackets are not the be-all and end-all--do exist.
November 18, 1999 | Greg Miller
Responding to entreaties from the Los Angeles-based Simon Wiesenthal Center, Internet bookseller said it will no longer sell Adolf Hitler's autobiographical manifesto "Mein Kampf" in Germany. Amazon's German Web site has never sold the German-language version of the book, which is outlawed in that country. But until now, German consumers could order English copies from Amazon's U.S. Web site.
May 18, 2012 | By Mark Medina
As he sat at the podium, Coach Mike Brown's infectious smile and enthusiasm suddenly evaporated. It had nothing to do with the Lakers' 2-0 deficit to the Oklahoma City Thunder in the Western Conference semifinals. It had nothing to do with basketball. It had everything to do with fans issuing profantiy-laced death threats to the Twitter account of Lakers guard Steve Blake and his wife, Kristen, after he missed a potential game-winning three-pointer in the Lakers' 77-75 loss to the Thunder in Game 2 on Wednesday.
May 11, 2012 | By Jessica Guynn, Los Angeles Times
SAN FRANCISCO - California is one step closer to becoming one of the first states to ban companies from asking job seekers and workers for their user names and passwords on Facebook and other social networking websites. The state Assembly on Thursday passed a bill sponsored by Assemblywoman Nora Campos (D-San Jose) that would make anything workers designate as private on social networks off-limits to employers. The bill, which passed the Assembly without a dissenting vote, now goes to the California Senate.
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