June 19, 2000 |
Japanese politicians can dispatch loudspeaker trucks to peaceful neighborhoods, begging for votes at decibel levels that would ensure defeat in any Western country. They can use telephone banks without restrictions to harass voters at dinner time. But what politicians in Japan may not do during an election campaign is the least invasive form of politicking yet invented: They may not post campaign literature on the Internet.
June 6, 2011 |
The Netherlands plans to ban foreign visitors from pot shops in a move that opponents have labeled "tourism suicide. " The Dutch government is trying to stop drug tourism in the country, according to a recent announcement . Under the plan, the "coffee shops" that sell marijuana will become private clubs limited to adult Dutch citizens who have to show proof of ID and become a member to buy marijuana. The Netherlands has long been known for its liberal policy on marijuana sales and use, making places such as Amsterdam a must-see stop for certain college kids and other young travelers.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 5, 1991 |
A month after banning skateboarding near the Newport Pier, the City Council is now considering amending the municipal code to prohibit the use of skateboards and roller skates in other areas of Newport Beach. Currently, the municipal code gives the council discretion to regulate the use of roller skates and skateboards only on public streets and sidewalks.
February 11, 2013 |
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 |
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.
January 18, 1993 |
Ads call Madonna's new movie "the erotic thriller of the year." But anyone under age 17 can see the pop star bare her breasts and make steamy love to Willem Dafoe in "Body of Evidence"--if they are accompanied by an adult. It's rated R. On the other hand, the movie industry's toughest warning to parents was given to the upcoming "Wide Sargasso Sea," an art-house film that has only modest lovemaking scenes compared to "Body of Evidence" or last year's R-rated "Basic Instinct."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 2, 1989 |
For the first time in several years, Navy officials have declared two San Diego parks off-limits to sailors because of widespread violence and drug peddling. The Armed Forces Disciplinary Board banned sailors from frequenting the Southeast Athletic Field at 45th Street and Logan Avenue and the parking area of South Mission Beach Park, in the 600 block of Mission Boulevard.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 6, 2002 |
A new shark sighting has prompted lifeguards to close the waters off Stinson Beach, about 20 miles northwest of San Francisco, rather than allow swimmers and surfers back into the waves as planned after a recent shark attack, officials said Wednesday. A diver saw a shark about 100 yards offshore about 7 p.m. Tuesday, said Xavier Agnew, a lifeguard with the National Park Service. Though the beach and park remain open, swimming and surfing remain off-limits until Sunday.
March 27, 1985 |
The Army Reserve can't use Bidwell Park for war games anymore because the soldiers are scaring the civilians, Chico's planning commission has decided. The criticism stemmed from small squad tactics practiced in the 2,400-acre municipal park on Jan. 12 by about 10 officers and 30 enlisted personnel of an Army Reserve battalion.
August 25, 1991 |
For the first time, visitors to the Stone Age monuments at Carnac, France, may no longer wander at will among the hundreds of monoliths called Kermario, which were built about the same time as Britain's Stonehenge--and whose origins and purpose are equally mysterious.