March 12, 2009
When John Mearsheimer and Stephen Walt wrote about "The Israel Lobby" in 2006, many supporters of Israel were outraged. How, they wanted to know, could anyone say that the United States offered "unwavering support" to Israel? Worse yet, how did these two misguided professors dare suggest that there was a cabal of die-hard Zionists in the media, in Congress, in the Pentagon and in neocon think tanks working to ensure that U.S. policy did not deviate from the pro-Israel party line?
December 9, 1993 |
One of the last bastions of public tobacco consumption on the Westside has fallen. No-Smoking signs went up last week on three floors of UCLA's Dickson Art Center, which the university's art department occupies. It wasn't the only remaining place on campus where smoking was permitted, but it was the most notorious. As a state school, UCLA is exempt from local laws, such as the Los Angeles ordinance that took effect in August prohibiting smoking in public buildings and restaurants.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 2, 1997 |
I was walking through the children's reading section of the San Pedro branch of the Los Angeles Public Library and noticed three 8- to 10-year-olds whispering and giggling at one of the library's computers. I looked at the screen to see what game they found so exciting and to my surprise, they were on an Internet chat line with some lewd chatters. I read a screen full of hard-core language describing various sexual acts in crude, graphic slang.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 23, 1996 |
The charm, or curse, of L.A. is the way the urban area is interlaced with the countryside, bringing distinctive problems for an urban area--like wildfires. But does this offer an advantage to a hunter who can clearly see an eight-point buck on his patio or a Canada goose winging conveniently over the barbecue pit, now that the fall hunting season is here? In a word, no. You can't hunt in the city, authorities say.
February 28, 1998 |
Federal and state officials said Friday that they have reached agreement with a major corporate landowner on a plan that will allow logging in a nearly 200,000-acre swath of Northern California while preserving some of the most environmentally sensitive acres in the Headwaters Forest.
October 18, 1990 |
The Cold War has resurfaced in an unlikely arena--the America's Cup. Despite the new political climate of cooperation between the United States and the Soviet Union, a national panel in Washington has banned a Leningrad-based challenge syndicate from San Diego Bay, home to scores of U.S. warships and a secret submarine base.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 19, 1987 |
Los Angeles County health officials have ordered paramedics to stop taking patients to Burbank Community Hospital, which is under investigation for allegations of improper and inadequate medical care of indigents. Officials of the county Department of Health Services declined to specify the reasons behind the abrupt order. But a department spokesman said paramedics will not be allowed to take patients to the hospital until "problems" there are corrected.
January 11, 1991 |
Goodby Fritz. Goodby Todd? Goodby . . . Wally? They are movers and shakers, all right--shaking a leg and getting ready to move out of town. Fritz Shurmur is fired by the Rams. Todd Marinovich is tired of USC. And Wally Joyner is spared a fate worse than death when the Houston Astros look East instead of West and unload Glenn Davis for three Baltimore Orioles. So what do you think of 1991 so far?
March 25, 2009 |
While President Obama has made development of cleaner energy sources a priority, an effort is underway to close off a large swath of the Southern California desert to solar and wind energy projects. In a move that could pit usual allies -- environmentalists and the solar and wind industries -- against each other, Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) is preparing legislation that would permanently put hundreds of thousands of acres of desert land off limits to energy projects.
July 24, 2012 |
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.