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October 30, 2009 | SAM FARMER, ON THE NFL
The Indianapolis Colts, Denver Broncos and New Orleans Saints are all 6-0, marking the first time in the modern-era NFL there have been this many undefeated teams through the first seven weeks. So it's clear the league has some very good teams this season. But it has many more bad ones. At the opposite end of the spectrum are the egregious eight, the eight teams that each could be considered the NFL's worst. Here they are, in alphabetical order: Cleveland (1-6) Things are getting better: Linebacker Kamerion Wimbley has four sacks and, if he gets to Jay Cutler at Chicago, will have one in three consecutive road games.
March 30, 2014 | By Paul Richter
WASHINGTON - In speeches and remarks last week in Europe, President Obama made it clear that he considers Russia's annexation of Crimea a very big deal. But he also defined what it's not: an overwhelming national security threat, such as the U.S.-Soviet rivalry in the Cold War, that would trump all other foreign policy priorities. In appearances before European Union leaders, Obama called for a sustained effort to isolate Russia to discourage further encroachment on its neighbors, but emphasized that Russia is not the West's top geopolitical challenge.
March 16, 2003
"Key to France, Russia Position on Iraq: Cash" (James Flanigan, March 9) claims that the opposition of Russia and France to a U.S. war on Iraq is based primarily on money, and that these two countries are shortsighted for not recognizing the economic benefits in which they would share during the rebuilding of Iraq. Perhaps despite recognizing that these benefits might outweigh the existing debt (in the case of Russia) and the business ties (in the case of France), they feel that geopolitical concerns are in fact paramount.
September 22, 2013 | By Marc Lifsher
SACRAMENTO - The California Chamber of Commerce may have the Capitol's deadliest aim when it comes to shooting down bills that its members don't like. The giant lobbying group, which represents 13,500 large and small employers, posted a near-perfect score in efforts this year to defeat legislation it labeled "job killers. " This year, the chamber went gunning for 38 such bills. Only one made it through both the Democratic Party-dominated Legislature and landed on the governor's desk.
February 25, 1986
Spence Carlsen's letter (Feb. 14) likening frost-resistant bacteria on strawberries to DES hormone or the Three Mile Island nuclear power plant overlooks the fact that advancement may involve some risk. Such reasoning used to say that if God had meant for man to fly he would have given him wings. The real issue is whether or not the benefits outweigh the risks. I will "seriously contend" that the possibility of increased agricultural productivity is more than an "economic motive," and I am sure that people starving to death in Africa would agree.
April 22, 1998
So about 100,000 people die each year from properly prescribed drugs, and another 2.2 million suffer reactions serious enough to require medical attention (April 15)? I can't see a single reason why Americans need anything more powerful than aspirin to protect themselves in a society where microorganisms are running wild. No possible benefit from medicines can outweigh this sort of drain on our hospital emergency rooms. Oh, wait a second. This letter was supposed to be about guns.
April 10, 2002
Re "Fat Deductions From the IRS," editorial, April 5: This is really good. We have tens of millions of poorly nourished families on subsistence diets and without medical services, but our duly elected politicians, evidently representing the will of the people, are thinking of giving tax breaks to those who simply eat too much. Should the will--or lack of willpower--of the 54 million obese people outweigh that of the other 230 million? A great country, or what! M.E. Gedgaudas Newhall
July 18, 1999
The only "movement" Kid Rock is advancing toward is self-destruction, and there's absolutely no reason why we should read about it ("Don't Let Him Kid You," by Natalie Nichols, July 11). Not only are his sexual habits and drug use completely revolting, but they are incredibly expected from a rock star who has way too much money, and not a lot of talent. A month ago, Jay Leno, on his weekly tour of the streets to find stupidity and ignorance, bumped into Kid Rock, who unsurprisingly managed to miss every simple question that Leno asked.
July 9, 2008 | Thomas H. Maugh II, Times Staff Writer
Medical castration to treat localized prostate tumors does not prolong survival and its side effects far outweigh any potential benefit for most patients, researchers reported today. The technique, which involves using drugs to block the body's production of the male hormone androgen, is a powerful tool when used in conjunction with surgery or radiation for treating aggressive prostate tumors.
Two days after announcing his return to the NBA, Magic Johnson signed a one-year contract extension Thursday for the 1994-95 season believed to be worth a record $14.6, payable even if he does not play. That gives Johnson the largest single-season salary in team sports, and, considering the $2.5 million he will make each of the next two years, makes the next three seasons worth $19.6 million.
March 27, 2013 | Doyle McManus
Military intervention in the Muslim world seems to bring the United States nothing but grief. Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya: None looks much like a success story now. Yet the Obama administration is edging reluctantly into a civil war in Syria, aiding rebels who are fighting to overthrow the brutal regime of Bashar Assad. And it should: The longer this war goes on, the worse it will be for the U.S. and the Syrians. Already, more than 70,000 Syrians have died; perhaps 4 million have lost their homes.
January 8, 2013 | By Harriet Ryan and Victoria Kim
Church leaders who mishandled child sex abuse allegations will be named in a 30,000-page cache of internal Archdiocese of Los Angeles records set for public release in coming weeks, a judge ruled Monday. The decision by Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Emilie H. Elias reversed a ruling by a private mediator that the names of archdiocesan employees should be redacted from the documents to avoid further embarrassment to the church and "guilt by association. " Elias said the public's right to know how the archdiocese, the largest in the nation, handled molestation allegations outweighed such concerns.
November 8, 2012 | By Barbara Demick, Los Angeles Times
BEIJING - On the heels of the U.S. election, the Chinese Communist Party began its own leadership transition Thursday with promises to double income over the next decade, stamp out corruption and allow more democracy - at least within the ranks of the party that has ruled unchallenged since 1949. In one of his last major speeches before leaving office, President Hu Jintao said that economic growth would trump other concerns. "We must adhere to the strategic thinking that only economic development counts," said Hu, speaking in the imposing Great Hall of the People on Beijing's Tiananmen Square.
September 14, 2012 | By David Zahniser and Kate Linthicum, Los Angeles Times
A $1.2-billion plan for bringing an NFL stadium to Los Angeles passed a major test Thursday, even as anti-poverty activists pressed powerful developer Anschutz Entertainment Group to make millions of dollars in additional concessions. After 10 and a half hours of review, Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa's appointees on the Planning Commission signed off on a set of agreements for the 72,000-seat stadium, concluding the project's economic benefits outweigh the "significant and unavoidable" impacts it will have on traffic, air quality, noise and light glare.
August 26, 2012 | By Eryn Brown, Los Angeles Times
The American Academy of Pediatrics has shifted its official position on the contentious issue of infant circumcision, stating Monday that the medical benefits of the procedure for baby boys outweigh the small risks. In its first new policy statement on the issue since 1999, the academy said that circumcision reduced risks of urinary tract infections in infants and of HIV and other sexually transmitted diseases later in life - and that the complications associated with the procedure were infrequent and mostly minor.
August 25, 2012 | By Cindy Chang, Los Angeles Times
Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca is among the California law enforcement officials who may defy a proposed state law and continue to detain arrestees who are illegal immigrants when asked to do so by federal authorities. The Trust Act, which cleared the state Legislature on Friday, is the latest measure nationwide to push back against federal immigration policy, either by reducing or increasing enforcement. The law would prohibit local authorities from complying with federal detention requests except when a suspect has been charged with a serious or violent crime.
The British government on Wednesday banned the drug Halcion, the world's most widely prescribed sleeping pill. Halcion, and other medicines containing triazolam, have been associated with psychological side effects, particularly memory loss and depression, an announcement from the Department of Health said.
July 2, 1991
As a Westlake Village resident, I have no problem with the proposed Jordan Ranch development in my "back yard." It is my understanding that this is a much less dense development than others in the area and that the trade-offs to the public in terms of dedicated open space lands are quite significant and far outweigh the negatives. As a Ventura businessman, I see the issue from a regional vantage point. The project in question is not just a Thousand Oaks-area issue. The much larger public, even beyond our county's boundary, will benefit from the 5,700 acres of land that the public will acquire if this proposal is approved by our Board of Supervisors.
December 18, 2011 | By Jack Shakely
Psst: Want to know a way to reduce our national debt by a quarter of a trillion dollars over the next decade, and remove an often abused and possibly unconstitutional section of the tax code? Are you sure you do? You may want to sit down. Get rid of the federal charitable-giving tax deduction. I know that statement will create a firestorm. I ran the California Community Foundation for 25 years, and the foundation — not to mention your alma mater, the Girl Scouts, the AARP and many other charities — think pretty highly of the tax deduction.
December 16, 2011
President Obama can be excused for accentuating the positive in an address this week to a military audience at Ft. Bragg, N.C., marking the withdrawal of U.S. forces from Iraq. Referring to Saddam Hussein, Obama said: "We remember the early days — the American units that streaked across the sands and skies of Iraq. In battles from Nasiriya to Karbala to Baghdad, American troops broke the back of a brutal dictator in less than a month. " That's fine as far as it goes. But almost nine years after President George W. Bush invaded Iraq, it is an earlier, less lyrical comment by Obama that is more to the point.
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