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July 6, 2003
Re "Not-Guilty Plea Entered in Crash Fatal to Officer," June 28: As traffic continues to get worse in Southern California, motorcycle officers continue to get killed at an alarming rate. I'm sure they generate a lot of income for cash-strapped cities with their radar guns, but the price is getting too high. It's a safe bet that none of these officers would have been killed or even seriously injured if they were in an automobile when the accident occurred. How many more have to die before these "suicycles" are taken off the road, as they have been in other parts of the country?
September 3, 1995
Hasn't Gov. Wilson learned his lesson? In 1991, Wilson supported swapping 59 acres of a local national park so comedian Bob Hope could develop his environmentally sensitive Jordan Ranch. Wilson was criticized for trying to set a precedent of trading public parkland to support rich developers. After Hope was lambasted in the press and public, Jordan Ranch was saved--paid for by a federal fund (Land and Water Conservation Fund) set up to pay for such properties. Jordan Ranch was rescued despite Wilson.
June 4, 1989 | GENE WOJCIECHOWSKI, Times Staff Writer
Angel busybody Devon White had one of those rare nights when he didn't know whether to cherish or forget his contributions to a 4-3 victory over the Kansas City Royals at Anaheim Stadium Saturday. On the cherish side were White's three hits--two singles and a double--which helped push his average up to .299. He scored once. He flustered Royal starter Charlie Leibrandt into heaving a pickoff throw into foul territory. He stole a base, his 21st in a young season. All in all, a perfectly wonderful evening until you recount White's pair of mid-game adventures.
August 7, 1987 | Jim Murray
Bill Buckner has 2,553 major league hits. Only 61 players in baseball history have more. Billy Buck is a born hitter. He has 471 two-base hits. Only 40 players in history have more. Only one of them, Ted Simmons, is active. You can't strike him out. He could get wood on a mosquito. He fanned only 25 times in 681 at-bats last season. Some guys do that in a week. He has scored 1,034 runs, which put him on another all-time ladder, right on the spoor of the game's immortals.
Cypress Manager Greg Novy said he was happy with the way his team performed, despite losing two of three games. "I believe we had a team that was as good as any other team here," Novy said. "We were definitely capable of winning. Obviously, we didn't show as well as we could and we aren't pleased not to be playing [today] and Saturday, but we had a great run and we accomplished a lot. "I feel better than I thought I'd feel after losing. We're here in Williamsport, we had a record of 18-2.
June 4, 2004 | Bob Drogin, Times Staff Writer
When CIA Director George J. Tenet testified in mid-April before the commission investigating the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, the keeper of America's secrets revealed a little secret of his own. "I sit back at night and look at a war in Iraq, a war on terrorism, conflict in Afghanistan and all the things I have to do, and recognize, you know, no single human being can do all these things," Tenet said.
August 23, 2010 | By Brendan Borrell, Special to the Los Angeles Times
When British celebrity chef Jamie Oliver visited an elementary school in America's "fattest" city, Huntington, W.Va., he saw the children tossing out fresh fruit in favor of processed chicken nuggets and chowing down on egg pizza for breakfast. But it was the sugar-laden chocolate milk that would stick in his mind, as he recounted this year in a speech he gave when receiving a TED Prize. "It epitomizes the trouble we're in, guys," said the star of ABC's "Food Revolution," a show that promoted healthy eating in public schools.
October 11, 2010 | By Chris Woolston, Special to the Los Angeles Times
You may not realize it, but your life is radioactive. If you've eaten a banana lately, potassium-40 atoms in your body are shooting out thousands of particles every second. And if you're anywhere near solid ground, you can assume that radon gas is pelting you with gamma rays. With X-rays at the dental office, radon in the basement and cosmic rays beaming down from space, we're literally surrounded by radioactivity and high-powered radiation. Invisible, exotic and — as nuclear weapons have so clearly demonstrated — potentially lethal, radiation seems perfectly suited to inspire fear, says Jerrold Bushberg, clinical professor of radiology and radiation oncology at the UC Davis School of Medicine.
The school locker, long feared as a repository of drugs and weapons, is making a comeback. Some administrators are returning the metal boxes to campus, figuring it's better than creating a generation of students with back problems. In one Orange County school district, a board member who watched a student wobble and fall over from the weight of her backpack has proposed reinstalling lockers in middle schools.
December 5, 2003
"World Sneezes; U.S. Diners Get Sick" (Opinion, Nov. 30) grossly exaggerated the public health concern associated with consuming fresh fruits and vegetables based on an isolated, rare outbreak linked to only one small produce commodity. We understand the need to educate consumers about the current hepatitis outbreak, but Madeline Drexler's comments about the safety of fresh produce and of possible sources of contamination were irresponsible. Her piece actually poses greater danger to most people's health by deterring them from consuming at least five servings of fresh fruits and vegetables a day, the No. 1 public health message of federal health authorities today.
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