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October 16, 2008 | From Times Wire Reports
South African authorities are closing Robben Island for two weeks in November to try to get rid of thousands of rabbits that have overrun the island where Nelson Mandela spent 18 years in prison. Robben Island Museum officials said there is no alternative but to implement a "humane culling program" with local animal welfare groups.
March 21, 2014 | Nabih Bulos and Patrick J. McDonnell
The Syrian military on Thursday captured a historic Crusader castle that had long been a highly symbolic rebel bastion, the latest victory in an ongoing offensive along the Lebanese border, according to government and opposition accounts. Krak des Chevaliers, a colossal hilltop fortress dating to the 12th century and named after a medieval Crusader order, was overrun after a series of fierce battles in the nearby town of Hossen that concluded with government troops hoisting a Syrian flag above the celebrated citadel.
January 29, 1995
Isn't it odd? We've spent hundreds of billions of dollars "defending" against an army that can barely overrun tiny Chechnya. WILLIAM J. DAVIS Malibu
February 6, 2014 | Tracy Wilkinson
MEXICO CITY -- A long-planned $5.25-billion expansion of the Panama Canal, one of the world's most important shipping lanes, is under threat by cost overruns and acrimonious disputes among builders and managers. Negotiations to resolve some of the issues -- namely who should pay more than $1.6 billion in unexpected costs -- broke down Wednesday, according to the Panama Canal Authority, which administers the 50-mile route that links the Pacific and Atlantic oceans. Jorge Quijano, Canal Authority administrator, accused the Spanish-led consortium in charge of widening the canal of ordering all work to stop.
July 12, 1992
As a big fan of Sue Grafton, it was nice to see her latest (" 'I' Is for Innocent") get both recognition and a good review in your May 10 issue. But what is this nonsense about the mystery field being "so overrun with women private eyes one can only marvel at the ingenuity of the authors and the tolerance of readers that keep them all gainfully employed"? I don't ever recall hearing the field was overrun by men before Grafton, Marcia Muller and Sara Peretsky started adding women to the genre.
April 18, 1993
I am a second-generation native Angeleno who remembers being able to leave the doors unlocked, knowing our neighbors well, children being able to walk to and from school without fear, clean streets (unfortunately the air has always been dirty), no graffiti, traffic at a minimum, no homeless sleeping on the sidewalk and panhandling, people being courteous on the road, being able to understand the language spoken around you, little crime or violence. Then we became overrun, first by the East Coast refugees seeking stardom and better weather, all the while complaining that L.A. had no culture.
March 16, 2006
Thanks for your vaguely insulting article about birding and birders in Los Angeles ["Flights of Fancy," March 9]. The description of birders as goofy white people who track down something special and then, unable to contain their excitement, frighten away the object of their search -- did your reporter actually see this happen? I doubt it. Anyone who lists binoculars as "common accessories" -- as opposed to essential equipment -- for birding has not spent much time in the field. It would have been nice if you had directed readers to their local Audubon Society or other birding organization rather than just handing out the locations so that dedicated birders will not be overrun by people looking for something new to do but who haven't put any thought into what birding is about, who bring dogs and small children, etc. You could have done a more respectful job of writing about birders had your reporter not stood to one side with an amused smirk on his face, but rather gotten fully involved.
November 27, 2006 | J.A. Adande
We're at the point where any San Diego Chargers victory can be summarized in two words. This goes back to Nov. 19, when between updates I saw a 24-7 San Diego deficit against Denver turn into a 35-27 Chargers victory and I text-messaged a friend to ask what happened. My buddy's reply: "LT happened." Flash-forward to Sunday, when the Chargers had to deal with a strong Oakland Raiders defensive effort, a shaky performance by quarterback Philip Rivers and a 14-7 Raiders lead in the fourth quarter.
January 28, 1998
So the Hollywood subway is $79 million over budget (Jan. 21). Doesn't the MTA realize it's supposed to oversee, not overlook? FRED MILLER Harbor City
April 8, 2009 | Alex Rodriguez
The poverty-racked European nation of Moldova slid into chaos Tuesday as thousands of stone-hurling youths demonstrating against what they said were rigged national elections overran key government buildings. Police were unable to keep protesters from ransacking the building in the capital, Chisinau, that houses the legislature and storming the offices of President Vladimir Voronin. It was unclear whether Voronin was in the building at the time.
October 13, 2013 | By Matt Stevens
Santa Monica will regulate the use of its public parks for fitness classes and charge fees to trainers after complaints from some residents that their space has become overrun by athletic enthusiasts. In a 5-1 vote last week, the City Council set restrictions on which parks can be used for training, when they can be used, how many students can participate in a class and what kind of equipment is allowed. The council also established permit fees and an additional flat fee to be paid by trainers, which varies based on the size of their classes.
August 20, 2013 | By Seema Mehta
County leaders approved $29 million in new spending on rebuilding a long-awaited hospital in South Los Angeles on Tuesday, but held back from paying all that county officials had sought. The action brings the total price tag of the Martin Luther King Jr. Community Hospital to $281.4 million. The funding will pay for "unforeseen" problems in the inpatient tower, such as repairing water damage, bringing utilities up to seismic codes and rebuilding deteriorating sewer pipes. Three floors of the inpatient towers were occupied as planners designed the project, so the problems were not discovered until renovation of the tower began.
May 28, 2013 | By Ralph Vartabedian
Dan Richard, chairman of the California high-speed rail authority, said Wednesday at a congressional hearing in Madera that the agency had reduced the risk of future cost overruns, but the project's price tag could increase in the future. "I am not going to sit here and promise that there will not be [cost growth]," Richard said. Richard was one of six witnesses called by the House rail subcommittee chairman, Rep. Jeff Denham (R-Atwater), who has been harshly critical of the agency's plans and what he contends is lack of compliance with a voter-approved measure that provided $9 billion for the system.
April 24, 2013 | By Martha Groves, Los Angeles Times
Elon Musk quips that it's easier getting rockets into orbit than navigating his commute between home in Bel-Air and his Space Exploration Technologies factory in Hawthorne. "The 405 … varies from bad to horrendous," said Musk, who also co-founded PayPal and Tesla Motors. "It just seems people in Los Angeles are being tortured by this. … I don't know why they aren't marching in the streets. " The massive project to widen the 405 Freeway is not only causing traffic nightmares for motorists like Musk but has also been plagued by cost overruns and delays.
December 22, 2012 | By Patrick McGreevy, Los Angeles Times
SACRAMENTO - When state officials wanted a computer system to track the cost of therapy, transportation and other services for 240,000 disabled Californians, they hired Deloitte Consulting. After four years, the Department of Developmental Services decided the new system didn't work as needed and canceled the project after paying Deloitte $5.7 million. That same month in 2006, the Department of Industrial Relations hired the New York-based company to computerize its monitoring system for workers' compensation claims.
December 5, 2012 | By Jeffrey Fleishman, Los Angeles Times
CAIRO - Anger between Egypt's rival political camps erupted into street battles Wednesday after Islamist supporters of President Mohamed Morsi tore down tents belonging to antigovernment demonstrators, raising the possibility of widening violence over the nation's proposed constitution. Pro-Morsi factions overran about 200 protesters camped outside the presidential palace in north Cairo. The clashes came after the Muslim Brotherhood's Freedom and Justice Party called thousands of its members into the streets in a counter-demonstration to drive opposition movements from the presidential palace.
November 29, 1990
If the public is shocked by the size of the Metro Rail construction overrun, just wait until the operating deficits are totaled. FRANK T. MURPHY Glendale
July 19, 2003 | From Times Wire Reports
Rebels pushed within six miles of Monrovia, Liberia's capital, and threatened to overrun it unless President Charles Taylor ends attacks. The government accused the insurgents of attacking its positions. Defense Minister Daniel Chea said the rebel group Liberians United for Reconciliation and Democracy overran a key military base. Frightened residents sheltering at a teeming U.S. diplomatic compound clamored for international peacekeepers.
March 2, 2012 | By Patrick J. McDonnell, Los Angeles Times
  Syrian forces overran a longtime rebel enclave in the battleground city of Homs, the government said Thursday, as the United Nations Security Council called on Syrian authorities to allow immediate humanitarian access to conflict-ridden areas of the country. The occupation of Homs' Baba Amr neighborhood, which became an international symbol of resistance, is an important victory for the Syrian military, though rebels continue to battle government forces in other parts of Homs and elsewhere in the country.
January 12, 2012 | By Carla Rivera, Los Angeles Times
An independent panel looking into the Los Angeles Community College District's troubled rebuilding program found that the nearly $6-billion effort was hampered by a lack of leadership and accountability and that lax controls allowed large numbers of costly changes midway through projects. The findings are contained in a report released Wednesday by a nine-member panel of business and educational leaders who were charged with reviewing the successes and failures of the 14-year construction program funded by taxpayer dollars.
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