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December 11, 2009 | By Jim Puzzanghera
Federal data released Thursday showed just how poorly banks are doing at turning the growing number of temporary loan modifications into permanent ones under the Obama administration's effort to curtail foreclosures. Only 31,382 of more than 700,000 mortgage modifications under the federal program had been made permanent by the end of November. The numbers reinforced the bleak picture that Treasury Department officials painted last week when they said the number of permanent reductions was low. They unveiled new measures, including the threat of fines, to push mortgage servicers to improve their performance.
April 10, 2014 | By Melanie Mason
SACRAMENTO--The Assembly approved a measure Thursday that would permanently extend a provision allowing pharmacists to sell syringes without a prescription. Assemblyman Phil Ting (D-San Francisco), the bill's author, said expanding access to sterile needles is "the best way to stop the spread of some very deadly diseases. "   Public health experts say the use of shared needles among intravenous drug users contributes to the spread of HIV, hepatitis B and hepatitis C. Current state law that allows pharmacists to dispense up to 30 needles at a time without a prescription is set to expire at the end of this year.  The bill, AB 1743, would permanently allow pharmacists to sell syringes over the counter.
July 4, 1992
Steve Howe's permanent ban from baseball rivals the credibility of a life sentence without possibility of parole. JIM SKEESE San Diego
March 11, 2014
Re "Do pets require perfection?," Column, March 8 There are the many people who are informed, responsible pet owners, and there are others who believe that having a dog requires only love and attention. The highest priority for dog rescues is to find homes where a dog will be well cared for and part of a family. If rescues did not carefully screen applicants, adoptions would largely become temporary instead of forever. Many people have little knowledge of the needs of dogs.
September 17, 1992
Gov. Wilson says the budget cuts are to be considered "permanent" (Sept. 6). Does he think he is? DON RYERSON San Pedro
August 22, 1992
A rule to stop late, illegal hits, such as the one that put San Diego Chargers quarterback John Friesz out for the season, must be formulated. The offending player would be suspended, without pay, for the same period the injured player cannot perform. Permanent injury, permanent suspension. A panel of experts would view game film and decide. Suspension without pay would prevent the use of expendable players to execute the dirty work. No longer would a team suffer the loss, perhaps permanent, of a key player, while the team at fault would lose 15 yards.
December 21, 2008 | Times Wire Reports
Horace Engdahl will step down as permanent secretary of the academy that awards the Nobel Literature Prize, Swedish media reported. Engdahl, who turns 60 on Dec. 30, will reportedly leave his post in June but stay on as one of the academy's board members. He became a member in 1997. Engdahl caused controversy in September when he said it was no coincidence that most winners of the Nobel Prize for Literature are European. Peter Englund, an author and historian and the academy's youngest member at age 51, will replace Engdahl as permanent secretary.
February 28, 2008
L.A. art museums: In some copies of Wednesday's Calendar section, a caption with an article on the Broad Contemporary Art Museum and the Museum of Contemporary Art gave the name of a MOCA exhibition as "Collection Collections: Highlights From the Permanent Collection." The first part of the exhibition title is "Collecting Collections."
December 10, 2008
Re "Limits of 'marriage,' " Opinion, Dec. 4 I couldn't disagree more with Robert Epstein's logic in regard to gay marriage. He believes short-term, lightly committed unions should be afforded the same rights as long-term, deeply committed relationships. The whole point of any marriage, be it gay or straight, is that the two people involved are making a statement to society and the legal system that they want their union to be considered permanent. The fact that too many people's unions end up less than permanent should not be the catalyst for denying the opportunity to a couple, gay or straight, who would like to give a permanent union their best shot.
July 31, 1988
How can Calendar print such nasty and bigoted letters (July 24) as appeared in response to the Harvey Fierstein article? ("When Hearts Were Young and Gay," July 17) One asked, "How many permanent relationships does a homosexual have in a lifetime?" My life-partner and I have been together for 15 years. Among our close friends, the couples--male or female--have been together 25, 22, 17, 16, 12, 11, 10, 6 and 4 years. Look at heterosexual people you know and see how their record for permanency compares.
March 4, 2014 | By Lorie Graham
"Does it stay on all the time or does it come off?" Ahmed asked from his hospital bed, frowning at the thought of a prosthetic leg. "I want one that doesn't come off. " These are the words of a 12-year-old boy, an innocent victim of a brutal regime and an international system that has in too many ways failed the people of Syria. My own 13-year-old, reading these words in the newspaper, asks whether there is something that can be done to help. I begin my usual "It's complicated" - there are legal constraints, there is the lack of political will - but seeing the look in my son's eyes, I say instead, "Yes there is. " The U.N. Security Council, and its permanent members in particular, could take bolder action, working in good faith toward delivering on the promise of the U.N. Charter: "To save succeeding generations from the scourge of war, and to reaffirm faith in fundamental human rights, [and]
February 27, 2014 | By Alana Semuels
KANSAS CITY, Kan. - At Noble Prentis Elementary School, a classroom is crammed with 31 students and all their backpacks and books. Last year, the fifth-grade class had just 17 students, but a teaching position was cut when the school ran short of money. The school nurse, who comes in only twice a week, freezes kitchen sponges to use as ice packs because her budget is too small for her to buy any. Schools have always had to fight for more funding, but Noble Prentis' problems were exacerbated during the recession when state budget cuts left schools, like many other public services, foundering.
January 30, 2014 | By Scott Martelle
Shell's decision to give up on Arctic Ocean oil drilling for 2014 is good news for the environment. Now if only the oil companies - and the Obama administration - would give up altogether on the idea of drilling in such a remote and harsh place . Yes, there are arguments for ramping up domestic oil production to reduce our dependency on foreign oil, but the bigger issue is our dependence on oil, period. It's mind-boggling that we talk about trying to reduce global warming caused by burning fossil fuels while at the same time pursuing policies that will bring us more fossil fuels to burn, and at a cheaper price.
December 3, 2013 | By Brian Bennett
WASHINGTON - An immigration judge in Boston on Tuesday halted the deportation of President Obama's Kenyan-born uncle and granted him status as a legal permanent resident. Onyango Obama, half brother of the president's late father, came to the United States in 1963 from Kenya on a student visa that expired in 1970. He's been living in the country unlawfully ever since. "He's so happy to stay here because he loves this country," Margaret Wong, Onyango Obama's attorney, said in a telephone interview after the court hearing.
November 29, 2013 | By Angel Jennings
Roger Anderson has a lot to be thankful for this holiday season. After spending more than three decades living on the streets - seeking refuge under bridges, in the woods and most recently on a small, grassy patch by the 110 Freeway in downtown Los Angeles - the 47-year-old moved into his first apartment in time for Thanksgiving. On Tuesday, Anderson was given the keys to a studio inside a sleek apartment complex that opened earlier this month and caters to the city's chronically homeless.
November 22, 2013 | By David L. Ulin, Los Angeles Times Book Critic
When we think of Russell Banks, what comes to mind are the novels: "Continental Drift," "The Sweet Hereafter," "Cloudsplitter," "Rule of the Bone. " These are ambitious books, dealing with politics and history, the aftermath of tragedy, the specter of drugs and sexual abuse. For me, though, Banks is equally noteworthy as a writer of short fiction, and not just because in the early years of his career, he matched collections to full-length efforts, nearly one-to-one. No, it's that in his stories, Banks focuses on smaller moments between parents and children, wives and husbands, the domestic dramas out of which we build our inner lives.
October 9, 2009 | Martha Groves
The Venice Community Housing Corp. has bought a $3.6-million apartment building that will be used to provide affordable housing for people who are now homeless. The city of Los Angeles contributed $750,000 toward the purchase. The agency also got a loan from the Corporation for Supportive Housing, a national nonprofit that helps communities create permanent housing with services. St. Joseph Center will provide supportive services for the residents. Of the 20 units, 19 will be made available as affordable housing for homeless individuals.
July 26, 2003
"GOP Seeks Lasting Majority" (July 21) is depressing and disheartening for anyone who really cares about the future of our country and our planet. Why in the name of God (or GOP?) would anyone other than rich people and public officials with an "R" designation after their names want a permanent Republican control of the U.S.-- and permanent budget deficits, permanent war, the permanent trashing of the environment (while it lasts), the permanent alienation of most of our allies, a permanent 20.7-mpg auto fuel-efficiency standard that wastes gasoline and drives global warming and Middle Eastern oil wars, the permanent decline of every noncorporate institution and activity in the U.S. and the permanent and continuous shoveling of wealth up to the people who already have most of it?
November 21, 2013 | By Joseph Lapin
Jerry Stahl believes it's impossible to shock an audience anymore, but in his new novel, "Happy Mutant Baby Pills" (Harper Perennial, $14.99 pp.), he comes close. His main character, Lloyd, falls in love with a murderous woman named Nora who wants to take down Monsanto and Dow Chemical. After an absurd, paranoid and somehow comic murder spree, they decide to create a mutant baby in protest of capitalism by ingesting as many prescriptions, GMOs and pesticide-laden products as possible - while shooting endless amounts of heroin.
November 19, 2013 | By Howard Blume and Stephen Ceasar
Contradicting earlier claims, Los Angeles school district officials said Tuesday that their right to use English and math curriculum installed on district iPads expires after three years. At market rates, buying a new license for the curriculum would cost $50 to $100 each year per iPad, an additional cost that could surpass $60 million annually. The expense would add to the price tag of the $1-billion effort to provide a tablet to every teacher and student in the nation's second-largest school system.
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