April 11, 2011 |
Good grip is a good thing. In daily life, you need strong hands, wrists and forearms to hold grocery bags, staircase railings, steering wheels and plenty of other things we take for granted. In athletics, your grip is the last link between you and your sport -- whether it be gymnastics or tennis or rock climbing or ping-pong. New research even says your grip is an indicator of overall body strength -- and also maybe how long you'll live. Bottom line: It pays to keep your grip strong, especially if you play hard or are older than 50, when strength wanes.
January 6, 2012 |
Want your kid to eat more fruits and vegetables? Put together a more attractive plate of food, researchers at Cornell University and London Metropolitan University said Thursday. But here's the thing: The arrangement of food that's most appealing to your child may not be the one that's most appealing to you, they wrote in the journal Acta Paediatrica. In what they called a "preliminary" study, the researchers showed 23 children age 5 to 12 (and in attendence at a summer camp in Ithaca, N.Y.)
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 8, 1985
While your editorial (Dec. 14), which pointed out the number of delinquent and expired California license plates, may have had some validity, it lacked a total view of all the facts. I speak firsthand--I drove around with expired plates for six months while waiting for the Department of Motor Vehicles to process my registration renewal. I learned that delays of up to four months in the Sacramento office are common. I suspect the California Highway Police are aware of this and therefore are less than strictly enforcing the law. As a postscript, I would like to add that my registration, which took so long to process, was eventually mailed to me. Unfortunately, Sacramento used an incorrect expiration date, and I now have begun the task of setting this error straight.
October 25, 2011 |
The Sons of Confederate Veterans see their proposal to emblazon special Texas license plates with the Confederate flag as a way to honor veterans and educate the public. Opponents, including state lawmakers and the NAACP, see the idea as an attempt to glorify a symbol long ago co-opted by the Ku Klux Klan and other racist groups. The Texas Department of Motor Vehicles' nine-member board deadlocked on the issue 4-4 this year when one member was absent. After one of the board members who voted in favor of the license plates died in June, a second vote was postponed until Gov. Rick Perry appointed a replacement, a spokeswoman said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 29, 2010 |
Motorists who already feel bombarded by digital billboards, freeway advertisements and vinyl-wrapped buses say a new proposal to put ads on license plates is a bad sign. State lawmakers' flirtation with digital license plates moved another step forward Monday as the Assembly Transportation Committee voted 9-0 in favor of a feasibility study to determine if advertising revenue from millions of digital license placards would help close the state's $19.1-billion deficit. Besides bringing in revenue, electronic plates could streamline car registration procedures and quickly notify motorists of hazardous road conditions and AMBER alerts, some officials suggested.
July 19, 2010 |
French novelist Victor Hugo is widely quoted as saying that there is "nothing as powerful as an idea whose time has come." The time for advertising and sending messages to motorists traveling along California's highways came long before I introduced SB 1453, which The Times pilloried in its July 9 editorial, "What's wrong with this picture?" Blinking, scrolling, flashing billboards already beam advertisements to passing motorists on California's freeways. Vanity and environmental license plates tell motorists who you are, what you like and where you are from.