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December 4, 2006 | Jeannine Stein, Times Staff Writer
FORGET all that nagging about sitting up straight. The healthiest position for the back, it turns out, might be a comfortable 135-degree angle. "Everybody says, 'Mind your posture,' but sitting at 90 degrees is not good," nor is slouching forward, says Waseem Bashir, clinical research fellow in musculoskeletal radiology at the University of Alberta in Canada. He and other researchers examined 22 healthy people with no history of back pain or surgery.
February 15, 1998
Re "Storm's Oldest Casualty," Feb. 9: When an oak falls over, it is not necessarily dead or of no more value. I do consultant work and supervise tree conditions for Descanso Gardens and the historic Lanterman House. A fallen oak can many times be pruned for safety and health potential. It then can assume its duty of display for years to come, just as any important historical artifact, such as the Liberty Bell in Pennsylvania or the ship at the bottom of Pearl Harbor. It is not necessary for historical items to be perfect or new or, in this case, "vertical."
October 6, 2012 | By Melinda Fulmer
Are you having trouble starting your engine in the morning? This move, called the tabletop lever and derived from the Five Tibetans, a series of exercises used by monks or lamas for more than 2,500 years, helps to energize and strengthen your entire body in about the same time it takes to pour a cup of coffee. What it does Demonstrated by Jennifer Kries, who uses it in her "Hot Body Cool Mind" DVD series, this move is an important multi-tasker, sculpting the muscles of the shoulders, arms and back, while toning the glutes, hamstrings, calves and core.
I can't remember exactly when I began to notice "The Lean," but I remember the circumstances. A few years back, I was riding my bicycle along a two-lane road near my home in Northern Virginia when a car whizzed by me, doing maybe 15 or 20 m.p.h. over the speed limit. Not that this was an unusual situation. I've been pedaling regularly for seven years, and I've encountered speeders more or less constantly. But this guy was a little different. He was so blatant about it--arrogant, even.
May 18, 1997
I found the article on Mayor Tom Daly ("Mayor Daly's Partisan Tie to Political Boss," May 7) quite amusing and somewhat hypocritical. To suggest that Daly's Democratic party affiliation and his direct ties to new Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez will affect his decision-making capacity as mayor is just plain nonsense. What I see is just the same good-old-boy politics using Bob Dornan's challenge and continued media circus as a way to gain some media visibility and posture for future office seekers.
May 18, 1992 | STEVE STAJICH, Stajich is a stand-up comic who won the Seattle Comedy Competition in 1988 and recently performed on Fox's "Comic Strip Live." He also writes comedy for various television shows. and
Patrick Cole's article concerning the use of the Los Angeles riots as material for stand-up comedy ("Comics Cope With the L.A. Riots," Calendar, May 11) gave significant consideration to the propriety of comics harvesting new jokes from the riot. There is rarely anything written that causes the public to believe that stand-up comics spend much time thinking about the wildly varied and pointed messages they deliver. That's because, often, they don't.
November 5, 2011 | By Christi Parsons, Washington Bureau
Reporting from Cannes, France -- French President Nicolas Sarkozy convened a select group of European leaders here the other day for a private session in which he welcomed them and then promptly yielded the floor to President Obama. “He said, 'What do you think, Barack?'” one Obama advisor said, recounting a meeting in which the U.S. president acted as panel chairman for a group trying to work its way through some messy continental politics. It was an unusual role Obama played while here for the Group of 20 summit of advanced and emerging nations, where the U.S. president usually spends most of the time in the spotlight by virtue of the power of the economy he represents.
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