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May 15, 2009
Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger has spent the last five years trying to reinvent California's bureaucracy in line with the recommendations of an expert panel he assembled in 2004, only to hit a brick wall erected by the Legislature, interest groups and the public.
May 11, 2009
Southern California's strict environmental rules and green political culture make it notoriously difficult to build industrial facilities here, especially when they're on the coast and bring pollution with them. That's as it should be -- with the worst air quality in the country, Los Angeles and environs have to take extraordinary measures to protect residents' health and welfare.
January 1, 2009 | Borzou Daragahi
Students storm the British Embassy residence compound in Tehran, ripping down the Union Jack and hoisting the Palestinian flag, while Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad proposes to try Israeli leaders in absentia. An Iranian religious organization signs up volunteers for suicide operations in the Gaza Strip, and an Iranian general suggests an Islamic military response to the five-day Israeli offensive against Hamas.
September 30, 2008
Re "McCain resurrects an old stunt," Opinion, Sept. 26 Most of Sen. John McCain's campaign for president has featured the kind of political stunts that Matt Welch cites in his Times Op-Ed article. It's clear that McCain's most recent stunt backfired on him, because he did participate in the first presidential debate even though no bailout agreement had been reached. Suspicions about his real reason for attempting to escape the debate and find sanctuary in Washington linger. McCain, who is behind in the polls, cannot have thought he would do well in these debates, which pit a man who graduated second to last in his Naval Academy class of nearly 900 midshipmen against a man who graduated at the top of his Harvard Law class, taught constitutional law and was president of the Harvard Law Review.
July 27, 2008 | Lisa Black, Chicago Tribune
Ethan Coon was working to develop good posture and strengthen his core muscles, though from all his wiggling and giggling you would hardly know it. By the time he hit potty break, the 2-year-old and his classmates had bounced on a mini trampoline, rolled on their bellies on scooters and crawled through mazes. The children were participating in a park district class that uses preschool playtime to teach good habits in posture and movement and prevent sports-related injuries later in life.
April 14, 2008 | Karen Voight
Many yoga poses help improve posture if practiced on a regular basis. This move stretches the muscles in the front of the body, which usually are tighter than the muscles in the back of the body. An imbalance in muscular flexibility may contribute to hunched backs and slouched shoulders. If you're not familiar with this exercise, stick with the bent-leg variation to give your body time to adjust safely. -- Karen Voight -- 1 Sit on the floor with your knees bent, hip-width apart, feet flat.
April 4, 2008
Re "Rapists in the ranks," Opinion, March 31 Rep. Jane Harman (D-Venice) reported that women are more likely to be raped by a soldier than killed by enemy fire in Iraq. That, of course, ignores the fact that women cannot serve in infantry units, but it makes a good sound bite. Harman also notes that in more than a third of the cases investigated, the chain of command took no action because of "insufficient evidence." Our local police and district attorneys have even worse prosecution and conviction rates because of the same problem, and because about 20% of rape charges are false, based on studies.
February 23, 2008 | Richard Verrier, Times Staff Writer
Two of Hollywood's biggest stars -- George Clooney and Tom Hanks -- dropped in at the home of Screen Actors Guild President Alan Rosenberg this week to deliver a message: Start negotiating. With the writers strike fresh in their minds, the high-powered actors want to head off another labor disruption that could paralyze the film and television industry.
December 13, 2007 | Chris Erskine
This may sound odd coming from L.A., the world capital of ego and affectation. But I've had it with attitude. Had it up to here. Attitude is everywhere lately -- in sports, in movies, in nearly everything you see on TV. What's the problem? Attitude is a poor substitute for substance, that's what. It's a slap in the face to manners, class and character. Do I sound like your dad yet? Hey, sit down. I'm just warming up. Yep, I've had it with 'tude, dude. It's just so rude.
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