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December 27, 2012
The prospect of recovery-killing across-the-board tax hikes and spending cuts at the end of the year hasn't been enough to spur lawmakers to craft a plan to avert those changes. The onus for Congress' inaction falls squarely on House Republicans, whose refusal last week to follow their own leadership has quashed just about any hope of a "grand bargain" with President Obama to address the federal government's long-term fiscal woes. The main hope now is that lawmakers will find a way out of the impasse before the damage to the economy gets much worse.
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OPINION
April 9, 2014
Re "Kill tenure, cure schools?," Opinion, April 3 A ruling in favor of the plaintiffs in Vergara vs. California will be hailed as a victory for the rights of students over the rights of teachers. But this interpretation is not necessarily true. As documented in the media, exemplary performance has provided teachers no protection from abusive principals in New York City, home of the nation's largest school district. If it were not for the existence of seniority and tenure, outstanding teachers there would be forced out, depriving students of their talent.
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WORLD
July 30, 2012 | By Vincent Bevins
SAO PAULO, BRAZIL -- For a man who had just lost $6 billion in less than 24 hours, Eike Batista was curiously upbeat. Brazil's richest man took to Twitter, as he is wont to do, to send a message to his almost 1 million followers. "My fortune is in my assets, and since I didn't sell a single share, I didn't lose anything!" he tweeted early this month. Yes, it's true that the stock prices of his companies in oil, mining, gas and infrastructure could come back up. But it was their market value that until recently kept Batista at No. 7 on the Forbes list of the world's richest people, a position he relished.
OPINION
January 16, 2014 | Meghan Daum
The case of Jahi McMath, the 13-year-old Oakland girl who was declared brain dead Dec. 12 following complications from tonsil and sinus surgery, hasn't ended yet. Insisting Jahi was still alive and should remain on the ventilator that was keeping her heart beating, the girl's family fought Children's Hospital Oakland and was finally allowed by a judge to take her body into their custody. On Jan. 5, the body was moved to an undisclosed facility where, according to the family's attorney, Christopher Dolan, "her health is improving.
SPORTS
April 24, 2012 | By Sam Farmer
Here's something that could make some NFL fans feel old: Dan Marino is a new representative for the American Assn. of Retired Persons. The Hall of Fame quarterback who turned 50 last September has been appointed the AARP's “Men's Life Ambassador” and will share his thoughts on a variety of topics, including health, fitness, sports, lifestyle, entrepreneurship and community service. He'll use the organization's website, www.aarp.org , as his primary means of speaking to men ages 50 and older about those issues.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 1, 1995
As a film industry working stiff who has survived 19 years and three studios' worth of management regime changes, good and bad business decisions and back-stabbing office politics, I lost my appetite for Sunday breakfast after reading this latest exercise in public relations disguised as serious journalism ("The Studio Shuffle," Dec. 18). Are we supposed to empathize with these moguls because they hate their jobs, or feel overstressed or because they have no time to spend with their families?
NATIONAL
February 20, 2012 | By Rene Lynch
Presidents Day has been unmasked as a fraud . And the keepers of Abraham Lincoln's legacy are plenty mad about this travesty. It turns out that Presidents Day isn't really a formal federal holiday at all. Monday's official holiday was created to honor the birthday of George Washington, the nation's first president. Over the years, it has become known as Presidents Day, and most people think it honors both presidents. But the reality is that there is no federal holiday recognizing the 16th president, said Dave Blanchette, spokesman for the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum in Springfield, Ill. RELATED: 'Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter' "The state of Illinois wishes that Lincoln was placed on equal footing" with Washington, with a holiday all his own, Blanchette told The Times.
IMAGE
February 28, 2010
I read your recent article on the wedding event that took place last Sunday in downtown Los Angeles ["Bridal Bliss," Feb. 21]. I loved all the great ideas on making the wedding day more memorable than stressful and costly. The mention of succulents, and reusable flowers, nontraditional dresses and budget-conscious centerpieces was great to hear! And the wedding cake (also usually overpriced) will no longer sit on table after table neatly sliced with one bite missing, then off to the trash.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 21, 2001
Thank you for the hilarious examples of self-important comments by theater artists in articles in the Calendar section Oct. 14. Tim Robbins and the Actors' Gang members don't really believe that theater is "a dangerous and risk-filled place," "thoroughly frightening" and "filled with terror, absolute horror," do they? David Henry Hwang, author of the revival of "Flower Drum Song," first has the presumption to state, "It's the book Oscar Hammerstein would have written had he been Chinese American."
ENTERTAINMENT
October 31, 2013 | By Greg Braxton
"The Real," the syndicated daytime series that brought a distinctive young cultural flavor to the daytime talk show during a trial run last summer, has been given a greenlight for a pickup next fall. The show, which was hosted by Tamar Braxton, Loni Love, Adrienne Bailon, Jeannie Mai and Tamera Mowry-Housley, scored solid ratings in its four-week run. Frank Cicha, senior vice president of programming for Fox Television Stations, which produces and distributes the series, said in a statement, "We're all looking for younger adults and this program delivered big time.
NEWS
December 19, 2013 | By Matt Pearce
The suspension of A&E "Duck Dynasty" star Phil Robertson this week, for comments he made condemning homosexuality in a new GQ magazine profile, has managed to open another breach in the long-simmering American culture wars. This time, the controversy involves one of the few bona-fide conservative stars on television, part of the hottest reality show on cable TV, lending the brouhaha a "Casablanca" feel: Liberals are shocked, shocked that a star from a show about life in rural America has expressed opinions still common in much of rural America.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 31, 2013 | By Greg Braxton
"The Real," the syndicated daytime series that brought a distinctive young cultural flavor to the daytime talk show during a trial run last summer, has been given a greenlight for a pickup next fall. The show, which was hosted by Tamar Braxton, Loni Love, Adrienne Bailon, Jeannie Mai and Tamera Mowry-Housley, scored solid ratings in its four-week run. Frank Cicha, senior vice president of programming for Fox Television Stations, which produces and distributes the series, said in a statement, "We're all looking for younger adults and this program delivered big time.
OPINION
August 29, 2013
Re "Gauging roads' pollution," Aug. 26 It's good news that regulators will soon begin monitoring air quality near major roads. While this effort may be long overdue, it's critical that we get this air pollution data so policy can be directed toward accelerating the transition to electricity produced by renewable sources to power our cars. There are thousands of Americans, many here in Southern California, who power their homes and cars with sunlight or wind-generated electricity.
OPINION
May 12, 2013 | Doyle McManus
There are two things you can do for your mother on Mother's Day. One is to say "thank you. " (Over lunch, with flowers.) The other is to ask her for advice - even if she's not convinced you really want it. "I don't think kids take any advice from their parents after they're 12," my mother told me last week. "But maybe they'll consider it. If they consider it, that's all you can ask. " Lois Doyle McManus is 87, and arthritis is getting in the way of her piano career. Her most recent performance, a concert with a community college orchestra, was last month.
WORLD
January 23, 2013 | By Ned Parker, Los Angeles Times
AMMAN, Jordan - Jordan's parliamentary elections Wednesday crystallized the challenges facing King Abdullah II in his 13th year in power: Can he provide a government that is credible with his restive population and able to tackle the nation's serious economic woes and endemic corruption? At least 56% of the 2.3 million registered voters turned out, the nation's electoral commission said, in what some observers described as an endorsement of Abdullah's reform plans. The turnout topped the 53% for the parliamentary elections in 2010 even though several major parties boycotted the balloting.
OPINION
December 27, 2012
The prospect of recovery-killing across-the-board tax hikes and spending cuts at the end of the year hasn't been enough to spur lawmakers to craft a plan to avert those changes. The onus for Congress' inaction falls squarely on House Republicans, whose refusal last week to follow their own leadership has quashed just about any hope of a "grand bargain" with President Obama to address the federal government's long-term fiscal woes. The main hope now is that lawmakers will find a way out of the impasse before the damage to the economy gets much worse.
WORLD
July 30, 2012 | By Vincent Bevins
SAO PAULO, BRAZIL -- For a man who had just lost $6 billion in less than 24 hours, Eike Batista was curiously upbeat. Brazil's richest man took to Twitter, as he is wont to do, to send a message to his almost 1 million followers. "My fortune is in my assets, and since I didn't sell a single share, I didn't lose anything!" he tweeted early this month. Yes, it's true that the stock prices of his companies in oil, mining, gas and infrastructure could come back up. But it was their market value that until recently kept Batista at No. 7 on the Forbes list of the world's richest people, a position he relished.
SPORTS
July 14, 2012 | By Houston Mitchell
In a feud ripped right out of professional wrestling, Ronda Rousey, who is famous for being an MMA fighter, says she'd come away the winner from an encounter with Kim Kardashian, who is famous for being, um, I'll get back to you on that. In a recent interview (warning: some adult language), Rousey was asked how she feels about the Kardashian clan. "You know what? I would beat the crap out of Kim Kardashian, actually," she said, letting fly with a  hypothetical gut reaction.
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