September 9, 2013 |
It is big-fight week, so get on your thigh-high rubber boots. Floyd Mayweather Jr. fights Saul "Canelo" Alvarez on Saturday night in Las Vegas. The MGM Grand will be overrun with tattoos and muscle shirts. Most of those will be men. You will hear and read superlatives worthy of a Super Bowl. Leonard Ellerbe, Mayweather's best friend and chief executive of his promotion company, said in a recent conference call, "This is the most anticipated fight in the history of the sport. " Oh?
September 9, 2013 |
Even the Internal Revenue Service likes to splurge sometimes. The agency, which has come under fire for its spending practices and targeting of certain groups, recently released a parody video styled after "The Apprentice," the reality television show starring business mogul and hair icon Donald Trump. Price tag for making the video: $10,000 The four minute, 10 second video was filmed and produced for a 2011 conference of the Small Business/Self Employed Division of the IRS and includes an actor in the role of Trump, complete with puffy wig. Most dangerous jobs: 10 professions with the highest fatalities in America Various leaders of the IRS division are depicted in a darkly lit boardroom pitching ideas, ironically, for cutting the division's travel budget.
September 8, 2013 |
HOMS, Syria - The voices of children emanate from the orderly confines of the Martyr Mohammad Hawa School. Some youths tend to cornstalks in a makeshift garden. A veiled mother lingers in the front doorway with her young daughter. As the midday heat subsides, there's a noticeable burst of energy on the streets outside. But it's not children leaving class for the day. The kids working the garden are living at the school. The mother and child are desperate for help. Some extra food?
September 3, 2013 |
Cord-cutting continues to nibble away at the U.S. pay-TV industry. According to a SNL Kagan report released Tuesday, the industry suffered a net loss of 217,000 subscribers in the second quarter of this year compared to the same period last year. The report also showed that traditional cable companies -- including Time Warner Cable -- are losing more subscribers to satellite and telecommunications competitors that also offer video service. The report illustrated why Time Warner Cable had little choice but to settle its contentious dispute with CBS Corp., which led to a monthlong blackout of CBS-owned stations in Los Angeles, New York and Dallas.
September 2, 2013 |
When President Enrique Pena Nieto delivers his first state of the union message Monday, he won't leave home to do it. The unusual venue -- his residence, Los Pinos -- is replacing the more traditional spot, the presidential National Palace, because striking teachers have laid siege to the plaza surrounding it. Government officials and invited dignitaries would have a tough time reaching the palace. Nine months into Pena Nieto's presidency, not everything is going quite according to his well-choreographed, carefully hyped plans.
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.
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August 28, 2013 |
Dr. William Glasser, a psychiatrist, education reform advocate and best-selling author whose unorthodox emphasis on personal responsibility for mental problems sold millions of books, caught the attention of educators and earned him an international following, died Friday at his Los Angeles home. He was 88. He had pneumonia that led to respiratory failure, his son, Martin Glasser, said. Glasser was not a typical psychiatrist. He did not prescribe psychiatric drugs to patients, did not dwell on their past behaviors or subconscious thoughts, and largely ignored the standard diagnoses of mental disorders adopted by his profession.
August 28, 2013
One hundred years separate Abraham Lincoln's Gettysburg Address and Martin Luther King Jr.'s "I Have a Dream" speech at the 1963 March on Washington. They are linked by the history of America's defining struggle, and they are inseparable in imagery, as King delivered his historic address at the foot of the monument honoring Lincoln. Neither speech immediately appeared destined to be historic. Lincoln wasn't even the featured speaker at the dedication of the National Cemetery of Gettysburg.
August 28, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - The apparent poison gas attack that killed hundreds of Syrian civilians last week is testing President Obama's views on military intervention, international law and the United Nations as no previous crisis has done. The former constitutional law professor, who came to office determined to end what critics called the cowboy foreign policy of George W. Bush, now is wrestling with some of the same moral and legal realities that led Bush to invade Iraq without clear U.N. consent in 2003.
August 28, 2013 |
President Obama's commemoration of the 50 th anniversary of the March on Washington underscored both the great advantages of the presidency and its daunting limitations. A forum in which a president has to compete with the famously loquacious Bill Clinton and the ghost of Martin Luther King Jr. could make fearful any speaker, even the confident Obama. His effort did not carry the drama of King's speech - a near impossibility - and also lacked some of the easy familiarity with which Clinton, a child of the segregated South, talked about the import of events 50 years ago. Still, Obama did seize an opportunity, nationally televised, to extend and update the reach of the civil rights movement into current times, emphasizing its relevance to a nation which, if its black/white schisms are nowhere near healed, now finds itself riven along many more demographic and cultural fault lines.