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December 25, 1989
I'm not happy about the U.S. invasion of Panama. I am not at all sure that the greatest, most influential, and most powerful country on earth had exhausted all nonviolent alternatives before resorting to the gun. Moreover, I fear that this event might reinforce and propagate the militaristic philosophy that, sooner or later, all serious problems are solved by war. ROCKY VELGOS Vista
March 28, 2014 | By Jerry Hirsch
Tesla Motors Inc. has announced plans to reinforce the undercarriage of about 16,000 cars with high-strength shields to reduce the risk of damage from a crash starting a fire. Elon Musk, the electric car company's chief executive, outlined the retrofit Friday morning, at the same time the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration announced it has signed off on the changes and was closing a probe into two fires that occurred in Tesla Model S sports sedans. The NHTSA said it has not identified a safety defect trend that would justify asking Tesla to issue a recall for the Model S. It said "consumers should have their vehicles serviced promptly once they receive notification from Tesla Motors.
February 22, 1986
The firing of Iacocca may or may not have been appropriate. The Conrad drawing (Feb. 14) showing Iacocca giving Secretary Hodel an obscene gesture was highly inappropriate. The only redeeming quality to Conrad's drawing and The Times publication of the same is that both acts reinforce the truism that profanity is merely the effort of a feeble mind to express itself forcefully. CAL CURRENS Pasadena
February 1, 2014 | By Gary Klein
JERSEY CITY, N.J. - Pete Carroll sits back in his chair, grins and starts to chuckle. For the second time in as many days, he has stood before busloads of reporters in a hotel ballroom, answering questions that will be repeated in unending variations throughout Super Bowl week: How will Carroll's Seattle Seahawks stop Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning? What about the weather? Richard Sherman? Now, in a quiet hotel office monitored by security officials, Carroll has retreated to his personal Super Bowl command center, replete with two desktop computer monitors and speakers, two flat screen televisions, a whiteboard and an iPad.
April 1, 2007
I agree with Gina Piccalo's main tenet that current movies and ads that derive their humor from straight men being mistaken for gay are not overtly homophobic ["Of Ice and Men," March 25]. But what she fails to consider is the way these jokes are consumed in mainstream America. Despite their intentions, ads like the Snickers Super Bowl spot subtly reinforce that homosexuality (or the appearance thereof) is something to be avoided at all costs -- an all too prevalent view. Until there are more gay characters on TV and in movies not defined by their sexual identity and more men who are comfortable with their sexuality, both on TV and in society, reinforcing homophobic stereotypes is irresponsible.
February 15, 1987
Shame on the Times. The photo that accompanied the story on the commuter lane (Feb. 8) did not show the occupants of the car wearing shoulder belts. It's not only the law in California, but given the safety implications of the commuter lanes, it is also in everyone's best interest to reinforce the idea of wearing belts. ROBERT H. HARNAR Anaheim Harnar is in the Western regional public affairs office of the Ford Motor Co.
March 24, 2002
With obesity at epidemic levels nationwide and young girls and women doing damage to their bodies in the quest for the perfect body size, you run an article about a plus-size doll that will hopefully give Barbie a run for the market ("Plus-Size Doll Casts Shadow Over Barbie," March 5). But in describing size 12 as a plus size, you reinforce the idea that unless you are a size 10 or smaller, you are fat. For many woman who are size 16 and above, a size 12 seems a lot more obtainable than a 6 or 8. Thanks for the reminder that even at a healthy size 12, we would still be considered plus size.
September 11, 2006
Re "Is Pakistan friend or foe?," Opinion, Sept. 5 Selig Harrison's piece is breathtaking for its bias. He neglects to mention that Pakistan has lost hundreds of troops fighting Al Qaeda. The punitive measures he suggests would only reinforce the widespread Pakistani belief that the United States is a fickle ally and strengthen the very terrorists who should be the focus of our national security strategy. SAAD GUL Winston-Salem, N.C. The U.S. is rewarding Pakistan financially for catching terrorists.
December 11, 1988 | BOB BAKER, Times Staff Writer
Elias Lopez never had a chance. He got sucked into something so much stronger than he was, something with a history so powerful, that there seemed no choice but to submit. He was 17, a nice, quietly handsome young man with jet-black hair and a plan. He was going to be a cop, a narcotics investigator. Sure, there were street gangs in his neighborhood, but he did not want to join one. All Elias wanted to do was look like a gang member.
July 11, 2013 | By Geoffrey Mohan
Bath salts, the synthetic drug made infamous by incidents of psychotic “zombie” attacks, is more potent and potentially addictive than methamphetamine, a study has found. Rats pressed a lever as many as 900 times in an attempt to get a dose of the powerful stimulant, nearly four times the effort they would exert to get a similar dose of highly addictive methamphetamine, according to experiments done at the Scripps Research Institute. “This has a lot more power than methamphetamine does to reinforce behavior,” said psychologist Michael A. Taffe, who specializes in addictive disorders at the La Jolla institute.
January 18, 2014 | Virgina Ellis and David Ferrell, Times Staff Writers
With sobering force, Monday's earthquake devastated much of Southern California's massive roadway system, causing officials to begin reassessing a $1.5-billion reinforcement program designed to prevent the state's highways from buckling under seismic stress. The magnitude 6.6 quake caught state highway engineers in the midst of a costly program to reinforce or retrofit key freeway bridges and interchanges that were considered vulnerable to large temblors. Despite that program, portions of six freeways were closed because of structural damage.
October 18, 2013 | By The Times editorial board
Concrete structures may look sturdy and durable, but the ones built without steel reinforcing bars, known as rebar, are actually brittle and run the risk of collapsing in a strong earthquake. That's a problem Los Angeles cannot continue to ignore. Building codes in the city were changed after the 1971 Sylmar earthquake to require that all concrete buildings be constructed with more steel support. That law went into effect in 1976. Another law requires that owners changing the use of an old building must meet up-to-date seismic standards, including those for concrete.
October 8, 2013 | By Shashank Bengali
WASHINGTON - A second wave of chemical weapons inspectors is heading to war-battered Syria this week as the international effort to disarm President Bashar Assad's poison gas program races to meet its United Nations-ordered deadlines, officials said Tuesday. The Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, the lead technical agency in the operation, said additional experts will reinforce the 19 inspectors and 16 U.N. logistics and security personnel who started work in Damascus last week on a plan to dismantle, destroy or impound Syria's toxic stockpiles.
July 15, 2013 | By Hailey Branson-Potts, Ruben Vives and Laura J. Nelson
Three days after a fiery tanker truck crash destroyed parts of a tunnel underneath the 5 Freeway and jammed traffic throughout northeastern Los Angeles, officials expected that most freeway lanes would reopen in time for the Tuesday morning rush hour. Sections of the 5 were entirely shut down after the Saturday morning crash inside a tunnel connecting the 2 Freeway with the 5. Two southbound lanes of the 5 reopened Monday and all of the northbound lanes were expected to reopen by Tuesday morning, Caltrans officials said.
July 15, 2013 | David Lazarus
Dan Yeh has been on the federal government's Do Not Call Registry for years. And for a while, it seemed like the leave-me-alone system worked just fine. Not anymore. "There's been a real surge recently," Yeh, 72, told me. "I've been getting five or six calls a day, at all hours, seven days a week. " The Huntington Beach resident isn't alone. I've heard similar complaints from dozens of other people. Regardless of having registered a phone line with the Federal Trade Commission as a telemarketer-free zone, a growing number of consumers are saying that some businesses are ignoring their stated preference and calling anyway.
June 27, 2013 | By Robert Abele
It's not clear what exactly merited an updating of William Lustig's 1980 "Maniac" - a cheapo urban grimeball about a serial killer - but like a rash's unwelcome return, we got it anyway. New York may have been replaced by downtown L.A., but, stalker aficionados, breathe a sigh of relief: You can still film a helpless, terrified woman being chased through an empty subway. And the central character of Frank is the same: Joe Spinell's lumpen female-scalper with mommy issues is now elfin Elijah Wood's job. It's a slightly different job now, though, since in co-director Franck Khalfoun's retelling - co-written with Lustig and Alexandre Aja - the camera acts as the eyes of murderous mannequin supplier Frank.
December 13, 1988 | DAVID G. SAVAGE, Times Staff Writer
The Supreme Court, in a key ruling supporting the enforcement powers of the National Collegiate Athletic Assn., ruled Monday that the organization may force Nevada Las Vegas to suspend its highly successful basketball coach, Jerry Tarkanian, for recruiting violations and other irregularities. On a 5-4 vote, the high court said that the NCAA does not have to follow the same constitutional guidelines that cover government agencies in investigating violations of regulations.
June 13, 1997 | Howard Rosenberg
The American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee is presenting its regular "Advancing Tolerance" award at its annual conference this weekend in Washington. It goes to Michal Goldman, producer of "Umm Kuthum: A Voice Like Egypt," a documentary shown last year at a film festival at New York's Lincoln Center.
June 12, 2013 | Tiffany Hsu
Patriotism isn't easy. Just ask L.A.'s garment makers. Three years after combining their names to create Venley, a company that produces T-shirts and other basics in a downtown Los Angeles factory, onetime fraternity brothers Nick Ventura and Kevin Gressley find manufacturing clothes in the U.S. to be an expensive and frustrating undertaking. Like many other apparel executives in the U.S., the pair pay more than the minimum wage, Ventura said. Sometimes, the same amount of money Venley shells out for locally made fabric gets Wal-Mart Stores Inc. an entire outfit sewed abroad.
May 11, 2013 | By Maggie Downs
Just four months into marriage, my husband and I were having trouble connecting. Like, actually connecting. The Internet in South Africa was terrible. "I can hear you. Can you hear me?" I shouted from my end, the common room of a Cape Town hostel. Each time I managed to pull up Skype on my laptop, the screen froze and my husband's voice squealed through the speakers like a tipsy robot. "Hello - ?" I could see his brown eyes searching the webcam. Lemon-yellow sunlight streamed through the windows of our Palm Springs condo.
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