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November 15, 1987
My husband and I are frequent travelers, both nationally and internationally, and are regular readers of the Travel Section. We rely upon Jennifer Merin's articles in The Times Shopper column for advice on shopping when we travel. Her column is clear, informative and filled with valuable tips and interesting background. We clip the column and file it, and it has led us to some wonderful shopping. JULIE MARCHAND Hollywood
April 14, 2014 | By Julie Makinen
BEIJING - Investigators looking for Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 have put away their towed pinger locator and are about to call off searches for surface debris. Now, it's all up to a little yellow robotic submarine to find the missing Boeing 777 in an area bigger than the city of Los Angeles. Technicians aboard the Australian ship Ocean Shield on Monday afternoon deployed the Bluefin-21 underwater autonomous vehicle in the Indian Ocean, sending it almost three miles down to the seabed and using its side-scanning sonar arrays to look for wreckage from the plane.  “It is time to go underwater,” retired Air Chief Marshal Angus Houston, who is coordinating the search from Perth, Australia, said in announcing the new phase of operations.  Unless the robot sub gets lucky, the process could take a while: The U.S. Navy, which lent the Bluefin-21 to the search team, said mapping the area where the plane most likely disappeared could take six weeks to two months.  The 16-foot, 1,650-pound sub moves at a walking pace and will be searching an area of about 600 square miles.
May 5, 1992
We've just seen an excellent example of what happens when innocent citizens don't have or use guns for protection and instead rely solely on the police. BILL MARVEL, San Pedro
April 9, 2014 | By Chris O'Brien
The "Heartbleed" software flaw that triggered alarm bells around the world could fundamentally undermine two decades' worth of efforts to persuade consumers they could trust the Web to securely handle such tasks as buying a pair of shoes and applying for a job. The discovery of a gaping hole in a piece of software that was supposed to protect personal information from hackers left websites rushing to fix the bug while consumers struggled to understand...
October 18, 1987
Ohhhh Noooooo. Not more Springsteen backlash, not more Robert Hilburn-bashing (Calendar Letters, Oct. 11). Not more fusillades reproaching Hilburn's belief about what constitutes great rock 'n' roll. It's all so enervating, so pointless, so boring, so . . . so . . . endless. It's true: Springsteen writes about some subjects (like cars) a lot and his music frequently doesn't rely on complex melodies. But lots of other artists are just as "culpable." Shakespeare wrote about kings a lot and Robert Johnson and Woody Guthrie's melodies were rarely very profound.
August 23, 1993
I was glad to see some reporting on recent developments with regard to the Twitchell case in the Aug. 12 article, "Court Overturns Conviction of Christian Science Couple." Unfortunately, one of the statements gives your readers the wrong impression about their Christian Science neighbors: "The justices said the Twitchells 'reasonably believed' they could rely on spiritual treatment without fear of criminal prosecution because a church publication the father had read suggested as much."
March 31, 2002
Regarding "Taking a Long Flight? Don't Come Hungry" (Travel Insider, March 24): My wife and I do not eat the food served on airlines. Before a trip we stop at a deli or market and have four dry sandwiches made of turkey and/or ham (with the mustard and mayonnaise in packages). We also take baked goods and two large bottles of water on board so we are not bound by the airlines' drink serving schedule. We do not rely on the airlines for anything but getting us there. ERNEST SALOMON Santa Barbara
October 16, 1988
More frequently than ever I read of different interpretations of the Constitution to the point that it is difficult for the average American to know exactly what the Founding Fathers had in mind with regard to many important issues. Is it not time that we scrapped this outdated guide that was excellent in its time but is now a subject for so much contention? Why don't we Americans just rely on our basic laws that were derived from ordinary English common law? After all, the British don't need a constitution and they have the greatest country in the world.
April 9, 1990
April 1 was the deadline for the census and the inquiry has been superficial. I have an office in which I work daily, and I have an abode where I reside and sleep nights, and I am in the phone book. I have yet to see or talk to anyone from the Census Bureau. I have not received any literature as yet. I have talked to many people with the same story. How can we rely, with full faith, in the numbers expounded by the Census Bureau? RICHARD FUSILIER Montebello
March 16, 2002
While reading the March 12 article about how Richard and Agnes Wiebe left the fate of their daughter in the hands of God and that they would accept God's will no matter what the result, I noticed that Richard Weibe was wearing eyeglasses for his appearance in court. Why would he not rely on God's will on the quality of his eyesight if it was good enough for the life and death of his 11-month-old daughter? Need I say more? Kelwin Hagen Los Angeles
April 9, 2014 | By Richard Verrier
Before filming a massive battle on a freeway overpass in Cleveland, directors of Marvel Entertainment's recent release "Captain America: The Winter Soldier" didn't leave anything to chance. So Anthony and Joe Russo staged a kind of digital dress rehearsal for the scene, planning the entire action sequence - including the position of stunt performers, the placement of explosive squibs and the types of camera lenses that would be used - on a computer screen. They did so with the help of Proof Inc., a Los Angeles company that specializes in a process known as previsualization.
April 5, 2014 | By Eric Sondheimer
Without a returning starter, Oak Park (22-11) was barely a blip on the radar screen as a possible Southern Section champion when the season started. By season's end, the Eagles were the Division 3A champion, winners of the first basketball title in the school's history. For being able to rebuild and reload without relying on transfer students, Aaron Shaw has been selected the coach of the year by The Times. "We struggled early in the season, and it took us a little bit of time to figure out our roles," Shaw said.
March 31, 2014 | By David G. Savage
WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court sounded ready Monday to curtail the use of certain business patents in a case involving a patent for a computerized risk analysis of international financial transactions. Use of such business-method patents has soared in recent decades. Once granted, they can give a firm or a person a monopoly for up to 20 years to profit from the patented process. Critics say many of the recent computer-related patents are vague and stifle innovation by giving exclusive rights to commonly used methods or formulas.
March 30, 2014 | By Lisa Zamosky
Monday is the last day to begin the process of signing up for insurance under the Covered California statewide health exchange. But even for many of those already enrolled, the challenges are just beginning. Consider, for instance, the work to be done in figuring out your new health plan's coverage for prescription drugs. For people who take medications on an ongoing basis, it's especially important to closely evaluate details of a health plan's drug coverage. For Tina Petrakis, selecting a new health plan through Covered California meant paying close attention to the medications each policy covered.
March 19, 2014 | By Saba Hamedy
In 1958, Ed Michelson started a motion picture catering company - Michelson Food Services - and made food for the cast and crew on such classic films as "West Side Story" and "Some Like it Hot. " Michelson was one of the first to operate a food service truck on film sets, and for decades business boomed, back when virtually all the big studio movies were filmed in Los Angeles. Today, son Steve Michelson said that's no longer the case. When his father died, Michelson decided to start his own catering company, Sylmar-based Limelight Catering, which employs about 50 people and has been in business for 14 years.
February 25, 2014 | By Jessica Guynn
SAN FRANCISCO - Less than two years ago, disillusioned investors were fleeing Facebook Inc. stock, worried the company would never figure out how to make the leap to mobile devices from personal computers, let alone make money on them. Now, more than half of the giant social network's advertising revenue is coming from ads for its 1.2 billion users on smartphones and tablets. And it's buying WhatsApp after outbidding rival Google Inc. for the most popular mobile app for sending messages on smartphones.
January 16, 2002
It was sad to read about the school for astrologers getting accreditation ("Now, a Down-to-Earth Approach to the Stars," Jan. 13). Astrology is pure bunk, with absolutely no validity whatsoever. No one can predict the future, and the positions of the stars have nothing to do with our personality traits. Many scientific studies have proven that it doesn't work. It is scary to think our leaders would rely on such pseudoscience to make decisions about the whole world. These deluded folk at the Astrology Institute are only teaching a method of ripping off the uneducated.
It was just another tragedy in family court. A young crack mother, desperate to conceal her pregnancy, had locked herself in a tenement bathroom and given birth to a three-pound boy. As she pushed, he fell to the floor and broke his skull. The mother abandoned him, like she had two previous babies. All were born addicted to crack. "Can we do anything about this woman?" asks Judge Judith Sheindlin, her voice taut with anger.
February 11, 2014 | By David Pierson
TULARE, Calif. - California's drought could prove devastating to the state's farmers and ranchers. But the dry spell has brought a gusher of new business to companies that provide them with water. That much was clear at this year's World Ag Expo, which kicked off Tuesday in Tulare, a town of 60,000 about 45 miles south of Fresno. At one booth was a well repair company that had to add extra shifts to meet all the agricultural demand for groundwater. Nearby, a firm that provides turbine pumps for wells said orders were coming in so furiously it was running out of parts.
January 18, 2014 | By Gale Holland
Francisco Morataya drives a vanload of empty bottles and cans to Victar Recycling Center in Echo Park every week or so to supplement his wages as an office janitor. The 61-year-old Eagle Rock resident had been making $200 per load, enough to pay his daughter's cellphone bill. But that was before a new state law tightened the redemption rules, making it harder for people at the economic fringes to scrape by. Now his take is only $50 to $60, Morataya said. "It's really bad," he said this week, flinging plastic bottles into a garbage bin. "I can't help my daughter.
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