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February 25, 1990
Working "off-the-clock" is not unique to Nordstrom. I was often required to complete a task but told to punch out first while working at May Co. I was even encouraged to come in on my day off to finish assignments or projects gratis . That was nearly 12 years ago. I see little has changed in the industry. STEVEN POPE San Diego
April 25, 2014 | By Neela Banerjee
WASHINGTON - Cars and light-duty trucks for the 2012 model year exceeded new federal standards for fuel economy and greenhouse gas emissions, according to the Environmental Protection Agency. The 2012 fleet averages 23.6 miles per gallon, up from 22.4 for the previous model year - one of the greatest improvements in fuel economy in 30 years, according to a report released Friday. And the cars and trucks pump out an average of 286 grams of carbon dioxide per mile, nine grams less than the EPA standard.
October 23, 1993
I would vote for an initiative which would require that no initiative should require more votes to repeal than it received in passing. JOSEPH GRODSKY Los Angeles
April 23, 2014 | By Lalita Clozel
WASHINGTON - The Food and Drug Administration plans to begin regulating electronic cigarettes for the first time, banning sales to minors and requiring manufacturers to put health warnings on the nicotine-delivering devices that have become a multibillion-dollar industry, according to officials who described the agency's proposal. But the agency will stop short of steps that many public health advocates and some members of Congress have called for, including restrictions on television advertisements and flavorings, such as pumpkin spice or chocolate, that may target younger consumers, officials said.
March 15, 2001
If it's reasonable to require high school seniors to pass an exit exam, isn't it reasonable to require eighth-graders to pass an entrance exam? JAY CROSBY Oxnard
August 3, 1999
Do the recent HMO study results (July 29) really surprise anyone? It doesn't require a great deal of analysis to realize that an organization designed to maximize profits rather than medical care will be viewed better by those who require no care (the healthy) than by those who require medical care. If we took the money devoted to studying this issue and used it to design a system of universal care for everyone, it would be much better spent. LEE AYDELOTTE Huntington Beach
August 13, 2008 | Howard Blume
The state schools chief joined academics, school officials and labor groups Tuesday in calling on the governor to set aside $3.1 billion to help all eighth-graders succeed in algebra. The call for funding by state Supt. of Public Instruction Jack O'Connell comes one month after the state Board of Education sided with Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger to require that eighth-graders be tested in algebra within three years. In 2007, 52% of eighth-graders took algebra, with 38% testing as proficient.
May 17, 2008 | From Times Wire Reports
State lawmakers approved a bill adding restrictions and requirements for illegal immigrants, the cities in which they live and the businesses that employ them. Republican Gov. Matt Blunt, who made passing the measure a priority, called it "extraordinarily strong." The legislation would require applicants for food stamps, housing and other public benefits to prove they are U.S. citizens or are legally in the country. It also would penalize businesses that knowingly hire illegal immigrants; order the highway patrol to seek special federal immigration training; and bar Missouri cities from refusing to cooperate with federal immigration authorities.
May 12, 1999
Re "Fire Kills Girl, 3, Injures 7 Others," May 7: Children, like 3-year-old Richeana So and others, will continue to die locked behind security bars that have no mechanism for opening from the inside. These escape mechanisms are required on newer buildings, but the older houses and apartments in high-crime neighborhoods where security grates are so common often have no way out. Laws have been proposed to require all existing dwellings to have at least one window in a sleeping room with security bars to open from the inside; unfortunately the laws have only made retrofitting optional.
May 17, 1998
Finally, a NO on Proposition 227, which would, in effect, eliminate bilingual education. It is not, we believe, a measure driven by the divisive and suspect motives of earlier measures that dealt harshly with immigration and affirmative action. It is favored in the polls. We would like to support it. But we cannot. Proposition 227 would require all public school instruction to be conducted in English unless parents could demonstrate that a child has special needs or would learn English faster through alternate instructional techniques.
April 20, 2014 | Eric Sondheimer
College football recruiters have their GPS devices powered on as they begin visiting high schools to evaluate players over the next month. Let me provide a few suggestions on players who have been overlooked so far. Maybe they don't fit a height-weight requirement. Maybe they were injured last season. Maybe they don't participate in seven-on-seven all-star passing tournaments. Maybe they play multiple sports. Whatever the reason for not receiving early buzz, these players will be standouts in the fall, and it's far more relevant how someone performs in a real game compared with how they look running around a red cone.
April 19, 2014 | By Richard Simon
WASHINGTON - Daniel Swalm was researching his family when he came across a disturbing episode in immigration history. That discovery would lead to a move in the U.S. Senate to apologize for action the nation took more than a century ago. Swalm discovered that under an obscure 1907 law, his grandmother Elsie, born and raised in Minnesota, was stripped of her U.S. citizenship after marrying an immigrant from Sweden. Swalm had never heard of the Expatriation Act that required a U.S.-born woman who married a foreigner to "take the nationality of her husband.
April 14, 2014 | By Tony Barboza
Air quality regulators, embarking on a bold new strategy to reduce smog in Southern California, want to hold the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach responsible for their pledges to cut pollution from thousands of trucks, ships and trains carrying goods to and from the nation's largest port complex. If a rule proposed by the South Coast Air Quality Management District is adopted, it could open the door to similar regulations on other facilities that are magnets for truck and rail traffic, such as warehouses, distribution centers and rail yards.
April 7, 2014 | By Gary Klein
The ball teetered on the lip of the 16th hole at Augusta National Golf Club. It was 2005, and after Tiger Woods' now-famous chip shot fell in for a birdie and Woods went on to win the Masters for the fourth time, Jim Michaelian made a decision. With Woods' popularity and Tiger-driven television ratings soaring, Michaelian was convinced that the annual Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach should not be run on the same day that the winner of a golf major was being fitted for a green jacket.
April 4, 2014 | By Jill Cowan
The state attorney general's office has found that Newport Beach's Hoag Hospital can continue to refuse to provide elective abortions as long as the hospital helps women access those services elsewhere, according to an agreement announced Friday. The agreement, approved by the state and Hoag last month, closes an investigation sparked by allegations that the hospital had misrepresented the effects of its partnership with a Catholic healthcare provider and was limiting women's access to a full array of reproductive health services.
April 2, 2014 | By Alana Semuels
TUNICA, Miss. - Marie Barnard was delighted when, after decades of silence on the topic, Mississippi passed a law requiring school districts to teach sex education. But the lesson involving the Peppermint Pattie wasn't what she had in mind for her sons. The curricula adopted by the school district in Oxford called on students to unwrap a piece of chocolate, pass it around class and observe how dirty it became. "They're using the Peppermint Pattie to show that a girl is no longer clean or valuable after she's had sex - that she's been used," said Barnard, who works in public health.
When Greg Louganis hit his head on the diving board and spilled his blood into the pool at the 1988 Olympic Games, did he have an obligation to disclose to doctors who treated him and to other athletes using the pool that he was HIV-positive?
Hidden from view in a bucolic grove about 20 miles from Baton Rouge, La., the only operating leper colony in the continental United States has been Jose Azaharez's home for a quarter of a century. "This is all I have in the whole world," said Azaharez, a former welterweight boxer from Cuba who was diagnosed with the disease in the 1950s and is now marginally disfigured. "If I had to leave here, where would I go? Who would I stay with? This is the only home I know."
April 1, 2014 | By Lisa Boone
Spring is the season for garden tours, and Southern California has an abundance of them. Here is a selection of 2014 spring tours to mark on your calendar. Be sure to check organizers' websites for more information and updates because some events sell out. Most are rain-or-shine. April 5-6: More than 40 gardens in the Los Angeles region are featured in the annual self-guided tour organized by the Theodore Payne Foundation for Wildflowers and Native Plants. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Members $15, nonmembers $20. (818)
March 30, 2014 | By Kenneth R. Harney
WASHINGTON - Can you be charged interest on your mortgage even after you've fully paid it off? Can the meter keep running when you owe the bank nothing - your principal balance is zero? Surprise! Much to the chagrin of large numbers of home sellers and refinancers, the answer for years has been yes. If your loan was insured by the Federal Housing Administration and you paid it off before maturity, at closing you'd be expected to cough up a full month's interest, no matter what day of the month you actually settled.
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