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November 18, 2009 | Times Wire Reports
Wal-Mart Stores Inc. is confirming some of the deals it will be pushing to draw crowds for the day after Thanksgiving. They include 50-inch Sanyo plasma HDTVs for $598 and $3 children's sleepwear. A spokeswoman said deals that would be heavily advertised include Magnavox Blu-ray disc players for $78, TomTom GPS systems for $59 and $7 reversible fleece jackets.
April 25, 2014 | By Julie Makinen
BEIJING - DMG Entertainment, the Beijing-based company that co-produced Hollywood films including "Iron Man 3" and "Transcendence," is in the process of going public on the Shenzhen Stock Exchange. The move will see DMG enter the exchange through a reverse takeover with meat-processing company Sichuan Gaojin Foods. The deal still needs regulatory approval. According to DMG and Sichuan Gaojin, the deal values DMG at $970 million. That's three times the value of Gaojin at the end of 2013.
March 28, 1995
To deal with a variety of social problems, I heartily recommend the following: Make vasectomy reliably reversible. Temporarily sterilize all male children at puberty with an implant. Teach parenting in all schools starting with kindergarten. Require a birth license for both sexes and to reverse the male's vasectomy or remove the implant. Require a certificate in good parenting to obtain the birth license. The above would eliminate: abortions, welfare, orphanages, day care, teen-age crime, teen-age pregnancies, children with AIDS, probably many divorces, wife abuse, over-crowded schools, single parents, and most important, child abuse.
April 25, 2014 | By David Willman
WASHINGTON - Amid concerns about its effectiveness and multibillion-dollar cost, the Department of Homeland Security has canceled plans to install an automated technology that was meant to speed the 24-hour operations of BioWatch, the national system for detecting a biological attack. The cancellation of the "Generation 3" acquisition was made Thursday at the direction of Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson, according to a memorandum circulated by Michael V. Walter, the BioWatch program manager.
March 16, 1995
To deal with a variety of social problems, I heartily recommend the following: Make vasectomy reliably reversible. Temporarily sterilize all male children at puberty with an implant. Teach parenting in all schools starting with kindergarten. Require a birth license for both sexes and to reverse the male's vasectomy or remove the implant. Require a certificate in good parenting to obtain the birth license. The above would eliminate abortions, welfare, orphanages, day care, teen-age crime, teen-age pregnancies, children with AIDS, probably many divorces, wife abuse, overcrowded schools, single parents, and most important, child abuse.
January 8, 2010 | By Ari B. Bloomekatz
When Sepulveda Boulevard's namesake reigned in the 1840s, the present-day road was part of a huge cattle ranch with grazing land and canyons studded with oaks and sycamores. Few motorists who now crawl along the Westside thoroughfare know about Francisco Sepulveda, but they can be excused for feeling a little like the rancher's cattle as they inch along in rush hour traffic. Officials have talked for years about improving Sepulveda, which is a major route into Los Angeles International Airport.
October 2, 1991
There is a desperate feeling held by many that the law must be broken if the planet is to be saved. It is the belief that we are on an inexorable march to destruction that frustrates me. There are too many of us who feel that an Exxon can erase its ecological obscenities by the strategic placing of full-color ads in magazines. There is the frightening idea bandied about that the industrial machinery in place is too strong to be prevented from wreaking havoc as it reaps profits. We suffer from the "average-person complex" that we are on the outside of the decision-making process and can do nothing to stop the ruthless bullying of our resources by greedy, faceless behemoths.
June 28, 1989 | MARICARMEN EROLES, Times Staff Writer
New car-pool lanes on Interstate 15 in North County have been so successful that state transportation officials are now considering expanding the system of computer-controlled message signs, pop-up tubes and crossing gates. "People should give car-pooling a strong consideration because it is the way to get out of the congestion problem," said Jim Larson, a spokesman for the California Department of Transportation. The $31.4-million project of automatically reversible lanes, from the junction of I-15 and California 163 to North City Parkway, is unique in the state, he said.
Two days after their flag was displayed upside-down at Game 2 of the World Series between the Atlanta Braves and Toronto Blue Jays, thousands of Canadians loudly responded Tuesday night before Game 3. They stood and sang the U.S. national anthem. They sang it louder than it was sung in Atlanta last weekend, and when Jon Secada sang "land of the free," they erupted in cheers.
Former Lincoln Savings & Loan boss Charles H. Keating Jr. won a final victory Monday before the U.S. Supreme Court, defeating attempts to reinstate his 1991 state court conviction on charges of swindling elderly investors. Without comment, the high court refused to reopen the case, leaving intact lower court rulings that Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Lance Ito had allowed a flawed prosecution.
April 21, 2014 | David Lazarus
General Mills, maker of Cheerios and Wheaties, thinks it deserves credit for reversing itself after quietly trying to strip customers of their constitutional right to a day in court. But that's like a homeowner saying he deserves credit for putting out a house fire after deliberately setting his living room ablaze. The reality is that General Mills Inc., one of the nation's largest food companies, tried to pull a fast one on consumers and was caught off-guard by the volume and the scope of the backlash.
April 19, 2014 | By Evan Halper
WASHINGTON - The political attack ad that ran recently in Arizona had some familiar hallmarks of the genre, including a greedy villain who hogged sweets for himself and made children cry. But the bad guy, in this case, wasn't a fat-cat lobbyist or someone's political opponent. He was a solar-energy consumer. Solar, once almost universally regarded as a virtuous, if perhaps over-hyped, energy alternative, has now grown big enough to have enemies. The Koch brothers, anti-tax activist Grover Norquist and some of the nation's largest power companies have backed efforts in recent months to roll back state policies that favor green energy.
April 12, 2014 | By Corina Knoll
All roads lead back to the Kogi truck. "It's like my 'Sweet Caroline' and I'm Neil Diamond," Roy Choi said. "I'll never be able to outlive Kogi. Kogi is a beast. " The chef was attempting to articulate what spawning that marvel of Korean barbecued ribs enveloped in tortillas has meant to him in front of a crowd at the 19th-annual L.A. Times Festival of Books. The sprawling two-day event at USC features readings, screenings, musical performances and cooking demonstrations. Under an unforgiving sun, hundreds listened as Choi conversed with Times food critic Jonathan Gold about the journey touched upon in his book "L.A.
April 11, 2014 | By Emily Alpert Reyes
The Los Angeles City Council reversed course and voted Friday to nix part of a plan that city officials said could have inadvertently boosted the pay of top city managers. The council had voted unanimously Wednesday for a salary plan to cover city workers who aren't unionized. A document prepared for the council suggested that under the plan, dozens of city department heads would get a series of pay increases over the next 15 months. Council President Herb Wesson said in a statement Wednesday that City Administrative Officer Miguel Santana had unintentionally included general managers in the document, which “was never our intent.” Wesson spokesman Ed Johnson said that if Mayor Eric Garcetti had signed off on the plan, raises would have automatically been granted to every department head.
April 3, 2014 | By Martin Tsai
"In the Blood" casts mixed martial artist Gina Carano as Ava, who has overcome a particularly parlous upbringing to turn her life around and marry up the social ladder. While on their Dominican honeymoon, husband Derek (Cam Gigandet) vanishes, apparently in an elaborate abduction plot. When local police offer no help, Ava takes matters into her own hands. The self-defense chops she learned the hard way come in very handy, of course. Though lacking marquee names, the film measures up to the typical Hollywood action-thriller in just about every other bailiwick.
April 3, 2014 | By Melissa Healy and Lisa Girion
Federal officials said Thursday they hoped a new "rescue pen" would help reduce the death toll from overdoses involving prescription painkillers. The Food and Drug Administration approved the sale, by prescription, of the prefilled auto-injector of the drug naloxone that caregivers or family members can use to reverse the effects of prescription painkillers, such as OxyContin and Vicodin, and heroin. Available until now only by syringe, naloxone has been a workhorse drug in emergency departments battling the relentless rise in painkiller overdoses over the last decade.
December 20, 2010 | By Marni Jameson, Special to the Los Angeles Times
Most people can count calories. Many have a clue about where fat lurks in their diets. However, fewer give carbohydrates much thought, or know why they should. But a growing number of top nutritional scientists blame excessive carbohydrates ? not fat ? for America's ills. They say cutting carbohydrates is the key to reversing obesity, heart disease, Type 2 diabetes and hypertension. "Fat is not the problem," says Dr. Walter Willett, chairman of the department of nutrition at the Harvard School of Public Health.
June 7, 2010 | By Alene Dawson, Special to the Los Angeles Times
The beauty business loves a good buzz word, and when its marketing genies find an ingredient that the public responds to, they'll ask their scientists to add it to just about everything. Think of collagen, green tea, peptides and vitamin C. The latest is hyaluronic acid, a substance that plumps and softens skin and has been added to products including lip gloss, eye shadows and moisturizers — and almost everything else in the beauty aisle. Hyaluronic acid is also the key component of several injectable wrinkle fillers.
March 12, 2014 | By Paresh Dave
A 7-year-old Virginia boy struggling with a serious infection began a potentially lifesaving drug treatment Wednesday after his family's awareness campaign went viral and spurred the FDA and a pharmaceutical company to fast-track a new drug trial. First-grader Josh Hardy contracted adenovirus during a bone marrow transplant, which he needed as part of his treatment for leukemia. Though the viral infection typically has mild effects, Josh's cancer-weakened immune system has been more susceptible.
March 11, 2014 | By Mike DiGiovanna
TEMPE, Ariz. - Another day, another lengthy postgame meeting between Angels Manager Mike Scioscia and the umpires. The topic: once again, instant replay. The discussion Tuesday was sparked by an eighth-inning call that was overturned, the first of numerous spring-training challenges involving the Angels that was changed. With the bases loaded and one out, Angels second baseman Andrew Romine dropped the ball while making the glove-to-hand transfer on a double-play attempt. The play was initially ruled a force out. Seattle Manager Lloyd McClendon challenged, and after a 2-minute, 20-second review, umpires determined Romine did not have possession of the ball.
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