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July 5, 2009
I just got back from Dubai and everyone asks me to explain what it is like there. I have to say that Christopher Hawthorne's article ("Desert Ripple," June 21) is one of the best descriptions I have read for what I saw while I was there. Karma Collins Detroit
January 13, 2014 | Laura King
In the labyrinthine alleyways of this ancient city's Grand Bazaar, currency dealer Sardar Kaya glanced around before making an impromptu confession: Even those like him, who daily turn volatility into profit, wonder if Turkey's biggest corruption scandal in recent memory has become too jarring a ride. "Sure, a crisis like this is good for business, if you are clever enough," he said, lounging against a column in the sprawling market's informal gold-and-currency trading district, where chaotic scenes unfolded last week as the Turkish lira touched an all-time low. "But you can also fall on the wrong side of it. " Many in Turkey are feeling the same way as they try to sort through the implications of a vast and many-tentacled graft inquiry that has jeopardized Turkey's once-thriving economy and shaken the foundations of state control -- most particularly, the near-absolute power that Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan has enjoyed for more than a decade.
November 14, 1987
Something apparently overlooked in complaints about conspicuous consumption (elaborate dinner parties or mountain-top, multimillion-dollar houses) is the fact that this kind of spending creates a lot of employment; not just the labor but the ripple effect by purchase of supplies and furnishings. To say nothing of the taxes that will be paid. Aren't we urged by our government to spend and bolster the ailing economy? VELMA G. DRISKELL San Gabriel
December 23, 2013 | By Matt Pearce
Same-sex marriage is picking up steam in the courts. A federal judge ordered Ohio on Monday to recognize gay marriages on death certificates, but used broad language that could be cited to mount a broader challenge to the law barring such unions. It was the third judicial decision in the last week favoring same-sex marriage rights. In Utah, a federal judge struck down a gay marriage ban Friday and refused to suspend his decision Monday. A federal appellate court also rejected Utah's plea to put his ruling on hold.
June 25, 1989 | JUDITH SIMS
CROCHETING IS ONE of the easiest and fastest yarn crafts ever; one needs only yarn and a hook--and not always the hook, because fingers can do just as well. Most people can crochet a sweater in half the time it takes to knit one but a crocheted garment rarely looks as refined or elegant as a knitted one. Crochet is the French word for "little hook" but a form of crocheting was known to the Pima Indians centuries ago, and pulling loops in yarn has been common in the Middle East and Western Europe for many generations.
January 14, 2003
Re "Tree Sitter Forced Out of Old Oak," Jan. 11: It resonates with tree sitter John Quigley, the protesters and somewhere deep within the American psyche that land development will bulldoze anything out of its path in the name of progress, expansion and money to be made. Old Glory must have been around long enough to have witnessed millions of buffalo being slaughtered within a five-year period in the 1800s in a very young America, and it probably had the wind ripple through its leaves during the horrible years of the mass killings of Native Americans.
August 6, 1989 | STEVE JACOBSON, Newsday
The logic of the deal is really quite simple: If your team doesn't make enough runs to win -- if your most dangerous hitter pops out with the bases full in the eighth inning and you lose by a run -- trade for a pitcher. So the New York Mets, at the brink of swirling down the drain, got Frank Viola. And it's a terrific deal for the Mets. It makes very good sense. If you get better pitching, you don't need so many runs. If the pitching is good enough, the hitting is good enough.
Jovita Marquez and Virginia Villa were among the thousands of Southern California Latinos drawn to La Luz de Oro Corp., whose name means "The Light of Gold." At the company's festive sales rallies--marathon sessions mixing evangelism with secular promises of money, cars and homes--the two women were told they could realize their financial dreams if they invested in the telecommunications company, followed its rules and held on to their faith. But faith has given way to anger.
December 11, 2003 | Bob Pool, Times Staff Writer
The chirping of birds and the whoops of children frolicking in the grassy hollow give the hilltop a sense of serenity now. It was different 40 years ago. There was a gurgling sound, a warning scream and finally a whooshing roar as death and destruction swept down a ridge into a Los Angeles neighborhood. The Baldwin Hills Dam collapsed with the fury of a thousand cloudbursts, sending a 50-foot wall of water down Cloverdale Avenue and slamming into homes and cars on Dec. 14, 1963.
Somehow, somewhere along the line, connections had been frayed and confidence lost. Conceived in the ashes of Watts, this was supposed to be a municipal administration built to absorb ethnic shocks. In a city of so many colors, of so much wealth and poverty, it was expected to keep the peace. But on a single evening in late April, the flames that lighted the Los Angeles sky revealed that despite its multiracial hues, Mayor Tom Bradley's model City Hall was powerless to keep the lid on.
October 4, 2013 | Don Lee and Jim Puzzanghera
WASHINGTON - Less than a week into the federal government shutdown, the economic effects are starting to be felt beyond the nation's capital. Layoffs are beginning in the private sector. More investors are unloading Treasury notes. And beneath the surface of the apparent calm in financial markets, banks and corporate chief financial officers are quietly taking steps to prepare for what many see as a potentially disastrous scenario if lawmakers fail to raise the debt limit by the Oct. 17 deadline.
July 25, 2013 | By Kathleen Hennessey
WASHINGTON - President Obama urged Republican lawmakers Thursday to approve billions of dollars in new federal spending on roads, bridges and ports as he continued for a second day to try to build momentum for his stalled economic proposals. Speaking at the port in Jacksonville, Fla., Obama laid out a broad case for spending on infrastructure, arguing that it would ripple through the economy, boost the still-struggling middle class and make U.S. businesses more competitive. "If we don't make the necessary investments to ensure that America's a magnet for good jobs - investments in education, manufacturing, research, and transportation and information networks - we're just waving the white flag of surrender to other countries as they forge ahead in this global economy," Obama said.
June 27, 2013 | By The Times editorial board
Supporters of equality for gays and lesbians are exulting in Wednesday's rulings by the Supreme Court, and we share in their celebration. Although the court did not rule, as we had hoped, that all prohibitions on same-sex marriage violate the Constitution, its invalidation of part of the Defense of Marriage Act dramatically advances the cause of marriage equality. So does its ruling that proponents of California's Proposition 8 lacked legal standing to challenge a federal judge's holding that the initiative was unconstitutional.
February 5, 2013 | By Matt Pearce
Aaron Swartz may change the Internet yet again, even in death, with the help of lawmakers who have expressed a fondness for breaking the law. At a Washington, D.C., memorial Monday night, members of Congress and loved ones gathered to remember Swartz, who committed suicide on Jan. 11 while facing years in prison for mass-downloading scholarly articles. Swartz had already reshaped the Web experiences of millions by co-creating Reddit and the information-distribution service RSS. By turns, speakers at the Cannon House Office Building compared Swartz to Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg, Apple founder Steve Jobs, and 20th century British programmer Alan Turing -- with Swartz as yet another cybergenius whose ambitions carried him to the law's edge.
January 25, 2013 | By Craig Nakano
Landscape contractor Scott Sohn recalled the day when landscape architect Wayne Connor showed him a pencil sketch and asked for his opinion. “I had to step back and say, 'What the heck is that ?'” Sohn said, chuckling. That was the Bamboo Wave, a key element of a plant-free garden by a guesthouse in Rancho Mirage. In a region where the temperatures hit 120 in the shade, a garden that requires no water and no fried-plant replacement is practical, but practicality was merely a side benefit to the goal here: an unusual design to help the guesthouse entry look and feel different from other parts of a large property.
November 21, 2012 | Carol J. Williams
A weeklong battle between Israel and Hamas militants in the Gaza Strip has turned the political kaleidoscope, shaking up and repositioning diplomatic forces tackling the Middle East's myriad conflicts. The broad alliance contending with the civil war in Syria has divided over who's to blame for the latest Israeli-Palestinian clash. Egypt, no longer moving in lockstep with Washington after last year's ouster of President Hosni Mubarak, is walking a fine line between defense of fellow Islamists in Hamas and commitment to the Arab-Israeli peace treaty.
February 4, 1997 | James Gerstenzang
Even as the recycling habit takes hold across the nation, the footprints of a consuming society remain bold. And according to Northwest Environment Watch, an environmental group in Seattle, the impact may be even deeper than one might think. Fuel. Ketchup. Wires. Newspapers. Grain. Paint. The environmental group, calculating the ripple effect of each product, estimates that the living habits of the typical American ultimately consume 121 pounds of various resources each day.
May 25, 2004
Eleven-year-old Bryan Lockley probably never touched a crack pipe, but it would be wrong to ignore the role that crack cocaine played in the life and death of the South Los Angeles sixth-grader. He was born in prison to a mother who had spent most of her adult life addicted to drugs, and he was raised by his grandparents, along with a cluster of siblings and cousins, in a succession of cramped apartments along Hoover Avenue.
October 18, 2012 | By David Pierson, Los Angeles Times
BEIJING - China grew at its slowest pace in 31/2 years, the latest sign that the nation long famed for its economic miracle is still struggling to pull out of a steeper-than-expected slide. The Chinese economy expanded 7.4% in the three months ended in September compared with the same period a year ago. That's a tick below the full-year growth target of 7.5% and the lowest quarterly performance since the country grew 6.6% in the first three months of 2009. By comparison, China grew 7.6% in the second quarter and 8.1% in the first quarter.
March 7, 2012 | By Amy Hubbard
A powerful solar flare Tuesday evening caused the surface of the sun to shudder. A second smaller flare followed about an hour later, and the blasts caused by those flares have hurled a “big blob of magnetized material” toward Earth. So says Alex Young, solar physicist at NASA Goddard, who spoke with The Times on Wednesday about the flares and their predicted impact . The results of the coming geomagnetic storm may be pleasant -- auroras as far south as Illinois -- or unpleasant, such as GPS and communications problems, according to Young.
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