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November 13, 2010 | Patt Morrison
Back when Brian Michael Jenkins first turned his attention to the topic of terrorism, the term of art was "urban guerrillas. " Radicals of the right and the left, and those who imported foreign quarrels to these shores, were setting off dozens of bombs each year in this country, with far more domestic casualties than the nation has seen since 9/11. Now terrorism has a different profile, and Jenkins has an even higher one than he had in those decades past. The former Fulbright scholar and Army Green Beret captain is senior advisor to the president of Rand Corp.
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January 8, 2014
Re "Baca plans to retire, sources say," Jan. 7 The resignation of Lee Baca as sheriff of Los Angeles County is, in theory, a great step forward in accountability. But this is not the end of our community's struggle to find a humane balance in the treatment of incarcerated people in our jails. Inside Men's Central Jail, which the Sheriff's Department operates, scores of people languish in inhumane conditions. Fathers, sons, brothers and sisters (referring to transgender inmates)
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OPINION
May 26, 2009
California mortgage companies sparked the ill-fated boom in subprime lending earlier this decade, so it seems fitting in some cosmic, karma-wheel sense that credit markets now regard California's government as a subprime borrower.
OPINION
December 24, 2013
Re "U.S. a laggard in adopting more secure credit card technology," Business, Dec. 21 How did Americans wind up being the international low-hanging fruit for credit card information thieves? The Times ably explains this situation in this article. However, in the aftermath of Target's massive data breach, I'm left wondering how a country that is such a leader in technological research can fall down so badly in implementing off-the-shelf preventive measures. John Pierson Pasadena ALSO: Letters: A Snowden pardon?
OPINION
December 24, 2013
Re "U.S. a laggard in adopting more secure credit card technology," Business, Dec. 21 How did Americans wind up being the international low-hanging fruit for credit card information thieves? The Times ably explains this situation in this article. However, in the aftermath of Target's massive data breach, I'm left wondering how a country that is such a leader in technological research can fall down so badly in implementing off-the-shelf preventive measures. John Pierson Pasadena ALSO: Letters: A Snowden pardon?
BUSINESS
August 23, 2010 | By Karen E. Klein
Dear Karen: To cover startup costs for a new coffee bar, should I apply for a small-business loan or get a home equity loan? Answer: These days, no entrepreneur can get a small-business loan without substantial collateral and a personal guarantee. So you'll probably have to put up your home equity in either case. However, a coffee shop is an extremely risky venture because of well-heeled competition from chains such as Starbucks and Seattle's Best, said Jeff Williams, chief executive at Bizstarters.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 17, 2011 | By Amy Kaufman, Los Angeles Times
Bear Grylls, star of "Man vs. Wild," has done plenty of shocking things during the nearly five-year run of the worst-case-scenario survival show. He ate a raw zebra carcass. Escaped from quicksand. He even gave himself an enema on a raft in the middle of the ocean. But during the sixth season of the show, new episodes of which began airing last week, Grylls will do something unprecedented: He'll cry. Ironically, it wasn't an event that occurred organically in nature that shook the outdoorsman.
NEWS
November 8, 2010 | By Jeannine Stein, Los Angeles Times
Teens may be a little older when having their first sexual experience, but they also could be engaging in risky behavior when they do, a new study finds. Preliminary findings from a report on teen sexual habits were presented at the American Public Health Assn. Social Justice Meeting and Expo Monday in Denver. Study author Nicole Maki Weller, a graduate student at Arizona State University in Tempe, found that teens age 15 to 19 are delaying their first time having sex, according to the National Survey of Family Growth, which compiles information on issues such as family life, marriage, divorce, pregnancy, infertility and use of contraception.
SPORTS
June 16, 2013 | By Kevin Baxter
When Tampa Bay's Alex Cobb was struck in his right ear by a line drive off the bat of Kansas City's Eric Hosmer on Saturday, he became the fifth pitcher since September to be hit in the head by a batted ball. Cobb was hospitalized overnight and will be out at least a week. And though Angels reliever Kevin Jepsen says every pitcher is aware of the risks when he takes the mound, that doesn't make the replays any easier to watch. "It makes you cringe," he said. "It's tough. " Jepsen is fortunate never to have been hit, but he says it's not hard to understand why it's happening so frequently.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 9, 1994
Pity poor S. R. Nathan. This loyal civil servant has the unenviable duty of defending Singapore's repeated outrages against freedom of expression and human rights. He is the island nation's ambassador to the United States. Last year Nathan obediently justified the flogging of an American teen-ager in a vandalism case that reeked of coerced confession. (Many Americans, fed up with juvenile crime, applauded the brutal punishment.
SPORTS
June 16, 2013 | By Kevin Baxter
When Tampa Bay's Alex Cobb was struck in his right ear by a line drive off the bat of Kansas City's Eric Hosmer on Saturday, he became the fifth pitcher since September to be hit in the head by a batted ball. Cobb was hospitalized overnight and will be out at least a week. And though Angels reliever Kevin Jepsen says every pitcher is aware of the risks when he takes the mound, that doesn't make the replays any easier to watch. "It makes you cringe," he said. "It's tough. " Jepsen is fortunate never to have been hit, but he says it's not hard to understand why it's happening so frequently.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 24, 2012 | By Betsy Sharkey, Los Angeles Times Film Critic
In the aftermath of director Tony Scott's death, much has been made of the machines he filmed - the planes, trains and automobiles so sleek in his lens they became sex symbols or exploded magnificently before our eyes. What I remember are the men. Even when I didn't love his movies, I loved his men. Scott made them matter. The filmmaker had an uncanny ability to capture the machismo without the misogyny, and that was no small feat. Scott's movies were populated by strong male figures searching for a way to survive - and even evolve a little, rather than merely ride out - the feminist wave.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 26, 2012
Harold 'Hal' Jackson Pioneering African American on network radio Harold "Hal" Jackson, 96, the first African American voice on network radio, died Wednesday at a New York City hospital, said Deon Levingston, an executive at WBLS, a station owned by Inner City Broadcasting Corp., which Jackson co-founded. The cause was not given. Jackson began his career in Washington, D.C,. as the first African American play-by-play sports announcer. After he moved to New York in the 1950s, he hosted three different radio shows, broadcasting a mix of music and conversation that included jazz and celebrities.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 17, 2011 | By Amy Kaufman, Los Angeles Times
Bear Grylls, star of "Man vs. Wild," has done plenty of shocking things during the nearly five-year run of the worst-case-scenario survival show. He ate a raw zebra carcass. Escaped from quicksand. He even gave himself an enema on a raft in the middle of the ocean. But during the sixth season of the show, new episodes of which began airing last week, Grylls will do something unprecedented: He'll cry. Ironically, it wasn't an event that occurred organically in nature that shook the outdoorsman.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 22, 2011 | By Wendy Smith, Special to the Los Angeles Times
Chasing Aphrodite: The Hunt for Looted Antiquities at the World's Richest Museum Jason Felch and Ralph Frammolino Houghton Mifflin Harcourt: 375 pp., $28 What on earth were they thinking? That's the question that comes repeatedly to mind while reading this scathing account of the Getty Museum's ethically dubious activities in the antiquities market over the course of more than a quarter-century. Expanding on their Los Angeles Times series, which made them finalists for the 2006 Pulitzer Prize for investigative reporting, Jason Felch and Ralph Frammolino show Getty staff members time and again engaging in transactions so obviously risky (as well as wrong)
OPINION
November 13, 2010 | Patt Morrison
Back when Brian Michael Jenkins first turned his attention to the topic of terrorism, the term of art was "urban guerrillas. " Radicals of the right and the left, and those who imported foreign quarrels to these shores, were setting off dozens of bombs each year in this country, with far more domestic casualties than the nation has seen since 9/11. Now terrorism has a different profile, and Jenkins has an even higher one than he had in those decades past. The former Fulbright scholar and Army Green Beret captain is senior advisor to the president of Rand Corp.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 18, 2004 | Lisa Rosen, Special to The Times
Welcome to Ingenue Country. As Elisha Cuthbert sits for an interview at the Mercedes Grill in Venice, all the requisite elements are in place. Blond hair, check. Big blue eyes, check. Half-eaten salad, check. But the familiar territory has a refreshing air to it. Cuthbert comes across as older and wiser than her 21 years. She's polite, thoughtful, and clearly serious about her work. She puts up with the media blitz that seeks out beautiful starlets but doesn't seem to succumb to it.
NEWS
November 8, 2010 | By Jeannine Stein, Los Angeles Times
Teens may be a little older when having their first sexual experience, but they also could be engaging in risky behavior when they do, a new study finds. Preliminary findings from a report on teen sexual habits were presented at the American Public Health Assn. Social Justice Meeting and Expo Monday in Denver. Study author Nicole Maki Weller, a graduate student at Arizona State University in Tempe, found that teens age 15 to 19 are delaying their first time having sex, according to the National Survey of Family Growth, which compiles information on issues such as family life, marriage, divorce, pregnancy, infertility and use of contraception.
BUSINESS
August 23, 2010 | By Karen E. Klein
Dear Karen: To cover startup costs for a new coffee bar, should I apply for a small-business loan or get a home equity loan? Answer: These days, no entrepreneur can get a small-business loan without substantial collateral and a personal guarantee. So you'll probably have to put up your home equity in either case. However, a coffee shop is an extremely risky venture because of well-heeled competition from chains such as Starbucks and Seattle's Best, said Jeff Williams, chief executive at Bizstarters.
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