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October 2, 2013 | By Robert Greene
Here's what a bike lane in Highland Park looks like on Tuesdays, trash pickup day. Is something wrong here? City Hall stripes the street with bike lanes. City Hall requires garbage cans, the black, the blue and the green, to be put on the street by 6 a.m. for pickup. City Hall bans people from putting their garbage cans in the middle of traffic, for good reason. But bikes are traffic, and a bike lane is a traffic lane. So City Hall is violating rules set by City Hall, or at least is making it impossible for others to follow the law safely.
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SPORTS
March 16, 2014 | Bill Plaschke
New coach, new freedoms, new fun ... all of it dancing toward the same old crushing chomp. The good news for UCLA fans is that their freshly minted Pac-12 tournament champions will open the NCAA tournament next weekend down the street in San Diego with a winnable bracket against upstart Tulsa, overhyped Virginia Commonwealth, and hot-but-untested Stephen F. Austin. The bad news is that, if they survive to advance to the Sweet 16, waiting for them will be the familiar bite of Florida.
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WORLD
October 26, 2013 | By Laura King
CAIRO - Some dared to drive. Others stayed home, but promised to take to the roads another day. Calls for a nationwide “drive-in” to protest Saudi Arabia's de facto ban on women driving were softened at the eleventh hour by organizers, who said Saudi Arabian authorities threatened them with serious consequences if they drove on Saturday. Activists urged female would-be motorists to instead make it an ongoing campaign, and to get behind the wheel whenever they could. They said about 60 women altogether reported they had driven in Saudi Arabia on Saturday, with more than a dozen uploading videos of themselves doing so. Even on a smaller scale than originally envisioned, it was the year's biggest action against the restriction.
WORLD
November 8, 2013 | By Paul Richter
WASHINGTON - Secretary of State John F. Kerry and other top Western diplomats flew to Geneva on Friday in the hope of completing an accord to freeze Iran's nuclear program, but the high-stakes diplomatic push ran into obstacles that dimmed prospects for a quick resolution after a decade-long stalemate. Instead of the expected signing ceremony Saturday, disappointed diplomats said they expect the talks to spill at least into next week. Diplomats declined to say why the deal has stalled, but the two sides are known to disagree about Iran's construction of a plutonium reactor, a possible route to a nuclear bomb.
OPINION
June 17, 2002
"Palestinians in Gaza Have Roadblock Rage" (June 13) claims that "endless waits at checkpoints" have created "mass misery for Palestinians." This isn't mass misery. Mass misery is collecting children's body parts from a playground or supermarket. Mass misery is being stalked by teenage predators lusting for your nation's blood. It's a testament to the Israeli army's enlightened outlook that, after 21 months of Palestinian atrocities against Israelis, the media have no greater Israeli atrocities against Palestinians to report than long waits at checkpoints.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 11, 2001
Re "Wake-Up Call for LAUSD," editorial, June 8: Once again The Times feels it has the right to blame our schools' failures on teachers. Apparently the educational problems in L.A. have nothing to do with state mandates, Los Angeles Unified School District educational mandates, the principals who run the schools, parents or students. Our education problems are complex, and there is not one single entity that should be blamed. Teaching is an uphill struggle, the pay is low in comparison to private industry and other state jobs, the rewards are little and the public (with the help of the media)
NEWS
February 7, 1985 | THERESA WALKER, Times Staff Writer
A La Crescenta woman who was the first person arrested on suspicion of drunk driving at a California Highway Patrol holiday roadblock is challenging the arrest. Denise Kell, 27, claims that her constitutional right to protection from unreasonable search and seizure was violated when she was arrested at a CHP "sobriety checkpoint" at Foothill Boulevard and Pennsylvania Avenue in La Crescenta. The hearing, which began Friday in Glendale Municipal Court, is scheduled to continue before Judge J. D.
NEWS
December 6, 1988 | DAVID G. SAVAGE, Times Staff Writer
Just in time for the holiday season, the Supreme Court Monday gave California law enforcement officials the go-ahead for setting up sobriety checkpoints on city streets. With only two dissents, the high court rejected an Orange County man's challenge to the constitutionality of a police roadblock that resulted in his arrest for drunk driving in the early hours of New Year's Day in 1985.
WORLD
June 13, 2002 | MARY CURTIUS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The four-hour wait at an Israeli roadblock had left Wafa Ashur exhausted and enraged--again. In her arms, she held her 8-month-old daughter, Rawiya. Wedged between her and another passenger in the stifling taxi was her 5-year-old son, Saado, his eyes dulled with boredom and fatigue. And as far as the eye could see ahead and behind them were hundreds of other Palestinian mothers, fathers, children, workers and students, caught in what for thousands of Palestinians is a daily ritual.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 17, 1987
A driver speeding north in the southbound lanes of the San Diego Freeway in a stolen pickup truck led police on a 25-mile chase Tuesday through rush-hour traffic from Fountain Valley to Torrance, where officers finally blocked all lanes of the freeway. During the chase, the driver of the silver and black pickup reportedly tried to ram police cars and motorcycle officers who had stopped traffic along the chase route. No injuries were reported.
WORLD
October 26, 2013 | By Laura King
CAIRO - Some dared to drive. Others stayed home, but promised to take to the roads another day. Calls for a nationwide “drive-in” to protest Saudi Arabia's de facto ban on women driving were softened at the eleventh hour by organizers, who said Saudi Arabian authorities threatened them with serious consequences if they drove on Saturday. Activists urged female would-be motorists to instead make it an ongoing campaign, and to get behind the wheel whenever they could. They said about 60 women altogether reported they had driven in Saudi Arabia on Saturday, with more than a dozen uploading videos of themselves doing so. Even on a smaller scale than originally envisioned, it was the year's biggest action against the restriction.
NEWS
October 2, 2013 | By Robert Greene
Here's what a bike lane in Highland Park looks like on Tuesdays, trash pickup day. Is something wrong here? City Hall stripes the street with bike lanes. City Hall requires garbage cans, the black, the blue and the green, to be put on the street by 6 a.m. for pickup. City Hall bans people from putting their garbage cans in the middle of traffic, for good reason. But bikes are traffic, and a bike lane is a traffic lane. So City Hall is violating rules set by City Hall, or at least is making it impossible for others to follow the law safely.
OPINION
July 9, 2013 | By Ajit Pai
It's a common experience in cities like Los Angeles. You raise your hand to hail a cab. One goes by. Then another. You contemplate giving up and heading to the closest bus stop or Metro subway station. And you're left frustrated, thinking that there's got to be a better way. Enter Uber. Uber's mobile app lets consumers arrange for a ride in a Town Car-like vehicle from their phone. Ride-sharing services Lyft and Sidecar operate in similar fashion but use privately owned cars. One plus is that the app allows you to see whether any available cars are nearby and how long it'll take before one can pick you up. Another is the payment system: Funds are deducted automatically from your pre-linked credit card, so there's no need to carry a wallet (a receipt is emailed to the customer)
SPORTS
June 15, 2013 | By Broderick Turner
The Clippers' coaching carousel took many turns this week, as the team interviewed three candidates for their opening, while a fourth coach — Doc Rivers — popped up high on their wish list, said several NBA executives who were not authorized to speak publicly on the matter. The Clippers began by interviewing Indiana associate head coach Brian Shaw on Monday. On Tuesday, the Clippers' front office interviewed former Cleveland Cavaliers coach Byron Scott, followed by former Memphis Grizzlies coach Lionel Hollins, who was in Los Angeles on Thursday and Friday.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 15, 2013 | By Abby Sewell
A flurry of letters that went back and forth between Southern California Edison and Mitsubishi Heavy Industries late last year reveal the serious hurdles that stand in the way of the San Onofre nuclear power plant's long-term future. The plant had been offline at that point for nearly a year because of unusual wear on tubes that carry radioactive water in the plant's newly replaced steam generators, which were designed and manufactured by Mitsubishi. Edison asked federal regulators in October for permission to restart one of the plant's two units and run it at 70% power for a few months to see if that would alleviate the conditions that led to the wear.
BUSINESS
April 23, 2013 | David Lazarus
Barbara Butkus bought an airline ticket in November to fly from Palm Springs to Washington, D.C., a month later for a family reunion. Just to be on the safe side, Butkus, 80, also bought travel insurance while booking her flight through Orbitz, the online travel agency. The coverage was from Allianz, a leading provider of travel insurance. As it happened, Butkus had to cancel her trip for health reasons. She began experiencing shortness of breath in early December, and her doctor advised her not to travel.
SPORTS
December 31, 2009 | By Chris Foster
The first hours of UCLA's off-season didn't go well. Offensive tackle Xavier Su'a-Filo will be leaving the team for a two-year Mormon mission and junior defensive tackle Brian Price, the Pacific 10 Conference's defensive player of the year, says he will declare for the NFL draft. With that, getting better in 2010 just got a little trickier. The Bruins inched forward in 2009, finishing off a 7-6 season with a 30-21 victory over Temple in the EagleBank Bowl on Tuesday. The win meant UCLA could claim progress after a 4-8 record in 2008 -- even though UCLA finished eighth in the Pac-10.
NEWS
April 3, 1991 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Rebellious Serbs erected roadblocks near towns in the republic of Croatia, sharpening the crisis between Yugoslavia's two biggest ethnic groups. Croatian officials vowed to yield no ground to the rebels. The actions followed a shoot-out Sunday between Serbs and Croatian police in which three people were killed. Minority Serbs in the Croatian region of Krajina want to separate from the republic because they fear persecution.
WORLD
March 29, 2013 | By Raja Abdulrahim, Los Angeles Times
REYHANLI, Turkey - The Syrian opposition fighter arrived unexpectedly at Dr. Mazen Kewara's office at the Syrian American Medical Assn., desperately seeking help. Humanitarian aid was not reaching enough armed rebels and civilians in Syria's Idlib province, an exasperated Abdullatif "Abu Salah" Halaq told the doctor in this Turkish border town. The association could not wait for the needy to ask for assistance, Halaq said; it must try harder to locate those needing medical aid. "Your work here is good, but there are shortages," he said recently, looking at Kewara through bloodshot eyes.
NEWS
February 14, 2013 | By Michael A. Memoli
WASHINGTON - Efforts to confirm Chuck Hagel as the nation's new secretary of Defense hit another roadblock Thursday, with Senate leaders saying a vote to move forward with his nomination could be delayed in the face of a “full-scale filibuster” on the part of Republicans. The White House had been pushing to get Hagel confirmed before a scheduled meeting next week of NATO defense ministers in Brussels, where plans for Afghanistan will be among the topics of discussion. White House spokesman Josh Earnest told reporters traveling with the president in Georgia that it was “unconscionable” that Republicans were holding up Hagel's confirmation ahead of the meeting.
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