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August 6, 2012 | By Noelle Carter
A ruler? In the kitchen? I know, many of you probably think a ruler is one of the last tools you would need in a kitchen. But a ruler is just as essential to the serious chef as a kitchen scale or a sharp chef's knife ( some even have rulers tattooed on their hands for easy reference ). We keep several rulers in the Test Kitchen at any given time, and I probably use one at least once every single time I test a recipe. Not only are they helpful -- if not essential -- in baking when measuring and cutting dough, they're also a must in the savory kitchen when you need to gauge the thickness and size of a fillet or steak, or want to have the perfect brunoise or macedoine for the composed salad or vegetable dish you're preparing.
April 6, 2014 | By The Times editorial board
Nine months after Egypt's armed forces overthrew the country's democratically elected president, the leader of that coup has announced that he will seek the presidency in elections next month. But even if army chief Gen. Abdel Fattah Sisi receives an overwhelming mandate from voters, he won't be able to restore prosperity and stability to the country if the government continues to repress and imprison political opponents. The United States should use its limited but real influence with Egypt to press Sisi to abandon his siege mentality and open a dialogue with opposition groups.
July 3, 1986 | From Reuters
France will double its aid to Haiti to $40 million next year, French Cooperation Minister Michel Aurillac said Wednesday after three days of meetings with new rulers of the impoverished Caribbean nation. He said the aid, 85% of it a straight grant and the rest in low interest loans, is designed to aid Haiti in its "battle for development."
April 3, 2014 | By Aoun Sahi, This post has been updated. See the note below for details.
ISLAMABAD, Pakistan -- Former military ruler Pervez Musharraf escaped a bombing early Thursday morning as he was being transferred by convoy from a hospital to his farmhouse in the Islamabad suburbs, police officials said. The bomb went off at about 2 a.m. local time along the route that the convoy was due to travel -- about 20 minutes before Musharraf reached the area, officials said. The convoy was rerouted following the blast, in which no one was injured, according to police. [Updated, 7:25 a.m. PDT April 4: A spokeswoman for Musharraf later offered a different account, telling reporters that the bomb went off after the former president had reached his home.
December 30, 1985
About 10,000 worshipers at a Warsaw church applauded a priest who denounced Poland's Communist rulers for "criminal machinations." Father Jan Sikorski, speaking at the monthly pro-Solidarity Mass, described the short life of the now-outlawed Solidarity union as "a time of joy when we won back our freedom and dignity." Sikorski decried abortion, the housing shortage and atheism as "criminal machinations" against the Polish family, which he described as a bastion against an alien ideology.
February 19, 1992
The fraud and hypocrisy of the Bush regime, already considerable, has now reached new and astonishing heights. Last year, in the course of forcibly returning Kuwait to its rightful dictators, President Bush was in the media constantly, delivering passionate harangues on the sanctity of international borders, the inviolability of international law and the despotic and unworthy natures of those tyrannical rulers who would impose their will on...
April 4, 2001
Re "Nigeria Slowly Sheds Military Legacy," April 1: To many Nigerians, nothing meaningful has changed since President Olusegun Obasanjo's administration came to office. Abject poverty and lack of adequate social services amid sanctioned corruption among the political elite have diminished the welcome changes advocated by ordinary Nigerians under oppressive military rule. While the present government has tried to solve many problems facing the country, Obasanjo has failed miserably in redirecting his government against kleptomania.
June 3, 1990
Bush's decision to give China most-favored-nation status makes me ashamed to be an American. When did we become a nation of carrion eaters? This lust for commercial intercourse makes America seem a nation without a shred of moral consciousness. Is this really what we stand for in the world? Intimate relations with every type of brutal regime be it authoritarian, totalitarian, fascist, who cares what so long as it can generate power and money for American commercial interests? So let us hear no more talk of freedom and democracy.
July 1, 1990
History is full of paradoxes, and in the modern age of media manipulation, one persistent historical paradox has been the fact that often public opinion acquiesces to the rhetoric of an internally oppressive and externally ill-mannered regime and accepts the alleged solidarity between the ruler and the ruled and ultimately chastises the vanquished victims of terror and irrationality as culprits in the crimes of the victors. Iranian people have had their share of historical paradoxes.
April 13, 1996 | From Associated Press
When you need to check the size of something, you don't always have the best measuring tools on hand. Here are some tips on doing the job with and without rulers: * Use your own body for fast, approximate measuring. The first joint of an index finger is about 1 inch long. When a hand is spread wide, the span from the tip of the thumb to the tip of the pinkie is about 9 inches; from the tip of the thumb to the tip of the index finger, around 6 inches.
February 7, 2014 | By Stacy St. Clair
SOCHI, Russia - After dominating the first half of the World Cup season, U.S. bobsled pilot Steven Holcomb walked into a suburban Chicago high school gym on an icy December morning and headed straight toward the weight room. "The goal is two gold medals in Sochi," said Holcomb, who along with teammate Katie Eberling took no respite from Olympic ambitions while in the Chicago area for a wedding. "Anything else would be a disappointment. There's no more thinking you're just happy to be there.
November 17, 2013 | By Aoun Sahi and Mark Magnier
ISLAMABAD, Pakistan - Pakistan will try former military ruler Gen. Pervez Musharraf on treason charges, which carries life imprisonment or the death penalty, for enacting emergency rule in 2007, the interior minister said Sunday. The government on Monday will name a special prosecutor and ask the Supreme Court to set up a three-judge tribunal to initiate proceedings against Musharraf under Article 6 of the constitution, he said. That article defines treason. “The decision has been taken in the national interest,” Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan told a press conference.
September 17, 2013 | By Charles McNulty, Los Angeles Times Theater Critic
"Richard II," Shakespeare's history play about the fate of a king who talks a better game than he delivers, is given an entrancing stripped-down production at the Theatre @ Boston Court. Jessica Kubzansky, the theater's co-artistic director, has adapted and directed what she's calling "R II," a deft distillation of the drama that begins after Richard has been taken prisoner. Performed by an adroit cast of three, Kubzansky's version proceeds in flashbacks that are staged with laser-like precision, each scene offering another angle on this political object lesson.
June 25, 2013 | By Jeffrey Fleishman
CAIRO -- The emir of Qatar handed power to his son Tuesday at a time when the country has parlayed its media empire and natural gas riches into prominent regional influence that includes arming Syrian rebels and building a grandiose Museum of Islamic Art. In a nationally televised speech, Sheik Hamad bin Khalifa al Thani tapped his fourth son, Sheik Tamim bin Hamad al Thani, 33, to succeed him. A Cabinet shuffle is expected in the transition, but...
April 18, 2013 | By Alex Rodriguez
ISLAMABAD, Pakistan -- Police arrived at the luxury farmhouse of  former military ruler Pervez Musharraf in Islamabad and took him into custody on charges of illegally detaining dozens of judges while in power. It was unclear exactly what time the former Pakistani general was arrested at his residence, but he was later taken under heavy security before a judicial magistrate early Friday morning -- a routine step in the arrest process under Pakistani law. It was unknown whether Musharraf, 69, would be taken to jail or allowed to return to his farmhouse and remain there under house arrest.
January 30, 2013 | By Barbara Demick, Los Angeles Times
BEIJING - Nobody would suspect that this impish toddler is of noble lineage. Yiyi has the same buzz cut as other 3-year-old Chinese boys, the familiar habit of scattering his fleet of toy cars across the living room rug. But his family name gives him away: Yehenala, a famous Manchurian clan that once ruled China. When Yiyi was born, his father and grandfather made the unusual decision to give him the old Manchu name. Generations earlier, the family had shortened the name to Ye to disguise the fact that they were aristocrats in a communist country founded on the principle of overturning feudalism.
The NFL is a league of 31 dissimilar franchises with, usually, two or three standout teams. But almost every year, there is a substantial change on the leader board. The San Francisco 49ers and Dallas Cowboys, for instance, are down now, after years of living at the top. And the Tennessee Titans and Washington Redskins are up and stirring--as are the St. Louis Rams, Indianapolis Colts, Baltimore Ravens and one or two others.
January 8, 1989 | Associated Press
Emperor Hirohito, who held divine status until Japan's defeat in World War II and endured to reign for 62 years, died Saturday of intestinal cancer, the government's chief spokesman announced. He was 87. Chief Cabinet Secretary Kenzo Obuchi said the emperor died at 6:33 a.m. (1:33 p.m. PST). Shoichi Fujimori, grand steward of the Imperial Household Agency, told a nationally televised news conference that Hirohito died of cancer of the upper duodenum.
November 8, 2012 | By David Pierson, Los Angeles Times
BEIJING - China's new leaders, set to be unveiled next week at a once-a-decade transition, will soon be handed the keys to the world's second-largest economy. But unlike their predecessors, who embraced growth at all costs to spur the country forward, China's incoming rulers will be tasked with steering the economy toward a more sustainable path. China must boost its private sector, reduce its reliance on low-cost exports and big-ticket public projects, and put more money into the hands of ordinary Chinese, experts said.
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