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May 1, 2010 | Chris Erskine, Los Angeles Times
I seem to suffer some sort of auditory process disorder that forces me to do the opposite of what my wife tells me. I've always been that way with authority figures. When teachers used to say, "OK, class, take out a piece of paper," I instead launched right into dismantling my mechanical pencil. In junior high, this especially seemed to happen with cute teachers I planned to one day marry. To this day, whenever an attractive authority figures asks me to do something, I do the exact opposite.
April 27, 2014 | By Laura W. Brill
Last year's Proposition 8 ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court changed the lives of many same-sex couples and their families in California for the better. But the political fallout from that decision is also having a profound and worrisome effect on the state's initiative process. The reason has to do with the nature of the court's action. The Supreme Court did not rule on the constitutionality of Proposition 8 itself. Rather, it decided an issue of standing, concluding that the initiative's backers had not been directly harmed by a lower-court ruling that the law was unconstitutional and that they therefore lacked standing to appeal that ruling.
February 16, 2013
The National Ski Areas Assn. advises that all skiers and riders follow these rules on the hill. Breaking them can result in the loss of your lift pass: •Stay in control and on terrain that is within your ability. •Only stop in a safe place, on the side of a slope, where you are visible to other skiers and riders. •When starting down a hill or when merging, look uphill and yield. • Look uphill before entering a trail. •Slow down when entering an intersecting area.
April 27, 2014 | Times Editorial Board
Given the danger posed by drunk or reckless drivers, police should follow up on information - even information from an anonymous source - that a vehicle might be careening down a street or threatening other motorists and pedestrians. If they confirm that is the case, they should stop the vehicle. But that isn't what happened in a California case decided by the Supreme Court last week. The court's ruling makes it too easy for police to stop motorists on the basis of an anonymous tip. In 2008, a 911 dispatch team in Mendocino County received a report that a pickup truck had forced another vehicle off the road, giving rise to a concern that the driver might be drunk.
June 21, 2012 | By Joe Flint
The Supreme Court vacated a lower court decision that the Federal Communications Commission's enforcement of its indecency rules was unconstitutional. The ruling is a blow for broadcasters, who were hoping that the high court would toss the FCC's ability to police content on radio and television. The decision arose out of challenges to the FCC's indecency rules by News Corp,'s Fox and Walt Disney Co.'s ABC. The broadcast industry has argued for years that the FCC's rules and how they are enforced are vague and unconstitutional.
June 3, 2010 | By Christy Grosz, Special to the Los Angeles Times
Considering the controversy over last year's nominee-expanding rule changes, it's no wonder the TV academy's modifications for the 2010 Emmy Awards seem less dramatic. But just as last year's nips and tucks demonstrated the organization's commitment to maintaining a fair process, this year's adjustments show that the Emmys can change alongside the business that they honor. "There's a general critical consensus and industry consensus that prime-time TV has moved into an extraordinary new era," says John Leverence, the TV academy's senior vice president of awards, who has overseen the process since 1980.
May 16, 2010 | Steve Lopez
It all came down to Robin Laird of South Pasadena High. The track meet. The undefeated season. The Rio Hondo League championship. If the senior pole vaulter won the final event of the April 29 track meet, her team would win it all. If she didn't, Monrovia High would wear the crown. So what happened? You might already have heard what happened, because the story has generated national buzz, thanks to a bush league move by the Monrovia coaching staff. I'll get to that in a moment, but let's go back to the track meet: With both teams gathered around to cheer on their mates, Laird stepped up to her mark with her fiberglass pole, gaze fixed on the crossbar 60 feet away, 7 1/2 feet off the ground.
January 15, 2013
Re "The killing drones on," Opinion, Jan. 10 As Michael Kinsley points out, there are thousands and thousands of pages of legal analysis, treaties, definitions and conventions regarding the rules of war. All of these are internationally accepted. But now, our government is attempting to justify its use of drones in other nations by defining the legal justification for doing so after the fact. That would be akin to an accused murderer drafting laws on homicide after committing the act. We may have the need to use drones, but that need does not give us the right under current international laws and treaties to do so. Jean-Claude Demirdjian Los Angeles ALSO: Letters: Shape up or else Letters: Act now to save the planet Letters: 'Silicon Beach' has enough money
April 27, 2012 | By Andrew Tangel
Rules put in place under the Dodd-Frank financial reform law give Wall Street firms significant leeway in deciding which employees - aside from corporate executives - will have their pay tied to long-term performance, a prominent securities law expert said. The Times spotlighted the top 50 highest-paid employees at Lehman Brothers in the years running up to the bank's 2008 bankruptcy. The Times showed that Lehman awarded traders and managing directors hundreds of millions of dollars in compensation.
December 22, 2011 | By Chris Erskine, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
A new pilot fatigue rule, announced Wednesday, sets a new 10-hour minimum rest period between work shifts , a two-hour increase over the old rules . . . . Unlike a year ago, New Mexico ski resorts are reporting big snow . Amounts range from 40 inches in southern New Mexico to 105 inches in the northern areas.  For updates, go to . . . . What are the chances for a white Christmas? A displaced storm track will keep the northern Plains dry, AccuWeather says.
April 25, 2014 | From staff and wire reports
A clarification by Major League Baseball has determined that fielders attempting to turn a double play after forcing out a runner must have complete control of the ball in their glove, but the ball can be dropped after the player intentionally opens their glove for the transfer to the throwing hand. The use of instant replay this season caused the need for clarification by the rules committee, which MLB said has been agreed to by the players' association and umpires' union. Previously, some umpires ruled that the ball needed to at least be removed from the glove in a transfer attempt.
April 25, 2014 | By Shan Li and Lalita Clozel
A new federal proposal to regulate electronic cigarettes has Patrick Sanchez pondering the future of the fledgling industry. Sanchez is the owner of Vapegoat, a Highland Park e-cigarette shop that doubles as an art gallery. On a normal night, customers kick back on his comfy couches, surrounded by brick walls hung with Salvador Dali-esque paintings, and try out new e-cig flavors. Since opening in September, Sanchez said, business has boomed as more smokers discovered the battery-operated devices, which heat liquids that usually contain nicotine to create a vapor that can be inhaled.
April 25, 2014 | By Jon Healey
A common assumption underlying the Net neutrality debate is that broadband ISPs will impose tolls on content providers, and content providers will pass those costs on to consumers, if only the Federal Communications Commission lets them. Witness this passage from a piece in Friday's Los Angeles Times about the Net neutrality proposal being floated by FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler: " 'It could create a tiered Internet where consumers either pay more for content and speed, or get left behind with fewer choices,' warned Delara Derakhshani, policy counsel for Consumers Union.
April 25, 2014 | By Tony Barboza
A day after hearing hours of impassioned testimony from a divided trucking industry, California air quality regulators on Friday postponed deadlines for aging heavy-duty trucks to comply with the nation's toughest diesel air pollution rules. The action by the state Air Resources Board will give small fleets, lightly used trucks and those operating in rural areas more time to upgrade to newer, cleaner models or install filters to remove soot from their exhaust. Officials say the changes will slow pollution cuts for several years but still allow the state to reach its goal of cutting diesel emissions 85% by 2020.
April 25, 2014 | By David Zahniser
A grass-roots group that has been railing against Los Angeles' parking ticket policies has agreed to team up with Mayor Eric Garcetti to look at changes to the enforcement system. Steven Vincent, founder of the Los Angeles Parking Freedom Initiative, said Garcetti invited members of his organization to participate in an official city working group. The panel, Vincent said, will look at an array of possible changes, such as reducing certain fines, expanding parking hours in key locations, making no-parking signs less confusing and halting the practice of using ticket revenue as a tool to balance the city's budget.
April 24, 2014 | Times Editorial Board
Eager to preserve the Internet's openness but not to be rebuked again by the courts, the Federal Communications Commission is crafting yet another set of "Net neutrality" rules to limit broadband providers' control over the data traveling through their networks. The tentative proposal unveiled Thursday seems more permissive than the rules a federal appeals panel rejected in January, prompting some critics to warn that Internet service providers will rush to create "toll lanes," giving preference to some content providers and moving their data faster to end-users.
August 23, 2012 | By Joe Flint
Apparently satellite broadcaster Dish Network Corp. doesn't like to take no for an answer. The Federal Trade Commission has filed a lawsuit against Dish charging that it kept calling people who had previously indicated that they did not wish to be contacted by the pay-TV distributor, which is a violation of "do not call" rules. According to the suit, which was filed in U.S. District Court in the Central District of Illinois, since 2007 Dish or telemarketers working on behalf of the satellite broadcaster made "millions of outbound telephone calls to phone numbers of persons who have previously stated that they do not wish to receive an outbound telephone call made by or on behalf of Dish Network.
April 24, 2014 | By Lalita Clozel
WASHINGTON - The Food and Drug Administration's move to regulate e-cigarettes drew criticism Thursday from some public health advocates, who said the regulations do not go far enough to protect young consumers. The proposed rule would for the first time allow the government to limit the manufacture and sale of e-cigarettes, as well as cigars and pipe tobacco. Sales to minors would be banned and health warning labels required. But the new rules would not ban online sales or restrict youth-friendly flavors such as watermelon and peppermint.
April 24, 2014 | By Francesca Dominici, Michael Greenstone and Cass R. Sunstein
Last week, a divided court of appeals upheld what may well be the most important environmental rule in the nation's history: the Environmental Protection Agency's mercury standards. The regulation is expected to prevent up to 11,000 premature deaths, 4,700 heart attacks and 130,000 asthma attacks a year. Critics of the mercury rule have focused on its expense. The EPA estimates it will cost $9.6 billion a year, with most of the burden falling on electric utilities. Indeed, the issue of cost is what split the court.
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