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July 6, 1986
The president of the nation's largest teacher union won an unprecedented vote of confidence as a rules change allowing her and other officials to seek a third term won approval. Delegates to the National Education Assn.'s annual convention in Louisville, Ky., voted 4,218 to 1,607 to amend the 1.8-million-member union's constitution. The president, Mary Hatwood Futrell, is halfway through her second two-year term. She was expected to announce today that she will run again.
April 22, 2014 | By Eric Sondheimer
Lots of parents have viewed lacrosse as a safe alternative to playing football, but it remains a contact sport. In fact, Max Schneider, a lacrosse player from Santa Ana Mater Dei, broke his collarbone and was unconscious for a brief period after a late hit last month. That experience has caused his father, Greg, to question the rules and whether athletes are being adequately protected from late hits because the only penalty assessed was a three-minute penalty. There was no ejection.
February 15, 1987
The tort system of damages in the United States, and specifically in California, is quite different from other countries. When someone is injured in another jurisdiction, the rules change. Nevertheless, it is possible to have the matter resolved and litigated in California. In the case of Ms. Nathan, had she booked her tour through a major airline with offices in California, and if the (foreign) hotel was part of the travel package, there is a good chance that the California court would hear the matter.
April 18, 2014 | By Chris Dufresne
The NCAA president railed against the past Friday by uttering the contracted sentence many have been waiting to hear. “That's absurd,” Mark Emmert said on ESPN's “Mike & Mike” Show. The words didn't cover the gamut of inane NCAA practices but, hey, one absurdity at a time. Emmert, the NCAA's embattled leader, was only speaking to a ridiculous rule that defined when a bagel changed from a snack to a meal. Thank goodness that issue has finally been resolved -- too bad it only took 23 years.
February 3, 2008 | David Colker
The call: Hello, who's there??? The caller: Telemarketers legally can use automatic dialers to deliver vast numbers of recorded commercial messages, provided that the calls go to phones not on the federal Do Not Call registry. If no one picks up the phone, the recorded message can be left on an answering machine. But if a person answers, the rules change. The rule: According to the Federal Trade Commission's telemarketing sales rule, recorded calls have to be switched within two seconds to a live sales representative if someone picks up the phone.
June 17, 1989 | RICHARD C. PADDOCK, Times Staff Writer
The Senate Rules Committee, meeting behind closed doors, agreed Friday to adopt a new policy of voting in public when they decide to spend taxpayers' money on personal benefits for themselves or their staffs. In the future, the powerful committee will hold open meetings when discussing such issues as increasing senators' health benefits, buying them insurance or hiking their car allowances, said Senate President Pro Tem David A. Roberti (D-Los Angeles), who also serves as chairman of the committee.
May 24, 2009
Re "A fiscal crash that's all in your head," Opinion, May 17 Doyle McManus is right to say that humans may be too irrational when it comes to economic decisions. There is another way of looking at the problem: When it comes to economic decision-making, investors as a group are often all too rational for politicians' tastes. When politicians actually wade into the economy, then it is the height of prudence and rationality for investors to cash in their chips and hurry out of the casino.
September 14, 2008 | Sam Farmer, Times Staff Writer
The NFL season is just a week old, and already the San Francisco 49ers have improved their rushing defense. Which is to say they're not rushing around the way they used to. The difference is the NFL now allows one member of each defense to wear an in-helmet radio, allowing him to hear defensive signals from a coach and relay them to his 10 teammates on the field. "It's less of us scrambling or being scared to change the play because we don't think everybody's going to get it," said linebacker Mark Roman, who wears the wired helmet for the 49ers.
August 29, 2009 | SAM FARMER
What in the H . . . DTV is going on? The NFL is tweaking the rule book less than two weeks before the start of the season just to accommodate the gigantic video board suspended over the field in the Dallas Cowboys' new stadium? Usually, the league fidgets and fusses over a rules change, making an alteration only after years of studies, statistics and arguments over the integrity of the game. This change took six days. Yes, it was an emergency situation, with the regular season almost upon us. And, no, Jerry Jones is not to blame, seeing as the Cowboys owner not only met but also exceeded the inadequate specifications of the league that there must be at least 85 feet of clearance above the field.
March 28, 2009 | Jim Peltz
As the opening race of the Formula One season, the Australian Grand Prix is always filled with unknowns about which teams and their drivers will start strongly. But this year, the uncertainty in Melbourne is dizzying because of a spree of Formula One rules changes. The race cars are sleeker aerodynamically. Teams are again using slick tires, for better grip, after 11 years of running grooved tires.
March 6, 2014 | By Joe Flint
Pay-TV distributors and public interest groups cheered news that the Federal Communications Commission is considering new regulations for local television stations. Specifically, the FCC is expected to vote on March 31 to prohibit separately owned television stations from teaming up to negotiate distribution deals with pay-TV companies. The practice has become commonplace in the last several years because of an increase the number of operating partnerships between local television stations known as joint sales agreements or shared service agreements.
February 13, 2014 | By Eric Sondheimer
 Among 10 rule changes approved for the 2014 high school football season, the National Federation of State High School Associations Football Rules Committee put together a definition for "targeting," and it will be penalized as illegal personal contact. New rule 2-43 will read: "Targeting is an act of taking aim and initiating contact to an opponent above the shoulders with the helmet, forearm, hand, fist, elbow or shoulders. " The rule is an effort to minimize risk of injury.
December 12, 2013 | By Michael A. Memoli
WASHINGTON - Republican resentment over the Democrats' decision to change Senate rules and eliminate filibusters on nominations has led to a form of trench warfare in the already deliberative body, producing long hours and hard feelings as the Senate finishes the first week of life with its new rules in place. Democrats, after an all-night session that continued uninterrupted Thursday, said the marathon schedule was a small price to pay. Two new judges are now set to join the influential U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, giving Democratic appointees a majority on the court.
December 7, 2013 | By Timothy M. Phelps
WASHINGTON - On Monday, the U.S. Senate is scheduled to cast a historic vote to confirm Patricia Millett, an experienced Supreme Court advocate and taekwondo black belt, as a judge on the second-most powerful court in the land, tipping that court's balance of power to Democrats for the first time in nearly three decades. The next day, in a reminder of the importance of the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals, the U.S. Supreme Court will hear an appeal of a decision by two of the lower court's Republican appointees that swept away one of the Environmental Protection Agency's key air quality rules.
December 2, 2013 | Helene Elliott
Times columnist Helene Elliott rates the pluses and minuses in the NHL from the past week: + The San Jose Sharks didn't gain much ground during a 5-0-0 homestand because the Kings and Ducks each earned a loser point in shootouts. "Back in the day, teams would be out by Christmas. With the point system now, teams are in it all year long," Sharks defenseman Dan Boyle said. "On the other side of that, teams like ourselves, L.A., and Anaheim are playing well - and Phoenix - and have created no separation.
November 2, 2013 | Sam Farmer
Is a taunt worth a touchdown? The NFL might think so. Dean Blandino, the league's head of officiating, said on the NFL Network this week that he believes the competition committee will weigh the merits of changing the taunting rules so that an offender might nullify a touchdown with a taunt. If a player commits a taunting penalty on a touchdown in college football, the score is taken off the board and a 15-yard penalty is enforced from the spot of the taunt. In the pros, taunting is a dead-ball foul, meaning the play counts and the penalty is assessed on the next play.
April 10, 1997 | From Staff and Wire Reports
The National Federation Basketball Rules Committee in Kansas has approved a rules change affecting the timeouts high school coaches will have next season. In an effort to speed up play, committee officials announced Wednesday that coaches will lose one full-length timeout but gain two 20-second timeouts. The change will give coaches three full-length timeouts and two 20-second timeouts in a regulation game. Any unused timeouts from regulation could be used in overtime.
Was it whining or sandbagging? Whichever, complaints from Ford and Dodge about the GM advantage during Daytona 500 SpeedWeeks paid off in Sunday's race. After only two Fords qualified in the top 20, NASCAR officials cut a quarter-inch off their rear spoiler last Sunday to improve their aerodynamics.
November 2, 2013 | By Soumya Karlamangla
In a move that could ignite a legal battle, the Florida city where Trayvon Martin was killed will discourage neighborhood watch volunteers from carrying firearms, part of an effort to overhaul its police department and improve the city's tarnished reputation. George Zimmerman fatally shot Martin, an unarmed black teenager who was walking home from a convenience store, in February 2012. The case became a symbol of the country's racial tensions and divisions over gun laws, and thrust Sanford, a central Florida city near Orlando , into the national spotlight.
October 19, 2013 | By Amy Kaufman
Standing in front of his congregation at One Church International, pastor Touré Roberts made an impassioned plea: Go see a Ja Rule movie this weekend. "I'm excited about this film," the preacher said. "It's almost like God is taking it viral. It comes out this Friday, and we gotta go. " In the middle of a Wednesday evening service at a theater-turned-church on La Brea Avenue, Roberts was hyping up "I'm in Love With a Church Girl," a faith-based film that just debuted in about 500 theaters.
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