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April 27, 2012
'Safe' MPAA rating: R for strong violence throughout and for language Running time: 1 hour, 35 minutes Playing: In general release
April 26, 2014
Re “Stowaway baffles experts,” April 22 Since the 9/11 attacks, billions of dollars have been spent “improving” airport security to guard against vicious lions, tigers and bears, and yet in San Jose a teenage mouse was able to breach that defense, climb into a passenger jet's wheel well and fly to Hawaii. But where a mouse goes, a venomous snake or a poisonous scorpion can surely follow. Arthur Velis Santa Monica I feel so much safer now that there are dozens of toothpaste tubes in bins at airport checkpoints even though a kid was able to hide in a wheel well of an airplane and fly to Hawaii.
January 6, 2009
April 23, 2014 | By Los Angeles Times staff
The father of a 15-year-old boy who stowed away in the wheel-well of a Hawaii-bound plane "thanked God" his son survived the ordeal, saying the boy may have been trying to return to Africa, according to the Voice of America . “When I watched the analysis about the extraordinary and dangerous trip of my son on local TVs and that Allah had saved him, I thanked God and I was very happy,” Abdilahi Yusuf Abdi, of Santa Clara, told VOA's Somali...
September 27, 2012 | By Ted Rall
Measure B, the "safer sex" initiative on the November ballot, would require porn actors to wear condoms on adult film sets in Los Angeles County. Soon, look for more laws legislating responsible behavior in porn. ALSO: Photo gallery: Ted Rall cartoons The pain-at-the-pump blame game ENDORSEMENTS: The Times' recommendations for Nov. 6 Follow Ted Rall on Twitter @TedRall
April 17, 2009
April 27, 2012 | By Robert Abele, Special to the Los Angeles Times
Would "Safe"be as brutally fun as it is without Jason Statham's gravel-voiced comic timing and explosive physicality? Writer-director Boaz Yakin's urban shoot-em-up isn't exactly the most cohesive narrative, throwing together the Russian mob, the Triads, dirty cops (led by Robert John Burke) and a corrupt mayor (Chris Sarandon) into a New York turf war over a bunch of coded numbers that lead to … who cares, really? It's the pairing of Statham's disgraced cage fighter and ex-cop - pushed to the brink of suicide by gangsters who killed his wife - with an endangered 12-year-old Chinese math whiz (Catherine Chan)
January 1, 2014 | By Maher Abukhater
RAMALLAH, West Bank -- The newly appointed Palestinian ambassador to the Czech Republic died Wednesday shortly after he was injured by an explosion when he opened an old safe in his Prague residence, according to a statement by the Palestinian Foreign Ministry. Jamal Jamal, who assumed his post in October, opened the safe after it was moved from the previous site of the Palestinian mission, the ministry said. He was taken to a hospital in critical condition and later pronounced dead.
June 17, 1990
Regarding "How Safe Is LAX?" (April 22): When one airplane misses another by more than 25 football fields laid end to end lengthwise, I find it hard to call that a near miss. However, the Federal Aviation Administration calls such an occurrence one of the closest calls of 1989. Obviously, the skies over Los Angeles are very safe. I want to thank author Kathleen Burton for pointing out this fact. I have long contended that the most dangerous part of any commercial or general aviation flight is the drive in your car to the airport.
October 22, 1989
I see our institutions of higher education have taken on a new role, that of institutes of higher immorality when they invite people like Suzi Landolphi--"She's Bawdy, She's Zany, She's Pushing Safer Sex"--to teach safe sex (by Patrick Mott, Oct. 12). It is amazing that man is so preoccupied with his plans for making sex safe when God has had a perfect plan in effect for safe sex for 4,000 years. God's plan is for one man to marry one woman and that sex before or outside of marriage is wrong.
April 14, 2014 | By Mary Forgione, Daily Deal and Travel Blogger
Passover begins at sundown Monday (today) and the Transportation Security Administration is assuring fliers that its officers will be sensitive to carry-on items associated with the Jewish holiday. "Some travelers will be carrying boxes of matzo, which are consumed as part of the Passover ritual," the agency said in an April 2 statement . "Matzo can be machine or handmade and are typically very thin and fragile, and break easily. Passengers traveling with religious items, including handmade matzo, may request a hand inspection by the TSO [transportation security officer]
April 10, 2014
Re "Gunman wounds officer at station," April 8 Someone walked into a Los Angeles Police Department station, a facility where nearly everyone is highly trained in gun usage and mentally prepared to use lethal force to end an encounter, and this would-be killer wasn't instantly disarmed by these people? Sure, let's arm schoolteachers. And market managers. And bus drivers. And crossing guards. And mail carriers. And secretaries in law office lobbies. And greeters at Costco. And why not kids?
April 9, 2014 | By Salvador Rodriguez
A bug named "Heartbleed" was recently discovered and likely affects most websites on the Internet. Fortunately, an online tool makes it easy for users to quickly check whether a website is secure or not. Heartbleed is a bug that affects OpenSSL, a technology that is used by many Internet services to keep user data secure. Hackers can take advantage of the bug to steal a key code that can then be used to steal information, including user passwords. A fix has been created for the bug, but many websites across the Internet have still not implemented it to their services.
March 30, 2014 | By Marc Lifsher
SACRAMENTO - The high-stakes battle over labeling foods with genetically engineered ingredients is back. Less than two years after California voters narrowly turned down a labeling ballot measure, the state Senate is grappling with the issue. The 2012 campaign cost the food industry $46 million to fight, five times more than the amount spent by the measure's proponents. By a 5-2 vote last week, the Health Committee approved Senate Bill 1381, by Sen. Noreen Evans (D-Santa Rosa)
March 29, 2014 | By Christine Mai-Duc
About 50 residents were let back into their Fullerton apartment units, which had been red-tagged Friday night after the 5.1 La Habra earthquake, according to Fullerton Fire Battalion Chief John Stokes. City building department inspectors were out in force Saturday to examine the 20 units at the building on Associated Road, and deemed them safe. Elsewhere in the city, about 19 residents in six single-family homes across northern Fullerton remained displaced, Stokes said. Most appeared to be staying with friends or relatives after a nearby shelter at a La Habra community center was closed by the Red Cross due to lack of requests for assistance.
March 26, 2014 | By Paresh Dave and Molly Hennessy-Fiske
ARLINGTON, Wash. -- Residents along the Stillaguamish River had felt protected from small landslides during the past eight years because Snohomish County spent millions of dollars shoring up the area after a mudslide in 2006, the county's Emergency Management Director John Pennington said Wednesday. But the landslide that struck last Saturday was "large" and "catastrophic,” Pennington said at a news conference.  The mudslide tore through 49 homes. At least 16 people have been confirmed dead and as many as 176 people are missing.
February 3, 1994 | HEIDI SIEGMUND
If the objective of a club-goer is to meet Mr. or Ms. Right, Century City's hoity-toity nightclub Tripp's may hold some attraction. On Saturday nights in particular, the two-tier venue rounds up the singles crowd and begins packing 'em in like the Harris Ranch stockyards. In every other way, however, Tripp's stumbles, fumbles and falters, offering a thoroughly unmemorable night out. All that, after paying a $15-cover charge and $5 for parking.
July 26, 2002 | From Times Wire Reports
A kidnapped teenage girl was safe after the man who abducted her shot and killed himself in the back seat of her car, police said. Brandi Balbontin, 17, the daughter of a deputy sheriff, was talking with a friend in a park late Wednesday when a man with a gun forced her to drive away with him in her car, the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office said. A deputy spotted her car at dawn and followed it.
March 24, 2014 | By Robin Abcarian
Michelle Obama, who has been an effective if tamped-down first lady, took her daughters and mother to China this week. The seven-day trip, which ends Wednesday, is not much different from other most traditional first lady trips, where highly choreographed appearances and interactions centering on the importance of education unfurl predictably. Obama's conversations and statements are friendly, inspirational and anodyne. The Obamas have also taken in the sights, and if you'd like to see what they have seen, you can read her official blog . Their itinerary includes the Forbidden City, the Summer Palace, the Great Wall and the Chengu Panda Base, home to dozens of the magical creatures.
March 22, 2014 | By Howard Blume
Erin Takeuchi's first-grade classroom at San Pascual Avenue Elementary is well outfitted. Every student work station has a box with glue, pencils, crayons and safety scissors. The walls are a riot of student work, academic content and inspirational messages. But one item is curiously absent - the iPads that Los Angeles school officials have wanted to distribute to every student. This made Takeuchi's activity on Friday especially noteworthy. She was teaching students how to use iPads safely.
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