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June 16, 2007
Re "Carpool lanes for airplanes?" June 11 What a pleasure to hear of a new way to steer airplanes that is safer, faster and more efficient than the old zigzag pattern of navigation that has been around for years. By cutting the corner on landings, takeoffs and point-to-point flying, each airport runway can handle more planes an hour. Airport neighbors should see a benefit in noise reduction. Airplanes will no longer have to fly for miles in the wrong direction before making turns toward their goal.
April 24, 2014 | By Hugo Martin
Americans are split on whether airport screening lines make air travel safer. But at the same time, a majority of American adults worry that faster screening lines for travelers who submit background information might jeopardize airline safety. The latest measure of the public's attitute on airport security came from a poll of 2,234 adults in the U.S. by the Harris Poll. It comes only days after a teenage boy slipped undetected onto a Maui-bound jet at Mineta San Jose International Airport.
December 23, 2003
In his Dec. 21 editorial cartoon ("The Straight Shooter," Commentary), Michael Ramirez accuses Howard Dean of misrepresentation and lying. Last week Dean stated that the capture of Saddam Hussein did not make America any safer, and all the right-wing pundits attacked him. Now the Bush administration has raised the official terror threat level to orange, the highest danger level since 9/11. So, assuming the administration is telling the truth (a large assumption, considering the administration's habit of lying and trying to rule through fear)
March 31, 2014 | By Emily Alpert Reyes
Hoping to make Los Angeles a national leader in steering trash away from landfills, the City Council is poised to approve a sweeping and controversial transformation of garbage collection for tens of thousands of businesses and apartment buildings. The new system, which tightens city control over the commercial trash-hauling market, is expected to win approval Tuesday. Proponents say that the changes, backed by environmental and labor organizations, will keep more garbage out of landfills, cut down on truck traffic and make the industry safer for workers.
September 24, 1999
Would gun control supporters explain to me how making potential victims helpless will make them safer? KIP ALLEN Palm Springs
April 23, 1995
I have sympathy for the cyclist and his family whose death was discussed in the letter of April 9 "Honor Cyclist Memory by Making Streets Safer." But cyclists should make streets safer by obeying the law. Every morning when I go for a walk, I see a majority of cyclists run stop signs at a high rate of speed. Some don't even stop for a red light if they think it is clear to do so. Why don't they follow the rules of safe cycling? GENE LAWSON Burbank
March 14, 1993
My husband and I returned from Egypt several weeks ago. We felt far safer there than in any major U.S. city and surely safer than in London, where the IRA regularly sets off car bombs in areas frequented by tourists. However, a bomb in a coffee shop in the heart of Cairo the last week in February is the kiss of death, as far as we're concerned. If we had an upcoming trip, we would cancel. BARBARA KRAUS San Luis Obispo
May 11, 1993
Polsby is wrong in suggesting that a well-armed populace is a safer one. When our cars became more protected by alarms, the criminals simply changed their method to carjacking. If the general populace becomes well-armed, the criminals will simply conduct businesses by some "sneak attack and ambush" technique that Polsby admits the well-armed gangs use now. Just knowing that I could be caught in a "bad guy" and "auxiliary police officer" shootout makes me feel so much safer. JOHN R. NACHREINER Redondo Beach
April 25, 1986
Thanks to Ronald Reagan I feel so much safer now and can sleep much better since he became President. So why am I canceling my vacation to Europe this year? MARTIN DELAFIELD Camarillo
September 18, 1987
I read the NRA ad. It was very convincing. It convinced me to join a gun-control organization. For some reason, the idea that more and more of the people that I encounter on the streets of Los Angeles will soon be armed does not make me feel any safer. JEFFREY STEWART Eagle Rock
March 14, 2014
Re "The labels on generic drugs," Editorial, March 12 The Times objects to a Food and Drug Administration proposal to allow generic drug manufacturers to update safety labeling to warn of newly discovered risks, as brand-name manufacturers have long been permitted to do. The editorial is based on the misperception that the law requires branded and generic labeling to be identical. In fact, FDA regulations allow generic labeling to "include differences in expiration date, formulation, bioavailability, or pharmacokinetics," among other things.
March 8, 2014 | By Richard Verrier
At least 500 film industry workers gathered in West Hollywood on Friday night to pay tribute to Sarah Jones, the 27-year-old assistant camerawoman killed on a film set last month in Georgia. Hundreds of union members walked along Sunset Boulevard from the Directors Guild of America building to a parking lot behind the headquarters of the International Cinematographers Guild, where they held candles, and watched videos of Jones' life on two large video screens. Several wore T-shirts with the messages: "We're all Sarah Jones" and "Never Forget.
February 28, 2014 | By Kelly Candaele
In the bottom of the 12th inning during Major League Baseball's All-Star Game in 1970, a spectacular collision took place at home plate. The National League's Pete Rose smashed into American League catcher Ray Fosse, hurling him backward into the dirt. Rose scored the winning run, while Fosse suffered a career-threatening injury. It was one of the most exciting moments in All-Star history. In February, Major League Baseball announced an experimental one-year change - Rule 7.13 - designed to reduce the chances that either a catcher or runner would be injured in an "egregious" collision at home plate.
February 21, 2014 | By Ronald D. White
With America's new oil boom forcing more and more crude onto long trains to make up for inadequate pipeline capacity, Warren Buffett's BNSF has opened bids to buy 5,000 safer transport cars. The move follows a series of high-profile rail accidents and spills, including a July derailment that killed 47 in Lac-Megantic, Quebec. Another rail oil tank car incident in February dumped 4,500 gallons of crude in Pennsylvania. Bids will be put out to several tank car manufacturers, according to Roxanne Butler, a spokeswoman for BNSF.
February 5, 2014 | By Alana Semuels and Paresh Dave
SEDALIA, Mo. - The dirty rocks of salt are packed into a storage shed on a snowy lot, where a nearby bulldozer, its engine on, stands at the ready. Pettis County Commissioner Brent Hampy trudges across the frozen ground to assess the stockpiles for this county, which just received 8 inches of snow in a nasty storm that closed schools for two days. There are about 200 tons of salt left piled here, and it may not be enough. The county started out the winter with 600 tons, and last winter used only 50. "If we don't have more ice storms we'll be fine," Hampy said, as the wind whipped his cheeks in the 11-degree chill.
November 22, 2013 | By Tony Barboza
Mercury levels in women's blood are dropping, and not because they're eating less fish, a new study says. Instead, women appear to be eating smarter and choosing less contaminated varieties of seafood, according to a study released this week by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. The analysis showed that blood mercury levels in women of childbearing age dropped by about one-third between 2001 and 2010 compared with 1999 and 2000. "There was very little change in the amount of fish consumed and mercury levels in fish tissue did not decline," said Betsy Southerland, director of the Office of Science and Technology in the EPA's water division.
February 3, 2008
I was excited to see "Is Dubai for Real?" [Jan. 27] because I just traveled there earlier this month. Dubai is one of the most amazing places I've ever seen. I felt safer there than I do at a mall here in the U.S. Doug Archer Playa Vista
February 10, 2004
Ways to be safer while hiking need more exposure ("Life in the Balance," Feb. 3). My husband, an experienced hiker, went alone until he had to be rescued. He now has rewarding hiking treks without going solo and he carries more survival gear. Judy Treidler Pasadena
October 25, 2013 | By Mark Swed, Los Angeles Times Music Critic
"Hit it, Zubin!" Thus spake Zappa in Pauley Pavilion in 1970. Forty-three years later, this immortal injunction to Zubin Mehta at the premiere of Frank Zappa's "200 Motels" came back Wednesday night to haunt us. And taunt us. We think of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, once it moved into Walt Disney Concert Hall, as having become a uniquely relevant and risk-taking orchestra. After all, it celebrated the 10th anniversary of the opening of the hall on Wednesday with a staged production of the world premiere of what is being called Zappa's "200 Motels - The Suites.
October 11, 2013
RECENT COVERAGE: Century City tower site runs into quake fault questions San Francisco offers lessons to L.A. on quake retrofitting Skyscraper site in Hollywood may sit on active fault, state says
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