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September 3, 1986
Congratulations on an accurate and well-reasoned editorial, in which you blame the insurance industry for the so-called "liability insurance crisis" because of: (1) the insurance industry's exemption from antitrust law; (2) the lack of regulation of insurance premium increases; (3) the insurance industry's anti-competitive pricing practices. Further, you correctly stated that "there is little evidence to suggest that reforming the legal system would make insurance cheaper and more available."
March 2, 2002
March Madness is not just about college basketball. It also describes the state's election system. California voters will go to the polls Tuesday to nominate candidates for the November general election, then endure eight more months of political ads and mailings, eight more months of desperate fund-raising, eight ridiculously long months of grasping for public attention. To say nothing of the fact that voters are paying almost no attention to a primary conducted this early.
August 18, 1987
Perhaps now the dispute between the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum Commission and the Los Angeles Raiders can end and football fans can get back to the serious issues at hand--like quarterbacks and season tickets. Last week the commission appointed a two-member subcommittee to take a fresh look at the hotly disputed seating renovation plan that helped lure the Raiders to Los Angeles in 1982.
February 9, 1986
In keeping with a proud tradition that is unique in Central America, the citizens of Costa Rica peacefully elected a new president last weekend. In choosing between two candidates who both distrust the Sandinistas in neighboring Nicaragua, Costa Ricans thoughtfully opted for a man who offered a peaceful approach rather than hawkish rhetoric. Oscar Arias Sanchez will succeed his fellow National Liberation Party member Luis Alberto Monge into San Jose's presidential palace.
November 18, 1992
What began with the horror of 105 gunshots in a blood-stained Stockton schoolyard has ended, appropriately enough, in federal court with the National Rifle Assn. discredited in its legal challenge to California's ban on military-style assault weapons. The NRA, fearing that the U.S. Supreme Court would refuse to hear the case, dropped its two-year-old lawsuit to overturn California's landmark law.
If it's a sanity clause you're needing to bring some reason into this month of frenzied buying, I have one for you. It's called Operation Santa Claus, and without it, thousands of Orange County children and elderly poor would have no Christmas at all. Hundreds of volunteers, mainly county employees, collect toys, clothing and other items, individualize them and make sure they get to the kids who need them. It is a massive chore, and they do it on their own time without compensation.
January 2, 2004 | Larry Stewart, Times Staff Writer
Kobe Bryant is expected to explore the free-agent market during the off-season. One rumor is that he may end up playing for the Clippers. "I have no idea if Bryant is guilty or innocent," writes Mike Downey in the Chicago Tribune of Bryant's pending sexual assault trial. "But if he is willing to be a Clipper, his lawyers could argue temporary insanity."
December 31, 1989
Navigators of America's bewildering political landscape frequently look to California for their signposts to the future. Often, what they see is cryptic or banal. Those who look westward Monday, however, will see a landmark whose meaning and significance are unmistakable. On Jan. 1, the state's ban on the manufacture and sale of more than 50 specified semiautomatic rifles, shotguns and pistols originally designed solely for use against human beings will take effect.
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