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August 10, 1993
The scourge of civilization: wars, pestilence and politicians (and not necessarily in that order). GEORGE MARGO Malibu
April 12, 2013 | By Amina Khan
Bed bugs have re-emerged as an urban blight in the past several years, forcing people out of homes, resisting chemical pesticides and evading other removal tactics. But researchers are building bug-catchers inspired by an age-old folk remedy to this “ancient scourge”: kidney bean leaves. Their experiments, described in the Journal of the Royal Society Interface, tested the home-grown solution and even made synthetic leaves that could help scientists devise an easy, environmentally friendly method of trapping bugs before they establish a full invasion.
August 20, 1995
The situation in the Balkans calls for this line by William Shakespeare: "See what a scourge is laid upon your hate." HERBERT ZITTAU La Jolla
May 3, 2012 | Chris Dufresne
Junior Seau's career at USC was like his life: remarkable but too short. Seau delivered too many hits to call him a one-hit collegiate wonder, yet he somehow forged a lasting legacy in only a few short, brilliant bursts. In 1989, he ransacked opposing backfields with a ferocity and flair that transcended football generations. "I tapped Juniors picture every single day before heading out to practice at USC," former Trojans linebacker Brian Cushing — born in 1987 — tweeted after learning of Seau's death Wednesday of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot.
January 11, 1993
Aldous Huxley in his novel "Brave New World" warned that schizophrenia would be the scourge of the 20th Century, but he didn't say it was contagious. You catch it from watching our governor. TOM FREEMAN Colton
January 22, 2000
I thought "old school" was cool. But I'll definitely take J.A. Adande's reference to Indianapolis [Jan. 15] as a small-time town as a compliment. He should be rooting for a Pacer-Laker final. It will give him a chance to flex his sportswriting muscles and actually write about the game. Remember the game? Shooting, passing, dribbling, etc. And with no "night life" in Indiana, hopefully I won't be reading about drugs, sexual assaults, thefts or any other exciting activities for at least three playoff games.
August 16, 1992
This letter is in response to the article, "House a Haven for Afflicted Addicts" (June 21). The story perverted through negativity the whole concept of the program at Gerry House. It would have been more appropriate to have (headlined) this article "Afflicted in House of Doom." The story categorized us as parasitic dregs with a wanton disregard for society. I'm truly sorry that the house and myself ever consented to the writing of this article. The truth of the matter is (that)
March 17, 1987 | TERRY ATKINSON, Compiled by Terry Atkinson
"Ultravox: The Collection." Vestron. $29.95. Along with Spandau Ballet, Duran Duran, et al., the second, post-1979 version of this British band represented the New Romantic movement and spurred its quick transformation into the musical scourge of the '80s: English glamour-pop. The members of this latter, Midge Ure-led Ultravox also earned a barely deserved reputation as influential video stars.
May 29, 2003
Re "Chapel Dedicated for Victims of Sex Abuse," May 26: Cardinal Roger Mahony has displayed one more act of deceit toward the victims of clergy rape and sodomy. He is a master of using the media to his benefit. How can a place within a place that represents criminal activity by criminal priests be a solace to the victims of rape and molestation? Most victims cannot bear to go into a Catholic church without a physical or psychological reaction. The thought of entering a Catholic church for a family wedding or funeral was impossible for me for years.
October 17, 1994 | From Associated Press
Cristoforo Pomaroli and Rosa Giovanelli had a son in 1780 in their small town in Italy, never knowing they bequeathed a genetic legacy that offers hope for reversing heart disease two centuries later. The boy's descendants in the northern Italian town of Limone inherited a genetic defect that protects them from the scourge of Western living--fatty deposits that clog the arteries.
March 22, 2012 | By Jo Becker
Last week in The Hague, the International Criminal Court, or ICC, found the Congolese warlord Thomas Lubanga guilty of recruiting and using child soldiers in the armed conflict in that country, sealing his fate as the court's first convicted war criminal. At the same time, the viral video "Kony 2012"has seemingly achieved its goal of making Joseph Kony, another rebel commander facing an ICC arrest warrant, notorious for his alleged crimes, including the abduction of an estimated 30,000 children for hisLord's Resistance Army.
December 19, 2011 | By Jasmine Elist, Los Angeles Times
David Pomes didn't set out to make a movie about crystal meth. The attorney turned first-time feature filmmaker initially wanted to write a story about the people who live their lives on the rugged Texas landscape where he spent his childhood. "Growing up in Texas, I knew people who were resourceful outdoorsmen," said Pomes, 42. "I set out to write about them and their woodsy culture, but I quickly saw that meth is a pervasive problem. Crystal meth has infested that world, more so than in Los Angeles, New York or Chicago.
July 25, 2011
Anyone seeking advice on how to reduce the environmental scourge of plastic carryout bags should avoid consulting the state of California, which has managed to do all the wrong things so far. The best approach would be a statewide levy on plastic and paper bags. Such fees have been remarkably successful where they've been adopted. Use of plastic bags fell by more than 90% at IKEA stores when the company imposed a 5-cent fee. California started its campaign against the bags with a wimpy mandate that supermarkets had to provide recycling bins for them.
February 23, 2011
Jean and Scott Adam of Marina del Rey lived a life many would envy, until it was cut short Tuesday by a band of Somali pirates. On their yacht, Quest, they had spent most of the last decade sailing to exotic locales and were on a trip from Thailand to the Mediterranean with another couple, Phyllis Macay and Robert Riggle of Seattle, when their boat was intercepted off the coast of Oman. All four were shot to death Tuesday by their captors after negotiations with U.S. naval officials for their release apparently broke down.
February 4, 2011 | By Tracy Wilkinson, Los Angeles Times
Halya Lagunesse thought she knew despair. Nearly seven years ago, the soldiers who had killed her husband gang-raped the Haitian woman and her daughter Joann, who was 17 at the time. But that pain pales in comparison to the torment of learning last March that her 5-year-old granddaughter had been raped. The attacker gave the child about 50 cents to go and buy rice. On her way back, he intercepted her and dragged her into a cemetery. "How did that happen? How did that happen?"
August 13, 2010 | By Thomas H. Maugh II, Los Angeles Times
Dr. Thomas C. Peebles, a World War II bomber pilot who isolated the measles virus, setting the stage for development of the vaccine that freed the world from the deadly scourge, died July 8 at his home in Port Charlotte, Fla. He was 89. Peebles also led a team that showed the tetanus vaccine could be given every decade instead of every year, developed a way to add fluoride to children's vitamins to prevent tooth decay and founded one of the country's...
August 13, 1999
Scourge of the late 20th century: SUVs and cell phones--in conjunction. GEORGE LATIES Los Angeles
December 27, 2002 | Howard Rosenberg
You may recall that last year's post-yule column celebrated an unknown work by Charles Dickens that was remarkably similar to his great classic "A Christmas Carol." Now, amazingly, comes news of another discovery among the papers of Dickens. This incandescent masterwork also features humbugging old Ebenezer Scourge in a tale of redemption completed shortly before Dickens' death, showing just how prophetic he was.
February 11, 2010 | By Aaron Barnhart
Chances are you've never heard of Larry Doyle. I had no idea who he was until last week, when the news division at CBS let him go after 40 years. Yes, CBS had another round of firings, and the loss of Doyle, the network's top war news producer, showed how deep these cuts really were. Dan Rather told the New York Observer that Doyle was "the soul of the place." Everyone was told this purge was a response to the devastating ad market of 2009. TV news layoffs are often spun as cyclic when, in fact, they are secular, part of the retrenching of a still-powerful but no longer influential media sector.
November 21, 2008 | Edmund Sanders, Sanders is a Times staff writer.
This might be the unluckiest city in the world, a onetime resort playground for the wealthy doomed by a string of human and natural disasters that recall biblical scourges. Lobuta Colletta has borne witness to Goma's decline. First from a comfortable home and now from a cramped shack, the mother of eight has seen mass murder and cholera, volcanic eruptions and civil war. "This part of the country must be cursed," she says. The troubles are back.
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