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December 20, 1992 | MARY ROURKE, Times Fashion Editor
Women who never pictured themselves wearing see-through clothes are in for a surprise. Sheerness rules the fashion runways for spring. If fashion's newest styles are not all-out transparent, at least a suggestion of bare skin shows through tulle, lace, macrame or spider-web netting. Taking the veil really isn't so dreadful, however, because designers have found ways to mix sheer materials with solid fabrics to limit exposure. Longer, wool-crepe jackets cover a decent portion of sheer skirts.
If being thin were easy, everyone would try it. And if interpreting the latest high-fashion looks were a snap, women would put themselves together effortlessly, without the costly mistakes, embarrassing trial and error, and serious study that often accompany adopting and adapting a new trend. This spring's sheer styles offer a challenge to fashion-conscious women who want to make a new and potentially disastrous look wearable. A gossamer wisp of a dress may be oh-so-romantic on the hangar.
December 20, 2012 | By Hugo Martin, This post has been updated. See note below.
Responding to critics, the Department of Homeland Security is launching another safety study of full-body scanners used to screen passengers at the nation's airports. The Department of Homeland Security, which oversees the Transportation Security Administration, plans to award a contract to the National Academy of Sciences to perform the review. But the nonprofit group of scientists will only be asked to review previous studies on the safety of a particular type of scanner used by the TSA. The study comes in response to pressure from TSA critics, including Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine)
August 17, 1998
The Naked Eye: Under certain conditions, when you use one of Sony's new infrared video cameras, you can see through people's clothes. "Boy, those family vacation videos may be a whole lot more interesting this year." (Paul Steinberg) A Sweet Idea: There's a new cereal on the market called Oreo O's. "What kind of mother would serve a bunch of broken cookies for breakfast?"
March 14, 2003 | Kevin Thomas, Times Staff Writer
Don't mess with Cody Banks, who combines the karate skills of Jackie Chan with enough gadgetry and stunts for three James Bond movies. He may sound like Superman, but there's a catch: He's a nice, normal, middle-class Seattle high school kid who's about 16 but looks younger. Back when he was a mere 13, Cody answered an ad in a magazine devoted to spies and wound up at a summer camp run by the CIA as part of its agent development plan.
When sheer, filmy dresses first floated down the world's runways, announcing themselves as this summer's defining style, observers wondered how many women would be willing to appear nearly nude in public. Oh, they'd be dressed, ostensibly, but transparent fabrics, even decorated with pale blossoms, don't offer much camouflage for body parts usually considered private. Joan Kaner, fashion director of Neiman Marcus, was unfazed. "Customers are very smart," she said.
December 27, 1998 | Ilene Beckerman and Ilene Beckerman is the author of "Love, Loss and What I Wore" and "What We Do for Love."
There was a message on my answering machine: "We're having a few people over for the holidays and we'd love you to come. Dress informally." Dress informally? Does anybody not? I always dress informally. Dress-down Friday is just like Saturday night to me. Yet, I've always wanted to wear a red sequined dress. But where would I wear it? People don't dress up for the holidays anymore--unless they're invited to a Christmas party on a soap opera.
November 17, 1986 | MARTIN BERNHEIMER, Times Music Critic
Gian Carlo Menotti must be one of the better second-rate composers of the 19th Century. Too bad we are nearing the end of the 20th Century. Menotti at 75 is still cranking out pretty tunes, still basking in lush harmonies, still fabricating primitive, sentimental dramas. He is still paying lip service to ancient, time- dishonored conventions. He certainly shocks no one. He obviously doesn't want to. He doesn't even surprise anyone.
September 10, 2011 | By Hugo Martín, Los Angeles Times
The terrorist attacks that shocked the nation 10 years ago today devastated few industries as much as the airline business. In the decade that followed, U.S. air carriers have been battered by a sharp drop in demand, soaring fuel prices, wars, an outbreak of the deadly SARS virus and a stinging recession — forces that have led to billions of dollars in industry losses. Taxpayers and passengers have also had to pay in cash, delays and frustration: Air passengers shell out $1.8 billion annually in new airline fees to help fund $57 billion in airport security improvements mandated by the federal government over the last decade.
November 17, 2006 | Doug Smith, Times Staff Writer
FOR soldiers inside a Stryker armored vehicle, a 25-ton, eight-wheeled fortified box, every trip is about the same. The vehicle bounces and rolls, makes noises and gets hot. Time passes slowly. The world outside ceases to exist but for a black-and-white video feed on a 12-inch screen behind the driver's compartment. In the shadowy image, even dirty and congested Baghdad can almost look attractive. On this trip, a Stryker platoon of the U.S.
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