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February 15, 2013 | by Walter Hamilton
Consumer sentiment rebounded solidly early in February after a disappointing showing the previous two months, according to a survey released Friday. The monthly Thomson Reuters/University of Michigan consumer sentiment index rose to 76.3, up from 73.8 in January. Quiz: How much do you know about looming federal budget cuts? The readings in December and January were weighed down by Americans' concerns about the potential drag from the so-calledĀ fiscal cliff, which federal lawmakers averted with a last-minute deal.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 7, 2014 | By Matt Stevens
The cellphone video from inside a classroom at Santa Monica High School went viral late last week. It showed Mark Black, a longtime teacher and wrestling coach, swatting at a student with his arms, grabbing the teenager by the thigh and then crashing into desks and the classroom wall as he tried to execute a takedown. Moments later, Black had the young man pinned to the ground. District Superintendent Sandra Lyon called the incident "utterly alarming" and acted swiftly, placing the teacher on leave pending the outcome of an investigation.
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BUSINESS
March 30, 2012 | By Don Lee
High oil prices or not, American consumers are feeling more confident about conditions than at any time since the recession began in late 2007. That's according to the latest survey by Thomson Reuters/University of Michigan, which reported Friday that its March consumer sentiment index climbed to 76.2 from 75.3 a month ago. That pushed up the average reading for the first quarter to the highest level since the fourth quarter of 2007. What's been boosting sentiment? In a word, jobs.
BUSINESS
March 27, 2014 | David Lazarus
Airlines will never win a prize for sensitivity to customers' problems. They typically won't budge on change fees and ticketing costs. But you'd think that even the most hard-hearted carrier would acknowledge that, all things considered, this isn't the best time for a family trip to Russia. The situation in Ukraine prompted the U.S. State Department to issue a travel advisory March 14 warning Americans about "the possibility of violence or anti-U.S. actions directed against U.S. citizens or U.S. interests.
BUSINESS
December 23, 2013 | By Tiffany Hsu
Target continues to suffer blowback from the breach of as many as 40 million customer credit and debit card accounts it disclosed last week, as consumer perception of the chain plunges and calls for an investigation intensify. Consumers' perception of Target dropped to the lowest point - a minus 19 - since at least June 2007, according to a survey Monday by sentiment tracking service YouGov BrandIndex. It's also the first time in more than six years that negative perception of Target has outweighed positive feelings about the brand.
BUSINESS
June 16, 2009 | Times Wire Reports
The National Assn. of Home Builders' housing market index slipped one point in June, reflecting builders' uncertainty about when their business prospects might improve. The Washington-based trade association said the index fell to 15 -- the first decline since January, when the index dropped to an all-time low of 8. Index readings lower than 50 indicate negative sentiment about the market.
NEWS
June 7, 1987
"The Golden Girls" has been a delight from its inception, but a recent segment introducing a new family (played by Paul Dooley and Rita Moreno) had little humor and a little too much sentiment. Why tamper with a good thing? Etta Morris, Los Angeles
ENTERTAINMENT
August 28, 2005
RE "A Slow Hand" [Aug. 14]: It's quite obvious that Jim Jarmusch has "an adverse reaction to thinking about what will happen next" and isn't "interested in sentiment or life lessons." In "Broken Flowers," nothing happened ever! It was more than just slow and subtle; it was downright lethargic and pointless -- no sentiment whatsoever, no life lessons, not even an ending. I've never seen people jump out of their seats so fast to exit a theater. Everyone was bored out of their minds.
OPINION
December 21, 1986
Did someone forget to provide Ronnie with the last page of this script? FERD CARUANA Los Angeles The Times is receiving about 50 Reagan-Iran-contra letters a day; the sentiment is 10 to 1 against Reagan.
MAGAZINE
July 19, 1992
Jim Mann's "The Physics of Revenge" (June 7) offers a warning signal about a largely unacknowledged problem: Our once internationally acclaimed system of advanced doctoral degree education is deteriorating and the whole process of attaining a Ph.D. is increasingly alienating and dehumanizing. Despite many outstanding faculty and research programs, there is a growing sentiment, especially by those who have gone through the process, that earning a Ph.D. in many subject areas has become a vicious, arbitrary and insipid pursuit.
WORLD
March 14, 2014 | By Henry Chu
BERLIN - The last time she checked, Katya Tasheva had the normal number of limbs and eyes. So she feels a nasty shock of non-recognition, she says, when German news reports warn of a coming invasion of people like her - Bulgarians - as if they were aliens from space. "It's all of a sudden like we're these three-eyed, five-legged people who are all going to steal stuff," said Tasheva, 27, a singer who has lived in Berlin for nine years. "Normally when I listen to these comments, I just laugh and switch the channel or turn the pageā€¦.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 1, 2014 | By Susan King
In the long history of Oscar ceremonies, few matched the craziness, drama and poignancy of the 46th Academy Awards, which took place almost 40 years ago on April 2, 1974, at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion. That ceremony, hosted by writer-director John Huston, singer-actress Diana Ross, and actors Burt Reynolds and David Niven, featured a streaker who ran across the stage; a legendary comedian receiving a special award; a multiple Oscar-winning actress (who was ceremony-shy) make her only appearance at the Academy Awards, while another famous actress, who was dying of cancer, made her final bow. And youth was served, as a 10-year-old actress became the youngest to win a competitive Oscar while a composer a few months shy of his 30th birthday won all three music awards.
BUSINESS
February 23, 2014 | Liz Weston, Money Talk
Dear Liz: We are settling my dad's estate. My dad found a rock, and it sat in my parents' frontyard for years. He worked in a gravel pit for decades, and that was the only rock he found interesting enough to bring home. When my mom died, we held an auction of their household goods. My dad told me to take the rock home. I said that to be fair, the rock should be sold at auction. A family member then stole the rock and has been hiding it for more than two years. This person says it's going to be placed on my dad's grave site.
SPORTS
January 13, 2014 | By Ben Bolch
Here's one thing Mike Brown doesn't miss about being the Lakers' coach: the commute. It was 43 miles from his home in Anaheim Hills to the team's practice facility in El Segundo. Driving time varied greatly depending on traffic and whether basketball operations assistant Kyle Triggs came along, allowing them to use the carpool lane. "Literally, I could get stuck, especially going home sometimes without having him in the car with me and it would take me two, 21/2 hours," Brown, now coach of the Cleveland Cavaliers, recalled Monday afternoon.
BUSINESS
December 25, 2013 | By Meg James
The hottest holiday commercials this season have ditched the heartwarming, home-for-the-holidays scenes to strike a dramatically different chord. Advertising executives have instead chosen sly humor over sentiment, as major marketers including American Honda Motor Co., Netflix and K-Mart are betting that tongue-in-cheek sells. Perhaps for good reason: U.S. consumers are tired of sugarcoated Christmas commercials, according to a recent online survey of more than 2,000 consumers.
BUSINESS
December 23, 2013 | By Tiffany Hsu
Target continues to suffer blowback from the breach of as many as 40 million customer credit and debit card accounts it disclosed last week, as consumer perception of the chain plunges and calls for an investigation intensify. Consumers' perception of Target dropped to the lowest point - a minus 19 - since at least June 2007, according to a survey Monday by sentiment tracking service YouGov BrandIndex. It's also the first time in more than six years that negative perception of Target has outweighed positive feelings about the brand.
NEWS
March 6, 2012 | By Megan Garvey
Newt Gingrich had fallen by the wayside on Twitter . In January, the week after he decisively took South Carolina from assumed GOP front-runner Mitt Romney , the social media universe buzzed with Gingrich talk. The last week? Not so much. MOOD METER: Track political social sentiment San Francisco-based Kanjoya, which tracks social sentiment around the remaining Republican presidential hopefuls, found emotion in nearly 209,000 tweets tied to Gingrich between Jan. 23-29.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 18, 2013 | George Skelton, Capitol Journal
Even in deep blue California, where Democrats dominate, organized labor is losing public popularity. That's a general statement, based on nonpartisan polling. Specifically, public employee unions are tarnishing all labor, according to the pollster. He pinpoints pension envy: public employees pulling down generous retirement benefits that private sector taxpayers began losing years ago. That's the long-term public gripe. And recently in the traditional labor stronghold of the San Francisco Bay Area, voters have especially soured on unions because of two very annoying public transit strikes.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 2, 2013 | By Mark Swed, Los Angeles Times Music Critic
After Christian Zacharias had conducted the Los Angeles Philharmonic in plush, punchy, skillfully proportioned yet not always stirring performances of works by Stravinsky, Bach, Schubert and Schumann, I turned to the Marx Brothers. Groucho had answers for many of life's predicaments. The 1946 screwball entertainment "A Night in Casablanca" happened to be especially relevant. Friday's program in Walt Disney Concert Hall began with Stravinsky's "Danses Concertantes" in its first complete performance by the L.A. Phil, even though the antic 20-minute ballet score, also intended as a concert work, was written in Los Angeles and had its premiere at the Wilshire Ebell Theatre in 1942.
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