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May 14, 2008
Re "Slow, steady -- and under siege," May 11 The desert tortoise is sacrificing its living space for our armed forces so that they may better prepare for the hazards and dangers they face overseas. One might reasonably ask why so few Republican members of Congress, let alone the president or vice president, have made a similar contribution. It is a sad state of affairs when the lowly desert tortoise contributes more to our armed forces than the Bush administration and Congress. F.E. Rust Simi Valley
October 10, 2013 | By Sheri Linden
Baltimore auteur Matt Porterfield, a distinctive talent among American indie filmmakers, shifts gears in his third feature, "I Used to Be Darker. " Forgoing the documentary elements but not the aesthetic rigor that made his previous film, "Putty Hill," an exquisite meld of genres, he adopts a somewhat more conventional fictional approach. The low-key movie revolves around a family in the midst of a sea change: the end of a marriage and the disparate coming-of-age trajectories of two cousins.
April 9, 1989 | JACK SMITH
RECENTLY, IN complaining about telephone sales pitches, I remarked that I often got calls from some publisher in Washington asking if I wanted to subscribe to a new series of "beautifully illustrated books on the sex life of the snail, or whatever." As many of my innocent remarks do, this elicited a cry of pain from an unexpected source. Selma Raskin complained that she and Jean M. Cate had just published "It's Easy to Say Crepidula: A Phonetic Guide to Pronunciation of the Scientific Names of Seashells and a Glossary of Terms Frequently Used in Malacology."
September 20, 2013 | By Jason Felch and Jason Song
The president of Occidental College this week made an emotional plea for support to some 60 faculty members, saying his administration was "shell shocked" by criticism over its handling of student sexual assault allegations. Speaking for 20 minutes without taking questions, President Jonathan Veitch pleaded for reconciliation on campus, saying the controversy had taken a toll "on my health and my soul," according to several people who attended the meeting. He mentioned that his five-year contract was up for renewal, which suggested to some that he needed the faculty's backing.
June 13, 2004 | Nicolai Ouroussoff, Times Staff Writer
From the moment plans were announced to tear down the old shell at the Hollywood Bowl, panicky preservationists moaned that this was yet another indication of the city's indifference toward its architectural legacy. The Hollywood Heritage Assn., for one, sprang into action, filing a series of lawsuits that delayed demolition for several years. Such concerns may have been heartfelt, but they were misplaced. The old shell was decrepit and outdated.
Conversations can get intense at the little meeting hall on Beach Boulevard just south of Adams Avenue. Here, within whiffing distance of the Pacific Ocean, members of Alcoholics Anonymous discuss their narcotic and alcoholic addictions. On bad days, some say, they feel like blowing their brains out. On good days, they feel thankful for how far they've come.
Dot-com companies are shutting down daily, tech stocks are tumbling and the euphoria that once infused all things Internet has dissipated. But for the eternal optimists who populate the "new economy," there is still one sliver of hope: mobile commerce. "M-commerce," which has become the latest high-tech buzzword, turns cell phones and two-way pagers into shopping devices, along with Palm and Pocket PC hand-helds with wireless Internet access.
March 27, 1988 | JACK SMITH
WHEN YOU WRITE for the public, it is almost impossible to write anything that does not offend someone. Every word you drop falls on someone's foot. I am constantly amazed at the ferocious reactions to some of my gentlest and most innocent reflections. I do not blame the offended readers. In some way that I could not foresee, they have been hurt, disappointed, humiliated or frustrated by my words.
May 12, 2011 | Bill Dwyre
What you see now is what you are going to get from the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. The symmetry for their 2011 baseball season is now in place, whether they like it or not. Fittingly, they are in Texas for a three-game weekend series with the Rangers, who came of age in the American League West last season at the expense of the perennial playoff participant Angels. The Rangers went to the World Series and the Angels went home to watch on TV. They hadn't been postseason couch potatoes since 2006.
May 1, 2011 | By Kate Linthicum, Los Angeles Times
Jaslyne Smith, just home from the hospital, sat stiffly on the couch, her mother by her side. Her neck had been broken when a ceiling collapsed during last week's monster tornado. She had already been told that her aunt was killed when the tornado ripped into Rosedale Court, a sprawling complex of one-story brick apartments near downtown Tuscaloosa. But now her mother, Margaret Smith, was saying the name of Jaslyne's niece. Photo gallery: Tornadoes cut path of devastation Jaslyne, who turned 18 on Sunday, struggled to speak through swollen lips: "She dead too?"
March 18, 2011 | By Joseph Serna and Mike Anton, Los Angeles Times
Costa Mesa has sent layoff notices to nearly half its employees in a dramatic austerity program being closely watched by other cities struggling with ballooning pension obligations. City officials said the cuts were the first step in a plan to outsource many services to the private sector and significantly reduce the number of workers at City Hall. The six-month termination notices affect 213 of the city's 472 full-time employees and cut across departments ? firefighters, maintenance workers, jail staff, even dogcatchers.
April 1, 2009 | Jerry Hirsch
Supermarkets pulled pistachios and some pistachio-laden foods from their shelves Tuesday, moves resulting from this week's Food and Drug Administration warning to consumers not to eat the nuts because they could be tainted with salmonella. The FDA is scrambling to prevent a repeat of a recent salmonella outbreak from peanuts that has sickened more than 690 people in 46 states.
October 25, 2008 | Louis Sahagun, Louis Sahagun is a Times staff writer.
The moment the green sea turtle hit the veterinary emergency ward at the Aquarium of the Pacific, it was swept into a whirlwind of critical care starting with X-rays that revealed broken digits and infected lacerations in two front flippers and a 3-inch gash on its carapace. In a rear flipper, veterinarians found a fishing hook.
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