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OPINION
April 7, 2006
Re "So many 'special' friends," Opinion, April 3 Niall Ferguson's piece expands on a very simple premise: A nation does not have permanent allies (friends); it only has permanent interests (the welfare of its citizens). Though the premise is easily spelled out, planning and executing a coherent and effective foreign policy are not. The Bush administration doesn't seem capable of using anything smaller than a sledgehammer in its diplomacy or in its military actions. ROD GUILMETTE Burbank
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NEWS
September 11, 2013 | By Paul Whitefield
My dad always said that having the right tools made the job easier. I wonder what Dad would've thought of Miley Cyrus? Now, if you're one of the 100 or so people left in America who hasn't seen the video for her new song, “Wrecking Ball,” you might want to take a moment and check it out. (I'm a full-service blogger; video included above.) Though I should offer some caveats: Don't watch it at work: Unless, of course, you want to be accused of violating your company's sexual harassment policies and/or be sentenced to sexual harassment reeducation camp.
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WORLD
September 22, 2012 | By Patrick J. McDonnell, Los Angeles Times
BEIRUT - Two former Turkish generals and a retired admiral were among more than 300 ex-officers sentenced to prison terms Friday in a controversial case that highlighted tensions between Turkey's civilian government and the long-powerful military. The three ex-commanders were convicted in Istanbul, Turkey, of being the ringleaders of a complex plot to "overthrow the government by force" almost a decade ago and were initially sentenced to life in prison, Turkish news reports said.
WORLD
September 22, 2012 | By Patrick J. McDonnell, Los Angeles Times
BEIRUT - Two former Turkish generals and a retired admiral were among more than 300 ex-officers sentenced to prison terms Friday in a controversial case that highlighted tensions between Turkey's civilian government and the long-powerful military. The three ex-commanders were convicted in Istanbul, Turkey, of being the ringleaders of a complex plot to "overthrow the government by force" almost a decade ago and were initially sentenced to life in prison, Turkish news reports said.
MAGAZINE
June 12, 1988
Either Rossen has a very fertile imagination or her attacker was the proverbial 98-pound weakling. From her description of the attack, she was hit many times with a "3-foot sledgehammer." Sledgehammers are characterized by the weight of the head, not by the length of the handle. A solide blow from a sledgehammer would, at least, cause a major skull fracture. Steers in a slaughterhouse are killed by one blow of a sledgehammer. From her description of th1696620916 From the description of her injuries, it is more likely that she was hit by a broomstick.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 24, 1991
An off-duty San Diego police officer was assaulted by three men Sunday when he went to investigate sounds coming from the canyon behind his house. Officer Jack Sergojan heard pounding at 5:30 a.m. in the canyon behind his house near the 153000 block of California 67 in Poway, a San Diego County Sheriff's Department spokeswoman said. Sergojan and a neighbor who also went to investigate the noise saw three men trying to open a large safe with a sledgehammer.
NATIONAL
February 22, 2006 | From Times Wire Reports
A man confessed to bludgeoning his roommate to death with a sledgehammer handle and a claw hammer after an argument that started over an empty roll of toilet paper, authorities said. Franklin Paul Crow, 56, was charged with murder in the death of 58-year-old Kenneth Matthews in the small town of Moss Bluff, the Marion County sheriff's office said. The two men shared a mobile home.
NEWS
September 11, 2013 | By Paul Whitefield
My dad always said that having the right tools made the job easier. I wonder what Dad would've thought of Miley Cyrus? Now, if you're one of the 100 or so people left in America who hasn't seen the video for her new song, “Wrecking Ball,” you might want to take a moment and check it out. (I'm a full-service blogger; video included above.) Though I should offer some caveats: Don't watch it at work: Unless, of course, you want to be accused of violating your company's sexual harassment policies and/or be sentenced to sexual harassment reeducation camp.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 25, 1992 | NANCY CHURNIN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Sledgehammer Theatre is no longer homeless. The 7-year-old San Diego company has signed a six-month lease, with an option to extend for 2 1/2 years, at the Sixth Avenue Playhouse, which had been managed since 1976 by the San Diego Repertory Theatre. The San Diego Rep did not renew its lease for financial reasons when it ran out in April. Before the San Diego Rep gave up the space, it helped pass the lease to Sledgehammer, a company it has encouraged and supported artistically over the years.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 15, 2000 | KEVIN THOMAS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
"Screwed": That's exactly what you're likely to feel if you try to watch this relentlessly unfunny loser, a candidate for the short list of the year's worst major studio release. Pros like Elaine Stritch and Danny DeVito are always fun, but even their presence can't make a dent in this disaster. Amazingly enough, it was written by Scott Alexander and Larry Karaszewski, who have "The People vs.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 14, 2010 | By Veronica Rocha, Los Angeles Times
A 23-year-old man who allegedly used a sledgehammer to smash a religious monument outside St. Mary's Armenian Apostolic Church in Glendale has pleaded not guilty to felony vandalism, officials said. Victor Petrescu of Glendale appeared in court Thursday to answer charges that included felony vandalism of religious property with an enhancement for damages exceeding $50,000, a misdemeanor count of possessing a sledgehammer with the intent to commit vandalism and graffiti, and having a suspended and revoked driver's license, said Glendale police Sgt. Tom Lorenz.
WORLD
January 28, 2009 | John M. Glionna
Lee Jung-hee recalls the precise moment when all hell broke loose -- the tie-yanking, headlocks and neck-wringing, the thud of sledgehammers and, ominously, the sickening whine of a chain saw. The 39-year-old had witnessed plenty of violent protests in her native South Korea, where rowdy demonstrations are a Saturday newscast staple. These combatants, however, weren't blue-collar workers or student protesters, but dozens of blue-suited national lawmakers.
SPORTS
June 24, 2007 | Steve Springer, Times Staff Writer
It took a beat of the heart for the paralyzing pain to set in. In that instant, Jose Luis Castillo took a step back and stared at the man who had just delivered the devastating blow to his rib cage on the right side. But then the agony and the helplessness crept over Castillo as the air was sucked out of his body.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 28, 2007 | Ashley Powers, Times Staff Writer
A Garden Grove police officer shot and killed a man who lunged at officers with a sledgehammer after leading them on a chase through a residential neighborhood Saturday, authorities said. Police were called to Twin Lakes Park near Lampson Avenue and Haster Street about 12:46 p.m. after a caller reported a man "acting strangely," said Lt. David Kivler. When an officer approached the man, whose name and age were not released, he thrust his hands into his waistband and started yelling, Kivler said.
WORLD
August 9, 2006 | From Times Wire Reports
A man was killed in a workshop on the outskirts of Rio de Janeiro when he tried to open what police believe was a rocket-propelled grenade with a sledgehammer. The workshop was destroyed and several cars parked outside caught fire. Another man who was in the shop was taken to a hospital with severe burns, an officer said. Police found several unexploded army-issue rocket-propelled grenades in the workshop.
OPINION
April 7, 2006
Re "So many 'special' friends," Opinion, April 3 Niall Ferguson's piece expands on a very simple premise: A nation does not have permanent allies (friends); it only has permanent interests (the welfare of its citizens). Though the premise is easily spelled out, planning and executing a coherent and effective foreign policy are not. The Bush administration doesn't seem capable of using anything smaller than a sledgehammer in its diplomacy or in its military actions. ROD GUILMETTE Burbank
OPINION
March 27, 2005
Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and California Democrats are arming themselves for the battle of ballot initiatives instead of struggling, as they should, at the boring old negotiating table. Schwarzenegger threatens to call a special election this fall so he can take his proposed reforms -- like cutting back bureaucrats' pensions, requiring merit pay for teachers and imposing budgetary spending limits -- to the voters.
NATIONAL
February 22, 2006 | From Times Wire Reports
A man confessed to bludgeoning his roommate to death with a sledgehammer handle and a claw hammer after an argument that started over an empty roll of toilet paper, authorities said. Franklin Paul Crow, 56, was charged with murder in the death of 58-year-old Kenneth Matthews in the small town of Moss Bluff, the Marion County sheriff's office said. The two men shared a mobile home.
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