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February 25, 2013 | By Los Angeles Times Staff
California's Republican Party is beset by problems, from sagging finances to declining voter registration. But one of its immediate concerns is the lack of a clear challenger to Gov. Jerry Brown next year. George Skelton says in  Monday's column  that Republicans need to start scrambling to find the right person to lead them into the election. Brown is popular right now, and he might not be beatable, Skelton says. But Republicans need to find a way to save face.  "We're not looking for electability," he writes.
March 8, 2014 | By Richard Fausset
MEXICO CITY - A Mexican regulatory agency has ordered the massive companies that dominate this nation's telephone and broadcast television sectors to share their network infrastructure with competitors, a move that could seriously alter Mexico's telecommunications landscape in the months and years to come. The rulings by the Federal Telecommunications Institute appeared to be a "step in the right direction" for the Mexican economy, said George W. Grayson, a Mexico specialist at the College of William and Mary.
February 16, 2013 | By Rene Lynch, Los Angeles Times
Jillian Michaels didn't think she had another weight-loss book in her. She'd already written several, including "Master Your Metabolism," "Winning by Losing" and "Making the Cut. " What else was there to say? Plenty, as it turns out. Her latest book is "Slim for Life," and it represents Michaels' most accessible approach to health and fitness. Not exactly what you might expect from the star of NBC's "The Biggest Loser," known for ripped abs and a no-excuses, take-no-prisoners approach to diet and exercise.
February 24, 2014 | By Christopher Reynolds, This post has been corrected, as indicated below.
If you're an American chasing tickets for the World Cup beginning June 12, your time is running short, and you have to go through Brasilia and FIFA, not necessarily in that order. Brasilia is the Brazilian capital, where the government oversees handling of visa applications. In fact, Brazil has set up a separate visa category for World Cup visitors, presumably simplifying red tape that has sometimes complicated travel between the U.S. and Brazil. But to get one of those visas, you must first show that you have tickets to one of the competition's 64 matches in 12 cities.
October 10, 2009 | Associated Press
Tiger Woods and Steve Stricker dominate no matter the format. Phil Mickelson wins no matter whom he has for a partner. It still isn't enough for the Americans to shake the pesky International team in the Presidents Cup. For the second straight day, the Americans were poised to take a comfortable lead. The International team just won't go away. It rallied to win two late matches to split the fourballs session and keep the Americans' lead at one point, 6 1/2 to 5 1/2 . Ernie Els and Mike Weir won the final three holes to turn defeat into a two-up victory, thanks to the Canadian hitting three-wood from the base of the bleachers and onto the green for an eagle that was conceded.
January 10, 2004
Ernie Els, Davis Love III and Vijay Singh all have two chances of catching Tiger Woods this year -- slim and none, and Slim just walked out the door. Albert Frias Alta Loma
September 9, 1985
Isn't it amazing that when an animal suffers pain and chances of recovery are slim, it is the humane thing to put the animal to sleep. On the other hand, when human beings are suffering pain and chances of recovery are extremely slim, they are not, in many cases, allowed to die even though they or their loved ones have requested it. R.V. ANDERSON Los Alamitos
May 24, 1994
In your May 4 article, "Michael Huffington Wins Few Allies in Congress, Is Proud of It," your reporter describes GOP Senate candidate Rep. Michael Huffington's record in Congress as "razor thin" and "slim." But in the third paragraph, it says that he "refused to pursue all but a few federal projects for his Santa Barbara-area district, called for elimination one of the two committees of which he is a member and frequently criticized his colleagues for excessive spending." I've got news for you--refusing to vote yourself pork-barrel projects is not the same as not compiling a good record.
August 30, 1986
In most professions, success is simply determined by superb function of basic fundamentals. Perhaps spring training would be the ideal time and place for the Dodgers to learn such fundamentals. Going to spring training in playing shape may also have its advantages. Is there a chance of catching the Astros? Slim and none, and slim is dead. Goodby, good night and good luck next year. Hey, Campanis, structure salaries based on performance and deduct heavily for mistakes in basic fundamentals.
December 12, 1999
Re using biotech to plump up hogs (Dec. 8): To heck with farm animals! They need to find a way of reversing that technique. What we really need is gene therapy to slim down fat humans. ALICE L. RAMIREZ Los Angeles
January 27, 2014 | By Judi Dash
I'm smitten with the little white ReadyLight Rechargeable LED Lantern from Verilux. The lantern is sleek and tactile, and the nine LEDs on the underside of the lid, which provide soft Natural Spectrum Daylight illumination, manage to be bright without glare. LEDS don't generate heat, so the lantern is cool. It's also touch-sensitive. Press down on the top or grip the base to turn it on or off and to adjust brightness, from a dim glow to reading-ready. The slim 7-inch-high by 3 1/2-inch-diameter plastic lantern is sturdy but featherweight at 8 ounces.
January 19, 2014 | By Hugo Martin
“Slim-line” seats, with thinner seat-back cushions, are increasingly popular with airlines because they weigh less and help squeeze more passengers into a plane. But the seats may not be so popular with passengers. A new survey by the travel website TripAdvisor shows that many passengers who have tried slim-line seats are not fans. In a survey of 1,391 travelers, the website found that nearly half weren't sure whether they had sat in slim-line seats. But of those who said they had tried the seats, 83% said they were less comfortable than traditional seats, 8% said the slim-line seats were more comfortable, and 9% said they couldn't tell the difference.
October 31, 2013 | By Eric Pincus
The Lakers opened the season with one impressive win and one impressive loss. Expectations by and large are low for the franchise.  Oddsmaker gives the Lakers 40-1 odds to win the 2013-14 NBA championship. isn't quite as generous, giving the Lakers 75-1 odds and picking the team to win 35 games. Good news from for Coach Mike D'Antoni -- he's not a top-three favorite to be the first coach fired (that goes to his former assistant Steve Clifford of the Charlotte Bobcats with 4-5 odds)
October 24, 2013 | By Carolyn Kellogg
Richard Kadrey's new novel, "Dead Set," gave me nightmares. And I can't stop myself from telling him - even though the bestselling horror author dresses in black, has intimidating tattoos and the watchful bearing of an assassin. He's reluctant to take off his dark glasses. "Cool," he says, stirring his coffee in the dim daytime light of a Los Angeles bar. "It's an experiment. " "Dead Set" (Harper Voyager, $22.99) is far less violent than the bestselling Sandman Slim series he's known for: "There's fewer bad words and less actual bloody body parts.
October 17, 2013 | By Nardine Saad
Kim Kardashian is at it again. This time, she's sharing a steamy selfie of her post-baby body in a skimpy white bathing suit. The "Keeping Up With the Kardashians" star flaunted her figure on Instagram late Wednesday, posing in a white one-piece that leaves little to the imagination. Read: Plenty of sideboob and contoured buttcrack action. The photo, which showcases her infamous derriere, simply bears the caption "#NoFilter. " PHOTOS: Kim Kardashian and Kanye West No filter, indeed.
August 30, 2013 | By E. Scott Reckard
The state of California and the Bank of America have a lot in common, says BofA Chief Executive Brian Moynihan. Both were all but written off by critics as the economy tanked. Both endured painful budget cuts and remain hampered by unemployment and housing issues. And yet each is now well positioned as the economy recovers, according to Moynihan, who spoke to The Times during a recent round of visits with California business owners and venture capitalists. Despite lingering image problems, BofA is gaining traction, Moynihan says, thanks to what he calls "addition by subtraction.
August 22, 2010 | By Ashley Powers, Los Angeles Times
Slim and Nancy Kidwell dreamed up a town on a barren patch of federal dirt. It was the 1960s, and the two California pilots had long talked of running their own airport. One day, Slim was flying over scrub brush about 70 miles south of Las Vegas and spotted something peculiar: the faint outlines of a landing strip. It was a remnant of a shuttered military training base, and Slim grew determined to own it. The Kidwells could acquire the land free under a federal law, but had to prove they could wring sufficient water from the desert and raise 20 acres of something.
May 12, 1989
Reading the article on Jane Goodall left me with a strange feeling ("Spellbinding Advocate for Animals," by Beth Ann Krier, April 27). Most people know who Jane Goodall is, more people than saw "Gorillas in the Mist" I would venture to guess. National Geographic has always printed articles about her work and its importance to our understanding of human behavior in order that we perhaps could improve the quality of life on this planet. The writer of this article is using phrases and descriptions that are really in my opinion not at all appropriate to an article on Jane Goodall.
August 4, 2013 | By Hugo Martín
Travelers be warned: Misconduct cases among airport screeners jumped 26% in a recent three-year period. But the chance of an airport screener pilfering a laptop computer from your bag is still slimmer than winning the lottery, according to the union representing Transportation Security Administration workers. The debate over the integrity of TSA screeners heated up last week with the release of an audit by the U.S. Government Accountability Office, which found 9,622 cases of misconduct among TSA workers from fiscal 2010 through 2012, with a 26% increase in incidents over that time.
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