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April 8, 1990
I hope the unfortunate slip in Barnaby Conrad's article "Too Good to be True," (Traveling in Style) was not your fault. The term "spastic Leroy Neiman" is unforgivable! Conrad shows great ignorance and insensitivity. PHOEBE BROWNELL Laguna Beach
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BUSINESS
April 22, 2014 | By Tim Logan
Home sales slipped across the U.S. in March as would-be buyers continue to grapple with tough credit standards and too few houses on the market. Sales of previously owned homes - the bulk of the housing market - fell two-tenths of a percent in March to their slowest pace in nearly two years, according to the National Assn. of Realtors . It was the third straight month of declines. The median home price climbed, but not as fast as it has in recent months, up 7.9% to $198,500.
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SPORTS
February 12, 2014 | By Chris Dufresne
SOCHI, Russia -- American ski veteran Stacey J. Cook started to cry in the mixed zone after finishing 17th in Wednesday's women's Olympic downhill at Rosa Khutor. It mostly had to do with what she wrote after “ambition” in her official biography for the Sochi Games: “To win an Olympic medal,” she wrote. Cook didn't win a medal Wednesday and, at age 29, probably has only one more Olympic chance -- Saturday's women's super G. “The downhill is kind of the thing, though,” she lamented.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 18, 2014 | By Larry Gordon
California high school seniors had a slightly easier time this year in winning a freshman seat somewhere in the University of California system, according to a report released Friday. But it became noticeably more difficult at the most coveted campuses, such as UCLA, UC Berkeley, UC Irvine and UC San Diego, the report stated. The share of California applicants who were offered a space on at least one of UC's nine undergraduate campuses was 61.2%, up from 60.6% last year, the UC statistics showed.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 21, 1993
It was correctly stated in the newspapers that the county Labor Management Committee, chaired by County Personnel Director Ron Komers--whose own pay and perks for 1991 exceeded $127,000--wants to lay off employees rather than reduce their own pay and perks. The laid-off employees' pay would be reduced 100%. Would Mr. Komers and other management types be so eager to support the layoffs if it were they who were given the pink slip? DON HOLLINGSWORTH Camarillo
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 1, 1990
In response to your article (April 15) on the slip rental rate increase proposed in Ventura Harbor, I would like to clarify a statement in which I was represented as saying maintenance is marginal in Ventura West Marina and the facilities are not well-maintained. As an owner of a yacht brokerage in Ventura Harbor, I am acutely aware of the costs involved in maintaining facilities in a harbor environment. As a Ventura West Slip renter and a live-aboard, while I am not all that excited by the prospect of a rate increase, I consider Ventura West Marina as one of the finest live-aboard marinas in the area.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 13, 1995
News flash from Burbank: O.J. Simpson's lawyers cancel live TV interview because of fear that the truth might slip out. JERRY SWOVELIN Rancho La Costa
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 15, 1989
Judge Gesell's sentencing of North was fair. I also feel the capricious Congress deserves a scolding for its complicity in the whole affair. At first, they supported President Reagan's agenda to help the Contras. Then they decided not to. It was as if they finally got tired of falling in line behind the President and decided it was time to start playing party politics. After all, '88 was approaching. Congress let slip its integrity. As a result, though his motives were pure, North let slip his. STEVEN FOSTER Los Angeles
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 9, 1990
According to a front-page story in The Times (April 4), the Pentagon could ultimately slip in an extra $6.6 billion on its tax bill to the public by means of Stealth. REX D. FRAZIER Covina
SPORTS
May 11, 1991
My earliest memory of Mike Port was seeing him on TV berating certain players for not signing contracts on his terms. Fittingly, the man who dumped such greats as Rod Carew, Doug DeCinces, Bob Boone and Brian Downing now gets to know what it feels like to get the pink slip. RALPH LLAMAS Glendale
SPORTS
April 13, 2014 | By Teddy Greenstein
AUGUSTA, Ga. -- Like John Travolta's character in “Saturday Night Fever,” Jordan Spieth strutted down the Augusta National practice range, one confident stride after the next. While onlookers applauded, Spieth high-fived Sean Foley, the swing coach for Justin Rose. After reaching the practice green, Spieth bantered with playing partner Bubba Watson. He appeared completely in his element, a 20-year-old ready to prove that experience matters as much as the color of your shirt.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 9, 2014 | By Mike Boehm
Through nearly 70 years of acclaim as a theater, film and television director - most particularly as a theater director - Peter Brook has been called a magician many times. In 1962, the British critic Kenneth Tynan extolled him not for pulling a rabbit out of his hat but for an unprecedented approach to "King Lear" that for the first time made the character a palpably human, "edgy, capricious old man" instead of "the booming, righteously indignant titan of old. " Brook, who recently celebrated his 89th birthday, clearly absorbed a fundamental lesson of "King Lear": considering its pitfalls, perhaps retirement is best put off as long as possible.
WORLD
March 15, 2014 | By Patrick McDonnell, This post has been updated. See note below for details.
ARSAL, Lebanon - The battle is not going well for rebels dug in across the nearby brown hills in Syria, where pro-government forces were closing in Saturday on the opposition stronghold of Yabroud. Syrian insurgents and their many supporters on this side of the border exhibit both bravado and anguish about a battle, and a war, that is fast slipping from their hands. "We have to keep on fighting to the last man, the last breath," Abu Omar, 21, who lost his left leg to a tank shell outside Yabroud, said from his hospital bed. "We have no choice.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 13, 2014 | By Betsy Sharkey, Los Angeles Times Film Critic
"Veronica Mars," the movie, is just so Veronica Mars. The teenage private eye from the 2004-07 TV series starring Kristen Bell has grown up. But like fans of the show, a.k.a. marshmallows, it is quickly clear that while Veronica may have left her life in Neptune, Calif., behind, she hasn't moved on. Director Rob Thomas, creator of the prime-time show, and series executive producer Diane Ruggiero, finally do what they refused to do when "Veronica Mars" was canceled in 2007 - deliver a script that ties up a lot of loose ends and opens up a new can of worms.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 12, 2014 | By Ryan Faughnder, This post has been corrected, as indicated below
Tuesday's episode of "The Voice," the final round of blind auditions, fell in the ratings from last week but was still the top show in prime time, propelling NBC to a nightly victory in a key demographic.  "The Voice" averaged 13.1-million viewers, according to early numbers from Nielsen. Its rating among 18-to-49-year-olds, the demographic preferred by advertisers, fell 17% from last week to a 3.4. In the 18-to-49 category, a ratings point equals about 1.3-million people.  The new comedy "About a Boy" also fell week-to-week by 16% in a key demo to a 2.1 and drew an overall audience of 7.9 million.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 6, 2014 | By Christie D'Zurilla, This post has been updated, as indicated below.
Katy Perry and Miley Cyrus were supposedly girlfriends - but are they anymore? Comments Perry made on TV while promoting her Prismatic tour Down Under made their way halfway around the world, and Cyrus is not happy. It all started Monday on Australia's "Sunrise" program, when one of the hosts riffed off Perry's hit "I Kissed a Girl" to lead into a discussion of the "Roar" singer's recent lip-lock with Cyrus during one of the "Wrecking Ball" singer's shows. "Scandalous!" Perry joked, before explaining what went down.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 22, 2000
Re "Freud Slips as an Icon of Science," May 15: Freud's relevance has faded as Pasteur's has in microbiology, the Curies' in physics, Mendel's in genetics, et al. Wouldn't it be sad 100 years later if icons didn't slip? SAUL ISAAC HARRISON MD Pacific Palisades
SPORTS
February 23, 2014 | By David Wharton
SOCHI, Russia - Down near the bottom of the track, shooting out of Turn 15, Steve Holcomb glanced at a time clock just off to the side. Bobsled pilots are not supposed to let their focus wander - not at 80-plus mph - but Holcomb could not help himself. And the green numbers meant that his time was good. Oh God, don't mess up, he recalled thinking. Don't mess this up in the last two corners. FRAMEWORK: Best images from Sochi The final stretch went according to plan, just fast enough for Holcomb and USA 1 to capture bronze in the four-man bobsled on the final afternoon of the Sochi Olympics.
BUSINESS
February 16, 2014 | Liz Weston, Money Talk
Dear Liz: Recently I've paid off almost $20,000 in credit card debt and am determined not to go down that path again. Because I haven't used these cards in a while, though, I'm starting to get notifications from the credit card companies that they're closing my accounts because of inactivity. I know having long-standing accounts on your credit report is a good thing, but I don't want to be tempted to use these cards just to keep the account open. Is it a bad thing if almost all of my credit card accounts get closed?
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