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April 26, 2014 | By Cindy Carcamo
JACKSON, Wyo. - Just a few years after Thomas Ralston moved to town, a chimney fire burned down his home. Last month, he was driving when a 3,000-pound boulder fell from a mountain onto the roof of his brand-new truck. So when a police officer visited his condo a few weeks ago to tell him he had an hour to evacuate because a landslide was threatening the building, he responded the only way he could. He sort of laughed. "What are you going to do?" he said to himself and shrugged.
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.
April 25, 2014 | By Tim Logan
Fewer home sales and rising interest rates have led to the nation's lowest level of mortgage lending in 14 years. Just $235 billion in home loans were started in the first three months of the year, the lowest figure recorded in a quarter since 2000, according to data from trade publication Inside Mortgage Finance. That's down nearly a quarter from the end of 2013 and more than half from the same period last year, when the housing market was heating up, especially in Southern California.
September 7, 2001
Re "Life, Liberty Wasted in the Pursuit of Sappiness," Commentary, Sept. 3: I believe Eric L. Rozenman was right on with his belief that modern-day America twists Thomas Jefferson's words. I agree that we are not happy and will not be happy if we keep rushing all the time, even when eating and abusing our bodies. We all need to slow down and take a good look at what happiness is. Once we can determine what true happiness is, we can truly pursue it. Thank you for your insight on our society.
May 13, 2002
It seems as though many people have forgotten the importance of driving well. Recently I saw many potential accidents where the main cause was speeding. I wonder, where is everyone going? What could be so important to risk your life and someone else's? I do not think that people realize the danger they put themselves and others in by forgetting the laws of the road in hopes of arriving at their destination a few minutes earlier. If we could just slow down our lives and stop to smell the roses, maybe then we could see that we need to enjoy life, not speed past it. Katie Francois San Juan Capistrano
June 11, 1996
Unfortunately, the problem of speeding cars on residential streets ["Going With a Slower Flow," June 4] seems to be getting worse. I miss the days of pleasantly walking around my neighborhood greeting my neighbors, and being able to leave the windows open to listen to the birds and let in the fresh air. Instead, I find myself avoiding walking down the street to avoid being hit, and turning on the air conditioner to hide the noise of loud cars. Changing the individual behavior of poor drivers through traffic tickets and driver's education doesn't seem to slow people down.
July 12, 1992
In his May 17 "Trust Me On This" column, John Schulian extolled Leonard Gardner's "Fat City" but lamented the fact that Gardner has published comparatively little since the appearance of that novel. "The word that filtered back from his editors . . .," Schulian wrote, "was that Gardner was slow. Painfully, agonizingly slow." Those words reminded me of a story I heard from Margaret Cummings, who for many years administered the James D. Phelan literary awards from the Phelan offices in San Francisco.
April 14, 1991
In discussing the discovery of plagiarized passages in the writings of Martin Luther King Jr., Anne C. Roark's article "Merely Mortal?" (March 7) inaccurately implied that I "had been slow to discuss the matter publicly because of divided loyalties: allegiance to a subject he greatly admired and service to his discipline." As was made clear in an earlier article in The Times ("The Paper Chase," Dec. 11, 1990), the project's discovery involved many months of painstaking research to discover whether King's plagiarisms were isolated instances or part of a pattern in his writings.
May 30, 1989
George Bush is off to a slow start in his four months as President, say 59% of Americans surveyed by ABC News and the Washington Post. The survey also determined that slightly more than half of the respondents felt Bush was lacking "clear goals where he wants to lead the country" or were uncertain whether he has a plan. According to the survey, 47% felt Bush had clear goals, 43% said no, and 10% said they did not know. Of those who said Bush was off to a slow start, 79% said they were concerned about it. Still, two in three people approve of the way Bush is doing his job, the survey said.
April 23, 2014
Total time: 20 to 30 minutes Servings: 4 4 slices rustic bread, about 1/2 inch thick 1 tablespoon clarified butter or olive oil 1 clove garlic, cut in half 6 eggs, at room temperature 2 tablespoons butter, divided 1/4 teaspoon salt Pinch of white pepper 4 slices prosciutto di Parma 1. Brush the bread slices with clarified butter or olive oil. Toast the bread in a large skillet over medium-high heat...
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.
April 21, 2014 | By Melissa Healy
When oxygenated blood needs to squeeze through a narrowed space to get to the brain -- a condition called asymptomatic carotid stenosis -- mental performance may suffer, even in the absence of stroke, a new study suggests. In patients with diabetes, high blood pressure, cardiovascular disease and worrisome cholesterol readings, physicians may test for buildup of plaque in the carotid artery, peering into the vessel at the nape of the neck with ultrasound. As plaque either builds up or breaks off and lodges deeper into the brain's vasculature, it can cause a stroke, a major cause of death and disability.
April 20, 2014 | By Jim Puzzanghera
WASHINGTON - After nearly four decades as a Washington lawyer and lobbyist for the cable and cellphone industries, Tom Wheeler was eager to revive long-stalled initiatives as the new chairman of the Federal Communications Commission. But within weeks of taking charge in November, he ran into unexpected turbulence in pushing for a review of the ban on using cellphones on airplanes. Consumers howled that airline cabins would fill with annoying chatter. Opponents petitioned the White House to tell regulators that cellphone use should stay grounded.
April 14, 2014 | By Steve Chawkins
Charles F. Farthing, a physician who was at the forefront of care for HIV/AIDS patients and who drew attention to the need for an AIDS vaccine by announcing his willingness to inject himself, has died. He was 60. Farthing, who collapsed in a Hong Kong taxi April 5, had a heart attack, family members said in an announcement. Farthing was chief of medicine for the Los Angeles-based AIDS Healthcare Foundation from 1994 to 2007. He was planning to return to the foundation in June as director of treatment programs in the 32 countries outside the U.S. where it provides services.
April 12, 2014 | By Broderick Turner
Jamal Crawford missed five of his first six shots Saturday, a clear sign the Clippers reserve shooting guard was out of rhythm after sitting out the last five games recovering from a strained left calf. But Crawford made his next two shots, a clear sign he is confident enough to take shots when the result hangs in the balance, even if he's still trying to find his way after being out for so long. "I think in the second half, I got more comfortable," Crawford said after scoring 10 points on three-for-eight shooting.
July 31, 2010 | By Ronald D. White, Los Angeles Times
On the high seas, full speed ahead is being replaced by slow and steady. Eager to cut fuel costs, ocean shipping lines have ordered their sea captains to throttle back the engines for what is quaintly known in the industry as "slow steaming." In some cases, freighters are taking as many as 15 days to make a Pacific crossing that used to take 11 days. Sailors grumble that it's making long voyages even more tedious. Some ships are crawling at just 12 to 14 knots, or about 14 to 16 mph. Many cargo ships are capable of moving at nearly twice that speed.
August 20, 2009 | Mike DiGiovanna
When Kevin Jepsen was experiencing severe lower-back spasms in late April and was struggling to get his fastball down in the zone, the reliever received a startling diagnosis from doctors: he had scoliosis, an abnormal curvature of the spine. "Here I was, 24 years old, and someone tells me my spine is crooked," Jepsen said. "It was kind of weird. But it made sense as far as the back problems I've had over the years." The condition hasn't slowed the hard-throwing right-hander a bit. After a two-week stint on the disabled list, Jepsen, who had a 19.29 earned-run average in his first five appearances, was sent to triple A to iron out his mechanical problems and strengthen his back.
April 10, 2014 | By Jim Peltz
The 40th running of the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach is Sunday with one overarching question: Who can put the brakes on Will Power? The 33-year-old Australian has won the last three Verizon IndyCar Series races, and four of the last six, going back to last season. Power's latest victory in his No. 12 Team Penske car was a dominant one at IndyCar's season opener March 30 on the streets of St. Petersburg, Fla. Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach Course Map Power also knows his way around the seaside streets that make up the 11-turn, 1.97-mile Long Beach course.
April 9, 2014 | By Brian Bennett and Lisa Mascaro, This post has been corrected. See the note below for details.
WASHINGTON - After meeting with Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson, leaders of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus voiced confidence Wednesday that if the Republican-led House fails to undertake immigration reform this year, the administration will act by executive action. Last month, President Obama promised Latino leaders that his administration would review its deportation policy and enforce laws "more humanely. " Under Obama, deportations hit the 2-million mark, often separating families.
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