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February 4, 2007
Big, big surprise: Heidi Shurtleff of Laguna Beach was preoccupied with a book in Botswana's Vumbara Plains Camp when a curious elephant stopped by looking for a drink. Shurtleff's husband, Doug, quietly grabbed his camera and told his wife to slowly raise her head. "She did the biggest double-take I have ever seen but was silent and not frightened," he said. After 10 minutes, Heidi got up and slowly backed away. The elephant had two young ones, and the Shurtleffs decided not to press their luck.
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ENTERTAINMENT
April 23, 2014 | By Steven Zeitchik
To those who say cinema may be dying a slow death, have you heard about the new Peeps movie? OK, so it doesn't seem like the animated film will actually happen anytime soon. As first reported on Deadline, it's just one screenwriter (Adam Rifkin, best known for “Mousehunt” and “Underdog” - at least there's an animal theme) who's optioned the film and TV rights to the quirky candy and still needs a script, let alone financing and a distributor. But still. Think of the puns.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 2, 2000
Peru is slowly but surely sinking into Fujimocracy. R.J. TERRILL Torrance
BUSINESS
April 20, 2014 | By Roger Vincent
Southern California's office market has improved ever so slightly - once again for landlords. In the just-finished first quarter of 2014, the overall vacancy rate fell less than a percentage point and monthly rents ticked up a nickel per square foot. The slight upward shift in occupancy was typical of the last several quarters. The region's office rental market stabilized after the recession, but has not picked up steam the way it did during previous economic recoveries. Nevertheless, vacancy is reaching its lowest level since 2008, when the Great Recession hit and prompted a downward trend in office use that finally is turning around, albeit at a glacial pace.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 29, 1993
Politicians in high places instead of being our servants are slowly becoming our masters. MARY A. RAYMOND North Hollywood
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 18, 2001
Re "A Crusader With a Legislative Agenda Sets His Sights on the Auto Club Board," Valley Perspective Interview, Jan. 28. Slowly, let's sit back and watch every decent business that has always been nonpartisan become corrupt and distracted with political persuasion. Slowly, let's sit back and watch every business make its decisions based only on the political outcome and political benefit. Slowly, let's sit back and watch the prices that we pay for these services rise only to be siphoned off and used to benefit this new board's (if elected)
SPORTS
May 11, 1985
Bill Shirley's commentary suggests putting more "swing" into baseball to make the game more "entertaining." But the one fallacy lies with so many overpaid .250 hitters masquerading as major leaguers consistently failing to make contact with the ball. The only way these banjo hitters could manufacture more runs is to pitch to them underhand--and slowly. BILL RETCHIN La Quinta
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 19, 1996
On Aug. 13 I was assaulted. Perhaps I should amend that to read that thousands of us were assaulted when a cadre of helicopters came in low over the Hollywood Bowl in true "Apocalypse Now" fashion, slowly and deliberately hovering and passing, not once, but three times. Isn't it a shame that so few can ruin so much? What can we do? JEAN BRANDT Encino
ENTERTAINMENT
October 21, 1995
Is it just me, or are Howard Rosenberg's columns tough to comprehend? As much as I like his insight and expression of opinion, he is a lot more complicated in his writing style than the average columnist. The fancy words and his highly-detailed descriptions make me read his pieces very slowly. Often I find myself rereading sentences and paragraphs as I go along. Yes, it's good for a person to be well-worded and rich in vocabulary, but Rosenberg is too much of those, making it somewhat uneasy for the typical reader to process what he writes.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 6, 1996
Re "As Babies Die, the Threat of War Rises," Oct 31: Thank you, Bob Drogin, for putting a name on one of the many thousands of victims in this latest of genocides (Central Africa). Because of his words, I'll remember tiny Habimaiya Nankimbesha, who died of thirst in the arms of his father. I don't think even seasoned reporters remain aloof after seeing children being slowly tortured to death, and although I feel their pain, keep telling us the victims' names. Don't allow us to remain detached, make us angry.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 10, 2014 | By Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times Film Critic
"Ilo Ilo" is writer-director Anthony Chen's first film, but breathtaking intimacy in storytelling is already second nature to him. Winner of Cannes' prestigious Camera d'Or for best debut feature, it quietly demonstrates that in the right hands even the familiar stuff of everyday life can move us deeply. "Ilo Ilo" is inspired, like the similarly affecting "The Maid" from Chile's Sebastian Silva, by the filmmaker's experience being raised by a maid in his native Singapore because his middle-class parents had to work.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 10, 2014 | By Garrett Therolf
A new report from the blue ribbon commission on Los Angeles County's safety net for abused and neglected children levels stinging criticism at the Board of Supervisors for what it calls a sluggish approach to reform, and declares that the system has fallen into a "state of emergency. " "Nothing short of a complete rethinking about how the county ensures safe and supportive care for abused and at-risk children will lead to the seamless and comprehensive child welfare system that the county has needed for decades," the 10-member commission wrote in a report it voted to approve Thursday afternoon.
BUSINESS
March 11, 2014 | By Jim Puzzanghera
WASHINGTON - Congressional efforts to shut down bailed-out Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac took a significant step forward with bipartisan agreement from key senators on a plan to overhaul the housing finance system. The proposal released Tuesday would slowly shrink the companies and replace them with a scaled-back government guarantee for mortgages. Details are expected to be disclosed in the coming days. Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, which together own or guarantee about 60% of existing mortgages, were seized by the federal government in 2008 as they neared bankruptcy from bad loans they guaranteed during the subprime housing boom.
BUSINESS
February 26, 2014 | By David Undercoffler
In a rare public apology, General Motors acknowledged Tuesday that it reacted too slowly to a safety issue linked to 13 deaths. The delayed response could cost GM tens of millions of dollars in civil penalties if the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration determines the automaker neglected to inform regulators. NHTSA is also facing criticism for not demanding that GM act more quickly to recall more than 1.6 million vehicles. The recall is linked to the cars' ignition switches, which GM says can be accidentally turned from the "run" position to the "accessory" position while the car is being driven.
SPORTS
February 16, 2014 | By Ben Bolch
NEW ORLEANS - Kobe Bryant cheerfully answered questions about his new line of shoes, a possible visit to India and his preference for old-school dunk contest rules. His joviality didn't quite carry over to the update on his injured left knee. The Lakers guard said before the All-Star game Sunday that his recovery was "coming slowly" and did not provide a timetable for a possible return from the injury that has sidelined him since Dec. 17. "I'm optimistic coming out of the break that I will have some improvements once I get back to L.A. and do a couple [of]
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 16, 2014 | By Kurt Streeter
Officers Keith Linton and Otis Swift stopped their patrol car, rolled down a window and motioned to a hoodie-wearing teenager. In this part of South L.A., such encounters can be tense - or worse. "Hey, Linton. Hey, Swift," the teen said. "How y'all doing?" "Doing good, my man," Linton replied, launching into a conversation about basketball. Similar scenes played out all afternoon as the cops worked their beat in Jordan Downs, a housing project in Watts with a violent reputation and a history of ill will between residents and police.
HEALTH
October 5, 1998
Exercise has always been a part of my daily routine, and remained so when I became pregnant. I believe exercise made for an easier pregnancy physically and emotionally, a smoother labor and delivery, and a quicker return to my pre-pregnancy body. It took three months for me to fit into all of my pre-pregnancy clothing. A few days after Jane was born, I carried her in a front pack and walked slowly as far as my body allowed. When my body was recovered from delivery, I gradually added jogging (with Jane in a stroller)
SCIENCE
July 9, 2008 | Thomas H. Maugh II, Times Staff Writer
Medical castration to treat localized prostate tumors does not prolong survival and its side effects far outweigh any potential benefit for most patients, researchers reported today. The technique, which involves using drugs to block the body's production of the male hormone androgen, is a powerful tool when used in conjunction with surgery or radiation for treating aggressive prostate tumors.
BUSINESS
February 4, 2014 | By Don Lee
WASHINGTON - The U.S. economy should grow at a solid rate over the next few years, but the labor market will continue to recover only slowly, according to new projections by the Congressional Budget Office. In its latest budget and economic outlook, the CBO on Tuesday forecast that economic growth will rise to 3.1% this year, boosted by gains in housing construction and business investment. And growth in economic output is projected to speed up to 3.4% in each of the next two years.
SPORTS
January 28, 2014 | By Lisa Dillman
Will the Dodger Stadium hangover merely be a 72-hour condition or can the Ducks manage to shake the malaise before it lingers? The Ducks started slowly, and sloppily, not showing the necessary urgency until falling behind by three goals in the third period. Their offensive verve eventually showed up - as expected - but it was that age-old story of a too late arrival. The Wild protected the lead and held on to beat Anaheim, 4-2, on Tuesday night at Honda Center. It was only the second time the Ducks have lost in regulation at home this season, the first time was a 3-2 loss to the Winnipeg Jets on Jan 21. Minnesota star Zach Parise, playing in his third game since returning from a foot injury, had a hand in three of the four goals, recording two assists and scoring on a nifty deflection to make it 3-1 at 6:35 of the third period.
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