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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.
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.
June 2, 2000
Peru is slowly but surely sinking into Fujimocracy. R.J. TERRILL Torrance
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.
December 29, 1993
Politicians in high places instead of being our servants are slowly becoming our masters. MARY A. RAYMOND North Hollywood
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)
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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]
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.
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.
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.
January 27, 2014 | By Eric Pincus
This season, an injury report from the Lakers is rarely brief. Seven of the team's 15 players are battling through ailments. Kobe Bryant, who suffered a lateral tibial plateau fracture in his left knee on Dec. 17, will be evaluated Tuesday by Dr. Stephen Lombardo of the Kerlan-Jobe Orthopaedic Clinic. Bryant was originally declared out for six weeks. Xavier Henry, also out with a knee injury, was examined Monday by Lombardo. He is still out with a bone bruise, scheduled to be reevaluated next week.
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)
February 4, 2014 | By Matthew Fleischer, guest blogger, This post has been updated, as indicated below.
The recent spritz of rain notwithstanding, California is in the midst of what Gov. Jerry Brown called “perhaps the worst drought [the state] has ever seen.” And yet, despite the desperate state of affairs, every day the city of Los Angeles flushes hundreds of millions of gallons of potentially potable water out to sea. I'm talking about treated sewage. In 2000, Los Angeles actually completed a sewage reclamation plant capable of providing water to 120,000 homes - the Donald C. Tillman Water Reclamation Plant in Van Nuys.
January 27, 2014 | By Tina Susman
NEW YORK - The bus was standing room only as travelers hauling luggage jostled for space amid the commuters and other local riders. Two men with skis, ski boots and backpacks squeezed into the nook beside the rear exit, blocking the door. A woman with two children and three suitcases struggled to drag the bags up the narrow aisle as the bus bounced through Manhattan and Queens to its destination: LaGuardia Airport, otherwise known as "America's worst airport. " How bad is LaGuardia?
January 16, 2014 | By Kenneth Turan, This post has been corrected. See note at bottom for details.
If, as has been said, the movie business is like a giant tanker ship that can't change course on a dime, this year's Oscar nominations show an organization in the midst of making that kind of adjustment in direction, moving slowly but steadily from the past to the future. Imagine a world where movie stars of the pedigree of Robert Redford and Tom Hanks give two of the best performances of their careers but don't get Oscar nominations. On the other hand, imagine a world where the stunning "Stories We Tell," Sarah Polley's ground-breaking documentary that mixes re-creations with reality, is snubbed.
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