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June 27, 1993
I find it appalling that our Navy is requesting a permit to explode 10,000-pound bombs just 80 miles off our Ventura coastline (June 11). This area surrounding the Channel Islands is teeming with ocean life, including dolphins and nearly extinct whales. The Navy admits "incidental killings" could occur. With all the Navy's sophisticated engineering technology, why can't they use the brilliant minds and computer models our country offers and spare our precious oceans? NICOLE McSORLEY Ojai
April 24, 2014 | By Lauren Beale
Justin Long, the actor who took a few to the head in the 2004 film “Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story,” has sold his Hollywood Hills house for $2.055 million. Long works on both coasts and no longer needed the house. The contemporary Mediterranean was built in 1990 and sits on nearly a third of an acre.  Hand-hewn wooden doors open to an enclosed courtyard. The fenced and terraced yard features fruit trees and a lawn. The two-story living room has beamed ceilings and a fireplace.
November 17, 1989
(Regarding) Mike Spencer's "Family Life" (column) on "Spare the Rod": My parents were raised in England to young adulthood. . . . I was born here--my mother did the discipline. All my mother needed when I was young, and still does (she's 87, I am 62), is to fix a steady gaze on me and say, "I am very disappointed in you." That was enough to totally destroy me and my sister and brother. I cannot recall that either parent even once struck or otherwise physically disciplined any of us. Frank A. Anderson, Irvine
March 31, 2014 | By Charlotte Allen, guest blogger
Oh no, not Rosie the Riveter again! House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) has cleared for a floor vote a bill that would set up a commission that would be the first step in building a National Women's History Museum near the National Mall. The one good thing to be said about this project, which has been knocking around lobbying circles since the 1990s , is that its $400 million estimated price tag would be covered by private donations - we hope. The problem isn't just that the National Mall, a welcome swath of open green grass in the heart of official Washington, is already cluttered with at least a dozen different museums plus an ever-increasing number of monuments and memorials.
February 13, 2009
May 5, 1991
As stated in "End of the Trail" (April 23), a horse is often considered an extravagance by non-equestrians. But in a lot of cases, such as my family's, the horse is an old pet that has become a part of the family and as such is almost impossible to get rid of for emotional reasons. My mother (a widow) and I (a new mother working part time) have to pool what limited resources we can to pay for our old horse's board. We've had her for 15 years, and she is lame, which makes pasturing her a risky proposition and makes her unsalable.
April 15, 1990
"Common Ground," the story of desegregation in Boston high schools during the 1960s, was in every way an excellent production which did not spare us the pain of the struggles depicted. It was riveting. Sara Epstein, South Pasadena
September 29, 1985
The first episode of "The Golden Girls" was enjoyable except for the stupid laugh track. We know when to laugh and the canned laughter spoiled the whole thing. Spare us! Cynthia Baugh, Laguna Niguel
May 12, 1990
Spare us! When I saw the photos (May 4) of the students at Mills College, my heart skipped a beat! What tragedy had befallen these fair maidens? When I read the article about accepting men in 1991 creating all this havoc, could I fairly ask--"Is this an expression of female chauvinist sows"? Please--spare us! EDMOND B. NASIF Los Angeles
February 5, 1992
What a marvelous, gaudy windmill to tilt at. And how nice to have one's Christian cake and eat it, too; not to mention the transient glories of headlines and photographs. Spare us any follow-up, particularly if there is the equivalent of a divorce. FRED SCIFERS Downey
March 19, 2014 | David Zucchino
FT. BRAGG, N.C. - His eyes red, his head bowed, Brig. Gen. Jeffrey A. Sinclair strode uneasily to a courtroom lectern Wednesday and glanced up at a silver-haired military judge who will sentence him for offenses he admits he committed. Exactly two years had passed since a young Army captain who worked for Sinclair walked into the office of his commander in Afghanistan and revealed that she and the general had carried on an adulterous three-year affair in two war zones - prompting Army prosecutors Wednesday to ask the judge to dismiss Sinclair from the service.
March 6, 2014 | By Margaret Gray
The Pacific Resident Theatre's new production of Shakespeare's “Henry V," directed by Guillermo Cienfuegos, is about as spare and unvarnished as the theater gets. The set consists of a few folding chairs in the blackest, boxiest of conceivable black-box stages. There's one prop: a tinny-looking crown. The 11-member cast, onstage the entire time and slipping in and out of various roles, wear thrift-shop chic. For example, to mark his transformation from the delinquent Prince Hal to the steely King Henry V, Joe McGovern (who, with Cienfuegos, adapted the text)
February 24, 2014 | By Dylan Hernandez
PHOENIX  - Clayton Kershaw might not be the Dodgers' opening-day starter this season. The Dodgers are considering not starting Kershaw in their two-game series in Australia against the Arizona Diamondbacks, according to people familiar with the team's thinking. Under that scenario, Kershaw would be spared a trip to the other side of the world and back, allowing him to better prepare for the domestic opener in San Diego on March 30. Manager Don Mattingly has become increasingly vague about the team's rotation plans since the first day of spring training, when he strongly intimated Kershaw and Zack Greinke would pitch the two games in Australia on March 22-23.
February 21, 2014 | Rene Lynch
Is it time for a standing desk? To be honest, there is debate about whether a standing desk - in and of itself - can help reverse a sedentary lifestyle. But experts say it's a step in the right direction. At the very least, a standing desk can serve as a constant reminder to weave more activity into our everyday lives, said Dr. James Levine, an obesity expert at the Mayo Clinic who encourages businesses to embrace healthier workplaces. Before you spend a penny, why not just find an empty box or milk crate and turn it upside down?
February 13, 2014 | By Alexandra Le Tellier
Now that we've had time to digest the news of Philip Seymour Hoffman's death from an apparent heroin overdose on Feb. 2, and to debate the nature of addiction, the conversation has started to shift to the country's surge in heroin use and how to prevent accidental deaths with naloxone. Naloxone, if you haven't yet heard, is a highly effective, nonaddictive drug used to reverse overdoses. Lynne Lyman, California state director for the Drug Policy Alliance, actually wrote an Op-Ed about it in last year's Opinion pages, making a persuasive case for expanding its availability.
January 19, 2014 | Amanda Jones
The economy is picking up, and this might be the year for a bucket list trip. Here are 14 ways to vacation like a rock star in 2014. 1 National Geographic Expeditions' Around the World by Private Jet The ultimate in luxury trips, spend 24 days on a private jet heading to the world's wonders on five continents, guided by National Geo experts and explorers. See iconic locations such as Easter Island, Machu Picchu, the Great Barrier Reef and the Serengeti Plain after arriving by jet (only 77 passengers)
October 10, 1992
So, Magic Johnson is going to be making $6,082.91 a minute for playing in 50 games while I work 40 hours a week and hope to clear about $18,000 this year. Hey Magic, can you spare a few minutes? MICHAEL ZOREK, Los Angeles
February 15, 2000
Your Feb. 10 article ("Mental Illness by Mandate") illuminates the appalling arrogance of Catholic Church officials in Montreal. That orphanages were overnight converted into insane asylums by the church in order to receive more generous government subsidies, and that hundreds of normal children were declared by church officials to be mentally ill or retarded--for money--is surely, by the Catholic Church's own definition, a mortal sin. Cardinal Jean-Claude...
January 6, 2014 | By Mike Hiserman
If Levonte "Kermit" Whitfield looked fast as he sprinted 100 yards for a Florida State touchdown on a fourth-quarter kickoff return Monday, there's a good reason. He's really just that fast. According to the game clock, Whitfield, a freshman, covered the distance in 11 seconds - a little slower than what he ran for 100 meters to win the Florida state high school sprint championship last spring during track. Whitfield also won a state title at 200 meters. Now he's a football champion too, as his return helped the top-ranked Seminoles defeat Auburn, 34-31, in the Bowl Championship Series title game before 94,208 at the Rose Bowl.
November 12, 2013 | By Gary Klein
USC will have a huge stage when it plays Stanford on Saturday at the Coliseum, a setting seemingly made for Marqise Lee. The junior reiterated Tuesday that he would be ready when called upon after having a limited role in victories over Oregon State and California. Last Saturday at Berkeley, Lee had one reception. He estimated that he was in for 10 to 15 plays before coaches pulled him to prevent reinjury of his left knee. Lee, who has caught no more than eight passes in a game this season, said he was fine with any role that helps the Trojans continue to win. But he anticipates a larger one Saturday when they play the fifth-ranked Cardinal at the Coliseum.
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