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December 13, 2007 | David A. Keeps
Looking incredibly youthful for a design born in 1903, the Vanity Fair armchair by the Italian firm Poltrona Frau has just been downsized for children. Suitable for budding Hollywood hyphenates or kids who view "Hannah Montana" in media rooms, the Baby Vanity is one-third the size of the original chair and sports a beechwood frame and plush down-padded cushioning.
October 4, 2012 | By Joel Rubin and Andrew Blankstein, Los Angeles Times
Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck stepped into the national immigration debate Thursday, announcing that hundreds of illegal immigrants arrested by his officers each year in low-level crimes would no longer be turned over to federal authorities for deportation. The new rules, which are expected to affect about 400 people arrested each year, mark a dramatic attempt by the nation's second-largest police department to distance itself from federal immigration policies that Beck says unfairly treat undocumented immigrants suspected of committing petty offenses.
House Republicans are bitterly contesting a plan by Democrats to cut short the lengthy, late-night floor speeches, televised on C-SPAN, that have become popular as tools to savage political opponents. The dispute over "special order" speeches is a clash between the House's Democratic leaders, flush with their party's presidential victory, and minority Republicans who can no longer count on White House support in their battles. In a recent letter, House Minority Leader Robert H. Michel (R-Ill.
June 26, 2008 | Joel Rubin, Times Staff Writer
A judge Wednesday threw out a lawsuit filed by a Los Angeles resident who wanted to repeal a long-standing LAPD order that restricts when police officers may ask people about their immigration status. Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Rolf M.
April 16, 2008
Re "Mayor focuses on crime," April 15 It's been years since I coached, but I have some free advice for L.A. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa: Your batting average will never improve if you continue to just swing for the fences. Villaraigosa has started so many wild initiatives that The Times would need to print a two-page table just to squeeze in the highlights. The travel commitments alone would stagger a normal man, including his campaign swings for Sen. Hillary Clinton. Stay around for a change and finish something.
September 15, 1989
In one of the few government rulings in the nation requiring specific protection for workers who use video display terminals, Cal/OSHA has ordered the Fresno Bee to provide adjustable furniture, training and hourly breaks from typing to lessen the risk of repetitive-strain injuries.
April 16, 2007
Re "Police face new suit on immigrants," April 11 Former Los Angeles Police Chief Daryl F. Gates had terrific foresight when he issued Special Order 40, relieving police officers of the responsibility of conducting stops or investigations based solely on the immigration status of a person. Gates' primary reason was to eliminate fears of deportation by immigrants who may otherwise cooperate with police. The best reason why Los Angeles police officers should not be an arm of immigration enforcement is that they should be available to attack more serious crimes, primarily the violent and murderous gangs that exist, a small minority of which are illegal immigrants.
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