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September 21, 2009
April 20, 2014 | By Hugo Martin
If you thought airlines could find no new ways to squeeze more passengers into each plane, you are underestimating the resolve of the airline industry. At this month's Aircraft Interior Expo in Hamburg, Germany, many of the 500 exhibitors were promoting new ideas to cut down on weight - thus saving airlines fuel - and innovative layouts to fit more seats per cabin. Among the concepts offered at the expo was a set of seats that put passengers face to face, seats that are installed in a staggered, diagonal layout and redesigning lavatories to wedge in a few extra passengers in the back of the cabin.
July 28, 2010
MOVIES RiseUp The film documents the lives of Jamaican musicians with three very different music and lifestyles, from one who grew up in the ghetto to a wannabe-gangster who plays in dance halls to a singer from the countryside. Filmmaker Luciano Blotta focuses on the undiscovered musicians and the underground Jamaican music scene. Grammy Museum , 800 W. Olympic Blvd., L.A. 7:30 p.m. Free admission. (213) 765-6830. EVENTS National Storytelling Conference This weekend-long gathering of raconteurs starts early with a pre-conference workshop about storytelling in education and a free story slam.
April 19, 2014 | Larry Gordon and Carla Rivera
California high school seniors faced a tougher time winning a freshman spot at most of the UC campuses for the fall, with their chances at UCLA and UC Berkeley now fewer than one in five, according to a report released Friday. Six of UC's nine undergraduate campuses accepted a smaller number of California students than last year even though the number of applicants rose. Competition was fiercest at UCLA, where only 16.3% of state students were admitted, down from 17.4% last year, and at UC Berkeley, where 18.8% were accepted, compared with 21.4% last year.
November 3, 2013 | By Hugo Martin
The airline industry has been packing more passengers into smaller seats over the last few years and now one of the world's largest jet manufacturers is calling for an end to the crush. Airline seats with less legroom and thinner seat back cushions have been part of a growing trend in an industry trying to fit more passengers per cabin and increase profits. The squeeze has prompted an outcry from fliers, particularly tall and ample-sized travelers. Now, French-based Airbus is calling on the industry to adopt a comfortable standard, at least for the seat width.
September 5, 1987
Who said professional track and field is dead? NBC managed to squeeze in 30 to 35 new commercials each hour during its coverage of the World Track and Field Championships. What next, the 1988 Olympics? THAYER PETERSON Oxnard
June 20, 2011 | Karen Voight, Good Form
This exercise challenges your core strength and provides a nice twist to your spine. Squeezing a soft ball with your inner thighs helps to keep your hips correctly positioned so that you can target the tightest part of your spine, which is usually the mid-back. Sit near the front edge of a sturdy chair with both feet flat on the floor. Place a soft 9-inch exercise ball between your knees. Inhale, sit up tall and raise your arms above your head. On an exhalation, rotate your torso to the right.
October 13, 1991
In reading your editorial on the squeezing of the middle class, you conveniently forget to mention the real reason why the middle class is under siege. This blunder on your part is understandable since your editorial policy is biased toward ever-increasing big government. The real squeeze comes from the oppressive personal taxation in this state, together with the over-regulation and bleeding of business through mandated costs, i.e., worker's compensation, health insurance, etc. It is obvious that in this society and especially in this anti-business state, the real enemy of all people, especially the middle class, is ever-expanding big government.
April 4, 1998
I attended the Angel-Dodger Freeway Series game on March 27 in the renovated Big A. The renovation job on the stadium appears to live up to everything that has been promised. The preseason billing promised seating now directed toward home plate. What they don't tell you is that they have "crammed in" an extra five to eight seats per aisle. Now every adult fan (unless you have the physique of Celine Dion) is sitting cheek to cheek in the most uncomfortable manner. This is just another attempt by Disney to squeeze every last dime out of the consumers' pocket.
January 18, 1987
Your editorial (Jan. 12), "Squeeze on Campus," uncovers a fundamental contradiction between the rhetoric and the actions of President Reagan. The Great Communicator argues that he is not solely a President for the rich and powerful, but a President who will protect the rights of all classes. His proposal to enact "deep, destructive budget cuts . . . that would reduce scholarships and eliminate work-study jobs," however, offers prima-facie evidence that Reagan's true affinity lies with the wealthy.
April 3, 2014 | By Marisa Gerber
After moving into her home near Dodger Stadium in 1987, Lisa Keller learned to live with the gridlock. She scheduled her work hours to avoid the swarm of fans in blue T-shirts. And before long, she'd learned a guiding truth of her hilly neighborhood: If you don't have to leave your house on game days, don't. "It was really crazy," she said. "The sheer amount of traffic was really, just, annoying. " But in 1996, after the neighborhood successfully lobbied then-owner Peter O'Malley to shut the Scott Avenue gate, Keller said things in her mostly residential neighborhood west of the stadium improved a lot. Without an entry point, game traffic started to fade away and before long there was new game-day wisdom in the neighborhood: If you need to get into or out of the area, head to Scott Avenue.
March 17, 2014 | David Lazarus
Time Warner Cable has assured customers that the company's $45-billion acquisition by Comcast will improve service and innovation. Customers might wonder how the pairing of two profit-hungry cable giants will remedy the biggest problem: ever-increasing monthly bills. Time Warner Cable has just sent out notices of its latest rate hikes, which take effect with the next bill. As usual, the company says higher prices were unavoidable. On the one hand, it says, "the rates that TV networks and programming providers are charging us to deliver your favorite channels have risen to new highs.
March 16, 2014 | Michael Hiltzik
How's the U.S. economy doing? If you're rich, the answer is "fabulously. " Here are some data points from Diane Swonk, chief economist for Mesirow Financial in Chicago. " Spending at luxury retailers has come back," she told the Senate Finance Committee last week. High-end merchants routinely "sell out of purses with price tags in the thousands of dollars, before they even hit the shelves in New York. Spending at high-end restaurants is picking up.... Demand is on the rise for boutique hotels catering to the demands of the wealthiest clientele.
January 19, 2014 | By Hugo Martín
"Slim-line" seats, with thinner seat-back cushions, are increasingly popular with airlines because they weigh less and help squeeze more passengers into a plane. But the seats may not be so popular with passengers. A new survey by the travel website TripAdvisor shows that many passengers who have tried slim-line seats are not fans. In the survey of 1,391 travelers, the website found that nearly half weren't sure whether they had sat in slim-line seats. But of those who said they had tried the seats, 83% said they were less comfortable than traditional seats, 8% said the slim-line seats were more comfortable, and 9% said they couldn't tell the difference.
January 18, 2014 | By Gale Holland
Francisco Morataya drives a vanload of empty bottles and cans to Victar Recycling Center in Echo Park every week or so to supplement his wages as an office janitor. The 61-year-old Eagle Rock resident had been making $200 per load, enough to pay his daughter's cellphone bill. But that was before a new state law tightened the redemption rules, making it harder for people at the economic fringes to scrape by. Now his take is only $50 to $60, Morataya said. "It's really bad," he said this week, flinging plastic bottles into a garbage bin. "I can't help my daughter.
December 23, 2013 | By Michael Muskal
Parts of the country will spend Tuesday shaking off the meteorological pummeling they received in the opening days of winter, which brought a steady diet of ice and freezing rain. The upper Midwest is expected to remain frigid while Southern California and much of Florida will be warm, according to National Weather Service forecasts. Record highs that shocked parts of the Northeast are returning to normal, with New York City expecting a high of 40 Tuesday -- a far cry from Sunday's 71 and Monday's 62.   “The major storm that affected much of the U.S. over the weekend will move off of the East Coast Monday.
November 3, 2013 | By Tony Perry
SAN DIEGO - In Bob Filner's final days as mayor, the city attorney was prepared to do something never before done here: plead with a judge that the mayor posed a threat to women and should be barred from City Hall. A psychologist retained by City Atty. Jan Goldsmith was set to testify that, in her opinion, Filner fit the characteristics of a sociopath, was "without shame, empathy or compassion," and believed no rules applied to him. A court hearing was set for Aug. 21. It was not necessary.
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