February 11, 2001 |
About the Project This is the result of six months of research and reporting by Tribune Auto Race Writer Ed Hinton, with help from staffers at other Tribune papers, among them Darin Esper of the Los Angeles Times. It sheds new light on the decline of traditional fatalism among race drivers and the need for more research and action to prevent the violent deaths the sport has come to accept.
August 10, 1997
Rarely has The Times published commentary as misinformed and confused as Michael Schrage's "U.S. Should Privatize Economic Statistics" (Times Board of Advisors, July 27). In his thoughtless haste to condemn the federal reporting of statistics as a "virtual monopoly" that indulges in the "idiocy of national aggregation," Mr. Schrage wonders why the government continues to have a role in national econometric statistics that perhaps made sense a century ago but that now, in a global economy, seem outmoded and inefficient.
March 14, 1991 |
When it comes to "quality," more American companies are like symphony orchestras whose musicians and conductors can't read music. The people might be talented and the instruments magnificent, but what you're going to end up with is a lot of noise. America is not going to get a quality revolution until its managers and workers have some grasp of probability and statistics--the lingua franca of quality. Unfortunately, corporate statistical literacy is abysmally low.
February 24, 1989 |
Opal Rolph considers herself a smart shopper, so she buys meat only "on special" and passes up many costly snack foods and fruits. But as food prices shot upward last month, Rolph, 81, says she finds it harder to keep her food bill under control. "I just don't buy as much," she said Thursday as she loaded her shopping bags into her car at the Vons' Pavilions store in Monrovia. Her sister and shopping companion, Florence Logsdon, 83, agreed. "We're a lot more choosy now."
May 5, 1998 |
The percentage of Southern children living in poverty is about the same as it was in 1969, even though most states in the region have robust economies and budget surpluses, the Children's Defense Fund said Monday. "Equally disturbing is the fact that the rest of the nation is catching up with the South," said Marian Wright Edelman, president of the defense fund, a Washington-based nonprofit child advocacy group. In 1996, the West matched the South in the percentage of poor children, 22.
November 26, 1986
Canyon's Ken Sollom has passed for 2,535 yards and 27 touchdowns, and Hart's Jim Bonds has passed for 2,429 yards and 32 touchdowns. Yet the most impressive statistic may be their interception percentages. Sollom has thrown five interceptions in 246 passes (2.03%) and Bonds has thrown six interceptions in 245 passes (2.45%). . . . Newbury Park's Jayson Merrill set a school record with 1,494 yards passing this year.
February 10, 1998 |
Federal regulators took the first step Monday toward tightening regulations on the cigar industry, ordering the nation's leading cigar makers to report sales and advertising figures. The move could eventually lead to health warnings on all cigar advertisements. Under the Federal Trade Commission order, manufacturers must report the total number of cigars sold and the amount spent on advertising, merchandising and promotion in 1996 and '97.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 17, 2008 |
Deploying a long-promised tool to track high school dropouts, the state released numbers Wednesday estimating that 1 in 4 California students -- and 1 in 3 in Los Angeles -- quit school. The rates are considerably higher than previously acknowledged but lower than some independent estimates. The figures are based on a new statewide tracking system that relies on identification numbers that were issued to California public school students beginning in fall 2006.
January 15, 2013 |
Los Angeles enjoyed another banner year for tourism in 2012, when it welcomed 41.4 million visitors, surpassing the record set in 2011. Last year's tourist total represents a 2.5% increase over the 40.4 million visitors in 2011 -- good news for the city's $16.5-billion tourism industry, according to the Los Angeles Tourism & Convention Board. Tourism is one of the region's largest industries, supporting 372,000 jobs in Los Angeles County. "Los Angeles County's leisure and hospitality industry is one of the few that has regained all of the jobs and surpassed those positions lost in the recession," said Kimberly Ritter-Martinez, an associate economist for the Los Angeles County Economic Development Corp.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 25, 1988 |
Would you like to have a lucky penny? Here's how: Start with a thousand pennies. Flip them all. Approximately 500 will come up heads. Discard the ones that came up tails, and flip the 500 heads again. Approximately 250 of them will come up heads. Discard the others. Now flip the remaining 250 one more time. Approximately 125 will come up heads. Discard the tails and flip the heads again. If you do this 10 times, on average there will be 1 penny left.