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December 30, 2003 | From Staff and Wire Reports
Biathlon veterans Jeremy Teela and Rachel Steer won titles Monday at the U.S. National Championships in Lake Placid, N.Y. The top-ranked Teela, 14th at the 2002 Salt Lake City Winter Olympics, covered the 10-kilometer sprint course in 30 minutes 34.5 seconds. He missed only two of 10 targets and used that to gain a two-minute advantage over runner-up Jacob Beste. Beste had four shooting penalties and was timed in 32:35.2. Steer, who also competed in Salt Lake City, won the women's 7.5K race in 23.07.
April 21, 2014 | By David Undercoffler
Mazda is recalling 109,000 Tribute SUVs to fix possible corrosion issues in the vehicles' suspension, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. At least it's not spiders. The recall affects Mazda Tributes from the 2001-04 model year, and only those sold or currently registered in 20 states and the District of Columbia. The vehicles are being recalled due to corrosion on a piece of the front suspension called the lower control arm. In some cases, the corrosion can cause the piece to separate, causing the loss of steering, the NHTSA said.
January 10, 1988
As anyone can see, in the Times' rendition, it was not a bull market but a steer market, in fact a bum steer market. And, as is common knowledge, a steer is raised for only one purpose--a fat killing. GEORGE J. FOX Altadena
March 31, 2014 | By Jerry Hirsch and Jim Puzzanghera
As General Motors Co. heads into congressional hearings examining its failure to fix a deadly safety defect, the automaker has moved swiftly to burnish its safety credentials by recalling millions of vehicles. GM said Monday that it will set aside $750 million in the first quarter to pay for repairs even as it recalled an additional 1.5 million vehicles. The car company has now called back about 5 million vehicles in the last two months to fix problems including faulty power steering systems, oil leaks and fractured axle shafts.
June 5, 1989 | STEVE PADILLA, Times Staff Writer
Manuel Escobedo, atop a galloping palomino, thundered alongside a fleeing steer and seized its tail barehanded. But the steer slipped his grasp and dashed off, its dignity intact. "No luck for Manuel Escobedo," an announcer boomed in Spanish over loudspeakers to a few dozen spectators in the grandstands. Escobedo, disappointed that the steer had not fallen, trotted off while a ragtag brass band pumped out an energetic Mexican march. It was a scene straight out of a Mexican rancho.
August 17, 1985
As a former Okie, I attended the 40th anniversary of the death of our beloved Will Rogers at the Will Rogers State Historic Park in Pacific Palisades. They were featuring just a sampling of his old films, "The Connecticut Yankee," " The Cowboy Sheik," "Ropin' Fool" and "Dr. Bull." They are all good, and "Connecticut Yankee" reminded me somewhat of the plot of a recently released movie, "Back to the Future." And I never tire of the tour of his home itself. But that is not the real purpose of my letter.
September 15, 1996
I was saddened to see [one] photo that accompanied the article "More Than Kicks" Sept. 8. Of the five photos, four showed boys playing soccer and one photo showed girls on the sidelines cheering their "heroes" on. After years of girls and women fighting for equal rights and participation, it seems that machismo and gender discrimination live on and are even being encouraged. In their effort to steer inner-city kids out of trouble, well-meaning parents and community groups are continuing to steer girls into submissive, supportive roles which set them up to be abused wives and teenage mothers while steering boys into active, aggressive roles which encourage them to dominate girls and later women.
September 8, 2002
Re "Rodeo Shows the Old West Is Alive 'n' Kickin'," Aug. 25: Rodeos are brutally inhumane events that result in many injuries to and often deaths of the animals involved. This "great American cowboy tradition" includes activities such as roping calves by slamming them to the ground and tying their legs so they can't move, using painful bucking straps that cause bloody open wounds on horses' sensitive flank areas, and jolting docile cows with 5,000 volts to make them appear aggressive and wild.
October 3, 1990
Henderson's column is an outstanding example of illogical reasoning, flawed comparisons and distortions. Consider just one: "While the state requires everyone to carry insurance (liability only), it has to make sure everyone can afford coverage." Why? Driving a vehicle is a privilege, not a constitutional right. If one elects to steer a 3,000-pound vehicle, a lethal weapon, that person has the moral as well as legal obligation to monetarily care for victims of a driver's error.
September 3, 2001
Bravo for Steve Lopez, who is not afraid to tell the truth about sports (and some big-mouths) in America ("A Sick Game That Celebrates Savagery," Aug. 29). I have never seen the point of 22 hulking brutes knocking one another about over a bit of leather filled with air any more than I have been able to understand boxing or bullfighting. How shallow are the minds caught up in this fever? How much better spent could be the gazillions squandered on this brutality and on other inane pursuits of leather spheres?
March 19, 2014 | By Mike Boehm, Los Angeles Times
Philippe Vergne says his first task as the new director of L.A.'s Museum of Contemporary Art is not to act quickly but to think and plan deeply. On the job less than two weeks after extensive past experience as director of New York's Dia Art Foundation and top curator and deputy director of the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, Vergne spelled out no immediate changes Wednesday and said he'll look to MOCA's past achievements for guidance. GRAPHIC: MOCA's ups and downs with Jeffrey Deitch "The most important priority is to look at the programming and reimagine the program" of exhibitions and events, he said as he joined Lilly Tartikoff Karatz and Maurice Marciano, MOCA's new board co-chairs, and Maria Seferian, the museum's interim director before his arrival, for a discussion with Los Angeles Times reporters and editors.
February 15, 2014 | By Jim Peltz
One moment NASCAR's Tony Stewart was doing what he loves, racing a high-powered sprint car at a small dirt track on a summer night, and the next moment his right leg was shattered. Stewart crashed at full speed into a stalled car in Oskaloosa, Iowa, on Aug. 5. The injury was so gruesome that Stewart later said he "damned near passed out at every doctor visit" when the leg was examined. Despite being one of NASCAR's biggest stars, and a co-owner of a team, Stewart also raced the smaller sprint cars at short tracks nationwide for the sheer joy of it. But the Iowa crash abruptly ended his season and required Stewart to undergo three surgeries and months of physical therapy.
February 5, 2014 | By Mike Bresnahan and Melissa Rohlin
CLEVELAND -- Magic Johnson recently said the Lakers needed a face of the franchise, someone like Jerry West or Phil Jackson , to help sell the brand to free agents during dollar-driven summers. A volunteer stepped forward Wednesday: Johnson. He pledged to do whatever it took to turn the Lakers into a championship team, including recruiting of free agents. "I've done that in the past," Johnson told The Times. "I told [General Manager] Mitch Kupchak that last week.
January 29, 2014 | By Randall Roberts
Pete Seeger was best known as a folk singer, an archivist and writer, and the purveyor of such beamed-from-the-heavens standards as "We Shall Overcome," "If I Had a Hammer" and "Turn, Turn, Turn. " But among the musician's most important roles was one that's often overlooked: that of an American citizen who understood the power of song to serve as messenger, as Trojan horse, as lightning rod. It's hard to imagine a song steering and stirring more than "We Shall Overcome. " The work long ago became less the domain of Seeger, who helped popularize it when he published it in "People's Songs," than a sacred text owned by anyone longing for justice.
January 22, 2014 | By Tony Perry
SAN DIEGO - Just as this city is recovering from the scandal that drove Bob Filner from the mayor's office, along comes another political firestorm. But instead of sexual harassment, it involves allegations of illegal contributions flowing into mayoral campaigns. A retired San Diego police officer, the owner of a Washington, D.C.-based election services business and another man have been charged with conspiring to funnel more than $500,000 in illegal contributions from an unidentified Mexican businessman into recent political campaigns.
January 18, 2014 | By Howard Blume
A June special election to replace former Los Angeles school board member Marguerite Poindexter LaMotte has the potential to alter the political power dynamic and the overall direction of the nation's second-largest school district. LaMotte, who died in December, was close to the teachers union and was a critic of L.A. schools Supt. John Deasy. Although she rarely played an influential role on the seven-member board, her replacement has the opportunity to do so. A vigorous and strategic successor - aligned ideologically with LaMotte's views - would pose a hurdle to Deasy.
December 29, 1986
The Planned Parenthood advertisement in View (Dec. 8) was a perfect example of the misguided logic that pervades their organization and our country and allows the problem of teen sex to exist. I am not a prude; I found the illustration to be humorous and catchy, but I am hardly amused by their attempt to steer our country to doom. Yes, teen sex is a problem. Yes, teens should not get preganant. Yes, there is an awful lot of sex on television. But Planned Parenthood is focusing on the wrong issue.
April 17, 2005
I read with genuine excitement Matthew Bourne's excellent commentary on his fine production "Play Without Words" ("What More Is There to Say?," April 10). As a ballet choreographer who has been crafting original narrative ballets for most of my career, it was a very welcome sign that concert dance may finally be returning to dramatic story. My ballet company, De'Ath Ballet, has been quietly producing narrative ballet for some 20 years. . I have often felt that I am operating in an absolute vacuum, and, as Bourne so correctly points out, almost no choreographers attempt it. Production costs are so high in these tough economic times that ballet companies steer away from new narratives in fear of poor box office.
December 22, 2013 | By Sergei L. Loiko
MOSCOW -- Mikhail Khodorkovsky, the former oil tycoon once considered President Vladimir Putin's most potent political foe, said Sunday that he had no plans to resume his business or political activities or to support Russia's embattled opposition forces. In a televised interview from Berlin, where he was whisked Friday after his release from prison, Khodorkovsky also said he has no plans to return to Russia in the near future. He gave little hint of what his future holds other than to say he would remain in Germany for now while his mother undergoes medical treatment there.
December 2, 2013 | David Lazarus
If you live in Southern California, you've gotten - or will get - a parking or speeding ticket. It's an immutable law of nature. And in tandem with this natural phenomenon, a cottage industry of legal professionals has taken root to assist people in navigating and, possibly, beating the system. Take, for example, a company called the Ticket Clinic, which has offices throughout the region and boasts that it "may be your best bet for getting your traffic ticket dismissed. " Among other services, the Ticket Clinic says, it can "keep additional points off of your driving record" and "prevent skyrocketing insurance rates resulting from a traffic ticket.
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