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November 19, 1993
I heard the first giant sucking sound. . . . Ross Perot sucking on a lemon! JACKIE HEATHER Newport Beach
March 7, 2014 | By David L. Ulin, Los Angeles Times Book Critic
I first learned the pleasure of Shakespearean insults in ninth grade, when I was assigned to read “Henry IV, Part I.” My teacher was a gifted man named Greg Lombardo who instilled in our class a sense of literature as provocative, pointed, even dangerous - something that lived and breathed and mattered and bled. For “Henry IV, Part I,” he focused on the humor, and encouraged us to stage an Elizabethan festival in class. We played music, had a feast and called each other the names we'd learned from Falstaff: “'Sblood, you starveling, you elfskin, you dried neat's tongue, you bull's pizzle, you stockfish!
December 9, 1993
I have decided to make an appointment with my ear doctor, because I seem to be the only one who can't hear "that giant sucking sound." PAUL M. THIELE Los Angeles
December 18, 2013
Re "Hard truths about water," Editorial, Dec. 15 In Los Angeles, up to 70% of water usage goes toward outdoor landscaping such as lawns. Reclaimed water is increasingly used, but it's still a drop in the bucket. Rebates are being paid for removing grass lawns and replacing them with low-water-usage or no-water alternatives. Grass lawns should be outlawed in new communities, and the rebate program should be massively expanded in established communities. The L.A. Department of Water and Power and other groups support expansion of "purple pipe" programs, which bring reclaimed water to communities.
July 5, 1998
The unintended message of "GM Strike Is Hitting Workers in Mexico Hard" [June 24] is that GM alone has 84,000 ex-American jobs in Mexico. Political opponents of Ross Perot loved to ridicule him partly for his famous line about the "giant sucking sound" of jobs going to Mexico. But by effectively silencing him, his opponents made sure that these jobs did not make a giant sucking sound when they went, but instead went quietly with the acquiescence of U.S. politicians. Most important to Americans is the fact that they went south nonetheless.
May 23, 1996
Re "Real Blood Isn't Shed in the Movies," by Alexander Cockburn, Column Left, May 19: While there may be some basis for Cockburn's assertion that poverty and war have an effect on creating violent children, I believe these causes to be debatable in part. If movie and TV violence is not a major force in sucking in our impressionable youth, then why waste billions of dollars yearly sucking them in with advertising? Could it be that Joe Camel is just whistling Dixie by trying to entice children to light up?
September 30, 1998
Re "Woman Goes to Bat for Misunderstood Mammal," Sept. 21. As an admirer of bats, I must thank you for this positive article. The "misunderstood" part has been around for centuries as people have tried to justify their loathing of a creature whose appearance is slightly off from the usual cute and cuddly. However, the article states that "there is only one blood-sucking species--the vampire bat--which drinks about a teaspoon of blood a day, usually from livestock, and is found only in South America."
October 25, 2009 | Shari Roan; Austin Knoblauch; Kim Murphy; Valerie J. Nelson
BOOSTER SHOTS Pacifiers can lead to speech problems Questions on whether a baby should be given a pacifier or allowed to thumb-suck have existed for generations. The concerns center on whether sucking habits will impact tooth alignment and speech development. The latest evidence, published Wednesday, suggests that long-term pacifier use, thumb-sucking and even early bottle use increase the risk of speech disorders in children. The study looked at the association between sucking behaviors and speech disorders in 128 children, ages 3 to 5, in Chile.
October 15, 1995
After reading about Northrop's attempt to sell 20 additional B-2s to the Pentagon ("Northrop Drive to Sell Additional B-2s Passes Key Hurdle," Sept. 8), I have one question: How many of the mentioned House members, especially those who are crying about the cost of Medicare and the sad condition of the Social Security system, could really look a senior citizen or a future retiree in the face and justify the cost of up to $15 billion on a project that even the Defense Department doesn't want?
August 20, 1989
On Aug. 8 you show a picture of an adult male sucking on a squeezable "sipper" ("New Fad Puts Thirst Things First," by David Larsen). It's perfect! The last nail in the coffin of adulthood in the United States. You could even call it "the last straw." The definition of infantilism taken from my Webster's dictionary is, in partial quote, "the persistence in an adult of markedly childish characteristics." The last eight years have given a powerful boost to our national tendency toward this.
October 24, 2013
Re "Blow out the Camels," Opinion, Oct. 20 The centennial of Camel cigarettes in this country is no cause for celebration. Tobacco's grim toll on its consumers' health remains predictably costly, as professor Robert N. Proctor poignantly relates in his Op-Ed article. Yet the cigarette-selling business model remains viable, as the stock of the company that makes Camels has trended upward over the last few years. That's because the tobacco industry externalizes the long-term costs of its products' use. Most of the expenses caused by the deterioration of smokers' health are borne by society and not by the tobacco companies.
May 6, 2013 | By Deborah Netburn
Forget boiling, or antiseptic wipes: The best way to clean a Binky may be putting it in your own mouth. A parent who sucks on a baby's pacifier to clean it is loading it up with hundreds of good types of bacteria that live in the adult mouth. That bacteria is transferred via the pacifier to the infant's mouth. It may sound gross, but evidence suggests that those bacteria may help reduce instances of allergy development in babies. In a new study published in Pediatrics, researchers followed 184 infants recruited from a Swedish hospital from birth until most of them were 3 years old. The researchers were specifically looking for allergy-prone babies, and 80% of the sample group had at least one parent with allergies.
December 5, 2012 | By Tina Susman, Los Angeles Times
NEW YORK - Police on Wednesday charged a man with killing a subway rider who was pushed onto the tracks and crushed to death by an oncoming train, a crime that has roiled the city as much for its horror as for the response of those who witnessed it. Naeem Davis, 30, described by police as homeless, faces a charge of second-degree murder with "depraved indifference" in connection with the death Monday of Ki-Suck Han, 58. Han was on his way to...
September 23, 2012 | By Steve Dilbeck
And now to tip your cap to the Giants. Hey, come on now. You have to do it. No, really, you have to. Saturday night, the Giants -- very quietly down in these parts -- clinched their second National League West title in three years. They won it. Went out and absolutely seized it. No backing in, no hoping for help, no waiting for some team to fold. So as much as you may despise everything black and orange, you have to respect that. I said, you have to respect that. The Giants are currently in first place by 11 games over the Dodgers.
August 2, 2012 | By Monte Morin, Los Angeles Times
The Earth's ability to soak up man-made carbon dioxide emissions is a crucial yet poorly understood process with profound implications for climate change. Among the questions that have vexed climate scientists is whether the planet can keep pace with humanity's production of greenhouse gases. The loss of this natural damper would carry dire consequences for global warming. A study published in Thursday's edition of the journal Nature concludes that these reservoirs are continuing to increase their uptake of carbon — and show no sign of diminishing.
April 14, 2012 | By Michael J. Mishak, Los Angeles Times
SACRAMENTO — California's largest oil company failed to warn employees of the dangers in an oil field where a worker was sucked underground and boiled to death last year, state authorities found — and then they fined the firm $350. The small regulatory penalty, levied after a first investigation cleared Chevron, has angered labor leaders and reignited a debate over the risks of the extraction technique that led to the worker's death. The method, in which a rush of steam heats the ground and loosens oil deposits, yields much of California's crude.
September 12, 2001 | Matea Gold and Maggie Farley, Los Angeles Times Staff Writers
In the worst terrorist attack ever against the United States, hijackers struck at the preeminent symbols of the nation's wealth and might Tuesday, flying airliners into the World Trade Center and the Pentagon and killing or injuring thousands of people. As a horrified nation watched on television, the twin towers of the World Trade Center in lower Manhattan collapsed into flaming rubble after two Boeing 767s rammed their upper stories. A third airliner, a Boeing 757, flattened one of the Pentagon's five sides.
James Newman Hood sits in a quaint, ornate courtroom, rocking slowly in his wooden chair, as lawyers and witnesses chart his descent from the golden existence and happy family life he once knew to the prospect of financial ruin and a life behind bars.
November 29, 2011 | By Michael Muskal, Los Angeles Times
Ending a battle that could only have taken place in the brave new world of social media, Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback on Monday apologized for an incident involving a teen who had maligned him on Twitter. In making his mea culpa, Brownback went to the obvious place — Facebook — to post his statement. Staff members had been overzealous, he said, in their monitoring of social media's electronic public square, which is where they found Emma Sullivan's comment that the governor "sucked.
November 18, 2011 | By Amy Kaufman, Los Angeles Times
The latest chapter in the mega-popular "Twilight" movie franchise is expected to take a substantial bite out of the box office when it debuts this weekend, possibly raking in as much as $150 million in ticket sales. "The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn — Part 1" is the fourth movie based on author Stephenie Meyer's bestselling novels about a love triangle involving a girl, a vampire and a werewolf. The latest installment in the series is likely to gross $140 million to $150 million, according to those who have seen pre-release audience surveys.
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