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August 31, 1986
Another week, another letter from the 30th Congressional District's Democrat Rep. Matthew (Marty) Martinez, who of late has shown sudden concern on a variety of issues facing this district and nation. This week his letter focuses on drugs and the national epidemic it has become. Certainly, drugs have become a major problem and we definitely must become tough and crack down on drug crime. However, how does Martinez explain his vote three weeks ago in Congress when he voted against transferring funds from the arts to be used for curbing and fighting drugs?
April 12, 2014 | By Paresh Dave
Ohio geologists have found a probable connection between fracking and a sudden burst of mild earthquakes last month in a region that had never experienced a temblor until recently, according to a state report. The quake report, which coincided with the state's announcement of some of the nation's strictest limits on fracking near faults, marked the strongest link to date between nerve-rattling shakes and hydraulic fracturing -- the process of firing water, sand and chemicals deep into the earth to eject oil and natural gas out of ancient rock.
February 6, 2005
Michael Hiltzik's "Few Crying Over NHL Lockout" (Golden State, Jan. 27) says players were asked to help to protect the owners from their own stupidity concerning paying a draft pick or free-agent picks. The truth is that if National Hockey League owners all of the sudden refused to spend lavishly on certain players and prospects, the union would scream "conspiracy" and the owners would lose as they did in baseball. Yes, it does take two to tango. William Mendralla Corona
April 5, 2014 | By Melissa Magsaysay
The combination of sandals and socks has long been seen as a major footwear faux pas. And, as recently as last year when British department store Debenhams polled 1,500 customers on what they felt was the most egregious of all fashion offenses, sandals with socks ranked No. 1 - beating out platform shoes for men and scrunchies. But proving that fashion is often wildly unpredictable, wearing sandals with socks is no longer a fashion misstep. This season, it's suddenly a trend embraced by celebrities and fashion industry insiders who are pairing their Birkenstocks, clogs and even open-toed high-heel sandals with ankle-length socks.
August 20, 2006
Re "Tips-Offs to a Rip-Off" [Aug. 6]: There are as many, if not more, homeowners who take advantage of well-intentioned and professional contractors. Some of these homeowners are predatory; others have no intention of paying their last payment for services rendered. They know that it will cost contractors good money to chase after bad, so they refuse to take our calls and all of a sudden are not available. So I say, on behalf of many contractors, subcontractors and designers, be very selective for whom you work.
January 26, 1990
My husband has been a police officer for 11 years and he has seen many traumatic situations. Some cases, such as the death of a child, require a full investigation. No police officer ever wants to handle one of these calls. It doesn't matter how tactfully the officer handles the call; the officer is always an outsider who the family wishes would just leave. Unfortunately, the investigation must be completed, and the officer must not allow emotion to guide him. (The story) depicts the police as uncaring, "just the facts ma'am" robots.
March 8, 1994
"Brava" to The Times for publishing the perceptive commentary by Michelle Krisel concerning Kathleen Battle's dismissal from the Metropolitan Opera (Feb. 21). Opera lovers such as myself were dismayed and bewildered by the news accounts of the career setback sustained by this fine artist. Krisel's penetrating yet compassionate analysis is the only account I have read that makes clear the circumstances that led to this saddening event. PAUL KEMPF Los Angeles I found Krisel's hatchet job on Battle to be presumptuous, poorly informed, spiteful and rude.
November 27, 2006 | J.A. Adande
We're at the point where any San Diego Chargers victory can be summarized in two words. This goes back to Nov. 19, when between updates I saw a 24-7 San Diego deficit against Denver turn into a 35-27 Chargers victory and I text-messaged a friend to ask what happened. My buddy's reply: "LT happened." Flash-forward to Sunday, when the Chargers had to deal with a strong Oakland Raiders defensive effort, a shaky performance by quarterback Philip Rivers and a 14-7 Raiders lead in the fourth quarter.
July 9, 2008 | Thomas H. Maugh II, Times Staff Writer
Medical castration to treat localized prostate tumors does not prolong survival and its side effects far outweigh any potential benefit for most patients, researchers reported today. The technique, which involves using drugs to block the body's production of the male hormone androgen, is a powerful tool when used in conjunction with surgery or radiation for treating aggressive prostate tumors.
March 14, 1988 | ROBERT L. JACKSON, Times Staff Writer
In the late 1950s, Jimmy Swaggart was roaming around the back roads of Louisiana in a broken-down Chevrolet, earning about $40 a week from his preaching and gospel singing. He has come a long way since then. The controversial evangelist now heads a tax-exempt enterprise that ranks, by almost any measure, as one of the most successful of its kind. Jimmy Swaggart World Ministries and its Bible college boasted revenues of $150 million in 1987--more than $500,000 each working day.
March 31, 2014 | By Carolyn Kellogg
Scholar Jonathan Bate has been at work on his biography of British poet Ted Hughes for four years. He was surprised to recently learn that the Hughes estate had withdrawn its support of the book. Hughes was British poet laureate from 1984 until his death in 1998. Much beloved at home, the prolific writer has been less well-regarded by some fans of Sylvia Plath, who committed suicide when she was married to Hughes. Bate, a Shakespeare scholar, was at work on a biography that would tie together Hughes' life and work.
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.
March 19, 2014 | By Jerry Hirsch
In a landmark settlement of criminal charges, Toyota Motor Corp. admitted deceiving regulators about deadly safety defects and agreed to pay $1.2 billion, the largest penalty ever imposed on an automaker. In the unprecedented deal with the U.S. Justice Department, the world's largest automaker admitted it misled consumers about two defects that caused unintended sudden-acceleration incidents - sticking gas pedals and floor mats trapping the pedals. “Toyota put sales over safety, and profit over principle,” said George Venizelos, assistant director of the FBI. “The disregard Toyota had for the safety of the public was outrageous.
February 10, 2014 | By Jerry Hirsch
Here's how Toyota Motor Corp. plans to finally put the sudden-acceleration issue to rest: Pull out the checkbook. The automaker is reportedly close to paying a $1-billion fine to settle a four-year federal criminal investigation into whether it properly reported safety complaints to regulators. Meanwhile, Toyota's lawyers are in settlement talks over hundreds of civil lawsuits alleging wrongful deaths or injuries, potentially adding hundreds of millions to the tab. Previously, Toyota agreed to pay $1.6 billion to settle a class-action case brought by thousands of Toyota owners who contended that sudden-acceleration problems damaged the value of their vehicles.
February 4, 2014 | By Jerry Hirsch
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has launched a probe looking whether airbags are deploying unexpectedly when a door is shut in the 2008 Honda Accord. Federal safety regulators say they have heard from 28 drivers reporting the problem. In two cases people received injuries when airbags deployed unexpectedly. The investigation includes about 363,000 Accords. Honda said it is aware of a “small number of complaints regarding the side airbags and side curtain airbags.” It said it will cooperate with investigators and is also conducting its own review.
February 2, 2014 | By Jonathan Guthrie
When asked how he went bankrupt, a character in Ernest Hemingway's novel "The Sun Also Rises" replies: "Two ways. Gradually and then suddenly. " This neat summation of how business failure creeps up on victims is quoted in "Big Bang Disruption: Strategy In The Age of Devastating Innovation," a new book with more than a whiff of apocalyptic prophecy about it. The book, published by Portfolio Hardcover, plays to the belief that technology has...
National swim team coaches from the United States, Hong Kong and Australia suspect the Chinese women's team of using steroids in the wake of China's world-best performances during last month's Asian Games. Richard Quick, coach of the U.S. national team and Stanford women's team, said he felt obligated to speak out after the Chinese produced three times that rank No. 1 in the world this year and three others that are No. 2 during the competition at Beijing.
May 17, 1987 | THOMAS FERRARO, United Press International
Joe Paterno shifts uncomfortably on the couch of his office at Penn State University and makes a confession about his holier-than-thou image. "It scares the heck out of me," booms the hallowed football coach. "Because I know I'm not that clean. Nobody is that clean." "I don't want to appear to be any more than I am," says Paterno, now speaking in a near whisper. "And that's a good, hard-working coach who is a decent guy, a family guy, who doesn't want to cheat." "I lose my temper sometimes.
January 29, 2014 | By Ben Bolch
AT GOLDEN STATE When: 7:30. Where: Oracle Arena, Oakland. On the air: TV: TNT; Radio: 980. Records: Clippers 33-15, Warriors 27-19. Record vs. Warriors: 1-1. Update: These teams have developed a chippy rivalry going back to last season, when the Clippers thought the Warriors celebrated too much after making shots. Clippers forward Blake Griffin and Warriors counterpart Draymond Green were ejected from Golden State's 105-103 victory last month in Oakland, a testy game that resulted in both teams lingering on the court to exchange words afterward.
January 22, 2014 | Doyle McManus
"Poverty is not some rare disease from which the rest of us are all immune," a leading American politician said last week. "It is but the worst strain of a widespread disease otherwise known as economic insecurity. Most families worry about making ends meet. " That must have been President Obama or some other Democrat, right? Wrong. It was Rep. Paul D. Ryan (R-Wis.), Mitt Romney's former running mate and the Republicans' chief budget-cutter on Capitol Hill. Up to now, his most famous statement about the social safety net was that it risked becoming "a hammock that lulls able-bodied people to lives of dependency and complacency.
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