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June 5, 2010 | By Raja Abdulrahim, Los Angeles Times
Soon after Farah Pandith was named last year as the State Department's first special representative to Muslim communities, she sat down with the editor of an independent Muslim website for her first official interview., a forum for opinion and analysis about current issues facing Muslims, was a fitting choice. Pandith has said a strong focus of her work is to reach out to younger Muslims around the world, often those most likely to use the Internet for news and networking.
April 26, 2014 | By Michael Finnegan
Neel Kashkari, a Laguna Beach Republican running for governor in the June 3 primary, expressed support Saturday for a proposal by Democratic incumbent Jerry Brown to strengthen California's “rainy day fund” and accelerate the state's repayment of debt. Kashkari told reporters at a campaign stop in Thousand Oaks that Brown's plan was “a small incremental step in the right direction.” He urged Republican lawmakers to approve it without insisting on adjustments. “I'm definitely in the camp of don't let the perfect be the enemy of the good,” he said.
January 24, 1991
It is ironic that the peace protesters may be doing more to turn this war into another Vietnam than anybody else. I am sure it will not go unnoticed by Saddam Hussein that a group of Americans, albeit a minority, are not supportive of our troops in the Persian Gulf. ROBERT E. WILSON West Hills
April 26, 2014 | By Vincent Bevins
Between a cluster of bars in this small coastal town, middle-aged European men hover around dozens of fresh-faced Brazilian women in tight dresses. Around the corner, two girls who look to be in their teens flag down cars, signaling their availability to potential clients. Most such activity, however, seems confined to a small, seedy tourist strip, the last gasp of a bygone era. Natal, long known as a hot spot for sex tourism, has seen fewer problems in the wake of a national economic boom and concerted government efforts to cut back on the Carnaval nation's carnal image.
February 22, 2004
Just wanted to point out a mistake in "So Not Intimidated," by Patrick Day (Feb. 15). The article states "56% of college students polled last month were supportive of the downloading crackdowns." I believe you meant to say "56 college students." Nick Standlea Upland
January 7, 2002
I was dismayed to read in the People's Pharmacy (Dec. 17) about medication being used in the treatment of public-speaking phobia. Though I do not doubt that propranolol has proved effective for some people suffering from such phobia, I would like to point out that there is already a way to treat this problem without medication--Toastmasters. Toastmasters is an international organization created to help people practice their public-speaking and communication skills through weekly meetings in a supportive environment.
March 2, 1986
Having been involved personally with Beyond Baroque for the last 10 years, I'm disturbed that the most consistently supportive service provided by BB to poets since its inception was not even mentioned: the Wednesday night Poetry Workshop, which for more than 15 years has opened its door to all poets, no matter what their style, level of experience or political beliefs. It is the most nonpolitical forum in this city, dedicated solely to the craft of writing poetry. A nUmber of fine poets here (and elsewhere)
August 25, 1991
There is something that your article on Jacques Derrida and his deconstructionist philosophy ("Deconstructing Jacques Derrida," July 21) seems to overlook: What we call "spirituality" often means the feeling of joy we experience when we discover to our surprise that there are helpful, beneficial and supportive elements in the external world. Deconstruction ignores or deprecates this aspect of our world, focusing instead on the unreliable, the ambiguous and the indifferent. Human life could not exist without the supportive, the congenial and the trustworthy.
November 8, 1995
Thank you for your Oct. 31 article regarding the benefit reception for Mayor Richard Riordan at the Magic Johnson Theatres. However, having read the article I feel there is a definite need to clarify my position and purpose for the event. Although I had just returned from a prior commitment out of the country and was unable to attend, I was nonetheless completely supportive of it. Riordan has been very supportive of our projects in the past and we see him as a positive person in our community.
May 22, 1994
Bill Boyarsky's April 27 column repeated an allegation, purportedly made to his superiors by Robert Inouye, a former employee of the Los Angeles County Transportation Commission. The statement to Boyarsky was that contracts were steered by staff to a friend of Mayor Tom Bradley. No supportive evidence or supportive statement was ever produced. It seems to me that such a statement should be reinforced by at least one piece of credible support before publication. Since I didn't have any idea what this reference to me was all about, and I couldn't find any explanation from Inouye, who I called, or from an exhaustive search of court records or the files of the Transportation Commission, I called Boyarsky to find out if he had any relevant evidence to support this blatantly false statement.
April 24, 2014 | By Susan Denley
Brides, if you're shopping for a wedding gown, it might be worth it to stop whatever you're doing and hustle over to Santa Ana this Friday and Saturday. There you'll be able to shop an inventory of new and gently used gowns and accessories for up to 75% off retail prices and help a charitable cause at the same time. Portland, Ore.-based Brides for a Cause is putting on the event, and 50% of proceeds are earmarked for its charitable partner, Wish Upon a Wedding , a nonprofit organization that puts on weddings for couples facing terminal illness or other life-altering challenges.
April 23, 2014 | By Teresa Watanabe
In a broad consensus across racial, political and economic lines, most Californians support two historic changes in how academic subjects are taught and state dollars are allocated to schools, according to a statewide survey released Wednesday. More than two-thirds of Californians surveyed support new national learning standards known as Common Core, which are currently being rolled out to better prepare students for college and careers with a deeper focus on critical thinking over rote memorization.
April 22, 2014 | By Patrick McGreevy
SACRAMENTO -- Alarmed by the cost of holding special elections whenever a vacancy occurs in the Legislature, a state panel on Tuesday endorsed putting a measure before voters that would allow the governor to appoint people to fill empty seats. Los Angeles County has held 20 special elections since 2008 at a cost of $27 million, County Clerk Dean Logan told the Senate Elections and Constitutional Amendments Committee. Turnout in many special elections is as low as 12%. Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg (D-Sacramento)
April 21, 2014 | By Timothy M. Phelps
WASHINGTON - For decades the Republican Party prided itself for being tough on crime, often putting Democrats on the defensive by pushing for longer, mandatory sentences for convicts. In 1988, that hard-line stance helped sink the presidential dreams of then-Massachusetts Gov. Michael Dukakis, who was blamed in Republican TV ads for having released convicted killer Willie Horton as part of a weekend furlough program. (Horton failed to return after a furlough and went on to commit robbery and rape.)
April 21, 2014 | By Sergei L. Loiko and Carol J. Williams
KIEV, Ukraine - Vice President Joe Biden on Monday embarked on a mission to show U.S. support for Ukraine's embattled interim leaders as pro-Russia gunmen took over more government buildings in eastern Ukraine and the Kremlin's top diplomat blamed Washington for the mounting crisis. Biden was to meet Tuesday with acting Ukrainian President Oleksandr Turchynov and Prime Minister Arseny Yatsenyuk, as well as civil society leaders in Kiev, the capital, before flying back to Washington.
April 20, 2014 | By Alicia Banks
Joe Zeccola's classroom at Santee Education Complex is crammed full with 43 desks. When class is in session, students occupy every seat. That's the problem, said Zeccola, who teaches freshman English at the secondary school near downtown Los Angeles. Large classes are not conducive to student success. "Unless you're going to give me rollerskates and amphetamines, I don't know how I'm supposed to reach 43 students and add one-on-one interaction," he said. "It's not possible. When they [students]
August 19, 1989
How's that again? The Times (Aug. 9, Part I) reports that the Bush Administration is "generally supportive" of the Central American agreement that calls for dismantling the Contras within 4 months, but does not believe the plan's Dec. 5 deadline should be considered rigid. Come on. We are either for the plan or against it. Now, despite the resistance of the Bush Administration, our 8 years of support of this disgraceful army of terrorists is ending. My only regret is that our leaders ever listened to the CIA when it founded and supported the Contras.
June 17, 1988
Your publication of "A Mistaken, Vindictive Policy" by Ex-President Ferdinand Marcos of the Philippines is a surprise (Op-Ed Page, June 7). Is Marcos for real? After all of what he has said and done to the Philippines, the article cannot be taken seriously unless he, 1) returns to the Filipino people the wealth he has taken away, and 2) stops his propaganda and his supportive cronies who are agitating and attacking the administration of President Corazon Aquino. ROY MORALES Gardena
April 20, 2014 | By Steve Chawkins
When Rubin "Hurricane" Carter was at his best as a boxer, it would have been impossible to foresee Nelson Mandela or Bob Dylan doing him any favors. With his fearsome, drop-dead glare, precisely cut goatee and glistening, shaved head, Carter was violent and swaggering, a white racist's caricature of a dangerous black man. Talking to sportswriter Milton Gross for a 1964 story in the Saturday Evening Post, Carter made a widely publicized joking remark about killing cops in Harlem.
April 19, 2014 | By Louis Sahagun
Steelhead trout once packed the natural pools of Southern California's spawning rivers - that is, until the waterways were transformed into concrete drainage canals in the 1930s to protect the burgeoning flatlands from flooding. The last steelhead in the Los Angeles River was a 25-incher caught off a bridge in Glendale in 1940, two years after that stretch was paved. Today, the region's steelhead population hovers around 500 - 10% of what it was seven decades ago. "The good news is that steelhead are remarkably resilient if given half a chance," Jerry Schubel, president and chief executive of the Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach, said last week as crews were installing plumbing and temperature controls in an exhibit he said was designed to "reveal some of the secrets of this fish and inspire conservation.
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