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August 15, 2009 | SANDY BANKS
It was the sort of sticker shock that could make an innocent diner nauseated. I'd ordered my usual IHOP special -- Swedish crepes, with a dollop of lingonberry butter and jelly -- and was feeling virtuous as my daughter tried to choose between an omelet and a stack of pancakes. Then we discovered the menu's newest addition: detailed nutritional info. What a revelation to discover that my four thin crepes had more calories than my daughter's stack of strawberry pancakes, bacon, eggs and hash browns.
March 26, 2014 | By Mike DiGiovanna
PHOENIX - Angels fans won't have Joe Blanton to kick around anymore. The Angels released the struggling and oft-criticized right-hander on Wednesday and ate the remaining $8.5 million on his contract, a move that was probably more difficult for General Manager Jerry Dipoto to digest than Blanton. "It's regrettable, it's a mistake on my part, there's no one else to blame," said Dipoto, who signed Blanton to a two-year, $15-million deal before 2013. "I made the call on signing Joe Blanton, and obviously this isn't the way he or I wanted it to work out. Unfortunately, that's the way it goes sometimes.
July 23, 1995
When is a swallow not a swallow? When it is a house sparrow. The nest pictured on Page 1 of the Valley section (July 12) is indeed that of the cliff swallow; however, the birds in the photo are opportunistic, press-loving, photogenic house sparrows. Unlike the migrant cliff swallow, which is a summer resident breeding bird in North America, the house sparrow is a non-native species that was introduced into North America from Europe. San Juan Capistrano has long laid claim to cliff swallows, but the truth is that they nest in appropriate locations all over North America.
March 9, 2014 | By Chad Terhune and Eryn Brown
A pair of new drugs to treat hepatitis C offer a cure for millions of Americans afflicted with the disease - but at a potentially staggering cost to taxpayers and health plans. Until now, therapies for hepatitis C helped only about half of patients and posed numerous side effects, such as flu-like symptoms, anemia or depression. In comparison, clinical trials of Sovaldi and Olysio have shown cure rates of 80% to 90% with far fewer complications. That progress, though, comes at a price.
October 30, 1994
Re "A Bitter Pill to Swallow" in C.A. Wedlan's "Health Roundup" (Oct. 18): Because I must consume "big, chalky horse pills," (calcium), I can suggest a method that helps. Generally, people will throw their heads back, closing the throat too soon. Tilting the head forward and placing the pill on the tongue facilitates swallowing the pill with a large sip of water. It works. BARBARA TABLER Santa Barbara
November 19, 1999
High cost of prescription drugs = bad pill to swallow. EDWARD H. ROMAN Victorville
September 14, 2002
Bob Knight has surgery to clear an intestinal obstruction? I guess he tried to swallow his pride! Bob Magruder Carpinteria
November 22, 1992
"Perotscriptions" for our ailing economy were too costly to fill, and the medicine was too bitter for the patient to swallow. LOUISE MATTHEWS HEWITT, Fullerton
November 19, 1993
Bambi burgers? What's next, fawn fajitas ? No thanks. Low fat or not, it's all too hard to swallow. Venison is one trend to buck (Nov. 11). DENNIS O'GORMAN Santa Monica
August 18, 1991
I thought the Civil War ended a long time ago, but obviously the carpetbaggers of the North are set on forcing their Southern neighbors to swallow North Country's trash problems. Let the rich trash keep their garbage! JIMMY RAY BOUDEEN, Santee
March 4, 2014 | By David Undercoffler
Like a life-size version of the game "Operation," engineers and construction workers have plucked out three of the eight rare Chevrolet Corvettes that were swallowed by a sinkhole below the National Corvette Museum in February. The three cars were recovered after a painstaking process on Monday and Tuesday from a hole estimated to be 25 to 30 feet deep and 40 feet wide. The sinkhole opened up below the Bowling Green, Ky., museum early Feb. 12. No one was injured in the incident. No one except the cars -- which the museum subsequently dubbed "The Great Eight.
February 12, 2014 | By David Undercoffler
A massive sinkhole in western Kentucky opened up early Wednesday morning below the National Corvette Museum, swallowing eight rare and historic Chevrolet Corvettes that were on display to the public. No one was hurt in the incident, which was recorded at 5:44 a.m. by motion sensors at the museum in Bowling Green, just miles from the General Motors plant that builds new Corvettes. Six of the cars had been donated to the museum by enthusiasts, while two were on long-term loan from GM. “It's just kind of a sad day in the Corvette mecca of the world,” said Wendell Strode, executive director of the museum, which is home to roughly 80 Corvettes in total and attracts about 150,000 visitors a year.
January 17, 2014 | By Louis Sahagun
The California Department of Transportation and conservationists have reached a settlement to remove protective netting across two bridges at a highway widening project in Petaluma that were deadly snares for nesting cliff swallows. The nylon netting draped over the Petaluma and Lakeville Overpass bridges along Highway 101 about 30 miles north of San Francisco was intended to deter cliff swallows from nesting under the concrete and steel structures. Instead, it entangled, maimed and killed more than 100 cliff swallows, according to a lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court in San Francisco against Caltrans and the Federal Highway Administration.
November 29, 2013 | By Adolfo Flores
The attorney for an accused Orange County serial killer who died after deputies discovered he was ill in his cell said his client died after swallowing some Ajax, an industrial cleaner. Michael Molfetta said investigators believe his client, Itzcoatl “Izzy” Ocampo, accumulated enough Ajax for a lethal dose that he then ingested. Deputies found Ocampo in his single-man cell about 6:35 p.m. Wednesday, shaking and vomiting. Ocampo, 25, was taken to a hospital, where he died in the intensive care unit about 1:40 p.m. Thursday.
November 15, 2013 | By Soumya Karlamangla
A master bedroom, a porch, a 14-foot boat and most of two houses were swallowed by the earth when a sinkhole opened up in a family's backyard in western Florida. The gaping hole in the waterfront town of Dunedin was more than 70 feet wide by Friday. The ground began to collapse Thursday morning, and seven houses around the hole were evacuated, Fire Chief Jeff Parks told The Times. No one was injured. Though local officials were shocked by the size of the crater, sinkhole disasters are about as common in Florida as alligators and sunshine.
October 31, 2013 | By Robert Abele
The cryptic pull of masterful French filmmaker Claire Denis ("Beau Travail," "White Material") - stories told through faces, time rendered elliptically, visuals and sound in dreamlike sync - betrays a noirish stain in her unsettling new film, "Bastards. " Tanker captain Marco (Vincent Lindon) is called back to Paris to attend to a family disaster involving a wrecked business, a distraught sister (Julie Bataille) whose husband has committed suicide, and their traumatized daughter (Lola Créton)
December 1, 1985
I think they should change the show's name from "Donahue" to "The Personal Opinions of Donahue." Time and time again, Phil Donahue displays an ability to be an arrogant, pious, overbearing and downright rude talk-show host. To swallow the self-righteous opinions of Donahue, I have to chase them with a tablespoon of Pepto Bismol. C. Chotiner, Los Angeles
September 9, 1988
Finally, two new items for my scrapbook. Your front-page story reporting that only 27% of daily commuters find their drive "extremely" congested was hard to swallow. But when I turned to the Metro section of the same paper and found that a proposed regional smog plan was called "Draconian," I had to get out the scissors. I am positive that our future gas-mask generations will find these reports very disturbing. When we allow ourselves to become complacent and apathetic in not facing the realities of our traffic and the accompanying smog problems, we are transferring economic and health burdens to our children and our children's children.
September 18, 2013 | By Paul Whitefield
File this under “Things that make you go 'Huh?,' California section”: The city of San Juan Capistrano has banned flip-flops at two city parks. And better yet: City officials apparently didn't know they'd done it. And even better yet: It's a rule, but no one is enforcing it. OK, insert your “crazy Californians” joke here. But really, what's next: banning bikinis at the beach, or Ray Bans, or fire pits ? (Oh, wait, scratch that last one.) Now, to most of the country, San Juan Capistrano is the place the swallows return to. To generations of Southern California schoolchildren, it's where you go to see a Spanish mission; and then you coerce mom or dad into making a model of it for you for your school mission project, part of a time-honored tradition.
August 30, 2013 | By The Times editorial board
A few years ago, Kellogg Co. embarked on an ad campaign to convince parents that eating Frosted Mini-Wheats cereal would make star students of their children, with higher levels of attention and memory. "Clinical studies" - a revered term - showed that a breakfast of the cereal improved children's attentiveness by "nearly 20%," the ads said. There are studies, and then there are studies. This one, sponsored by Kellogg itself, compared children who ate its cereal with those who ate no breakfast at all. So it was misleading to the extent that it suggested that Frosted Mini-Wheats were better at improving attention than any other sort of breakfast.
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