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June 9, 2012 | By Susan Carpenter
Los Angeles Times More than 65,000 Californians will learn to ride a motorcycle this year. Many of them will do so through the California Motorcyclist Safety Program, which will not only teach them how to ride on bikes provided through the course, but prep them to pass a skills test and get a license. Here's how it works. Riders can find and register for the program either online ( or by phone at (877)-RIDE-411. They then go through 15 hours of training, typically on a weekend.
February 11, 2010 | By Baxter Holmes
Lorenzo Nathan knew he wanted to coach basketball after he got out of the U.S. Army last year. So, two months before he would be medically retired because of an injury to his left arm, Nathan, 28, of San Diego called USC Coach Kevin O'Neill and asked if he could shadow him. O'Neill gets a lot of those calls, but this time he said yes. "I don't know why I ended up following up with him," O'Neill said. Since then, the former staff sergeant has attended practice regularly and also shares stories with the team.
February 2, 2012 | By Sam Adams, Special to the Los Angeles Times
Alexander Payne's Oscar for his "Sideways" screenplay (shared with writing partner Jim Taylor) should have kicked the writer-director's career into high gear, but it took seven years for Payne to produce a follow-up. A good chunk of that time was burned up trying to get "Downsizing," a science-fiction satire whose details Payne has left purposefully vague, off the ground, but he's come back strong with "The Descendants," whose dual Golden Globe wins confirm its place as an Academy Award contender.
October 19, 1996
After reading the article "Paying to Pump Up" (Prep Extra, Oct. 15), I became very concerned about the welfare of those high school athletes and their families who are turning over their time and money to self-proclaimed "experts" calling themselves "Personal Trainers". How qualified are these "gurus" to be teaching mental skills or offering therapeutic remedies to young athletes? Just because an individual once aspired to or competed in a powerlifting contest or two, does not give him or her the right to claim to be an expert in mental-skills training or sports nutrition.
October 14, 1990
The Times' indignation and frustration over the Saudi-imposed restrictions on U.S. military training exercises in Saudi Arabia ("Do the Saudis Understand the Problem?" editorial, Oct. 2) is as understandable as it is, alas, misdirected. Training with live ammunition is important for maintaining combat capabilities and especially so for tanks and artillery units to test fire and calibrate their weapons systems. However, there are other and, arguably, much more serious restrictions.
April 6, 2010 | By John M. Glionna
Usman Hamid knows the fear of being stalked. He's tasted the panic of receiving threatening, late-night phone calls. "They say, 'I'm going to take out your eyes,' " he said. " 'I'm going to throw you into the ocean. I'm going to kill your mother.' " The menace hasn't come from any bandits or terrorists, he says, but from operatives who he suspects work for his own military. Hamid is chairman of the Commission for Disappearances and Victims of Violence, a nonprofit that for years has investigated alleged human rights abuses by an elite army special forces unit called the Indonesian Komando Pasukan Khusus, known as Kopassus.
April 13, 1986
In the article on former test pilot LeVier, there are a couple of statements I feel compelled to challenge. One is that "under current FAA regulations, pilots are taught to avoid emergencies, but they are not required to learn how to stabilize an aircraft that is out of control." This is apparently a reference to the fact that the Federal Aviation Administration does not require "spin training," which is a different matter. Student pilots, whether for private, instrument or commercial ratings, are constantly being given "unusual attitude recovery" training.
July 24, 2004
Still running Laker stories in the middle of July? All I can say is, give us more, more, more! Dick Preston Yucaipa
February 6, 1986
If you like preserving food and enjoy sharing experiences with others, why not become a Master Food Preserver Volunteer? Volunteers who are accepted for the Master Food Preserver Training Program will receive 40 hours of training in up-to-date techniques for canning, freezing, pickling and drying of fruits and vegetables. Classes will be held each Thursday for 10 weeks, beginning March 6, at 2615 S. Grand Ave., Suite 400, Los Angeles. Application deadline is Feb. 14.
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