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August 16, 1985
Re the snub of TV networks on birth control campaigns: The Dutch have practically no problem with teen-age pregnancy. They also provide condoms through ubiquitous vending machines. We, on the other hand, have more teen-age pregnancy than any other industrialized country, while allowing a vocal, "religious" minority to intimidate an entire media industry. SUSU LEVY Encino
December 26, 2013 | David Lazarus
Federal regulators are taking a closer look at those restrictive contract provisions that force consumers to arbitrate disputes - barring them from suing a company individually or joining a class-action lawsuit. And it doesn't look as if officials are buying into the business world's claim that such provisions are in consumers' best interest. "If you were to look in your wallet right now, the chances are high that one or more of your credit cards, debit cards or prepaid cards would be subject to a pre-dispute arbitration clause," Richard Cordray, director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, said during a recent appearance in Dallas.
May 10, 1992
I would like to commend and to join Mr. Grant (TV Times, April 19) who wrote to complain about the ubiquitous logos that have started to clutter up my TV screen these days. They are distracting, offensive and probably contribute to the "screen burn" problem already associated with shows that display constant graphics on-screen. I'm certain that producers of the shows never intended for their images to be cluttered up with these added elements. I think it is quite significant that you will never see one applied over a commercial.
December 23, 2013 | Steve Chawkins
Interviewers always asked Mikhail Kalashnikov the same question and he always gave the same answer: Yes, he could sleep at night. Quite easily, thank you. Kalashnikov, creator of the AK-47, a cheap, simple, rugged assault rifle that became the weapon of choice for more than 50 standing armies as well as drug lords, street gangs, revolutionaries, terrorists, pirates and thugs the world over, died Monday at a hospital in Izhevsk, the capital of...
August 25, 1985
Judith Morgan's delightful "Salute to the Hard-Working 'Stews' " Aug. 11 created echoes of agreements in this traveler. Like Judith, I deeply appreciate the contributions of the flight attendants but also shudder at the cliches when they pick up the mike. To Judith's hatred of the ubiquitous "We would like to welcome you to . . . " instead of just plain "Welcome!" I add my pet grammatical peeve, the inevitable phrase in the remarks at flight's end: "For those of you continuing on. . . ."
June 1, 1996
I write in response to questions posed (May 11 Community Essay by Elena De Vos Binder, "No One Came Back on the 911 Line") concerning a beating: "What's most terrifying?" the author asked. "That it happened? That 911 put us on hold? Or that we were afraid of getting shot so we kept our distance?". Those living in ghettos have a warranted fear of shootings, a ubiquitous threat in their daily lives. Though it's not the norm for Redondo Beach, if you genuinely fear for you safety, fee. But do not turn a public assault into just another violent spectacle.
August 31, 1991
I read with interest Vera's article. Vera, a lawyer, is concerned that someone with authority has breached the Paper Curtain and enunciated the obvious concern about our excessively litigious society that ordinary citizens have realized in impotent silence for several years. Vera knows the joke is on America. Her statistic that the poor in California have increased in numbers since 1980 by 40% cuts no ice at all. One reason our society is poorer than necessary is the built-in cost of ubiquitous litigation in every product and service we buy. It is a most regressive expense.
April 20, 2008 | Ann Brenoff, Times Staff Writer
Kenny Chesney must have gotten word about the Malibu dress code: It's baseball caps, dude, not cowboy hats. What other possible explanation is there for the country music legend to have bought a house in the Carbon Canyon neighborhood for $7.4 million in February and then promptly re-listed it for sale at $7.95 million? The home, which was listed at $7.5 million when Chesney bought it a nanosecond ago, has expansive ocean views.
October 27, 1991 | JOEL RAPP, Rapp is a Los Angeles free-lance writer , the gardening editor of Redbook magazine and is heard Sunday mornings on KGIL radio.
"How's your fern?" Once a humorous greeting offered by Steve Allen, this has always been and will continue to be a serious question to indoor gardeners. Every year, millions of indoor plant enthusiasts wrestle with the sometimes difficult task of keeping ferns alive in a home environment.
It crushes the competition on sidelines, finish lines and checkout lines. Its name is as synonymous with sports drinks as Kleenex is with tissues and Frisbee with flying discs. Long the thirst-quencher of choice for jocks and other heavy sweaters, Gatorade has become a powerhouse product in supermarkets and convenience stores. It has only one real rival. "The biggest enemy is tap water," pronounced Robert S. Morrison, chief of Gatorade's parent, Quaker Oats Co., during a recent interview.
August 13, 2013 | By Joseph Margulies
In one recent week, time took two heroes. So far as I know, the legendary civil rights lawyer Julius Chambers and the esteemed public intellectual Robert Bellah never met. They lived on opposite ends of the country and traveled in different circles. But they were connected in an important, symbolic way, and their passing within a few days of each other provides the occasion to reflect on their common lesson for modern American life. Bellah was a sociologist at UC Berkeley. Though he began his professional career as an authority on Japan and the Far East, he made his most enduring contributions tracing the complex relationship between religion and civic life in the United States, and first came to the attention of the wider public for his 1967 article "Civil Religion in America.
October 18, 2012 | By Christopher Reynolds, Los Angeles Times staff writer
American travelers, is J. Seward Johnson stalking you? Because he certainly seems to be stalking me. J. Seward Johnson , 82, is a sculptor. In fact, he might be the most ubiquitous American sculptor you've never heard of. If you've spent any time at all in big and medium-sized American cities in the last decade or two, you've probably bumped into his work -- usually human figures, life-sized and larger -- and you've probably smiled without noting his name. Since 2005, Johnson has been taking familiar two-dimensional images - often a famous photo or an Impressionist painting - and casting them as larger-than-life, three-dimensional sculptures, their contours smooth and boldly colored.  Jumbo kitsch, some people say. Remember the famous black-and-white photo of the sailor kissing the young woman in Times Square at the end of World War II?
June 1, 2012 | By John Fox
When the caldron is lit in London this summer and the XXX Olympiad begins, one familiar participant will play a more active role than any other, taking center stage at 23 individual events. To the delight of billions, and without concern for its own well-being, it will be thrown, kicked, punched, slapped and struck with no fewer than three different instruments of torture. That abused but beloved participant is, of course, the humble, ubiquitous ball. This universal object of play has become so integral to our very notion of sport that it would be unthinkable to host the Games without it. But the elevation of ball play to Olympic status is an entirely modern phenomenon.
February 17, 2012 | By W.J. Hennigan, Los Angeles Times
A judge has dismissed a lawsuit that accused a columnist for The Times of illegally recording conversations with the president of the 1-800-GET-THIN marketing firm. The company is known for its ubiquitous billboards plastered along Southland freeways — and its catchy jingle that pops up on the radio and television — that promote shedding pounds via the Lap-Band weight-loss device. Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Debre Katz Weintraub threw out the lawsuit that Robert Silverman, the marketing company's president, had filed against Times columnist Michael Hiltzik.
January 16, 2012 | By Joe Piasecki, Los Angeles Times
Fire. The wheel. A hamburger with cheese. Pasadena is staking its claim this week as the birthplace of one of mankind's greatest discoveries with the launch of Pasadena Cheeseburger Week, a Chamber of Commerce event promoting area restaurants. Legend has it that teenage short-order cook Lionel Clark Sternberger invented the cheeseburger one fateful day in the mid-1920s at a restaurant called The Rite Spot on Colorado Boulevard, west of the Colorado Street Bridge, then part of Route 66. The chamber makes its case with less than rock-solid proof: a Wikipedia entry citing competing claims and second-hand accounts of the Sternberger story, including an unsourced, single-sentence obituary from a 1964 issue of Time magazine.
December 13, 2011 | By Patrick McGreevy, Los Angeles Times
A state investigation has concluded that campaign treasurer Kinde Durkee provided clients with accounting services without a license, officials said Monday. But they have had trouble finding a prosecutor without ties to the ubiquitous political aide. Durkee is already facing a federal charge of mail fraud that includes allegations of mishandling campaign funds from a state lawmaker's account. A separate investigation by the state Board of Accountancy now has determined that she lacked a license, which board spokeswoman Lauren Hersh said would be a misdemeanor that could result in up to six months in jail and $1,000 in fines.
November 18, 1986 | SUZANNE MUCHNIC, Times Art Writer
Edward Kienholz, a master of caustic assemblage who left Los Angeles 13 years ago, is suddenly all over the place in Southern California. His once-controversial "Back Seat Dodge '38," which set off a raging controversy at the County Museum of Art in 1966, is now among the treasures of the museum's permanent collection, newly installed in the Robert O. Anderson Building. L.A.
The article in Boxing Illustrated magazine years ago was headlined optimistically, "Boxing Needs a New Federal Commissioner--Me." "Boxing needs a person with the guts, determination and experience to put it back into the American way of life, where it belongs," the article stated. "I, Frankie Goodman, am that man. I have done more in all phases of boxing than any other man the whole world over." He didn't become a commissioner, but he may have been right about his qualifications.
October 16, 2011 | By Andrew J. Bacevich
In the United States, despite a Constitution that mandates the separation of church and state, religion and politics have become inseparable. To lend authority to their views, presidential aspirants of both parties regularly press God into service. They know what he intends. So the claims made by Republican front-runner Mitt Romney in a recent speech at the Citadel managed to be both striking and unexceptionable. "God did not create this country to be a nation of followers," Romney announced.
October 8, 2011 | T.J. Simers
It's hard to think of Al Davis wearing anything but his all white or all black track suits and carrying a white towel. Years ago a group of reporters were waiting in the lobby of a Chicago hotel for NFL owners to emerge from one of their meetings. Several important issues were up for discussion. When Davis came out he was immediately surrounded, no one saying anything, as is often the case when the media sits back a little intimidated waiting for someone else to begin the questioning.
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