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January 28, 1987
The nation wants, and needs, a strong and vigorous leader at the helm through the coming two years. But President Reagan's State of the Union address Tuesday night failed to provide an adequate plan for sailing from a murky present into an uncertain future. Regrettably, the contents of the President's speech consisted of little more than rejected proposals of the past and platitudes lifted from dusty old speeches.
February 23, 2014 | By Stacy St. Clair
BARANOVKA, Russia - Nestled into a hill overlooking the Black Sea, the PovoDog shelter provides sanctuary to more than 120 strays who were lucky enough to escape the life-threatening streets of Sochi. Some have matted fur and bald patches. A few look emaciated. And all face uncertain futures when the Olympic flame is extinguished Sunday. "We have the world's attention now," said Nadezhda Mayboroda, a private tutor who set up this makeshift shelter a few weeks ago. "When the Games end, there will still be dogs in Sochi that need help.
March 23, 2009 | David Wharton
Early next week, the UCLA coaches and players will gather on campus to address the state of their basketball program. Only two starters returning. A roster that will feature three seniors and a handful of sophomores next season. Not exactly a recipe for March Madness. As Coach Ben Howland said: "We've got a lot of work to do."
November 29, 2013 | By Raja Abdulrahim
Child refugees fleeing the war in Syria face lives of isolation, exploitation and insecurity in neighboring countries, according to a report released Friday by the United Nations. The study by the Office of the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees looked at Syrian refugee children in Lebanon and Jordan and found that a staggering number are growing up in broken homes, missing out on education and serving as the primary breadwinner. More than 1.1 million children have fled Syria, most of them to neighboring countries, with many more internally displaced.
December 24, 1998 | Times Wire Services
Carolina Panther linebacker Kevin Greene said Sunday's game against the Indianapolis Colts could be his last. Greene spoke Wednesday in Charlotte, N.C., for the first time since his one-game suspension for shoving linebacker coach Kevin Steele during a Dec. 13 loss to Washington. He has a year left on his two-year, $5.5 million contract. "I haven't decided," Greene said when asked if he will return next season. "I'm not looking forward to the future.
March 31, 1993 | From a Times Staff Writer
A sad chapter in the history of Indochina's wars ended Tuesday when the largest Cambodian refugee camp in Southeast Asia was declared officially closed. Officials said 23,000 refugees remain at the camp, prosaically named Site 2, but are scheduled to leave at the end of April in time to return to Cambodia and take part in national elections there, which are being held May 25-27.
October 8, 1985 | STANLEY MEISLER, Times Staff Writer
For the young, well-dressed Social Democrats who clogged the lobby of a Lisbon hotel, chanting "Ca-va-co! Ca-va-co!" in the early hours of Monday, nothing seemed more sure than the power of their party's victory in the Portuguese parliamentary elections.
Collecting a last few personal items--a portrait of himself, a photo of his wife and teen-age son--Orange County Supervisor Gaddi H. Vasquez formally left office Wednesday, his future uncertain for the first time since he entered government service 15 years ago.
January 18, 1995
The horrific scenes from the Japanese city of Kobe surely must strike fear throughout earthquake-vulnerable California: thousands dead or missing, more than 8,000 buildings flattened or damaged, elevated freeways knocked over like children's toys. How could this happen in modern Japan, with its quake drills, strong building codes and rigorous inspections? However, closer examination suggests many important differences between Kobe and urban California.
The state Senate on Thursday narrowly approved banning so-called Saturday night specials and other inexpensive handguns favored by criminals. Passage of the bill by state Sen. Richard Polanco (D-Los Angeles) represented the first time this session that a major gun control measure has cleared either house of the Legislature. The measure would take federal standards barring importation of the guns and apply them to weapons manufactured and sold in California.
September 20, 2013 | By Matt Stevens
It took more than two years from conception to launch. It cleared councils, commissions and even withstood an appeal. And now, after less than two months in operation, the Venice zip line is packing up shop. Earlier this week, the company that operates the zip line announced it would close the attraction and begin tearing it down in time to be off the beach entirely by Oct. 1. The controversial project sent riders zipping over Windward Park from July 22 until the end came Monday.
July 28, 2013 | By Tony Perry
RAMONA, Calif. - Filaree, daughter of Anza and Fiera, is standing in her field - which currently is 140 acres of pasture land in this rural, horse-loving community northeast of San Diego. Inquisitive, unafraid of visitors and with a gentleness that belies her designation as a "wild" equine, Filaree is among 20 horses in the pasture, all mares and foals. Four stallions, including Anza, are kept in a corral miles away. DNA testing has shown that the mares and stallions and their recent offspring are descended from horses that carried a Spanish military expedition into the region in the mid-1700s.
July 9, 2013 | By The Times editorial board
After more than 50 supporters of deposed President Mohamed Morsi were gunned down by security forces in Cairo on Monday, an official of the Muslim Brotherhood's political wing warned that "to this chaos there is no exit unless Mohamed Morsi returns to office. " That outcome isn't any likelier now than it was last week when the military unjustifiably ousted the democratically elected Morsi, supposedly in deference to popular protests. But the outrage over Monday's violence makes it even more imperative that the military and its civilian allies move toward a restoration of democracy in a way that doesn't create a permanent insurgency.
May 3, 2013 | By Christopher Hawthorne, Los Angeles Times Architecture Critic
Frank Gehry has pulled out of a major architecture exhibition set to open June 2 at the Museum of Contemporary Art, a move that could force the show to find a new venue or face the prospect of being canceled altogether. The exhibition, "A New Sculpturalism: Contemporary Architecture From Southern California," is an exploration of the last 25 years of Los Angeles architecture, with work by Gehry, Thom Mayne, Michael Maltzan, Barbara Bestor, Lorcan O'Herlihy and many younger architects.
April 30, 2013 | By Eric Pincus
After his exit interview Tuesday, Lakers forward/center Pau Gasol acknowledged that he might not be back next season with the team. "The future is uncertain, there's no doubt about it," Gasol said. "I don't know the exact percentages of it but I'm prepared either way. " Gasol met with General Manager Mitch Kupchak, who couldn't promise anything specifically about next season. "We went over it," Gasol said. "He couldn't really tell me [either way]. " "It's expected," he continued.
March 5, 2013 | By Sandra Hernandez
The announcement Tuesday that Venezuela's President Hugo Chavez had died from an undisclosed form of cancer came as no surprise. The ailing 58-year-old leader hadn't been seen or heard from since Dec. 11, when he traveled to Cuba to undergo his fourth surgery. His predawn return to Venezuela last month led many observers to believe that Chavez was near death. What is a bit disturbing is that Vice President Nicolas Maduro chose to announce Chavez's death while also suggesting that the Venezuelan leader's cancer was induced by enemies of the state, who may have poisoned the president, according to El Universal, a daily newspaper in Caracas.
Mimi Edgars recalls when 500 white-gloved women in wide-brimmed hats would gather regularly amid the pink settees at the Garden Grove Women's Civic Club to read poetry, sip tea and plan fund-raisers for charity. The settees are faded now, the carpet beneath the chandeliers has seen better days, and the remaining 127 members have to rent out the clubhouse on weekends just to pay for its upkeep.
January 23, 2013 | By Christopher Goffard, Los Angeles Times
When Doug Willmore became Bell's city manager last June, one of his first questions was about the padded black chair behind his desk. Had it been occupied by the man he was replacing, Robert Rizzo? No. To his relief, that one had been chucked. "I'd sit on a folding chair instead of his chair, or a stool," Willmore said. FULL COVERAGE: Bell corruption trial In the seat of power for 17 years, Rizzo became the face of a salary scandal in 2010 that sent the city to the edge of insolvency.
October 9, 2012 | By Mark Medina
As he sat by his locker room stall, Lakers guard Andrew Goudelock refused to think his days could be numbered. The Lakers have yet to exercise their $789,000 option to bring him back for his second season. The team has a bloated backcourt, both at point guard and shooting guard. Although Goudelock showed some promise last season shooting 37.3% from three-point range, the Lakers still acquired sharpshooter Jodie Meeks in hopes of improving the team's 39.5% mark from behind the perimeter, 25th in the NBA.  "I think players play their best when they have a chip on their shoulder because they have something to prove," Goudelock told The Times in a quiet moment before the Lakers' preseason loss Sunday to the Golden State Warriors at Fresno's Save Mart Center.
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