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October 4, 2009 | Scott Gold
Teresa Rios' hair was still wet from the bath. She pulled it back with a rhinestone band, reached for her cane and stepped into the musty hallway of her apartment building. She counted the steps to the front: One, two . . . 22 in all. Then the stairs, four of them. Left, onto the sidewalk: One, two, three . . . South Los Angeles was still waking up. Rios walked past the tamale man on the corner, past the homeless man washing his face in a fountain at the park, past a little bakery, its pasteles still in the oven.
September 12, 2013 | By The Times editorial board
Try as they might, House Republican leaders are having trouble stopping their colleagues from shooting themselves in the foot - again. Having failed to approve any of the 12 annual appropriations bills that fund federal agencies, Congress has to pass a stopgap spending bill by Sept. 30 to keep much of the federal government from shutting down. But rank-and-file Republicans in the House are resisting their leadership's proposed stopgap because it wouldn't necessarily block funding for the 2010 Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, a.k.a.
April 15, 1989
Dr. Plested, a heart surgeon and president of the California Medical Assn. no less, says we Americans are the "healthiest, most-informed people in history," and are being "ruined by a diet of neurosis." The good doctor typifies the medical Establishment's moderate approach to curbing the country's mass addiction to sweets and fats and gimmicky things in boxes. Perhaps none of the competing food "faddists" has the complete answer, but I prefer selecting options provided by being "most informed" to the sick situation mandated by Plested and his peers of "balancing" demonstrably unhealthy practices with a few good ones.
July 27, 2013 | By Mark Swed, Los Angeles Times Music Critic
Two experiences that helped foster my devotion to music, growing up, were watching Leonard Bernstein's "Young People's Concerts" and going to the Hollywood Bowl. Thanks to Bernstein, I began to sense the wonder of music. Thanks to the $1 seats at the top of the Bowl, I had the opportunity to get out of the living room and hear the likes of the great violinist Jascha Heifetz. He sounded dimmer and looked even tinier on the stage of the distant shell than he did on a 1950s TV screen.
January 27, 1993
Many people in Washington state (and almost definitely elsewhere) are victims of E. Coli bacterial food poisoning from fast-food hamburgers (Jan. 23). One child is dead and others are in intensive care, but this represents only the "tip of the iceberg" of this major problem in American eating habits. A good physician should tell you that it is unhealthy to eat meat. It is unhealthy, illogical and irresponsible to feed cheap meat to children. We must change the way we feed our children.
April 6, 1989
Alan Gershman is a liberal Democrat who has totally devoted himself to the education of young people in Los Angeles. Gershman's one sin (other than being a liberal Democrat) is that he has refused to give his body and soul to UTLA President Wayne Johnson and his union. With Gershman defeated in the April 11 election for the Los Angeles school board, the unions will own the school board lock, stock and barrel. Irrespective of the merits of the current wage dispute, this conflict of interest would very obviously be an unhealthy situation--unhealthy for the taxpayers, the voters and, in particular, the children.
August 28, 1988
While it is true that Cuban cigars are among the finest, your photo of Fidel Castro enjoying a cigar is now outdated. Fidel gave up smoking several years ago to emphasize that smoking is unhealthy. CAROLE LESNICK Los Angeles
May 26, 2001
Your May 19 editorial "Questioning Porn" urges Americans to privately ask two simple, critical questions about porn: Is it right? Is it healthy? The answer to the first question, you seem to suggest, can be found in the new common sense that emerged when these questions were raised about smoking. But while most people now agree that smoking is unhealthy, we did not decide that smoking was wrong. According to your own analogy, it was people having to put up with the obnoxious fumes adjacent to such legal but unhealthy activity that we decided was wrong.
March 29, 1993
The situation of intolerance is a direct consequence of the "group think" that has been such a major part of the "politically correct" agenda for far too many years in far too many segments of our society. Since "group think" discourages dealing with each person as an individual, why should you or anyone be surprised at the tension and misunderstanding that logically results from this most unhealthy and tribal way of viewing the world and one another? It's time for "group think" to go. But then, that would leave many so-called "group leaders" with no group to lead.
July 1, 1990
I am sad to learn about the warfare between these two Asian-American literary giants. Ever since they immigrated to America, Asians have not had an equal footing with whites. This situation is even more pronounced in the literary world. Since Frank Chin and Maxine Hong Kingston have achieved success and have won acceptance (as writers), they ought to act as role models for the young Asian-Americans and encourage them to pursue a career in this less popular field among Asians. It is unhealthy for Chin and Kingston to continue bickering.
May 22, 2013 | By Deborah Netburn, Los Angeles Times
Here's a scientific finding that may knock you off your feet: At least 80 types of fungi reside on a typical person's heel, along with 60 between the toes and 40 on the toenail. Altogether, the feet are home to more than 100 types of fungus, more than any other area of the human body, according to a study published Wednesday by the journal Nature. And that fungal fellowship is in constant motion as we walk through life. It may sound icky, but many of the fungi on our skin serve a very useful purpose, said study leader Julie Segre, a geneticist at the National Human Genome Research Institute in Bethesda, Md. "One of the major functions of healthy fungi is to prevent pathogenic fungi from adhering to our skin," where they can cause athlete's foot, plantar warts and stubborn toenail infections, she said.
November 25, 2012 | By Jessica Garrison, Los Angeles Times
If I gain a few pounds this holiday season, I'm going to blame the anti-obesity program at my children's school. Does that sound like the worst dieting excuse ever? I submit that such (deep fried) pretzel logic comes with being a parent in the Los Angeles Unified School District. My children attend a Spanish immersion program in Highland Park. It's a good school, with caring teachers and a committed principal. But like a lot of campuses in Los Angeles, Aldama Elementary has paved blacktop instead of a grassy playing field.
November 19, 2012 | By Anna Gorman and Chad Terhune, Los Angeles Times
Nearly every day, worried Californians call a Pacoima hotline asking what lies ahead in healthcare reform: Do I have to get private insurance? Will I lose my Medi-Cal? How much will it cost? When does it start? "There's mass confusion already," said Katie Murphy, managing attorney at Neighborhood Legal Services of Los Angeles County, which runs the call line. With the presidential election over and the nation's healthcare overhaul moving forward, California officials have less than a year to clear up widespread uncertainty about future medical coverage options.
October 1, 2012 | By Abby Sewell and Mona Shadia, Los Angeles Times
Bloated management was one factor in an "unhealthy" workplace environment in a Southern California Edison department where a shooting rampage occurred in December, an investigation found, prompting the utility to cut 20% of the department's managers. "This is a difficult but necessary step in IT's efforts to streamline decision-making, communication and the way IT provides and supports technology to enable the overall business to succeed," Southern California Edison's president, Ronald L. Litzinger, wrote to employees last week in an email obtained by The Times.
March 14, 2012 | By Mike Bresnahan
Reporting from New Orleans — Derek Fisher couldn't help but laugh. The ink had barely dried on Mike D'Antoni's resignation papers, but the Lakers guard was being asked about Phil Jackson . Could he see the former Lakers coach taking over the New York Knicks next season? "Recognizing how competitive he is, and how much he still loves the game itself and from his great memories of New York, from that standpoint I wouldn't be surprised," Fisher said. "But I would be surprised from a quality-of-life standpoint.
March 14, 2012 | By Eryn Brown, Los Angeles Times / for the Booster Shots blog
On Monday, researchers at the Harvard School of Public Health released study results showing that red meat consumption was associated with a higher risk of early death. The more red meat -- beef, pork or lamb, for the purposes of the research -- study participants reported they ate, the more likely they were to die during the period of time that data collection took place (more than 20 years). So what is it in red meat that might make it unhealthy?   No one is sure, exactly, but the authors of the Harvard study mention a few possible culprits in their paper in the Archives of Internal Medicine .   First, eating red meat has been linked to the incidence of heart disease.  The saturated fat and cholesterol in beef, pork and lamb are believed to play a role in the risk of coronary heart disease .  The type of iron found in red meat, known as heme iron, has also been linked to heart attacks and fatal heart disease.  Sodium in processed meats may increase blood pressure, which is a risk factor for heart disease. Other chemicals that are used in processed meats may play a role in heart disease as well, by damaging blood vessels.
March 20, 1988 | BERND DEBUSMANN, Reuters
They are made in Ecuador, are known as Panama hats--and are rarely worn in either country. a "We are no longer annoyed by the misnomer," said Rosendo Delgado Garay, a third-generation hatter. "We have become used to it. We live with it and do our best to make people understand that Panama hats are really Montecristi hats."
April 19, 2004
Re "Workers' Comp Bill Fails to Satisfy Business or Labor," April 15: What madness! The ills of workers' compensation are to be cured by a bill written in secrecy and immediately adopted by legislators, without meaningful debate or any public hearings. And then the fun begins. Ralph Shaffer Pomona
January 29, 2012 | By Richard Fausset, Los Angeles Times
Ronda Storms is a Republican state senator from Florida. She is also a mom who buys the groceries for her family of four. A few months ago, Storms, 46, started noticing that some fellow shoppers were using federal food stamp money to purchase a lot of unhealthful junk. And it galled her - at a time when Florida was cutting Medicaid reimbursement rates, public school funding and jobs - that people were indulging in sugary, fatty, highly-processed treats on the public dime. "If we're going to be cutting services across the board," she said, "then people can live without potato chips, without store-bought cookies, without their sodas.
January 6, 2012 | By Shari Roan, Los Angeles Times / For the Booster Shots blog
Unhealthy dieting and weight-loss strategies, such as using over-the-counter diet pills or yo-yo dieting, typically backfire among teens and young adults, a new study suggests. While overweight or obese teens may need to adopt healthier diets and increase physical activity, it's common for young people to look for quicker fixes to lose weight. But the new study, published in the Journal of Adolescent Health , found that unhealthy weight-control strategies caused teens to be heavier 10 years later no matter what their body mass index was to begin with.
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