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August 4, 1986
It sure beats me how The Times can describe a precious rainfall in our arid Southern California, Arizona and Nevada as "bad weather" (July 22). We should rejoice in the blessings of rain and "moist unstable air from Mexico" even when it brings flash floods, lightning and wind. PAT YODER GARRITY Manhattan Beach
April 3, 2014 | By Molly Hennessy-Fiske, Adolfo Flores and Richard A. Serrano, This post has been updated with the latest developments.
KILLEEN, Texas - Officials investigating the Ft. Hood shooting that left four dead and 16 wounded Wednesday said they believed the gunman's “unstable psychiatric and psychological condition” was the “fundamental underlying factor” behind the attack and were looking into whether an argument preceded the shooting, the base commander said Thursday. Before he opened fire on his fellow soldiers, Army Spec. Ivan Lopez was undergoing treatment for depression and anxiety and was being evaluated for post traumatic stress disorder, officials said.
September 12, 1999
Some people can't handle serious issues involving animals without sniggering flippancy. The Times reported (Sept.4) that the [presumed] theft of a horse from the Los Angeles Equestrian Center has left his guardian, Barbara Parkening, devastated and that the animal could die without his daily medical treatment. Is this funny? If not, then why was the piece derisively titled "An Unstable Situation" and, in the front-page index, "No Horsing Around"? Would a story about a kidnapped child appropriately be titled, say, "Baby Goes Bye-Bye"?
February 28, 2014 | By Rong-Gong Lin II
An unstable hillside in Azusa prompted police to order evacuations Friday evening of all 26 homes on Ridge View Drive in the Colby fire burn area. "The hillside is not stable," said Azusa police Sgt. Sam Fleming, adding there is already 2 to 3 feet of mud in the backyards of two homes on the street.  "Mud is extremely heavy, and people can get stuck real quick," Fleming said. "Should that hillside go, it's going to happen quickly. We're wanting to get as many people out quickly ... because there won't be a lot of time.
December 23, 1991
Your headline "Vietnam Veteran Gives Up in 4 Slayings" (Dec. 11) entices me to write that I see no reason to state that a crime was committed by a Vietnam veteran. Often, when a headline as this is shown in the news, I as a Vietnam veteran, have been asked, "So Jim, when will you flip out and shoot up my enemies for me?" When will this type of headline that tends to stereotype Vietnam veterans as unstable and violent cease to exist? JIM McHARG, Agoura
September 29, 1986
Probably most Angelenos would still agree that the annual Street Scene event here is in principle worthwhile and perhaps even a cultural asset in the absence of disruptive elements that seem to have scant respect for public order and even less for those that enforce it. Obviously, some will not buy the idea of curtailing the sale of intoxicants, but it is possibly a factor since it is known that even a little alcohol has a devastating effect on...
June 17, 1988
How ironic that Marcos comes out with such constructive criticism towards his former subjects. He seems to be soft on those who helped get him ousted through the back door. Perhaps he is after Uncle Sam for some favor? The nation surely has been plagued with malaise and corruption at the very top of the leadership, including Marcos. The seemingly unstable political situation as painted by those pro-Marcos boys will continue to be unstable in the minds of those opportunists. The present leaders, however, are no longer naive.
November 29, 1998
I am writing in response to the report of the recent fast by USC food service and housing workers (Nov. 19), and to present a community view of this labor dispute. The primary issue here is how USC characterizes job security and stability issues as a minor aspect of working conditions. USC is the largest employer in our community. Unstable and insecure employment conditions there will lead to unstable and insecure community conditions. It is that simple. Many of the USC workers who participated in the fast live in our neighborhood, attend our churches and have children who go to school with our children.
December 23, 1992
There is certainly enough blame to pass around, and I would not deny the influence of Congress and the presidency, but to paraphrase the subhead: "Virtually everything that ails our cities can be traced to the excessive number of worldwide conceptions over the past 50 years." When you add 2.5 billion people to the Earth in some 30 or 40 years, almost all of them in or migrating to cities, is it any wonder at all that the unstable cities have problems, or that the poor get poorer?
July 31, 1988
I was disgusted and disappointed at the portrayal of registered nurses in NBC's airing of "Nightingales." I am deeply concerned that nursing was chosen as the "backdrop" for this movie when the nation is facing a critical shortage of registered nurses. Why would anyone think of nursing as a career choice after watching this program? Personally, I am very tired of the inaccurate portrayal of nurses by the media as a group of uneducated, emotionally unstable, sex-crazed women who follow physicians around like puppy dogs.
September 1, 2013 | By Erin Conway-Smith
JOHANNESBURG, South Africa - Nelson Mandela was discharged from the hospital Sunday but will continue receiving care at home under the close supervision of doctors, and with his family nearby. The former South African president, who is 95, was taken by ambulance from a Pretoria hospital, where he spent the last three months, to his home in the upscale Houghton suburb of Johannesburg. He remains in critical condition “and is at times unstable,” requiring “medical interventions,” according to South African President Jacob Zuma's office, the only official source of updates on Mandela's health.
August 13, 2013 | By Richard A. Serrano
FT. MEADE, Md. - Several months before he started providing highly classified data to WikiLeaks, Army Pfc. Bradley Manning erupted violently against one of his superiors in Iraq, pounding his fists, flipping a table with government computers, and trying to grab a firearm from a weapons rack until he was forcibly restrained, an Army officer testified Tuesday. The late-night outburst inside a secret Army intelligence compound southeast of Baghdad in December 2009 came as the short, scrawny intelligence analyst was growing increasingly distressed about what he was learning about the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.
August 13, 2013 | By Richard A. Serrano
FT. MEADE, Md. - He was late for meetings, and once curled in a fetal position on a storage room floor and clutched his head, a knife at his feet. He carved the words "I want" into a chair. Another time, he pounded his fists and flipped over a table of computers before he was wrestled into submission. And in April 2010, Army Pfc. Bradley Manning emailed his sergeant a mug shot of himself wearing makeup, dark lipstick and a flowing blond wig. "This is my problem," he wrote in the email.
August 12, 2013 | By Richard A. Serrano
FT. MEADE, Md. - Lawyers for Army Pfc. Bradley Manning sought to convince a military judge Monday to give him less than the maximum prison term, arguing that the former intelligence analyst was mentally unstable and that his commanders should not have sent him to Iraq. Manning, who was convicted last month of espionage and mishandling classified data for leaking 700,000 military and diplomatic cables and other classified materials to the anti-secrecy website WikiLeaks, faces up to 90 years in prison.
May 14, 2013 | By Chris Megerian, Los Angeles Times
SACRAMENTO - California may finally be free of deficits, but Gov. Jerry Brown unveiled a cautious budget Tuesday, saying the state's financial condition remains treacherously unstable. Brown put lawmakers on notice that he had no desire to ratchet up spending despite a multibillion-dollar windfall of tax receipts in recent months. Saying there is no evidence that the surge will last, he reduced his revenue estimates for the budget year that begins July 1. Only schools would get a substantial boost beyond what the governor proposed in January, before state income spiked.
January 11, 2013 | By Jacob Silverman
Too Bright to Hear Too Loud to See A Novel Juliann Garey Soho Press: 30 pp, $25 Gird yourself: Greyson Todd, the narrator of Juliann Garey's "Too Bright to Hear Too Loud to See," is a bipolar studio executive, and sharing his head space can be a fascinating, grueling trip down the path of mental illness. Greyson shades toward the antihero, asking you to hate him nearly as much as he hates himself. He offers little quarter for the timid. Still, I could not help emerging from Garey's first novel with a deep sympathy for Greyson and admiration for his creator.
June 18, 2000
Ralph Nader's desire to make a movie about his campaign against GM's Corvair is outrageous ["Nader's Goal: Crash Hollywood," June 9]. I still remember when Nader first made a name for himself in pushing, correctly, for car seat belts. To me, that was the last useful stand he ever took. His next big move was against the "dangerously unstable" Corvair. With the help of a wall of propaganda, he finally drove it off the market. But everyone who knew cars and the Corvair (including me)
Soul singer Curtis Mayfield is paralyzed from the neck down and remains in serious condition after being hit by a lighting scaffold blown down by a gust of wind during an outdoor concert Monday night in Brooklyn, N.Y. Mayfield, composer of such classic R&B tunes as "People Get Ready" and "Superfly," was about to begin performing at Windgate Field when a gust of wind dislodged an unstable scaffold of overhead stage lights and sent the tower crashing down on him.
November 15, 2012 | By Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times Film Critic
"Silver Linings Playbook" is rich in life's complications. It will make you laugh, but don't expect it to fit in any snug genre pigeonhole. Dramatic, emotional, even heartbreaking, as well as wickedly funny, it has the gift of going its own way, a complete success from a singular talent. That would be the gifted writer-director David O. Russell, whose triumph with "The Fighter" two years ago marked a return to form after a spate of lean years. Russell, whose early successes include "Three Kings" and "Flirting With Disaster," always brings intensity and passion to the proceedings: We aren't coolly observing life in his films, we are compelled to live it full-bore along with his characters.
November 11, 2012 | By Chris Megerian, Los Angeles Times
SACRAMENTO - The election wasn't even over Tuesday when state Treasurer Bill Lockyer's phone started ringing. Activists of all stripes had the same message for him: With voters apparently poised to approve billions of dollars in tax hikes, it was time to spend more money. "They had to be reminded the money has already been spent," Lockyer said. As California tries to shake its national reputation as a financial bungler, policymakers in Sacramento will be managing an estimated $6 billion in annual revenue from Gov. Jerry Brown's newly approved tax plan, Proposition 30. The money is already included in the budget the governor signed last summer.
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