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September 7, 1997
Re "Back to Business," Aug. 21. I wish to express my deepest sympathy to driver Kelly Barton and her family on the tough times they have had to endure. Did you realize that $2,300 weekly income only comes to $119,600 a year--almost poverty level isn't it? Then again she has 160 stops to make a day and that almost breaks my back. I don't want to impress her, but I never made over $32,000 a year and spent 35 years delivering mail. I raised two boys through Catholic schools, had a home, two cars, took vacations and did the normal things all people do. Maybe she needs to reevaluate!
April 21, 2014 | By Ken Dilanian
WASHINGTON - Prompted in part by a video in which Al Qaeda leaders taunted the United States, the CIA launched lethal drone strikes in Yemen that marked an escalation in the Obama administration's shadow war against the terrorist network's most powerful franchise. Yemeni officials, who said their counter-terrorism forces carried out ground raids in conjunction with the airstrikes, reported Monday that the assaults on alleged training camps and vehicles had killed 55 militants, including some foreigners, and at least three civilians.
August 24, 1997
On Aug. 5, Ken Sternad of UPS announced that they were operating at 10% of capacity. OK, I'm gullible, I thought I had a chance of getting my time-sensitive catalogs. Silly me. I run a mail-order business, shipping sometimes via UPS, sometimes via U.S. Postal Service, but my catalogs are shipped to me from Illinois via UPS. My 700 catalogs labeled "Summer Miscellany" were shipped to me July 29. Since Aug. 2, they sat in the UPS Cerritos Distribution Center (arriving, finally, late on Aug. 21)
March 11, 2014 | By Abby Sewell
Los Angeles County supervisors voted Tuesday to create a county "strike team" that will target facilities that emit toxic pollutants - the first being the Exide Technologies battery-recycling plant in Vernon. The team of county public-health officials, prosecutors, fire department officials and others will look for ways to close the plant. The facility is operating on a temporary permit.  The county staff members will also use state data to identify which communities have the greatest health risk because of toxic chemicals and which facilities are emitting toxic pollutants in those communities.
August 30, 1997
Near the end of his column on the Teamsters strike at UPS (Opinion, Aug. 24), David Friedman makes a significant point. The UPS strike, he writes, "could mark the beginning of serious debate about how America is changing, and what we ought to do about it." Hallelujah. Such serious debate is long overdue. Appropriately it should begin with a discussion about how best to narrow the growing gap between America's rich and poor. One suggestion, made by a variety of astute observers, would eliminate the tax deduction for salaries over a certain amount, say $500,000.
August 16, 1997
Here's the rundown on guests and topics for the weekend public-affairs programs: Today "Evans & Novak": National Security Advisor Samuel Berger, 2:30 p.m.; repeats at 7 a.m. Sunday, CNN. "Capital Gang Saturday": Rep. Charles B. Rangel (D-N.Y.), 4 p.m. CNN "Larry King Live": Sylvester Stallone, 6 and 11 p.m. CNN. "The McLaughlin Group": airs at 6:30 p.m. (4). Sunday "Sunday Journal": airs at 5 a.m., C-SPAN.
The Teamsters strike against United Parcel Service is really starting to bug Jan Dietrick. You see, Dietrick is general manager of Rincon-Vitova Insectaries Inc., which supplies growers around the country with ladybugs, green lacewings and other "beneficial insects" to help eradicate crop-munching pests. The problem is Dietrick's company uses UPS to ship its bugs.
August 15, 1997
I am not a disinterested observer of the UPS strike: As a part-time teacher in the state university system for seven years, I was laid off three times, had classes canceled at the last minute and was regarded by the administration and some faculty as chattel to be used and discarded. I have now left teaching. Perhaps the UPS strike will awaken workers in this country to the economic apartheid under which more and more of us labor, a system designed by business (which is what the university now is)
August 10, 1990 | From Times Wire Services
The International Brotherhood of Teamsters began counting votes today in nationwide balloting that will decide whether 150,000 full- and part-time workers will go on strike against United Parcel Service. Teamsters officials have notified the company's corporate headquarters in Greenwich that if a proposed three-year contract is not ratified, a strike could begin Monday.
August 17, 1997 | JAMES FLANIGAN
The Teamsters union strike against United Parcel Service is a defining event not only for labor-management relations but for the entire U.S. economy. It is comparable to the air traffic controllers' strike of 1981, in which President Ronald Reagan fired the strikers, hired replacement workers and sent a signal to U.S. business that reverberated for a decade and longer. The message of the air controllers' strike was that U.S.
December 4, 2012 | By Ken Dilanian, Los Angeles Times
WASHINGTON - As head of the FBI's cyber crimes division, Shawn Henry often had to deal with exasperated company executives after his agents informed them that their networks had been hacked and their secrets pilfered. "By whom?" the company officials would ask. "What have they taken? Where did it go?" "Sorry," Henry's agents had to reply, "that's classified. " Even though the FBI in many cases had evidence the attacker had been backed by a foreign intelligence agency, agents couldn't disclose it because the U.S. government believed doing so could compromise top-secret sources and methods.
July 10, 2012 | By Jung-yoon Choi, Los Angeles Times, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
SEOUL - More than five months into a bitter strike, hundreds of employees at leading South Korean broadcasters are still off the job, not because of bread-and-butter issues such as pay or job security, but what they regard as heavy-handed government efforts to silence them. Hailed until recently as a beacon of free press in Asia, South Korea is now facing what broadcast journalists complain is the worst media climate since the country's democratization in the 1980s. Editorial employees of Munhwa Broadcasting Corp., or MBC, walked out Jan. 30 and were followed by journalists at the Korea Broadcasting System, or KBS, the news-only cable channel YTN, and the publicly funded news agency Yonhap.
June 8, 2012 | By David S. Cloud and Alex Rodriguez, Los Angeles Times
KABUL, Afghanistan - Expressing both public and private frustration with Pakistan, the Obama administration has unleashed the CIA to resume an aggressive campaign of drone strikes in Pakistani territory over the last few weeks, approving strikes that might have been vetoed in the past for fear of angering Islamabad. Now, said a senior U.S. official, speaking on condition of anonymity in discussing sensitive issues, the administration's attitude is, "What do we have to lose?" Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta made clear the deteriorating relations with Islamabad on Thursday, saying the United States is "reaching the limits of our patience" because Pakistan has not cracked down on local insurgents who carry out deadly attacks on U.S. troops and others in neighboring Afghanistan.
October 21, 2009 | BILL SHAIKIN, ON BASEBALL
This could have been quite a disgrace. The greatest postseason closer had been accused of spitting on the ball. Baseball officials could have laughed the whole thing off as the latest YouTube sensation, as a doctored video merrily linked all around the Internet. They did not. They scrambled into rapid-response mode Tuesday morning, analyzing broadcast footage and still photographs and clearing Mariano Rivera within two hours. The integrity of the game had been preserved.
September 26, 2007 | Richard Verrier and Dawn C. Chmielewski, Times Staff Writers
A steamy new NBC soap opera, "Coastal Dreams," is coming soon to a small screen near you. But not the TV -- the PC. And it's not alone. CBS has a mockumentary, "Clark and Michael," while ABC's "Voicemail" is a voyeuristic peek into the life of a twentysomething single guy. The Web series reflect the networks' headlong drive to harness the Internet and lure a young, and increasingly elusive, audience.
April 30, 2004 | Henry Weinstein, Times Staff Writer
State Atty. Gen. Bill Lockyer said Thursday he would not appeal further a high-profile three-strikes case in which a federal appeals court ruled that a 25-years-to-life sentence for the theft of a $199 VCR constituted "cruel and unusual punishment." Lockyer said he was acting in "the interest of justice" in an "exceedingly rare case," bringing an end to a long legal battle for Isaac Ramirez, 42.
In the island town of Avalon, the UPS strike almost halted the local newspaper's flawless 83-year record of punctual delivery. In Los Angeles, a truck mechanic can't get to three broken-down buses and a Mack truck because his technical manuals are lost somewhere en route. In Hollywood, an 18-year-old woman can't get a Hebrew religious book she needs before she heads off to study at a university in Israel.
Sweltering in the midday heat on a Teamsters picket line in Houston, United Parcel Service driver Jesse Vega sounded as though his labor militancy was starting to wilt. "I'm happy with my pay and my pension," said Vega, 30, who earns about $50,000 a year--the average for UPS drivers. "Sometimes I wonder why I'm out here." As the Teamsters union strike against UPS entered its 11th day, both sides were showing increasing signs of strain even as each vowed to fight on.
January 20, 2004 | Nancy Cleeland, Times Staff Writer
The AFL-CIO is taking control of national strategy for the California supermarket strike and lockout, assigning two veterans of labor wars to turn around a battle in which employers seem to have gained the upper hand. The campaign will be led by Richard Trumka, who played a pivotal role in resolving the West Coast port lockout, and Ron Judd, who orchestrated AFL-CIO protests at the turbulent World Trade Organization meeting in Seattle.
The U.S. bombing campaign against Afghanistan intensified sharply Monday amid signals from the Pentagon that the air raids will not taper off soon, as some officials suggested only a few days ago.
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