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February 16, 2008 | From Times Wire Reports
Democrats in the House are asking the Bush administration to shore up the shaken college student-loan market before the situation worsens. Rep. Paul E. Kanjorski of Pennsylvania and 20 fellow Democrats sent a letter to Treasury Secretary Henry M. Paulson and Education Secretary Margaret Spellings urging them to act. "We urge you to work without delay . . . to address this problem before it significantly decreases access to higher- education opportunities...
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WORLD
April 24, 2014 | By Paul Richter
WASHINGTON - As President Obama warned of possible new U.S. sanctions against Russia, a senior Ukrainian official Thursday urged the West to move immediately to impose penalties against entire sectors of the Russian economy. Danylo Lubkivsky, Ukraine's deputy foreign minister, said the United States and Europe need to move beyond sanctions on individuals to the more far-reaching “sectoral” sanctions because Russia “has already crossed the red line.” With Russia sending more troops to its region bordering Ukraine, “we have to do it right now,” he said in an appearance at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace in Washington.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 6, 1994
I urge you to begin calling the Whitewater affair by its correct name: Mediagate. JOHN MONSEN Tujunga
WORLD
April 22, 2014 | By Ramin Mostaghim
TEHRAN - Relatives of Iranians jailed on various security charges held a protest Tuesday outside the offices of President Hassan Rouhani , alleging that the prisoners are being detained unfairly. The demonstration came as Iranian officials denied reports of violent clashes last week in the capital's Evin Prison, where dissidents say many political prisoners are held. Opposition websites and relatives of prisoners reported that authorities stormed a cellblock at  Evin and that many inmates were injured.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 16, 1988
In my humble opinion there is no place for even a "small illegal act" coming from the attorney general. I would urge President Reagan to get rid of him. R. VANDE GENACHTE Ventura
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 21, 1987
In your editorial The Times takes Congress and the President to task for lack of courage to check the growth of the entitlement programs including Social Security. The Times should urge Congress and the President also to make sacrifices. The Times should urge Congress to rescind its last unconscionable pay raise or at least not to take the increase for a few months. The Times should urge Congress to reduce its bloated office staffs. The Times should urge Congress to enact realistic tax laws so that there be no loopholes and that big business and the rich pay their fair share of income taxes.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 7, 1989
"Our cityscape is being destroyed by arsonists and a few homeowners who don't want certain things in their neighborhood." --Kathleen Rogers, a publicist who heads Friends of the Pan Pacific, which is gathering signatures to urge that the historic, fire-gutted structure be rebuilt instead of torn down for parkland, as some neighbors have urged.
NEWS
July 28, 1991
I do not agree with the Santa Monica City Council's decision to place a statue of Mahatma Gandhi in Palisades Park. It would be more appropriate to have a statue of someone who has had an influence in Santa Monica. I urge the City Council to reconsider. NANCY JOHNSON Santa Monica
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 27, 1992
For Judge Karlin to urge voters to reject an effort to recall her by saying it is "an attack on the Constitution" demonstrates, once again, as did her decision in the sentencing of Soon Ja Du to probation on a manslaughter conviction, the poorest quality of thinking ("Karlin Urges Voters to Reject Recall," Jan. 9). That her recall would strike a blow against "the independence of judges who protect your rights" is, rather, a blow against the citizenry whom the judiciary is elected and sworn to protect.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 4, 2009
Re "Big-Family Shows Keep Multiplying," by Yvonne Villarreal, March 30: With the planet strained to the breaking point under an avalanche of human overpopulation, it's unconscionable for anyone to have such huge families. It's the equivalent of buying an 18-wheeler truck to commute to the office: a selfish and unsustainable overuse of the Earth's limited resources. We need to control the urge to over-procreate as desperately as we need to control the urge to overeat and to overuse electricity, water and oil. Our politicians ought to start talking about the population problem, but in the end, the ethics and desires of the people will decide our common fate, not our leaders.
SPORTS
April 17, 2014 | Chris Erskine
Bad TV deals are becoming a ruinous force, the Time Warner Cable deal the latest example, with Dodgers fans held hostage in yet another standoff. Welcome to America, 2014. It used to be copious bundles of advertising cash were once enough to keep TV and ballclubs afloat, now copious amounts of cable cash are required. Stop this train. I want to get off. Why isn't Bud Selig helping solve this fiasco? Where's L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti? We also have a couple of U.S. senators I haven't seen in maybe three years, and they are AWOL too. Feeling used or abandoned, Dodgers fans?
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 15, 2014 | By Teresa Watanabe
A California congresswoman announced plans Tuesday to introduce federal legislation to toughen laws against what she called an epidemic of sexual assault on college campuses. In an appearance at UC Berkeley, Rep. Jackie Speier (D-Hillsborough) said she would press for more aggressive action against sexual assault with increased funding for federal investigators, annual campus surveys and more comprehensive data on the outcomes of cases. She also said she would seek to require universities to interview students who file complaints of sexual misconduct, addressing widespread concerns about inadequate investigations.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 14, 2014 | By Kurt Streeter
Seeking a way to prevent violence like last year's deadly Boston Marathon bombing, an Islamic advocacy group Monday announced a plan aimed at helping U.S. mosques identify and reeducate radicals. The Muslim Public Affairs Council - which long has pushed for a moderate, American-based Islam - hopes its "Safe Spaces Initiative" will get mosques to stop a pattern of dealing with extremists by simply shunning them and kicking them out. The plan was unveiled a day before Tuesday's one-year anniversary of the marathon bombing, allegedly orchestrated by ethnically Chechen Muslim brothers who lived in the Boston area.
NEWS
April 12, 2014 | By Don Lee
WASHINGTON - The U.S. made clear this week that it wants the International Monetary Fund to be the emergency lender for countries like Ukraine, but American lawmakers have persistently refused to give the IMF the additional financial firepower that it has sought. That tension was evident in meetings concluding this weekend of the IMF, the World Bank and representatives of the Group of 20 major economies: Washington's long delay in ratifying changes to the IMF's so-called quota system came under fire from finance ministers and other officials of many countries.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 7, 2014 | By Teresa Watanabe
A citywide coalition of community groups and civil rights leaders Monday unveiled a comprehensive new measure ranking L.A. Unified's neediest schools and urged more targeted spending on them. The student need index, which analyzed test scores, dropout rates, gun violence, asthma and eight  other factors that affect learning, found that the neediest schools were concentrated in South and East Los Angeles, along with the Pacoima area of the San Fernando Valley. The schools included Fremont and Jordan high schools, Bethune and Drew middle schools and Griffith Joyner and Woodcrest elementary schools.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 7, 2014 | By Teresa Watanabe
A citywide coalition of community groups and civil rights leaders unveiled a comprehensive new measure Monday ranking L.A. Unified's neediest schools and urged more targeted spending on students there. The "student need index," which analyzed test scores, dropout rates, gun violence, asthma and eight other factors that affect learning, found that the neediest schools were concentrated in southern and eastern Los Angeles, along with the Pacoima area in the San Fernando Valley. The schools included Fremont and Jordan high schools, Bethune and Drew middle schools and Griffith Joyner and Woodcrest elementary schools.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 13, 1988
After watching the debate, I am now convinced that Quayle definitely lacks the qualifications to be the man standing a heartbeat away from the presidency. This prospect is most frightening. Concerned Americans everywhere should urge Bush to drop Quayle from the ticket and replace him with someone who is qualified. The time is short, but it is not too late. And it must be done for the sake of our country. ROY T. KOBAYASHI Fullerton
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 31, 1990
In conjunction with the letters you will receive in response to my commentary on male-bashing, would you please note that I am a member of Priests for Equality and a signer of the Call to Action, two movements which urge a married priesthood and the full inclusion of women in the Roman Catholic ministry. The struggle for gender equality is always two-sided. PATRICK M. ARNOLD, S.J. San Diego
ENTERTAINMENT
April 4, 2014 | By Richard Verrier
Production rivals New York and Los Angeles are engaged in a tug of war over the "Late Show. " A day after L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti urged CBS to move "Late Show" to L.A. , the New York City Council followed up with its own charm offensive. "For 32 years, 'The Late Show' with David Letterman has been a proud part of New York City's amazing entertainment culture," New York City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito wrote in a letter to CBS Chief Executive Les Moonves. "That is why I'm writing to urge you to keep future production and filming of 'The Late Show' right here in New York City, where the program began and where David Letterman found such great success.
WORLD
April 1, 2014 | By Carol J. Williams
NATO foreign ministers suspended civilian and military cooperation with Russia on Tuesday and ordered plans for bolstering defenses in Eastern Europe to show the Kremlin that it will protect allies in the region from any further Russian aggression, alliance sources told news agencies in Brussels. In their first meeting since Russia occupied and annexed Ukraine's Crimea territory, the top diplomats from the North Atlantic Treaty Organization's 28 member states closed ranks in unanimously voting to increase pressure on Moscow to cease massing troops on Ukraine's border.
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