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March 19, 1991
Our two most urgent prayers were answered Feb. 27: The war ended and the rain began. HAZEL MOORE, Santa Ana
March 20, 2014 | Bill Plaschke
SAN DIEGO - He's been on the job nearly a full calendar year, leading a young basketball team to a conference tournament championship while filling a dormant program with energy and hope. Yet Steve Alford's career as UCLA basketball coach doesn't officially begin until right now. Friday night, Viejas Arena, NCAA tournament, opening game, Tulsa waiting. Despair waiting, relief waiting, ghosts waiting. "This is when the UCLA coaching hot seat gets really hot," said Tracy Murray, former Bruins star and current team radio analyst.
August 18, 1990
In the Viewpoint letters Aug. 11, Sandy Cohen stated that the media had blown the Shoal Creek situation out of proportion and that a more urgent need was to " . . . educate young blacks so that they can get better jobs and economically have their own private clubs." Perhaps even more urgent is the need to educate whites, both young and old, so that there will be no more private clubs like Shoal Creek. WILLIAM M. HOMANN San Marcos
February 22, 2014 | By Patrick J. McDonnell
BEIRUT - The United Nations on Saturday called for improved humanitarian access for millions of needy Syrians as Syrian government forces pounded rebel positions and the latest car bomb apparently linked to the civil war exploded in neighboring Lebanon. The U.N. Security Council resolution, passed unanimously in New York, demanded that "all parties, in particular the Syrian authorities, promptly allow rapid, safe and unhindered access" for humanitarian assistance, including aid across conflict zones and via international borders.
April 5, 1989
What folly! Are we to be held at gunpoint by the National Rifle Assn. forever? Or shall we be strung along by President Bush and his suggestion that gun control be turned over to the states? The issue is urgent. All automatic and semiautomatic weapons, whether imported or manufactured domestically, must be outlawed. Your editorial says it all. EDITH MENDEZ Long Beach
July 2, 2001
In "Bush Cites Case of U.S. Woman in Peru Meeting" (June 27) you state that President Bush urged Peruvian President-elect Alejandro Toledo to take "humanitarian" concerns into account when deciding whether to intervene in the case of an American woman (31-year-old Lori Berenson) convicted of collaborating with terrorists. Would this urgent request be harking back to his former years as governor of Texas, where he applied similar compassionate and humanitarian concerns toward the countless, hapless death row victims, especially if they happened to be mentally deficient, retarded, that is, feeble-minded?
May 27, 1989
Pettepiece has opened not only my eyes, but the eyes of all who have read his words. Not all who are homeless are derelicts who are lazy and do not wish to work. However, not all the homeless have the talents that Pettepiece possesses. Does this mean that those less fortunate are damned to a life of hopelessness, never to lift their heads high again? We have all been put on notice (especially our local agencies) by Pettepiece. He has spelled out a prescription that is not difficult yet urgent to be filled: food, shelter, supervised restrooms and counselors to help the homeless get settled into some kind of work.
Somehow, somewhere along the line, connections had been frayed and confidence lost. Conceived in the ashes of Watts, this was supposed to be a municipal administration built to absorb ethnic shocks. In a city of so many colors, of so much wealth and poverty, it was expected to keep the peace. But on a single evening in late April, the flames that lighted the Los Angeles sky revealed that despite its multiracial hues, Mayor Tom Bradley's model City Hall was powerless to keep the lid on.
July 22, 2007 | Rong-Gong Lin II, Times Staff Writer
More than 100 Carson residents joined city leaders and sheriff's officials to speak out against gang violence Saturday, four days after a 16-year-old boy was killed two blocks from his home in a suspected gang-related attack. Reginald "Reggie" Hays was fatally shot in the chest while listening to an iPod in his car parked in the 17500 block of Harwick Court on Tuesday afternoon in the Stevenson Village area of Carson, according to sheriff's officials and family members.
March 5, 1985 | MICHAEL PARKS, Times Staff Writer
A major row is developing over a new book that says that many of South Africa's leading whites, including politicians who insist on maintaining "racial purity" here, may have black ancestors.
December 19, 2013 | By Lee Romney, This post has been corrected, as indicated below.
SAN FRANCISCO -- The National Transportation Safety Board on Thursday issued “urgent” safety recommendations to the Federal Transit Administration as part of its ongoing probe of the deaths of two Bay Area Rapid Transit track workers struck by a train in October. [For the record, 4:39 p.m. PST, Dec. 19, 2013: A previous version of this post incorrectly said the workers were struck last month.] Thursday's letter to FTA Administrator Peter M. Rogoff urges him to issue a directive to all rail transit agencies nationwide to require “redundant protection” for railway right-of-way workers.
December 18, 2013 | By Jessica Garrison
The state Department of Toxic Substances Control has issued an emergency order directing a Vernon battery recycler to clean up lead and other metals that have been deposited near the Exide Technologies plant. In a letter released Wednesday, the agency said dust and soil samples with metals in concentrations at or near hazardous waste levels have been found near the facility and must be cleaned up by Jan. 31. The order is urgent, the agency wrote, because winter rains could wash the metals into the Los Angeles River.
October 28, 2013 | By Eryn Brown
Organizers of a high-profile annual free clinic in Los Angeles that attracts thousands of uninsured and underinsured patients have hoped that improvements in the nation's healthcare system would greatly reduce demand for their services. The massive Care Harbor event returns to town this week, amid the rollout of new and shifting insurance options for millions of Californians under the Obama administration's overhaul of the healthcare system. Once again, thousands showed up Monday at the Sports Arena to secure appointments for everything from mammograms to teeth cleaning - but with new expectations for the future.
September 29, 2013 | By Lisa Mascaro
WASHINGTON - As Americans awoke to find Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) still conducting his all-night talkathon to stop President Obama's healthcare law on Wednesday, some also found a pleading email in their in-boxes. "We can win this fight, but we must do our part," read the message from the Senate Conservatives Fund with the subject line "Still Standing. " The group specializes in helping conservative Senate candidates - sometimes in campaigns against other Republicans. "If you want to help us continue to put pressure on wavering Republicans, please donate $5 or more," the message said.
September 19, 2013 | By Michael Muskal
It's called snail mail because it's slow compared with its electronic competitors - and electrons, unlike humans, work for free. The U.S. Postal Service is in “the midst of a financial disaster” and may need an emergency increase in postage rates to keep operating, Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe warned Thursday.  The agency's plight comes despite a 1-cent rate increase on first-class mail that took effect in January.  A first-class stamp...
September 16, 2013 | By Eryn Brown
Thoughtless use of antibiotic medications continues to promote the growth of drug-resistant superbugs in the U.S., threatening doctors' ability to combat infections, according to a new report from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The 114-page publication , which was written for the general public, offered the first comprehensive picture of drug resistance in the U.S., said  CDC's director, Dr. Thomas Frieden. He said he hoped the information would encourage doctors, patients and public health officials to take action to protect what he called a "precious national resource.
December 14, 1985 | DAVID SMOLLAR, Times Staff Writer
The Palomar Pomerado Hospital District, dissatisfied with depending on blood trucked from an hour away in San Diego, will set up a North County blood bank in February. The district's board of directors made the decision Tuesday and hopes to enlist the cooperation of Tri-City Hospital in Oceanside, North County's other major medical center. Palomar officials expect that a North County bank will attract new donors, who would be more likely to give blood to a community-based operation.
January 16, 1985 | BRUCE HOROVITZ
With six times the number of health care centers now than it had one year ago, Urgent Care Center of America Inc. on Monday reported a sharply reduced third-quarter loss from the same period last year. At the same time, revenues jumped more than 17-fold in the latest quarter. The Irvine-based operator of drop-in medical centers reported a net loss of $153,700 for the third quarter ended Nov. 30, compared to losses of $476,500 for the comparable year-ago quarter.
July 17, 2013 | By Edmund Sanders
JERUSALEM -- Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas has called for an "urgent" meeting Thursday of his senior advisors, the Palestine Liberation Organization's executive committee and other factions to consider the latest proposal by U.S. Secretary of State John F. Kerry to restart peace talks with Israel, his office said Wednesday. Though there were some signs that Kerry's effort is making headway, officials on all sides said it remained unclear whether a breakthrough was imminent.
July 3, 2013 | By Raja Abdulrahim
United Nations agencies have for months been unable to deliver aid in Damascus suburbs where families “are subject to immense suffering,” despite repeated promises from the Syrian government to grant access. More than 1.2 million people in urgent need of assistance are living in hard to reach areas amid deteriorating conditions around Damascus, according to the U.N. Since November, an estimated 5,000 families in the town of Moadamyeh have been cut off from surrounding areas,  blocked by government checkpoints or snipers, said Adnan Sheikh, an activist and resident of the town.
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