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January 12, 2003
I was delighted to see that retired state Assemblyman John Quimby received recognition for his important contribution to the quality of life of the people of California ("An Unsung Legacy of Open Space, Greenery," Jan. 9). Unfortunately, his vision and the legislation he created to ensure parks and open space are not always applied in the way I think he intended. Here in L.A., builders offer up, and the city accepts, useless land in place of cash. The Recreation and Parks Department is then saddled with maintaining this land when there is no money to do so. A case in point is Carey Ranch Park in Sylmar.
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WORLD
July 19, 2013 | By Carol J. Williams
As anti-drug-trafficking agents closed in on a North Korean freighter about to enter the Panama Canal this month, the crew from the rogue communist country took evasive action. They sought to outrun the swift Panamanian patrol boats with their 450-foot tramp steamer, loaded down with at least six containers of antiquated Cuban air-defense equipment hidden under 10,000 tons of bagged sugar. They pushed back investigators in a vain effort to prevent being boarded. They sabotaged the ship's crane to hinder the searchers' access to the cargo.
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OPINION
January 8, 1995
Have you noticed how recycling is all the rage in government? The voters cast down useless politicians, the government recycles them in higher appointed jobs. GLENN C. COLE Bakersfield
BUSINESS
December 1, 2012 | Michael Hiltzik
The question that normally comes to mind when someone claims to know the future is why he's out hustling rubes for pennies with his purported clairvoyance, instead of using it to make a fortune and retiring to the South Seas. Of course, the answer is that nobody ever does know the future. And that leads to the question of why so much of the "fiscal cliff" debate in Washington is based on supposedly perfect knowledge of conditions that are 20, or even 70, years away. We're talking about projections of the cost of "entitlements" - a noxious way of referring to Medicare and Social Security, excellent programs that most workers have paid for during their careers and that have kept millions of Americans healthy and out of poverty.
SPORTS
July 25, 1992
Earlier this season, some writer pointed out a particularly useless bit of statistical information to Todd Benzinger. Todd's cogent reply: "Another stupid stat in a world of stupid stats." Now the stat-heads, in a burst of useless info, have rendered the box scores unreadable. "Runners left in scoring position"? "Runners moved up"? "Runners not advanced by batter"? Who sits awake at night and thinks these up? Obfuscation reigns over clarity. BUDDE LAROSE Los Angeles
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 6, 1998
How cunning of you to place the article about the vapid, useless Queen of Skinnywear ("Selling the Upscale Tinsel to Tinseltown," Sept. 26) right next to the one about the starving Kosovan refugees ("As Winter Nears, Death Stalks Kosovo Refugees"). Were you trying to help owner Tracey Ross obtain an entirely new clientele to fit into her "wraith"-sized fashions? Certainly the refugees, who are rapidly starving, will soon be small enough to fit even a size 2. Perhaps Ross will try to redeem her completely useless lifestyle by sending some of the cash she's raking in to refugee relief.
SPORTS
September 30, 2006
'I think I'm useless to society. I don't think I'm worthy of the people who come out to see me, but they do.' Mike Tyson, who announced he would fight a series of exhibitions
NEWS
February 10, 1991
In the article on water usage and proposed limitations, consumption of water for 10 uses is shown. Why did you not show the water used and wasted in the most useless use of water: the filling of swimming pools every fifth day? ROBERT JOHNSON Oceanside
NEWS
May 26, 1988
Why is your newspaper pursuing the trivial nonsense about this so-called "issue" of Diane Boggs' business card? It is without any constructive intent, absolutely useless and groundless; and your covering it is an embarrassment to the city of Downey. KEITH McCARTHY Downey
NEWS
September 17, 1992
Mr. Sal Gangi is to be congratulated. He is the only real estate seller that has been able to sell a useless vacant lot for top dollar in this depressed real estate market (Times, Aug. 13). The buyers--you taxpayers--were represented by politicians--your City Council--instead of by a real estate broker. A real estate broker might have lost his license had he been involved in this deal. Recent history of this lot will reveal that it was nearly taken in trade by the city before the residents woke up and killed the deal.
BUSINESS
November 11, 2012 | By Hugo Martin
Seat belts on airplanes are useless. That was the latest rant by Michael O'Leary, the chief executive for RyanAir, the ultra-low-cost airline based in Ireland. O'Leary, who opposes seat belts because he is pushing for standing-room sections of his planes, called aviation authorities who disagree with him “plonkers.” “Seat belts don't matter,” O'Leary told The Telegraph. “If there ever was a crash on an aircraft, God forbid, a seat belt won't save you.” ALSO: American Airlines on-time rating drops during labor dispute FAA recommends seat inspections on some airlines Chicago's O'Hare, LAX to be busiest airports for Thanksgiving Follow Hugo Martin on Twitter at @hugomartin
ENTERTAINMENT
May 2, 2012 | By Christopher Hawthorne, Los Angeles Times Architecture Critic
This is getting to be a pattern. Every time a major rail line opens in Los Angeles, my reaction tends to unfold in two distinct parts: excitement tempered pretty quickly by a sense of disappointment, of opportunities missed. The $930-million Expo Line is the latest example. The excitement flows from the way new transit lines are remaking - genuinely, thoroughly remaking - the civic, cultural and architectural map of Los Angeles. Running south and then bending west from downtown, skirting the campuses of L.A. Trade Tech and USC before reaching the corner of Jefferson and La Cienega boulevards, the Expo Line's first phase, with its eight stops, has brought the city's light-rail network to the doorstep of the dense Westside.
BUSINESS
April 10, 2012 | By Jim Puzzanghera
The largest wireless carriers are banding together with regulators and law enforcment officials to launch an effort to make stolen cellphones and other mobile devices as useless as an empty wallet. The goal is to cut down on increasing thefts of smartphones by making them less appealing to criminals. AT&T Inc., Verizon Wireless, T-Mobile USA and Sprint Nextel Corp. said Tuesday they will create a central database to track stolen devices and prevent them from being reactivated.
NEWS
December 15, 2011 | By Michael A. Memoli
Ron Paul did it again. The libertarian-minded Republican separated himself from the pack of candidates at tonight's debate by urging restraint in response to a possible Iranian nuclear threat, saying the U.S. can ill afford a repeat of its now-concluded war in Iraq. Paul said there was "no U.N. evidence" that Iran is developing a nuclear weapons program, calling claims to the contrary "war propaganda. " "To me the greatest danger is that we will have a president that will overreact, and we will soon bomb Iran," he said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 26, 2009 | GEORGE SKELTON
At least some legislators get it. They get that they're essentially dysfunctional -- that voters look down on them as lower than slugs. Actually, I suspect, every California legislator gets it. They live the failures, read the polls, hear the voices. The voices were firm and frank last week at the inaugural meeting of a two-house, 20-member Committee on Improving State Government. Those legislators certainly had gotten it by the end of an all-day earful of lecturing by invited government experts.
BUSINESS
July 23, 2009 | David Colker
Cellphones in prisons have become a big problem, with inmates devising ever more exotic ways of smuggling them in. So federal prison officials have a new plan: If you can't beat 'em, jam 'em. The proposed Safe Prisons Communications Act of 2009 would allow prisons to install wireless jamming systems that would make cellphones useless behind bars. Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 21, 2002
In launching its own version of "I'm a Celebrity ... Get Me Out of Here" (Morning Report, Sept. 19), ABC has created a rather handy version of Darwin's theory. If they were to put out in the wild such useless celebrities as Michael Jackson, the dweeb from those Dell commercials and, just for the heck of it, Don King, a "reality" show would actually be serving some social purpose. Wow, what a concept. JOHN McELLIGOTT Jr. Fullerton
BUSINESS
January 16, 2005
The headlines in the Business section on Jan. 6 include "Tenet Ex-Exec Pleads Guilty in Referral Case," "WorldCom Directors Settle Lawsuit," "Scrushy [of HealthSouth] Jury Selection Is Underway" and "McKesson Aims to Keep Probe Secret." Yet according to "Chamber Chief Attacks Spitzer" that same day, enforcement efforts are the problem, not the replacement of ethics with greed by the chamber's membership. The U.S. Chamber of Commerce? It's as useless at self- policing as the medical boards whose members are whining about malpractice costs -- but that's another story.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 28, 2009 | Lawrence Levi, Levi is co-author of "The Film Snob's Dictionary."
Conquest of the Useless Reflections From the Making of "Fitzcarraldo" Werner Herzog, translated from the German by Krishna Winston Ecco: 306 pp., $24.99 -- Werner Herzog is famous for his cinematic depictions of obsessives and outsiders, from the El Dorado-seeking Spaniard played by Klaus Kinski in his 1972 international breakthrough, "Aguirre: The Wrath of God," to Timothy Treadwell, the doomed bear-worshiper of his 2005 documentary, "Grizzly Man."
WORLD
March 3, 2009 | John M. Glionna
Moving Day, 1976: My meager belongings fit into the back of my dad's Chevrolet Impala when he dumped a skinnier, long-haired version of me off at Buffalo State. I owned nothing and I felt happy. Later, as I collected stuff like so much lint clinging to an old suit, I needed a small U-Haul trailer come moving day, the biggest one I could rent -- and as many buddies as I could strong-arm into helping me. Pretty soon, I owned too much stuff to haul it myself.
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