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December 12, 2012 | By Randall Roberts, Los Angeles Times Pop Music Critic
When shortstop Barry Larkin was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in July, Reds fans looking to defend his entry had mounds of measurable data at their disposal: 12-time All-Star, three-time Gold Glove winner, league MVP, first shortstop to hit 30 home runs and steal 30 bases in a single season. The truth of his talent was in the numbers. How does one gauge the worthiness of Donna Summer's entry into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2013, announced Tuesday along with five others?
April 15, 2014 | By Neela Banerjee
WASHINGTON - A federal appeals court Tuesday upheld the Environmental Protection Agency's first-ever limits on air toxics, including emissions of mercury, arsenic and acid gases, preserving a far-reaching rule the White House had touted as central to President Obama's environmental agenda. In a 2-1 decision, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit found that the rule regulating power plants "was substantively and procedurally valid," turning aside challenges brought by Republican-led states that had argued it was onerous and environmental groups that had contended it did not go far enough.
March 22, 1987 | DAVID G. SAVAGE, Times Staff Writer
Vicki Rock remembers how the fight started. When she wanted to go out for a hamburger on a hot July Arkansas night, her husband blocked the door and bounced her off a wall. She also remembers picking up his loaded gun lying next to a beer can on the kitchen table. What happened next, she told police, was a blank. The next thing she remembered was calling for an ambulance as her husband lay dying on the floor, a bullet wound in his chest. To refresh her memory, her lawyer had her hypnotized.
March 19, 2014 | By Dominic Gates
SEATTLE - A review of crucial systems on Boeing's 787 Dreamliner ordered immediately after two serious 787 battery failures in January 2013 has concluded that the jetliner is safe, meets design standards and is about as reliable as other Boeing aircraft were after being introduced, according to a final report published Wednesday. The review, conducted by Federal Aviation Administration and Boeing Co. technical experts, also validates the oversight role played by the regulatory agency, concluding that "the FAA had effective processes in place to identify and correct issues.
September 22, 1997 | From Times Wire Reports
The validity of a transcript of supposed White House pager messages being circulated on the Internet cannot be confirmed, but in any event it is not a threat to security, a White House spokesman said. "We have not verified the validity of it, and we won't be able to do that," spokesman Barry Toiv said. "But anyone who works at the White House and uses the pager system is instructed that the messages are not secure." The messages were intercepted by hackers last April.
June 25, 1989
"Cosby's TV fans will feel right at home with "Love and Marriage" . . . His musings have the timing of stand-up comic monologues. His gift is to give a comforting droll validity to our shared everyday anxieties." --Pauline Mayer.
February 21, 1989
Normally, The Times presents balanced views of qualified individuals. However, the diatribes of Jerry Kirk ("Ted Bundy Shows Us the Crystallizing Effect of Pornography") and Al Goldstein ("The Perversion of Truth Continues in Alleging a Porn-Crime Link") ill serve the reader (Op-Ed Page, Feb. 8). Kirk, who has a financial interest in puritanism, argues that the 1986 Attorney General's Commission on Pornography statistics show that 81% of the serial murderers studied "said their biggest sexual interest was in reading pornography."
June 21, 2001
In "Desperately Seeking Political Protection" (Opinion, June 17) we read of the coming barrage against Gov. Gray Davis by the Republican propaganda machine. On June 18 we read George Skelton's "These Flacks Are Costly, Mercenary--and Good" and The Times' editorial, "Small Waste, Big Pain," condemning Davis for hiring professional people to combat the spin masters of the right wing and the energy masters of the country. Neither Skelton nor the editorial has the chutzpah to address the validity of Davis' attack on the money changers who, by the way, are bleeding the U.S. into a depression.
August 27, 1989
Thank you for a provoking article ("Is Architecture Becoming the Latest Merchandising Fad?" by Sam Hall Kaplan, Aug. 6). As a graduate of SCI-ARC, I know well the elitist view noted by Michael Ross. It is refreshing and encouraging to see an alternative view of the "funky, punky structures" in such a widely read publication as The Times. Please know that there are many in the profession who agree with (architect John) Lautner. To question the validity of the trendy work so prevalent in the media these days is somewhat akin to the emperor himself pointing out that he has no clothes.
September 22, 1985
Economists may want to improve their declining public image, but even scholars of the stature of Lester Thurow ("Unemployment Rate Stays High Because Public Is Willing to Tolerate It," Viewpoints, July 21) seem intent on making it worse. Consider the steps Thurow uses to formulate his opinion on why unemployment stays high: 1--He uses something that requires no economic training--simply taking historical data on unemployment and showing that 1981-84 figures were above 7%, 2--He proposes a convoluted sociological explanation, which is not only bad sociology but outside an economist's area of expertise, 3--He draws a conclusion based on an outdated and unuseable behavioral principle--that the cause of unemployment is because we "no longer care(!
December 16, 2013 | By David G. Savage
WASHINGTON - A federal judge has for the first time ruled that the National Security Agency's once-secret policy of collecting the dialing records of all phone calls in the country probably violates the Constitution, a defeat for the government that could alter the political debate over the controversial program and set up an eventual review by the Supreme Court. Monday's ruling will not immediately stop the NSA's massive data collection program because U.S. District Judge Richard J. Leon immediately stayed it to give the government time to appeal.
October 30, 2013 | By James Barragan
The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department failed to thoroughly investigate allegations from inmates who said they were physically abused by deputies, according to an analysis of 31 cases by the department's internal watchdog. In a 145-page report, the Office of Independent Review said the department's shoddy initial investigations made it difficult to determine whether the inmates' allegations were valid. The watchdog launched its review of the handling of the cases after the American Civil Liberties Union in 2011 released sworn declarations from 78 inmates who alleged they were abused.
October 15, 2013 | By David G. Savage and Neela Banerjee
WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court agreed Tuesday to hear a utility industry challenge to the Obama administration's ability to impose environmental regulations to limit greenhouse gases from stationary sources such as power plants, factories and refineries. In a partial victory for industry, the justices agreed to decide whether the Environmental Protection Agency went too far when it extended its regulatory power over greenhouse gases beyond cars and trucks. The U.S. Chamber of Commerce, one of six groups that challenged the "stationary source" regulation, said the EPA sought to impose "the costliest, farthest-reaching and most intrusive regulatory apparatus in the history of the American administrative state that could touch practically every aspect of every industry across the country.
June 19, 2013 | By Catherine Saillant, Los Angeles Times
Feeling backed against a wall by petitioners from an AIDS activist group, Los Angeles City Council members agreed Wednesday to place a measure on next year's ballot asking if voters want the city to create an independent health agency. But then they agreed to also file a lawsuit challenging the validity of such a measure. Council members said they were forced to place the initiative before voters because petition gatherers had successfully qualified it for the ballot. Their only other option was to adopt it immediately, ending five decades of contracted health services provided by county-run clinics, a step the majority said they were reluctant to take.
May 29, 2013 | By Lauren Williams and Jill Cowan
The 17-year-old high school student who was behind the wheel when his car spun out of control and killed five people in a horrific Memorial Day crash in Newport Beach did not have a valid driver's license, according to court and motor vehicle records. Abdulrahman M. Alyahyan had received a citation in April for violating his provisional license, records show. The high school junior, records show, was pulled over just blocks from his Irvine home and cited for making a prohibited modification to the exhaust system of his gray 2008 Infiniti -- which bore the personalized license plate "KHASONA" -- and having tinted windows that obstructed the driver's view.
May 13, 2013 | By Steven Zeitchik
Literary scholars and film experts will debate whether F. Scott Fitzgerald would have embraced or abhorred a big-budget 3-D version of “The Great Gatsby.” (Baz Luhrmann has speculated that the author, a famous showman, might have liked it.) But there's one thing Fitzgerald almost unequivocally would have enjoyed about the new movie: its box-office success. The new Leonardo DiCaprio-Carey Mulligan version of the film opened to $51.1 million in the U.S. this past weekend, higher than many analysts expected and certainly more than many of the skeptics predicted when the movie was delayed from last holiday season.
August 25, 1991
As a scientist, lifelong skeptic and professional astrologer, I am writing to object strongly to the wrongheaded and erroneous ideas conveyed to your readers by T.C. Hall's letter, "Museum Astrology Project a Bad Sign" (Aug. 18). First, any knowledgeable astrologer will tell you that the astrology columns in our daily newspapers are garbage. Second, Webster's New World Dictionary (Collegiate Edition) defines science as: "systematized knowledge derived from observation, study, and experimentation carried on in order to determine the nature or principles of what is being studied."
May 29, 1986
The point that Rodriguez misses when he puts forth his opinions on assimilation is the fact that Mexican-Americans come by that very designation by default. The Southwest of the United States is conquered territory, taken by the sword from Mexico by succeeding administrations prior to the Civil War. Mexicans suddenly became Mexican-Americans. This hyphenated existence was not a matter of choice with us in the sense of European immigration to this country. We simply wish to live in the fashion of our forefathers on land that they opened and colonized and that we continue to claim as our own. Our culture and values, including language, have as much validity as any other.
May 1, 2013 | By Larry Gordon, Los Angeles Times
While Jennifer Clay was at home taking an online exam for her business law class, a proctor a few hundred miles away was watching her every move. Using a webcam mounted in Clay's Los Angeles apartment, the monitor in Phoenix tracked how frequently her eyes shifted from the computer screen and listened for the telltale sounds of a possible helper in the room. Her computer browser was locked - remotely - to prevent Internet searches, and her typing pattern was analyzed to make sure she was who she said she was: Did she enter her password with the same rhythm as she had in the past?
April 15, 2013 | By David G. Savage
WASHINGTON -- The Supreme Court will hear an appeal Monday from breast cancer patients and medical researchers who say the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office made a mistake when it granted a Utah company an exclusive right to profit from testing genes that signal a high risk of cancer. They argue that human genes are a product of nature not subject to being patented. Simply isolating gene mutations does not transform them into a useful invention, they say. This case of patients versus patents has drawn extraordinary interest because of its potential to reshape the law on biotechnology and personalized medicine.
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