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December 24, 1989
In the fifth paragraph of "Two-Week Stays in Oaxaca" (Mature Traveler, Nov. 26), Bill Hughes refers to "Spanish cooking." If my guess is correct, he means "Mexican cooking." As we all know, there is a vast difference between the two. As a matter of fact, there are a few good Spanish restaurants in Mexico. DONALD J. HARRISON Idyllwild
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SPORTS
December 2, 2013 | By Bill Plaschke
At first glance, sure, it seems USC is outrageously placing its wobbly football program in the hands of a guy who was part of the regime which sent it staggering. How could the Trojans hire Steve Sarkisian when he is so closely tied to a coach they just fired two months ago, his former coaching buddy, Lane Kiffin? How could they hire Sarkisian just four seasons after USC was punished by the NCAA for infractions that occurred while he worked as a top assistant to coach Pete Carroll?
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NEWS
February 26, 1995
I am completely disgusted with KCOP (Channel 13) for turning its station over to Pat Robertson and his propaganda telethon ("700 Club Telethon") on Sunday, Jan. 22. There is a vast difference between a telethon that unites people against some common enemy like disease, and one which is designed to divide society by promoting one-sided political/religious gumbo. Ed Krebs, South Laguna
BUSINESS
October 3, 2013 | David Lazarus
Republican lawmakers are determined to protect the American people from what they call "socialized medicine" and what the rest of the world calls affordable and accessible healthcare. What seldom comes up in this discussion, though, is what exactly we're talking about. Is it the government owning and running all hospitals? Is it Washington bureaucrats deciding who receives treatment and who doesn't? Or is it something closer to the experience Oak Park resident Mona Davis had during a recent visit to London?
OPINION
July 17, 2002
I want to state upfront that I love dogs. I have had dogs as part of my family most of my life. We loved them, cared for them, cried when they died. However, we must not put any animal on the same level as a human being. Calling ourselves their "guardians" instead of "owners" puts dogs on the same level as humans. Elliot M. Katz, a veterinarian and founder of In Defense of Animals, should not compare how a dog is treated with how minorities, the handicapped or children are treated (July 9)
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 4, 2001
Re "University Voids Running Teams' Ban on Stripper," June 30, about the coach who kicked the student off Cal State Fullerton's track and cross-country teams because she worked part-time as an exotic dancer: According to the student's attorney, the coach has said that "stripping goes against his moral credo as a Christian." Of course, if stripping is against coach John Elders' religious beliefs, he certainly should not engage in it. However, there is a vast difference between saying, "My religion forbids me to," and, "My religion forbids you to."
REAL ESTATE
January 24, 1999
Regarding the Jan. 17 article headlined "Web Threatens to Push Brokers Aside," there is a vast difference in both price and complexity between buying and selling books, travel or stocks and real estate. Very few people are buying or selling hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of the first three. The consequences resulting from making a bad deal on a book, travel or stocks and a bad deal on a house are very, very different. Having an experienced, reliable and ethical agent can make a great difference in the end result.
SPORTS
September 6, 2003
Allow me to quote T.J. Simers with regards to off-the-field issues at UCLA, so that I may also correct him: "UCLA has always had a problem dealing with things gone askew.... " No, T.J., the difference is, we deal with the issues and thus they get hashed out in the media time and time again. We suspend players for wrongdoing, big or small. This is a vast difference from the darlings of The Times, USC. They have a starter [offensive lineman Winston Justice] who was arrested during the summer for solicitation [of prostitution]
SPORTS
March 27, 2005 | Mike Penner
Down by 20 points with 2:50 left in the first half, with your best player destined to foul out with 4:02 left in the second half. Down by 15 points with 4:02 left in the second half, facing an opponent that shoots free throws at a clip of better than 77%. Obviously, what we had here were two textbook studies on how to win an NCAA regional final in overtime.
NEWS
March 3, 2000 | MIKE DOWNEY
If ever a week existed that made you want to spit out the bad taste in your mouth, this was it. Two nights of network television were devoted to the grisly 1996 murder of a 6-year-old girl, JonBenet Ramsey, along with daily news coverage of Tuesday's slaying of a 6-year-old girl, Kayla Rolland. The first crime is unsolved. Nobody knows to this day who killed the Ramsey child--nobody except the person or persons responsible. The second case is no mystery.
SPORTS
July 1, 2013 | Bill Dwyre
Life is all about collisions. Having them, avoiding them, learning from them. A recent day brought one between Jim Brown and Buddy Miley. The former is famous and the latter is not. That added to the fascination. Brown is one the better football players ever. He led the NFL in rushing eight times as a member of the Cleveland Browns from 1957 to 1965. He also appeared in several dozen movies, some of them quite good. He is 77. Miley was a football player at a suburban Philadelphia high school in 1973.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 5, 2013 | By Meredith Blake, Los Angeles Times
NEW YORK - If Jimmy Fallon was feeling stressed about his impending takeover of "The Tonight Show" during a rehearsal last Thursday at 30 Rockefeller Plaza, he certainly wasn't letting it show. Granted, the head-to-toe chicken costume he was wearing for an "all-clucking" version of the Lumineers' hit "Ho Hey" made it hard to divine his mood. "Do you mind doing it one more time?" he asked his fellow "Chickeneers" - country singer Blake Shelton, "Parks and Recreation" star Nick Offerman and "Late Night" writer Chris Tartaro - after two run-throughs.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 4, 2013 | By Paula L. Woods
Raymond Chandler is among the undisputed masters of crime fiction, especially for stories set on the mean Southern California streets. His influence on crime fiction helped expand the genre's settings from sunny vicarages to gritty urban centers, set a high standard for using place as character, made the witty observation de rigueur and gave a new twist to the term "gimlet-eyed. " Chandler's detective hero Philip Marlowe was very much a man of his times, and Chandler a faithful chronicler of them, which included slurs against minorities and gays and a not-so-subtle demonization of many female characters.
SPORTS
September 1, 2012 | Chris Dufresne
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. -- The chant was persistent and pervasive. It started outside Beaver Stadium before noon and continued inside throughout the game. It cut through months of pent-up pain and jaw-dropping allegations and court trials and NCAA sanctions. "We are … Penn State!" Another harsh reality, though, dropped in on Happy Valley as the football team and community tried to move forward from a poisonous past year. They are … 0-1. The first Penn State game since 1949 played without Joe Paterno on staff played out excitedly and beautifully - for Ohio, which defeated Penn State, 24-14, before a less-than-capacity crowd of 97,186.
SPORTS
December 31, 2011 | By Mike Bresnahan
Andrew Bynum saved the day and Derek Fisher had a hustle play but the Lakers beat the Denver Nuggets the hard way. They could have won easily if their long-distance shooting hadn't been so deplorable. They added free agents Jason Kapono and Troy Murphy during the off-season to try to stretch defenses but were stretched thinner than necessary Saturday after making two of 24 three-point shots (8.3%) in a 92-89 victory. "I can go down the line," Coach Mike Brown said, rattling off players' names and their askew shooting stats.
SPORTS
June 11, 2011 | By Helene Elliott
The assignment seemed simple: Rank the general managers of the six local baseball, basketball and hockey teams. Examine their resumes, study their rosters, calculate their calculations, decipher their best and worst deals and let the debate begin. But it's not easy to compare the performances of executives who work in different sports and under such different conditions. The hockey general managers, Dean Lombardi of the Kings and Bob Murray of the Ducks, work under a "hard" or stringent salary cap and in a sport whose revenues are less than those of the NBA and Major League Baseball.
SPORTS
February 21, 2008 | Robyn Norwood
Tom Asbury is returning to a West Coast Conference very different from the one he left in 1994. "There's been a big shift in the conference, one we don't like," said Asbury, who won three WCC titles in six seasons as coach. "St. Mary's and Gonzaga are riding high right now. We just need to start whittling away."
SPORTS
December 31, 2011 | By Mike Bresnahan
Andrew Bynum saved the day and Derek Fisher had a hustle play but the Lakers beat the Denver Nuggets the hard way. They could have won easily if their long-distance shooting hadn't been so deplorable. They added free agents Jason Kapono and Troy Murphy during the off-season to try to stretch defenses but were stretched thinner than necessary Saturday after making two of 24 three-point shots (8.3%) in a 92-89 victory. "I can go down the line," Coach Mike Brown said, rattling off players' names and their askew shooting stats.
SPORTS
January 18, 2011 | Sam Farmer
Pittsburgh's Ben Roethlisberger, Green Bay's Aaron Rodgers, Chicago's Jay Cutler and Mark Sanchez of the New York Jets ? four NFL quarterbacks, four distinct styles, four different paths to this point . . . and one thing in common: They were all first-round picks. It's the first time since the NFL-AFL merger in 1970 that all four quarterbacks in the conference title games were selected in the opening round. More important, each of the four has rounded into a legitimate star, a centerpiece of his team's push to reach the Super Bowl.
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