CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 22, 1991
Where were the protesters when Hussein used poison gas? Where were the protesters when he invaded Kuwait? Why are they protesting now when his poison gas factories are facing destruction and Kuwait is on the verge of liberation? RALPH MEYER, Santa Monica
October 5, 1986
Your mention of the new freighter service from Vancouver going up the Inside Passage produced several hundred inquiries and a good number of bookings. Hard to account for, perhaps, but freighter travel is almost on the verge of exploding from the standpoint of popularity and inquiries from the public. GEORGE HENCK Freighter World Cruises Pasadena
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 20, 1990
Clarence Page tells us (Commentary, Dec. 7) that "America's military is composed of nothing but volunteers these days." This is partly incorrect. There are soldiers who have completed their contracts but are not allowed to get out. We have a mostly all-volunteer military, yet we are possibly on the verge of a high-casualty war. The draft should be reinstated so that military service in this possible war will be shared more evenly through the economic levels of our society. MIKE MADRID Lomita
February 14, 1993
One needs look no further than the CSUN administration to understand that yesterday's radical is today's campus administrator. In spite of their hand-picked, blue-ribbon committee that determined it was in the university's best interest to pursue Division 1-AA football, (two administrators) are threatening to disband the football team. While the attitude of the sixties sourpuss, Kopita, is not surprising, that of Wilson is shocking. Back in the late 1960s Northridge was on the verge of stepping up and becoming a power in its class.
January 31, 1999
"Finder of Lost Cars" (by Robin Tolkan, So SoCal, Dec. 20) brought to mind what happened to me in the same Century City parking structure four years ago. I'd been a frequent shopper there and never "lost" my car before, but this was my first visit since the garage was remodeled. I, too, went through the panic of thinking my car had been stolen. It was nighttime, and I was carrying several heavy bags of merchandise that were on the verge of breaking. I went from floor to floor looking for the car or for someone to assist me. Perhaps the mall's owners are unaware that there's a design problem that needs to be rectified.
February 14, 1993 |
It was just another tragedy in family court. A young crack mother, desperate to conceal her pregnancy, had locked herself in a tenement bathroom and given birth to a three-pound boy. As she pushed, he fell to the floor and broke his skull. The mother abandoned him, like she had two previous babies. All were born addicted to crack. "Can we do anything about this woman?" asks Judge Judith Sheindlin, her voice taut with anger.
October 14, 2013 |
Barkhad Abdi is used to finding his way in strange new places: At age 7, he moved with his family from war-torn Somalia to Yemen, where he learned Arabic on the soccer field. At 14, he moved to Minneapolis and learned English from Jay-Z songs and "Seinfeld" episodes. Now, at 27, Abdi has made himself at home in another new town - Hollywood - by starring opposite Tom Hanks in the film "Captain Phillips. " In director Paul Greengrass' fact-based thriller, which opened Friday, Abdi plays Muse, a Somali pirate who hijacks an American cargo ship and takes its captain hostage.
August 7, 1991 |
A decade ago, many people considered Jack Bailey the best of men. He was praised as a humanitarian who had aided thousands of Southeast Asian refugees, hailed as a hero who had given desperate people a chance to live. One missionary called him "the most genuinely compassionate man I ever met." Then that Jack Bailey seemed to all but vanish, sinking into the murky realm where Americans haunted by Vietnam try to raise the dead--the presumed dead, that is.
May 7, 2001 |
Lineman Ernie Lopez has been rousted out of bed on countless cold, rainy nights. He's climbed 100-foot utility poles in heavy winds and grabbed live electrical lines with nothing but a pair of rubber gloves to protect him. But the hardest thing Lopez has done in 20 years at Southern California Edison is walk away from a darkened apartment building while residents pleaded for their heat. It happened in late January.