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December 28, 2011 | Steve Lopez
Last week, my dad was taken on a practice run from his Northern California nursing home back to his house. He'd had recent hip surgery, and the idea was that if he could master the challenge of getting in and out of the car and the wheelchair, he could leave the facility and begin hospice care in his own home. But first he had to get there. You go down by the high school, my dad told his driver, an aide from the nursing center. The school, which my dad attended 65 years ago, was in precisely the wrong direction.
August 27, 2011 | Chris Erskine
The Hollywood Bowl on a summer evening, people wedged in with their wine. If there is a better rallying point — a better place to take out-of-town guests to show off our little city, I haven't found it. Dodger Stadium used to be my must-see venue for visitors. Now it's here. "The Westside is like a petri dish of neuroses," I overhear one patron saying. Was she talking about our Westside? I don't see that. Look, I come across a lot of neuroses wherever I go — Eastside, Westside, downtown.
March 31, 2011 | David Lazarus
It's not easy to argue that cutting service is actually good for customers. So big props to Art Leahy, chief executive of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, who told me with a straight face that the decision to eliminate two bus lines and scale back about a dozen more will result in better public transit for the people of Los Angeles. "We can achieve seeming incompatibles," he said. "We will reduce the quantity of service while improving the quality of service. " Impressive.
November 2, 2010 | By Maeve Reston, Los Angeles Times
Republican Senate nominee Carly Fiorina ended her campaign much as she started it, arguing that her business background had prepared her to come to the rescue of more than 2 million unemployed Californians and that, after Democratic Sen. Barbara Boxer's three decades of public service, it was time to give someone else a chance. In the midst of her last dash from Sacramento to San Diego, the former Hewlett-Packard chief executive wound her way through a buzzing Republican Party phone bank in downtown Pasadena, exchanging hugs and handshakes while scooping up a few live voter calls.
October 22, 2010 | By Matea Gold, Tribune Washington Bureau
NPR's decision to fire news analyst Juan Williams for remarks he made about Muslims on airliners was not only roundly criticized by conservatives Thursday, but also was viewed with alarm by some Muslim American activists and scholars. Williams said Monday on Fox News' "The O'Reilly Factor" that he worries when he sees Muslims in traditional garb on airplanes. NPR fired Williams on Wednesday, saying that his comment violated the news organization's ethics guidelines and undermined his credibility.
September 28, 2010
In 2006, taking a brief hiatus from the usual Sacramento gridlock, the Legislature passed and Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger signed AB 32, a pioneering law designed to reduce California's greenhouse gas emissions to 1990 levels by 2020. This year, a proposition that aims to kill the law was put on the Nov. 2 ballot by two Texas oil companies with a lot at stake. The cynical, misleading argument the companies are using to make their case is that AB 32 will deter job growth at a critical moment in the state's economic recovery.
November 15, 2009
Regarding the plans to cut back trash bins, toilet facilities and fire-ring cleaning at state parks ["Parks Cutbacks," Need to Know, Nov.1]. It seems as if it's more cost-effective to clean up the mess left by these short-sighted cutbacks than to provide these necessities. Melinda Heinemann Torrance
July 6, 2008 | Peter G. Gosselin, Peter Gosselin is the national economics correspondent for The Times and the author of "High Wire: The Precarious Financial Lives of American Families," released last month by Basic Books.
Economists -- and what few friends the Bush administration still has -- seem flabbergasted at how bleak Americans have grown about their economic prospects. True, gasoline has shot past $4 a gallon. And house prices keep dropping. And unemployment is creeping higher and higher. But is this really enough to send consumer confidence plunging to near-record lows? To convince more than 8 in 10 Americans that the country is headed in the wrong direction? Surely something else must be at work.
April 20, 2008 | Caryn Rousseau, Associated Press
A man locked away 26 years for murder was granted a new trial and freed on bond Friday with the help of two attorneys who came forward with a client's confession after he died in prison. Alton Logan's family took up a collection in the lobby of the Cook County Criminal Courthouse and quickly came up with the $1,000 they needed to post bond. A dozen friends and family broke into applause as Logan, 54, exited the building. He tearfully said it felt "great" to be free before he was whisked away in a black SUV. Logan's younger brother, Eugene Logan, was adamant that he would be freed after his retrial.
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