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Nicholas Goldberg's "How and why taxes go up, in smoke” (June 14) reads more like press release from the anti-smoking lobby than an objective question-and-answer backgrounder: Smoking is bad and the state needs more money, therefore hiking the...
It began at 10 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 24, 1968. "Good evening. This is '60 Minutes,' " Harry Reasoner said into the camera. With fellow correspondent Mike Wallace seated next to him, Reasoner explained the concept of the new show -- one that had the...
Booster ShotsThe online, open-access journal PLoS Medicine said this week that it will no longer accept for publication reports of research sponsored by tobacco companies. The journal joins two of its sister publications, PLoS Biology and PLoS One, in formally...
Times Wire ReportsAlan Landers, the handsome model who posed for Winston cigarette ads and later sued the tobacco industry over his health claims, died while undergoing treatment for throat cancer. He was 68. Landers died Feb. 27 at his home in Lauderhill, Fla., said...
Tags: Trials, Cancer, Lungs and Airways, Tim Howard, Litigation
Los Angeles Times Staff WriterFacing an out-of-whack federal budget and a ballooning debt, congressional Democrats made a simple pledge when they took power in January: If lawmakers increased spending or cut the taxes needed to pay bills, they would find money elsewhere to balance the...
Times Staff WriterTZIVIA SCHWARTZ-GETZUG leans forward, listening hard to a message from the U.S. government. On the screen in front of her, a man is walking his dog when the dog pulls away to investigate a lumpy parcel under a tree. "Leave it," his master tells him. "It's...
Tags: Super Bowl, Television, Teen-agers, Steaks, Minority Groups
Times Staff WriterSeventy years ago, another Austrian ruled California. His name was Arthur Samish, the son of an immigrant who became the most powerful lobbyist in state history. At 300 pounds, the outsized man was master of leveraging campaign contributions and...
Propositions 1D and 1E would take money away from two of the most vulnerable populations in California -- low-income children and the mentally ill. They would counter the will of the voters, who chose to create special taxes to fund progressive new...
Los Angeles Times Staff WriterDr. David A. Kessler, dean of the UC San Francisco School of Medicine, said Friday that he was fired from his post after raising questions about alleged financial improprieties at the school, one of the nation's most prestigious. Kessler, formerly a...
Times Staff WriterOmaha — THE janjaweed militia charged into Hayffa Ahmed's village in Darfur on horseback — rifles raised, swords glinting, kicking up clouds of dust. First they killed her grandfather, the village chief. Janjaweed warriors, said to be...
Los Angeles Times Staff WriterWhen the cold call came from Ameriquest Mortgage Co., a top lender, Jeff and Cheryl Busby were intrigued. They had been wanting to renovate the garage of their small bungalow, a stone's throw from picturesque Green Lake. The agent, they said, promised...
Los Angeles Times Staff WriterIN a small, windowless laboratory -- far removed from romantic vineyard vistas -- scientists at the U.S. Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB) are attempting what most wine lovers would say is impossible. They are developing a test for terroir,...
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