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May 24, 2001 | HECTOR TOBAR, TIMES STAFF WRITER
When Armando Melendez was a 5-year-old boy growing up in El Salvador, he fell under the sway of a crazy uncle who had futbol on the brain. Instead of taking Armando to school in the mornings, Uncle Oscar would secretly spirit the boy off to a park for soccer practice. Long before he could read or write much, Armando knew how to caress a leather ball with his instep, how to make the bouncing sphere obey his will.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 28, 2014 | By Los Angeles Times staff and KTLA-TV
Pope Francis met with two Americans on Thursday -- one the leader of the free world, the other a 10-year-old girl from Panorama City. Before Francis received President Obama at the Vatican, young Jersey Vargas delivered letters from children of undocumented immigrants, asking that the two leaders discuss immigration reform. Jersey's own father, who arrived in the U.S. at age 16, was caught driving without a valid license and is now facing deportation, KTLA-TV reported . “My dad was the provider for my family and when I heard about my dad it really broke my heart because I would never think of my dad being away from me and I feel like I'm never going to see him again,” Jersey said.
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OPINION
September 27, 2010 | Gregory Rodriguez
For all the talk these days of porous borders and external threats to the United States, the core of our sense of security and identity as a nation has always come from within. What's surprising, perhaps, is that it derives less from our vaunted democracy or our freedoms than it does from that rather nebulous notion we call the American dream. The dream is the glue that keeps us all together. It's the vague promise that our lot will get better over time that gives us the patience to endure whatever indignities we suffer at the moment.
NEWS
January 28, 2014 | By Cathleen Decker
President Obama will stand before members of Congress and a national television audience tonight to deliver his sixth annual State of the Union address. It's pretty safe to assume it will include the following: Paeans to the American dream, from the particular vantage of the middle class. Support for energy independence, education and changes in immigration laws. A short nod to international affairs, the winding down of wars abroad and the continued pursuit of terrorists. A laundry list of desires that the president knows will probably never see the light of day, even if all sides genuflect to the everyday Americans arrayed in the House chamber as witnesses, a theatrical touch of guilt-mongering employed since the era of President Reagan.
OPINION
March 13, 2009 | Frederic Morton, Frederic Morton is the author of "Thunder at Twilight: Vienna 1913/1914" and "A Nervous Splendor: Vienna 1888-1889," a musical version of which has just opened in Vienna.
What must be done to restore the American dream? The White House, Congress, the media -- all are consumed by the need to solve the problem. Neglected in the ferment is an issue underlying all others: the need to reform the American dream itself. The dream acts as an unwritten constitution of the United States, governing our conduct. Our written one has checks and balances; it evolves through debated amendments and reasoned court interpretations.
OPINION
May 24, 2013
Re "Open the talent door," Opinion, May 21 While UC Davis Chancellor Linda P.B. Katehi called very rightly for immigration reforms to better attract foreign scholars, innovators and entrepreneurs, another article in Tuesday's Times detailed the attempt by Congress to shape legislation providing for much-needed and relatively inexpensive farm labor, primarily from Mexico. Traditionally, our country's immigration policy has allowed the poor and uneducated to move here with their families to take the low-paying jobs that Americans don't want.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 10, 2013 | By Steven Zeitchik
While those of us who write about film like to believe otherwise, most movies don't have a lot to say about social or cultural moments. It's partly, as you'll often hear, because films are the culmination of a years-long effort whose moment has generally passed by the time a movie actually gets to the screen. But it's also true for a simpler reason: In all but a handful of cases, films bear the mark of a semi-large group of people. And a semi-large group of people is about as adept at capturing a moment as a flash mob is at catching a mosquito.
BUSINESS
April 3, 2013 | By E. Scott Reckard
Data may show that the housing markets are in recovery, but a lot of people are still asking: “Who really needs to buy a home anyway?” The housing bust has created great skepticism about the traditional equation of homeownership with the American dream, a survey commissioned by the MacArthur Foundation has found. The "How Housing Matters Survey," released Wednesday, found that more than three quarters of Americans believe we're still in the middle of the housing crisis or that the worst is yet to come.  QUIZ: How much do you know about mortgages?
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 5, 2012 | By Sam Quinones, Los Angeles Times
The coolest place in Hollywood is a sauna inside the health center at El Centro and Selma that's been around since the mid-1980s. I was reminded of this the other day after a conversation with a Guatemalan maintenance man named Romulo and a retired auto mechanic from Ecuador named Victor. We sat sweating together as they discussed Victor's house in Ecuador. He wanted to sell it but couldn't. The idea pained Victor, as he'd bought the house hoping his kids might want to experience his home country.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 6, 2013 | By Sharon Mizota
For his first solo exhibition in L.A., São Paulo artist Héctor Zamora sutures together two emblems of Southern California consumerism: the single family home and the shopping cart. Nearly filling the gallery at REDCAT, "Panglossian Paradigm" consists of a single sculpture: the wooden frame of a small, six-room house entirely supported by evenly spaced metal shopping carts. An odd and unwieldy structure to be sure -- giving new meaning to the term “mobile home” -- it is a quiet indictment of the American dream.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 4, 2013 | By Jean Merl
A third Republican has decided to take on Democratic Rep. Ami Bera (D-Elk Grove) for a Northern California congressional seat next year. Igor Birman, who emigrated with his family from the former Soviet Union as a child and is now chief of staff to Rep. Tom McClintock (R-Granite Bay), said he will announce his candidacy for the 7th Congressional District seat on Thursday. Birman joins fellow Republicans Doug Ose, a former congressman, and autism activist Elizabeth Emken, who ran unsuccessfully against U.S. Rep. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.)
ENTERTAINMENT
August 21, 2013 | By Patrick Kevin Day, This post has been updated. See note below for details.
The 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr.'s March on Washington is next week, and to commemorate the occasion, NBC News is planning to re-air the Aug. 25, 1963, edition of "Meet the Press," which featured King as the guest, on Sunday. The half-hour program, "'Meet the Press' Special Edition: Remembering the Dream," will re-broadcast the entirety of King's appearance, alongside NAACP Executive Secretary Roy Wilkins. King talked about his hopes for the march and the reasons behind it three days before the historic event, in which he delivered his famed "I Have a Dream" speech in front of the Lincoln Memorial.
BUSINESS
August 19, 2013 | By Stuart Pfeifer
Samuel Adams brewer and founder Jim Koch says he hasn't forgotten how hard it was to start a small business. He's offering free coaching -- and perhaps some start-up funding -- to small Southern California food, beverage and craft brewing companies. The program, “Brewing the American Dream,” is scheduled for Wednesday from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at downtown's L.A. Mart, 1933 S. Broadway. Business owners who want to attend can register in advance on this link . Those who attend can participate in up to six 20-minute coaching sessions with representatives from Boston Beer Co. and the Valley Economic Development Center.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 11, 2013 | By Nardine Saad
Kris Jenner had some strong words for President Obama after he took aim at her daughter Kim Kardashian and rapper-boyfriend Kanye West. The president, who has previous decried West as a "jackass" when the rapper famously upstaged Taylor Swift, was interviewed by David Blum for Kindle Singles. In the interview , Obama spoke about the American Dream, which he opined used to include a good home, job, education and the possibility of higher education. However, he said that these days the likes of Kardashian and West had distorted the American Dream in a way that he believes negatively affects the younger generation.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 6, 2013 | By Sharon Mizota
For his first solo exhibition in L.A., São Paulo artist Héctor Zamora sutures together two emblems of Southern California consumerism: the single family home and the shopping cart. Nearly filling the gallery at REDCAT, "Panglossian Paradigm" consists of a single sculpture: the wooden frame of a small, six-room house entirely supported by evenly spaced metal shopping carts. An odd and unwieldy structure to be sure -- giving new meaning to the term “mobile home” -- it is a quiet indictment of the American dream.
NATIONAL
July 3, 2013 | By Alexei Koseff
WASHINGTON - As the chorus of voices finished reciting the Oath of Allegiance, Mahad Abdille broke into an enormous grin. Around him, his fellow new citizens began waving tiny American flags, but in the third row, with his head bowed, Abdille just kept smiling. “I couldn't believe it,” he said. “I couldn't control my emotion.” The 24-year-old Abdille, who came to the United States from a Somalian refugee camp eight years ago, was one of 30 immigrants from 22 nations sworn into citizenship Wednesday morning at the Department of the Treasury in Washington, part of a week of Independence Day celebrations by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 21, 2013 | By Leah Ollman
Last year a woman living across the street from Olga Koumoundouros died, and the woman's partner moved away. Their house, saddled with a large second mortgage, was not sold, but seemingly abandoned. Daunted by her own looming mortgage payments, Koumoundouros took a look inside, imagining she might squat there for a while, rent out her own place, and alleviate some financial pressure. She did end up occupying the house on Holyoke Drive in Glassell Park, but more as a socio-aesthetic intervention than as an alternate residence.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 16, 2013 | By Mark Olsen, Los Angeles Times
Forget "World War Z. " The true zombie movie this summer is "The Bling Ring. " Written and directed by Sofia Coppola, the film has the quality of a vacant stare, reflecting back a disturbing, unsettling blankness. The story is based on the real-life group of L.A youths who burglarized the homes of celebrities they ostensibly admired - an iconographic coterie that included Lindsay Lohan and Paris Hilton. Seeming to lack a conscience or sense of consequence, the gang grabbed tabloid infamy as a jaundiced apex of contemporary consumer/reality culture.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 11, 2013
He's a Soviet spy tempted by the American dream, a master of disguises, a loving father and a husband learning to love the woman he was forced by Mother Russia to marry. Today at 11 a.m. Pacific time, join Matthew Rhys and Times staff writer Glenn Whipp for a live video chat about Rhys' complicated, committed and, occasionally, comical turn as Cold War-era Russian agent Phillip Jennings. It's a dream part for an actor, allowing Rhys to assume a number of guises, all of which he pulls off convincingly.
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