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September 17, 1986 | DON SHIRLEY
Tony Barsha's "Amos and Ann," at the Wallenboyd, is unyielding in its male perspective. Yet women, as much as men, may appreciate the glee with which "Amos" dismembers the sexual politics of the 1958-60 period in which it's set. It's the story of Amos, a middle-aged Laguna Beach contractor who offers his experiences as a cautionary tale for young men who foolishly endeavor to understand women.
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November 22, 2013 | By Roger Vincent
The Torrance Marriott South Bay, a 17-story hotel next to Del Amo Fashion Center, has been sold to a Chinese real estate developer for $74 million. Sichuan Xinglida Group Enterprises Co., which has built numerous mixed-use projects in mainland China, bought the hotel through its U.S. subsidiary XLD Group, real estate broker John Strauss said. The new owner will keep Marriott as the operator of the 487-room hotel but plans to renovate the property and eventually reposition it as a more upscale inn, said Strauss of Jones Lang LaSalle.
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November 7, 2010 | By Tony Perry, Los Angeles Times
With U.S. troops ? including 20,000 Marines ? locked in a "tough fight" in Afghanistan, now is not the time to lift the "don't ask, don't tell" ban on homosexuals serving openly in the military, the new commandant of the Marine Corps said Saturday. Gen. James Amos told reporters in San Diego that he was concerned about a possible loss of unit cohesion and combat readiness if the ban is overturned. "There's risk involved," Amos said. "I'm trying to determine how to measure that risk.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 28, 2013 | By Jenny Hendrix
Israeli author Amos Oz has been named the recipient of the prestigious Franz Kafka Prize, selected by an international jury from a short list of 12 globally recognized writers. The $10,000 prize, awarded by the Franz Kafka Society in the Czech Republic, recognizes an author's entire body of work, and rewards those whose "work addresses readers regardless of their origin, nationality, and culture, like the work by Franz Kafka. " Their books must also have been translated into Czech.
NEWS
October 20, 1985
I am a gerontologist and spend much time in convalescent hospitals each day. When I spoke with some of the residents after they had watched "Amos," they voiced their fear and terror at what they saw. Uncovering elder abuse must be done. However, presenting the problem without documentation and with a distortion of facts (there were several examples of this in "Amos") is not the path to follow. Evelyn Mandel, Santa Monica
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 6, 1986 | JIM SCHACHTER, Times Staff Writer
His boss' endorsement helped. A last-minute contribution that bought $2,000 in radio time didn't hurt. But Deputy Dist. Atty. Charles Wickersham says former Mayor Roger Hedgecock--the man whose political career he helped destroy--deserves most of the credit for his election to the San Diego County Superior Court. "That's the thing that convinced me I should try for it," Wickersham said Wednesday, referring to his successful prosecution of Hedgecock last year for campaign financing violations.
NEWS
September 7, 1986
I had the pleasure of seeing "Missing Pieces" again. Elizabeth Montgomery, who is one of Hollywood's most talented actresses, was marvelous as the cool, efficient private eye. She was also great as the unfeeling and calculating nurse in "Amos," with Kirk Douglas. Betty Polston, Crestline
NATIONAL
April 27, 2012 | By Tony Perry
The Marine Corps, whose recruiting slogan long rested on the phrase “a few good men,” is moving to open more front-line billets, or jobs, for women. Commandant Gen. James Amos this week ordered that certain jobs previously meant for men now be opened to women as well. In some cases, the change is meant as a test to help Amos make recommendations about a possible permanent shift. Along with outlining the billets and ranks involved, Amos included a warning in his message that he will not tolerate any foot-dragging in the ranks.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 30, 2013 | By Philip Brandes
The ready-made edginess of hit men, hookers and gangsters is a foundation that a story can either build on or coast on. Writer-director Brian Peterson's "The Misadventures of Rick the Strangler" at the Electric Lodge takes the lazy route with formulaic characters aimed at those who like their comedy crude and incoherent. Mob executioner Rick's misadventures ensue from his predilection for feeding his victims' severed digits to his dog. This unique take on finger food lands Rick (Jonathan Brooks)
WORLD
November 19, 2008 | Robyn Dixon, Dixon is a Times staff writer.
The "green bomber" dropped into Club M5 the other day to get a bottle of Lion beer to go, but he wasn't fast enough. Right away he was surrounded by five members of the opposition, people he used to beat up, in a township bar where he used to be king. "They just surrounded me. They started accusing me of this and that. They just wanted revenge. They said: 'Now we got you alone. You used to trouble us during your heyday. Now it's our day.' " He ran, chased by the drunken group.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 30, 2013 | By Philip Brandes
The ready-made edginess of hit men, hookers and gangsters is a foundation that a story can either build on or coast on. Writer-director Brian Peterson's "The Misadventures of Rick the Strangler" at the Electric Lodge takes the lazy route with formulaic characters aimed at those who like their comedy crude and incoherent. Mob executioner Rick's misadventures ensue from his predilection for feeding his victims' severed digits to his dog. This unique take on finger food lands Rick (Jonathan Brooks)
ENTERTAINMENT
June 25, 2012
John Amos has demonstrated his versatility over the last four decades. Here are just three of his memorable roles: Gordon Howard Amos played Gordy the Weatherman at WJM on the classic CBS comedy series "The Mary Tyler Moore Show" for three seasons. Kunta Kinte Amos portrayed the adult slave in ABC's seminal 1977 miniseries "Roots," earning an Emmy nomination. Pastor Nelson Amos lends a dramatic element to the new comedy "Tyler Perry's Madea's Witness Protection" as a minister who is about to retire.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 25, 2012 | By Susan King, Los Angeles Times
If it hadn't been for famed Kansas City Chiefs football coach Hank Stram, John Amos may never had a four-decade long career in Hollywood, including memorable acting roles in "The Mary Tyler Moore Show," "Good Times" and "Roots. " A running back at Colorado State, Amos had tried out unsuccessfully for the Denver Broncos and was cut twice from the Chiefs. Stram, recalled the 72-year-old Amos, told him, "Young man, you are not a football player. You are a young man who happens to be playing football.
NATIONAL
April 27, 2012 | By Tony Perry
The Marine Corps, whose recruiting slogan long rested on the phrase “a few good men,” is moving to open more front-line billets, or jobs, for women. Commandant Gen. James Amos this week ordered that certain jobs previously meant for men now be opened to women as well. In some cases, the change is meant as a test to help Amos make recommendations about a possible permanent shift. Along with outlining the billets and ranks involved, Amos included a warning in his message that he will not tolerate any foot-dragging in the ranks.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 15, 2011
MUSIC Using a technique taken from classical music, Tori Amos has created a cycle of repeating musical themes with her latest solo work, "Night of Hunters," a beautiful kaleidoscope of remembering and letting go. Her fans will be delighted to find that "Hunters" marks the return of Amos' piano, which has taken a back seat to the electronically produced fanciness she's favored in the recent past. Here her voice is a crystal bell with only the ivory guiding her. The Orpheum, 842 S. Broadway, L.A. 8 p.m. Sat.-Sun.
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December 11, 2011 | By Marcia Adair, Special to the Los Angeles Times
Creating something genuinely new in the classical crossover genre is, for many reasons, an endeavor fraught with peril. Classical fans are notoriously unkind to pop artists who want to have a go while pop fans often attack their icons for putting on airs. Those who live full time in the genre — Andrea Bocelli, Il Divo, Blake — sell millions of records by sticking to a strict formula. Songs must have big tunes and, if at all possible, be sung in Italian; the voice must be at least vaguely operatic with lots of vibrato and the singer must be handsome in a floppy-haired, Euro kind of way. "Night of Hunters," Tori Amos' 12th studio album and first to be released on the classical music label Deutsche Grammophon, is everything that a crossover project has the potential to be but usually never is. She'll play material from the album at L.A.'s Orpheum Theater on Dec. 17 and 18. The album began with a phone call from Deutsche Grammophon executive producer Alexander Buhr.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 21, 2004 | Larry B. Stammer, Times Staff Writer
Ever since Walt Disney began turning out feature-length animated films, scholars, theologians and journalists have plumbed the depths of the simple morality tales for deeper religious meanings and messages. Was Snow White's eating of the poison apple an allusion to the Fall in the Garden of Eden? When the puppet maker Geppetto was swallowed by a whale, was that a veiled reference to Jonah in Hebrew Scriptures? Were Jiminy Cricket's initials in "Pinocchio" a hidden reference to Jesus Christ?
ENTERTAINMENT
August 12, 1989 | DAVID PECCHIA
John Amos, whom we all know via his work on "Good Times" and as Kunta Kinte in "Roots," speaks unabashedly about his recent stretch in prison. No, Amos hasn't been misbehaving. It's just that playing Meissner, the menacing captain of correctional officers in "Lock Up," necessitated his being in New Jersey's dreaded Rahway Prison for a portion of the shoot.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 1, 2011 | By Tony Perry, Los Angeles Times
The presentation was direct, even matter-of-fact, giving no hint of the large-scale cultural shift that the new policy represents — or of the passionate debate it provoked among politicians, religious leaders and other civilians. There is a new policy, the young-looking colonel told 50-plus enlisted Marines sitting in the pews of an aging chapel on this sprawling base. You will follow the policy, he said in a calm tone. If you have trouble with the policy, please see your sergeant or chaplain.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 7, 2010 | By Tony Perry, Los Angeles Times
With U.S. troops ? including 20,000 Marines ? locked in a "tough fight" in Afghanistan, now is not the time to lift the "don't ask, don't tell" ban on homosexuals serving openly in the military, the new commandant of the Marine Corps said Saturday. Gen. James Amos told reporters in San Diego that he was concerned about a possible loss of unit cohesion and combat readiness if the ban is overturned. "There's risk involved," Amos said. "I'm trying to determine how to measure that risk.
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