July 18, 2013 |
Sex scandals come in all sizes and shapes. And public opinions on matters of the heart - and the libido - continue to evolve. As a result, constituents are not always sure anymore when to be blase, when to be nonplused and when to be outraged by the behavior of their elected officials. Should Bill Clinton have been hounded out of office (as he almost was) for a dalliance with a 22-year-old intern? Should John Edwards have been sidelined from politics because he fathered a child with his mistress while his wife was dying of cancer?
July 11, 2013 |
Political scientist Louis Brownlow once famously lauded Franklin D. Roosevelt's advisors' "passion for anonymity. " Gone are the days. Today's Washington operatives more closely resemble Norma Desmond in "Sunset Blvd. " - characters consumed by their own stardom, however pretend, always "ready for my close-up. " These are the personalities and the city Mark Leibovich describes in "This Town: Two Parties and a Funeral - Plus Plenty of Valet Parking! - in America's Gilded Capital. " "This Town," he writes, is a place where "self-pimping has become the prevailing social and business imperative," where "self becomes fused with brands" and where, quoting the late White House spokesman Tony Snow, "no one takes friendship too personally.
June 5, 2013 |
The identities of potential jurors in the Florida trial of George Zimmerman, the neighborhood watch volunteer accused of murdering teenager Trayvon Martin, will be kept confidential, the presiding judge ruled Wednesday. Zimmerman is pleading not guilty to second-degree murder charges, contending he acted in self-defense. Circuit Judge Debra Nelson also ruled that the potential jurors won't be sequestered, and that during the selection process -- which is scheduled to get underway on Monday -- members of the jury pool will be referred to by numbers, not names.
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May 2, 2013 |
Police are beefing up security at Pasadena High School on Thursday and Friday in response to an anonymous note threatening violence on the campus, school and public safety officials said. The note did not specify who might commit violence and the writer appeared to be reporting the threat as secondhand information - “someone saying, 'I heard this,'” Pasadena Unified spokesman Adam Wolfson told the Pasadena Sun . A prerecorded telephone and email message went out to parents Wednesday night informing them about "an anonymous note" and a "threat of violence.
April 30, 2013 |
Antoine Wilson joined L.A. Times features editor Alice Short at the L.A. Times Festival of Books to talk about his novel "Panorama City," which features a naive, or slow, narrator named Oppen Porter. It's "A Southern California 'Candide' ... or 'Gilead' meets 'The Jerk,'" Wilson explains in his elevator pitch. Why Panorama City? "I'm mainly interested in writing about Los Angeles because I live here," Wilson says. "I wanted a piece of L.A. that hadn't been covered. Panorama City is a place a lot of people in L.A. don't even necessarily know exists.
April 4, 2013 |
As North Korea continues to threaten the U.S. and South Korea with war rhetoric, hackers have taken over the country's social media accounts and many of its websites. North Korea's Twitter and Flickr accounts began pushing content Thursday that is unlike what the two social media accounts normally do, making it appear that the North Korean social media accounts had been compromised. That was followed by Anonymous, a decentralized hacker group, taking responsibility for hijacking the accounts.