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May 2, 2006
Re " 'Nuestro Himno' Foes Say U.S. Song Should Be in English," April 29 A group of talented Latino musicians choose to offer a heartfelt tribute to our nation and national anthem by singing it in their first (not only) language, and they get treated like they've committed murder. President Bush finds it unacceptable; Francis Scott Key's great-great grandson calls it "despicable." This despite the fact that it seems to be an American pastime to butcher the anthem at sporting events.
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BUSINESS
February 20, 2014 | By Chad Terhune
Insurance giant Anthem Blue Cross stretched its lead over rival Blue Shield of California in the state's healthcare-coverage exchange, new data show. Anthem signed up 223,630 people through Jan. 31, or 31% of California's exchange market as part of the healthcare law. Anthem is a unit of Indianapolis-based WellPoint Inc., the nation's second-largest health insurer. San Francisco insurer Blue Shield of California trails Anthem with a 29% share or 213,646 enrollees. Kaiser Permanente, the state's biggest HMO, is third with 131,448 exchange customers, an 18% share.
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ENTERTAINMENT
October 17, 2009 | Reed Johnson
O say can you se say can you se e . . . a rock god plucking away at "The Star-Spangled Banner" on electric guitar? Or, farther down the 5 Freeway, a 12-year-old girl belting out Francis Scott Key's greatest hit? The Major League Baseball championship series is underway, which means that for the Dodgers and Angels it's time to pack your starting rotation with aces. But we're not talking pitchers, we're talking national anthem performers. Taste in how the national anthem is performed, as in hot dogs, tends to vary from ballpark to ballpark.
BUSINESS
January 30, 2014 | By Chad Terhune
Thousands of Anthem Blue Cross individual customers with older insurance policies untouched by Obamacare are getting some jarring news: Their premiums are going up as much as 25%. These increases, 16% on average, are slated to go into effect April 1 for up to 306,000 people - unless California regulators persuade the state's largest for-profit health insurer to back down. Amid the fury last fall over canceled health policies, consumer advocates and state officials warned people that holding onto grandfathered policies purchased before the federal healthcare law was enacted in 2010 wouldn't shield them from significant rate hikes.
NEWS
March 23, 2012 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Travel & Deal blogger
  "Borat" does it again, but this time it was organizers of a sports event in Kuwait and not Sacha Baron Cohen who slipped up. The obscene anthem from the 2006 satirical film rather than the country's true national anthem was played Thursday at an awards ceremony for a Kazakhstan athlete who had won a gold medal for shooting at the 10th Arab Shooting Championship, according to media reports....
ENTERTAINMENT
March 23, 1996
I agree with Howard Rosenberg and the late Howard Cosell, et al, that the playing of the national anthem at sporting events is an anachronism ("Standing Up to a Sports Tradition," March 18). Rosenberg presents an excellent case for discontinuing the practice, with which I have no argument. The point is, though, that the practice exists and while it is impossible to demand that a participant respect the anthem, it is not unreasonable that he or she be enjoined from displaying a flagrant, blatant disrespect.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 13, 2004 | Dean Kuipers
Beastie Boys "To the 5 Boroughs" (Grand Royal / Capitol) ** 1/2 "Having fun in troubled times," is how Ad-Rock (Adam Horovitz) describes this love letter to post-Sept. 11 New York City, the trio's first album of originals since 1998's "Hello Nasty." But only a few towering tracks save this album, which gets mired somewhere between agitprop and old-school mike battling.
BUSINESS
November 28, 2012 | By Chad Terhune, Los Angeles Times
California's largest for-profit health insurer, Anthem Blue Cross, is seeking to raise rates an average of 18% for more than 630,000 individual policyholders, drawing scrutiny from regulators and the ire of consumers already struggling with soaring premiums. Some Anthem customers may see rates rise as much as 25% in February under the company's proposal at a time when medical inflation is running at historic lows nationwide. The increases are among several others proposed by California insurers, including Aetna Inc. and Health Net Inc. California insurance regulators will take the next month to review whether these rate increases are warranted, but state officials don't have the authority to reject them for being unreasonable.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 4, 1990
I think President Bush should ask for a constitutional amendment against desecration of the national anthem after Roseanne Barr's performance in San Diego. ABE JOSEPH Los Angeles
NEWS
January 10, 2014 | By Mary Forgione, Daily Deal and Travel Blogger
Francis Scott Key's handwritten manuscript of lyrics for the "Star-Spangled Banner" and the flag that inspired him to write them will be displayed together for the first time this summer. The reason for the special exhibition at the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History in Washington, D.C.: the 200th birthday of the flag, called the Star-Spangled Banner, that flew over Baltimore's Ft. McHenry in 1814. It was the flag Key saw from a ship several miles away "in the dawn's early light" that withstood the battle as British ships withdrew in defeat.
NEWS
January 29, 2014 | By Joel Silberman, guest blogger
When Macklemore and company performed “Same Love” at the Grammys and Queen Latifah came out to cap it off with a mass wedding ceremony that included same-sex couples, Kevin Fallon at the Daily Beast wrote that “so many think pieces are going to be written about this performance.” He was right and that's totally fair: The dramatic shift in popular opinion on gay marriage is absolutely worth celebrating, even if the “Same Love” performance...
ENTERTAINMENT
January 21, 2014 | By David Ng
Before the Denver Broncos take on the Seattle Seahawks at this year's Super Bowl, they will be serenaded by soprano Renée Fleming in a performance of "The Star-Spangled Banner. " Fleming has been tapped to sing the national anthem at the Super Bowl, set for Feb. 2 at the MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J. A publicist for the soprano said it hasn't been determined yet if Fleming will be accompanied by musicians. The Super Bowl is to be broadcast on Fox, with kickoff time scheduled for 3:30 p.m. PST. PHOTOS: LA Opera through the years Fleming joins a long list of performers -- mostly pop stars, including Alicia Keys last year -- to have sung the national anthem at the Super Bowl.
BUSINESS
January 15, 2014 | By Chad Terhune
Amid further delays for consumers, California's two largest health insurers extended payment deadlines once more for people who signed up for Jan. 1 coverage through the Covered California exchange. Anthem Blue Cross, a unit of industry giant WellPoint Inc., said it is giving new enrollees until Jan. 31 to pay their first month's premium. Kaiser Permanente, the state's largest HMO, extended the deadline to Jan. 22. Wednesday remains the official deadline for other policies purchased through the Covered California exchange, but its 11 insurers are free to grant extra time, and customers are urged to check with their specific health plan.
NEWS
January 10, 2014 | By Mary Forgione, Daily Deal and Travel Blogger
Francis Scott Key's handwritten manuscript of lyrics for the "Star-Spangled Banner" and the flag that inspired him to write them will be displayed together for the first time this summer. The reason for the special exhibition at the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History in Washington, D.C.: the 200th birthday of the flag, called the Star-Spangled Banner, that flew over Baltimore's Ft. McHenry in 1814. It was the flag Key saw from a ship several miles away "in the dawn's early light" that withstood the battle as British ships withdrew in defeat.
SPORTS
January 10, 2014 | By Austin Knoblauch
UCLA didn't pull off an upset Thursday night over top-ranked Arizona, but at least fans in attendance at Pauley Pavilion got some decent pre-game entertainment. Red Hot Chili Peppers bassist Flea performed the national anthem before tipoff, showing off some of the skills that have made him a well-known entity in the rock world for decades. Flea keeps things simple at the start of the Star Spangled Banner before unleashing a grinding blast that seemed to work well at getting fans pumped up for the game.
BUSINESS
December 13, 2013 | By Chad Terhune
Amid rising enrollment for healthcare insurance in California, industry giant Anthem Blue Cross has seized the early lead with a 30% share of the state's exchange market. Two major rivals, Blue Shield of California and Kaiser Permanente, aren't far behind in newly released state figures. Overall, the Covered California exchange said 156,143 people have selected a private health plan through Dec. 7. An additional 179,000 Californians have been deemed eligible for Medi-Cal, the state's Medicaid program.
SPORTS
December 2, 2013 | By Chuck Schilken
Whatever you do, please don't tell Knowshon Moreno to cry you a river. He just might do it. Because not only is the Denver Broncos running back admittedly an emotional guy, he also produces enormous tears when he cries. And lots of them. From both eyes at the same time. Check out the video above from the national anthem before the Bronco's huge AFC West showdown with the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday. It really is a sight to behold. But while we've all been transfixed by those crazy waterworks since that video went viral a day ago, apparently such a display is nothing new for Moreno.
BUSINESS
November 25, 2013 | By Chad Terhune, This post has been updated, as indicated below.
In a departure from most medical privacy cases, Anthem Blue Cross said it accidentally posted online Social Security or tax identification numbers for about 24,500 California doctors. [Updated 1:03 p.m. PST Nov. 25: An Anthem spokesman said Monday that 24,500 doctors were affected, up from the previous 5,900 figure issued by the company. ] Anthem, a unit of insurance giant WellPoint Inc., said the private information was mistakenly included with its online provider directory for about 24 hours late last month.
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