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November 15, 2009 | Meris Lutz; David Ng; Mary MacVean; Richard Verrier
The subject of women's rights in the Middle East is contentious. Sensational media coverage of honor killings and child brides equates religious conservatism with gender inequality, incensing Western feminists on the one hand and provoking regional backlashes on the other. The reality is far more nuanced, according to the 2009 Global Gender Gap Report released in late October by the World Economic Forum, which ranks countries based on women's economic participation, educational attainment, health and political empowerment.
November 15, 1987 | Allan Temko, Allan Temko, architecture critic for the San Francisco Chronicle, this fall visited new Southern California arts facilties.
Whether the big new wing at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art is seen as a wild Art Deco put-on or an improvement that at last allows LACMA to function as a decent museum--and it's possible to see this mixed-up building both ways--there's no question that the Los Angeles cultural Establishment blew a $35-million chance to transform its worst mistake of the 1960s into an exalted work of architectural art.
May 28, 2004 | Elaine Woo, Times Staff Writer
Richard Biggs, a television actor known for his featured roles in such series as "Babylon 5" and "Days of Our Lives," died Saturday after collapsing suddenly at his San Fernando Valley home. He was 44. He was taken to Providence Saint Joseph Medical Center in Burbank, where he died, said Caren Day, a family spokeswoman. The cause was a tear in his aorta. Biggs, a graduate of the USC School of Theatre, portrayed Dr.
September 19, 2009 | Times Staff and Wire Reports
Guy Graham Babylon, 52, a Grammy Award-winning musician who played keyboards with Elton John's band for more than 20 years, died of arrhythmia Sept. 2 at Los Robles Hospital and Medical Center in Thousand Oaks. Babylon, an Agoura Hills resident who swam competitively during his youth in Baltimore, was stricken while swimming and later pronounced dead at the hospital. "I am devastated and heartbroken at the death of Guy Babylon," John wrote in a tribute on his website. "He was one of the most brilliant musicians I ever knew, a true genius, a gentle angel -- and I loved him so much."
October 28, 1995 | STEVE HOCHMAN
Bruce Springsteen has moved away from the blue-collar badlands, but the music of his Pittsburgh-based pal Grushecky is still all cigarettes and steel. With the Boss himself on hand as producer and sometimes guest performer, the "Darkness on the Edge of Town" aura is inescapable, though Grushecky's limited writing and gravel-gargle voice rarely transcend journeyman status. New albums are rated on a scale of one star (poor), two stars (fair), three stars (good) and four stars (excellent).
April 29, 2013 | By Chris Barton
What does Brooklyn sound like? While the fashionably clad, underemployed youth of Lena Dunham's "Girls" may spring to mind given the New York City borough's pop cultural footprint, bandleader Darcy James Argue paints a broader picture of a time and place than any TV series could hope. Conceived as a collaboration with Croatian-born artist Danijel Zezelj (whose drawings backed this music in its live debut), "Brooklyn Babylon" finds Argue and his 18-piece big band again drawing from the broad palette that made their 2009 debut "Infernal Machines" so invigorating.
February 21, 2006 | From Times Wire Reports
Andreas Katsulas, 59, a character actor best known for his role as G'Kar on the syndicated television series "Babylon 5" and for playing the one-armed man in the 1993 film version of "The Fugitive," died of lung cancer Feb. 13 at his home in Los Angeles. A native of St. Louis, Katsulas performed in community stage productions as a child and studied theater at St. Louis University. He earned a master's degree in theater at Indiana University.
April 12, 2009 | Meris Lutz; Jeannine Stein; Alex Pham
Religious edicts are generally not fodder for beauty salon gossip, but as soon as Shiite cleric Ayatollah Mohammad Fadlallah issued a fatwa allowing women to pray wearing nail polish, word spread through Beirut faster than knockoff Prada bags. "All the girls in the Dahiyeh are talking about it," said 29-year-old Nadine Dirani, a veiled mother of two living in the Dahiyeh, Beirut's heavily Shiite southern suburbs. "I think it's an important step, and why not?" she said. "It makes our lives easier."
June 12, 2005 | ABEL SALAS
Urban scholar Joel Kotkin waxes academic with the best, but when it comes to Los Angeles, theory cedes to worry, alternating with boosterism of L.A.'s assets, such as the giant bougainvillea in his Valley Village backyard.
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