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April 8, 2013 | By Emily Alpert
In Britain and around the world, supporters of the late Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher celebrated her legacy Monday. Even some of her sharpest critics said she defined an era in British public life -- if not always for the right reasons. Among those who have already offered their reflections are President Obama, former British Prime Minister Tony Blair, the African National Congress of South Africa and Sinn Fein of Northern Ireland. Here are more thoughts from world leaders, political activists and other figures: British Prime Minister David Cameron: “As our first woman prime minister, Margaret Thatcher succeeded against all the odds, and the real thing about Margaret Thatcher is that she didn't just lead our country, she saved our country.
September 27, 2010
COMEDY Doug Benson's Movie Interruptions: 'Mac and Me' The interruption-prone cinema buff makes a respectable living by giving his two cents at every chance he gets. "Doug Benson's Movie Interruptions" follows in the same vein as the comedian's beloved appearances at Upright Citizens Brigade, but instead of peppering fellow comics' acts with unsolicited commentary from the front row, the mayor of the peanut gallery supplies hilariously cutting feedback throughout forgotten gems from film history.
February 11, 2013 | By Randall Roberts, Los Angeles Times Pop Music Critic
The Black Keys had a good Sunday night: The group swept the rock categories with its album “El Camino” and its driving hit, “Lonely Boy,” and Keys guitarist and singer Dan Auerbach earned the Grammy for producer of the year (nonclassical) for his work behind the boards in 2012. He capped off the evening with an appearance alongside the eminent New Orleans pianist Dr. John, whose excellent “Locked Down” snagged the trophy for blues album. Even if the band didn't fare as well in the two major general categories -- “El Camino” and “Lonely Boy” lost out for album and record of the year, respectively -- their wins signaled another milestone for the platinum-selling group born in Akron, Ohio.
December 7, 2012 | By Randall Roberts, Los Angeles Times Pop Music Critic
How's this for a big year: In the time since they started teasing their album "El Camino," two-piece rock band the Black Keys played "Saturday Night Live" twice, sold out two nights at Madison Square Garden, headlined Coachella and scored a Cadillac commercial. By the time they gigged two evenings at Staples Center in the fall, label bosses at Warner Music Group were waiting to surprise them with platinum records for "El Camino," their seventh record. The year culminated Wednesday night when the duo was nominated for five Grammys, including nods for album of the year and record of the year for the hit single "Lonely Boy," and singer/guitarist Dan Auerbach was nominated in the producer's category.
September 28, 2010
BOOKS Terry McMillan In her 1992 breakout bestseller, "Waiting to Exhale," Terry McMillan celebrated the power of female bonding, long before "Sex and the City" was but a twinkle in Darren Star's eye. The author has returned to Savannah, Gloria, Robin and Bernandine, now navigating life in their 50s, for her sequel, "Getting to Happy. " Eso Won Bookstore, 4331 Degnan Blvd., L.A. 7 p.m. Also, Vroman's Bookstore, 695 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena. 7 p.m. Wed. MOVIES "Take 100: The Future of Film" A panel discussion featuring the Duplass brothers ("Cyrus")
August 25, 1998
Re "The Good Fight: Marking 50 Years of Desegregation in the Military" (July 24): While desegregating the military may have been before the time of Rosa Parks and the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., there were many black leaders who were instrumental in getting President Truman to issue Executive Order 9981. One of them was A. Philip Randolph. A tireless fighter for the civil rights of African Americans, Randolph took one of the most radical positions of all his colleagues from organizations like the National Assn.
February 19, 1988 | MICHAEL CIEPLY, Times Staff Writer
Nelson Bennett's theater complex in predominantly black Baldwin Hills did something unusual last weekend. For the first time in its seven-year history, the first-run movie house opened a black-oriented, big-studio picture on each of its three screens. And red-hot ticket sales for all three films--Disney's "Shoot to Kill," Columbia's "School Daze," and Lorimar's "Action Jackson"--smashed the house record. Bennett hopes for more of the same this weekend.
He is Darth Vader in double-knits--brooding, intense, shrouded in darkness. "Day of Death" is what his Minnesota Twins teammates call Scott Erickson's turn to pitch. He arrives at the park dressed entirely in black. At 23, in his first full season in the major leagues, Erickson is 12-3, a record he has compiled, in large part, despite a slight muscle strain in his right forearm.
November 11, 2007 | From the Associated Press
ATHENS, Ga. -- Now that he's no longer calling plays, Mark Richt has more time to think of ways to fire up his players. The Georgia coach came up with another winner Saturday. Richt sent out the No. 10 Bulldogs in black jerseys for the first time in the modern era, and they looked good in their new color.
Solid backing from Latino and black voters, along with a strong financial boost from the mayor and business interests, propelled Deputy Mayor Rocky Delgadillo into the city attorney's office. With his five-point margin in Tuesday's election, Delgadillo became the first minority group member ever to win the post and the first Latino in more than 100 years to win citywide office in Los Angeles.
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