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May 15, 1987 | HECTOR GUTIERREZ, Times Staff Writer
Betty Lou Batey, the fundamentalist Christian accused of taking her son from his homosexual father, testified Thursday that she believed her son would have been exposed to drugs, alcohol and molestation by strangers unless she took him away. During the first day of her trial on child stealing charges, Batey said that she took her son, Brian, not because of his father's homosexual life style but because his father had become a "liberal and militant."
November 22, 1987 | BOB O'SULLIVAN, O'Sullivan is a nationally known travel writer who lives in Canoga Park
Their names are Brian and Louise Sanders, but you'd never learn their names from their dialogue. They hadn't been on the bus 15 seconds before everyone on the tour got the message. Brian edged his way down the aisle smiling, bumping into people's shoulders with either his midsection or his carry-on and excusing himself. He flopped down in a double seat toward the back. "Stupid!" his wife called from the front of the bus. "You hear me?" "Hear ya? They can hear you back in the States."
If fires had agents, not to mention publicists, the seven spectacular blazes (or is it eight--with all that smoke, it's easy to lose track) that energize "Backdraft" would have their names up in lights and the film's nominal stars would end up in small print. Because nothing anyone human does in this rather conventional smoke opera can hold a candle to conflagrations so eye-popping they make "The Towering Inferno" look like leftovers from "The Little Match Girl."
November 23, 1988 | DON SHIRLEY
When Adam and Eve tasted the forbidden fruit, they had to leave the Garden of Eden. But at least their world expanded. That wouldn't happen nowadays, suggests David Michael Erickson in his "Appetite," at the Cast-at-the-Circle. If we continue catering to our basest hungers and impulses, the world will shrink. The world of the three characters in "Appetite" has already shrunk to one room in an abandoned cafe, somewhere in the Southwestern desert.
August 26, 2012 | By Robert Lloyd, Los Angeles Times Television Critic
I watched Neil Armstrong take his giant small step onto the moon at my best friend Brian's house. It was July 20 1969, and just before 8 p.m. in L.A., and the sun was still out. Thinking back, I see light filtering in through curtains, pulled shut possibly to help us better feel the history being made (remotely) before our eyes, on a big square black-and-white TV showing a black-and-white picture beamed from 238,900 miles out in space. Or perhaps they were always closed like that. Things we might otherwise have been doing then and may have been doing right before or afterward included swimming, reading comic books and making recordings on Brian's reel-to-reel.
February 2, 2010 | Helene Elliott
Leave it to Brian Burke to break open a trade market that had been stuck because it's so difficult to move huge contracts and because many general managers can't decide whether to buy or sell while their clubs are still in playoff contention. Burke, the Toronto Maple Leafs' GM, on Sunday ripped apart a roster that badly needed ripping. His acquisitions of defenseman Dion Phaneuf from Calgary and goaltender Jean-Sebastien Giguere from the Ducks fall into the category of reclamation projects, and those are always risky.
May 25, 2012 | By Ashley Powers, Los Angeles Times
Brian Banks logged onto Facebook last year, and a new friend request startled him. It was the woman who, nearly a decade ago, accused him of rape when they were both students at Long Beach Poly High School. Banks had served five years in prison for the alleged rape, and now he was unemployed and weary. So he replied to Wanetta Gibson with a question: Would she meet with him and a private investigator? She agreed. At the meeting, which was secretly recorded, Gibson said she had lied.
The Menendez family estate, once valued at up to $14 million, is virtually depleted, it was disclosed Tuesday at Lyle and Erik Menendez's murder trial. Shrunken by taxes, legal fees and other costs, Jose and Kitty Menendez's estate is worth no more than $800,000--and has debts at least that high, defense lawyer Leslie Abramson said in court. Probate records are sealed and the defense had kept financial figures secret throughout the trial.
July 12, 2006 | Jeanne Wright, Special to The Times
A new bill of rights for California car buyers provides grace periods for used-car purchases, caps dealer compensation on loans and features other provisions that are some of the strongest consumer protections in the country, according to state legislators and consumer advocates. The law, which went into effect July 1, applies to motor vehicles bought in California from a dealer for personal, family or household use.
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