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June 18, 1989
Regarding the June 4 story, "Back from the Brink at B of A": What a superb testimonial to talent, skill, experience and training of personnel at Wells Fargo. Without the direction provided by the former Wells Fargo cadre, Bank of America might well have drowned in the quicksand of ignominy. W. D. MURPHY Canoga Park
September 3, 2012 | By Ben Fritz, Los Angeles Times
After Greg Harty rolls out of bed in his Sherman Oaks apartment, he grabs a cup of coffee and starts his work day at a desk in the corner of his living room. His assignment: Watch three episodes of "Modern Family. " As the hit sitcom plays, the aspiring screenwriter opens another window on his laptop and pulls up a spreadsheet. He begins picking labels - his employer, Netflix, calls them tags - to describe what he sees. The comedy: "quirky. " The humor: "light dark. " The tone: "humorous," "irreverent" and "heartfelt.
January 6, 1990
Blowing Robert Taylor's name off his building at Lorimar and renaming it for George Cukor has its spiritual antecedent in the Soviet Union, when St. Petersburg became Leningrad. Had Taylor named American Nazis and not Communists, our current but philosophically dated Hollywood cadre would be giving award dinners in his name. DAVID CARL KOLPACOFF, El Cajon
March 6, 2012 | By Jerry Hirsch, Los Angeles Times
Cities are adding more special lanes and other bicycle infrastructure. The economy is improving, and higher gas prices are prompting people to think more about using bicycles for commuting and quick errands. Such positive trends are helping bolster a small cadre of crafts people who still build bicycles by hand. That's why the mood was upbeat at the industry's annual North American Handmade Bicycle Show, which concluded Sunday. More than 8,000 people attended the three-day affair in Sacramento, ogling the fancy polished and carved lugs, or sleeves that join bicycle tubes together; bicycle bags that would hold their own in a Coach store; and exotic bike frames made from bamboo, wood and other materials.
January 5, 2004
I watched the Rose Parade on TV and, as always, was impressed by the exuberance of the audience and the vitality of the participants. Euphoria set in. And then the futuristic flying machines swooped over all. I was overcome with happiness and pride. There are threats to our security, but I see an indomitable American spirit and a cadre of protectors who are the most powerful and technologically advanced force in history. We must be vigilant, of course, but I believe we have little to fear.
September 17, 1999
Your Sept. 10 editorial, "The Principals Are the Key," is to the point and quite correct. Unfortunately, it will not be implemented. The LAUSD's laid-back corporate culture is not about to change. If LAUSD Supt. Ruben Zacarias would personally make unannounced visits to schools and voice his concerns about the poor performance he would surely find, there might be some response, especially if he would hold his cadre of assistant superintendents as accountable as he would hold the principals.
February 6, 1988
I'm fed up with all the Rather-bashing and want to voice my support for this outstanding newsman. He did his duty as a reporter in relentlessly pursuing his quarry (query, in this case). I am outraged that Bush hasn't been criticized for his personal attack on Rather. Rather's line of questioning focused on participation in a policy affecting the national interest. High office is not a cloak to hide behind and Bush deserves to be treated like any other mortal. Under the circumstances Rather handled himself well.
September 27, 1987
The article on Sheinbaum cannot but have disappointed all those who know him. Ronald Brownstein portrayed him as a man in decline, but I perceive him as a man in his prime; then to describe him as a kibitzer is too far afield from his role as a man of action committed to critical causes. Worse, it is just wrong to portray him as somewhat embarrassed by his Jewish identity when he is somebody who proudly lives his vision of Judaism. Most important, the author failed to mention that Sheinbaum has created a new cadre of political puppeteer--somebody who is able to move deftly behind the scenes to ensure that the things he believes in are attended to. Selwyn Gerber Beverly Hills
For railroad oldtimers around these wooded parts, it's known as the Island Mountain ghost train--three boxcars and eight flatbeds still laden with their abandoned cargo, languishing nearly forgotten along a remote stretch of California's most isolated rail line. Fifteen months after they were stranded in a winter storm that washed out track on both sides of them, the 11 cars still sit forlornly in the heart of the forest, their cargo of prime redwood lumber exposed to the elements.
June 1, 1996 | ERIN J. AUBRY
In the world of nonprofit agencies, which often have more good intentions than administrative know-how, L.A. Shanti stands out. Founded in 1983 as the city's first agency to provide direct services to people with AIDS and HIV, L.A. Shanti has steadily increased its many support and education programs with a large and loyal corps of volunteers.
January 31, 2012 | By Matea Gold
A veritable who's who of wealthy Texans poured money into a “super PAC” backing Texas Gov. Rick Perry before his presidential bid collapsed this month, along with nearly a dozen corporations, new campaign finance filings show. In all, Make Us Great Again, an independent political organization launched by former Perry chief of staff Mike Toomey and G. Brint Ryan, a longtime donor to Perry's gubernatorial campaigns, raised nearly $5.5 million last year. The super PAC spent $4.8 million, mostly in television advertising backing Perry's candidacy.
May 18, 2011 | By Molly Hennessy-Fiske and Aimal Yaqubi, Los Angeles Times
Mina Habib has been waiting for half an hour at police headquarters, preparing for a showdown with the chief of criminal investigations. She sits on a plush sofa and adjusts her head scarf as a dozen men parade past. None of them pays much attention to Habib, 25, despite her striking shock of auburn hair, amber eyes and iridescent pink lipstick. She eavesdrops as the men demand that the police investigate rape allegations, neighborhood disputes and runaway wives. (She perks up at the mention of runaway wives; she smells a story.)
December 10, 2010 | By Brendan Brady, Los Angeles Times
Twelfth-grade teacher Sam Borath recently asked her students in Svay, a town in northwestern Cambodia, to write down the names of five leaders of the Khmer Rouge regime that killed an estimated 1.7 million people during its reign in the late 1970s. Simply identifying top figures, however, can be an awkward exercise. Many communities would rather not stir up memories of the war-torn past, particularly in this region. Svay is part of a thin belt along the northwestern border that remained under the control of ultra-communist Khmer Rouge leaders and their militias for two decades after 1979, when the regime was ousted from power in Phnom Penh.
August 13, 2010 | By Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times Film Critic
How expendable is "The Expendables"? That depends on who you are and why you're asking. If that sounds a little Zen-like, that's because the new action opera co-written and directed by and starring Sylvester Stallone exists in a "Twilight Zone" dimension of its own outside of normal critical time and space. In other words, if you want to see old-fashioned nonstop mayhem with stars so venerable that "The Leathernecks" (and I don't mean Marines) might be an alternative title, reviews are going to be superfluous.
April 7, 2008 | Deborah Schoch, Times Staff Writer
The cops wave over the sleek black Trans Am outside Grauman's Chinese Theatre, and the young man behind the wheel looks startled. No wonder. He's been nabbed for tinted windows and no front license plate -- small stuff for a bustling Saturday night in Hollywood -- and a Los Angeles Police Department patrol officer is writing him a ticket. A second uniformed officer watches his partner's back, and a third stands guard nearby on the star-studded sidewalk.
November 27, 2007 | By Borzou Daragahi, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
Tehran The night before lawyer Mohammed Dadkhah was to appear in court for his first human rights case, two masked men on motorcycles pulled up alongside him as he walked home. They hurled him into one of Tehran's ubiquitous street-side drainage canals. They grabbed at the briefcase filled with papers for the next day's defense. Dadkhah refused to let go. They punched and kicked him. They ripped off a piece of the briefcase and roared away into the night. Panting in fear, his face scraped raw, his clothes soaking wet, Dadkhah pulled himself out of the gutter and brushed himself off. When he got home, he caught his breath and considered his options.
November 21, 1987 | WILLIAM J. EATON, Times Staff Writer
Soviet leader Mikhail S. Gorbachev scolded Communist Party officials Friday for using outdated methods and failing to work hard enough to assure the success of his economic reform program. It was one of his harshest public appraisals of the party hierarchy since he came to power in March, 1985. Even so, the Kremlin chief praised the party leadership for successfully launching the first stage of perestroika, or restructuring, by defining goals and preparing to turn plans into reality.
On the heels of a congressional vote condemning the entertainment industry for its role in glorifying violence, movie and television writers, directors and producers huddled Friday in Los Angeles with the motion picture industry's chief Washington spokesman to voice their concerns over the sustained attack on Hollywood by politicians in the nation's capital.
September 5, 2007 | Stuart Pfeifer, Times Staff Writer
They call themselves the Regulators. They wear tattoos of a skull-faced man holding a shotgun, fire screaming from its barrels. They refuse to testify against their buddies. They've been accused of extorting and intimidating those outside their ranks. No, they're not members of a street gang. They're Los Angeles County sheriff's deputies at the Century station in Lynwood. And their "club" is part of a culture that's dogged the nation's largest sheriff's department for years.
September 2, 2007 | Annie Huang, Associated Press
They gathered quietly on a rainy night in the northwestern Taiwanese city of Hsinchu, six survivors of a secret cadre of pilots who risked their lives against the Communist enemy during the darkest days of the Cold War. Known as "The Black Bats," they say they were working for the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency, a claim backed up by a photo of them posing with the CIA's then-station chief.
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