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NEWS
December 5, 1997 | ANNE-MARIE O'CONNOR, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Jesus Blancornelas, one of Mexico's most respected journalists, lies in a hushed intensive care unit, taking forced breaths from a respirator, struggling to recover from the bullet wounds of a botched assassination attempt by the Tijuana drug cartel. Outside, poker-faced security forces with semiautomatic weapons surround the hospital to prevent drug gunmen from returning to finish off the job.
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NATIONAL
March 4, 2003 | Greg Miller, Times Staff Writer
The Pentagon is planning to assemble its own network of spies who will be posted around the world to collect intelligence on terrorist organizations and other military targets, moving squarely into a cloak-and-dagger realm that has traditionally been the domain of the CIA, according to Department of Defense officials familiar with the plans.
NEWS
August 13, 2001 | CHING-CHING NI, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The old house with its spacious courtyard and pointy rooftop used to be the nicest in town. Three centuries of wear and tear have turned it into a dilapidated shanty, like all the other houses in this dying river village. Yet its stature has never diminished in the eyes of the Wen family. Twelve generations of Wen children were born there, raised there, married there and expected to die there. The house is the family. The family is the house. But not for much longer. The deluge is coming.
OPINION
April 19, 1998 | David Friedman, David Friedman, a contributing editor to Opinion, is an international consultant and fellow in the MIT Japan Program
Water should be an acid test for those who aspire to be governor of California. Whether the candidates are willing to build the fresh-water canal around the Sacramento Delta recommended by a state and federal task force, "Cal-Fed," would determine if they truly represent California's diverse population, or only its privileged elite. So far, there only has been silence. Contrary to popular belief, California does not have a water shortage.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 31, 1997 | JILL LEOVY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Amid an uproar from Burbank Airport opponents, the Burbank City Council has voted to fire 62-year-old homemaker Margie Gee, one of the city's most hard-line representatives on the airport commission. The 3-2 vote taken after two hours of sometimes-raucous public testimony seems yet another sign that local leaders are bent on taking a softer approach to the dispute over the airport's planned expansion, despite mounting public pressure to the contrary.
BUSINESS
August 7, 2006 | Jeannine Aversa, The Associated Press
Caren Gaffney would be the perfect contestant on "The Price is Right." She moves from store to store, meticulously combing the aisles and taking down prices. A head of Boston butterhead lettuce. A bottle of Advil. Car inspection. Diamond bracelet. Eyeglasses. A 50-foot black TV cable. Washing machine. It's an eclectic shopping list that comes from her employer, the U.S. government.
ENTERTAINMENT
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.
WORLD
December 16, 2002 | Tracy Wilkinson, Times Staff Writer
Leah Tzemel was well on her way to losing another case before the Israeli Supreme Court. The judges listened tolerantly, but they clearly believed that Tzemel's Palestinian clients knew more than they admitted of their brother's attempts to blow up Jews. Spectators in the courtroom had no doubts whatsoever. "Murderers! Murderers!" screamed the mother of a boy killed in a suicide bombing late last year. And more to the immediate point: "Take away the ugly face of Leah Tzemel!"
NEWS
April 29, 1997 | ELIZABETH SHOGREN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Warning that the multiple crises confronting children have "the potential to explode our society," retired Gen. Colin L. Powell called on his fellow Americans on Monday to make an extraordinary personal commitment to serve as mentors to at-risk youth. Together with President Clinton, former presidents, 30 governors and 100 mayors participating in a conference on volunteering, Powell said that as many as 15 million young Americans need mentoring to help them overcome the adversities they face.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 14, 2001 | GEOFF BOUCHER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
For a band with the most utilitarian of names, Tool's music and image could hardly be more mysterious or archly arcane. The band members never appear in their darkly surreal music videos, and the lead singer is so chameleon-like on stage that even devoted fans pass him unaware in the street. Tool songs are usually grinding, radio-unfriendly epics with catchy titles like, oh, "Prison Sex."
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