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June 14, 1989
If rooting out corrupt politicians is "mindless cannibalism," let's embrace it as a wonderfully healthful political diet. I suggest the "Mindless Cannibals" Society be formed to feed on the rich spread of entrenched corruption that appears to exist in national and state governments, and to perhaps ultimately help to lower, through change, the level of mindless self-interest that now passes itself off as public service. WILLIAM N. McNAIRN Palos Verdes Estates
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ENTERTAINMENT
March 10, 2014 | By Dawn C. Chmielewski and Randy Lewis
Apple Inc. has begun pressuring the major record companies to offer new releases exclusively through its iTunes store - a move that would initially block availability on streaming services such as Spotify or Beats Music, according to several people familiar with the matter. Apple executives contend that on-demand music services have begun to cannibalize download sales, and its representatives are demanding the labels create a period reserved for digital purchasing. Music industry insiders, who spoke on condition of anonymity for fear of reprisals from the industry's dominant retailer, said Apple's push for a new release window - similar to the one that some Hollywood studios impose for films newly released for home viewing - shows the Cupertino, Calif., tech giant is scrambling to retain its competitive advantage in an evolving digital music market.
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WORLD
October 16, 2007 | From Times Wire Reports
A Mexican writer who practiced witchcraft and was working on a book called "Cannibal Instincts" fried and ate parts of his ex-girlfriend after strangling her, government prosecutors said. Police who burst into Jose Luis Calva's apartment last week found a plate of fried human flesh on a dining table set with cutlery. They found more flesh in the refrigerator. Prosecutors suspect he strangled and mutilated two other women in the last two years.
NEWS
February 15, 2014 | By Amy Hubbard
A storm warning has been issued for space, where a "cannibal" coronal mass ejection grabbed the attention of space-weather watchers. The sun -- at a peak of activity in the 11-year solar cycle -- hurled a pair of CMEs that reached Earth early Saturday morning, Pacific time. The ejections, as NASA's Alex Young says, "are a huge release of solar material, billions of tons, and magnetic field. "  Upon reaching Earth, they can wreak havoc with our power grid --  and, on the bright side, create gorgeous auroras.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 14, 1993 | RYAN MURPHY, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
"I'm 0 for 2 now." Frank Marshall can't help but laugh a little about his inability to make movies that can be shown on commercial airplanes. After producing some of the biggest blockbusters of the '80s for Amblin Entertainment, Marshall made his directorial debut in 1990 with "Arachnophobia," a horror movie about killer spiders as big as a can of Spam. Forget it, the airlines said unanimously. "When you're watching a movie on a plane," explains Marshall, 46, "you're a captive audience.
SCIENCE
April 5, 2003 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Tooth marks in bones from a dinosaur that roamed Madagascar more than 65 million years ago are clear evidence it was a cannibal, researchers reported in Thursday's issue of Nature. Minnesota paleontologists said fossil bones from the flesh-eating Majungatholus remove any doubt that it had a taste for members of its own species.
NEWS
March 22, 2001 | From Times Wire Reports
Victims of a nightmarish shipwreck stayed alive by eating the bodies of fellow voyagers who died during a three-week ordeal, a Dominican migrant said. Two people survived the illegal attempt to migrate from the Dominican Republic to neighboring Puerto Rico. About 60 Dominicans are believed to have crowded onto the boat, which suffered engine problems and drifted for weeks without power before it hit a coral reef off Haiti and sank last week.
WORLD
May 10, 2006 | From Times Wire Reports
A man who admitted killing and eating an acquaintance he met on the Internet was convicted of murder and sentenced to life in prison after a retrial. Armin Meiwes' lawyers had argued for conviction of the lesser offense of "killing on demand," on the grounds that he was following his victim's wishes. He was retried after a federal appeals court in Germany overturned his manslaughter conviction to allow prosecutors to seek a tougher sentence.
WORLD
April 23, 2005 | From Times Wire Reports
A German court ordered a retrial for a man convicted last year of killing and eating another man, giving prosecutors a chance to get a tougher sentence than the one imposed last year by a lower court. Armin Meiwes was sentenced in the city of Kassel to 8 1/2 years for manslaughter in the 2001 death of Bernd Brandes, 42. Meiwes confessed but claimed that the victim had agreed to be killed. Prosecutors appealing that sentence said he should be given a life sentence for murder.
WORLD
May 4, 2005 | From Times Wire Reports
A Berlin man confessed to killing a music teacher he met via the Internet to fulfill cannibalistic fantasies. Prosecutors said he did not eat the victim. Lawyer Detlev Binder said the case of cannibal Armin Meiwes had ignited the fantasies of Ralf M., 41. The victim, Joe R., 33, was stabbed and his body parts cut in October 2004.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 31, 2014 | By August Brown
After joining the L.A. hard-core band Black Flag, Henry Rollins became one of the most intense frontmen in rock. Yet even he had to take a back seat to the hold that Cool "Disco" Dan held over his hometown of Washington, D.C., in the '80s. A kind of people's regional superhero, the graffiti artist Cool "Disco" Dan left his distinct tag all over the city while a new strain of funk music, go-go, became the backbeat of African American D.C. Rollins narrates "The Legend of Cool 'Disco' Dan," a documentary on the artist and the era (now available on DVD and streaming at cooldiscodan.com )
NEWS
December 6, 2013 | By Paul Whitefield
Forget the war on Christmas; now the nanny statists have taken aim at another storied holiday tradition (at least if you live in Wisconsin): cannibalism. OK, wait, that's not quite accurate (though it is a heck of lede). It's actually the “cannibal sandwich” that has caught the all-seeing eye of Big Government - and it doesn't like what it's seeing. First, some background, for those folks who live in normal places and eat normal food - or those who are having visions of the wood-chipper scene in “Fargo” (which wasn't even set in Wisconsin, by the way, for you geographically challenged Californians)
ENTERTAINMENT
September 26, 2013 | By Betsy Sharkey, Los Angeles Times Film Critic
If American Gothic tales intrigue, if a taste for the macabre tempts, the Parkers in "We Are What We Are" are certain to haunt. Starring Bill Sage, Ambyr Childers and Julia Garner, what they are is a family of cannibals. Present day, tucked into a forgotten corner of the Catskills, they are as marked by entrenched poverty as their dark gastronomic rituals. Director Jim Mickle's latest, like his 2010 "Stake Land," is about much more than horror. Or he at least mixes his blood with contemporary issues to create the requisite chill.
NATIONAL
March 12, 2013 | By Larry Neumeister
NEW YORK (AP) - A New York City police officer was convicted Tuesday of charges he plotted to kidnap and cook women to dine on their "girl meat" - a macabre case that subjected jurors to often gory evidence and asked them to separate fantasy from reality. The jury reached the verdict in federal court at the kidnapping conspiracy trial of Officer Gilberto Valle, a 28-year-old father with an admitted fetish for talking on the Internet about cannibalism. Valle's lawyers at what the tabloids dubbed the "Cannibal Cop" trial chose not to hide what they called his "weird proclivities.
NATIONAL
March 8, 2013 | By Larry Neumeister and Tom Hays
NEW YORK (AP) -- The fate of a suspended New York City police officer accused of plotting to kill and cannibalize women he knew was in the hands of jurors, who resumed deliberations Friday after doing so for a little more than an hour a night earlier. The jury got the case late Thursday after Gilberto Valle's defense lawyer told them in closing arguments that the 28-year-old officer's elaborate plans were fantasy role-play and a prosecutor said they were "no joke. " In addition to kidnapping and conspiracy charges, Valle is accused of using a national database to learn personal information about potential targets.
NATIONAL
March 7, 2013 | By Larry Neumeister and Tom Hays
NEW YORK (AP) - The FBI had to grab a New York City police officer last year before he could go forward with a macabre scheme to abduct and cannibalize women that was “no joke,” a prosecutor said Thursday in closing arguments at the officer's kidnapping conspiracy trial. Gilberto Valle was in the midst of a plot to “kidnap, torture, rape and commit other horrific acts” on at least six women he knew, including his wife, Assistant U.S. Atty. Hadassa Waxman told a Manhattan jury.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 28, 2013 | By Christopher Knight, Los Angeles Times Art Critic
As an eye-catching theme for an exhibition, cannibalism surely ranks right up there. At East Los Angeles College's Vincent Price Art Museum, cannibalism is the motif driving the third MexiCali Biennial, a show that packs the work of 26 artists and collectives from the U.S. and Mexico into relatively small quarters. Given the venue, which is named for an erudite actor who was both Yale-trained in art history and popular for ghoulish turns in horror movies, the cannibalism theme also exudes a wry, site-specific cheekiness.
SCIENCE
April 12, 2003 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Gene mutations that protect some people from the brain-wasting illnesses kuru and Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease may be evidence of ancient cannibalism, British researchers say. They suggest that cannibalism may have caused early epidemics of the two diseases, prompting the natural selection of people with protective mutations. The team studied 30 women from the Fore people of Papua New Guinea who survived an epidemic of kuru between 1920 and 1950 and found that 23 had the protective mutation.
NATIONAL
February 26, 2013 | By Michael Muskal
Former female classmates of the man accused of wanting to kidnap and then eat women testified on Tuesday that they never felt threatened by the one-time New York City police officer. The trial of Gilberto Valle, 28, dubbed by the New York media as the "Cannibal Cop," moved into its second day, with prosecutors seeking to put human faces on potential victims. But some of the women who took the stand minimized the threat. Valle is accused of conspiring to kidnap women and of using information from a law enforcement database to build a list of 100 women who the prosecution says were potential targets.
NATIONAL
February 25, 2013 | By Michael Muskal
Testimony began Monday in Manhattan federal court, where a jury was being asked to determine when role playing crosses virtual reality into criminal action. The prosecution and defense kicked off the ”Cannibal Cop” trial, sparring over how seriously to take the actions of Gilberto Valle, 28, a New York City policeman accused of conspiring to kidnap and eventually eat women. He is also accused of using information from a law enforcement database to build a list of 100 women who the prosecution says were potential targets.
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