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February 11, 2013 | By Mitchell Landsberg, Los Angeles Times
Time and again in his papacy, Pope Benedict XVI spoke out against the scourge of child sexual abuse by Roman Catholic priests, using words that would have been scarcely imaginable by his predecessors. It was, he said, "evil," "gravely immoral," "a terrifying sign of the times. " He spoke of the "deep shame" and "humiliation" the scandal had brought on the Catholic Church. He apologized to victims. Not long into his tenure, Benedict essentially banished an influential Mexican priest, Father Marcial Maciel, who had long been suspected of sexually abusing seminarians and boys in his care and had fathered at least three children.
February 2, 2013 | By Victoria Kim, Ashley Powers and Harriet Ryan
The archdiocese of Los Angeles learned in the late 1970s that one of its priests had sexually assaulted a 16-year-old boy so violently that he was left bleeding and "in a state of shock. " The priest said he was too drunk to remember what happened and officials took no further action. But two decades later, word reached Cardinal Roger M. Mahony that the same priest was molesting again and improperly performing the sacrament of confession on his victim. The archdiocese sprang to action: It dispatched investigators, interviewed a raft of witnesses and discussed the harshest of all church penalties--not for the abuse but for the violation of church law. "Given the seriousness of this abuse of the sacrament of penance ... it is your responsibility to formally declare the existence of the excommunication and then refer the matter to Rome," one cleric told Mahony in a memo.
October 30, 2012 | By Leah Ollman
Almost everything you need to know about the prodigious talents of Ray Metzker announces itself in the earliest group of photographs in his retrospective now at the Getty Museum. The pictures were made in downtown Chicago between 1956 and 1959, while Metzker was a graduate student at the Institute of Design (ID), the famed Bauhaus-inspired school that opened in 1937 under the direction of László Moholy-Nagy. One was shot at asphalt level, focused sharply on what looks like a scrap of abandoned cardboard.
October 20, 2012 | By Joseph Serna
In the 17th century, she was known as “Lily of the Mohawks,” a Catholic convert scarred by smallpox and ostracized by her tribe but unshaken in her faith. After Sunday, she will be known as St. Catherine Tekakwitha, the first Native American to be canonized by the Roman Catholic Church. Catholic faithful - from California to New York and Canada to Mexico - have been flooding into Rome to witness Kateri Tekakwitha's canonization by Pope Benedict XVI on Sunday. She will join six other beatified Catholics being lifted into sainthood, including Mother Marianne Cope, a member of the Sisters of St. Francis who in 1883 volunteered to travel to Hawaii from New York to work with leprosy patients on the island of Kalaupapa.
July 9, 2012 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Been inexplicably sneezing or feeling itchy recently? It could be an allergic reaction to that shiny new Canon EOS Rebel T4i camera you just bought. Canon just put out a notice telling owners of the recently released camera that some  of the units have been having chemical reactions that result in the grip changing colors and which could possibly lead to allergic reactions. The Japanese camera company says a number of units produced between late May and mid-June contained a slightly higher amount of rubber accelerator than normal.
May 21, 2012 | By David C. Nichols, Special to the Los Angeles Times
  The artistic sagacity of Stephen Sondheim met the personal veracity of Elaine Stritch on Saturday, when "Elaine Stritch Singin' Sondheim … One Song at a Time" strode into Walt Disney Concert Hall, leaving venue and audience ineffably transformed. In her Disney Hall debut, Stritch and this acclaimed 2010 Café Carlyle salute to the master of American musical theater didn't so much seize the house as subsume its regard and send it back tenfold. Visibly charged by the capacity crowd's ovation, Stritch opened with "I Feel Pretty," weaving her sandpaper Sprechstimme around Sondheim's lyrics to wryly irresistible, post-Noel Coward effect.
October 29, 2011 | Patt Morrison
Who wrote Shakespeare? Sounds like "Who's buried in Grant's tomb?" Yet about 150 years ago, people on both sides of the Atlantic began asking how an otherwise obscure William Shakespeare of Stratford-upon-Avon could have crafted the most brilliant works in the English language. Most scholars regard this as an annoying sideshow; and only more annoying now that the film "Anonymous" has been released, purporting that Shakespeare was just a front for the pen and brain of the Earl of Oxford.
February 25, 2011 | By Robert Abele
A fraternity loyalty ritual goes blazingly wrong in the jacked-up indie thriller "Brotherhood. " The film invests a lot of emotional energy in raising moral stakes for the kind of boorish male pranksters it's hard to feel sympathy for when one reads about them in newspaper accounts of fatal hazings and sexual assaults. In first-time feature director Will Canon's all-nighter scenario, co-written with Doug Simon, a frat house's carefully rigged scheme to make a pledge think he's robbing a convenience store leads to bullets flying, a wounded freshman, a kidnapped clerk and circumstances that get progressively worse, complete with the kind of shaky handheld camerawork and endless shouting matches that are the usual indie-movie distress signifiers.
February 24, 2011 | By Patrick Kevin Day, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
Whether or not you've ever pledged a fraternity, the process of ritual humiliation known as hazing may seem brutal and unbearable. The new movie "Brotherhood," the debut feature of Will Canon, seems happy to confirm those sentiments. Canon's film takes place in one long, no good, very bad night at a fraternity house at an unnamed college somewhere in the South. Jon Foster (brother of actor Ben Foster) stars as a fraternity brother who is forcing each pledge to rob a convenience store as part of his initiation.
February 13, 2011 | By Susan Carpenter, Los Angeles Times
Death Cloud A Novel Andrew Lane Farrar, Straus & Giroux: 320 pp., $16.99 It is extremely unusual for a literary character to remain popular for more than a century. But Sherlock Holmes is no ordinary character. Ever since the eccentric, pipe-smoking detective first appeared on the page in 1887, the tweedy London logician has been revered and emulated, the subject of 200-plus films and television shows and dozens of literary spinoffs. So it's only natural that Arthur Conan Doyle fans may be curious about what may have shaped the detective in his youth.
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