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February 10, 2013
Re "Misunderstanding the university," Opinion, Feb. 7 My time at Brooklyn College - which faces protests for the decision of its political science department to sponsor an event whose speakers supported boycotting Israel - was interrupted by three years of military service. But what I remember most about the school was the wonderful excitement of robust debate. At the time, students took sides on the tough, life-and-death issues of isolation versus involvement in World War II, the United Nations and more.
April 22, 2014 | By Ryan Faughnder
Here's one group that's happy about Netflix's planned price hikes: Wall Street. The video giant said Monday it will soon raise prices for new customers of its streaming service by  $1 or $2 a month as it bets its growing slate of original content will continue to draw subscribers. Existing customers will continue to pay current prices for a time.  Wall Street analysts praised the coming hikes as a way to drive profitability as...
January 28, 2012 | By Chris Erskine, Los Angeles Times staff writer
“Wanna see my bruise?” That's just one of the off-beat moments from Alie Ward and Georgia Hardstark panel kicking off the Los Angeles Times Travel Show Saturday morning. No worries. They're back Sunday at 11 a.m. at the Travel in Style Stage. The two spent a funny 45 minutes mixing destination cocktails: Thai tea leaves with vodka, fresh berries mixed with sparkling wine, Irish whiskey, Irish cream, crème de menthe. While the cocktails are fun, the chatter is the real draw here.
April 11, 2014 | By Mary McNamara, Los Angeles Times Television Critic
Like many Americans last week, I greeted the news of David Letterman's retirement in 2015 with regretful acceptance. I love him with a love deep and true, but the man is pushing 70, and at least we could look forward to another year of his fine, cantankerous self. But now I cannot wait for him to go. From the moment it was announced Thursday that Stephen Colbert would be taking over "Late Show," I was ready to box up Letterman's stuff and move it myself. Because I have to know: Will Colbert change the nature of late night or will the bravest comedian on television just sell out?
June 14, 1992
I'm writing about the last episode of "Cheers" (NBC, May 14). It was without a doubt the stupidest comedy show of the season. The writing was juvenile and moronic, and the direction was abominable, with no visible wedding ceremony for Woody (Woody Harrelson) and Kelly (Jackie Swanson). Larry Ginsky, Glendale
December 26, 1992
I read Ken Behnken's Dec. 19 Saturday Letter and agree that it would be appropriate for "Cheers" --a program that influences the behavior of millions of lemming-like viewers--to end its final season by having Sam and Carla test HIV-positive to promote awareness of AIDS. But why stop there? "Cheers" hasn't often dealt with responsible drinking, so let's have Frasier--still despondent over Lilith's departure--get into a head-on collision while driving drunk and kill a family of five.
January 24, 2013 | By Matt Pearce
There are a lot of ways to come out to people as something other than totally straight, but most of them fall under two categories: Person by person, where the ritual of admission is repeated as much as it needs to be, or all at once. The latter -- the big reveal -- can be a dramatic gesture both large or small, whether it's Anderson Cooper sending an email to a famous blogger , or Jodie Foster coming out (well, sort of ) in front of a massive TV audience. And even though big comings-out can carry social and political heft, there's still a single confessor at their center.
September 28, 2010 | Bill Plaschke
The Compton Centennial players giddily break the huddle and jog up to the line of scrimmage, the final seconds of the clock ticking, their first victory awaiting, a 55-0 decision over Los Angeles Douglass nearly complete. "Take a knee!" Coach Jimmy Nolan says in a common gesture of sportsmanship. What? The kids look over to the sideline and shrug. Some of them have never heard such an instruction. Some of them have never played in a winning game. Eight of the 11 players immediately take a knee.
November 8, 1992
Thank you for publishing Mary Frances Smith's column, California Corner, on events happening in our area. I really appreciate it. MARGIE WINSTON Reseda
April 8, 2014 | By David S. Cloud
WASHINGTON - The Pentagon plans to remove 50 nuclear-armed intercontinental ballistic missiles from their silos over the next four years but not eliminate them from the U.S. arsenal, a move aimed at complying with a 2010 treaty with Russia and avoiding a fight with members of Congress from states where the missiles are based. Lawmakers had feared reductions in nuclear forces required under the New START treaty would eliminate an entire ICBM squadron at one of three Air Force bases in North Dakota, Montana and Wyoming where the U.S. keeps its 450 Minuteman III missiles - a potentially major economic blow.
March 28, 2014 | By Vincent Bevins
SÃO PAULO, Brazil - This mega city 270 miles southwest of Rio is the largest in South America and Brazil's main destination for culture, night life and cosmopolitan gastronomy. Where you'll see soccer: The action kicks off at the new Arena Corinthians, where Brazil takes on Croatia on June 12 in the opening match. This temple to soccer in the Itaquera district, a bit outside São Paulo proper, also hosts the semifinals on July 7. FIFA, soccer's world governing body, is setting up a giant outdoor screen at Vale do Anhangabaú, a big public square in a beautiful but often sketchy part of downtown, where fans and festivities should be plentiful and rowdy.
March 28, 2014 | Chris Erskine
Here I go thinking outside of the Xbox again. I believe that pizza is better than caviar, that Chicago is better than New York, that Venus is superior to Mars. And I believe, sincerely and with all cheekiness aside, that the young people we sometimes dismiss as a bunch of coffee-swilling slackers will wind up being the Greatest Generation Yet, topping the one Tom Brokaw celebrated in his bestselling 1998 book. That's right: The current crop of young people, the millennials (hatched roughly 1982 to 2004)
March 9, 2014 | By Samantha Schaefer
Hundreds of marathon runners outfitted in bright shirts and shorts lighted up downtown Los Angeles early Sunday morning as friends and family members shouted, waved encouraging signs, guided them to water and urged them to keep going. Maria Perez and her family made it to the sidelines just five minutes before runner Coco Vasquez passed them. When the smiling woman saw her relatives jumping up and down, she ran over to hug all six of them before taking off again down the street. Perez, 53, said this is the second time she has watched her sister run Los Angeles' big race.
March 6, 2014 | By Joe Flint
Pay-TV distributors and public interest groups cheered news that the Federal Communications Commission is considering new regulations for local television stations. Specifically, the FCC is expected to vote on March 31 to prohibit separately owned television stations from teaming up to negotiate distribution deals with pay-TV companies. The practice has become commonplace in the last several years because of an increase the number of operating partnerships between local television stations known as joint sales agreements or shared service agreements.
February 25, 2014 | By Los Angeles Times staff
For a region that has hardly seen a drop of rain this winter, it can seem like anything more than a sprinkle is considered a downpour. So when weather forecasters started warning that two storms headed to the Southland could produce the most significant rain the region has seen in two years, residents have reacted with a range of disbelief, eager anticipation and the sort of fear that grips every L.A. commuter who knows even a sprinkle can...
February 22, 2014 | By Sergei L. Loiko
KIEV, Ukraine - The most ardent foe of Ukraine's embattled president was freed from prison Saturday and rushed to the capital, where she was greeted by tens of thousands of supporters chanting her name, some so overcome by emotion that they fainted. Events in Kiev and around the country had the feel of a revolution nearing its culmination. Having retreated to his eastern stronghold, President Viktor Yanukovich fulminated in an Internet clip against "Nazis" and "bandits. " He insisted he still was the country's leader and that he would not resign.
February 22, 2014 | Bill Plaschke
SOCHI, Russia -- They had stood crammed together against metal barriers for nearly two hours in the gusting cold, strangers squeezed into neighbors, a mass of wildly varied dialects and different colored flags. The temperature dropped, the wind grew, but they would not leave. The program on the giant stage dragged on, but the crowd only thickened, thousands gathering at the Olympics Medal Plaza on Saturday night for different reasons, all seemingly sticking around for the same thing.
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