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May 21, 1998
I am amused by the rather sudden prominence gained by the word "civility." I applaud the phenomenon. However, I am equally surprised that the idea behind the word is treated as novel. I understand that a recent book is entitled "Civility." That's novel! Seventy-seven years ago, I was introduced to this delightful philosophy by my father, who had the slogan "Civility Costs Nothing" crudely painted on his lunch box. I was 5, and, even then, it made sense. Maybe the cost-saving factor might encourage our politicians to consider the idea.
April 11, 2014 | By Alice Short
CHARLESTON, S.C. - Two of the top destinations on a recent trip to Charleston - Ft. Sumter and the Confederacy's H. L. Hunley submarine - transcend the label of "Civil War attraction. " These sites appeal to students of U.S. history, to devotees of military archives and to those who value peace over war. After a 30-minute ferry trip from the city to the man-made island that is the site of Ft. Sumter, my tour group encountered park ranger Dennis Birr, who proved to be a combination of historian, carnival barker and motivational speaker.
February 22, 2013
Re "Greuel calls 2 top foes liars," Feb. 21 The negative turn that the Los Angeles mayor's race has taken is heartbreaking. City Controller Wendy Greuel is my candidate, but the field includes several others with the integrity and intelligence to make great mayors, giving our city the kind of proactive, focused leadership that we sorely need. One will win, but must the others emerge from this contest bruised and enemies? Is there no way for an electoral contest - especially when the political differences among the candidates are relatively minor - to be waged without the kind of acrimony that alienates voters and sullies the democratic process?
April 9, 2014 | By Christi Parsons and Kathleen Hennessey
AUSTIN, Texas - President Obama has tried to model Abraham Lincoln's team of rivals and Teddy Roosevelt's power of the bully pulpit. He's lauded Ronald Reagan's communication skills and linked himself to the Kennedy clan. He's praised his onetime nemesis, George W. Bush, as well as his onetime adversary, Bill Clinton. But Obama has rarely cozied up to the predecessor some argue did more than any other modern president to pave the way for his election as the nation's first black president: Lyndon B. Johnson.
April 11, 2011 | Gregory Rodriguez
Last week, after the brutal beating of a Giants fan in the Dodgers Stadium parking lot, Los Angeles and San Francisco officials issued a public plea for more "civility and common decency" among sports fans. In January, the shootings in Tucson in which six people were killed and 13 wounded, including Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, sparked a national conversation on civility in politics. The following month, the University of Arizona established the National Institute for Civil Discourse to advocate greater civility in all corners of the public square.
February 5, 2010 | By Mark Silva
President Obama, making a pointed appeal for "a spirit of civility" at the annual National Prayer Breakfast on Thursday, called on Americans to debate the most important issues without demonizing opponents. Civility, the president suggested, is not a sign of weakness. "Surely you can question my policies without questioning my faith -- or, for that matter, my citizenship," he said to laughter, alluding to the persistent claim of some critics that the Hawaiian-born president is not a natural-born American, as the Constitution requires.
February 6, 2011 | By Raja Abdulrahim, Los Angeles Times
A man walking in Tahrir Square fished his last cigarette out of a pack, dropped the empty box on the ground and kept walking. Passing him, a man in a suit jacket looked back at the litterer with disapproval and picked up the pack himself and deposited it in a side area where trash was being collected. It was a scene Friday that would have been rare in other parts of the Egyptian capital. Despite the thousands of protesters who have made it their home for 12 days, and the even greater numbers who stream in each day, the downtown square that is the epicenter of the anti-government movement is free of giant piles of garbage.
April 5, 2011 | Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
The family of Giants fan Bryan Stow issued a call for civility among rival sports fans and asked people to help catch the two suspects. At a news conference Tuesday outside County-USC Medical Center, where Stow remains in a coma due to a brain injury he sustained during a beating at the Dodger Stadium parking lot on opening day, the family thanked the public for their support and prayers. Stow is a father of two and a paramedic who made a road trip from Santa Cruz to attend the game.
June 24, 2001
As one who has been around long enough to have seen any number of retail changes, your article on declining department sales brought to mind what seem to me obvious reasons ["Luxury Retailers Hurt as Consumers Scale Back," June 4]. Perhaps foremost is the decline of style in the stores themselves. A Macy's is no Bullocks, nor does Robinsons-May bear any resemblance to Robinson's. In those stores, merchandise was artfully displayed, easily located and sold to you by helpful and well-dressed salespeople who knew the garments, what went with them and what else the store might have that you might like.
May 3, 1992 | JIM HERRON ZAMORA, Zamora is a Times staff writer
There was blood on my pen. And it wasn't mine . I went looking for victims of violence last week and within a couple hours I became one. But, while fighting for my life and dodging bullets, I also became a part of the violence. My face and head were bruised and battered, but the blood on my pen--my only weapon--came from one of my attackers. The line between savagery and civility is thinner than you think.
April 1, 2014 | By David Schenker
Three years into the Syrian civil war, neighboring Lebanon is fraying at the seams. Over the last year, as Lebanese Sunni Muslim jihadis and their counterparts in the Shiite militia Hezbollah fought each other in Syria, at least 16 car bombs detonated in Lebanon, in both Shiite and Sunni neighborhoods. In December, a leading Sunni politician was assassinated. Meanwhile, more than 1 million mostly Sunni refugees have streamed in from Syria, increasing Lebanon's population by more than 20% and skewing its delicate sectarian balance.
March 28, 2014 | By Patrick J. McDonnell
HOMS, Syria - On the ragged fringes of the Old City, aid workers, clerics and government troops stood vigil, awaiting a U.N. convoy evacuating women, children and the aged from the besieged ancient quarter of a town known to many as ground zero in the Syrian civil war. But the buses disgorged a very different class of passengers: scores of young men, haggard and sallow-faced, blankets draped over their shoulders and fear evident in their eyes....
March 27, 2014 | By Christi Parsons, Kathleen Hennessey and Laura King
ROME - After spending four days in Europe dealing with the crisis over Russia's annexation of Crimea, President Obama now turns to a diplomatic challenge of another sort: trying to smooth relations with Saudi Arabia without making the longtime U.S. ally seem like an afterthought. Obama is scheduled to arrive in Riyadh, the Saudi capital, shortly before sunset Friday to meet with King Abdullah, whose inner circle is riled by how the United States has handled Iran's nuclear ambitions and Syria's civil war. Some with close ties to the royal family have talked about breaking ranks with Western partners.
March 17, 2014 | By Maura Dolan
California Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye told the Legislature on Monday that the closure of budget-strapped courts has deprived more than 2 million residents of accessible justice and left the state on the verge of a "civil rights crisis. " "A one-way, three-hour trip to a courthouse can't be fair in anyone's book," Cantil-Sakauye said in her annual address to state lawmakers. California court budgets in the last several years have been cut by about $1 billion, and Cantil-Sakauye has been pleading with legislators to restore more funding next year.
March 16, 2014 | By Ryan Faughnder
The gig: As the head of Sterling Venue Ventures, Lance Sterling runs the recently renovated Saban Theatre concert venue in Beverly Hills and also owns and operates the Canyon Club in Agoura Hills. Early days: Sterling, 51, studied civil engineering at the University of Arizona. While in school, he worked in bars, nightclubs and concert venues that booked groups such as Grand Funk Railroad. "I was making more money running concerts than I would as an engineer," he said. After college, he briefly worked for a billboard company and then went into the hotel business.
March 14, 2014 | By Tony Perry
SAN DIEGO -- A federal judge has rejected a civil rights lawsuit filed by a man arrested on suspicion of violating the city's anti-nudity ordinance for wearing a "gladiator-type black leather loinclo th " at an LGBT Pride activity. William X. Walters argued that he was targeted because he is gay while police allow women to wear even more revealing thongs at local beaches and at the annual Over-the-Line tournament at Fiesta Island. Though evidence showed that Walters may be the only person ever arrested for violating the ordinance without being entirely naked, that does not prove that he was targeted because he is gay, the judge ruled.
March 13, 2014 | By Jim Peltz
Herbalife Ltd. said Thursday a new U.S. probe of the nutritional products maker would not affect its sponsorship of the Galaxy and other teams and athletes. The company, whose business practices have been publicly attacked by a Wall Street investment manager, said Wednesday it now was the subject of a civil probe by the Federal Trade Commission but provided no other details. Money manager Bill Ackman has alleged Herbalife, whose nutrition and weight-management products are sold by independent salespeople, is effectively a pyramid scheme.
March 12, 2014 | Patt Morrison
At the top of the big whiteboard in his office, Andre Birotte Jr. has written "BHAGS," by which he means his aspirations as U.S. attorney for seven Southern California counties: "big hairy audacious goals. " He's already hit some audacious personal goals, this son of Haitian immigrants. He's made his way from the L.A. public defender's office to inspector general of the Los Angeles Police Department to private practice, and, since 2010, to chief of the most populous U.S. attorney's district in the nation.
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