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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 27, 2014
The inside viewof Hanalei Just a quick note to say Christopher Reynolds did a great job representing Hanalei ["Rooted in Kauai," April 20]. As a born and raised Kauaian (who grew up on Weke Road), I must say I was surprised to open the paper at my current home in California and see my hometown taking over a full spread. Reynolds did a great job representing the island and calling out all the best restaurants and things to do - exactly the list I've sent to friends looking for Kauai recommendations.
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 23, 2014 | By Jenny Deam
In a landmark legal victory that centered on fracking, a middle-class north Texas ranching family won nearly $3 million from a big natural gas company whose drilling, they contend, caused years of sickness, killed pets and livestock, and forced them out of their home for months. Tuesday's $2.95-million civil verdict by a six-person Dallas jury is thought to be the first of its kind in the nation. Other landowners have sued over drilling and reached settlements, but legal experts think this is the first jury verdict.
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.
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.
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.
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 20, 2014 | By Roger Vincent
Last year, Los Angeles entertainment giant AEG weathered a major corporate shake-up, endured a six-month trial spotlighting its role in the last days of Michael Jackson and fell short in its efforts to bring L.A. a pro football team. Even so, the company - owner of Staples Center, L.A. Live and the Los Angeles Kings hockey team - seems to be on the rebound. Although AEG has taken a decidedly low profile in Southern California in recent months, the company has seen most of its worldwide operations surge.
April 18, 2014 | By Mark Swed, Los Angeles Times Music Critic
Los Angeles' two greatest cultural disappointments of the past three decades may have been the failure of the Olympic Arts Festival in 1984 to mount director Robert Wilson's eight-hour international operatic epic, "the CIVIL warS" and the Music Center's inadequate support in 2000 of Frank Gehry's grand plan to renovate and urbanize the facility and reshape downtown's civic center in the process. All, though, is not lost. As part of Minimalist Jukebox on Thursday night, the Los Angeles Philharmonic reunited those two transformative artistic visions by presenting Philip Glass' contribution to "the CIVIL warS," known as the Rome section, in Gehry's successful contribution to the Music Center, Walt Disney Concert Hall.
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.
April 10, 2014 | By Christi Parsons and Kathleen Hennessey
AUSTIN, Texas -- President Obama said Thursday that the country was still caught up in the kind of debates that marked the civil rights movement as he called on Americans to set aside cynicism and push for the ideals reflected in the Civil Rights Act. As he offered a tribute to President Johnson at a 50th anniversary celebration of the law, Obama recalled the political gridlock and ideological division he faced -- and overcame. “If some of this sounds familiar, it's because today we've become locked in the same great debate, about equality and opportunity, and the role of government in ensuring each,” Obama said.
April 10, 2014 | By Robert Abele
Dreadfully earnest about its politics in the manner of John Sayles at his preachiest, the indie historical thriller "No God, No Master" draws a line from the civil unrest of 1920s anti-immigrant America to today's terror-besotted society that's so obvious, a freshman napping in social studies class couldn't miss it. Writer-director Terry Green packs his tale of exploding bombs, striking workers, anarchist cells and overreacting U.S. authorities with...
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 4, 2014 | By Paresh Dave
Mississippi's governor signed into law Thursday a measure that allows individuals and organizations to sue the government over laws that they feel thwart their ability to practice religion. “I am proud to sign the Mississippi Religious Freedom Restoration Act, which will protect the individual religious freedom of Mississippians of all faiths from government interference,” Gov. Phil Bryant said in a statement.  Civil rights groups and advocates of the gay community had opposed the measure and believe that when it takes effect in July it could lead to increased discrimination of gays and lesbians.
April 3, 2014 | By Inkoo Kang
The apocalypse is no place for wimps. Whiners, on the other hand, are generously accommodated in Denis Henry Hennelly's "Goodbye World," an unconvincing, poorly conceived hybrid of end-of-the-world thriller and relationship drama. The collapse of this civilization arrives via text message; the words "Goodbye World" prelude the sudden breakdown of all technological infrastructure. The stockpiles of food that survivalist James (Adrian Grenier) had hoarded in his off-the-grid cottage can feed his wife, Lily (Kerry Bishé)
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