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July 5, 1998
James Pinkerton, in his perhaps serious June 25 Column Right, "Wilde Things: Being Earnest in Washington," fantasizes through Oscar Wilde's eyes that "the closets of silence no longer confine most American homosexuals . . . Now it is the flagrant heterosexuals who are entombed in reticence." What an interesting comparison! And yet it has no basis in fact. Most American gays are still in the closet. They feel no freedom to explore the sorts of relationships openly that their heterosexual counterparts enjoy.
October 13, 1993
One jury deliberating in the penalty phase of the so-called Nightmare on Orange Grove murder case has recommended a life sentence without the possibility for parole for one defendant, but a second panel deadlocked 11 to 1 for the same for the other defendant.
August 14, 2009 | David Kelly
A woman and her 16-year-old male roommate were arrested after authorities found her emaciated, battered and bruised 5-year-old son locked in a closet. Desiree Gonzalez, 31, and the unidentified roommate were taken into custody Tuesday after San Bernardino County sheriff's deputies received an anonymous call saying a child was being held hostage and denied food and water. They also were told that he was being burned and beaten. When they arrived, deputies found nine children, three adults and the boy in the closet.
December 28, 1986
I've always thought I had sophisticated television viewing tastes, meaning I watch very little on the tube. I have to come out of the closet on one show, however. I love "ALF"! It isn't the story lines, which are not great, but the alien himself. My wife and I just crack up at his body language, funny lines and cultural insights. Hope it survives. Steve Wells, Calabasas
February 4, 1993 | Associated Press
The $8.2-million robbery of an armored truck company apparently was solved Wednesday when almost all of the cash was found in a closet and three men were arrested, authorities said. The money, in $100 bills, had been taken in a Dec. 27 robbery at the Hudson Armored Car Co. with the help of a guard on duty, said James M. Fox, head of the FBI's New York office.
April 1, 1990
Your story on outing was a thought-provoking, well-written piece. It brought up many good points, pro and con, and showed how complex an issue this practice really is. I would just like to add my two cents. First, we must remember that outing is usually reserved for public figures (role models), so we are not speaking about outing John Doe who lives down the street. Each instance of outing has to be and must be judged on its own. I personally do not know how much is gained by outing entertainers.
January 19, 1986 | Dale Baldwin
Thanks to a pair of leaky shower faucets, I've located one of the better sources of kitchen and bathroom appliances, fixtures and accessories in the Los Angeles area. The faucets needed rebuilding, so I thought of Marty Kaplan, general manager at Snyder-Diamond Discount Plumbing & Appliances. He told me to bring in the handles and his counter people would see that I got the right stems, seats and washers.
March 22, 1987
It is regrettable that the young man who questioned Howard Halpern concerning his options as a closet homosexual (On Your Own, March 9), has not found peers to whom he can relate. As the parent of a gay child who "came out" to us 18 years ago, I speak confidently from outside the closet door. In the ensuing years, my husband and I have been supportive of and, hopefully, helpful to many gay people and to parents of gays. Such bolstering from straight friends and relatives is a vital ingredient for those in the process of finding fresh air outside the closet.
Question: We had a fireproof compartment made of concrete and steel built into our new walk-in closet. We did this so we would have a safe place to store important papers and expensive musical instruments. We've had it for only nine months, but whenever the door is opened there's a musty smell and signs of mold on the instruments. What can be done? S.S.
March 1, 2014 | CHRIS ERSKINE
My buddy Glickman brags about these dates he has with his adult kids about once a month. They keep in touch by seeing each other for brunch or a movie. I like the idea. It's a way of keeping up with our very busy sons and daughters. As the adage goes: Keep your enemies close and your children closer. "And when we're done with the hike," the lovely and patient older daughter says, "maybe you can help me organize my closet. " Classic bait and switch. Glickman never mentioned that part.
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