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December 25, 2013
Re "Haunted by ghost of Christmases past," Column, Dec. 21 Having read Sandy Banks' column for several years, I was delighted to see the photo of her and her three beautiful grown daughters. Her Christmas traditions are the stuff of many families, including mine and my three sons. Our family is older than Banks', and over the years we gradually did let go of some of those ceremonies; I suspect hers will too. But we can all say thanks for the precious memories. Frederica Miller South Pasadena ALSO: Letters: A 'good news' day Letters: Oil reform will help Mexico Letters: Union Station's not-welcome mat
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April 7, 2014
Charles Sumner 'Chuck' Stone Jr. Columnist and educator helped found association for black journalists Charles Sumner "Chuck" Stone Jr., 89, a longtime journalist and educator who was one of the founders of the National Assn. of Black Journalists, died Sunday at an assisted living facility in Chapel Hill, N.C., according to his daughter Allegra Stone. The cause was not given. Many who helped launch the association credited Stone as the driving force behind its founding, said its current president, Bob Butler.
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BUSINESS
July 1, 2009 | Joe Flint
Gossip columnist Roger Friedman wants more than $5 million in lost wages and damages from Rupert Murdoch's News Corp. for firing him after he reviewed the company's "X-Men Origins: Wolverine" based on a pirated copy of the movie. In a lawsuit filed Monday in New York State Supreme Court, Friedman says he was illegally fired from his $250,000-a-year job as a columnist and contributor to Fox News.
SPORTS
April 1, 2014
Bill Plaschke, a staple of The Times Sports section since joining the paper in 1987, has taken first place in the Associated Press Sports Editors annual contest for column writing among papers with circulations of more than 175,000. Plaschke, a columnist since 1996, has now won the prestigious national columnist award five times and has been a frequent top-10 finisher in multiple writing categories. The contest honors the best work in sports journalism both in print and on the web. The final column-writing results were announced Tuesday.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 13, 2014 | By Meredith Blake
Showtime has made its first pilot order of the new year, investing in the finance drama "Billions. " The script is being written by New York Times columnist Andrew Ross Sorkin and the creative duo Brian Koppelman and David Levien. According to Showtime, the series is a (fictional) look at the "collision and, at times, collusion between an aggressive U.S. attorney in New York and some of the richest hedge fund billionaires in the country.  PHOTOS: WGA's top 101 shows It's a world Sorkin knows rather well.
OPINION
October 20, 1985
You have just made my day! Lee Iacocca is going to be writing for The Times as a columnist. Wow! What a great choice you have made, and I certainly hope you will be able to persuade him to write more than eight commentaries. The first one was great! Remember, "Eight Is Not Enough." MARION W. BENNETT Pasadena
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June 25, 2013 | Steve Lopez
On my first trip to Valley Village, I was thinking up excuses to turn around and go home. But Kristene Wallis had struck me as a lovely person, and I couldn't turn back after she'd generously offered to give me a bit of training. Plus, it was a chance to enter a world I knew little about. Who were all those people doing voice-overs on radio and TV, and how had they learned to speak that way? I'd met Wallis several months ago when she was working on a documentary about Al Martinez, the legendary former Times columnist.
NEWS
September 26, 1986 | From a Times Staff Writer
The Reagan Administration in recent weeks has conducted high-level conferences with an assortment of top officials over the Nicholas Daniloff affair, but President Reagan on Thursday held a special meeting with a different party to the controversy--conservative columnist George F. Will.
SPORTS
June 25, 2009 | Chuck Culpepper
TODAY'S FEATURED MATCHES Venus Williams (3), United States vs. Kateryna Bondarenko (73), Ukraine Guest columnist Nick Bollettieri of the Independent called Venus and Serena Williams "the greatest female athletes in history." And some obnoxious, oblivious reader probably e-mailed him accusing him of being one of those media guys who doesn't know anything about sports. Andy Roddick (6), U.S. vs.
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October 9, 2000
Richard Evelyn Gully, 93, longtime publicist and chronicler of the Southern California social scene. Born in London, Gully was first cousin to former British Prime Minister Anthony Eden. After being educated in Switzerland and Germany, he emigrated to the United States. He served in the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, was present on Utah Beach on D-Day, and won the Bronze Star. He was later awarded the Legion of Honor by France.
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March 26, 2014 | Times Staff and Wire Reports
Jonathan Schell, the author, journalist and activist who wrote passionately and cogently about war and politics for more than 40 years, condemning conflicts from Vietnam to Iraq and galvanizing the anti-nuclear movement with his horrifyingly detailed bestseller, "The Fate of the Earth," died Tuesday at his home in New York City. He was 70. The cause was cancer, according to Schell's companion, Irena Gross. With unrelenting rage and idealism, Schell focused on the consequences of violence in essays and books that conveyed a hatred of war rooted in part in his firsthand observations of American military operations in Vietnam.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 13, 2014 | By Meredith Blake
Showtime has made its first pilot order of the new year, investing in the finance drama "Billions. " The script is being written by New York Times columnist Andrew Ross Sorkin and the creative duo Brian Koppelman and David Levien. According to Showtime, the series is a (fictional) look at the "collision and, at times, collusion between an aggressive U.S. attorney in New York and some of the richest hedge fund billionaires in the country.  PHOTOS: WGA's top 101 shows It's a world Sorkin knows rather well.
HOME & GARDEN
February 14, 2014 | Chris Erskine
I am of a mind that the Sunday paper should be strewn gloriously across the house, a little everywhere - like leaves across New England, like lingerie across a bridal suite - and my wife, having now moved beyond the honeymoon stage of our relationship, thinks the Sunday paper ought to be stacked neatly in one single spot. Multiply that times 1,000, and you have a modern marriage. The minister never said you have to agree on every little thing. Most divisive, I suppose, are children.
SPORTS
February 9, 2014 | By Bill Shaikin
Everyone expects the Dodgers to win. They did last year, and they just put up $215 million for Clayton Kershaw, to better their chance to win for many years to come. No one expects the Angels to win. They sat out the playoffs last year - for the fourth consecutive year - and they pretty much sat out free agency too. After owner Arte Moreno dropped $375 million on Albert Pujols and Josh Hamilton, the Angels' largest expenditure this winter came to $16 million, for setup man Joe Smith.
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February 3, 2014 | By Tony Perry
Neil Morgan, noted journalist, author and civic force in San Diego for more than six decades, has died. He was 89. Morgan died Saturday at his home in La Jolla after a long illness, including respiratory distress, according to his wife, travel writer Judith Morgan. With his column, first in the San Diego Daily Journal and later the San Diego Evening Tribune, Morgan chronicled the city's coming-of-age beginning after World War II. Among American cities, few were transformed by the war more than San Diego, Morgan often noted.
SPORTS
January 23, 2014 | Chris Erskine
Greetings from Chavez Pond. It's a little unsettling what they've done to the old ball yard - iced it over, cleavered the back end off the pitching mound, painted the NHL logo in center field. Feels like some sort of Canadian coup. There's a stage now over home plate, and a regulation rink sits in the middle of it all like a big frosty keg, chemicals coursing through its arteries. Hell hath not yet frozen over, but Blue Heaven sure has. On this warmest of winters, Chavez Pond really ought to be filled with beer.
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April 4, 2009 | Elaine Woo
Tom Braden, a former CIA operative who became a syndicated newspaper columnist, liberal co-host of the CNN talk show "Crossfire" and author of "Eight Is Enough," a 1975 memoir that spawned the popular television series, died of natural causes Friday at his Denver home, his family said. He was 92.
NEWS
November 22, 1992
Joseph Kaliff, 80, syndicated Broadway columnist who helped found the Caricaturists Society of America. He sketched every U.S. president from Franklin D. Roosevelt to Lyndon B. Johnson and entertainers such as Grace Kelly, Marilyn Monroe, Gregory Peck and John Wayne. In the 1950s and '60s Kaliff wrote a column called "Magic Carpet Over Broadway," which was syndicated to more than 90 weekly newspapers. On Friday in New York.
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January 18, 2014 | SANDY BANKS
The wind, the calendar and the drumbeat of earthquake anniversary stories have me on edge this week. I'm back to sleeping with a flashlight at hand, a pair of shoes next to the bed and a wad of cash tucked away. The gusts of wind that roar through the canyon and rattle my windows trigger long-buried flashbacks of terror. It's been 20 years since the Northridge earthquake jolted my block in Northridge. Official reports say the 6.7 temblor lasted less than 20 seconds. But ask anyone in my neighborhood and they'll tell you that must be wrong.
BUSINESS
January 11, 2014 | By David Lazarus
An identity thief ran up nearly $2,000 in bogus charges at Polo Ralph Lauren, Coach, Tommy Hilfiger and Burberry's on Saturday -- just hours after I published a column decrying the weak efforts of businesses to protect customer data. I'd appreciate the irony if I wasn't so cheesed off. American Express contacted me to say that my card number was used to purchase hundreds of dollars worth of goodies at leading luxury stores. The thief made off with the loot before my card could be shut down.
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