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October 31, 2013
Re "Still no conspiracy," Opinion, Oct. 27 Richard M. Mosk's Op-Ed article reminds us that it's been almost 50 years since President John F. Kennedy was assassinated. Since Nov. 22, 1963, our country has gone through an enormous social and political transformation. Unfortunately, our country has also suffered senseless assassinations of other people who might have had an enduring positive impact on our nation. We have been witness to unpopular wars and social turmoil. We became cynical of our government and its elected officials.
October 27, 2013 | By Richard M. Mosk
As one of the surviving members of the staff of the Warren Commission, which investigated and issued a report on the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, I am not looking forward to the coming weeks: Nov. 22 will mark the 50th anniversary of Kennedy's death, and that means a new round of demonizing the Warren Commission and celebrating fallacious conspiracy theories. After Chief Justice Earl Warren hired me to work for the commission, he told me that "truth was our only client.
October 24, 2013 | By David L. Ulin, Los Angeles Times Book Critic
As a teenager in the 1970s, I learned about the paranoid style of American politics from the Kennedy assassination. Between seventh grade, when I discovered the Warren Commission report, and my junior year in high school, when I wrote a term paper "proving" that there had been three gunmen in Dealey Plaza, I was a kid obsessed. I read every book about the assassination I could get my hands on; I bought a bootleg Super 8 copy of the Zapruder film from the classifieds in Argosy magazine.
September 28, 2013 | By Paul Pringle, Rong-Gong Lin II and Jill Cowan
A Los Angeles County Superior Court judge has thrown out several embezzlement counts against three defendants in the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum corruption case but ruled they must stand trial on related charges of bribery and conspiracy. Judge Kathleen Kennedy on Friday granted a motion by defense attorneys to dismiss 11 counts involving money that two rave concert promoters paid to the Coliseum's events manager at the time, Todd DeStefano. The attorneys had argued that the money could not have been embezzled because it did not belong to the publicly owned Coliseum before it went to DeStefano.
September 15, 2013 | Carolyn Kellogg
Bleeding Edge A Novel Thomas Pynchon Penguin Press: 496 pp., $28.95 -- It has been 50 years since Thomas Pynchon's first book, "V.," was published. That he is still turning out works of dizzying complexity is, frankly, astounding. Few authors remain as ambitious and accomplished for so long. Enter "Bleeding Edge," a detective novel set in 2001 in Manhattan after the first dot-com boom-and-bust. Protagonist Maxine Tarnow is a defrocked fraud investigator, a rule-breaking accountant who is drawn into Internet business dealings and worse by a former lover-slash-documentarian, aided by mysterious deliveries from a bike messenger who still rides under the orange jersey of, the online store than went belly-up.
August 29, 2013 | By John M. Glionna
CASPER, Wyo. -- Robert Arthur Reed solicited investors nationwide for a wind farm here. But a federal judge ruled here this week that all the telephone huckster was really selling was a bunch of hot air. U.S. District Judge Scott Skavdahl ordered the 53-year-old Utah man to serve 12 years in prison for defrauding 83 investors nationwide of more than $4.4 million by promoting investment in nonexistent wind farms in Wyoming and South Dakota....
August 28, 2013 | By Jeff Gottlieb
Weeks before his trial, Robert Rizzo was handed a setback Wednesday when a judge rejected his request to move the corruption case out of Los Angeles County and joked that the once highly paid municipal official should thank disgraced San Diego Mayor Bob Filner for "kind of taking the edge" off him. Rizzo's attorney had asked that the case, filed after The Times exposed the high salaries and questionable financial dealings in Bell, be moved out...
August 16, 2013 | By W.J. Hennigan
Area 51 has to be the worst-kept secret in the aerospace industry. It's where some of the most innovative military aircraft ever built by Lockheed Martin Corp.'s Skunk Works were flight tested. Supposedly. For decades, the government has refused to acknowledge the existence of the military outpost, which is about 100 miles outside of Las Vegas. Until now. PHOTOS: Skunk Works secret programs For the first time, Area 51 has been recognized by the CIA, according to a newly declassified history of the U-2 program.
August 15, 2013 | By Matt Pearce
A local West Virginia judge has been federally indicted on suspicion of using his bench to illegally frame the husband of his secretary, with whom he'd been having an affair, officials said Thursday. These are tough times for the political leadership of Mingo County, W.Va., which saw Circuit Judge Michael Thornsbury indicted for conspiracy and manipulating a local grand jury on the same day the county's commissioner, David Baisden, was indicted for trying to extort a local tire shop.
August 15, 2013 | By Hector Tobar, Los Angeles Times
Americans have always feared secret cabals. In three successive decades in the mid-20th century, a "Brown Scare" swept through this country, followed by a "Red Scare," and finally a "Lavender Scare," Jesse Walker tells us in his bold and thought-provoking new book, "The United States of Paranoia: A Conspiracy Theory. " Americans heard so many stories that described Nazis, communists and homosexuals nefariously and secretly trying to take over our government, our minds and our bodies, they began to see them everywhere.
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