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October 12, 2013 | By Robert Hilburn
Johnny Cash's life in the 1960s is mostly remembered as a time of glorious achievement - from the landmark prison albums at Folsom and San Quentin to the launch of the ABC-TV series featuring such guests as Bob Dylan and the Doors that led to his becoming a giant figure in popular culture, a symbol to millions, no less, of the best of American social values. But Cash also experienced excruciatingly dark times in the decade, fueled by drugs and guilt over the breakup of his marriage.
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February 23, 2014 | By Gary Paul Nabhan
" But most of all I shall remember the monarchs, that unhurried westward drift of one small winged form after another, each drawn by some invisible force. " - Rachel Carson, in a letter to Dorothy Freeman, Sept. 10, 1963 . After news broke recently that the number of migratory monarch butterflies that had arrived to winter in Mexico was the lowest since reliable records began, I went on the road on behalf of the Make Way for Monarchs initiative. This solutions-oriented collaboration is working to place millions of additional milkweeds in toxin-free habitats this next year.
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OPINION
May 26, 2013
Re "Britain starts intelligence review after soldier killed," May 24 As an Eagle Scout, I am proud that the boys and young men of the scouting organization in Britain have courageous and levelheaded leaders like Ingrid Loyau-Kennett, the Cub Scout leader who calmly confronted the knife-wielding men in London. With all the controversy surrounding Scouting right now, it is inspiring to hear of the good deeds done by its leaders. Loyau-Kennett may well have prevented the alleged London murderers from further violent acts in their "war" on British soldiers.
OPINION
February 19, 2014 | By Josh Fattal
On the morning of my appearance before an Iranian Revolutionary Court, where I was convicted on a fabricated charge of espionage, I heard the chant "Death to America!" from the world beyond my prison window. The chant, and the associated stereotype of Islamic Iran, was quite different from what I heard in Section 209, the grim area of Evin Prison where political detainees are beaten, tortured and held without charge. As Americans, my friend and cellmate Shane Bauer and I were denied contact with Iranian inmates during our imprisonment there.
OPINION
October 16, 2012
Re "Girl's shooting rallies her cause," Oct. 14 Malala Yousafzai's story of courage and determination will always be as vivid in my mind as the picture taken in 1972 of the burned, naked little Vietnamese girl, Phan Thi Kim Phuc, fleeing her village after a napalm attack. When Kim Phuc reached safety, she asked for water; Malala, a 14-year-old Pakistani girl who was shot by a Taliban gunman, is asking for the right for girls to receive an education. Are these requests unreasonable?
NATIONAL
March 10, 2013 | By Debbie Goffa, This post has been corrected, as indicated below.
Former U.S. Rep. Gabrielle "Gabby" Giffords, who was critically injured in a shooting two years ago, on Friday was named this year's recipient of the John F. Kennedy Profile in Courage award for her work to reduce gun violence. Giffords, a Democrat from Arizona, has been undergoing rehabilitation after being shot in the head during a public appearance in Tuscon on Jan. 8, 2011. Six people died, including District Judge John Roll; Gabe Zimmerman, one of Giffords' staffers; and the 9-year-old granddaughter of former Philadelphia Phillies manager and Chicago Cubs general manager Dallas Green.
NATIONAL
March 16, 2010 | By Kim Geiger and Michael Muskal
Seeking to build public pressure, President Obama traveled Monday to Ohio, where he urged Congress to act courageously and quickly pass his healthcare overhaul plan. Speaking at a rally before about 1,450 people, Obama perked up when someone in the audience interrupted his healthcare speech with a shout of 'We need courage!" "We need courage," Obama shouted back, to applause from the crowd. "Did you hear what somebody just said? That's what we need. That's why I came here today.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 8, 1989
I found Howard Rosenberg's March 31 comments on the documentary "Letter From Palestine" very interesting ("A Powerful Portrait of the Palestinians"). He stated that it takes courage for KOCE Channel 50 to show this film and that some stations outside L.A. have refused to add it to their schedules. That courage is needed to give the Palestinian side of the West Bank conflict is frightening. If supporters of Israel have this much influence with TV programming, something is very wrong.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 11, 2008
RE "Remembered for His Kindness," Oct. 6: I am not familiar with the work of writer-teacher David Foster Wallace nor can I speculate on the circumstances which led to his suicide by hanging. Susan Salter Reynolds' article mentioned depression and quoted from Wallace's memorial service that "He was in a terrible and dangerous place as a man and a writer." The article was poignant about the window light and cello music during the memorial. The article noted associates' memories of Wallace's kindness, integrity and an obligation to his readers.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 13, 2012 | By Robert Abele
The patriot-packaged "Last Ounce of Courage" has been made with the conviction of true zealots, but also the competence of amateurs. What starts as the forced but sincere tale of a small-town mayor (Marshall Teague) barely coping with his son's death in combat segues into the oddest of issue movies: a pitched harangue about that yearly yuletide culture-war controversy that Fox News likes to call "the war on Christmas. " Teague's eyes fairly burn with despair at the thought of Christmas decorations outlawed, a student with a Bible chastised by the principal and "Happy Holidays" replacing "Merry Christmas.
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January 18, 2014 | By Betsy Sharkey, Los Angeles Times Film Critic
Documentary filmmaker Lucy Walker envisioned "The Lion's Mouth Opens," which screens as part of the documentary shorts program at the Sundance Film Festival, as "an espresso shot to the heart. " It is most certainly that. Fifteen minutes of shifting, searing emotions as its subject, actress-writer-director Marianna Palka, deals with the prospect she might have the gene for Huntington's disease, the neurodegenerative disorder that cruelly felled her father, taking, as the Scottish-born actress' mum recounts, both his body and his mind in torturous ways.
WORLD
January 13, 2014 | By Michael A. Memoli
JERUSALEM - Reaffirming the United States' "unflagging" commitment to Israel, Vice President Joe Biden paid tribute Monday to the country's late prime minister, Ariel Sharon, as a “complex man” whose life “traced the journey of Israel.” Quoting Shakespeare, James Joyce, the Book of Genesis and Sharon himself in a eulogy at the state funeral service for the former leader, Biden hailed the "political courage" of a man who earned the moniker...
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 11, 2013 | George Skelton, Capitol Journal
Nelson Mandela and George Deukmejian never met. They never even communicated. But Mandela's freedom and the demise of South African apartheid resulted in no small part because of California's governor. Many in the United States and worldwide had a hand in pressuring South Africa into releasing Mandela after holding him as a political prisoner for 27 years and ending the nation's oft-violent racial segregation. But California's action in divesting itself of the bigoted regime greatly increased American pressure and wouldn't have happened without Deukmejian.
WORLD
November 11, 2013 | By Sunshine de Leon and Barbara Demick
MANILA - Each story is more heartbreaking than the last; tales of the courage and good fortune it took to survive amid utter destruction, balanced in many cases by the last glimpse or word of a loved one who didn't. President Benigno Aquino III declared a "state of national calamity" Monday in an effort to speed up aid to islands of the central Philippines, ravaged by a monster typhoon. The death toll climbed slowly to 1,774, but it's expected to rise to 10,000 or more as bodies are collected in the cities and relief teams are able to reach cut-off rural areas.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 2, 2013 | By Mike Boehm, Los Angeles Times
The organization that brings us the Oscars aims to debut a major motion-picture museum in Los Angeles about 31/2 years from now. A star attraction will be a pair of the ruby slippers Judy Garland wore as Dorothy in "The Wizard of Oz. " Leonardo DiCaprio, Stephen Spielberg and former Warner Bros. executive Terry Semel teamed to buy them last year for the museum, which aims to open by mid-2017 after renovating and expanding an unused building it is leasing from the next-door Los Angeles County Museum of Art. But the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences wants its $300-million Academy Museum of Motion Pictures to be much more than a fancy repository for Hollywood memories.
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October 31, 2013 | By Inkoo Kang
"Will you still need me, will you still feed me, when I'm 64?" sang a twentysomething Paul McCartney in his semi-confrontational love song, an interrogation of romantic commitment through the trials of physical decay. For Jason DaSilva, the documentary filmmaker behind "When I Walk," McCartney's question is neither abstract nor remote. Diagnosed with multiple sclerosis at age 25 and robbed of his mobility and motor skills in a frighteningly short spell, DaSilva can't help asking his girlfriend over a bowl of noodles whether she'll feed him when he can't hold a spoon anymore.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 26, 2009 | STEVE LOPEZ
One bullet hit Ben Kadish in the hip and tore through his abdomen. Another crushed his thigh bone. He tried to crawl to a multipurpose room for cover, but his body wouldn't get him there. He still didn't know he'd been shot. How could a boy of 5 conceive of a world in which a stranger, filled with hate, would walk calmly into a community center filled with children and fire 70 rounds from a semiautomatic rifle, on a mission to kill Jews?
WORLD
October 29, 2013 | By Amy Hubbard
Each year, four women in journalism are saluted for their guts and their tenacity by an organization created to spotlight such singular courage. The International Women's Media Foundation is holding a 2013 Courage in Journalism Awards ceremony tonight at 8:30 PDT at the Beverly Hills Hotel. The event will be streamed live here. Actress Olivia Wilde and Glamour magazine Editor Cindi Leive will co-host, with award presenters including Maria Shriver and Marcia Gay Harden. The women being honored are Afghan journalist Najiba Ayubi, with the Killid Group; Nour Kelze, a photojournalist for Reuters in Syria; Bopha Phorn, a reporter for the Cambodia Daily; and Edna Machirori, a longtime journalist in Zimbabwe.
SPORTS
October 14, 2013 | By Eric Sondheimer
Down to 11 players after two injuries, Burbank Bell-Jeff players could have quit during their football game against St. Monica. Instead, they displayed the kind of determination that inspired the father of a St. Monica player to write in an email, "On Saturday night, I witnessed one of the finest displays of human character I have ever seen in my life. " The team had to forfeit four earlier games because of lack of enough players, but first-year Coach Lance Fauria continues to field a team with players who want to play.
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