March 20, 2005 |
Playwright John Patrick Shanley says he was "incredibly weary of the standard bios in programs." So in his biography in the programs for his "Doubt," at the Pasadena Playhouse and in New York, Shanley recounts his less-than-illustrious academic career and then invites theatergoers to send their reactions to his play to an e-mail address he provides. Some of the e-mails may have made a difference in "Doubt."
October 20, 1998 |
Concerned by public criticisms of President Clinton over the Monica S. Lewinsky affair, military authorities are threatening officers and enlisted personnel with punishment if they utter "contemptuous words" about their commander in chief. In recent days, Clinton has been denounced in a newspaper column by a Marine major and blasted in a letter to the editor by an Army colonel.
January 23, 2004 |
A newspaper executive severely criticized police for searching the home and office of a reporter who wrote about a Syrian-born Canadian suspected of links to the Al Qaeda terrorist network. The search involving Ottawa Citizen reporter Juliet O'Neill "smacks of a police-state mentality," said Gordon Fisher, president of news and information for CanWest Global Communications Corp., which owns the newspaper. Police Sgt.
March 14, 1986 |
Choreographer Donald Byrd answered the negative criticism he received recently in the New York press by presenting the half-exhilarating, half-flat artistic manifesto "A Formal Response" on the "Explorations III" series Wednesday at the Japan America Theatre. The work that inspired the criticism, " . . . Concerning Vices, Circumstances, and Situations," has not been performed locally.
January 31, 2004
President Carter, a practicing Christian, assailed a top Georgia education official's bid to strip the word "evolution" from textbooks in some state schools. Kathy Cox, Georgia's school superintendent, has been criticized for suggesting that science books used in the state's middle and high schools carry the term "biological changes over time" instead of "evolution." In a rare public criticism of an elected official, Carter accused Cox of trying to censor and distort students' education.
June 1, 1997 |
A museum advertisement featuring an electric chair is drawing complaints from death penalty opponents who say it trivializes capital punishment. The ad is for an exhibit on tabloid journalism at the Freedom Forum's Newseum, a $50-million news media museum that opened in April in Arlington, Va. The caption for the ad states, in bold letters: "Think a Museum About News Is A Bore? You're In For A Big Shock." Critics said the ad shows poor judgment.
December 27, 1995 |
A doctor says he was dropped by a health maintenance organization for violating his loyalty oath by criticizing the HMO on "Donahue" and at an industry conference. US Healthcare Inc. disputed that, saying Dr. David Himmelstein was dropped because of cutbacks unrelated to his criticism. Himmelstein complained last month at a health-care conference in New York and again on television talk show "Donahue" on Nov.
September 22, 2003 |
President Bush on Sunday described as "uncivil" Sen. Edward M. Kennedy's critical remarks of the administration's policies in Iraq. Kennedy (D-Mass.) said last week the case for going to war against Iraq was a fraud "made up in Texas" to give Republicans a political boost. The longtime senator also alleged that the money for the war is being used to bribe foreign leaders to send troops.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 24, 1985
Over the summer months of slow news, the media and their critics have treated us to a feast of opinions about what is good and bad in our national news coverage. Noted pundits have spread their positions across the spectrum, some "admitting" that there is a "liberal bias", others insisting that there is not, and the remainder stroking their chins in sage concern. Even Congress--prohibited by the Constitution from making any law "abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press"--has hailed network executives to Capitol Hill, and excoriated them before their own cameras for their coverage of the TWA hostage crisis.