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ENTERTAINMENT
March 20, 2005 | Don Shirley
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."
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NEWS
October 20, 1998 | PAUL RICHTER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
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.
WORLD
January 23, 2004 | From Times Wire Reports
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 14, 1986 | CHRIS PASLES
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.
NATIONAL
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.
NEWS
June 1, 1997 | Associated Press
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.
BUSINESS
December 27, 1995 | From Associated Press
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.
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.
NEWS
April 24, 1992 | MARTHA GROVES and PATRICK LEE, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Companies big and small cheered a report Thursday that gave new impetus to some of their pet proposals to make California a more attractive place to do business. But some economists and other critics worried that the recommendations could harm Californians and drain state coffers without spurring new business growth. The California Chamber of Commerce noted that most of the suggestions in the 100-plus pages of the report by the Council on California Competitiveness have been made before.
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