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February 10, 2004 | From Associated Press and Bloomberg News
In an unusual move, one of the five Securities and Exchange Commissioners is publicly criticizing last week's settlement with Massachusetts Financial Services over improper trading, arguing the SEC wasn't tough enough on the mutual fund company's two top executives. The settlement, which called for MFS to pay $225 million in penalties, prohibited the company's top two officials from serving as an officer or director in the fund industry for three years.
February 20, 2005 | Lynne Heffley
Well, not everyone loves it. "The Gates," Christo and Jeanne-Claude's temporary, mammoth installation in New York's Central Park -- 7,532 plastic gates hung with orange fabric panels -- opened Feb. 12 to some rhapsodic reviews. New York Times art critic Michael Kimmelman called it "a work of pure joy, a vast populist spectacle of good will and simple eloquence, the first great public art event of the 21st century."
October 5, 2007 | Christopher Hawthorne, Times Staff Writer
Herbert Muschamp's writing, like the buildings he favored, reflected a tug of war between reason and desire. During the first few years of his tenure as architecture critic for the New York Times, reason mostly held the upper hand. After taking over from Paul Goldberger in 1992, Muschamp, who died Tuesday night of lung cancer at 59, produced well-behaved, well-argued essays on the U.S.
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."
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 | 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.
May 19, 2005 | Robert Hilburn
Question: How do you choose which concerts you'll review? Hilburn: Selecting which acts to review is one of the most frustrating challenges facing the pop music department because there are far more shows around town each week than we have space to cover. Ultimately, you aim for some kind of balance between devoting that space to great acts and hugely popular ones, new bands and old ones, rock and country, hip-hop and jazz, world music and Latin music, and so on.
September 3, 2003 | Carla Hall, Times Staff Writer
In two new political ads set to begin airing today, Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) denounces the recall campaign as a danger to the state's well-being and urges Californians to vote against it. Although Feinstein criticizes the recall campaign as unfair to the current governor, no images of Gray Davis are shown and he is never mentioned by name. He is simply "the governor."
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.
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