August 16, 2012
There's an important political argument at the core of Peter Navarro's agitprop documentary "Death by China," but it's drowned out by xenophobic hysteria and exaggerations so rampant it becomes impossible to tell light from heat. Narrator Martin Sheen draws prefatory distinction between the odious practices of the Chinese government and its "good, hard-working people," but it's obliterated by graphics that depict the country as a knife plunging deep into the heart of the good ol' U.S. of A. Navarro, who teaches economics at UC-Irvine, directs most of his ire toward what the film calls "weapons of job destruction," the combination of low wages, environmental disregard and currency manipulation that, so Navarro holds, have allowed China to wipe out the manufacturing base in the U.S. Sheen throws around phrases like "illegal subsidies" and "the biggest political shell game in American history," but the film rarely pauses to parse its own hyperbole, giving its interview subjects free rein, including one who claims that China is "the only major nation in the world that is preparing to kill Americans.
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June 2, 2013 |
Sheriff's detectives are investigating the death of an inmate in Lancaster State Prison this week as a homicide, authorities said Sunday. Inmate Victor Earl Jones, 48, was found dead at the prison Friday afternoon, according to Deputy Lillian Peck of the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department. Peck said a sheriff's homicide detective was investigating. Coroner's officials said a preliminary investigation indicated that another inmate struck Jones with an unknown object. An autopsy was pending, Deputy Coroner Dana Bee said.
November 1, 2013 |
Death is universal, inevitable, irrevocable and profound, and yet even in our reality-fixated times, it is rarely depicted on television. Oh, people die all the time on TV. They fall victim to detective procedurals and hospital dramas, or are killed off on high-end serials looking to raise the emotional stakes. These days, many come back - with or without fangs, with or without subtitles. But the process of dying, the visible physical ebb of life from a person's body, is not a narrative television cares to explore.
June 27, 2012
'The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp' Where: Samuel Goldwyn Theater, 8949 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills When: 7:30 p.m. Wed. Tickets: Admission: $3 general; $3 for academy members and students with valid ID Info: http://www.oscars.org
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July 13, 2013 |
Authorities have released the name of a Victorville man who was shot and killed near Arlington Heights Elementary School on Friday afternoon. Dejon Ward, 21, was seated in his vehicle near Venice Boulevard and 12th Street when a shooter approached on foot and opened fire at about 12:45 p.m., according to the Los Angeles County coroner's office and the Los Angeles Police Department. Other news stations have reported that some sort of fight or argument may have preceded the shooting.
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January 11, 2014 |
Los Angeles County sheriff's detectives are investigating the stabbing death of a man in Canyon Country as possibly gang related. Deputies from the Santa Clarita sheriff's station responding to a call Friday at about 10:45 p.m. found an unconscious man on the ground with several stab wounds to his chest. He was pronounced dead at the scene, on the 18100 block of Sundowner Way. His name has not been released. Anyone with information about the stabbing can call the sheriff's Homicide Bureau at (323)
November 24, 2010 |
Showing I'm as much in the little box we could call Lakerdom, or Clipper Nation, or fans of any team in any town, I didn't set out to do it. I was thinking about Tuesday night's Lakers game against the Bulls, which I was assigned to cover, what it meant, what I could say about it when it struck me. A 2-year-old boy died in Staples Center at a Lakers game not 48 hours before. As storied as the arena has become in its 11 years, nothing that important ever happened there.
September 1, 2013 |
The late summer of 1963, I was going on 15 when my father brought me a copy of "The American Way of Death" and asked me to have a look and report back to him. It was the buzz among his fellow undertakers, a must read. But he was busy and I was bookish and baseball was over and a new school year loomed. So that early September 50 years ago I spent reading Jessica Mitford, hot off the press. She had, in cahoots with her second husband, Robert Treuhaft, a lefty attorney with an interest in low-cost funerals for union longshoremen in San Francisco, turned a magazine article ("St.
December 31, 2009 |
Notable sports deaths of 2009: Preston Gomez The longtime Angels scouting consultant who had been a third base coach for the Dodgers when they won the 1965 World Series died Jan. 13 at 86 after being seriously injured in a freak accident at a gas station. Ingemar Johansson The Swede stunned the boxing world by knocking out Floyd Patterson in 1959 to win the heavyweight title. He died Jan. 30 at age 76. Jeremy Lusk The star of freestyle motocross died at 24 on Feb. 10 of head injuries after a crash in a competition in Costa Rica.
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July 27, 2013 |
Homicide detectives are investigating the death of an individual whose body was found "with signficant injuries" along a freeway off-ramp in Anaheim, authorities said. The California Highway Patrol and Anaheim Police Department received calls around midnight Friday about a body on the off-ramp of the northbound 57 Freeway at Katella Avenue, said Sgt. Bob Dunn of the Anaheim Police Department. Authorities arrived after 12:20 a.m. and pronounced the individual dead at the scene. “At this point, we are treating it as a suspicious death,” Dunn said.