April 9, 2013
Re "Playing the lunatic card," News Analysis, April 5 North Korea acts like it has nothing to lose - because it has nothing to lose. When you starve and horribly mistreat your own people, and when you keep repeating the same careless behavior and expect a different outcome, that is lunacy, pure and simple. We all know that lunacy can be dangerous and often lethal. The young and up-until-now untested North Korean leader Kim Jong Un will learn that his nuclear and long-range missile threats will have long-term consequences that will completely overwhelm his weak and undernourished nation.
September 23, 2012
Re "El Monte lifeguards still in the deep end," Sept. 20 This was my impression of El Monte: It is the town where novelist James Ellroy's mother was murdered in 1958, and it was the subject of an amusing song by Llyn Foulkes and the Rubber Band in the 1970s. Comes now a young, exuberant crew of lifeguards who enjoy their jobs, doing absolutely no harm and entertaining more than 1.5 million people worldwide. You can't buy that kind of positive publicity. And Mayor Andre Quintero's response?
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 12, 2012 |
It went viral, all right. But in all the wrong ways. Now 13 city lifeguards and their supervisor in El Monte are fighting to get their jobs back - after being fired for making a video spoof of a widely popular Korean pop star's song. The "Lifeguard Style" video - a takeoff on the YouTube sensation "Gangnam Style" by rapper Psy - rocketed across the Internet, watched by more than 1 million YouTube viewers. Yet the audience that counted most - city officials - took a dim view of it. "We thought it was hysterical and we wanted to try something fun," said Michael Roa, a University of La Verne student who worked at the El Monte Aquatic Center for seven years.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 9, 2012 |
"First," he says, "we're going to float. " Float? Doesn't he know I'm terrified? I've never been able to float; I sink in water like a bag full of barbells. The tall, tattooed black man standing before me in his swimming pool has no patience for excuses. Our bodies, he says, are remarkably light. Our lungs are like life jackets. He lies back. Sure enough, he floats. "Your turn," he says. I hesitate. The hair stands on the back of my neck. Trying to keep calm, I lie back - but the next few seconds feel like forever.
June 8, 2012 |
When you gather five comedic actors to discuss their work, the conversation naturally turns to, well, pain. And anguish. And desperation. But thankfully, when the performers are as thoughtful as Laura Dern (who plays Amy, an aggressively well-meaning woman on HBO's "Enlightened"), Jesse Tyler Ferguson (who as Mitchell is raising a daughter with his partner on ABC's "Modern Family"), Ed Helms (the under-appreciated Andy on NBC's "The Office"), Julia Louis-Dreyfus (who as Vice President Selina Meyer finds her ambitions thwarted on HBO's "Veep")
April 20, 2012 |
NEW ORLEANS - Pianist Jon Cleary has lived in this city all of his life: Even when he didn't. Long before he saw it. And even when he was in forced exile from it. A musician by trade, a storyteller by consequence, Cleary has deeply absorbed New Orleans' pace and idiosyncrasies and, over time, its distinctive stories and sound. "My ambition," he says, "has always been to come to New Orleans. " Cleary, whose genre-bending style is steeped in early traditional New Orleans R&B, soul and funk, is not a household name but he's recorded and toured with marquee artists such as Taj Mahal and Bonnie Raitt (with whom he worked for more than a decade)