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February 24, 1999
To answer Jean Mahlberg (letter, Feb. 18): The anti-Communist protesters in Little Saigon have every right to destroy, deface and desecrate any flag or object they choose--as long as they own the object. What no one has the right to do is walk into your home or place of business and demand that you decorate it a certain way, especially when it involves conforming to a specific political viewpoint. Nor can they remove and/or destroy an object without the consent of the person who owns the object.
April 21, 2014 | By August Brown
Yes, SZA is the first female artist signed to Top Dawg Entertainment, the vanguard L.A. hip-hop label behind Kendrick Lamar and Schoolboy Q. But her album "Z" represents high ambitions for the label. It's a lean, dreamy and genre-destroying debut that steers the TDE ship into new waters. The 23-year-old, New Jersey-raised singer isn't an obvious signing for a label devoted to hard-won tales of redemption and introspection in South L.A. But she's a perfect complement to that catalog.
February 3, 1990
Of late, some of my friends and I have been wondering why we renewed our subscriptions for the South Coast Repertory. The other night we encountered a prime example of the reason for our hesitation: We went to see "Search and Destroy." We are of the opinion that officials at SCR and the local newspaper critics should be charged with fraud and misrepresentation. "Search and Destroy" is not a play at all. It is a series of short, loosely related, well-acted but mostly distasteful episodes.
April 20, 2014 | By Peter H. Schuck
Campaign finance reformers are worried about the future. They contend that two Supreme Court rulings - the McCutcheon decision in March and the 2010 Citizens United decision - will magnify inequality in U.S. politics. In both cases, the court majority relaxed constraints on how money can be spent on or donated to political campaigns. By allowing more private money to flow to campaigns, the critics maintain, the court has allowed the rich an unfair advantage in shaping political outcomes and made "one dollar, one vote" (in one formulation)
October 5, 2012 | By Christopher Knight, Los Angeles Times Art Critic
Painting, especially abstract painting, is an inescapable metaphor for the human body. A canvas is a skin stretched taut over a skeleton of stretcher bars. Paint applied to the surface records humanity's condition at any given period in time. At the Museum of Contemporary Art, that condition is pretty grim in a new exhibition of older abstract painting. "Destroy the Picture: Painting the Void, 1949-1962" compellingly surveys an art of creative destruction in the generation following the unspeakable cataclysm of World War II. The void isn't what it used to be. During the war and its immediate aftermath, global civilization stared straight into the abyss.
November 26, 1986 | United Press International
Wild elephants stampeded through a residential area in northeastern Assam state, killing five members of a family, destroying about 50 houses and leaving 200 people homeless, officials said Tuesday.
June 29, 2002
Re "Brothers Die While Diving in Old Mine," June 25: I am a resident of the canyons. It is sad to hear about the unnecessary death of anyone, especially brothers so young. The comments from residents, sheriffs and others speak to the dangers of this abandoned mine or the tragic loss of life. However, there is no regard for the concept of personal responsibility. Nearly all of the Southwest's ghost towns are riddled with mines and myriad dangerous conditions. It is not only ignorant to think that we can protect everyone from themselves but disgusting to destroy history in the process.
January 9, 1990 | JAN HERMAN
Mirkheim was here. Just like Kilroy. That seems to be the message, stripped bare, of Martin Mirkheim's life. Except that he has a loftier vision than Kilroy. Mirkheim would rather make a movie than carve his name in a tree. And not just any movie, but one about victory against all odds.
Search for the American Dream. Destroy yourself in the process. Search for achievement. Destroy the meaning of the word by hitting on the wrong definition. Search for your soul. Find it in pieces. These are only three of a dozen ways to interpret the title of Howard Korder's "Search & Destroy," at South Coast Repertory, not the least of which is the literal one: A radical military maneuver that leaves only ashes behind. But not so fast. There is a play to be experienced first. And what a play.
He's been bruised, cut and beat up, but Jared DePaiva of Saugus High keeps coming at you over and over. The linebacker's hard-hitting style has earned admirers. "There's so much intensity in this kid," Saugus Coach Ron Hilton said. "He's a throwback. He belongs in the '50s. Put a leather helmet on him and he'd be playing in his element." On Friday night, DePaiva will be playing in the Southern Section playoffs, leading the Centurions (5-5) against St.
April 15, 2014 | By Louis Sahagun
INDEPENDENCE, Calif. - One by one, a parade of Owens Valley residents rose at a public hearing Tuesday to assail the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power's plan to meet its renewable energy goals by covering 2 square miles of high desert with 1 million solar panels. "We believe in economic development - but this is not the kind we want," Jane McDonald, who helps run a farmer's market, said at the DWP's first public presentation of the project during an Inyo County Board of Supervisors hearing.
April 14, 2014 | By Margaret Gray
According to Jared Diamond, the Pulitzer Prize-winning writer ("The World Until Yesterday," "Collapse," "Guns, Germs, and Steel") who spoke to Patt Morrison about his work Sunday, Americans shouldn't waste time worrying about statistically rare crises like terrorism or plane crashes. "I've already done the most dangerous thing I'm going to do all day -- taken a shower," he said at the Festival of Books in his strong New England accent. Lest people conclude that he was irrationally obsessive, Diamond laid out the statistics: "I'm 76 years old. Life expectancy for a man is 91 years.
March 12, 2014 | By Tina Susman
NEW YORK - Terrorism. An earthquake. A jet crash. Neighbors thought the worst when a deafening blast shook a busy Manhattan street Wednesday, leveling two buildings, killing at least three people and hurling bricks, concrete and other debris onto nearby rooftops. Officials said the explosion was caused by a gas leak, which was reported minutes before the blast on 116th Street in East Harlem, a vibrant neighborhood of corner bodegas, churches, shops and apartment buildings. 2:40 a.m. update: The Associated Press reports that a sixth person has been confirmed killed by the explosion that flattened two New York City apartment buildings.
March 11, 2014 | By Robin Abcarian
A year ago, when the Republican National Committee's searing 2012 election postmortem was released, it was possible to imagine, for a fleeting moment, that the GOP might finally grasp why it has lost the popular vote in five of the last six presidential elections. RNC Chairman Reince Priebus' act of public self-flagellation showed that he was ready to ask tough questions of a party that has alienated the fastest growing demographic segment of voters in this country - Latinos - and failed to woo younger voters, women and gays.
March 4, 2014 | By Paresh Dave
A “rather large” gas line explosion in central New Jersey injured seven workers and wrecked parts of a suburban condo complex Tuesday afternoon, authorities said. Flames, debris and dark smoke soared into the Ewing Township sky about 12:50 p.m., and video from the scene showed fire crews still dousing the rubble with water two hours later. Public Service Electric & Gas Co., the energy utility for the area, said in a statement that a contractor reported damage to the gas line shortly before noon.
February 18, 2014 | By Karin Klein
Prince William wants to destroy all the ivory artifacts in Buckingham Palace. Here at the other end of the ivory owner spectrum, I'm wondering what to do with my backup piano keys. Organized crime has turned ivory poaching from a worrisome trend that threatens endangered elephants into a raging problem fed by the new middle class in China that seeks out and can afford ivory tchotchkes. From 2002 to 2013, almost two-thirds of the forest elephants in central Africa were killed for their tusks.
April 9, 2007 | Daryl H. Miller, Times Staff Writer
Once again, Christ is humbly born, but this time, the setting is a Chicago housing project. In the minutes before his return to Earth, the messiah's soon-to-be father, Joe -- a hard-luck, wannabe musician -- is cleaning his handgun when, for the thousandth time, he picks an argument with Mary over her unexplainable virgin pregnancy. In a rush of anger, he points the weapon at her.
December 23, 1990
Regarding "The Tainted Desert" (by Sean Elder, Nov. 4): In the name of military preparedness, destroy an island; destroy a desert; destroy the plants and animals that make these places their homes; destroy people. Will the visions someday be of all of our lives finished, lying in the poisoned desert beside bombs and military debris? Will Richard Misrach record this? PAMELA GHALEB Santa Monica
January 26, 2014 | By Ronald D. White
First, the cancer threatened Susan Braig's life, then it wrecked her finances. Now healthy at 64, Braig is worried about her future. Her primary income is the roughly $2,300 a month she gets from Social Security. Then there's her home-based business, which brings in an average of $750 a month from jewelry making and grant writing. Her savings total less than $29,000. "I'm one of those baby boomers who is now getting ready to face the next phase," Braig said. "I look at it and I just want to curl up in a fetal position.
January 16, 2014 | By Ruben Vives and Samantha Schaefer
Ron Galloway, 63, stared at the smoldering remains of a guest house at the historic Singer mansion on Kregmont Drive, where he has lived for four years. Spanish-style arches were all that remained standing in front of piles of broken roof tiles and the smoking rubble of the property. The skeleton of his burned out 1978 Toyota MR2, tire rims melted on the ground, rested in the courtyard nearby as firefighters continued mopping up the area. “I lost everything, how am I going to survive?
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