December 22, 2013
Re "'Friends of the sheriff,'" Dec. 19 I honor your commitment to exposing corruption and abuse of any sort. But I believe there is another side of L.A. County Sheriff Lee Baca that needs to be recognized. Baca has given considerable attention over the years to promoting religious and ethnic dialogue and harmony through numerous events dedicated to bringing communities together. I have participated in a number of such meetings and have been moved and impressed by Baca's encouragement of religious and community leaders to be involved in bringing education to jail inmates, addressing disaster preparedness in L.A. County and promoting interfaith dialogue and understanding.
December 11, 2013 |
MOSCOW - Ukraine's president struck a conciliatory tone Wednesday with opponents of his government, offering dialogue after security forces earlier in the day unsuccessfully tried to clear protesters from the capital's Independence Square. "I invite representatives of all political forces, priests, public figures to hold the nationwide dialogue,” President Viktor Yanukovich said in televised remarks, adding that he would personally participate in the consultations. "In order to achieve compromise, I urge the opposition not to refuse, not to choose the path of confrontation and ultimatums.
November 23, 2013 |
Leveraging the wildly anticipated, international, multimedia debut of the "Doctor Who" anniversary special, BBC America is smartly following "The Day of the Doctor" with the premiere Saturday of "Atlantis. " The new fantasy-action-adventure series is a crazy, narratively exasperating yet still quite appealing mess of Greek mythology, early mathematics (Pythagoras is a character) and vague Mediterranean history. It nicely capitalizes on the sly humor of icon tweakage, the growing popularity of genre heroes and the success of the Percy Jackson series.
November 8, 2013 |
A serious undertaking overwhelmed by amateurishness, "The Falls: Testament of Love" is writer-director Jon Garcia's sequel to last year's "The Falls," a no-budget (as in a reported $7,000) staple of gay film festivals that introduced two closeted Mormons who fall in love during a mission. Garcia's follow-up takes place five years later, when out writer RJ (Nick Ferrucci) has left the church and moved to Seattle, while Chris (Benjamin Farmer) doubles down on his LDS life by undergoing reparative therapy, marrying a woman, having a child and cutting off contact with RJ. The death of a common friend brings the two into each other's orbits again, though, with predictably fraught - and sudsy - consequences.
September 21, 2013 |
Vice President Joe Biden, in the Mexican capital Friday for meetings with top government officials and business leaders, said he was glad to be focusing on trade rather than on security issues and argued that an economically prosperous Mexico would strengthen the economy of the United States. Biden said that his visits to Mexico as a senator in previous decades were "mostly about security issues -- mostly about drugs, mostly about immigration. And finally -- finally -- we have reached the point we should have reached a long time ago, I think ... where we're looking at the relationship as partners.
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August 20, 2013 |
Elmore Leonard populated his novels with con men, hustlers and killers, with names like Chili, Stick and Ordell. He plunged readers into a sea of urban sleaze, spiking his tales with mordant humor and moral ambivalence. In stories often set in Detroit or South Florida, he betrayed a love for down-and-out characters and pitch-perfect dialogue. A line from his novel “Be Cool” makes a point in typical Leonard style: “'Chili Palmer's a talker,'” Nick said. “ 'That's what he does, he talks.