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July 28, 1996
I was shocked that you chose a quote from "Lolita" in "Puttin' on the Spritz" (by Hilary Sterne, Style, June 16). "Lolita" is about child rape; it is not a paean to the sensuality and fragrance-orientation of the adult women discussed in the article. Let's avoid confusing the rape and pedophilia of "Lolita" with the mature adult sexual world that does need to be discussed openly in print. Patricia Schwarz Pasadena
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BUSINESS
April 13, 2014 | By Donie Vanitzian
Question: Thinking this would be cost-effective housing, I bought a condo in the Riverside County area. Since then I've asked the board to repair my unit's balcony railing numerous times to no avail. Six years later, I received a notification that the balconies on all 96 units must be repaired, costing each owner more than $3,000. I have no say in the way things are done around here. This homeowner association has wasted thousands of dollars on repeated cosmetic primping like painting, parking lot slurry seal, landscape and more.
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ENTERTAINMENT
June 24, 2010
The history and work of key figures in Latin American surrealism — such as César Moro, Emilio Westphalen and Enrique Gómez-Correa — will be discussed by scholars during this two-day symposium at the Getty Museum, 1200 Getty Center Drive. 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Fri.-Sat. Free admission with reservation. http://www.getty.edu. (310) 440-7300.
WORLD
March 28, 2014 | By Kathleen Hennessey and Christi Parsons
RIYADH, Saudi Arabia - President Obama spoke with Russian President Vladimir Putin for an hour Friday in an effort to resolve the crisis over Ukraine, the first direct conversation between the two leaders after nearly two weeks of tension. Putin initiated the call, White House officials said. It came after a televised interview in which Obama called for Russia to pull its troops back from the Ukrainian border. In the phone conversation, Obama asked Putin to "put a concrete response in writing" to a proposal the United States has made to resolve the crisis, which involved Russia's incursion into the Crimean region of Ukraine.
SPORTS
December 27, 1987
EDITOR'S NOTE: These letters represent many of the best received by The Times in 1987, and reflect the leading issues and events discussed in Viewpoint during that period. Leprechauns eat quiche! CAROL RAI Northridge
OPINION
January 8, 2008
Re "Is anyone listening?" Opinion, Jan. 2 When immigration is discussed, way too often the word "illegal" is omitted, at least at the start of the discussion. Americans do not oppose legal immigration -- just people who sneak across our borders. This is a distinction too often omitted from various diatribes, or at least not mentioned until well into an article. Jan Young Foothill Ranch
OPINION
June 16, 1985
When an air bag "shorts out" and deploys (with an explosive noise) in the absence of a cause, frightening the driver and causing an accident, who is responsible for the resulting damage and possible injuries? I have never seen this discussed. The implication that it couldn't possibly happen is nonsense of the worst kind. Is there an answer? ANNE PLOURDE Gardena
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 16, 1985
When an air bag "shorts out" and deploys (with an explosive noise) in the absence of a cause, frightening the driver and causing an accident, who is responsible for the resulting damage and possible injuries? I have never seen this discussed. The implication that it couldn't possibly happen is nonsense of the worst kind. Is there an answer? ANNE PLOURDE Gardena
NATIONAL
February 27, 2009 | Times Wire Reports
An Ohio man was sentenced to 20 years in prison over allegations that he had joined Al Qaeda and helped plot terrorist bombings in the U.S. and overseas. American-born Christopher Paul, who has never publicly discussed the case, declined the judge's invitation to make a statement. U.S. District Judge Gregory Frost, in a courtroom in Columbus, said he was at a loss to explain how Paul, 44, got himself caught up with the terrorist network. Paul, a convert to Islam, pleaded guilty in June to one count of conspiracy to use a weapon of mass destruction in terrorist attacks.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 8, 2000
I applaud George W. Bush's efforts to get different debates than the bipartisan commission debates. The Commission on Presidential Debates format has made most of the debates a mockery. Nearly 100% of the time, the candidates simply repeat prepackaged, sound-bite answers no matter what the question. The debates allow no back and forth directly between the candidates or detailed questions and extensive follow-up by the moderator. The issues really aren't discussed; they are just parroted.
WORLD
March 27, 2014 | By Kathleen Hennessey
VATICAN CITY - President Obama visited Pope Francis for the first time Thursday, a meeting the White House hoped would amplify the two men's shared concern about economic inequality rather than the president's conflicts with the Roman Catholic Church hierarchy at home. Obama introduced himself to Francis as a "great admirer. " The pope has become internationally popular as he has shed some of the lavish trappings of the papacy and focused his teachings on caring for the poor. Obama has sought to borrow some of that goodwill for the new pope to help promote his own effort to reduce income inequality in the United States.
SPORTS
March 26, 2014 | By Sam Farmer
ORLANDO, Fla. - There is a good chance the NFL will expand the playoff field from 12 to 14 teams, and the change could come as early as the upcoming season. NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, speaking Wednesday at the conclusion of the league's annual meetings, said there was a "full discussion" on the topic among team owners and executives this week. "I think there's a tremendous amount of interest in this, possibly even to the point of support, but there are also things we still want to make sure we do it right," Goodell said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 17, 2014 | By Ari Bloomekatz
Join Los Angeles Times staff writer Rong-Gong Lin II for an L.A. Now Live chat at 12:30 p.m. on the magnitude 4.4 earthquake that struck early Monday about six miles from Westwood. There were no immediate reports of any injuries or major damage, but the earthquake was one of the largest in this area since at least 2008. Law enforcement agencies and earthquake experts say it is an opportunity to better understand seismic shifts and prepare residents for the "big one. " Monday's earthquake hit in the northern edge of the Santa Monica Mountains, a general area responsible for the uplifting of the range over many thousands of years.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 17, 2014 | By Patrick McGreevy and Melanie Mason
SACRAMENTO -- State Sen. Ed Hernandez (D-West Covina) portrayed Monday the shelving of his amendment to overturn the state's ban on affirmative action in higher education as an attempt to defuse the increasingly heated backlash the proposal has generated in recent weeks. "Given the scare tactics and misinformation used by certain groups opposed to SCA 5, we felt it was necessary to have a discussion based on facts and take the time to hear from experts on the challenges our public universities and colleges face with regards to diversity, as well as the implications for California's workforce and our overall competitiveness in a global economy," Hernandez told reporters at the Capitol.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 17, 2014 | By Yvonne Villarreal
Veteran journalist and former California First Lady Maria Shriver is out to put a human face on Americans struggling to stay above the poverty line. In her new HBO documentary, "Paycheck to Paycheck: The Life and Times of Katrina Gilbert," Shriver focuses on a 30-year-old single mother of three who earns less than $10 an hour as a nursing assistant in Chattanooga, Tenn. The work, which premieres Monday, is meant to highlight the struggles of an estimated 42 million women and 28 million children who are living in or are on the brink of poverty.
SPORTS
March 16, 2014 | By Dan Loumena
Mike Schmidt, perhaps the greatest third baseman in baseball history and a harsh critic of players using performance-enhancing drugs, sat down with reporters Saturday to discuss his recovery from skin cancer. "I'm a very lucky man," said the former Philadelphia Phillies slugger and Hall of Famer about his battle with stage 3 melanoma. “I've done just about everything I can to destroy the cancer cells in my body.” The 64-year-old had two operations and went through the usual rounds of chemotherapy and radiation treatments.
BUSINESS
November 6, 2005
M. Night Shyamalan's take on "the collective moviegoing experience" is years too late ("Director Warns of Big Screens' Extinction," Oct. 28). Currently, that experience begins in an under-ventilated auditorium sticky underfoot and smelling vaguely of popcorn; 20 minutes or more of ads that feature cars exploding and people screaming at jet-takeoff sound levels, followed by 126 minutes of three-act predictability. Meanwhile, cellphones tinkle, chairs are kicked and plots and problems are loudly discussed while the movie unfolds.
WORLD
March 15, 2014 | By Lisa Mascaro
WASHINGTON -   A delegation of eight U.S. senators met in Kiev, Ukraine,  with recently installed interim Ukrainian government leaders on the eve of a controversial Russian-supported secession vote in the Crimea region and discussed providing assistance. Sen. Richard Durbin (D-Ill.), the assistant minority leader, said Saturday that the United States is expected to respond to the Ukrainians' request for basic military items -   including fuel, tires, food and sleeping bags -   to support its troops.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 14, 2014 | By Ari Bloomekatz
Join Times staff writer Jean Merl at 12:30 p.m. for an L.A. Now Live discussion on the race to succeed longtime Rep. Henry A. Waxman (D-Beverly Hills). Waxman's district is one of the state's most politically active and wealthy areas, and no fewer than 21 people have filed to appear on the June 3 primary ballot. With no limit on how many terms a representative can serve, an open House seat is relatively rare and likely to draw a crowd - just not usually this big. PHOTOS: Henry Waxman through the years The hopefuls include 11 Democrats - not surprising in a district with a vivid blue wash - four Republicans, one Libertarian, one Green Party member and four independents.
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