August 24, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - Deborah Miles was just 16 when her father brought her to the Lincoln Memorial 50 years ago to see the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. speak at the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom. "My father said it was like the arms of Lincoln's statue were embracing" King, Miles said. "You knew this was history in the making. " Half a century later, Miles was among tens of thousands of people who came to the National Mall once again to hear leaders and activists speak from the steps of the memorial.
August 22, 2013 |
Aziz Ansari wants to bring the Beltway to Pawnee in a scandalous way. The “Parks and Recreation” funnyman has gotten drunk off the “Scandal” Kool-Aid - binging on the buzzy ABC drama during a break from production - and he can't stop talking about it ... and he can't help but dream of a world where Tom Haverford (a.k.a. the Brown Ryan Gosling) mingles with Olivia Pope (Kerry Washington). Hey, it could happen, right? It wouldn't be the first time the small-town government employees have rubbed elbows with D.C.-ers.
August 19, 2013 |
Becky G vividly remembers what she calls "my little mini midlife crisis. " It happened seven years ago, when she was 9. At the time, her family had been forced to move into her grandparents' Inglewood garage after losing its Riverside County home. Money was tight. Her dad was stressing out. And her mom was "really scared. " That's when Becky had an epiphany. "I did have this moment of realization of, 'Oh, my God, what am I going to do with my life?'" she says. "Just feeling like I had to get my act together, even though there was really nothing to put together yet. " Today, the biggest challenge facing the preternaturally ambitious Mexican American teen isn't getting her act together.
August 17, 2013 |
The love games of Shakespeare's "A Midsummer Night's Dream" are as frolicsome as they are exquisitely patterned. Of all his romantic comedies, this one has the structural elegance of an elaborate dance. The play has flashes of magnificent poetry, but it's the way the action is choreographed that Shakespeare's genius most fully reveals itself. The Actors' Gang production of "Midsummer," directed by company chief Tim Robbins, strips the play down to its bare essentials. There are no sets to speak of, the lighting is often stark and the special effects tend to involve nothing more than plastic foliage and billowing sheets.
August 16, 2013 |
Visionary technological proposals generally trace a life cycle of three stages. First comes the thrill of the unveiling (the "gee-whiz" stage); then there's the hard work of research and development to convert rough sketches into practical form; finally comes the crash, when the original dream has to confront cold, hard reality. Let's hope there aren't any passengers aboard when Elon Musk's Hyperloop hits stage three. If you've been a sentient creature during the last week, you've heard something about the Hyperloop.
August 15, 2013 |
This is how it's going for the Dodgers right now: They're playing so stupidly well that if a player's not contributing to this love train, he feels left out. You get an opportunity, you'd best cash it in or the next guy behind you will. And right now, nobody on this team wants to be left behind. “You'd better step up when you get a chance to do it,” Andre Ethier said. “It's a fun environment.” Yeah, I would think so. Win 40 of 48 and you'd best be having some fun. Ethier might have felt a tad left out early Wednesday night, what with his sore calf forcing him out of the lineup.
August 14, 2013 |
The patience stone ( syngue sabour) of Persian mythology is a magical black stone that receives the problems of those who confide in it. According to myth, when the stone has absorbed all the pain and suffering of the person, it will shatter and free the individual from his or her woes. In writer-director Atiq Rahimi's new film, "The Patience Stone," which opens Friday, the legendary object takes the form of the comatose husband of a Muslim woman (Iranian actress Golshifteh Farahani)
August 10, 2013 |
TUCSON - When a group of young immigrant rights activists devised a plan last month to stage an unconventional protest at the U.S.-Mexico border to draw attention to the thousands deported under the Obama administration's immigration policy, Lizbeth Mateo was a little afraid that onlookers would react negatively. The protest, after all, could have meant their deportation. Then the letters poured in. Hundreds of them. All positive and addressed to Mateo, 29, and other protesters who, as a result of their daring demonstration, were stopped, handcuffed and taken to an immigration detention facility in south-central Arizona.
August 7, 2013
Nine young men and women whose parents brought them to the United States as children without proper documentation were arrested last month after staging a bold protest. By traveling to Mexico and then trying to legally reenter the U.S., they hoped to highlight the plight of an estimated 1.7 million young immigrants who also came to the U.S. as children -- and to press for passage of the Dream Act, which would offer them a conditional pathway to citizenship. The nine protesters took a huge risk.
August 7, 2013 |
TUCSON - Lizbeth Mateo won't be late for her first day of law school after all - despite weeks in a federal detention center after protesting U.S. immigration policy. She and other members of the "Dream 9" were freed Wednesday while they pursue U.S. asylum. Born in Mexico, Mateo, 29, has spent most of her life in Los Angeles. On Monday, she is to begin studies at Santa Clara University School of Law. Now she's even more determined to succeed. "I am absolutely ready to go to law school," Mateo said.