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October 13, 2009 | Noam N. Levey
As a key Senate committee prepares today to pass its plan to overhaul the nation's healthcare system, senior Democrats are acknowledging that it may be impossible to provide coverage to all Americans -- a central goal of President Obama and his congressional allies. That is fueling growing alarm among hospitals and insurance companies, which have made universal coverage a condition of their support. On Monday, the insurance industry stepped up its warnings that leaving a large segment of the population without coverage would accelerate a rise in premiums for everyone else.
February 19, 2014 | By Chris Kuc
SOCHI, Russia - Before they take the ice for perhaps the biggest game of their lives, the United States women's hockey team will look at its motto posted in the dressing room. We are part of something bigger than ourselves. We are Team USA. We are team first. And then the players will likely utter another mantra: "Do it for Julie. " FRAMEWORK: Best images from Sochi Playing in her fourth Winter Games, forward Julie Chu will skate in her third gold-medal game when the U.S. faces Canada on Thursday at Bolshoy Ice Dome.
August 16, 2009 | Kathryn Crim, Krim is the deputy editor of the Threepenny Review.
The Lost Origins of the Essay Edited and introduced by John D'Agata Graywolf: 698 pp., $23 paper What is an anthology? It is always a little too much and a bit too little. Too much, I mean, in particularly physical terms. The anthologies I own -- "The Oxford Anthology of British Literature," "The Best American Short Stories of the Century" -- are prodigious volumes, not the little bouquets of verse denoted by the Greek anthologia . I leave them on my shelves.
February 3, 2014 | By Kevin Baxter
  A stoppable force met a movable object Monday at Staples Center. For the uninitiated, that would be the free-falling Kings and their punchless offense against the struggling Chicago Blackhawks and their porous defense. It was billed as a matchup of the last two Stanley Cup champions, though you couldn't have proven that by the way the teams have played lately, with the Kings averaging 1 1/2 goals a week and the Blackhawks having lost five of their last six. But this being the NHL somebody had to win, and Chicago proved the best of the worst when Marcus Kruger's second-period slap shot from just inside the blue line struck the stick of defenseman Matt Greene and tumbled over the left shoulder of Kings goalie Jonathan Quick, breaking a 2-2 tie and sparking the Blackhawks to a 5-3 win. SUMMARY: Chicago Blackhawks 5, Kings 3 "We had a 2-2 game, we had the momentum," Kings captain Dustin Brown said.
October 26, 2009 | Joe Markman
Nearly a century after Jack Johnson, the first black heavyweight boxing champion, was convicted of crossing state lines with a prostitute, two conservative, boxing-enthusiast lawmakers are pressuring President Obama to grant him a measure of justice. Dual requests for a posthumous pardon have passed the Senate and House. They were sponsored by Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), a former amateur boxer, and Rep. Peter T. King (R-N.Y.), who trains and spars in his spare time. Advocates say the president should, in the words of the House resolution, "expunge from the annals of American criminal justice a racially motivated abuse of the prosecutorial authority."
December 22, 1985
Every Sunday I look forward to playing the Los Angeles Times "Stump the Reader" game as I search for "The (elusive) Book Review" section. SUSAN LESLIE SMITH Arcadia
March 22, 2001
The elusive inflation that Alan Greenspan sought was just that--elusive. Now, economists speak of "deflation." And Wall Street deflated (March 21). That great guru is now trying to tell us--in translated Greenspeak--that our stock market should not really pay much attention to him--that is, the Federal Reserve Board. Well, of course not. We all are not, in fact, waiting with bated breath as to his next utterance. So, what happened to the stock market? MARIANNE TRUITT Marina del Rey
June 23, 1985
Being a frog freak, I want to thank Alan Linn for his thoroughly delightful article (June 2) on the coqui frogs of Puerto Rico. I felt as though I was right there with him as he was searching for the elusive crooners. It was very enjoyable reading. ANNE WILSON Lakewood
October 9, 1993
I was very surprised and rather upset at the extremely harsh critique Kenneth Turan gave "M. Butterfly" ("Chasing an Elusive 'Butterfly,' " Oct. 1). Turan obviously loved the stage production of David Henry Hwang's play and finds the film "drab," "pedestrian," "limp" and "tepid." It seems as though Turan's having seen the play prevented him from enjoying the film, for his criticism basically stems from the fact that the film is not the same as the play. Although I did not see the play, I had read much about it; thus, I went to the movie with high expectations.
September 24, 1996
Recent letters (Sept. 13) have pounced on Jack Kemp for saying he could use a 15% tax cut. Apparently, one risks being called "greedy" if he seeks to earn more than a certain tactful amount of money. Would someone please explain to me exactly where this imaginary line falls? I don't want to risk becoming an outcast just because of some unforeseen success I might encounter in my own career. The opinions of these readers are typical among liberal double-talkers. At convention time, they praise the noble yet elusive American dream.
January 2, 2014 | By David G. Savage and Noam N. Levey
WASHINGTON - The intensifying Supreme Court clash over whether birth control should be required under President Obama's signature healthcare law has revealed just how deep divisions remain between administration officials and Catholic leaders over where to draw the line between religious freedom and women's reproductive rights. After more than two years of negotiations, a compromise that satisfies everyone appears out of reach, likely leaving the matter for high court justices to decide later this year.
September 18, 2013 | By David Horsey
Don Draper - the irresistible, womanizing advertising executive with a haunting, secret past - is one of television's most memorable, iconic characters. Yet Jon Hamm, the actor who has embodied Draper through six seasons of “Mad Men,” has failed to seduce one elusive woman: Her name is Emmy. "Mad Men” has won four Emmy Awards for outstanding drama series. Hamm, the central force around which the rest of the show orbits, has been nominated six times for the acting honors but has never won. This year, the buzz is that he is far from being a sure bet to take the golden statuette.
August 2, 2013 | By David Pagel
In the late 1960s and early '70s, Terry O'Shea (1941-2002) made some great works of art that are doubly invisible. They are either ignored (as they were by the official organizers of Pacific Standard Time), or treated like cute little sidekicks to the big guns of resin - artists such as John McCracken, Craig Kauffman and De Wain Valentine, who put Los Angeles on the map by playing fast and loose with conventional distinctions between painting and sculpture. In a small side room at Craig Krull Gallery, a nifty little exhibition of 14 tiny sculptures and five page-size drawings suggests that if O'Shea were alive today he'd prefer to have his works ignored than treated as souvenir tokens of the good old days.
August 2, 2013 | Emily Alpert and Ricardo Lopez
Despite an improving economy, many young adults struggling to get decent-paying jobs are increasingly seeking refuge at their parents' homes. Employment hasn't rebounded among Americans ages 18 to 31, the generation generally known as millennials. Marriage also has been pushed off. And what jobs are available often are lower-paying retail, fast-food and other service jobs. "When my parents were my age, they had their own place already, and they came from Mexico," said Patricia Guerra, 24, who lives with her parents in Ontario.
May 29, 2013 | By Anna Gorman, Los Angeles Times
The school health clerk took a comb and pointed to the near-microscopic bugs crawling up and down my daughters' scalps. I cringed. Then she checked my head for the pesky parasites. I held my breath. We had lice. Lots and lots of lice. My youngest daughter scratched her head and started crying. Embarrassed, we headed home. And that began the frustrating, icky, unending, exhausting, humiliating, disgusting battle against the bugs. Parents across the nation are terrified of lice - not because they cause disease, but because even one minuscule egg has the power to keep children out of school and their mothers and fathers out of the office.
May 14, 2013 | By Meg James, Los Angeles Times
Can the return of Michael J. Fox, agent Jack Bauer and "Ironside" help vanquish the flesh-eating zombies that are threatening to take a bite out of television broadcasters' fortunes? ABC, CBS, Fox and NBC are unveiling their fall lineups this week with the hopes that their latest crop of crime-solving dramas and half-hour comedies will cure what ails the broadcast industry. The networks are coming off a lackluster season marked by falling ratings and a failure to produce new hits on the magnitude of cable channel AMC's zombie show "The Walking Dead.
March 2, 1998
Interesting. Howard Rosenberg, once again, rips KCBS on various subjects and KCBS Vice President and General Manager John Culliton's best rebuttal is "the other guys are doing it, too." Well, I guess he told him. ("KCBS Isn't Only Station That Merits a Critic's Eye," Counterpunch, Feb. 16). Culliton quoted Rosenberg stating that there was "something about [KCBS]" and "what is it about Channel 2?" and he takes issue with this. OK, allow me to elaborate. That elusive "something" Rosenberg could not put his finger on, in this non-media, nonprofessional writer's opinion, is that dreaded H-word--hypocrisy.
April 20, 2008 | Ann Brenoff, Times Staff Writer
Kenny Chesney must have gotten word about the Malibu dress code: It's baseball caps, dude, not cowboy hats. What other possible explanation is there for the country music legend to have bought a house in the Carbon Canyon neighborhood for $7.4 million in February and then promptly re-listed it for sale at $7.95 million? The home, which was listed at $7.5 million when Chesney bought it a nanosecond ago, has expansive ocean views.
May 1, 2013 | By Carol J. Williams
World War II lingers for Russia and Japan. Nearly 68 years after the fighting ended, the two Asian powers have yet to sign a peace treaty. That could change now that the leaders of both countries have solid nationalist credentials and could pull off what analysts call a “Nixon-to-China moment.” Like stridently anti-Communist President Nixon, who traveled to Beijing in 1972, Russian President Vladimir Putin and Japanese Prime Minister...
April 3, 2013 | By Chuck Schilken
Skylar Diggins has been to the Final Four twice before. She's even played in the championship game two times. But the Notre Dame senior has never hoisted the NCAA women's basketball trophy. Diggins will get her final shot this weekend.  The Fighting Irish advanced to the Final Four for a third straight year by defeating Duke, 87-76, Tuesday night. It's an opportunity the two-time All American relishes. “I want to win a championship for Coach [Muffet] McGraw bad,” Diggins said of her coach, who has led the Irish to one national title (2001)
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