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December 24, 2010
The English Is Coming! How One Language Is Sweeping the World Leslie Dunton-Downer Touchstone: 326 pp., $24
April 25, 2014 | Mark Paredes
She had me at privyet . I had just delivered a talk in Romania on Jewish-Mormon relations (a niche topic, to be sure) at a church in Bucharest, and standing before me was Florina, a raven-haired beauty who greeted me in Russian after learning we had both lived in Moscow. Then she switched to English, which she had acquired as an au pair in London. I was a never-married bachelor in my early 40s and had begun to doubt that Miss Right and I would ever cross paths, much less during a speaking tour of Eastern Europe.
February 11, 2012
It began as a local story. Citing a state law requiring public officials to know English, a judge in Arizona ruled that city council candidate Alejandrina Cabrera should be barred from seeking public office because of her limited English skills. But the controversy over Cabrera's eligibility has reverberated nationally, stoking the debate over whether Spanish-speaking immigrants — and Spanish-speaking U.S. citizens such as Cabrera — are too slow to assimilate. That question is entwined with an issue that has surfaced in the Republican presidential campaign: whether English should be declared the official language of the United States.
April 12, 2014 | By Kevin Baxter
If you ask Ian Rush, Sunday's English Premier League match between first-place Liverpool and fast-closing Manchester City is about more than soccer supremacy. Oh, sure, it will be a clash of styles and philosophies, one that will push the winner closer to the Premier League title with less than a month left in the season. But to hear Rush tell it, it will also be a battle of the banks, one matching the haves against the have-mores. "Manchester City, you expect it because of the amount of money they pay for players," says Rush, Liverpool's all-time scoring leader and now an ambassador for the club.
February 9, 2011
For years it was a bogeyman for those discomfited by immigration, particularly from Mexico: The United States was evolving into two nations, only one of which would speak English. If it was ever true, which is doubtful, it isn't now. A 2007 report by the Pew Foundation found that, though only 23% of Latino immigrants spoke English very well, the figure rose to 88% for their adult children and 94% in the third generation. Time is the ally of assimilation, not segregation. That hasn't stopped the anxiety about non-English speakers, reflected in the applause Republican presidential candidate Tom Tancredo received during the 2008 campaign when he complained about having to "press 1 for English.
November 21, 2012 | By Houston Mitchell
Olympic figure-skating gold medalist Oksana Baiul is suing the William Morris Agency, saying it cheated her of earnings by taking advantage of her when she was a minor and did not understand English.      The talent agency signed Baiul, who was born and raised in Ukraine, when she was 16, but she said in her suit Tuesday that when she signed the contract she could not read or speak English. Baiul won the Olympic gold medal in women's figure skating in 1994. Baiul, 35, claimed that William Morris failed to account for $150,000 from a line of jewelry, a $100,000 advance and royalties for greeting cards and stationery, and earnings from TV specials, books, an infomercial, and other film and television contracts.
March 15, 2012 | By Maeve Reston
Republican presidential contender Rick Santorum said Thursday that his views on the official language of Puerto Rico had been mischaracterized in a local interview here. The Associated Press reported Wednesday that Santorum had told the San Juan newspaper El Vocero that “English has to be the main language” if Puerto Rico were to become a state. Currently the territory has two official languages: English and Spanish. During a brief chat with reporters at a hotel in San Juan on Thursday afternoon, Santorum said the reports that he had said Puerto Rico would have to change its official language to English were “completely inaccurate.” Clarifying his views on the topic, the former senator from Pennsylvania said that if Puerto Rican voters were to win statehood - a referendum to gage support for such a move is scheduled for later this year - English should be the “preferred” language, but he said he would not insist that the island change its official language to English alone.
September 28, 1990
In response to Bob Prosser's efforts of publishing a guide for English-speaking employers ("Spanish Directions for English-Speakers," Sept. 17), I would like to comment that should he not have published instead an "English on the Job"? I applaud Mr. Prosser's spirit and initiative, but readers should ask, how does his book truly help? I ask, should it not be up to the immigrants to learn English? English-as-a-second-language classes are available at local community colleges. As the year 2000 approaches, studies report that native, English-speaking families in the Southland may dwindle to as low as 20% of the population.
September 22, 2012
  Total time: 35 minutes Servings: 4 Note: Adapted from the "Mozza Cookbook. " Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper 1/3 cup shelled fresh peas 20 sugar snap peas 10 mint leaves, very thinly sliced lengthwise 3 tablespoons freshly grated Parmigiano-Reggiano, plus a wedge for grating an additional ¼ cup 2 tablespoons finishing-quality extra virgin olive oil...
February 8, 2012 | By Ricardo Lopez, Los Angeles Times
A would-be city council candidate in Arizona will not appear on an upcoming ballot because her English skills are insufficient, the state's Supreme Court decided Tuesday. In a brief two-page order, the high court affirmed a Superior Court judge's ruling, which struck Alejandrina Cabrera's name from the March ballot in the town of San Luis. The case, which attracted international media attention, was closely watched because of possible legal repercussions for other border communities where Spanish predominates.
April 9, 2014 | By David L. Ulin, Los Angeles Times Book Critic
If, like me, you discovered David Goodis through the 1980s Black Lizard reprints of his novels, Philippe Garnier's “Goodis: A Life in Black and White” (Black Pool Productions: 216 pp., $25 paper) has long been something of a mythic touchstone. Published in France in 1984, it remained unavailable in English for decades - until now, when Garnier's own translation has been released. Goodis is, I think, the greatest of the pulp writers who churned out paperback originals in the 1950s: dime store crime fiction that often rose to the level of art. Jim Thompson, Charles Willeford, Harry Whittington - these were his contemporaries, his peer group, although the truth is Goodis had no peers.
March 29, 2014 | By Kevin Baxter
Even in today's economy you'd think $1.4 billion would be enough to buy love. Or at the very least, indifference. But that hasn't been the case with the Glazer family, whose debt-driven purchase of English soccer team Manchester United a decade ago has brought them five Premier League titles, three League Cups, a Champions League crown, a FIFA Club World Cup - and a death threat against Malcolm Glazer, the billionaire patriarch of the family....
March 27, 2014 | By Tony Perry
SAN DIEGO -- A 5-month-old English bulldog reported stolen from a pet day care facility has been returned to its owners by "an anonymous male," the San Diego County Sheriff's Department said. The dog, named Schroeder, had wandered away from its owners in San Marcos. A passerby found the dog and took it to a nearby day care facility, Dogtopia. Then, for reasons unexplained, another person came to the faciity on March 19 and claimed the dog was his. He was caught on security camera leaving with the animal.
March 22, 2014 | By Elaine Woo
When the offbeat BBC cooking show "Two Fat Ladies" was given a green light in 1996, costar Clarissa Dickson Wright did not have the highest hopes. "I found it very hard to believe," she later wrote, "and thought perhaps it might be a cult series with a moderate but good audience. We had no idea. " It quickly became an immense hit - on both sides of the Atlantic. In the U.S., where it made its debut in 1997, "Two Fat Ladies" helped grease Food Network's ascent to a cable TV powerhouse, earning top prime-time ratings that made Dickson Wright and co-host Jennifer Paterson bona fide, if improbable, celebrities.
March 7, 2014 | By Meredith Blake
Robert Rodriguez helped ignite an independent film movement in the 1990s with his film "El Mariachi," shot for a mere $7,000, before moving on to blockbuster fare such as "Sin City" and the "Spy Kids" franchise. Now the restless filmmaker, 45, is trying to revolutionize the small screen with the recently launched cable network El Rey, targeted at a young, English-speaking Latino audience. It's available on Time Warner and DirecTV, among other outlets. You've had a lot of success in films.
March 6, 2014 | By Steve Waters
DORAL, Fla. - It was only the first round Thursday, but the 68-player international field at the World Golf Championships-Cadillac Championship got a taste of just how fearsome the new Blue Monster can be. The opening day at Trump National Doral had strong, shifting winds, rain, a storm delay, a tornado watch and a suspension of play because of darkness. As a result, there were plenty of birdies, but also plenty of bogeys, doubles and worse. Only two threesomes completed 18 holes.
May 31, 2012 | By Howard Blume, Los Angeles Times
State officials are neglecting their legal obligation to ensure that students who are learning English are receiving an adequate and equal education, according to a lawsuit filed Wednesday by the ACLU of Southern California and other advocates. The focus of the litigation is a small school system near Fresno, but the legal implications are broader: The suit accuses the state of poor oversight and says it must, by law, act to make sure these students are keeping pace academically with their peers across California.
February 3, 2014 | By August Brown
One of the most exciting sounds in pop right now is the melange of dance music, R&B and vocal pyrotechnics coming from young women in the U.K. Jessie Ware, AlunaGeorge and FKA Twigs all work in this captivating space, where bewitching vocals blend with avant-garde sonics and all stripes of danceable beatmaking. Katy B might be the one to take it to the U.S. pop charts. Her new album, "Little Red," is a forceful and fully realized mission statement of contemporary English pop. "Next Thing" throbs with the energy of '90s house, but given a modern digital urgency.
January 29, 2014 | By Mark Swed, Los Angeles Times Music Critic
Bach and Handel did not lead intersecting lives. Bach never left central Germany, while Handel became a cosmopolitan Londoner. Bach was a man of the church and had 20 children. Handel caught the theater bug and was not a family man (recent musicology presumes him to have been gay). But what are the odds that these two pillars of the Baroque would be born less than a month apart in the winter of 1685 and 90 miles away? And in another magnificent coincidence, each produced his most compelling spiritual summing-up, a resplendent working through of crises of faith, in 1749.
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