January 22, 2012 |
There is a great deal of music in the world, and no one knows exactly why. But it does have its ready uses. The music business can make you rich and famous. The pianist Christopher O'Riley admitted in The Times last week what a lot of classical musicians won't: He learned the piano, at least in part, to attract the attention of girls. As I write this, a sparkling new recording of Tod Machover's "Sparkler," an infectious overture for orchestra and live electronics, is playing on my stereo and making itself useful.
November 7, 2011 |
United Nations nuclear inspectors have concluded that Iran has acquired the technical means to design a nuclear weapon and would require about six months to enrich uranium to the quality needed for a bomb if it decided to do so, according to officials familiar with the evidence. Evidence of advances in Iran's research is expected to emerge this week in a report by the International Atomic Energy Agency, the U.N.'s Vienna-based nuclear watchdog. The IAEA report provides no "smoking gun" proof that Iran's government intends to build a nuclear weapon, said a European diplomat.
October 12, 2011 |
It's time to call Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's bluff. Over the last few weeks, the Iranian president has stated on a number of occasions that his country will cease domestic efforts to manufacture fuel for one of its nuclear reactors if it is able to purchase the fuel from abroad. The United States should accept this proposal — publicly, immediately and unconditionally. Iran's enrichment program has been the focus of international concern for almost a decade. Its first efforts were geared toward enriching uranium to 5% — suitable for use in a power reactor.
September 5, 2011 |
Iran offered on Monday to open its nuclear program to five years of "full supervision" by the U.N. atomic energy agency if the world body lifts its sanctions, but made clear that it would forge ahead with its programs for uranium enrichment regardless. The offer from Fereydoun Abbasi, the head of Iran's Atomic Energy Organization, came amid a new increase in warnings internationally over the Islamic Republic's nuclear program. That was led by a report Friday in which the U.N. International Atomic Energy Agency said it was "increasingly concerned" that Tehran may be developing its uranium-enrichment program to produce nuclear payloads for missiles.
April 3, 2011 |
For the first eight years that she was building her company, Carmen Rad didn't pay much attention to events put on by business networking groups. Now Rad, who is president of the CR&A Custom digital printing company, goes to at least one a week. "There is a tremendous advantage to joining, and you can't just join one. You need to join more than one because each organization will have a different added value," said Rad, who is on the board of the Los Angeles chapter of the National Assn.
March 26, 2011 |
The two playwrights most often invoked to describe Lanford Wilson's style are Anton Chekhov and Tennessee Williams. From Chekhov, Wilson learned the compositional possibilities of ensemble pieces and the way the inner life is thrown into relief when the outer life slows down. From Williams, Wilson learned the power of the poetry of longing and the importance of fleshing out a world on stage. No American dramatist has been able to match Williams' gift for lyrical realism, but Wilson, hailing from Lebanon, Mo., rather than the Deep South, came closest.
March 14, 2011 |
If you have been following spring training, you know the Dodgers can't buy a hit. Of course, that's what you would expect these days from a team owned by Frank McCourt . The Dodgers' offense ranks 30th among 30 teams in practice hitting. Ordinarily I wouldn't give it another thought as the daughter and I prepare for our annual jaunt to Las Vegas to wager on the NCAA tournament and advertise her availability. By the way, she's bringing along a friend on this trip. A boy. And Mandalay Bay has a beautiful wedding chapel.
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March 10, 2011 |
A Los Angeles County prosecutor on Wednesday accused Bell's former city administrator, Robert Rizzo, of stealing more than $5 million from the city treasury and lending city money to buy the loyalty of employees so they wouldn't object to his bloated paychecks. "Money is power, and Mr. Rizzo used the city's money to gain power for himself," Deputy Dist. Atty. Sean Hassett said during closing arguments in a preliminary hearing to determine if Rizzo and others will stand trial for misappropriation of public funds.
February 25, 2011 |
Iran increased its stockpile of low-enriched uranium in recent months despite intense international pressure and claims that a computer virus had slowed its program, a report Friday by the U.N.'s nuclear watchdog agency indicates. At the beginning of February, according to the report prepared for the board of governors of the International Atomic Energy Agency, Iran had nearly 8,000 pounds of uranium enriched to 3.5%, a quantity sufficient for about three nuclear weapons if further enriched to 90%. The U.S. and its allies suspect Iran of seeking to develop atomic weapons; Iran contends that its program is for peaceful purposes only.