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May 17, 2012 | By Stanley Meisler, Special to the Los Angeles Times
WASHINGTON - Joan Miró, the great Spanish painter of dreams and symbols, lived through so many harrowing eras of the 20th century that critics believe his masterpieces surely reflect the tensions of political events in one way or another. But Miró's world of art was so special - with stars and moons, biomorphs and delightful dogs and sly monsters and wonderful color - that it has always been difficult to find much politics there. An exhibition that just arrived at the National Gallery of Art - "Joan Miró: The Ladder of Escape" - makes a spirited attempt to find and explore the politics.
September 1, 2009 | Scott Gold and Ari B. Bloomekatz
Reporting from Los Angeles and The Angeles National Forest -- Everything that has made the Angeles National Forest wildfire so fierce and intractable -- extreme heat, treacherous terrain, bone-dry conditions left by years of drought -- seems to have converged on the lonely hilltop where Ted Hall and Arnie Quinones died. Hidden in the forest, high above the Antelope Valley to the north and Los Angeles to the south, the hilltop is a hostile place now. By Monday, the flames had reduced the bluffs in every direction to a blackened moonscape, interrupted only by boulders, plumes of smoke and downed power lines draped like bunting from the gnarled limbs of charred trees.
June 11, 2012 | By Lee Romney, Los Angeles Times
SAN FRANCISCO - There was the leather pouch, crafted in prison, that according to family lore may have contained a message about the escapees' hide-out. There were the flowers, which arrived reliably on special occasions at their childhood home - with no card attached. And when Clarence and John Anglin's mother died in 1978, two men masquerading as women were said to have attended her Florida funeral, despite a swarm of FBI agents nearby. Fifty years after the Anglins joined Frank Lee Morris and slipped away from Alcatraz - the wind-battered federal penitentiary in San Francisco Bay - on a raft made of raincoats, tantalizing new morsels trickled out Monday to deepen the enduring mystery of their escape.
October 28, 1993 | Ho, now a student at Bolsa Grande High School in Garden Grove, joined his parents, three brothers and a sister in this country. One brother and two sisters are still in Vietnam. and
Loc Thien Ho wrote about his experiences in Vietnam and escape to America as part of a school assignment when he was a junior at Santiago High in Garden Grove. Ho prepared this account with the help of Jesse Cook, a sophomore at Santiago. I was born in Vietnam in 1976. The previous year, on April 30, the North Vietnamese tanks drove into Saigon. Hanoi, the communist capital, quickly imposed a Lenin-Stalinist dictatorship on all of Vietnam. The communist regime began confiscating our property and put my whole family on trial.
May 1, 2008 | Tony Perry, Times Staff Writer
A 53-year-old wife and mother who escaped from a Michigan prison in 1976 is facing extradition after being arrested at her upscale home in San Diego, officials said Wednesday. Susan Lefevre, sentenced in 1975 to 10 to 20 years in prison on drug charges, was living as Marie Walsh in the Carmel Valley neighborhood, the U.S. marshal's office said. A tipster had alerted Michigan officials to Lefevre's whereabouts. Her identity was confirmed through the thumbprint on her driver's license.
March 13, 1985
Today's Times (Feb. 26) contains two articles that ought to be of great interest in their informativeness and in the contrast in the attitudes expressed therein. I refer to Robert Samuelson's article (Editorial Pages), "The Cheapening of College Education and the news item, "Riches Give Japan New Confidence." Samuelson laments what he describes as a lowering of standards for admission to colleges. On the one hand, he calls for better preparation of students in elementary and secondary schools, which no one could argue with.
May 5, 2002
Roy Williams states ("Placing Courage in Social Context," letter, May 2) that "the bravery of a suicide bomber is no more in doubt than the bravery of a Sept. 11 hero." This is an insult to the truly brave. Suicide is simply an escape--from real or imagined suffering, from responsibility, from self-loathing or from prosecution for one's actions. It's also forbidden by both the Bible and the Koran. As Williams correctly notes, intentional killing of unarmed, noncombatant civilians is "evil" and considered both a crime and unethical throughout much of the world.
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