CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 1, 2009 |
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.
May 17, 2012 |
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.
October 28, 1993 |
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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.
September 10, 2008 |
A San Diego woman who escaped from a Michigan prison more than 30 years ago and remade her life as a suburban mother pleaded guilty to escape after a judge said he would give her probation. Susan LeFevre, 53, was in court for a routine hearing on the escape charge. But that changed after the unexpected offer from Wayne County Circuit Judge Leonard Townsend, defense attorney William Swor said. Sentencing is set for Sept. 24. LeFevre must serve at least 5 1/2 years on the drug charge that led to her original sentence before a chance at parole.
May 18, 2002
The recent failed attempt by North Koreans seeking asylum in China, as reflected in the horror of a little girl's face ("Tape of Failed Defection Touches a Nerve in Asia," May 14), brings to mind the scope of the atrocities committed in this world and the will of people to escape them. The family arrested by Chinese officials last week wanted to come to the U.S. And who can blame them? This country has emerged as a haven for all the world's meek and weak, the huddled masses yearning to be free.
July 1, 2005
Re "A Penny Exposes Jail's Weak Points," June 28: When Francisco Puemas used a penny to make his escape from jail you could certainly say that he got his money's worth! Donald J. Crowell Huntington Beach