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March 10, 1996
What I found extraordinary in your review of "Pythagoras' Trousers" by Margaret Wertheim (Feb. 18) is your opinion that the word "extraordinary" is strident. Given the fact that no woman has received the Nobel Prize for physics in the last 30 years, it seems an even stronger word might have been warranted. Could it be a case of your reaching for the classic, and often highly effective, sexist put-down? I know, don't tell me: I'm being strident. RITA BINGHAM, SAN CLEMENTE
April 21, 2014 | By The Times editorial board
Two and a half years after a drone strike in Yemen killed New Mexico-born Anwar Awlaki, a federal appeals court has ordered the Obama administration to release a confidential memorandum that explains the legal justification for its extraordinary decision to assassinate a U.S. citizen. The administration should promptly comply. Monday's unanimous ruling by a three-judge panel of the U.S. 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals was the result of a lawsuit by the New York Times and the American Civil Liberties Union to force release of a memo prepared by the Justice Department's Office of Legal Counsel.
September 23, 2001
In the Ventura County Edition of The Times on Sept. 7, Dist. Atty. Michael Bradbury is quoted in regard to the recent death of child rapist and killer Theodore Frank, who died from natural causes: "Although man's justice failed, God's did not." Bradbury is truly an extraordinary district attorney; he understands the operation of two justice systems--ours and God's. Knowing this, I feel much more secure. DORIS FERBER Ventura
April 10, 2014 | By Charles McNulty, Los Angeles Times Theater Critic
LAS VEGAS - Telling friends that you're heading to Las Vegas for some Shakespeare is a bit like claiming you read Playboy for the interviews. Well, I did indeed head to Vegas last weekend to see "The Tempest," and I can guarantee that I was the only person on my morning flight reading Harold C. Goddard's classic "The Meaning of Shakespeare. " Just a few pages from the chapter on "The Tempest," mind you. The guys downing pre-lunch wine and cocktails around me were whooping it up "Hangover"-style.
April 20, 1989 | From Times wire services
BankAmerica Corp.'s extraordinary turnaround continued in the first quarter this year with record earnings of $275 million, a 152% increase from $109 million a year ago, the company reported today. The parent of Bank of America, which lost $955 million in 1987 but rebounded last year to post a profit of $726 million, marked a milestone in its recovery in the quarter when it reinstated a dividend on its common stock. Earnings per common share were $1.38 in the first quarter, up 146% from 56 cents in the same period a year ago.
June 5, 1988
Museums alone, no matter how wonderful, do not an art capital make. Los Angeles better get its priorities straight if it wants to be in serious contention as an art center. That the Los Angeles County Museum of Art would feature the very ordinary Andrew Weyeth "Helga Pictures" and pass up the extraordinary Paul Gauguin retrospective (reviewed brilliantly by William Wilson, May 22) is not only a disservice to the L.A. public but to the credibility of the museum as well. JOYCE HELFAND Tujunga
June 23, 2002
Re "Unity Is Our Human Quest," Orange County commentary, June 2: When I read your opinion piece it made me look around our beautiful rainbow and simply celebrate with joy the author's visionary words! I am an immigrant from Latin America who is married to an American of Irish-German heritage; I have a business partnership with a Chinese group and live in an area with a big Indian population. All this extraordinary cultural interaction is a daily blessing for me. Diversity causes conflict and stress, which are inevitable.
Protesters, angered by the recent Border Patrol shooting of a 15-year-old Mexican youth, blockaded the busy U.S.-Mexico border crossing between Mexicali and Calexico for nine hours Wednesday, effectively halting transnational commerce and preventing many farm laborers from reaching the fertile fields of California's Imperial Valley.
October 27, 1997 | STEPHANIE SAUL, NEWSDAY
It seemed almost a miracle--three young men, strangers who had grown up in separate families, discovering by accident that they were identical triplets. The public devoured their inspiring story as it made headlines around the country in 1980. The three, who had grown up in the New York area, appeared on "Good Morning America," "Today," "Donahue" and "Geraldo Rivera." A movie was in the works.
Two developers are hoping that bargain-hunters will soon be singing "I Bought It on the Grapevine." A pair of giant factory outlet centers totaling 720,000 square feet are being planned for the Golden State Freeway near Gorman, a truck-stop hamlet just below the Los Angeles-Kern county line, 65 miles northwest of downtown Los Angeles. They would continue a trend begun in the late 1980s, when manufacturers began opening wholesale outlets in the western United States.
March 31, 2014 | By Don Lee
WASHINGTON -- Federal Reserve Chairwoman Janet Yellen, saying the job market is far from normal, made clear Monday that the central bank remains committed to providing extraordinary support for the economy for some time to come. Yellen's remarks in Chicago were meant to reassure investors and others after statements earlier this month that indicated the Fed might start raising short-term interest rates as soon as early next year - sooner than many had been expecting. “She is backtracking some from her hawkish-sounding remarks from the press conference a couple weeks ago,” said Jack Ablin, chief investment officer of BMO Private Bank in Chicago.
March 25, 2014 | By Corina Knoll and Francine Orr
The attorney who oversaw USC law students in their efforts to free 74-year-old Mary Virginia Jones, convicted for her role in a 1981 murder, after 32 years behind bars said the the win came after a difficult road. Jones walked out of Century Regional Detention Facility in Lynwood around 11 p.m. Monday after Judge William C. Ryan ordered her release  earlier in the day. USC Law School's Post-Conviction Justice Project argued that Jones' abusive boyfriend had forced her at gunpoint to help rob and shoot two drug dealers, one of whom died.
February 7, 2014 | By Mary McNamara, Los Angeles Times Television Critic
As the title of this episode of "American Masters" suggests, "Alice Walker: Beauty in Truth" is a lovely and lyrical tribute to the great American writer and activist who turns 70 on Sunday, two days after the film airs on PBS. February is, of course, Black History Month, which makes the non-birthday aspect of the timing dispiriting. Surely it shouldn't require an African American-themed event to warrant a tribute to Walker. And yet it is also reaffirming as well since it looks like Black History Month remains a very good idea.
January 30, 2014 | By Kathleen Hennessey
WASHINGTON - President Obama on Thursday called Rep. Henry A. Waxman, the 20-term Democrat from Beverly Hills who announced he will retire at the end of the session, “one of the most accomplished legislators of his or any era.” Obama issued this statement on Waxman's retirement: “Early in the 20th century, Henry Waxman's grandparents came to America, the land of opportunity, and found a place where they could build a better life for themselves...
December 11, 2013 | By Betsy Sharkey
Filmmaker Alexander Payne has a subtle gift of infusing the most fraught of relationships with a quiet humanity. He's particularly astute at catching the crosscurrents when it comes to men: George Clooney's grieving but betrayed spouse in "The Descendants," Paul Giamatti's conflicted writer in "Sideways," Jack Nicholson's prickly retiree making amends, sort of, in "About Schmidt. " His latest, "Nebraska," with a fine script by Bob Nelson, will stand alongside his best. Bruce Dern's aging failure of a father and June Squibb's long-suffering and insufferably nagging wife stand in for countless couples worn out by life and each other.
November 11, 2013 | By Mark Swed, Los Angeles Times Music Critic
No one should be surprised that the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts, which began its inaugural season Friday night with an appearance by the Martha Graham Dance Company, is a high-end venue. It's in Beverly Hills. A pop-up Salvatore Ferragamo store is its first attraction, just in case you find that your shoes suddenly feel out of fashion for the promenade from the entrance in the historic post office and past impressive donated contemporary art to the new Bram Goldsmith Theater.
The call came on the eve of his Los Angeles concert, just as he was leaving his home in Mexico. We have your son. Follow our instructions. Don't make trouble. It was a year ago, and Vicente Fernandez was about to headline four sold-out shows at the Pico Rivera Sports Arena, his annual Memorial Day pilgrimage to the Eastside suburbs of L.A. Now this voice, saying his 33-year-old son, his namesake, was being held for a ransom of millions.
Like most people, I've long regarded the Abstract Expressionist painting done in San Francisco in the decade after World War II to have been a quick, sometimes deft response to extraordinary artistic developments principally being generated in New York.
October 31, 2013 | By Robert Abele
While Diana, Princess of Wales, was living life as the World's Most Famous Woman, happiness was an elusive pursuit: a nagging struggle between a thirst for privacy and a need for affirming public recognition. That the new film "Diana," based on Kate Snell's book about Diana's two-year secret romance with heart surgeon Hasnat Khan, has met with contemptuous reception in Britain only shows that the late royal belongs more to the people she touched and inspired than any one film could hope to dramatize.
October 10, 2013 | By Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times Film Critic
Elvis Presley called him up in the middle of the night to thank him for a song. John Lennon went to a banquet just so he could sit next to him. Dion said meeting with him was like "being inside a cubicle with a piano and a genius. " His name was Jerome Felder, but fame reached him under a pseudonym, Doc Pomus. If you care at all about the early days of rock 'n' roll, you either know who Doc Pomus was or count one of his songs as among your favorites: "This Magic Moment," "Save the Last Dance for Me," "Lonely Avenue," "Little Sister," "Viva Las Vegas," "Can't Get Used to Losing You," "A Teenager in Love.
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