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October 9, 2009 | Reed Johnson
There were box seats for the VIPs and a "bleachers" section for the boisterous party crowd, with their beach blankets, sleeping bags and picnic hampers. But the hottest tickets in town last night weren't to be found only at Dodger Stadium, where the home team bested the St. Louis Cardinals in the ninth inning of a playoff game. They also were being distributed downtown, where Gustavo Dudamel picked up his baton in his inaugural performance at Walt Disney Concert Hall as new music director of the Los Angeles Philharmonic.
December 18, 2013
You may recall these faceted wood candle holders from our preview of the first Downtown Flea. We noted them in our last scouting run through the Highland Park vintage emporium Shopclass and thought they might be just what some holiday shopping procrastinators needed for those under-$20 secret Santa gift exchanges -- or perhaps that party table you're planning for next week. The pieces are made by C.C. Boyle, a voice-over actress who has been pursuing her passion for woodworking.
May 2, 1989 | Claudia Puig, Arts and entertainment reports from The Times, national and international news services and the nation's press
"The Hollywood Chronicles," a 26-episode cable series examining the history of the American film industry, is scheduled to begin airing on the Discovery Channel this fall. The series plans to give "an overview from the silent era to the present" and will consist mainly of old film clips and current interviews with older stars reminiscing "about Hollywood in its earlier years," according to a spokeswoman. Facets Entertainment Group President Rick Melchior is producing the series along with James Forsher ("Hollywood Uncensored," "Hollywood's Hidden Secrets")
May 6, 2013 | Eric Sondheimer
For those who run relays in track and field, passing the baton can be scarier than a scene from "A Nightmare on Elm Street. " Just ask sprinter Morgan Simon of Los Angeles Loyola High. He remembers suddenly dreaming about dropping the baton. "I looked around frantically," he said. So when the passing of the baton comes close to perfection, it's time to celebrate, and that's what Loyola's 400-meter relay team did after winning the Mission League championship last week in a school-record 40.89 seconds, tops in the state this season.
October 2, 1990
I am appalled at your editorial! To imply that homosexuals should be afforded the opportunity to lead and provide example for young Boy Scouts because not all "gays" are sexually promiscuous or active in proselytizing "their" lifestyles is as unconscionable as it is absolute rubbish. Regardless of the vocal numbers of homosexuals demanding equality in all facets of life, I think that it is time for The Times to reflect the needs of all society and draw the line. The Scout director said it best, "Homosexuality and boy scouting are not compatible."
April 30, 2004
Re "Schools Get Waivers for Algebra Law," April 26: What a ridiculous requirement! The great majority of graduates will never use the skills taught in algebra. They need more practical skills like balancing their checkbooks, making change, etc. Teaching more facets of arithmetic would be far more valuable than anything taught in algebra. Only a few technical careers require the use of algebraic equations. I have been a financial professional for 48 years and have never had the need for algebra, which I failed in high school.
January 10, 1988
Contributing to KCET's recent pledge drive was worth it to me just to have watched "Get Out Your Handkerchiefs" on Dec. 19. It was rightly rated "R" and the Moral Majority undoubtedly would have been outraged at the content. But real life is frequently "R" and the French, like the English, have the ability to present all facets of life with humor, delicacy and charm. I just wish I had taped this delightful French film. Incidentally, I do watch things like the "MacNeil/Lehrer NewsHour" and "Nova" on KCET too. Maureen Bangston, San Clemente
October 6, 1985
You have periodically carried informative stories about different facets of the growing peace movement. I believe that Kathleen Hendrix has achieved a new high with her lengthy article about Beyond War. She traced the origin and development of Beyond War, summarized their program, highlighted their recent activities, explained their educational methods; then she gave brief portraits of some of their staff and supporters. An excellent analysis which, I trust, has been of value to many other Times readers.
January 26, 1987
The Times (Jan. 16) gives a well-deserved tribute to Ray Bolger. The story of his life was most interesting, but I want to add one incident. In the 1920s, we were Orpheum fans, always trying to see the show every time it changed, which was normally about two weeks. That was where we first saw, and were delighted with, Ray Bolger, who appeared in "Gus Edward's Kiddies," a group of youngsters who were being trained by Gus Edwards for places in the entertainment world. One of the facets of the show was to try and forecast which of them would make it. Ray Bolger, who looked to be slightly older than the others, and was guessed to be about 11 or 12, was hailed as a winner; and so he was. His career was only a promise then, but it was fulfilled.
March 3, 1999
I have followed with interest the media coverage on the Behavioral Health (nee Mental Health) Department of Ventura County. This interest is informed in part by the fact that I have spend about 15 of my 30 years as a psychologist working in publicly funded mental health services. The local merger, "un-merger" and discussion of who should be in charge leads me to two conclusions: The best way to provide these services is through a multidisciplinary treatment team. This is because humans, even the most severely mentally ill, are multifaceted, including (in alphabetical order)
November 5, 2012 | By Kevin Baxter
You don't know Bob Romanski, but if you've watched an NFL game in the last 33 years you've seen his work. That's because any player who has worn the silver and black of the Raiders during that time was outfitted - from shoelaces to shoulder pads, jockstrap to chin strap - by Romanski, the team's equipment manager since the final days of the Carter administration. And that's just the most visible part of his job "It's from A to Z what you do," Romanski says. "There's times where you're working on a helmet radio system for practice and then a couple of hours later you could be tailoring a pair of pants.
August 5, 2012 | By Lynne Friedman, Special to the Los Angeles Times
RIO DE JANEIRO - "Should I use violence to restrain you if you want to buy too much?" my Italian roommate asked, seeing my enthusiasm for shopping manifest itself at a Brazilian kitchenware and china shop in Rio de Janeiro's Copacabana neighborhood. She was perfectly capable of this violence, just as I was capable of defending against it. We were in Rio last year as visiting female martial artists studying Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu with four-time world champion and famed Carioca Kyra Gracie.
February 12, 2012 | By Dawn C. Chmielewski, Los Angeles Times
The gig: Michael Palmer is co-founder and executive producer of Clevver Media, a nearly 6-year-old Hollywood company that has launched seven YouTube channels, including its flagship, ClevverTV, a teen version of TMZ or E! that provides entertainment and celebrity news for the "Twilight" generation. The intern: As a film production major at USC, Palmer interned for one of the most successful producers in Hollywood: Jerry Bruckheimer, whose credits include the popular "CSI" television series and "Pirates of the Caribbean" movie franchise.
November 27, 2011 | By Diane Pucin
St. Louis plays noisy basketball. Shoes squeak because the Billikens are always moving their feet, whether on offense or defense. Players shout. They chatter to each other, call out defenses, bark out what play has been called, warn each other away from screens. The 2,637 who came Sunday to the Anaheim Convention Center for the 76 Classic were rewarded hearing the sounds of a basketball team that has a good plan. St. Louis (6-0) won the championship with an 83-63 win over Oklahoma (4-1)
October 8, 2011 | By Patrick J. McDonnell, Los Angeles Times
More than six months after mass protests began spreading through the streets of Syria, activists say they remain committed to a peaceful rebellion against the government of President Bashar Assad, despite a rising death toll, a wave of assassinations and the reported emergence of soldiers switching sides and battling security forces. "Our revolution remains a nonviolent one," Omar Edelbi, spokesman for a grass-roots opposition network, the Local Coordination Committees, said in an interview Saturday in Beirut.
February 15, 2011 | By Noam N. Levey, Tribune Washington Bureau
Even as he proposes cuts to rein in spending in 2012, President Obama is calling for strategic increases in areas like cancer research and food safety that highlight a vision of government in sharp conflict with the Republicans who have gained power in Congress. By proposing billions of new dollars to educate children, regulate financial markets and develop cleaner fuels, Obama has drawn battle lines that will require congressional Republicans to publicly fight him over services widely considered important government functions.
November 19, 1989
As a structural engineer in practice since 1957, I take exception to R. D. Crowell's quote, "A one-man office is an accident waiting to happen," from the article "Architects Are Drawing Lawsuits for Malpractice" (Nov. 5). I have employed engineers, but I've worked alone for the last 13 years. My employees were first-rate, and many are now in practice. In recent years, it has become difficult to find people who wish to take on structural engineering with its headaches and responsibilities.
May 23, 1998
Although I think that Robert Hilburn did an interesting article on Frank Sinatra's musical career ("Requiem for a Saloon Singer," May 16), I found it disturbing that Hilburn suggested that it was some kind of flaw in Sinatra's music that he was unable to connect with the rock generation. It was at this moment I realized how much I miss the writing of the late Leonard Feather. He would have been able to properly assess the appeal and longevity of the Chairman of the Board. ROBERT FALCE Los Angeles No, Mr. Hilburn, the reason Frank Sinatra was "estranged from rock music" (which in itself is an oxymoron)
June 20, 2010 | By Mike DiGiovanna
Reporting from Chicago — Well, at least the Angels were consistent across the board Sunday. Their starting pitching was as shaky as their defense, which was as shoddy as their relief work, and it all added up to a 12-1 loss to the Chicago Cubs in Wrigley Field. Left-hander Joe Saunders (5-8) was roughed up for eight runs — five earned — and nine hits in 2 2/3 innings, and shortstop Brandon Wood, filling in for the injured Erick Aybar, committed two miscues that aided Cubs rallies in the second and third innings.
May 27, 2010 | By Paul Richter, Tribune Washington Bureau
The Obama administration on Thursday released a sweeping statement of its national security goals, emphasizing a strong counter-terrorism effort but also citing the importance of government action on issues such as climate change and the economy. The 52-page manifesto, called the National Security Strategy, aims to draw contrasts with President Bush's 2006 version, which focused heavily on the anti-terrorism fight, and began by saying, "America is at war." The Obama plan says that the government campaign against radical extremism is "only one element of our strategic environment and cannot define America's engagement with the world."
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