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June 18, 2011
The six panelists interviewed by The Times for their views on a possible future for baseball: Ken Burns is an Academy Award-nominated director whose documentary films include "Brooklyn Bridge" and "The Civil War. " He loves baseball because it is the only sport with irregular fields, the only sport where the defense has the ball and "it's not on ice. " Ron Shelton has written and directed a number of sports-related films, including...
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ENTERTAINMENT
August 22, 2013 | By Robert Abele
The second film in Austrian filmmaker Ulrich Seidl's "Paradise" trilogy, "Paradise: Faith," continues the director's fascination with pitifully deluded women undergoing humiliating blows to their dignity. After the deflating sex-tourism diorama that was "Paradise: Love," Seidl trains his unsparing, formalist eye on that protagonist's sister, Anna Maria (Maria Hofstätter), a devout Catholic who regularly self-flagellates, talks to Jesus like a cowed lover and spends her vacation time bringing door-to-door conversion (by way of a toted-around Virgin Mary statue)
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OPINION
May 26, 2003
Re "A White House Fluent in Language of Fanatics," Commentary, May 21: Arianna Huffington's insightful comparison of the Bush administration to the movie "The Matrix Reloaded" is well founded. Remember the movie craze when audiences wore special glasses to view 3-D films? The picture was fuzzy if the glasses were taken off. If our nation removed President Bush's rose-colored glasses we would not only see a different color alert for our economy, health care, Social Security and civil rights, we would see a frightening "reality film" instead of "Top Gun."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 7, 2013 | Christine Mai-Duc, Los Angeles Times
When Les Blank arrived in the lush, untamed Amazon in 1981 to make a documentary about Werner Herzog's film, "Fitzcarraldo," he knew the German's reputation as a daredevil director. Herzog had chosen the remote jungle locale, plagued by tribal skirmishes and the perils of nature, for authenticity. On the first day of shooting, seeking a dramatic shot, Herzog sent a 300-ton steamboat careening into a rocky riverbank. Caught unaware, Blank went flying across the boat deck, camera in tow. "I realized … if I could get back alive and sane, I would have an interesting film, no matter what happened," Blank said last year.
NEWS
May 1, 1991 | Associated Press
A Palestinian described by the army as a Muslim fanatic stabbed a Frenchwoman to death Tuesday in a restaurant on Bethlehem's Manger Square. Army and Arab sources said the woman was having lunch at the Andalus Hotel's restaurant and was attacked in a restroom. She was identified as Anne Ley, 64. Army and hospital officials said she died of stab wounds in the chest. "We believe the murder was done by a Muslim fanatic," said an army spokesman.
NEWS
March 26, 1993 | LOUIS SAHAGUN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Risking possible gunfire from either federal agents or Branch Davidians, a man described as a "religious fanatic" sprinted past a small army of heavily armed officers and into the cult's armed compound, the FBI said Thursday. Louis Anthony Alaniz, 24, of Houston, stunned federal agents and cult members alike when he was spotted dashing across the yard of the 77-acre compound early Wednesday evening, FBI Agent Bob Ricks said at a news conference.
NEWS
March 15, 1993 | ERIC HARRISON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
He was a quiet man--full of fire and fury but outwardly calm. His storms raged inside his head. Even last week, packing thunder in his pocket and violence in his heart, Michael Frederick Griffin seemed a soul at peace. On his way to the abortion clinic to assume his self-appointed role as an agent of God, Griffin stopped to pay his bill at a nearby neurologist's office where his daughter had been treated. He made small talk with the receptionist, Dee Slack.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 30, 1993
I'm having difficulty in identifying the "fanatics." Were they the ones inside the compound or the ones outside the compound? ARTHUR J. MANGER Pacific Palisades
NEWS
July 23, 1989 | STEPHEN BRAUN and CHARISSE JONES, Times Staff Writers
From his parents' house in a treeless, sun-parched subdivision in Tucson, Robert John Bardo wrote letter after letter to actress Rebecca Schaeffer, missives to another world. Scrawled shakily in pen, the letters were Bardo's way of reaching out from the boredom and insignificance of his young life. At 19, a janitor at a succession of hamburger stands, he was on the cusp of manhood, but going nowhere.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 24, 1990 | From Religious News Service
Several leaders of a movement in charismatic churches that often was criticized in the 1970s and 1980s for its authoritarian structure and rigid disciplinary requirements for members have acknowledged that they were guilty of excesses and non-biblical teachings. The movement, known as "shepherding," was often accused by outsiders and former members of being cultlike in requiring members to obey leaders in all aspects of their personal lives, including selection of marriage partners.
NEWS
February 1, 2013 | By S. Irene Virbila
Cult notebook Moleskine's  Passion series includes a notebook for every burgeoning gastronome's obsession. That would be dedicated notebooks for beer, chocolate and coffee. And now wine. Keep your notes all in one place so you don't forget how much you liked that Musar Jeune from Chateau Musar in Lebanon's Bekaa Valley or that bar of Green & Black's organic chocolate. The Passions Wine Journal , billed as “your ideal wine cellar on paper,” has six sections to fill in: Sparkling, White, Rose, Red, Fortified/Sweet, Spirits.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 30, 2012 | By L.J. Williamson, Special to the Los Angeles Times
Inside, the Family Fun Arcade is dark, even on a sunny day. In the back, there's a counter where you can get change, buy a can of soda for 75 cents and grab a bag of Doritos or a cellophane-covered brownie. The place is noisy, always noisy, not with the flashy whining arpeggios of slot machines or the squeals and songs common to a Chuck E. Cheese but the booms, beeps, blasts and hai-ya's particular to Street Fighter. Despite the name, Family Fun is not the typical kiddie-enticing arcade.
OPINION
December 8, 2012
Re "Defending defense cuts," Opinion, Dec. 4 As Andrew Cockburn points out, the DefenseDepartment routinely channels huge amounts of taxpayer money to fund white-elephant projects such as the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter and the Littoral Combat Ship, neither of which would have been helpful in preventing the 9/11 attacks or in dealing with its perpetrators. The military-industrial complex continues to develop weapons designed to defend against a conventionally armed nation-state at a time when our most serious threat has come from a splintered network of cave-dwelling fanatics.
SPORTS
September 13, 2012 | Chris Erskine
Just shoot me the next time I decide to run two fantasy football leagues simultaneously. Keep in mind that Roger Goodell runs just one league, the NFL, and what a disaster that thing is. No one watches. They don't even have real refs. What I've done — and you can borrow this — is pass off one of the two leagues (a father-son fantasy league) as a new Cub Scout troop run entirely by the dads. At our first troop meeting, we held our draft. A couple of the dads wore yellow kerchiefs and bear repellent just to sell the whole Cub Scout concept.
WORLD
August 23, 2011 | By Edmund Sanders, Los Angeles Times
Perhaps it was only a matter of time before conservative American commentator Glenn Beck, viewed by many supporters as a modern-day prophet, brought his messianic message to Jerusalem. But even in an ancient city that has seen its share of religious enthusiasts, Beck's high-profile Holy Land tour this week, culminating Wednesday in a rally just a stone's throw from the Western Wall and the Dome of the Rock mosque, is raising eyebrows. Before Beck's arrival, most Israelis were unfamiliar with the former Fox News host, whose cable TV show went off the air in June amid sagging ratings.
SPORTS
June 18, 2011
The six panelists interviewed by The Times for their views on a possible future for baseball: Ken Burns is an Academy Award-nominated director whose documentary films include "Brooklyn Bridge" and "The Civil War. " He loves baseball because it is the only sport with irregular fields, the only sport where the defense has the ball and "it's not on ice. " Ron Shelton has written and directed a number of sports-related films, including...
REAL ESTATE
February 16, 2003 | From Times wire services
Here's the truth about cats and dogs: Canines rule in American households, barely. About 36% of homes with pets have a dog, while 32% have cats. Feline fanatics can take heart with this statistic: Your pet sees the vet less often than does a dog, according to the new Statistical Abstract of the United States released last week by the Census Bureau.
OPINION
December 8, 2012
Re "Defending defense cuts," Opinion, Dec. 4 As Andrew Cockburn points out, the DefenseDepartment routinely channels huge amounts of taxpayer money to fund white-elephant projects such as the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter and the Littoral Combat Ship, neither of which would have been helpful in preventing the 9/11 attacks or in dealing with its perpetrators. The military-industrial complex continues to develop weapons designed to defend against a conventionally armed nation-state at a time when our most serious threat has come from a splintered network of cave-dwelling fanatics.
WORLD
January 30, 2011 | By Borzou Daragahi, Los Angeles Times
The master sits in a newly painted house on Kharabat Street, in the oldest quarter of this ancient city in the mountains. He plies his craft with his fingers, palms and wrists, beating, tapping and scraping the oiled surface of his drums as if he were listening to the secret pulse of the universe. Daw-tiki-tak, tiki-tiki, daw-tiki-tak, tiki-tiki , the beat goes. "Tabla has its own notes," Asif Mahmoud says. "It speaks to us. It speaks from my heart. When I play tabla, I open my heart to listeners.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 2, 2011 | By Nick Owchar, Los Angeles Times
A Is for Armageddon A Catalogue of Disasters That May Culminate in the End of the World as We Know It Richard Horne Harper: 272 pp., $19.99 paper After reading Richard Horne's "A Is for Armageddon," there's an obvious question to ask this New Year's weekend (besides how to get rid of a doozy of a hangover): Why bother making any resolutions this year? Life on Earth could end tomorrow ? or today, for that matter ? thanks to any of a gallery of horrors served up by the universe or produced by ourselves.
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