February 27, 2002 |
Bouncing around the roads of rural Mexico with long-haul truckers who picked him up hitchhiking, Elijah Wald had a captive audience. And that is exactly what the Cambridge, Mass., native wanted. A former world-music critic for the Boston Globe, Wald was launched on an unusual yearlong quest that would produce a book chronicling the history of the narcocorrido, the modern-day twist on the ballads of rural Mexico traditionally sung by men and driven by accordion-style polkas and waltzes.
April 7, 2001
Tuesday was one of those rare nights when you realize how fortunate we are to be sports fans in Los Angeles. Not because of the Lakers, Dodgers or Kings, but rather the voices that bring each game to life. I was able to listen to Chick Hearn and Stu Lantz call the Lakers-Jazz game . . . Bob Miller and Jim Fox keep up with each slap shot in the Kings-Coyotes game . . . and finally Vin Scully painting the scene at the Dodgers-Diamondbacks game. I love L.A.! ANDREW DEL GUERCIO Tarzana
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 3, 1991
Higher parking fees for fans attending Los Angeles Rams games at Anaheim Stadium are scheduled to go before the City Council for approval Tuesday. The city wants to raise parking fees from $5 to $6, a move that would bring an additional $106,000 to city coffers. The increase is expected to be approved since revenue from the higher fees has already been figured into the budget for fiscal 1991-92. The council also recently imposed similar parking fee increases for California Angels games.
May 2, 1992
Despite all his money and his business acumen, Bruce McNall has obviously never learned much about history. The history of hockey in the last 25 years is clear--you build championship teams through the draft, and not by trading for older players. We now have a team of over-the-hill, costly players who have supposedly "merited" huge increases in ticket prices, but who have also been humiliated in the playoffs. Once again, the Kings' ownership has dealt another crowning blow to the long-suffering hockey fans of Los Angeles.
July 20, 1985
I agree with last week's letter writer. Baseball fans in Los Angeles and across the country should go on strike or boycott a game. The fans are the ones who support the players and management, and nowhere in these negotiations have I heard any mention of the contributions made by the public, or the effect the strike would have on the spectators across the country. I see the players as little, spoiled, overpaid crybabies. They should get together and buy the Pittsburgh Pirates. Maybe then they would understand the other side of the coin.
October 23, 2013
Re "Of elephants and bullhooks," Editorial, Oct. 22 Every year since 1922, Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey has performed for circus fans in Los Angeles. Elephants have always been an integral part of Ringling Bros., providing an up-close way for our audiences to experience these amazing animals in a way they can nowhere else. Unfortunately, The Times appears to have simply accepted the representations of animal rights groups about how our elephants are trained. The "guide," referred to by the outdated term "bullhook" in the editorial, is an animal husbandry tool for working with elephants approved by experts, including the American Veterinary Medical Assn.
October 11, 2003
With the preseason behind them, UCLA's football team is 1-0 in the Pac-10 after stomping 18th-ranked Washington. On the other side of town, preseason national champion candidate USC already has one noteworthy loss in conference play. How can this be, you ask? Could it be UCLA intelligently treated the preseason as a learning experience? Kudos to first-year Coach Karl Dorrell and his coaching staff. Who can argue the Bruins are not a much better team after the preseason's trials and tribulations?
March 19, 2005
News flash: Gary Bettman has canceled next year's hockey season, as well. Apparently, he was reacting to T.J. Simers' statement, "I'll write about hockey before I write another word about [horse] racing." On behalf of all hockey fans in Los Angeles, please tell us it ain't so, Simers. Carlo Fisco Marina del Rey Someone once said that horse racing "is a difference of opinion." Surely Jeff Mullins is entitled to his opinion on bettors. I have dealt directly with bettors for 47 years; there is some truth in his statements.