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April 13, 1996
Those two clods who commented on the death of umpire John McSherry in last week's Viewpoint must not have experienced any tragedy in their lives. I guess in their cretinous minds, any time an overweight person dies, it means they deserved it. Never mind the feelings of loved ones. I guess all of us with imperfections or differences are deemed expendable. That "logic" sounds familiar. Wasn't it espoused in "Mein Kampf"? RODNEY K. BOSWELL Los Angeles
April 26, 2014 | By Mikael Wood
Eric Church performed Friday night at the Stagecoach Country Music Festival before a wall built of several dozen amplifiers. Or at least they appeared to be amplifiers: With the singer's nickname "Chief" emblazoned on them in place of the amp maker Marshall's iconic logo, the large black boxes were almost certainly stage props -- a visual expression of the guitar-band intensity Church was promising in a headlining set that opened with his song...
July 5, 2012 | By Mike DiGiovanna
Despite his near-perfect performance since being traded from the San Diego Padres to the Angels on May 3, Ernesto Frieri is hardly a household name in the U.S. and abroad. So it was hard for the 26-year-old reliever to be too upset about finishing fifth among five players in fan balloting for the final American League All-Star team berth this week. Pitcher Yu Darvish of the Texas Rangers earned the most fan votes to finish ahead of Chicago White Sox starter Jake Peavy, Baltimore Orioles starter Jason Hamel, Kansas City Royals closer Jonathan Broxton and Frieri, who has given up no runs and only seven hits in 24 1/3 innings with the Angels.
April 25, 2014 | By James Barragan
One, two, three. One, two, three. One, two, three. Down batters went as Clayton Kershaw pitched for the Class-A Rancho Cucamonga Quakes on Friday night as part of his effort to return from a back injury that put him on the disabled list for the first time in his career. The Dodgers pitcher said after his appearance that he "felt good, felt healthy" and that he was "ready to go. " His only hiccup came in the fifth inning - the final one he pitched - when he gave up a solo home run to the first batter he faced, Carlos Perdomo of the Lancaster Jethawks.
June 30, 1987
The media cover-up of President Reagan's behavior has always been apparent. If one listens to and watches his speeches, it is obvious that he is less than brilliant but the instant analysis gives one the impression that "they" and "you" were watching different people--one doddering, the other wonderful. I have wanted, for some time, to write a " J'accuse " to the media but it will have to wait for more time. However, I do not share Ellen Goodman's protective feelings toward this "favorite grandfather" (Editorial Pages, June 17)
January 20, 2014 | By Sam Farmer
RENTON, Wash. - No San Francisco? Check. No New England? Check. No hard feelings? Well ... There were ruffled feathers and bruised feelings from coast to coast Monday in the aftermath of the NFL's conference title games. In Seattle, the Seahawks were both celebrating their victory over the 49ers and dealing with the fallout in the wake of cornerback Richard Sherman's unseemly, chest-thumping outburst on national TV, moments after he made the game-saving play. In Foxborough, Mass., Patriots Coach Bill Belichick leveled a serious accusation against one of his former stars, Denver receiver Wes Welker, accusing him of dirty play in a hit that took out cornerback Aqib Talib in the Broncos' big win. Outside of New England, Sherman was all the talk.
September 24, 2001 | Mal Florence
David Whitley of the Orlando (Fla.) Sentinel says People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals is "at it again." "PETA says fishing is cruel and unusual punishment," he explains. "Not for the fishermen getting sunburned and [vomiting] on charter boats. It's cruel to the fish. After all this time, it seems bass have feelings too. "'Imagine reaching for an apple on a tree and having your hand suddenly impaled by a metal hook ...
June 4, 1989 | Leslie Wolf, Times staff writer
Thirty-three-year-old Avi Odeni once had a career in the fast-paced world of network news in New York City. But he gave it all up for a much different life in California, where, in a little shop near the beach, he is surrounded by crystals and gemstones, which he says provide protection, joy, happiness, healing and a variety of other benefits. Times staff writer Leslie Wolf interviewed Odeni at the Crystal Gallery in Solana Beach, and Vince Compagnone photographed him. When I was a child in Israel, I grew up fast because of all the wars and tension.
June 22, 2010 | Jonathan Zimmerman
In 1965, historian Arthur M. Schlesinger Jr. published his now-classic tribute to John F. Kennedy. "A Thousand Days" recounted the triumphs and tragedies of Kennedy's brief presidency, but the book was primarily an exploration of his character, which Schlesinger summed up with a single word: cool. "Cool" was an emotional style, emphasizing detachment and self-control. A cool person had feelings, of course, but he didn't wear them on his sleeve. Instead, he drew a firm line between his inner and outer worlds.
June 28, 1992
I, for one, am finished watching "Murphy Brown." What a disgrace. Have they no feelings for the child? Or its feelings? I think not. Edith R. Eskildsen, Pasadena
April 25, 2014 | Helene Elliott
Sometimes, coaches make lineup decisions based on a gut feeling. When those decisions backfire, their gut feelings can become spasms of tension, anxiety, and early-playoff-exit regrets. Ducks Coach Bruce Boudreau, fighting a reputation of being unable to lead talented teams in Washington and Anaheim deep into postseason play, made several decisions Friday that proved pivotal in the 6-2 victory that gave the Ducks a 3-2 lead over the Dallas Stars in the teams' opening-round playoff series.
April 25, 2014 | By Lisa Dillman
Whether you think of it as HP Pavilion, the Shark Tank, its current corporate name, SAP Center, or "the cage" as Kings Coach Darryl Sutter colorfully offered, one thing is evident: The cage has become just that for the Kings in the playoffs, living quarters getting a little tight and the team possessing a championship pedigree unable to get out of town with a win. San Jose has recorded five straight victories at home in the playoffs against the...
April 24, 2014 | By Mark Swed, Los Angeles Times Music Critic
Bar business wasn't so hot at REDCAT on Saturday night a half-hour before the show. The crowd had already lined up waiting for the doors to the theater to open. Word had gotten out that early birds would get ringside seats for "Rocco. " The dance by Emio Greco and Pieter C. Scholten from Amsterdam takes place in a boxing ring and was inspired by the classic Italian film "Rocco and His Brothers. " Three nights later the Campbell Hall stage at UC-Santa Barbara was transformed into a basketball court for "Pavement.
April 20, 2014 | By Emma Jacobs
Feedback is everywhere. Not just in the form of professional performance reviews and unwanted comments from your parents, children and partners. Social media and review sites have unleashed the critic in us all. Eating a meal out? Post what you think of the food and waiters on a review site while still at the table. If you are reading this review online, you can leave a comment below saying just how wrong I am. We may not be able to exert complete control over what someone else thinks of us, but we can certainly do something about what we choose to do with the feedback.
April 19, 2014 | Larry Gordon and Carla Rivera
California high school seniors faced a tougher time winning a freshman spot at most of the UC campuses for the fall, with their chances at UCLA and UC Berkeley now fewer than one in five, according to a report released Friday. Six of UC's nine undergraduate campuses accepted a smaller number of California students than last year even though the number of applicants rose. Competition was fiercest at UCLA, where only 16.3% of state students were admitted, down from 17.4% last year, and at UC Berkeley, where 18.8% were accepted, compared with 21.4% last year.
April 17, 2014 | By Dylan Hernandez
SAN FRANCISCO -- On the publication day of a second magazine article detailing Yasiel Puig's dangerous escape from Cuba, the main subject of the story was smiling. “I feel normal,” Puig said in Spanish. “I'm focused on baseball and giving the best of myself to the team and, hopefully, everything turns out well on the field. Those things that are happening aren't affecting me.” Asked how he could remain focused in light of recent revelations about his past, Puig was about to start answering, only for a Dodgers staffer to prevent him from doing so. The next inquiry was also shut down by Roman Barinas, the Dodgers' manager of international scouting.
June 25, 1989
For Susan Minot's young women, entreaty is a one-way street. Men entreat them meltingly. "They look at you seriously, their eyes at a low burn and their hands no matter what starting off shy and with such a gentle touch that the only thing you can do is take that tenderness and let yourself be swept away." The speaker in "Lust," the title story of this collection, is winding up her litany of male neediness and of all the different times it has ravaged her. For her, entreaty is irresistible.
November 19, 2013 | By Karen Kaplan
Boredom is a lot more interesting than scientists had thought. A new study of students in Germany reveals that there are five distinct types of boredom. That's one more than researchers had expected. What's more, the newly discovered category - which they labeled “apathetic boredom” - was quite common among high school students, according to the study , published this week in the journal Motivation and Emotion. Boredom isn't just boring. It can be dangerous, either for the person who is bored or for the people around him. For instance, people who are bored are more likely to smoke, drink or use drugs.
April 16, 2014 | By Jeff Gottlieb and Corina Knoll
Sentenced to 12 years in prison and ordered to pay millions of dollars in restitution in connection with a massive public corruption scandal, former Bell administrator Robert Rizzo walked to his car Wednesday a defeated man. “I should have realized the salaries were way out of whack and taken steps to bring them back in line, but it just got away from me,” Rizzo said in an brief chat with The Times. "There's not much I could do after a period of time.” FULL COVERAGE: Corruption in Bell As he spoke about a block from the downtown Los Angeles courthouse where his fate had been sealed moments earlier, a man recognized him and shouted out, “Taxpayer justice.” “I can't go anywhere,” Rizzo murmured.
April 11, 2014 | Diana Wagman
Reading is such an improbable idea -- a miracle, really. Yet simple squiggles on a page, arranged just so, can convey ideas that change the way we think or introduce to us characters we love for a lifetime. In celebration of reading -- and of this weekend's Los Angeles Times Festival of Books -- we asked four readers (who also happen to be writers) to celebrate books that mattered in their lives. In 1975, when I was young, I went to hear James Baldwin speak. Afterward, I waited in a long line and finally got to stand before him. I told him that his book "Giovanni's Room" had made me want to be a writer.
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