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July 22, 1990 | JOHN JOHNSON and RONALD L. SOBLE, John Johnson and Ronald L. Soble, Times staff writers, are working on a book about the Menendez case for New American Library.
ON A MILD SUNDAY last summer, a string of "popping sounds" drifted through the lazy night air of Beverly Hills around 10 o'clock. "I didn't think anything of it," said Tom Zlotow, a neighbor who soon learned that the noises he'd heard from the house right behind his were echoes of the most sensational crime in the history of Beverly Hills. "I didn't even think it could be gunfire, especially around here."
April 14, 2014 | By Matt Pearce and Will Webber
OVERLAND PARK, Kan. - When tragedy came in the form of a gunman to a Jewish community center here Sunday, it was two Methodists who were shot and killed in the building's parking lot. Reat Underwood, a 14-year-old high school freshman, had come to the Jewish Community Center of Greater Kansas City with his grandfather, Dr. William Lewis Corporan, 69, who was always accompanying one of his grandkids to some event or another. Reat, a Boy Scout, loved to sing and perform in musicals, and after years of waiting to become eligible, he had come to audition for a local "American Idol"-style competition for high school students.
November 14, 1999
Barry Stone's reply to the home buyer asking about roofing felt ("Adding Drip Flashing to Roof Will Help Prevent Rotting Eaves," Nov. 7) understates the importance of felt by describing it as a "backup waterproof membrane in case of leakage" beneath the shingles. In fact, the felt layer is the primary waterproof part of a roof. The purpose of shingles, shakes or tiles on a roof is to protect the felt from weathering, not to waterproof the roof. Exposed to the elements by a missing shingle, felt becomes brittle and cracks, allowing water to penetrate the roof.
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.
December 20, 2008
Felt obituary: The obituary of Watergate figure W. Mark Felt in Friday's California section said that he oversaw background checks at a Seattle plutonium plant. Felt was based for a time in the FBI's Seattle field office, but the Hanford plutonium plant, where he oversaw the background checks, is in Richland, Wash., about 200 miles southeast of Seattle. Also, a photo caption accompanying the obituary incorrectly gave his name as Mark W. Felt.
July 23, 1988
Jackson made me proud to be an American. I had almost forgotten what that felt like. KENNETH H. PLATE Altadena
August 14, 1999
Re Liz Smith's column "Was Telling This Tale Necessary?" (Aug. 11): What do you suppose would prompt a matronly ex-movie star to write a biography in which she denigrates a former lover? Esther Williams, whose acting abilities always remained in the pool, has obviously been in denial all these years regarding her dalliance with Jeff Chandler. Having known Jeff quite well, I am sure he felt that there should be a slight touch of femininity in their relationship. Jeff had a great sense of humor.
September 26, 2009
After JaMarcus Russell's performance Sunday, completing seven of 24 for 109 yards in the Raiders' win, he was quoted as saying, "I felt really good. The ball was just coming out different for me. Other than that, I felt good." Commitment to Excellence? Brian Haueter Ventura
April 30, 1986
Our raid on Libya reminds me a little of eating a hot fudge sundae. It felt good at the time, but later you got that queasy feeling. DOUG MAULDIN San Pedro
November 1, 1987
I would like to congratulate Ricardo Montalban on his beautiful "An across-the-border love letter." As I read it I understood exactly how he felt--the same as I feel about Ireland. MARGARET M. JOUVER Glendale
April 3, 2014 | By Ken Schwencke, This post has been updated, as indicated below.
A shallow magnitude 3.1 earthquake was reported Thursday morning eight miles from Malibu, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. The temblor occurred at 10:08 a.m. Pacific time at a depth of 5.0 miles. [Updated at 10:33 a.m. PDT April 3: There were no immediate reports of damage from the small quake. According to the USGS, the motion from the quake moved north into the west San Fernando Valley and Ventura County. The USGS said it was felt across Malibu, Ventura County, the Santa Monica Mountains and west Valley.]
March 31, 2014 | By Tony Barboza
Climate change is already affecting every continent and ocean, posing immediate and growing risks to people, an international panel of scientists warned Monday. The longer society delays steps to cut the release of planet-warming greenhouse gases, the more severe and widespread the harm will be, said the United Nations' Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. The report, which collects and summarizes thousands of scientific studies, is the panel's starkest yet in laying out the risks facing nature and society.
March 31, 2014 | By Rosanna Xia and Hector Becerra
An estimated 17 million people felt Friday's magnitude 5.1 quake centered in La Habra. U.S. Geological Survey seismologist David Wald said officials received valuable information from the 16,000 reports by individuals who used the Did You Feel It? reporting system on the agency website. “About one in 1,000 are actually reporting... That's a pretty good [data] sample. If you're polling for political responses, that would be a huge sample,” said Wald, who co-created and operates the DYFI system.
March 30, 2014 | By Lance Pugmire
In an agonizing overtime loss to the last-place Edmonton Oilers, Ducks star forward Corey Perry took seven shots, was around the net routinely and couldn't score a goal. "We've got to put those in … don't look for the easy outs," said Ducks Coach Bruce Boudreau . "When he bears down on those, he usually scores. " Less than 24 hours later, with first place in the Pacific Division at hand against a Vancouver Canucks team clinging to playoff life, Perry bore down. He powered to the net again Saturday, took a Saku Koivu pass through traffic and banged at the puck until a clinching third-period goal seized the night.
March 29, 2014 | By Ken Schwencke, Paloma Esquivel and Louis Sahagun
A shallow magnitude 4.1 earthquake was reported Saturday afternoon one mile from Rowland Heights, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. The temblor occurred at 2:32 p.m. at a depth of 5.6 miles. (It was originally reported as a 4.4 magnitude.) Updated at 2:40 p.m. The quake was centered not far from the epicenter of Friday's 5.1 temblor in La Habra. There have been more than a hundred aftershocks since then, but this one was the largest. Saturday's quake was felt across a large area of Southern California.
March 29, 2014 | By Kevin Amerman
Just weeks after a plea for her birth mother to step forward blazed through media outlets across the globe, Katheryn Deprill stood just one room away from the woman who abandoned her as a newborn 27 years ago in a Burger King bathroom. As she got ready to meet with her birth mother, Deprill entered the lawyer's conference room with a lifetime of questions. Why did she leave me? What does she look like? But before the answers even started, Deprill got something else.
May 30, 1991
If only the children who watched with such delight that cavalcade of weapons could have felt, even briefly, what their peers in Iraq had felt at the approach of the same machines. If only those parents who'd pointed skyward in wonder and glee had had the impulse, instead, to hit the ground in terror and cower in despair. DIANA SHAW Los Angeles
February 6, 1986
With horror in my heart I watched the Challenger explode. With tears in my eyes I saw the faces of the children. With agony in my soul I felt the loss of seven heroes of humanity. But with faith I felt their souls set free. With trust I pray their sacrifice was not in vain. With hope I look at the stars. MITCHELL LAMM West Hollywood
March 27, 2014 | By Inkoo Kang
Rarely has the zone between girlhood and womanhood been captured with such urgent honesty than in Eliza Hittman's superb teen drama "It Felt Like Love. " Hittman's debut isn't just a brilliantly tactile study of the mounting sexual curiosity and frustration of 14-year-old Lila (Gina Piersanti); it's also an important landmark in the oft-ignored subgenre of realistic movies about female adolescence. Lila doesn't want a boyfriend. She wants something better. When the working-class Brooklyn teen observes her slightly older but infinitely more sexually experienced friend Chiara (Giovanna Salimeni)
March 26, 2014 | By Paresh Dave and Molly Hennessy-Fiske
ARLINGTON, Wash. -- Residents along the Stillaguamish River had felt protected from small landslides during the past eight years because Snohomish County spent millions of dollars shoring up the area after a mudslide in 2006, the county's Emergency Management Director John Pennington said Wednesday. But the landslide that struck last Saturday was "large" and "catastrophic,” Pennington said at a news conference.  The mudslide tore through 49 homes. At least 16 people have been confirmed dead and as many as 176 people are missing.
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