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February 15, 2014
Atty. Gen. Eric H. Holder Jr. recently talked with Washington Bureau Justice Department reporter Timothy M. Phelps about various aspects of his last five years in office. Second Term Agenda : What I have tried to do in this second term, after a conversation with, a memo that I shared with the president, is to really kind of put some attention on the areas that are of great interest to me and of great interest to him as well. Criminal justice reform, reformation of the voting rights act, works on financial fraud cases, I mean these are the kind of things that I've been interested in for a good amount of time but we have focused on as part of the second term agenda.
February 12, 2014 | By Chris Foster
This is a important week for UCLA as the Bruins try to keep first-place Arizona within reach. This is also a vital week for UCLA's opponent Thursday, Colorado. As is next week, and the week after that, and so on. The Buffaloes enter their game against UCLA at Pauley Pavilion trying to gussy up their image. A month ago, they were ranked 15th in the nation and had the look of a serious challenger in the Pac-12 Conference championship race. Then star guard Spencer Dinwiddie suffered a season-ending knee injury.
February 12, 2014 | By Mary MacVean, This post has been corrected, as indicated below.
The executive director of the Eating Recovery Center of California, Jennifer Lombardi, says it was no surprise to her that a contestant on “The Biggest Loser” lost a shocking amount of weight - in this case, Rachel Frederickson dieting to less than half her weight. “I have been waiting anxiously for this moment to arrive,” she said a few days later. Lombardi says the NBC reality show “puts people in the bubble” of constant supervision and grueling workouts to win a prize; Frederickson won $250,000 on Feb. 5, setting off a social media firestorm.
February 11, 2014 | By Kathleen Hennessey
WASHINGTON - Acknowledging "enormous frustration," President Obama said Tuesday that his administration "continues to explore every possible avenue" to help resolve the nearly 3-year-old Syrian civil war, although he again said he had no plans for military intervention. Appearing with French President Francois Hollande, a reliable partner in his foreign policy agenda, Obama called Syria a "crumbling" state and worried that conditions there have destabilized the region. The president also expressed frustration in another area of close cooperation with France, threatening to come down "like a ton of bricks" on businesses that would trade with Iran while international talks continue over its nuclear program.
February 11, 2014 | By Betty DeRamus
Black History Month reminds me of a really great golden oldies station, always blaring the same handful of terrific tunes. Every February, it plays Martin Luther King Jr., Rosa Parks and Harriet Tubman soul - with a chorus or two of the George Washington Carver blues. Now don't get me wrong. This is my kind of history, and my kind of heroes, and I understand why we must tell every generation their stories. I just think that including some fresh tales too would produce a far fuller picture of how blacks enriched America.
February 7, 2014 | By Jeffrey Fleishman
In an old, whitewashed motel, where folklore has it studio executives once brought their secretaries for "lunch," Robert Greenwald, a mercurial man trailed by insults and death threats, leads a small band of filmmakers dedicated to unnerving political and corporate powers with righteous anger and quick-cut editing. Greenwald embodies the populism of George Bailey and the sly delight of a spy handed a secret dossier. His Brave New Films has skewered Wal-Mart, Fox News (Bill O'Reilly despises him)
February 7, 2014 | By Steven Zeitchik
It was after a late screening and the group of several hundred was aggrieved, its moral hackles raised. "How could they treat him so badly?" one audience member asked. "An injustice," said another. "What can people do with their frustrations?" asked a third. The setting was neither a courtroom nor an activist meeting. It was at the Sundance Film Festival, and the assembled had just watched "The Internet's Own Boy," Brian Knappenberger's quietly evocative look at wunderkind hacker Aaron Swartz, whom the film suggests was driven to suicide in 2013 by a zealous federal prosecutor in Massachusetts.
February 6, 2014 | By Chris Dufresne
SOCHI, Russia -- Bode Miller and Julia Mancuso have strong personalities and opinions, but this might not be the time or the place. Miller and Mancuso are the stars of the U.S. Alpine team and winners of a combined eight Olympic medals. At a Thursday news conference in advance of the Olympics, however, neither star seemed interested in delving into the political controversies surrounding the Sochi Games. “I don't feel like the Olympics is the place for that kind of politics,” Miller said.
February 4, 2014 | By Charles McNulty, Los Angeles Times Theater Critic
It might seem odd that South Coast Repertory is presenting a revival of "The Light in the Piazza. " Renowned for developing new American plays, SCR isn't known for producing musicals. What's more, the show hasn't been away all that long. Bartlett Sher's original Broadway production had a spectacular run at the Ahmanson Theatre in 2006. But this more contained SCR production provides a unique perspective on "The Light in the Piazza," written by Craig Lucas (book) and Adam Guettel (music and lyrics)
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