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March 1, 2013
Re “ Mahony's high-tech pulpit ,” Feb. 27 It's really hard to understand why Catholics would accept any pope elected with the help of Cardinal Roger M. Mahony's vote. Here is a man who was in charge of channeling the Holy Spirit when he handled the sex abuse cases in the L.A. archdiocese. In insisting on attending the papal conclave, isn't Mahony claiming the ability to discern the Holy Spirit's intentions for the next successor to St. Peter? That's unbelievable.
March 23, 2014 | By Kenneth R. Harney
WASHINGTON - Here's some good news for homeowners worried that Congress will fail again to renew popular tax benefits for use in 2014 - especially those allowing for mortgage debt forgiveness, write-offs for energy-saving improvements and mortgage insurance premiums. Though there has been no formal announcement, the Senate Finance Committee under its new chairman, Ron Wyden (D-Ore.), expects to take up a so-called "extenders" package sometime this spring. "This is high on [Wyden's]
March 27, 2005
Re "An Apology, Intended to Heal, Divides" (March 23): Emotions run high when religious leaders such as San Diego Bishop Robert Brom appear to violate the tenets of Catholic faith: forgiveness and compassion. After denying gay nightclub owner John McCusker Jr. a Catholic funeral, the bishop apologized to the man's family and offered to say a Mass for him. I would ask Brom to consider Christ's message as the bishop participates in Holy Week services: "Why do you look at the speck in your brother's eye but do not consider the log in your own?"
March 15, 2014 | By Jerry Hirsch and David Undercoffler
General Motors Co. is mired in one of the biggest auto safety scandals in years. But if history is any guide, car shoppers will be more forgiving than regulators and safety advocates. Ford Motor Co. suffered through problems with Pintos burning up and Explorer sport utilities rolling over when their tires failed decades ago. More recently, Toyota Motor Corp. recalled millions of cars after incidents of sudden acceleration. In each case, the automakers spent billions of dollars to recall vehicles, fix problems and settle legal issues.
December 11, 2010 | Sandy Banks
The mourners were outnumbered by news crews and clerics at this week's burial service at the Los Angeles County Crematory. I'm not sure what group to count myself in. I took notes, and I prayed. And I mourned for those who had died alone, as I contemplated the freshly dug mass grave that had become their final home. It held the remains of 1,689 people who died in Los Angeles County three years ago and were cremated by the county after no one showed up to claim their bodies. Three years later, their ashes were still unclaimed.
June 27, 2009 | TOM PETRUNO
Government and private-lender attempts to stem the home foreclosure crisis so far have mostly focused on loan modifications or refinancing -- giving borrowers a temporary or permanent reduction in their monthly payments. But some housing experts say the next wave of help will have to address the core problem for many homeowners: negative equity.
March 3, 2013 | By Paul West, Washington Bureau
CHARLESTON, S.C. - With election day just over two weeks away, the road from the Appalachian Trail to redemption is starting to get a little muddy for former Republican high-flier Mark Sanford. Sanford was a popular governor and promising presidential prospect until a sex scandal derailed him. And no run-of-the-mill scandal: While governor, Sanford disappeared from view and a spokesman claimed he was hiking the Appalachians - only to have it become known that he actually was making a clandestine visit to his mistress in Argentina.
October 21, 2011 | By Richard A. Serrano, Los Angeles Times
They spoke just twice. The first time was 10 years ago when Mark Stroman, armed with a sawed-off shotgun, pushed through the door of a Dallas gas station and furiously asked the dark-skinned clerk, Rais Bhuiyan, "Where are you from?" The second was a brief phone call this summer before Stroman was about to be executed. "I forgive you and I do not hate you," Bhuiyan told the man who had shot him in the face, blinding him in his right eye. "Thank you from my heart," Stroman said.
April 4, 2010 | Liz Pulliam Weston, Money Talk
Dear Liz: I went to a very expensive art school at 17 and my education was funded totally by loans. I take full responsibility for what I owe, but because I had to defer payments a number of times throughout the years I now owe about $73,000 and I don't know how I will ever get out from under this debt. I am a 38-year-old mom at this point with two small kids and I am saving for their education. There are programs to help young, single people but nothing for people like me, and it is frustrating.
January 14, 2008
Forgiveness is a noble attribute ("Forgive and Be Well?" Dec. 31). However, in cases of rape and incest, it's crucial to pursue justice first and forgive later. Sexual predators who are locked up can't continue to abuse, and a victim's self-esteem may be helped by seeing justice done. But getting incestuous relations and rapists to court is very difficult, and an emotional nightmare for victims. The additional pressure to "forgive at all costs" would make it just that much harder, I fear.
January 6, 2014 | By Christie D'Zurilla
Lady Gaga's "Artpop" is apparently not all she wanted it to be, and in explaining the delay in her "Do What U Want" video, the performer took some time to beg her fans for their forgiveness - even as she slammed the people in her operation who she said didn't have her back. Oh, yeah, she also indulged in a bit of self-aggrandizement, but that's pretty much standard Gaga, right? Part of the show.  Regarding the "DWUW" video, she said she was given only a week to plan and execute it, and that time frame didn't work for her. All this tied to an album that debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard charts in November but dropped off precipitously in sales after that.
January 2, 2014 | By Matt Pearce
Some traumas end up borne privately, but this was not one of them. At her memorial service in Denver on Wednesday, Araphahoe High School shooting victim Claire Davis' father stepped to the stage, and in a gentle voice, with cameras and a large audience watching, ended up thanking everybody in increments. A thanks for coming to this celebration of Claire's life. A thanks to an Arapahoe County sheriff's deputy -- the one who found Davis' daughter Dec. 13 in the hallway at the Centennial, Colo., school where she'd been shot by a classmate with a shotgun.
September 25, 2013 | By E. Scott Reckard
When five giant mortgage firms signed a landmark $25-billion mortgage settlement last year, officials hailed debt forgiveness as the primary strategy to preserve homeownership. The banks hoped to avoid further enforcement action over widespread foreclosure abuses; federal regulators and state attorneys general aimed to prevent even more foreclosures. "This isn't just about punishing banks for their irresponsible behavior," Housing and Urban Development Secretary Shaun Donovan said.
September 21, 2013 | By Greg Braxton
With the curtain drawn on the most controversial edition of CBS' reality show "Big Brother," cast member Aaryn Gries, whose ethnic and homophobic slurs made national headlines, is bracing herself to face a new reality - that many people feel she's a racist. But the 23-year-old college student from San Marcos, Texas, who was unaware of the tempest her remarks created until emerging from the show's imposed isolation earlier this week, is determined to reverse that perception. "I'm trying to show that I'm remorseful, and I hope that comes across because I really do feel very bad," she said in an interview with The Times.
August 22, 2013 | By Christopher Hawthorne, Times Architecture Critic
Over the last couple of weeks, a tiny monochromatic skyline has been growing in my kitchen. Since opening Lego's new “ Architecture Studio ,” my two daughters (who are 9 and 4) and I have been putting together, dismantling and redesigning a group of about 10 buildings. We've kept the results on display on a shelf above the sink. Because the Architecture Studio includes bricks in just two shades - white and transparent - the buildings we've created all seem to be related, at least distantly, to modern architecture.
August 15, 2013 | By Andrew Tangel
NEW YORK - Eliot Spitzer came to a gospel concert in Brooklyn in search of what he's wanted for five long years. As New Yorkers waited in line and lounged in camping chairs at a park before the show one recent evening, the disgraced former governor and attorney general, his white dress shirt sleeves rolled up, gripped hands and grinned. "Welcome back!" one woman shouted. "You were a great AG!" cooed another. Spitzer's political revival has also taken him on a repentant sinner's path to houses of worship on New York City's fringes.
A young man's rash, drunken act robbed her of her son. Now, her hatred for that man threatens to take away everything else. Such is the situation at the beginning of "Convictions," a provocative if only intermittently dramatic movie about the reverberations of violence and the rocky road to forgiveness. Starring Blair Brown ("The Days and Nights of Molly Dodd") as embittered Idaho mom Zalinda Dorcheus, it debuts at 9 tonight on the Lifetime cable network.
February 21, 2007
I found "Talking Through the Pain" by Jenifer Warren (Column One, Feb. 17) to be extremely motivational, showing the epitome of strength in both the victim and the criminal. I'm very appreciative that a positive, inspirational story graced the front page and took the focus off the bickering and unhappy state of the Iraq war. The pain and guilt of Mike Albertson as he listened to Patty O'Reilly's longing for her deceased husband warns society today of the consequences of drunk driving.
August 1, 2013 | By Benjamin Mueller
Matters of God and forgiveness gripped a Michigan courtroom this week, transforming a sinister murder-for-hire case into an unlikely display of mercy and restraint. Jacob Merfeld, 27, whose 21-year-old wife, Julia, was caught scheduling and financing his murder in April, stood before a judge during her sentencing hearing Tuesday and called her “a godly woman” and “wonderful wife.” Appearing stern and a bit stricken, he said his wife's faith had only grown since her crime, and that she should be allowed to spend “every second that she can” with their two children, ages 4 and 2. Judge William Marietti balanced Merfeld's request for leniency with the state's minimum sentencing guidelines, ordering Julia to serve at least five years and eight months in prison, a year below the most severe minimum sentence that Michigan allows.
July 18, 2013 | By Betsy Sharkey, Los Angeles Times Film Critic
God only knows what Nicolas Winding Refn had in mind when he made "Only God Forgives. " The Danish filmmaker's latest theater of the macabre is brutal, bloody, saturated with revenge, sex and death, yet stunningly devoid of meaning, purpose, emotion or decent lighting. Seriously. Artful shadows can certainly set a mood; too many and it merely looks like someone is trying too hard. That sense of overreach haunts "Only God Forgives. " Starring Ryan Gosling, Kristin Scott Thomas and Vithaya Pansringarm, the film comes as a disappointment after the provocative intrigue of the brutal bad guys Refn diced so deliciously, if not delicately, in his brilliant 2011 neo-noir "Drive.
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