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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.
August 21, 2012 | By James Rainey
Showing no sign of backing down from his U.S. Senate candidacy, Rep. Todd Akin released a television ad in which he apologizes for his remarks about "legitimate rape" seldom causing pregnancy, and asks for forgiveness. It was unclear immediately how widely the 30-second spot would air in Missouri, where Akin had been leading in a race against Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill. But the ad seemed further evidence that Akin does not intend to take advantage of a provision in Missouri law that would allow him to pull his name off the ballot if he acts by 5 p.m. Tuesday.
May 8, 2013 | By Michael A. Memoli
WASHINGTON -- Mark Sanford said his surprisingly strong victory in a special election Tuesday is a testament to South Carolina's forgiving tradition, and he vowed to be a watchdog for taxpayers in his district when he returns to Congress. Sanford, whose political career appeared over when he left the governor's office in 2011 hobbled by the fallout of an extramarital affair, defeated Democrat Elizabeth Colbert Busch by 9 percentage points in the 1st District race. The winning margin was wider than expected despite the region's strong GOP tilt.
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.
June 21, 2013 | By Scott Collins, Los Angeles Times
Paula Deen begged for forgiveness, but the Food Network apparently decided sorry wasn't good enough. On Friday - the same day the celebrity chef apologized for using the N-word and other admitted racial insensitivities in her past - the cable network announced it was kicking her out of the kitchen. "Food Network will not renew Paula Deen's contract when it expires at the end of this month," the network wrote in a brief statement. Deen, 66, is the host of "Paula's Best Dishes," and Food Network also airs two of her previous series in reruns.
October 24, 2010 | By Susan Salter Reynolds, Special to the Los Angeles Times
The Wake of Forgiveness A Novel Bruce Machart Houghton Mifflin Harcourt: 310 pp., $26 Lavaca County, Texas ? one moment it's a place you've never been, the next it's a place you can't forget, a place that comes to mind when you call yourself American, even if you grew up on a tree-lined street in Connecticut. What happened? Same thing that happens when you read Willa Cather, William Faulkner or Cormac McCarthy. How else could you possibly know what the wind in the pecan trees sounds like, what mesquite smells like or how fast-moving clouds can make a person feel particularly small and helpless?
October 4, 2007 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
A truck driver begged for forgiveness before he was sentenced to death Wednesday for stabbing his two young daughters to death. Julian Beltran, 37, of Anaheim was also sentenced to life without the possibility of parole for killing the girl's mother -- his former girlfriend -- after she rejected his attempts at reconciliation. "My entire existence has been, is and will be sorry for what I did and all the pain I caused. . . . I beg all of you to forgive me," Beltran said tearfully in court.
July 12, 2001 | From Times Wire Reports
A man apologized and begged for forgiveness as he was executed by injection in Huntsville for killing his ex-girlfriend's 4-year-old son and her new boyfriend during a 1986 shooting spree. James Wilkens Jr., 39, is the 10th inmate executed this year in Texas, where a record 40 were put to death last year. "I am sorry. Please hear me. Please understand. In the name of God, please forgive me," he said, looking at the slain boy's mother, who was wounded in the attack. "I am sorry.
October 26, 1994 | ROBERT KOEHLER
In a rare television hour of moral probity, "From Fury to Forgiveness," a (U.K.) Yorkshire Television documentary produced by Sheldon Himmelfarb and picked up for U.S. broadcast by the Discovery Channel, presents three resoundingly tragic cases of murder--and how relatives of the victims forgave the murderers. The 1973 kidnaping of Marieta Jaeger's young daughter Susie led the mother on a soulful journey to a kind of empathy with the abducter-killer, David Meierhofer.
July 22, 2001
I read the article about Henry Cisneros, expecting at any moment to find a denial, excuse or historical revision ("Henry Cisneros," by Dana Calvo, June 24). What a pleasant surprise to read that Cisneros has accepted responsibility for, and been humbled by, his mistake. Calvo is dead-on when she states that "American politics today requires complete shamelessness." Cisneros shows that he knows right from wrong, which disqualifies him from any future in politics. I wish him and his family the best.
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