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November 25, 2009
Dear Amy: I am a 41-year-old happily married woman with three children. I graduated from college 20 years ago, and I have remained in touch with a friend, "Jerry." He does not tell his wife that we are in touch or that we meet on occasion. Long ago, Jerry had feelings for me. I never knew he felt that way. But his wife (then girlfriend) knew and disliked me. Though nothing improper has occurred between Jerry and me, his refusal to tell his wife about our ongoing friendship doesn't sit right with me. My husband has met Jerry many times.
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April 21, 2014 | By Anh Do
Along with its manicured greenbelts and meticulously neat neighborhoods, Irvine suddenly has something else on its hands: an international incident. Members of its vast Chinese American community are fighting a city decision to bow to the demands of Vietnamese Americans, who arrived by the hundreds this month to demand that Irvine abandon its plans to formalize a relationship with a tourist town in coastal Vietnam. A parade of speakers spent hours pleading with council members to reject the proposal, saying it would be insulting for the city to forge a "friendship" with a country they'd fled to escape a brutal communist regime.
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August 23, 1993 | By MILES CORWIN
My father rarely talked about the war. Occasionally, he mentioned something funny a soldier had said in battle, or recalled the bottles of pink champagne his platoon discovered in an abandoned German hotel or described a good luck scarf his lieutenant wore. On rare occasions he briefly recounted more dramatic wartime tales. The one that always intrigued me was the story about Frank, his best friend during the war, and how he had saved my father's life. It was during the Battle of the Bulge.
TRAVEL
April 19, 2014
To top off your next trip to Nashville, I recommend Music City Tippler, a midtown Cheers-like pub, as a must visit. It offers a 100-year-old bar, music played on a 120-year-old barn wood stage and more, while featuring outstanding classic cocktails, craft beers and eclectic wines. Truly an upbeat time for all, and when I left later in the evening, everybody knew my name. Cheers! Music City Tippler, 1922 Adelicia St.; (615) 457-3406, http://www.musiccitytippler.com . Pete Puzo Encino
NEWS
January 11, 2011 | By Mary Forgione, Tribune Health
Ryan Lamantia and Walter Wetzel were two very ill young boys -- one with brain cancer, the other with leukemia. One made it, one didn't. And that's where this story starts. The boys met in a hospital during their respective treatments. This Chicago Tribune story tells what happened: "He inspired me to survive my cancer," Walter, now 17, in remission and quite the football player and snowboarder, says in the story. "Seeing him happy all the time made me happy. How could I be upset if he had it so much worse than me?"
ENTERTAINMENT
October 4, 2012 | By Matt Donnelly
Chris Brown has confronted wide speculation about the status of his relationship with Rihanna by dumping girlfriend Karrueche Tran. That's one way to, uh, clarify what's been happening with Brown and RiRi, as months and months of increased time spent together - and finally a reported makeout session in New York on Monday - have had fans and the industry buzzing. "I have decided to be single to focus on my career," Brown said in a statement via his publicist (CNN noted his thoughts came unsolicited)
SPORTS
April 29, 2012 | By Helene Elliott
CHESTERFIELD, MO. -- Early in his climb up the hockey coaching ladder John Stevens formed a friendship he values to this day. His sentiments haven't changed even though Stevens, now an assistant coach of the Kings, is trying to beat his old friend, St. Louis Blues Coach Ken Hitchcock, in the teams' second-round playoff series. "He was awesome," Stevens said Sunday after the Kings practiced at a rink outside St. Louis. "He was a great mentor. " Stevens' Kings won the series opener, 3-1, on Saturday.
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June 7, 2012 | By Margaret Gray
In her prologue to Tony Abatemarco's new play, “Beautified,” by the Katselas Theatre Company at Skylight Theatre, the character Candy points out that platonic friendships between women and men aren't traditionally the stuff of great drama. But as at least half of the population didn't need this tenderly nostalgic play to tell us, a woman's bond with her hairdresser can transcend sex, politics and social class, outlasting foreign regimes, fashions, illnesses and marriages -- even death.
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October 17, 2010 | By Neal Gabler, Special to the Los Angeles Times
With the new television season upon us, here are a few things you are virtually certain to see again and again and again: lots of folks spending the better part of their day surrounded by their friends and family in happy conviviality; folks wandering into the unlocked apartments and homes of friends, family and neighbors at any time of the day or night as if this were the most natural thing in the world; friends and family sitting down and having lots...
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 10, 2010 | By Scott Gold and Andrew Blankstein
They met when they were 7 years old, their houses 10 minutes apart if they ran the whole way -- both precocious and charismatic, both baseball fanatics, one a shortstop, the other a pitcher. Their friendship should have been simple. But as much as they might have seemed it, they knew from the start that they were not the same: Ronald "Looney" Barron and Tommie "T-Top" Rivers were from different "neighborhoods": two pockets of the city, one in Mid-Wilshire, one in West Adams, claimed by different gangs.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 9, 2014 | By Anh Do
When a city councilman in Irvine dreamed up the idea of forming a relationship with a coastal town in Vietnam, the leaders of this increasingly multicultural community got a quick, decisive lesson in foreign relations. Hundreds of Vietnamese Americans, many with wrenching stories of fleeing their homeland as communist forces took over the country, arrived by the busload at City Hall to tell city leaders they felt insulted and betrayed. By the time Tuesday's council meeting ended six hours later, city officials not only had dropped plans for a "friendship" pact with Nha Trang, they also had voted 3 to 2 to suspend Irvine's entire Friendship Cities Program.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 25, 2014 | Robin Abcarian
Is a real-life friendship less meaningful than a Facebook friendship? If a judge discloses that a lawyer who comes before him on a case is a friend, but fails to say that he and the lawyer are Facebook "friends," has the judge hidden important information? What about if the judge makes a single, non-legal comment on the attorney's Facebook page at some point before the conclusion of the case? Does that mean he has lost the ability to be impartial? Yes, say attorneys for Paul Evert's Country RV in Fresno, who have called into question the impartiality of Fresno County Superior Court Judge Jeffrey Hamilton, who slapped Paul Evert and two of his employees with a multimillion-dollar defamation judgment.
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February 27, 2014 | By Betsy Sharkey, Los Angeles Times Film Critic, This story has been updated. See note below.
"Ernest & Celestine," the charming French-Belgium animated film and Oscar contender, is about a bear and a mouse whose artistic tendencies are forever getting them into trouble. Marked as outsiders by their respective societies, an unlikely friendship is forged, an ill-tempered uproar unleashed, and a delightful movie is the result. Based on the lovely children's books by Gabrielle Vincent, with a screenplay by noted novelist Daniel Pennac ("Cabot-Caboche"), this lively and larcenous tale is softened by its watercolor pastiche and minimalist animation.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 23, 2014 | Alicia Banks
Kenneth Huh and his parents have the same conversation over and over at the dinner table. They want to discuss the John Marshall High School junior's medals in the speech and interview portions of the Academic Decathlon earlier this month. Kenneth, 16, suffers from hearing loss in both ears and the impairment affects his speech as well. He has trouble pronouncing words beginning with H, S and Z. His parents, Kenneth said, are proud of him for those awards. "They don't bring up my six other medals, like in art and math," he said, smiling.
SPORTS
February 20, 2014 | By Helene Elliott
SOCHI, Russia -- Drew Doughty threw down the gauntlet as far as who wins bragging rights should he and Team Canada defeat his Kings teammates Jonathan Quick and Dustin Brown of Team USA in Friday's Olympic tournament semifinal, but Quick wasn't taking the bait. Though Doughty said he hoped to confront Quick in a shootout, the Kings and U.S. goalie said neither would have an advantage if it came down to that. “He's seen me go a lot of times in the shootout. I've seen him go a couple times,” Quick said Thursday after the U.S. team's practice.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 11, 2014 | By Bob Chamberlin and Matt Stevens
More than 37 years after the Korean Friendship Bell arrived on American soil, officials from Los Angeles and South Korea came together Friday to rededicate the gift and celebrate its restoration. Officials including Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti and South Korean Consul General Yeon-sung Shin spoke in front of about 100 people at Angels Gate Cultural Center in San Pedro before ringing the bell 14 times -- 13 for each of the original American colonies and one for good luck. “The coasts of Korea and … America aren't thousands of miles away, they are connected as one,” Garcetti said.
HEALTH
September 19, 2012 | By Melissa Rohlin
Rory McIlroy and Tiger Woods have apparently struck up a friendship. In an interview with the Irish Times, McIlroy, the ranked No. 1 in the world, told the newspaper that the golf stars have a fun, light-hearted replationship.  “Tiger gives me stick about being short,” McIlroy said . “He always asks me, 'Seriously, how tall are you?' I'll say, '5-foot-9.' 'Yeah, but without the hair? That's 5-7, right?' He'll ask me, 'What do you do when Caroline [Wozniacki, McIlroy's girlfriend]
NEWS
July 3, 1987 | United Press International
President Reagan signed a declaration proclaiming both Thursday and today United States-Canada Days of Peace and Friendship. The proclamation recognizes the July 1 Canada Day and the July 4 Independence Day of the United States as "a truly appropriate time to commemorate the friendship between our two countries," the President said in a statement.
HEALTH
January 10, 2014 | Charles Fleming
I was having a period of bad health - quite a long period. I had a hip replacement, and another, and a hand surgery. Then a broken leg. Then a spinal surgery. Then another spinal surgery. I was falling apart faster than the doctors could put me back together. When they told me I needed a third spinal surgery, I declined. I knew they were right. I'd seen the MRIs. I was in constant pain and unable to work, or drive or do anything that brought me pleasure. But I just couldn't face the surgery, the hospital stay, the long recovery, the physical therapy.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 6, 2013 | By Rober Abele
Early on in writer-director Jessie McCormack's "Expecting" - about female friendship, marriage and pregnancy - there's an unhurried, amiable but tension-filled vibe that suggests Nicole Holofcener's perceptive comedies. Lizzie (Radha Mitchell) wants a baby, her husband, Peter (John Dore), might not, but they accept an offer from Lizzie's caustic kook of a best friend, Andie (Michelle Monaghan) - pregnant after a one-night stand - to hand over Andie's child to them when born. The movie's early promise fades, however, as an Apatowian crassness descends upon the comic situations, churlishness gets mistaken for rawness, and sweetness starts to feel manipulative instead of natural.
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