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August 24, 1986
Excuse me, but who do the producers of "Moonlighting" think they're fooling with that soft filter they use for every shot of Cybill Shepherd? Perhaps they feel that the American viewing public is not strong enough to handle the "real" Cybill. Come on, guys, what's the deal? Out with it--is she deformed or what? The "halo effect" is annoying and unnecessary. It does little to disguise the toll that the years may have taken on Cybill and it makes her eye makeup look funny. ERIN SIMON Los Angeles A "Moonlighting" spokesman said the oft-criticized use of a fuzzy-soft focus on Shepherd's counten a nce was originally employed to effect a '30s movies style, making her look extra glamorous.
March 20, 2014 | By Betsy Sharkey, Los Angeles Times Film Critic
The only thing better than one Kermit is two. And the only thing better than two Kermits is one with a Russian accent. Throw Tina Fey into a gulag, force Ricky Gervais to play second fiddle to a nefarious frog, stick Ray Liotta in a chorus line and you have a sense of the zany extremes to be found in "Muppets Most Wanted. " After the magically nostalgic return of the fuzzy-wuzzies to the big screen in 2011's "The Muppets," it's natural to think of "Most Wanted" as a sequel. Don't.
December 28, 1991
I see Steve Howe, who has already been suspended from baseball five times for drug use, has been caught again. This will surely result in another lifetime suspension for him. I'm a bit fuzzy on the rules here. Does that mean he'll have to sit out the first two weeks of next season before he's reinstated? Or is it three? JOHN PAUL WHITE Moreno Valley
February 3, 2014 | By Lance Pugmire
  The Ducks continued to stagger toward the Olympic break Monday night at Honda Center, where their recent flaws again were on display in a 4-2 loss to Columbus. In the same place where they started the season 20-0-2, the Ducks lost for the fourth time in five home games. Overall, they have lost three of their last four and are 4-5 in the nine games since their 18-1 surge ended in mid-January. They again fell behind in the first period, again committed penalties that led to power-play goals and again looked like they can't wait to reach the three-week rest from NHL action that begins after Saturday's game at Nashville.
October 16, 1994
Everybody probably knows someone that owns one. A friend, neighbor or loved one. No, not guns. I'm talking about diesel cars! You're driving down the street and black, pungent diesel exhaust is choking everybody behind the filthy beast. Sell your stinky diesel to someone moving to New York. And while you're at it, stop walking your dog on my yard. PETE (FUZZY) HUBBELL Redondo Beach
April 18, 1998
Yes, Randy Harvey, If Mark O'Meara hadn't made those birdies on the last holes . . . If Fred Couples had hit more bad tee shots . . . If David Duval had broken his leg Sunday morning . . . If Jim Furyk had forgotten to set his alarm . . . If Paul Azinger had to take radiation treatment Sunday . . . If Jack Nicklaus' back was too painful . . . If David Toms had never taken up golf . . . If Darren Clarke had made an extra bogey...
August 3, 1987
There's no room in this Administration for an honest man of integrity who didn't have the courage to ignore the old-fashioned ideas of President Harry Truman who said, "The buck stops here." Poindexter, whose character is more in line with Reagan's expectations, might be a little "fuzzy" in recalling Truman's famous declaration. However, it's quite possible that deceased CIA Director William Casey, in one final patriotic effort to keep this nation's secrets forever secure, took the buck with him. LAWRENCE BERK Ventura
November 24, 1996
Leave it to the post-Conceptualist Appropriationist and law-abiding subversive Sherrie Levine to rationally embrace the absence of originality as an artistic movement far superior to creating your own ideas ("Sherrie Levine and the Art of the Remake," by Kristine McKenna, Nov. 17). Let's all have fun contaminating art history by copying original ideas repetitively until the original source becomes so degraded it will become a fuzzy new form of post-Conceptualist Appropriationist minimalist reductivism abstraction.
January 27, 2009 | times wire reports
A paramedic was charged in an alleged scheme to extort $25 million from actor John Travolta after his son died of a seizure at the family's Grand Bahama vacation home. Tarino Lightbourne, 47, pleaded not guilty to charges of attempting to extort and conspiracy to extort. Details remained fuzzy, but prosecutor Bernard Turner said investigators are looking for a "certain document" and police say it involves $25 million. Sen. Pleasant Bridgewater was arrested Thursday and charged with abetment to extort and conspiracy to extort, and was released on $40,000 bail.
November 24, 1991
I was greatly disturbed by Steven Heller's photography of the courageous Diane Hinton and her family in "One Last Chance" (by Linda Marsa, Oct. 20). His photos made it look as if Diane were gazing at us from beyond the grave, and did not reflect her upbeat, I-am-a-fighter approach to life. I kept referring to the photos while reading, and I was jarred constantly by the dichotomy. Why portray her as a fuzzy apparition while she is in the throes of the most intense living she has ever done?
February 3, 2014 | By Chuck Schilken
Brett Favre appeared on Fox's Super Bowl pregame show via satellite -- from the future! Well, actually, it was just from his home in Mississippi during the present time, but it definitely seemed like something that was being beamed to us from maybe 2030 or so. That's because of his beard -- that gloriously bushy and gray beard that made the future Hall of Famer appear to be years beyond his relatively young age of 44. I'm not ragging on...
August 28, 2013 | By David Lazarus
Heesook recently noticed something that you may have noticed as well. Sometimes when she buys a discounted item, she's charged sales tax at the undiscounted price. Sometimes she isn't. Her question: What's going on? I'm asked this a lot, often by people who have paid full freight on their sales tax after buying a deeply discounted smartphone. Sales taxes are tricky, and they can vary from state to state. But generally speaking, if the discount is offered by a retailer, you'll pay a lower tax. If it's offered by a manufacturer, you'll pay a higher tax. For more, check out today's Ask Laz video.
February 12, 2013 | By David Zahniser, Los Angeles Times
One of Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa's former high-level budget advisors says that city officials are using "fuzzy math" to overstate the size of the projected budget shortfall, even as they press voters for passage of a sales-tax hike in the March 5 election. Matt Szabo, who served until last summer as Villaraigosa's No. 2 policy aide, said a new financial report indicates the budget shortfall for the upcoming fiscal year is less than half the $216-million figure that has been used repeatedly by officials in recent months.
February 6, 2013 | By Robert Greene
I had a spiral notebook on my lap open to a page with the names of the four City Council candidates for District 7, and as I was listening to Felipe Fuentes speak -- last Saturday at a candidates' forum in the wonderfully funky hillside community of Tujunga -- I drew a line through his name. Fuentes is an amiable guy and I like him, but I also have to give serious thought to which of the four candidates would best serve the city and the district on the council, and I have to make an endorsement recommendation to my colleagues on the Los Angeles Times editorial board, all of whom will weigh in with their own thoughts and comments before we pick whom to endorse.
December 18, 2012 | By Sam Farmer, Los Angeles Times
With two weeks remaining, three NFL divisions remain up for grabs. The AFC North is undecided. Same goes for the NFC East and West. The fuzzy picture will come into better focus after this weekend's games, which include a handful of pivotal divisional matchups: Cincinnati at Pittsburgh, Washington at Philadelphia and San Francisco at Seattle. First, the Steelers. If they win their final two — home games against the Bengals and Cleveland Browns — they will secure a spot in the postseason.
August 30, 2012 | By Brian J. Love
Late last week, a San Jose jury awarded Apple Inc. $1.05 billion in damages for patent infringement, a huge win for Apple in its worldwide patent fight with smartphone manufacturers that, like Samsung, sell devices equipped with Google's Android operating system. The award, the third largest in the history of U.S. patent litigation, will likely cruise into first place next month when U.S. District Court Judge Lucy Koh decides what additional amount Apple should receive from Samsung based on the jury's finding that much of the infringement was "willful.
August 15, 2001
Re "Bush's 'Slippery Slope' Could Drag Roe Backward," Commentary, Aug. 13: Bart Kosko dismisses the pro-life position, that life begins at conception, partially on the grounds that it commits an error in logic by "equating life with growth." However, the pro-life position does not commit this error, claiming instead that, having had no growth occur, the newly conceived single cell organism (zygote) is alive. The mere existence of the zygote means that it is alive, regardless of its growth, according to the pro-life position.
February 25, 1999
Re "Why Can't They Let Go of O.J.?" Commentary, Feb. 21: Karen Grigsby Bates, in her zest for expressing outrage at the antics of an obviously goofy group, engages in outrageously flawed speculation as to the linkage between that event [burning Simpson memorabilia on the courthouse steps] and the manner in which the "rest of us" (her term) regard the O.J. Simpson debacle. Evoking images of lynch mobs, book burnings and school segregation, Bates attempts to take us along on a fuzzy logic crash course from a ridiculous publicity stunt to the horrific tragedy in Jasper, Texas.
August 25, 2012 | By James Rainey
Parade claims a circulation of more than 32 million. The weekend magazine supplement to scores of newspapers offers the perfectly vanilla, nonthreatening platform for political candidates to introduce themselves. Mitt and Ann Romney get their turn in the comfortable weekly's lap this weekend - the magazine's interview from late last month set amid a lobster supper at the couple's lakeside retreat in New Hampshire. Yet even in this relaxed setting, Romney is dependably himself.
August 18, 2012 | By Lisa Boone
Felt plant pods from designers Eva Bauer and Hetal Jariwala, the duo behind Flip & Tumble, are a soft take on traditional ceramic planters. “We had some recycled felt material that we really liked and we thought it would be fun to create a soft planter that doesn't exist in the home,” Bauer said. The pods are 6.5 inches in diameter and made with plants in 2-inch pots in mind. The 100% recycled felt is lined with plastic. Each comes with a dropper for watering. Zigzag stitching gives each pod a sweet, homemade look.
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