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April 2, 2010
Dear Amy: My husband and I celebrated our 50th wedding anniversary this past summer. Our four children came with their families, and everyone seemed to have a great time. Shortly after the party, our daughter e-mailed us to say that she thought she had forgiven me for something I did when she was in high school, but apparently she hasn't and she does not want any more contact with me. She does not answer the phone when we call or respond to e-mails. I was the best mother that I knew how to be when she was growing up. The three other children say, "She's being ridiculous -- forget about it," but I would like to have some contact with my only daughter.
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ENTERTAINMENT
April 6, 2014 | By Noel Murray
August: Osage County Starz/Anchor Bay, $29.98; Blu-ray, $39.99 Available on VOD beginning April 8 Tracy Letts has now had three of his plays adapted into films. Director William Friedkin made the bizarre "Bug" and "Killer Joe" into something as gritty and exciting as a stage show, but John Wells unkinks Letts' Pulitzer-winning twisted black comedy. The Oscar-nominated Meryl Streep and Julia Roberts have a blast chewing the scenery as a cantankerous mother and daughter who spend an impromptu family reunion snapping at each other and their kin; and the rest of the cast (including Ewan McGregor, Benedict Cumberbatch, Juliette Lewis, Chris Cooper and Margo Martindale)
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NATIONAL
March 28, 2008 | From Times Wire Reports
A retired teacher bearing a grudge over his late mother's treatment at a Columbus hospital fatally shot one of her nurses, another employee and a man outside before police shot him in the shoulder, authorities said. Charles Johnston, 63, will be charged with murder after an overnight stay under guard in another hospital, where he was treated, Police Chief Ricky Boren said.
SPORTS
March 21, 2014 | By Dylan Hernandez
SYDNEY, Australia - Even on the other side of the world, the Dodgers have been cast as the villains. The buildup to their season opener Saturday against the Arizona Diamondbacks is reminiscent of the scenario the Dodgers faced when they played the St. Louis Cardinals last year during the National League Championship Series. The Dodgers' wealth and perceived arrogance have made them the bad guys here. Catcher A.J. Ellis wasn't surprised. "We're the bad guys back in the States," Ellis said.
SPORTS
May 22, 2012 | By Mike DiGiovanna
OAKLAND — Mickey Hatcher knows he has plenty of critics; they came out in full force on Internet message boards and radio call-in shows every time the Angels went into a prolonged offensive slump. What he didn't know until he was fired as Angels hitting coach last week was just how many friends he gained in 12-plus years on Manager Mike Scioscia's staff. "I'm in awe of all the people who have called — I've gotten thousands of calls from people in and out of the game, wishing me the best," Hatcher said by phone Tuesday during a round of golf at Coyote Hills in Fullerton.
SPORTS
December 22, 1985 | GENE WOJCIECHOWSKI, Times Staff Writer
Hoo boy, are the Rams angry. Rip-roaring, nostril-flaring, tear-down-the-house angry. Name calling? Oh my, the words these athletes use. About the nicest thing the Rams can say about Monday night's opponent, the Raiders, is that they would make fine house rodents. Said one Ram player of the Raiders: "They're so ugly, they make my cat bark." Said another Ram: "I'd love to see them every day--in a bottle of formaldehyde.
SPORTS
October 7, 2000
So let me see if I get this right. In all the letters The Times receives, not one was in favor of Rob Blake and his stance against an ultimatum? I find that very hard to believe. I saw true Kings' fans at the last preseason game against Phoenix cheering for Blake when he came out brandishing the "C" on his sweater. The Times seems to be continuing the grudge you have against hockey and Kings' hockey in particular. TRISH CASTRO Montebello
ENTERTAINMENT
July 7, 2011
EVENTS Art, science, music and comedy collide with roller derby action at TwentyWonder, a "carnival of the mind" featuring Black Rebel Motorcycle Club and Exene Cervenka. Plus, circus performers, oddity attractions and a live roller derby grudge match between the LA Ri-Ettes and the San Diego Wildfires. Proceeds benefit the Down Syndrome Assn. of Los Angeles. The Doll Factory. 1910 W. Temple St. 8 p.m. Sat. $40, VIP $100. http://www.twentywonder.org.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 8, 1987
Have letter writers Allegro, Grosscup, Izumi, Lompart, and Hood ever thought about putting a lid on their petty and obnoxious "I live in the past" rantings. It is very hard to imagine that there are still idiots who continue to hold a grudge against Jane Fonda. It's even more ridiculous, to think that these "men" would act that way, for something that happened more than 15 years ago. Why don't they either lighten up or crawl back under the rocks they came out from under? I found it to be very compassionate that Fonda would cry after seeing "Platoon."
ENTERTAINMENT
May 28, 2005
How very lovely that Mark Swed so enjoyed the pretty and soothing songs based on the works of the great Chilean poet Pablo Neruda, winner of the 1953 Stalin Prize ["Love and Hate, Juxtaposed," May 23]. But, oh, how very unpleasant for Swed that the love poems had to end, whereupon he was forced to endure Shostakovich's Tenth Symphony, which he describes as a "gargantuan hate poem to [Shostakovich's] political nemesis," the late Joseph Stalin. The music "is angry, bitter, tragic." Gee, Mark, why do you think Dmitri was so bummed out?
ENTERTAINMENT
December 24, 2013 | By Mark Olsen
Few of us will know what it means to have a genuine legacy, something that really needs to be cared for, protected, regarded. Performers such as Robert De Niro and Sylvester Stallone must know that issue all too well, each having created a coterie of legendary characters in their long careers. So in the new film "Grudge Match," which plays with the imagery and iconography of two of their best-known creations, are we all sharing a wink and a laugh as the points of reference somehow add something deeper to our understanding?
SPORTS
December 24, 2013 | By Broderick Turner
OAKLAND -- Tis the season to be jolly? Not so much with the Clippers and Golden State Warriors. Though the Clippers will play the Warriors in Oakland on Christmas night, don't expect the teams to be full of good tidings toward each other because in the past year there has been more acrimony than kindness. The teams couldn't even hold chapel service together when the Clippers played host to the Warriors on Halloween Night at Staples Center. Golden State was angry, saying this violated the NBA custom of teams holding chapel service together, calling it a spiteful gesture by Los Angeles.
BUSINESS
December 22, 2013 | By Daniel Miller
The gig: Bill Gerber is a film producer whose credits include "Gran Torino," "The Dukes of Hazzard," and "The In-Laws. " His next movie, "Grudge Match," which will be released by Warner Bros. on Christmas Day, stars Robert De Niro and Sylvester Stallone as old boxing rivals who come out of retirement for one final fight. Rock 'n' roll dreams: Gerber, 56, grew up wanting to be a rock 'n' roll drummer. "The minute I heard [the Beatles'] 'I Saw Her Standing There,' the world changed," he said.
SPORTS
December 17, 2013 | By Ben Bolch
Gregg Popovich kicked Stephen Jackson off his team last spring. Eight months later, he stole Jackson's headband. The latter deed actually triggered a smile from Jackson on Monday night at Staples Center during a playful exchange between the coach and his former player. Moments after Popovich's San Antonio Spurs lost to Jackson's Clippers, 115-92, the coach walked behind Jackson and swiped his blue headband, removing it from Jackson's head with his right hand.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 23, 2013 | By Meredith Blake
When "The Newsroom" premiered on HBO in June 2012, its opening credits, in which black and white images of Walter Cronkite, Edward R. Murrow and David Brinkley floated across the screen to soaring theme music, signaled the high-minded ambitions of its creator, Aaron Sorkin. And if the nostalgic montage wasn't already a dead giveaway, the events of the pilot drove home Sorkin's purpose: After going on an inflammatory tirade about the dumbing-down of America, anchorman Will McAvoy (Jeff Daniels)
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 14, 2013 | By Lee Romney, Los Angeles Times
SAN FRANCISCO - Officials who oversee the healthcare plans that cover San Francisco public employees this week excoriated Kaiser executives for failing to adequately explain a proposed rate increase but ultimately voted to back it. The city's public workers have seen their healthcare costs spiral while they have accepted pay cuts and furlough days at the bargaining table. In an unusual move, labor unions teamed up with San Francisco's Health Service System earlier this year to demand greater transparency from Kaiser.
NEWS
September 30, 2003 | Chuck Thompson
If you want to see how far standards of sportsmanship have fallen, screen "Chariots of Fire" before tuning into "Bragging Rights." Pitting "two buddies with a grudge" in five mano-a-mano tests of paramilitary machismo -- Big Stick Combat, obstacle course, etc. -- the half-hour, 13-episode series combines the dubious format of "Battle of the Network Stars" with the worst of the GNC generation's belligerent posturing.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 11, 1992
Mayor Bradley has stated that he and Chief Gates did not speak to one another for the 13 months prior to the riots (May 5). Is it any wonder then that there was no organized plan either to soften the shock of the disgraceful verdict or combat the outbreak of violence? The mayor has said that "no one focused on a finding of not guilty. Nobody ever thought in their wildest dreams that that would be possible." The chief was attending a political fund-raiser while motorists were being pulled from their cars and beaten because he "had a commitment."
OPINION
May 27, 2013 | Jim Newton
Although it was drowned out by the mayor's race, Los Angeles quietly marked a historic moment this month: On May 15, after 12 years of policing the city under the eye of a federal judge, the Los Angeles Police Department at last was allowed to return to managing itself. That marks the end of a contentious yet intensely productive era, and it is a signal triumph for the man most responsible, Gerald Chaleff, who negotiated the consent decree in 2001, who oversaw its implementation and who witnessed its expiration.
SPORTS
May 22, 2012 | By Mike DiGiovanna
OAKLAND — Mickey Hatcher knows he has plenty of critics; they came out in full force on Internet message boards and radio call-in shows every time the Angels went into a prolonged offensive slump. What he didn't know until he was fired as Angels hitting coach last week was just how many friends he gained in 12-plus years on Manager Mike Scioscia's staff. "I'm in awe of all the people who have called — I've gotten thousands of calls from people in and out of the game, wishing me the best," Hatcher said by phone Tuesday during a round of golf at Coyote Hills in Fullerton.
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