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July 27, 2010 | Dorian de Wind
In his July 22 Times Op-Ed article, " Every soldier a hero? Hardly ," retired U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. William J. Astore lists all the technical, logical and semantic reasons why our fighting men and women should not collectively be called "heroes." I am one of those misguided people who, when writing about our military men and women slugging it out in Iraq and Afghanistan — engaged in combat, just trying not to get killed or maimed by an improvised explosive device or just driving a truck with supplies across the desert — instinctively and invariably refers to them as heroes.
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SPORTS
March 14, 2014 | By Mike DiGiovanna
TEMPE, Ariz. - Ask Raul Ibanez why he's still able to play major league baseball effectively at an age when so many peers are retired or into coaching, and the Angels' new designated hitter responds with a question: Why not? "I have a 22-year database of pitchers, 22 years of professional experience swinging the bat," Ibanez, 41, said. "I've trained with world-class strength guys, used some of the world's best sports psychologists and physical therapists, and I still have the will and the determination.
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January 7, 2013 | By Patt Morrison
What is it Lance Armstrong wants from us? News reports are saying that the fallen hero of cycling and of cancer patients may be about to confess to doping over the course of his extraordinary cycling career. I hope he's heard the adage about keeping your mouth shut and being thought a fool instead of opening it and removing all doubt. PHOTOS: Lance Armstrong through the years A confession would remove all doubt, but it couldn't be a wink-and-nod confession just to get back into the cycling game, the charity game, the headlines.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 14, 2014 | Sandy Banks
He's a hefty, baby-faced teenager, a head taller than his teammates, and the anchor of a high school soccer team that won a city championship this month. Watching him on the field this week, I found it hard to believe that this time last year Canoga Park High goalie Mauricio Garcia was battling leukemia. The cancer sidelined him in the fall of 2012 as Mauricio was preparing for soccer tryouts. He was front-runner for the goalie spot, but he'd been struggling during tough workouts.
OPINION
March 20, 2011 | By Alice Hoffman
The Triangle fire, a garment factory blaze that killed 146 people 100 years ago this week, was the worst workplace disaster in New York City until the fall of the Twin Towers on Sept. 11, 2001. Yet despite the fire's place in history, many Americans know nothing about it. Those who died in the March 25, 1911, fire were mostly young Jewish and Italian women and girls, new immigrants who risked their safety in horrendous sweatshop conditions making women's garments. Foremen frequently locked workers into their workrooms to make certain they didn't take breaks or pilfer cloth; this ensured that for many trapped inside, there was virtually no escape when the blaze began.
NATIONAL
December 18, 2012 | By Morgan Little
2012 was a year marked by national tragedy -- the shootings in Newtown, Conn. and Aurora, Colo. ,  the damage from Hurricane Sandy --  as well as instances of heroism and transcendence. The presidential election dominated headlines throughout 2012, with a number of candidates jockeying for position in the Republican primaries. Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney came out on top, though he eventually lost to President Obama in the general election. The nation debated the " 47% ," " legitimate rape ," who built it, and still, even with the election over, consensus remains rare in Washington, D.C. The killing of black teen Trayvon Martin by Neighborhood Watch volunteer George Zimmerman riveted the nation, as did the Colorado movie-theater shootings and images in court of gunman James E. Holmes, his hair dyed orange.
NATIONAL
July 1, 2013 | By Matt Pearce
The deaths of 19 firefighters battling a wildland blaze in central Arizona on Sunday will go down as one of the worst firefighter losses in modern U.S. history, and officials were already honoring their deaths. President Obama, traveling in Africa, issued the following statement a few hours after the firefighters' deaths near Yarnell, Ariz.: "Yesterday, 19 firefighters were killed in the line of duty while fighting a wildfire outside Yarnell, Ariz. They were heroes -- highly-skilled professionals who, like so many across our country do every day, selflessly put themselves in harm's way to protect the lives and property of fellow citizens they would never meet.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 17, 1990
I read with disgust your article regarding the lawsuit filed against Officer Loran Dale Turner and private citizen Jim Campbell by the young woman they risked their lives to assist after an auto accident. These two men are heroes in every sense of the word, and to sue them is obviously an act motivated by plain old ambulance-chasing greed. I hope that callous, ungrateful behavior toward these two courageous men will not encourage other would-be Good Samaritans faced with similar situations to "let 'em burn."
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November 7, 2001
Re "Firefighters, NYPD Clash; 12 Arrested," Nov. 3: The images and actions of the New York firemen in the melee at ground zero were very sad and shocking to see, but I am not surprised after watching in disbelief as they booed and heckled Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton and Richard Gere at the recent fund-raising event in Madison Square Garden. These men have courage and put their lives at risk, so by definition they are heroes, but in these two events they do not display the qualities of a hero--to be courageous, noble and valiant.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 5, 1992
I want to publicly thank everyone who came to my aid when I was accosted by a mugger adjacent to Granada Hills Recreation Center on Dec. 23, between 12:45 and 1 p.m. My purse was stolen by a man who proceeded to walk back through the park. My screaming was heard by a lady in a nearby home, who called the police. I continued running and following the man, screaming "catch him, in the red jacket--he has my purse." A group of boys playing basketball heard me and started chasing him and yelling.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 10, 2014 | By Mikael Wood
What do you get when you combine Frank Ocean, Diplo and two former members of the Clash? A nifty new song -- and some Internet hype for a youth-attuned shoemaker. Released Monday as a free download , "Hero" is the latest installment in Converse's "Three Artists. One Song" promotion, which previously teamed Julian Casablancas, Pharrell Williams and Santigold, as well as Best Coast, Kid Cudi and Vampire Weekend's Rostam Batmanglij, among others. (Evidently this time the company is counting Mick Jones and Paul Simonon -- each of whom has built his own career since his days in the Clash -- as one artist.)
ENTERTAINMENT
February 28, 2014 | By Mindy Farrabee
Toward the end of "Half Bad," a debut young adult novel about battling witches by British author Sally Green, readers learn that the protagonist's favorite book is "One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich," the 1962 novel about life in a Soviet gulag. Why does he like it so much? another character asks him. "Because [Ivan] survives," he answers flatly. Likening the psychic terrain of young adulthood to a prison camp (where illusions die ignoble deaths and defying authority is a prerequisite for forging one's identity)
ENTERTAINMENT
February 27, 2014 | By Inkoo Kang
It's not easy for a fantasy franchise to nimbly establish an elaborate back story, but "Odd Thomas" pulls it off with breezy matter-of-factness in its opening scenes. The titular character, who goes by "Odd" (Anton Yelchin), is an average guy who can't help being a hero. "I may see dead people," he explains, "But by God, I do something about it. " With his elfin looks, aw-shucks demeanor and propensity for righteous brawling, Odd looks and acts like a comic-book avenger. Early on, he bangs up a murderer he chances upon - a bloody-nosed citizen's arrest that the police chief (Willem Dafoe)
SPORTS
February 15, 2014 | By Chuck Schilken
Michael Sam brought the crowd in Missouri to its feet on Saturday. The All-America defensive end and NFL prospect, who came out publicly as gay last weekend, received overwhelming support while making his first public appearance since his announcement. On hand with his football teammates and coaches for a halftime ceremony honoring their Cotton Bowl victory over Oklahoma State, Sam received a standing ovation when he was shown on the video board during the men's basketball game against Tennessee.
OPINION
February 5, 2014 | Patt Morrison
When you've been working since you were 8, as Alyssa Milano has, it takes a special kind of role to get you really excited. Using your birthday to raise money for clean water in Ethiopia, for instance. Or hunkering down with the beleaguered in Kosovo and Angola, as a UNICEF goodwill ambassador. Or getting help for African women and children with AIDS. Or her latest - creating "Hacktivist," a four-issue graphic novel/comic book whose heroes run a world-beating social media company by day and practice world-beating social activism by night.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 16, 2014 | By Chris Lee
Chris Pine was well aware of his action-hero options. Accepting the lead role in "Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit" - the $60-million thriller that hits theaters Friday - the actor became the fourth man to portray novelist Tom Clancy's iconic CIA super-spy character over the course of a five-film franchise that has spanned nearly a quarter of a century and generated more than $787 million at the box office. As such, Pine's performance could have paid implicit homage to those who came before him. He might have channeled the brisk efficiency of Alec Baldwin's submarine-bound Ryan in "The Hunt for Red October," Harrison Ford's reluctant (and frequently grimacing)
ENTERTAINMENT
May 29, 2011 | By Sonja Bolle, Special to the Los Angeles Times
Consider this premise for a novel: Helen Hamilton has always known there is something odd about her. It's not just her superhuman strength, which she has learned to mask, or her tendency to provoke strange attackers. Lately she's worried that she's losing her mind — and the news that she is no ordinary human but a hero of Greek legend raises as many questions as it answers. Does this remind you of "Percy Jackson and the Olympians"? Now consider this description: A mysterious and glamorous family that hangs together clannishly takes an interest in a shy, awkward local girl.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 24, 2013 | By Irene Lacher
National Book Award winner Colum McCann's ninth book, "TransAtlantic," is a fictionalized exploration of three historic journeys between North America and Ireland. He talked about his new novel, which hits bookstores on June 4, by phone from his birthplace, Dublin. How did this book come about? One of the stories that obsessed me was the idea that Frederick Douglass had gone to Ireland at the age of 27 in 1845. He came to do a lecture tour - he was on the abolitionists' circuit - and at the same time, the Irish famine began in 1845.
NATIONAL
December 22, 2013 | By Richard Simon
WASHINGTON - Lt. Alonzo H. Cushing is poised to receive the Medal of Honor a bit late: 150 years after his heroics at Gettysburg. Buried deep in a thick defense bill to fund modern-day weapons systems and military operations in Afghanistan is a measure to waive the time limit for posthumously awarding the nation's highest military honor to Cushing. The 22-year-old Union artillery officer refused to leave the battlefield even after being severely wounded during Pickett's charge July 3, 1863.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 13, 2013 | By Richard Verrier
Online ticketing service Fandango is enlisting comedian and actor Kevin Hart in its first national TV network ad campaign. On Monday, L.A.-based Fandango, which is owned by NBC Universal, will debut an ad campaign on NBC and other cable channels featuring Hart touting the benefits of watching movies on the big screen and, of course, Fandango. Hart is featured in two spots, including one called "Hero Dad," in which he turns into Fandango Man, a caped hero who whisks his kids to the movies and bypasses lines in order to get the best seats, where they are "not blocked by big people heads.
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