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March 24, 2013 | By Susan King, Los Angeles Times
In more ways than one, Robert Clary is a survivor. In real life, the diminutive Parisian-born actor and singer survived three years in concentration camps as a Jewish teenager during World War II. In show business, the 87-year-old has had a long and successful career that has included TV, Broadway, nightclubs and records. Clary remains best known for his role as master chef and French patriot Cpl. LeBeau in the 1965-71 CBS comedy series "Hogan's Heroes," which was set in a German stalag , or POW camp, during WWII.
April 24, 2014 | By Sergei L. Loiko
HORLIVKA, Ukraine - Yelena Rybak sat quietly next to her husband for an hour under their carport, alone and for the last time. She touched his battered face and stroked his cold hands, as if the warmth of her fingers might still wake him. Then it was time for the young, bearded priest, who arrived with several dozen relatives, friends and sympathizers. They escorted Yelena and 42-year-old Volodymyr from the gray-brick house through a wooden fence and onto a narrow street of buckling pavement.
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.
April 15, 2014 | Joseph Serna and Chris Megerian
An 18-year-old student who died in last week's fiery bus crash in Orland, Calif., spent his last moments helping other passengers to safety, officials at his Inglewood charter high school said Monday. Ismael Jimenez, a student at Animo Inglewood Charter High School, "busted open a window at the front of the bus as it was filling with smoke and people were getting burned," charter school Chief Executive Marco Petruzzi said in a statement. "He started lifting kids out in an effort to save them," he said.
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.
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.
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."
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.
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.
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.
April 11, 2014
Re "New details on shooting at station," April 9 The Times quotes Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck as saying, in regard to the shooting this week at a police station: "By the grace of God, the suspect did not come in with the assault weapons that he has had access to. " While I also am grateful that an assault weapon was not the shooter's firearm of choice, I believe that, with all due respect to Beck, it was not a god who saved lives...
April 5, 2014 | By Robin Abcarian
No doubt, the situation was “alarming,” as the school superintendent described it, and deeply upsetting to the students who witnessed it. A well-regarded wrestling coach and science teacher at Santa Monica High School got into an altercation Friday with a male student in his classroom. A video shot by a student on a cellphone, and broadcast by KTLA-TV showed the teacher making some wrestling moves, like lifting the student's leg to unbalance him, before the teacher pinned the student by the legs on the floor.
April 3, 2014 | By Molly Hennessy-Fiske and Richard Simon
WASHINGTON - The Ft. Hood shootings are stoking debate over whether Congress should repeal a two-decade-old ban on carrying personal firearms on military bases, a policy designed to protect military personnel against accidental or indiscriminate shootings. “The government hasn't learned anything in five years," said retired Sgt. Howard Ray, who received the Army Commendation Medal for carrying nine people to safety in 2009 when Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan shot and killed 13 people and injured more than 30 others at the base processing center.
March 27, 2014 | By Betsy Sharkey, Los Angeles Times Film Critic
Cesar Chavez, the man who became the face of disenfranchised California farmworkers, was many things: courageous, controversial, quietly charismatic, politically astute, singular in his focus. "Cesar Chavez" the movie, starring Michael Peña as the Mexican American activist and America Ferrera as his wife, Helen, could use more of those qualities. Chavez was loved, hated and feared, at times by friend and foe alike, for his impassioned fight to unionize immigrant pickers and pruners beginning in the late 1960s.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.)
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)
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