February 20, 2013
Re "Greuel's vote on Home Depot seen as possible conflict," Feb. 18 To suggest that then-City Councilwoman Wendy Greuel's opposition in 2007 to a Home Depot opening in her district may have involved a conflict of interest because of her 50% ownership of a building supply store in North Hollywood is absurd. All the time I hear about neighborhood concerns getting swept under the rug so a big corporation can do whatever it wants and ignore the rules, and yet Greuel, now running for mayor, did her job and faces scrutiny.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 10, 2013 |
For a long time, the story of the four chaplains was everywhere. In classrooms, posters showed the men of different faiths, arms linked in prayer, braced against the waves engulfing the deck of their torpedoed troop ship on Feb. 3, 1943. They had given their life preservers to frantic soldiers and urged troops paralyzed with fear to jump into the icy North Atlantic before they were sucked down by the sinking ship's whirlpool. A postage stamp in 1948 honored the two Protestant ministers, the Catholic priest and the rabbi.
October 12, 2012 |
Khaled Holmes earned a degree in classics, so USC's senior center is well versed in the tragedy and heroism found in ancient Greek and Roman literature. Ask him which character he most identifies with and the bearded, bespectacled Holmes pauses. "Most of them are pretty tragic," he says, laughing. "So I don't know if I identify with any of them. " When pressed, Holmes ponders Odysseus. He considers Achilles. Finally, he chooses Hercules. "With everything thrown at him," he says, "he found a way to just conquer it somehow.
August 29, 2012 |
As Hurricane Isaac battered parts of Louisiana on Wednesday, leaving some in southern parts of the state stranded and causing thousands to lose power , residents and observers took to social media to ask for help and to share updates and prayers. Posts on Twitter painted a portrait of devastation and urgency in Plaquemines Parish, a small region south of New Orleans with just over 26,000 residents, where a levee was topped. Some Twitter users turned to the site to call for rescues.
August 24, 2012
Journalist and first-time filmmaker Nicole Karsin spent more than three clearly committed years, from 2006 to 2009, in remote and perilous Colombian villages shooting the documentary "We Women Warriors. " The result is an impressive effort that tells the gripping, complex story of a country and a people under siege. Karsin follows three indigenous women - Doris, Ludis and Flor - whose various tribes are caught in the crossfire between Colombia's guerrillas, paramilitary groups and armed forces.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 13, 2012 |
Thirteen Los Angeles Police Department officers were recognized for heroism during a recent ceremony in Hollywood. Police Chief Charlie Beck last week presented the officers and detectives with the department's highest honors, the Medal of Valor and the Purple Heart. This was the second year the Purple Heart was bestowed on officers who suffered grave injuries in the line of duty. The officers included men and women, some injured or put at risk while on patrol, on undercover assignments or headed home after work.