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June 27, 2010
If journalism is the first rough draft of history, then maybe editorial cartoons are the initial hysterical histrionic scrawls in the margins. Rex Babin looked back six decades and generated a great greatest-generation-general idea. Scott Stantis expressed his cha-grin, using 20-'70's hindsight to compare 39 and 44 (what, no cardigan?). And Stephanie McMillan's sustainability piece had teeth too. Though if she's right and history repeats itself, we could all be, well, history. Joel Pett is the Pulitzer Prize-winning cartoonist for the Lexington Herald-Leader in Kentucky.
April 26, 2014 | By Elaine Woo, Los Angeles Times
Daniel Anker, an award-winning documentarian who used film to reexamine complex historical events, including Hollywood's portrayal of the Holocaust and a life-saving sled-dog run in Alaska, died Monday in New York. He was 50. The cause was pneumonia, a complication of his lymphoma, said his wife, Donna Santman. Anker made more than a dozen films during a 25-year career, including "Imaginary Witness: Hollywood and the Holocaust" (2004), "Music from the Inside Out" (2004) and "Scottsboro, An American Tragedy" (2000)
May 24, 1989
We Southern Californians are a heedless lot, so busy becoming something else that we seldom recall what it was we used to be. We have dealt ruthlessly with this region's physical environment and just as cruelly with the works of men who came before us. That is why the proposal by Los Angeles City Council members Gloria Molina and Joel Wachs to appoint an administrator to watch over L.A.'s 430 historical landmarks has a symbolic importance that...
April 23, 2014 | By Teresa Watanabe
In a broad consensus across racial, political and economic lines, most Californians support two historic changes in how academic subjects are taught and state dollars are allocated to schools, according to a statewide survey released Wednesday. More than two-thirds of Californians surveyed support new national learning standards known as Common Core, which are currently being rolled out to better prepare students for college and careers with a deeper focus on critical thinking over rote memorization.
August 23, 2009 | Jean Merl
Edward S. Cobb, a prominent civil engineer and civic leader in the early part of the last century, might be more than a little surprised to see the fanciful new life bestowed on an electrical substation he designed circa 1906 for the no-nonsense purpose of powering streetcars. These days the imposing brick Huron Substation, located a block off bustling Figueroa Street in Cypress Park, hosts movie shoots, art shows and other "special events." And it's a unique home for owner Meike Kopp, her son, Anton, 12, her mother and the family's cat and two dogs.
October 10, 1994
Since some doubts have been voiced in The Times about the historical authenticity of the movie "Quiz Show" and since the movie is based on something I wrote and since I have been involved intermittently with the film's production during the last six years, I feel it appropriate, in the shared interest of accuracy, to make a few comments (" 'Quiz Show': The Pattern Still Lives" and "The Ethics of a Movie on the Quiz Show Scandal," Sept. 19). Obviously the rendering of a historical episode into a drama necessitated some changes in the recorded facts.
March 16, 2002
In "L.A. County's Vanishing Past" (Opinion, March 10), Marc Haefele quotes Roy Ritchie, director of research at the Huntington Library, as saying that at one point court records up to the 1890s were "loaded on a skid, ready to be dumped" when the Huntington intervened to save them. For the record, at no time has the Los Angeles Superior Court loaded up court records that have not been preserved on microfilm to be dumped, nor has the court destroyed original records older than 1920. While the Huntington Library for years expressed a desire to acquire historical court records (something the court also wanted, since the Huntington had the resources and facilities to keep them from deteriorating, which the court did not and still does not have)
April 24, 1988
Gore Vidal's well-written (is anything he has done not well-written) diatribe against academic historians in general and Dr. Richard N. Current in particular, which appeared in your Opinion section on March 20, deserves a reply. Vidal alleges that his "novel" "Lincoln" contains nothing but "agreed upon facts." But he does not tell us who agreed. The author assumes too much. One sees this on the book jacket in which it is represented that the book is "history." This does real damage to the reading public as it is a misrepresentation.
January 28, 2007
Kudos to J.R. Moehringer for setting the record straight on the boxing career of Max Baer Sr. ("Mad Max," Jan. 7). It is unfortunate that the director and writer of "Cinderella Man" were too busy to contribute to the article. However, I suspect that they were not too busy to accept the recognition and remuneration that the movie afforded them. Even though the heirs of the deceased cannot sue for libel, there should be a moral compass that Hollywood follows when telling a historical story.
March 14, 2008 | Mary McNamara, Times Staff Writer
Like a declaration of war against any contenders at this year's Emmys, HBO's "John Adams" arrives Sunday, with a cast far beyond the standards of mere mortal television -- Paul Giamatti! Laura Linney! Tom Wilkinson! -- and production values of Spielbergian proportions. Based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning biography by David McCullough, it follows, in seven episodes, the adult life of the man often considered the most influential and, ironically, least well-known of our country's founders.
April 23, 2014
The historic Los Angeles Times Building, located at 1st and Spring streets in downtown Los Angeles, opened in 1935 and at the time was the largest building in the western U.S. designed and occupied entirely as a daily newspaper publishing operation.  Gordon B. Kaufmann designed the Times Building, which won a gold medal at the 1937 Paris Exposition for its Moderne architectural style. Kaufmann¿s other works include Hoover Dam on the Arizona- Nevada border and, locally, Santa Anita Park in Arcadia and the Athenaeum at the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena.
April 18, 2014 | By Bettina Boxall
The State Water Project, which helps supply a majority of Californians, will make small deliveries this year, officials said Friday as they increased the system's allocation to 5% from the historic zero announced in January. February and March storms in Northern California raised the levels of the state's two largest reservoirs enough to allow federal water managers to also significantly boost deliveries to wildlife refuges and irrigation districts with the most senior water rights in the Sacramento Valley.
April 18, 2014 | By David G. Savage
WASHINGTON - This spring marks the 50th anniversary of the Supreme Court's decision in New York Times vs. Sullivan, its most important pronouncement on the freedom of the press, but the ruling has not won the acceptance of Justice Antonin Scalia. “It was wrong,” he said Thursday evening at the National Press Club in a joint appearance with Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. “I think the Framers would have been appalled. … It was revising the Constitution.” The 9-0 ruling handed down in March 1964 threw out a libel suit brought by police commissioner L.B. Sullivan from Montgomery, Ala. He claimed he had been defamed by a paid ad in the New York Times, even though it did not mention him by name.
April 16, 2014 | By Patrick J. McDonnell and Nabih Bulos
MAALOULA, Syria - From the debris-strewn front garden of the Safir Hotel, Syrian military commanders barked orders to troops taking cover in the smoke-shrouded maze of streets below. "If you hear any movement, throw hand grenades immediately!" a general advised on his two-way radio as he peered at the battle unfolding like a distant video game at the bottom of the hill. On Tuesday, Syrian forces were targeting the remnants of a rebel force in this historic town, long a center of Christian worship and pilgrimage.
April 15, 2014 | By Louis Sahagun
INDEPENDENCE, Calif. - One by one, a parade of Owens Valley residents rose at a public hearing Tuesday to assail the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power's plan to meet its renewable energy goals by covering 2 square miles of high desert with 1 million solar panels. "We believe in economic development - but this is not the kind we want," Jane McDonald, who helps run a farmer's market, said at the DWP's first public presentation of the project during an Inyo County Board of Supervisors hearing.
April 12, 2014 | By Bettina Boxall
Bighorn sheep are skilled mountain climbers. But one group recently made it over the Sierra Nevada crest in record time. As part of an ongoing effort to return endangered Sierra Nevada bighorns to more of their historical range, state and federal wildlife workers captured 14 of the animals in the Inyo National Forest and transported them by helicopter to the Big Arroyo area of Sequoia National Park on the range's west side. The four rams and 10 ewes, all but one of which was pregnant, were moved in late March to a part of the Sierra that bighorns have not occupied for more than a century.
August 31, 1989
What kind of historical-sensitive community is South Pasadena that it cannot see the need for the final linkup of the Long Beach Freeway? They'll only get to their historical houses faster, they won't have to travel on their cracked and potholed surface streets, they won't have to be the object of scorn from the neighboring communities for stunting (beneficial) progress, and they will surely help us avoid the increased millions of tax dollars in added delays. Yes! For a historical-sensitive community that is so big on itself, they have such a tiny museum to display it. RICHARD J. CERVANTES Alhambra
June 13, 1998
In "The Casualties of Docudrama" (May 29), Howard Rosenberg depreciates the fictitiousness of docudramas "in contrast to historical dramas that use true settings merely as backdrops for imaginary characters ('Gone With the Wind,' for instance)." About the only historical fact that "Gone With the Wind" manages to convey is that there was something called the Civil War in America's history. Beyond that the movie creates a fantasy land more unreal than anything ever built by Disney. Because of its enormous popular appeal and its racist, distorted version of the Civil War, "GWTW" is one of the worst "historical" films ever made.
April 12, 2014 | By Roger Vincent
A huge former department store on Broadway in downtown Los Angeles is being sold to a New York real estate investment firm that intends to pump new life into the old building and its rebounding neighborhood. The century-old flagship of the May Co. contains 1.1 million square feet of space surrounded by Broadway, Hill Street and 8th Street. The commercial district was once one of the best in the Southern California, but fell on hard times in the late decades of the 20th century. Waterbridge Capital has agreed to buy the property now known as Broadway Trade Center, city officials and property brokers said.
April 9, 2014 | By Patrick J. McDonnell
BEIRUT - They fled Kasab at daybreak, amid the clamor of artillery and word that Islamist rebels were advancing toward them from Turkey. About 2,500 residents, most of them ethnic Armenians, gathered documents and what few possessions they could carry. They piled into cars and minibuses that carried them 40 miles down mountain roads to the government-held city of Latakia. Only some elderly remained behind, residents said. "We escaped with the clothes on our back," said one of those who eventually made it to Lebanon.
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