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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 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.
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 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.
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.
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.
March 31, 2014 | By Michael A. Memoli and David Lauter
WASHINGTON - Faced with a strong prospect of losing control of the Senate in November, Democrats have begun a high-stakes effort to try to overcome one of their party's big weaknesses: voters who don't show up for midterm elections. The party's Senate campaign committee plans to spend $60 million to boost turnout. That's nine times what it spent in the last midterm election, in 2010. The Democratic National Committee has begun to make the sophisticated data analysis tools developed to target voters in the 2012 presidential campaign available to all the party's candidates.
March 29, 2014 | By Martha Groves
It was moving day Saturday in Santa Monica - for a historic 19th century "shotgun house" that narrowly escaped demolition and will become the Santa Monica Conservancy's headquarters. Regarded as the last such intact structure in the coastal city, the skinny abode has been weakened by time and weather during 12 years in storage at Santa Monica Airport and the parking lot of a former lumber yard that is now a construction staging area for the Expo Line light rail. Just before 8 a.m., workers from American Heavy Moving & Rigging of Chino hitched a flatbed trailer carrying the house to a truck in the lot on Colorado Avenue.
March 23, 2014 | By Roger Vincent
The gig: Ray Adamyk, 52, is president of Spectra Co., a Pomona firm that has played a major role in restoring such prominent historic buildings as the El Capitan Theatre in Hollywood, the Catalina Casino in Avalon and the Biltmore Hotel in downtown Los Angeles. In his view, preservation and environmentalism are two sides of the same coin. "The greenest building is one that already exists," he said. "I think people want to see old buildings restored. " Early days: Adamyk was born in England and reared in Canada, where he enjoyed physically demanding sports in his school days.
March 21, 2014 | By James Rainey
A string of actions by state officials and the National Labor Relations Board has strengthened the hand of truck drivers who say they need union representation to improve pay and working conditions for the thousands who transport cargo out of the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach. In a settlement this week, one major trucking company agreed to post notices acknowledging the workers' right to organize - not previously a given because drivers were treated as contract workers, who are not subject to unionization.
March 20, 2014 | By Lisa Dillman
Let's pause for a moment of appreciation for Rogie Vachon and Toe Blake. And Marian Gaborik. First, the present-day man of the moment: Gaborik. The recently acquired Gaborik set up the first goal and later scored the decisive goal in a three-round shootout, leading the Kings to a 2-1 win over the Washington Capitals on Thursday night at Staples Center. BOX SCORE: Kings 2, Capitals 1 (SO) The victory was the Kings' first in four games, stopping a three-game losing streak.
March 17, 2014 | Tony Perry
Thomas Cox, a third-generation Imperial Valley farmer, is driving his pickup along the gravel roads that separate large fields of lettuce, broccoli, onions and wheat. The discussion turns, as it often does in the Imperial Valley, to water. "Without water," said Cox, 27, "our ground would be useless. " But with copious amounts of water, the Cox family and others have turned half a million acres of desert into one of the most bountiful farming regions in the world -- a fact unchanged by the drought gripping much of California.
June 23, 1991
Please deliver us from book reviews of historical biography by writers of fiction. While actually saying very little about either book or writer, Ms. King launches into pop feminist pseudo-psychohistory, blatantly hijacking 16th- and 18th-Century female historical figures into the all-knowing gaze of the late-20th-Century woman. This time-traveling of historical figures is a common mistake amongst those who lack historical knowledge and perspective, and it is the stuff of fictional tripe.
June 7, 1989 | ALEENE MacMINN, Arts and entertainment reports from The Times, national and international news services and the nation's press
Actress Cybill Shepherd will be moonlighting this morning in her role as spokeswoman for the Los Angeles Historical Theater Foundation. She'll attend a meeting of the Cultural Heritage Commission at City Hall to support ongoing efforts to preserve the Tower and Palace theaters in downtown Los Angeles. Shepherd speaks with some authority on the subject. In the past, she helped save a historical movie palace in Memphis.
March 14, 2014 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Deal and Travel Blogger
The Queen Mary in Long Beach embraces its British lineage by hosting the Christ Church Cathedral Choir from the famed 12th century church in Oxford, England. The choir will perform a pre-Easter concert April 1 in the Queen's Lounge -- and it's free. The deal: The choir of 12 men, 16 boys and two organists has a history that dates back 500 years. Cardinal Wolsey appointed its first director, John Taverner, in 1526. Today choral conductor Stephen Darlington fills that role for the singers who perform around the world.
March 14, 2014 | By Mike Bresnahan
SAN ANTONIO - Sure, why not. Another ragged moment for the Lakers and their fine tradition. They never lost this badly to the San Antonio Spurs until Friday, a 119-85 blush of a game for the visitors that blew past their embarrassing 32-point defeat here in 1977. Insult meets injury meets history. Again. The Lakers (22-44) were officially eliminated from playoff contention after experiencing another brutal night on defense. Who knew their victory over Oklahoma City on Sunday would become the miracle of the NBA season?
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