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June 17, 2004 | David G. Savage, Times Staff Writer
Justice Clarence Thomas may be silent in the Supreme Court during public arguments, but he is not shy about making bold pronouncements in written opinions. His latest challenge to conventional wisdom came this week in the Pledge of Allegiance case, when he opined that the Constitution protected a state's right to recognize an official church. Almost everyone has assumed that the opposite is true.
"America is a pluralistic society," says conductor Daniel Barenboim. "The Vienna Philharmonic is exactly the opposite." Barenboim, music director of the Chicago Symphony and guest conductor of the philharmonic's concerts in Costa Mesa and New York this week, was commenting Monday on the controversy about the Vienna musicians' refusing until last week to admit women into its ranks as full-fledged members.
Toshiki Kanno works a Toyota assembly line in a factory boasting of some of the company's best technology: a heavy-duty electrified paint bath and computer-guided driverless carts to carry parts. In a country where status is linked to the prestige of one's company, Kanno is proud to work for the famous auto firm. But he doesn't make cars. His factory, 75 miles west of Tokyo, turns out prefabricated housing.
July 29, 1992 | RUSSELL MAULITZ, Dr. Russell Maulitz is a medical historian and practicing general internist in Philadelphia. and
If you don't like what the experts are saying about AIDS and HIV, about causes and effects, just wait a minute and you'll hear something else. AIDS confounds us. In the wake of the summer's political conventions and the Amsterdam AIDS conference, convenient ways of thinking about the disease are again cast into doubt. Does HIV, the human immunodeficiency virus, "cause" acquired immune deficiency syndrome?
July 20, 1998 | ABRAHAM HOFFMAN, Abraham Hoffman is the author of "Vision or Villainy: Origins of the Owens Valley-Los Angeles Water Controversy" (Texas A&M University Press, 1981), which was awarded a Donald H. Pflueger Local History Prize by the Historical Society of Southern California in 1993
Want to be an expert on the Owens Valley-Los Angeles water controversy, the one that was in the news this week when a deal was struck to abate valley dust storms that resulted from the city's water policies? It's simple. Just rent the 1974 film "Chinatown" and take some notes. Or at least that's what more than a few people have told me when they learned I had written a book about the controversy. "Oh, yeah. 'Chinatown.' " But water history doesn't get written in Hollywood.
November 29, 2013 | By Randy Lewis, This article has been corrected. See note at the bottom for details.
As a leading authority on the Beatles, researcher and author Mark Lewisohn is well aware that there have been far too many books written about the Fab Four. "In general terms and in biographical terms, I think the Beatles have been underserved by books," he said. Yet Lewisohn, 55, just contributed one more to the fray: the 944-page monster "Tune In: The Beatles: All These Years, Vol. 1" (Crown Archetype, $40). So what's left to say after the hundreds of books, documentaries and fictionalized biographical dramas about the Beatles?
August 11, 2010 | By Matea Gold, Los Angeles Times
Johnny Carson is getting an upgrade for the YouTube era. Carson Entertainment Group, which owns the archive of the late-night host's 30 years on "The Tonight Show," is set to announce Wednesday that it has digitized all 3,300 hours of existing footage from the program and created a searchable online database for producers and researchers. The library will initially be available just for professional clip-licensing purposes, but the company also plans to release 50 full-format shows on DVD and post a rotating series of historic clips for public viewing on http://www.
March 11, 2014 | By Steven Zeitchik
Oprah Winfrey's Harpo Films has produced just one movie in the last 15 years ("The Great Debaters"), and Winfrey herself has starred in just one film of her own ("Lee Daniels' The Butler). But Harpo on Tuesday made a big move on the development front, acquiring the film rights to Sue Monk Kidd's  bestseller “The Invention of Wings.” Kidd's slavery-era novel looks at the contrasting stories of a preteen abolitionist and the slave she is given, following the two as they and the world around them changes over the next three decades.
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