June 17, 2004 |
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.
March 5, 1997 |
"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.
March 16, 1997 |
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 29, 1992 |
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?
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 20, 1998 |
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 5, 2013 |
It's almost inconceivable today, but a generation ago, some of the biggest pop music events in the history of the planet came and went with no commercially available evidence left behind. That curious fact is brought to the fore with this week's first-ever home video release of “¡Released!” -- separate DVD and CD sets highlighting performances from four-star-packed Amnesty International concerts and tours that sprang up from 1986 to 1998. Those events brought out high-profile supporters including Bruce Springsteen, Sting, U2, Peter Gabriel, Lou Reed, Joni Mitchell, Joan Baez, Miles Davis, Sinead O'Connor, Jimmy Page, Robert Plant and many more.