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November 12, 1986
In a story in the Food Section of The Times (Oct. 30), U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Richard E. Lyng said that his department has achieved the goal of "the elimination of poverty-caused hunger" in the United States. In Part 1 of The Times the following day, in an Associated Press story on Page 27, we learn that "30% of Oakland (California) residents suffer from the 'chronic reality' of hunger." A report by the Oakland Community Development Department is quoted as saying "For these Oakland residents, hunger is only one of the many consequences of poverty."
April 24, 2014 | By Martin Tsai
The documentary "Cesar's Last Fast" covers much the same ground as the dramatized "Cesar Chavez" released last month. Both center on the labor leader who in the 1960s helped to form the United Farm Workers union, organize the California grape workers' strike and foment a nationwide boycott of table grapes. Although "Cesar's Last Fast" extends the coverage by two decades, the same criticisms lodged against "Cesar Chavez" are applicable here: Richard Ray Perez's documentary concerns the myth more than the man. Perez has made a commendable effort rounding up archival footage, photographs and interviewees.
May 2, 2012
Re "Tuition costs prompt hunger strikes," April 29 California State University spokesman Mike Uhlenkamp says the students planning hunger strikes to protest excessive executive compensation don't understand the issues. It is the university that seems not to understand the issues. I am a Cal State faculty member, and as such it is important to me that people understand that the university leadership does not represent the thousands of faculty and staff of Cal State. We stand with the students against excessive executive compensation.
April 14, 2014 | By Steven Zeitchik and Saba Hamedy
The MTV Movie Awards handed top prizes to "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire" on Sunday night, naming the dystopian thriller best movie and handing honors for best male and female performances to Josh Hutcherson and Jennifer Lawrence. But as is often the case at the annual ceremony,  it was upcoming movies that carried the most interest, with a number of big releases receiving key promotional pushes. "X-Men: Days of Future Past" and "The Amazing Spider-Man 2," two of the most anticipated titles in the forthcoming wave of superhero movies, unveiled new clips.
October 16, 2009 | Samuel R. Berger, Samuel R. Berger, former national security advisor to President Clinton from 1997 to 2001, is chairman of a Washington-based global strategy firm and serves on Friends of the World Food Program's board of directors.
Every day, we wake up to headlines and images of devastating and seemingly endless violence in hot spots around the globe. In Pakistan, for example, a series of attacks over the last few weeks has killed scores and seriously injured many more. But beneath the headlines, there is another great challenge that is often the root cause of violence or its unintended consequences: increasing rates of hunger and an alarming lack of food. One of the recent attacks in Pakistan struck the United Nations World Food Program office in Islamabad.
August 26, 1992
Congratulations are in order for the more than 500 Mobil Oil dealers who are taking a huge interest in Los Angeles youth and providing $250,000 for job training through Love Is Feeding Everyone (LIFE), which is described in your article as a "food program" (Aug. 18). Readers may be asking why is a food program involved in job training? It's simple when you understand that LIFE is not just about providing food, but it is about enabling people to end their own hunger, by developing economic opportunities.
September 8, 1991
Although I, too, have been moved by the work of Knut Hamsun, errors of fact and judgment and the critically narrow scope of Judith Freeman's paean to "Hunger" (Aug. 11) move me to a few words of qualification. First, but of lesser importance, the errors of fact: Hamsun was awarded the Nobel Prize not for "Hunger" but for "Growth of the Soil." "Hunger" is, in fact, something of an anomaly in Hamsun's opus: The majority of his fiction has much more in common with the politically dubious romantic nature-worship of the later novel.
May 2, 1996
The question posed to a group of 500 high school students Wednesday morning resonated of John F. Kennedy's famed 1961 rallying call to the American public. "What are you going to do to make America make good on its promises?" asked Joel Berg, director of national service for the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
September 16, 2013 | By Bob Dole and Tom Daschle
One of the biggest pieces of business Congress has yet to resolve is the farm bill, legislation that has enjoyed bipartisan support for decades. Unfortunately, the process to reauthorize this crucial bill has taken a sharp and disheartening turn this year. The Senate and the House are in a standoff over extremely different versions of it with a deadline looming this month. At stake is the ability of millions of Americans who still struggle in our economy to provide adequate and healthy meals for their children and families.
March 11, 2014 | By Ryan Faughnder
"Hunger Games: Catching Fire" continued to post big numbers as it made its debut on retail shelves.  The "Hunger Games" sequel sold an estimated 3.9 million DVD and Blu-ray units in its first weekend in release, Lionsgate said Tuesday. The original sold 3.8 million units in its first weekend. Sales for digital copies of "Catching Fire" increased 40% from the first film, according to Lionsgate, which did not disclose how many electronic units were sold for either movie, though the company said "Catching Fire" marked its biggest digital debut ever.  WATCH: 'Hunger Games: Catching Fire' exclusive clip shows Katniss on the run The opening weekend for the Jennifer Lawrence dystopian action picture generated $65 million in home entertainment revenue, Lionsgate said.  Blu-ray versions were more popular this time around, with the pricier format accounting for half of physical sales of "Catching Fire," compared with 35% of sales for the first picture.
March 10, 2014 | By Carolyn Kellogg
The team behind the blockbuster film adaptation of "The Hunger Games" has signed on to make Donna Tartt's 2013 bestseller "The Goldfinch" into a film -- or something. The Wrap reports that Nina Jacobson's Color Force is looking for the right director for the project. She expects the shape of the project to evolve once the director has signed on. "We are looking for the right filmmaker, and then we'll choose the right home based on that filmmaker,” Jacobson said. “We've been thinking we are more likely to make a limited series for TV. There's so much scope to the book.
March 9, 2014 | By Matt Pearce
About 330 detainees were on a hunger strike for better conditions at an immigration detention center in Tacoma, Wash., as of Sunday afternoon, according to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. The hunger strike at the Northwest Detention Center began Friday, and at one point more than half of the facility's 1,300 detainees - 750 - were refusing meals, an ICE official told the Los Angeles Times. The facility is privately owned and operated by the GEO Group Inc., a government contractor.
March 2, 2014 | By Noel Murray
Nymphomaniac: Vol. 1 Available on VOD beginning March 6 It's hard to know how to evaluate this because Lars von Trier's two-hour character sketch is, on its own, an unfinished film, ending on a cliffhanger that suggests a change of gears for the next two hours (set to come out in a few weeks). And that's not even considering the five-hour "complete" version that won't be available stateside for a while. But at the halfway point, "Nymphomaniac" is on pace to be perhaps the essential Von Trier film, pouring all his thoughts about faith, death, lust and gender relations into the story of one sick woman (Charlotte Gainsbourg)
February 6, 2014 | By Daniel Miller
Lions Gate Entertainment Corp. rode its hit film "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire" to a record-setting third quarter. The company reported record quarterly revenue of $839.9 million, up 13% from a year earlier. Lions Gate turned a profit of $88.8 million, up from $37.8 million for the same period a year earlier. Lions Gate partly attributed the success to "The Hunger Games" sequel, which was released Nov. 22 and has grossed $861 million worldwide, according to Box Office Mojo.
February 4, 2014 | By Robyn Dixon
JUBA, South Sudan - Toddlers tottering in the dust, elderly men sitting in the shade to escape the sapping heat, clustering flies, the drifting smoke of cooking fires, and the sour smell of far too many people crowded into a small space. If things are bad now at the displaced persons camp near the main U.N. peacekeeping base in Juba, the capital of South Sudan, they'll soon be much worse. The rains are coming. By April or May they'll bring malaria, mud, perhaps cholera, and make life in these camps even more miserable.
February 3, 2014 | By Steven Zeitchik and Jessica Gelt
The death of Philip Seymour Hoffman on Sunday marked the abrupt end to an acclaimed career, but for audiences there will be much more of his performances to savor. The prolific actor had recently shot a wide variety of work that will be seen at numerous intervals between now and at least November 2015, when the fourth and final film in the "Hunger Games" series is set to hit theaters. The actor played chief gamemaker Plutarch Heavensbee in the recent Lionsgate blockbuster "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire" as a man with complicated loyalties who stages the titular competition.
December 23, 2013 | By Maher Abukhater
RAMALLAH, West Bank -- The Israel Prison Service on Monday freed Samer Issawi, a Palestinian inmate whose prolonged hunger strike helped fuel weeks of protests in the West Bank this year. Issawi, 34, refused food for eight months, receiving only infusions of water, vitamins and other supplements, according to his attorney. He was arrested in 2002 and sentenced to 26 years in prison in connection with the manufacture of pipe bombs and shooting attacks on Israeli vehicles. Issawi was among more than 1,000 Palestinians freed in 2011 in exchange for captured Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit but was re-arrested in July 2012 for allegedly violating the terms of his release by traveling to the West Bank.
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