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September 22, 2009 | HECTOR TOBAR
I was invited to speak on Sunday to a group of 5-, 6- and 7-year-olds, and to their odd, tiny "classmate" -- a stuffed bear. Like me, the children were all English speakers, born in the U.S. But the stuffed bear spoke only Spanish, the children's teacher told me. So the kids and I chatted in español -- just so el oso wouldn't feel left out. " Buenos días ," I said to the children, and they all answered back " buenos días!"...
April 23, 2014 | By Kenneth Turan
When a small Indian film stays in Los Angeles theaters for two months and shows no sign of leaving, it's not because critics love it (though they do), but because audiences are enthralled. "The Lunchbox" is that film, a warm and affectionate human comedy that is charming in a delicate and unforced way. Mixing a love of food with potent emotions - think "Babette's Feast," "Eat Drink Man Woman" and "Big Night" - "The Lunchbox" succeeds by leavening its simple story of mistaken identity with wonderful neo-realistic observations of ordinary middle class life in Mumbai and environs.
September 13, 2011 | David Lazarus
You can't know how big a hassle it is to have your identity stolen until some scammer enters your life and starts taking over. Michael Kalbs and his wife, Judy Rosen, learned this the hard way recently when they discovered that someone was applying for -- and receiving -- credit cards in Rosen's name and running up thousands of dollars in bills for gas and other everyday purchases. Then they had to spend weeks untangling the mess with various banks, businesses and credit reporting companies.
April 16, 2014 | By Melissa Healy
A rare occurrence in the earliest days of a pregnancy produces an unusual and mystifying outcome: Identical twin fetuses are conceived of the same meeting of egg and sperm. And despite their shared DNA, one of the twins has Down syndrome (the most common genetic cause of intellectual impairment), but the other does not. For those who labor to understand how 3 billion base pairs of DNA result in the complexity of a single human, it's difficult to discern what effect an extra chromosome has on gene expression across the genome: from individual to individual, there's just too much natural variation for comparisons between two people to reveal truths that apply to all. But these aborted identical twins -- one with an extra copy of chromosome 21 and the other without -- offered scientists a remarkable opportunity: given the twin fetuses' otherwise exact DNA match, how would this one difference translate across the genome?
October 20, 2012 | By Susan King, Los Angeles Times
The meaning of identity is a subject close to the heart of the directors of two new foreign-language dramas that explore the consequences of the loss of individuality - Sweden's "Simon and the Oaks," which just opened, and France's "The Other Son," which will be released in Los Angeles on Friday. Both movies deal with issues of religious and national identities, and both come directly out of the personal experiences of the two female filmmakers. The award-winning "Simon and the Oaks," based on the Swedish bestseller by Marianne Fredriksson that spans 1939-52, stars Bill Skarsgard (actor Stellan's younger son)
March 7, 2012 | By Mark Medina
In a two-day span, the Lakers morphed from a playoff-contending team into one that can't beat a bottom-dweller. During that time, a number of things changed. Kobe Bryant went from dominant scorer to streaky shooter. Pau Gasol and Andrew Bynum went from representing the Lakers' distinguishable strengths to their underutilized strengths. Metta World Peace went from a dominant defender and a reliable scorer to, well, his usual unpredictability. The Lakers' bench went from sustaining leads to blowing leads.
September 25, 2012 | By David C. Nichols
Tinseltown tunefully outs itself in “Justin Love,” triumphantly opening the Celebration Theatre's 30th anniversary season. Though not without its still-gelling aspects, this witty, full-hearted musical fable about an idealistic Hollywood assistant and the A-Lister he un-closets is as endearing an item as any in the venue's history. For instance, the one adroit establishing number, “Hollywood Opening”: Michigan transplant Chris (amber-voiced Tyler Ledon) goes from arrival -- “It smells like oranges and hope” -- to West Hollywood pick-up by struggling Donovan (wry Terrance Spencer)
January 18, 2013 | By Lizzie Skurnick
Searching for Zion The Quest for Home in the African Diaspora Emily Raboteau Atlantic Monthly Press: 320 pp., $25 In 1965, author and civil rights essayist James Baldwin appeared at the Cambridge Union Society to debate William F. Buckley on the question "Is the American Dream at the Expense of the American Negro?" In a blast of eloquence, Baldwin answered in the affirmative. And in so doing, took up a question he was to return to again and again in his work: How can a country that tries to destroy you be home?
February 10, 2013 | By Henry Chu, Los Angeles Times
LONDON - For David Cameron, the worst-case scenario for Britain's future looks something like this: It's 2018, and he's in his second term as prime minister. Against his advice, his country has just ripped up its membership card in the European Union, alienating its biggest trading partner and closest neighbors. That prompts Washington to seek a new ally to advocate U.S. interests across the Atlantic; suddenly, the Anglo-American "special relationship" is a little less special. Great Britain is also a little less great.
January 10, 2004
It was appalling to read Simon Cole's absurd diatribe about fingerprinting ("Fingerprinting: a Black Mark," Commentary, Jan. 7). Fingerprinting has nothing whatsoever to do with race. It seems that academics, with little real-world knowledge, will morph any issue to play the race card. Fingerprints individuate people, without regard to any other physical descriptors whatsoever. The General Accounting Office, the National Institute for Science and Technology and the FBI are all on record that fingerprints are the most reliable biometric for determining the true identity of persons.
April 2, 2014 | By David Ng
Shakespeare's "Henry V" begins with a narrator called the Chorus bemoaning the theater as "an unworthy scaffold. " The description turns out to be an accurate one for the Pacific Resident Theatre production, which takes place in a cramped, 34-seat space where actors and audience can practically touch hands without much strain. The tiny theater turns out to be a major asset in this production, which has been earning critical praise since opening last month, and has extended its run to May 11. Featuring minimal sets and actors clad in contemporary clothes, this fast-paced staging was the brainchild of Guillermo Cienfuegos, a veteran L.A. theater director who has worked numerous times with the Venice-based PRT. PHOTOS: Shakespeare 2.0 The bard on the screen Cienfuegos is actually actor Alex Fernandez, who pulls double duty in this "Henry V" by playing the Chorus.
March 24, 2014 | By Tiffany Hsu and E. Scott Reckard
Increasing activity by data hackers has produced millions of victims and one clear winner: the credit monitoring business. Services with names such as BillGuard and Identity Guard report a surge in sign-ups from people anxious to be protected. Nervous consumers worry that the parade of data breaches involving credit card, debit card and other personal information could leave them vulnerable to fraud and identity theft. The latest incident was revealed Saturday when the California Department of Motor Vehicles said it was "alerted by law enforcement authorities to a potential security issue within its credit card processing services.
March 15, 2014 | By David Zucchino
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. - In almost every sense, Emilio Vicente is an American success story. He grew up a shy kid in the North Carolina mill town of Siler City. His parents, who moved there when he was 6, had little formal education and worked long, punishing shifts at a chicken processing plant to support their seven children. Vicente's strong grades and college boards earned him a full scholarship to the University of North Carolina, one of the nation's most prestigious public universities.
March 12, 2014 | By Maura Dolan
SAN FRANCISCO -- A man jailed in Los Angeles County for a month because he was mistaken for someone with the same name and birth date lost a legal effort Wednesday to hold law enforcement agencies responsible for the mix-up. A three-judge panel of the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals rejected  claims by Santiago Rivera that the Los Angeles and San Bernardino County sheriff's departments violated his constitutional rights when they arrested and held him based on a warrant for another man. “The deputies were not unreasonable in believing that Rivera was the subject of the warrant at the time of arrest,” Judge Diarmuid F. O'Scannlain, a Reagan appointee, wrote for the court.
March 6, 2014 | Hailey Branson-Potts
Councilman John Duran and his gay colleagues on the West Hollywood City Council never expected a backlash when they voted recently to remove the rainbow flag from above City Hall. For Duran, who is gay, taking down the flag wasn't about slighting gays but sending a message about the city's diversity. "It's not just a city of gay men. It belongs to heterosexual people as well," he said. But the flag's removal in a place synonymous with gay life outraged many, and the city this week changed course, raising above City Hall a flag with a rainbow-colored city logo.
March 2, 2014 | By Chris Foster
UCLA forward David Wear laughed when asked, "Was that an identical twin moment?" Travis Wear had spotted his brother running alone up court and fired a long pass Thursday. David sank a three-pointer at the buzzer to force overtime against Oregon. "No," David said with a chuckle. "I just ran down court and we made eye contact. " The Wears are seen as a novelty at times. A pair of 6-foot-10 basketball players who all but require DNA testing to tell them apart. It has been a subject for inquisitive minds.
October 23, 1997
Re "Stealing Your Good Name," editorial, Oct. 14: I have been a victim of such activity since May, involving several credit cards and necessarily the three major credit bureaus. A federal law is required, because sophisticated identity thieves always work from out of state. The crime should be a felony, as amounts are generally in the grand theft category. (One of my falsified cards was hit for over $7,200 before the card was retrieved; another tried to get a $10,000 emergency cash draw.
October 20, 1991
Regarding Jan Breslauer's fine article "Two Faces of Columbus" (Oct. 6): In view of the forthcoming celebration of the 500th anniversary of the "discovery" of Great Turtle Island by the European Christopher Columbus--who began the identity genocide of our race the first time he referred to our people as Los Indios --I offer the following statements based on truth and fact. As of 1988, the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives have enacted Concurrent Resolution 31 to reaffirm the continuing government-to-government relationship between Indian tribes (Pnaci Nations)
February 20, 2014 | By Robert Abele
What would "The Pretty One" be without Zoe Kazan's pixieish melancholy and offbeat comic timing? Not much. In writer-director Jenée LaMarque's twee indie, Kazan does double duty, playing mousy rural Laurel, who lives with her parents, as well as sister Audrey, the popular one with the big city job and boyfriend (Ron Livingston). After a car accident kills Audrey and briefly gives Laurel amnesia, the wallflower takes advantage of the identity confusion and claims to be Audrey, adopting her sister's life as a kind of instant - albeit psychologically fraught - personality injection.
February 13, 2014 | By Elizabeth Hand
Marcel Theroux takes identity theft to a new level in "Strange Bodies," a literary science fiction novel as entertaining as it is thought-provoking and disturbing. The author of four previous novels, Theroux was a finalist for both the National Book Award and the U.K.'s Arthur C. Clarke Award for science fiction for his last book, the dystopian western "Far North," demonstrating his skill at reaching mainstream and genre audiences alike. "Strange Bodies" has a marvelously audacious hook - a contemporary reimagining of Mary Shelley's "Frankenstein," with one of the titans of English literature standing in for the monster.
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