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November 1, 2013
Re "Filling up at public trough," Column, Oct. 30 Bravo to Steve Lopez for expressing disgust at the L.A. City Council proposal to increase the limit on the value of gifts that council members can accept. It brings to mind my experience with Robert Mueller when he served as the U.S. attorney for the Northern District of California, when I was the regional director of the Anti-Defamation League in San Francisco. While Mueller - who would leave in 2001 to head the FBI - was in San Francisco, my staff and I met him for lunch to offer the ADL's assistance in tracking the white-power extremists active in the region.
March 7, 2014 | By Susan King, Los Angeles Times
Don Murray is a man of convictions. When he was 19 and working as an usher at CBS in New York City for $17 a week while attending the American Academy of Dramatic Arts, Murray turned down an offer to sign a contract with Universal for a whopping $150 a week. FOR THE RECORD: Don Murray: An article in the March 7 Calendar section about a UCLA film event honoring actor Don Murray gave the actor's age as 83. He is 84. "They could put you in whatever picture they wanted," explained the genial actor, 83, over the phone recently from his home in Santa Barbara.
November 30, 1986
In Marc Shulgold's interview with Skitch Henderson ("Hendeson Leads a Pop Program," Nov. 21) the conductor is quoted as saying, "Whatever I did, I always maintained a level of integrity, even on 'The Tonight Show.' " Is this the same Skitch Henderson who in the '60s was charged, fined and jailed by the IRS for over-valuing many old, worthless manuscripts and scores and taking huge income-tax write-offs for them? Did the integrity blossom before or after that action? JACK TRACY Sherman Oaks
February 8, 2014 | By Noam N. Levey
WASHINGTON - Fans of the Jet City Rollergirls are hearing public announcements about Obamacare when they go to the roller derby track north of Seattle. Univision, the nation's largest Spanish-language television network, is airing half-hour specials about healthy living and educating viewers about how to sign up for coverage under President Obama's health law. And tax preparers at thousands of Jackson Hewitt and H&R Block offices are talking to their customers about how to enroll in the new insurance plans sold through the law's online marketplaces.
January 27, 2006
Re "King/Drew Hits Hard at Problem Personnel," Jan. 23 The contradictions and paradoxes of King/Drew Medical Center personnel continue to be made all the more perplexing in that it defies human standards of decency championed by its namesake, Martin Luther King Jr. -- that ultimately the integrity of an institution depends on the quality of the individuals contained in it. MICHAEL RYAN Venice
February 17, 2002
Elizabeth Jensen's analysis of issues of "personality" versus "journalism" confronting CNN with the onslaught of competition from Fox and MSNBC mirrors America's battle pitting conservative patriots editorializing the news to fit their agenda against the so-called "liberal media" who attempt to remain objective ("News Still Counts at CNN. So Do Stars," Feb. 3). Bernard Shaw's retirement from CNN left an enormous void; filling it with Paula, Aaron and Connie makes perfect sense, as they all have demonstrated journalistic integrity in their careers.
June 20, 1989
I. F. Stone, who died Sunday at 81, was a tireless reporter, mining the record of human enterprise to expose the facts of history, always independent, with an unquestioned integrity that attracted the respect of readers of many persuasions. For 18 years, the I. F. Stone Weekly, published with his wife Esther, was priority reading because it plumbed depths that other journalists did not find time to explore. Facts from records unread by others lent credibility to his challenges to McCarthyism, his questions about American military commitments in Korea and Vietnam and his concern about the state of civil rights before many others understood the malignancy.
August 28, 1987
Those of us who get a part of our daily news from KNBC-TV were witnesses to the intrusion of a supposed gunman who wanted Horowitz to convey his message to the public. The news staff handled themselves well and I agree that, although there was a dilemma involving a person's life and the station's integrity, the director made a correct decision. I was totally amazed when, after a wait in excess of six minutes after seeing the gunman approach Horowitz, the station came back on the air and offered no word of explanation or comment on the safety of the news staff until after a series of advertisements.
March 26, 2001
Re "Dot-Com Failures Tax Workers' Consciences," March 21: I hope that none of my high school math students read Margee Fagelson's comment that "it's only illegal if you get caught." I teach my 11th-graders that it is wrong to cheat even if you are never caught. Fagelson has forgotten that a truly honest person maintains his or her integrity even when no one else will ever know. Of course, it's unfortunate that she has to suffer because of someone else's lack of responsibility. That, however, does not relieve her of her tax responsibility to our greater society.
December 31, 2005
Lost amid the tragic revelations of the scientific fraud perpetrated by South Korean stem cell researcher Hwang Woo Suk and his collaborators is the fact that the scientific system works. Erroneous scientific discoveries, whether fraudulent or the result of honest misinterpretation of data, cannot stand up long to the scrutiny of the scientific method. "Yes, but can you repeat it?" is an old saw of the process of experimentation. While the tragedy of the recent events will surely be the opportunity afforded those opposed to stem cell research to harden their stance, the rest of us should be heartened by the rapid uncovering of the facts, and the public should be reassured that the systems in place will continue to protect the integrity of the scientific method.
January 29, 2014 | By Steve Chawkins
When Morrie Turner was just a cartoon-doodling kid in Oakland, he wrote a fan letter to the creator of the popular comic strip "Terry and the Pirates. " In return, Milton Caniff, who later created "Steve Canyon," sent young Turner a typed, six-page personal reply with pointers on story lines and drawing. "It changed my whole life," Turner told the San Francisco Chronicle in 2005. "The fact that he took the time to share all that with a kid, a stranger, didn't impress me all that much at the time.
December 28, 2013 | By Randall Roberts, Los Angeles Times Pop Music Critic
One of the most beguiling folk records of the year has the bonus of ferrying along a Joel and Ethan Coen plot line. The songs within the brothers' new "Inside Llewyn Davis" move from balladry to blues to ancient British folk, adding an extra layer of lyricism and revealing a portal to another storytelling realm. The selections and performances highlight a moment when a perfectly realized stanza sung honestly in a smoky cafe could produce an audible gasp, reverberate throughout New York's Greenwich Village and, with luck or if your name were Bob Dylan, American culture.
December 10, 2013 | By Eugene Linden
Bloomberg LP finds itself in a struggle to define the proper role of the news division in the financial colossus, which makes most of its money by renting terminals to portfolio managers, traders and analysts that give them access to real-time market data, analytics, world news and a trading platform. First came reports - denied by Bloomberg - that the news division spiked a story on the Chinese elite - a follow-up to an earlier, award-winning investigation that had angered the Communist Party leaders - because the new story would further provoke the government.
December 2, 2013 | Helene Elliott
Ask any former NHL player who's about 45 or older if he ever had a concussion and he's likely to say he got his bell rung once or twice but went back out and played. It was unthinkable not to. Stoicism was - and is - as much a part of the game as ice. Medical knowledge about the terrible effects of repeated brain injuries has since advanced. It's flippant to joke about brain injuries after learning of the neurological and behavioral problems experienced by Bob Probert and Derek Boogaard and other NFL players who were posthumously found to have chronic traumatic encephalopathy, or degenerative brain disease.
November 25, 2013 | By Julie Cart
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on Monday appointed Francesca Grifo as the agency's official in charge of scientific integrity. In addition to overseeing the scientific integrity program, Grifo will chair an internal committee that deals with issues of standards, transparency and scientific freedom. In 2009 President Obama issued a directive that ordered federal agencies to refocus on science and remove political pressure from science policy. The EPA, which incorporates scientific analysis into its regulations, frequently comes under fire for decisions opposed by industry and challenged by other scientists.
November 20, 2013 | By Paresh Dave
The push to bring technology into cars is a slow crawl for many automakers, particularly because of one wrenching issue that has come up in nearly every discussion at the L.A. Auto Show: distracted driving. “It's very important to get that phone in the center console and closed up,” Charles Koch, manager of new business development for American Honda Motor Co., said at the Connected Car Expo this week. But getting users to drop their smartphones means finding ways to fill dashboard screens with more apps -- maps, taking pictures and text messaging chief among them.
November 19, 2013 | By Andrea Chang
Amazon announced a free software update for Kindle Paperwhite that will add several new features to the e-reader. Amazon said the update would be delivered over the air automatically in the coming weeks, or via download from its website. The update includes integration with Goodreads, the books-recommendation website that Amazon purchased this year. Features of the new Goodreads integration include the ability to see what your friends are reading, read their reviews and discover new books to read; share favorite passages with your Goodreads friends without leaving the book; and, when you finish a book, immediately rate it from your Kindle.
November 9, 2013 | By Nita Lelyveld
The tiny congregation in Los Feliz looked long and hard for a new pastor - someone joyful and brave, committed and kind, welcoming to all and unwilling to talk down to any. Pretty much from its founding in 1905, Mount Hollywood Congregational Church has charted its own course: integrating early, protesting injustice often, trying hard to change the world for the better. Its 50 or so active members, while diverse in age, ethnicity and background, are very much in sync in their spiritual style.
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