December 13, 1990 |
Leading French fashion house Pierre Balmain, lamenting a shortage of Arab princesses and wives of Texas millionaires, will stop producing haute couture garments. The Paris fashion house said today that the Persian Gulf crisis and the economic downturn made it impossible for it to keep the costly, individually tailored line going. "Haute couture is dying.
March 21, 1998
A pop quiz: 1--"Murphy Brown" is shot on (a) videotape (b) film; 2--L.A. Times staff photographers shoot on (a) film (b) videotape; 3--The L.A. Times is (a) a newsletter (b) a newspaper. "Murphy Brown" is, as are the majority of four-camera shows, shot on film, not tape ("Signing Off, Quietly," by Judith Michaelson, March 16). There is a world of difference--in style, in look, in production, in cost. This across-the-board generic use of the word "taping" has come to distort both the intrinsic and the artistic nature of the medium.
August 5, 1990
Regarding the proposal to have Santa Monica City Council members elected by district rather than at large (Times, July 26): One's ethnic background should not be a compelling consideration in choosing a member of the City Council or any elective office. As a former high school civics teacher, I find the idea inimical to intrinsic principles that must govern all our elections. Candidates must be chosen based on their qualifications, irrespective of race, creed or color. I don't think there are any exclusive ethnic issues to be dealt with by the council, only citizen issues.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 27, 1987
It's always shocking to see evil unmasked, as it was in Richard L. Weiss' article ("No-Growth Overreaction Can Sink the Southland," Op-Ed Page, Nov. 18) in which he argued against growth limitations. He wrote, "Unlike gold or some other fungible commodities, land has no intrinsic value." Even after looking up "fungible" in the dictionary I was still disturbed by that sinister and revealing sentence. Weiss has it backward. It is gold that has only the value man arbitrarily assigns.
March 11, 2002
Re "First Test of the Biotech Age: Human Cloning," Commentary, March 6: William Kristol and Jeremy Rifkin articulate the consensus of a very influential and reactionary movement, spanning left and right, that wants to stop human progress and substantial improvement of our species where it counts most: the human genome. I too believe in the intrinsic value of human life, so much so that I want it better for myself, for my neighbors and for those who will follow us in centuries to come.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 4, 1989 |
In the laboratory, rats get Rice Krispies; in the classroom, students get A's; in the factory or office, workers get paychecks. It's an article of faith for most people that rewards promote better performance. But a growing body of research suggests that this rule is not nearly as ironclad as was once thought. Psychologists have been finding that rewards commonly interfere with performance, especially when the performance involves creativity.
HOME & GARDEN
April 14, 2005 |
Stucco. It's one of the oldest construction materials we know, one of the easiest ways to cover a building, used on everything from chi-chi mansions to rude mud huts and yet -- stucco. Just the sound of it. Root word: stuck. Rhymes with yucko. Rhythmically similar to uh-oh. Where's the respect? Everywhere, if you know where to look. Revered modern architects Frank Lloyd Wright, Richard Neutra and Frank Gehry used stucco on some of their most famous houses.
July 14, 2012 |
A lot of folks have wondered whether it is too soon, just 10 years after the release of the original film and five years after the third installment, to relaunch Spider-Man. When questioned, a producer of the new picture snapped that anyone who asked that is "too old. " He may have been dismissively arrogant, especially to geriatrics over 30, but he may also have been right. Obviously, remakes are nothing new, even if the time between the original and the next version has shrunk dramatically.
January 22, 2004 |
Male babies surgically turned into girls at birth because of a rare birth defect frequently continue to feel like boys and may eventually switch their gender back to male, even with no knowledge of their history, according to a new study. The finding, reported in the current issue of the New England Journal of Medicine, suggests there is an intrinsic, biologically determined feeling of sexual identity that is hard to override through rearing, experts said.