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July 14, 1991
Critics--particularly white critics--who critique the consistent flaws in Spike Lee's films are invariably dismissed by Lee as racists or out of touch with black America. Conversely, critics--particularly white critics--who revere him without applying their traditionally harsh stand ards are surely either scratching a liberal itch or pandering to a minority filmmaker who needs a leg up. Just how hard is it to be considered an "important" artist when your work is never held up to real scrutiny?
March 2, 2014 | By Rick Rojas
PALM SPRINGS - On a bright and breezy afternoon, the continuous stream of tourists queued up on a bustling downtown corner for their moment with Marilyn. The icon loomed some 26 feet high in a re-creation of that classic image of Monroe in the air-blown white dress. She seemed blissfully oblivious as one person after another posed between her legs, resting a hand on her calf. A few climbed up onto her stilettos. "It's always like this!" Mayor Steve Pougnet said, standing amid the crowd that had assembled on a weekday afternoon.
October 23, 2005
I found Don Shirley's article "Lest the Country Look Away, Playwrights Launch a Fusillade of Dramas About the War in Iraq" [Oct. 9] extremely engrossing. As a subscriber to the Taper, the Geffen Playhouse and other L.A. venues, I have seen several of the plays he described. The public needs to see more shows such as "Stuff Happens" and "Nine Parts of Desire." I am eagerly awaiting the arrival of "Lewis and Clark ... ," "The God of Hell" and, hopefully, "The Poor Itch." I take issue with Rocco Landesman's comment that "a Broadway audience comes for entertainment, not to be lectured."
December 29, 2012 | By Rene Lynch, Los Angeles Times
Lisa Lillien has the world on a plate. The Los Angeles author and entrepreneur sits atop the multimillion-dollar "Hungry Girl" empire that includes TV shows on the Food Network and the Cooking Channel, several bestselling cookbooks and a daily email blast that tops 1 million subscribers. Lillien is a genius at finding low-calorie ways to scratch a craving itch and then sharing them with her legion of fans. Her new book, "Hungry Girl to the Max," features 650 guilt-free recipes, many that are fewer than 200 calories per serving.
July 31, 2009 | Charles McNulty; Charlotte Stoudt; David C. Nichols
In "The Pain and the Itch," now at Boston Court, playwright Bruce Norris takes a baleful look at an upscale white family afflicted with spiritual and ethical scabies. Every time you think these cringe-inducing characters can't descend any lower, they discover a new mucky bottom. All credit, then, to this co-production between the Theatre @ Boston Court and Furious Theatre Company, directed by Damaso Rodriguez, for not slipping into monstrous caricature. Even when we're laughing derisively, we can't help recognizing patterns in hypocrisy, denial, narcissism and greed.
February 4, 2013 | By Mike DiGiovanna
"Drugs had destroyed my body and my mind and my spirit. I could no longer experience happiness or surprise. I couldn't remember the last time I felt spontaneous joy. Why was I even alive?" Josh Hamilton in his autobiography, "Beyond Belief" WESTLAKE, Texas -- It was 2 a.m. when Josh Hamilton, strung out on crack cocaine, his once-robust 6-foot-4, 230-pound body withered to 180 pounds, most of his $3.96-million signing bonus squandered on booze and drugs, staggered up the steps to his grandmother's house in Raleigh, N.C. Homeless, dirty and barely coherent, Hamilton was a few days removed from a suicide attempt -- an overdose of pills -- and in the fourth year of a harrowing drug addiction that caused the former can't-miss prospect to be banned from baseball for three full seasons.
February 4, 2008 | Shari Roan, Times Staff Writer
Skin ointments to relieve chronic itching often ease -- but don't completely stifle -- the urge to scratch. Now scientists think they know why. Researchers at Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center in North Carolina used magnetic resonance imaging to look at the brain activity of 13 healthy volunteers while they were scratched on a lower leg with a small brush. The study found that scratching muted activity in parts of the brain associated with unpleasant emotions and memories.
The prominent NBA player met a beautiful young woman after a road game at a restaurant near the arena and, after a few drinks, asked if he could go home with her. She agreed, with one condition. In return for her companionship, he had to give her a pair of autographed sneakers. When they arrived at her bedroom, he fulfilled his part of the agreement, producing the shoes from his shoulder bag and signing them.
April 9, 2007
Your article on itching captured well the misery and often resigned agony suffered by those of us with chronic itchy spots ["The Relentless Itch," April 2]. However, like most pieces on the subject, you focused on drugs and chemicals and did not even mention the only 100% effective relief I've ever found: a cold, wet compress. Not a long term solution, but enough to get to sleep -- and that's a blessing. ROGER WALTON North Hills A couple of years ago, I suffered from widespread persistent and severe itching.
March 22, 2009
Quantum of Solace MGM, $29.99/$34.98; Blu-ray, $39.99 Picking up where "Casino Royale" left off, the latest James Bond adventure sees the suave secret agent dealing not with cartoonish supervillains but with the more morally ambiguous world of macroeconomics and geopolitics. The novelty of this down-to-earth, humanly flawed Bond has worn off a little, and it hurts that director Marc Forster doesn't come up with much in the way of memorable set pieces.
November 12, 2012 | By Melissa Healy, Los Angeles Times, For the Booster Shots Blog
No sensation better captures the powerful interplay between mind and body like the humble itch. A new study turns up copious evidence to suggest that merely seeing someone else scratching can induce itchiness. And it demonstrates that a person's propensity to "catch" someone else's itch reveals a lot about his or her personality. Even more than yawning and laughter, the urge to scratch can be socially contagious, the new research reveals: Among subjects who saw videos of other people scratching themselves, 64% did the same (seeing another yawn reportedly induces contagious yawning in 40% to 60% of cases, and studies have found laughing induces a contagious reaction 47% of the time)
September 18, 2012 | By Chris Foster
UCLA appears to be facing an Oregon State team chock-full of eager Beavers. Oregon State has played only once in three weeks, as its opener against Nicholls State postponed. The Beavers are coming off a bye week. “I love hitting people,” Oregon State defensive end Dylan Wynn told the Oregonian. “I love just being on the field and not getting in trouble for hitting people. The more away from it you are, the more you want it. " Oregon State manhandled Wisconsin, 10-7, in its only game.
August 31, 2012 | By Matt Donnelly, Los Angeles Times
In an anonymous strip of commerce in West L.A., beside a small bakery and a pet hospital, is a tribute to a staple of hip-hop and dance culture - the turntable. Up to 20 sets of hands turn wax-coated records into art inside the industrial, graffiti-painted walls of the Scratch DJ Academy. In a world where "Jersey Shore" cast member Pauly D "spins" for a Britney Spears tour and takes home a seven-figure paycheck, and Conor Cruise, the 17-year-old son of Tom Cruise, books gigs on the Hollywood and international club circuits as C-Squared, the programmable iPod has made it so just about anyone can pose as a spin master.
October 31, 2011 | By Jessica Gelt, Los Angeles Times
If it seems too good to be true, it probably is. That's the moral of the story in "Bedbugs," a disturbing new novel by Ben H. Winters. The book chronicles the horrific events surrounding the Wendt family's move to a brownstone that is renting for an unbelievably low price in a trendy Brooklyn neighborhood. What appears idyllic soon turns into a creepy-crawly nightmare. The brownstone at 56 Cranberry St. is rented to the Wendts by a daffy old widow named Andrea Scharfstein, who lives on the ground floor.
August 21, 2011 | By Mark Magnier, Los Angeles Times
Arun Mandal is a master of the universe, masala style. At 28, the New Delhi resident has a well-paying job in finance, a car of his own, a flat-screen TV and an expensive cellphone. Global economic contagion? The way he sees it, India is pretty much immune. With each passing year since India opened its economy in 1991, it's been more exposed to international downturns. But it's got some pretty good trump cards to counter the overseas turbulence right now, including the muscle of 1.2 billion increasingly monied people with a taste for shopping.
June 26, 2011 | Deborah Blum, Deborah Blum, a Pulitzer Prize-winning science writer, is the author of "The Poisoner's Handbook: Murder and the Birth of Forensic Medicine in Jazz Age New York."
I still remember the moment in my childhood in which I lost all faith in the innocent purity of plants. One day, I was a carefree adolescent at summer camp, exploring the leafy woods with my fellow campers. A couple of days later, I was an illustration for a medical textbook. "The worst case of poison ivy I've ever seen!" the camp nurse told the other staffers as she trotted me and my dime-sized blisters around for inspection. OK, I kind of enjoyed the attention. The slightly awestruck reaction.
March 2, 1995 | GEORGE SKELTON
It's looking like Gov. Pete Wilson really is going to run for President. And as one longtime aide says, he should take a deep breath and savor the moment because "right now is as good as it gets in this business." "Everybody's goo-gooing and gaga-ing over him. But as soon as he says he's going for sure, then here come the tractors loaded with dirt. Big tractors, big piles of dirt. This is as good as it gets--until his inauguration or his farewell party."
June 12, 1996 | JEFF FLETCHER
Fewer than 90 minutes before Tuesday night's game, Manager Dave Brundage put all-star center fielder Marcus Sturdivant back in the lineup. Sturdivant originally was scratched because of a bruised right knee he suffered diving for a fly ball on Monday. "I just thought, shoot, I know he's hurt, but this is the biggest game of the year," Brundage said. "He said he was fine. He was out here taking early hitting and taking infield."
June 17, 2011 | By Melissa Healy, Los Angeles Times/For the Booster Shots Blog
If you've had it, you would know. Chronic itchiness -- often the result of skin conditions such as psoriasis , eczema or allergies -- disrupts sleep, dims pleasure and limits activities. Just as much as chronic pain does. Now it's official: A study published online this week by the Archives of Dermatology has found that those who suffer from unrelenting itch, generally for six months to a year, have been brought every bit as low by their condition as have chronic-pain sufferers.
September 20, 2010 | Joe Graedon, Teresa Graedon, The People's Pharmacy
I was in Marine Corps boot camp early in 1970 and developed a bad case of jock itch. My drill instructor, although an extremely harsh and seemingly uncaring guy, had warned us all of this possibility and suggested using Listerine. It worked beautifully, and the rash cleared up in just two days. Old-fashioned amber Listerine does burn a bit going on, but it works well. It also is good for athlete's foot. Thanks for reminding us that the herbal extracts and alcohol in original-formula Listerine have antifungal activity.
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