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November 21, 2013 | By Patt Morrison
The three gunshots fired in Dallas 50 years ago meant a presidential legacy unfulfilled - and a personal life unresolved. The sorry mess of sexual exploits that President John F. Kennedy left behind took years to emerge. The supporting cast was vast, and I knew one of them, a woman who was, next to Marilyn Monroe, the most famous one, though not by her choice. Judith Campbell Exner was the first of JFK's lovers to be publicly identified, and so she was pilloried by a public furious at learning that at least one wing of Camelot had more in common with the Playboy Club.
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April 15, 2014 | Michael Finnegan
Kennedy memorabilia is scattered around Bobby Shriver's campaign headquarters. On one wall hangs a photo of a giant Robert F. Kennedy mural, on another the signed text of Sen. Edward M. Kennedy's 1980 speech to the Democratic National Convention: "To Bobby. Christmas. Love, Uncle Ted. " But the former Santa Monica mayor is tired of news stories tagging him as the nephew of President John F. Kennedy. He'd rather be known for getting AIDS medicine to Africa, or producing Christmas albums to raise money for the Special Olympics.
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ENTERTAINMENT
November 10, 2011
Chris Matthews, the fiery host of MSNBC's "Hardball," discusses his new book, "Jack Kennedy: Elusive Hero," with actor Richard Dreyfuss. A departure from Matthews' usual debate-heavy territory, the biography portrays the political leader as an ambassador for peace who was always at the forefront of civil liberties activism and debate. Temple Emanuel, 300 N. Clark Drive, Beverly Hills. 7:30 p.m. Thurs. $20. writersblocpresents.com.
NATIONAL
January 3, 2014 | By Tina Susman
NEW YORK -- Flights into and out of John F. Kennedy International Airport were suspended for hours Friday, at least two deaths were reported in the region and New York Mayor Bill de Blasio gave more than 1 million pupils a day off as a winter storm dumped nearly two feet of snow in some areas and iced over roads. Thousands of flights were delayed or canceled, and while La Guardia and Newark-Liberty airports in the New York region were operating, the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey took the step of halting operations at JFK early Friday “due to zero visibility and windblown snow on the runways.” “The airport terminals remain open,” the agency, which operates area airports, said in a statement released before dawn.
NEWS
November 19, 2013 | By Vicki Leon, guest blogger
Fifty years ago, a troubled man with a gun blew away a beloved president before our eyes. Since then, too many young males with weapons have blasted their way into our American Hall of Infamy. Their acts, now a “senseless violence” cliche, are frequently fatal but far from senseless. From the killers' perspective, their theatrical mayhem makes a potent statement. With each bloodletting, we finger-point at causes: a plethora of guns, a paucity of mental health services. But one troubling motive for massacres gets overlooked: They often do it for an audience.
TRAVEL
January 18, 2009 | Jay Jones
On Tuesday, millions in Washington, D.C., and billions around the world will watch as Barack Obama takes the oath of office as president of the United States. In 1961 on the same date -- Jan. 20 -- John Fitzgerald Kennedy took the same oath. The comparisons with JFK began long before the first ballot was cast and the two leaders' similarities become even more apparent during a walk through the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library & Museum in Boston.
NEWS
February 18, 2013 | By Paul Whitefield
Would you pay $570,000 for a bomber jacket? Probably not (though I'm willing to give NBA stars and the like an out here). But would you pay $570,000 for a bomber jacket, complete with presidential seal, once worn by John F. Kennedy aboard Air Force One? Ah, as Shakespeare would say, there's the rub. On Sunday, the jacket -- part of a trove of JFK memorabilia owned by the late David Powers, a longtime JFK aide and confidant -- brought more than 10 times its asking price at auction . That's nuts, you say?
OPINION
October 31, 2013
Re "Still no conspiracy," Opinion, Oct. 27 Richard M. Mosk's Op-Ed article reminds us that it's been almost 50 years since President John F. Kennedy was assassinated. Since Nov. 22, 1963, our country has gone through an enormous social and political transformation. Unfortunately, our country has also suffered senseless assassinations of other people who might have had an enduring positive impact on our nation. We have been witness to unpopular wars and social turmoil. We became cynical of our government and its elected officials.
NATIONAL
November 15, 2013 | By Morgan Little
A majority of Americans still believe there's more to President John F. Kennedy's assassination than the government concluded. Fifty years after the shooting, 61% think that, at the very least, shooter Lee Harvey Oswald didn't work alone, according to a new Gallup poll. But that line of conspiratorial thought has been on the decline, according Gallup.  The 61% marks the lowest number of Americans distrusting the conclusions of the Warren Commission, the federal investigation into the shooting.
NEWS
November 22, 2013 | By Jamie Wetherbe
John F. Kennedy might be Hollywood's favorite politician. More than two dozen actors have portrayed the 35th president, starting with 1963's "PT 109" starring Cliff Robertson, who was chosen by Kennedy. Even 50 years after his death, JFK remains etched in public memory, which leaves actors with the daunting task of bringing Kennedy's lauded image -- and voice -- to the screen. We rounded up four actors performing Kennedy's iconic speeches -- Greg Kinnear in the 2011 miniseries "The Kennedys," Rob Lowe in the 2013 TV movie "Killing Kennedy," Martin Sheen in the 1983 TV miniseries "Kennedy" and Bruce Greenwood in the 2000 film "Thirteen Days" -- and paired them with archival footage of Kennedy delivering the addresses.
NEWS
December 6, 2013 | By a Times staff writer
Given all the indoor things you can do in New York in chilly weather (theater, museums, shopping), cold may not be a deterrent to this $258 round-trip fare (including all taxes and fees) from Burbank to New York's JFK on United. You must buy your ticket to New York at least seven days in advance. There is no minimum stay, and it is for travel any day of the week through Feb. 28 (although holiday blackouts apply). After that date, it is for travel Tuesdays and Wednesdays through May 20. Info: United , (800)
SCIENCE
November 29, 2013 | By Geoffrey Mohan
Researchers have lifted the veil on the brain cells that could explain why so many people remember where they were when John F. Kennedy was assassinated in Dallas 50 years ago. Cells in the brain “geotag” experience, helping us recall events through a spatial context, according to a study published Friday in the journal Science. The findings offer neurological confirmation of how humans retrieve a past experience -- by restoring a context indexed on a cellular level. Populations of specialized neurons that fired during the initial experience of a place fired in the same way when a subject consciously tried to recall events that occurred there, the study found.
OPINION
November 26, 2013 | By Michael Shermer
With the passing of the 50th anniversary of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy last week, and the accompanying fusillade of documentaries purporting to prove there was a conspiracy behind it, we might expect (and hope) that cabalistic conjecturing will wane until the next big anniversary. Don't count on it. A poll this month found that 61% of Americans who responded still believe that JFK was the victim of a conspiracy, despite the fact that the preponderance of evidence points to Lee Harvey Oswald as the lone assassin.
NATIONAL
November 24, 2013 | By Matt Pearce
Four people were shot to death and a fifth was wounded after a man opened fire inside an Oklahoma home Saturday night, police said. Tulsa authorities were still hunting Sunday for the man thought to be responsible. Officials suspect he was familiar with the home. Police did not give a possible motive for the attack. The five victims had gathered in a garage that had been converted to a bedroom, the Tulsa Police Department said in a statement. The garage was "cluttered with items that made the living area very small and compact," police said.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 22, 2013 | By David Ng
As the nation marks the 50th anniversary of John F. Kennedy's assassination in 1963, a few cultural groups in Southern California are observing the occasion with performances dedicated to the memory of the 35th president. "Sunny Afternoon. " Gangbusters Theatre Company at Theatre Asylum in Hollywood. A new play that delves into the conspiracy theories surrounding the Kennedy assassination of 1963, at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday; 3 p.m. Sunday. CHEAT SHEET: Fall arts preview "Dealey Plaza.
NEWS
November 22, 2013 | By Jamie Wetherbe
John F. Kennedy might be Hollywood's favorite politician. More than two dozen actors have portrayed the 35th president, starting with 1963's "PT 109" starring Cliff Robertson, who was chosen by Kennedy. Even 50 years after his death, JFK remains etched in public memory, which leaves actors with the daunting task of bringing Kennedy's lauded image -- and voice -- to the screen. We rounded up four actors performing Kennedy's iconic speeches -- Greg Kinnear in the 2011 miniseries "The Kennedys," Rob Lowe in the 2013 TV movie "Killing Kennedy," Martin Sheen in the 1983 TV miniseries "Kennedy" and Bruce Greenwood in the 2000 film "Thirteen Days" -- and paired them with archival footage of Kennedy delivering the addresses.
NEWS
November 22, 2013 | By Michael McGough
“All analogies limp,” a wise man once said.  So it is with the comparison between John F. Kennedy, the first Catholic to be elected president, and Barack Obama, the first black president. In both cases the Democratic nominee overcame historic prejudices with overwhelming support from his own group - Catholics for Kennedy, African Americans for Obama. In both cases members of groups that had endured discrimination were galvanized to vote for “one of us.” So the analogy is valid.
NATIONAL
February 18, 2013 | By Michael Muskal
A leather bomber jacket worn by President John F. Kennedy fetched well more than 10 times the asking price at auction, an indication of the fascination the nation still has for the president who ushered in the upbeat era of Camelot after the political doldrums of the 1950s. The jacket, complete with a patch of the presidential seal, was worn by the president and others on Air Force One. It flew out the door Sunday at a price of $570,000 plus the buyer's premium, officials at John McInnis Auctioneers told reporters.
NEWS
November 22, 2013 | By Morgan Little
It was the assassination that launched a thousand conspiracy theories. Soon after President John F. Kennedy was killed on Nov. 22, 1963, the "who killed Kennedy?" debate began, and 50 years later, it continues. There have been books, movies and television shows devoted to the topic. Never mind the official ruling of the Warren Commission, that fact-finding committee established by the U.S. government. The majority of Americans -- 61% -- believe that Lee Harvey Oswald did not act alone . That contradicts the commission's conclusion that Oswald, and Oswald alone, planned and carried out the killing of the president.
NATIONAL
November 22, 2013 | By Molly Hennessy-Fiske and Michael Muskal, This post has been updated with the latest developments.
DALLAS -- The silence was in stark contrast to the somber tolling of the bells as thousands stood in the rain and cold of Dealey Plaza on Friday to mark the exact moments 50 years ago when shots rang out and killed President Kennedy. The peals of the bells echoed through the city and through the hearts of millions of people around the world, all of whom shared the common moment memorializing the death of the president who urged a new generation to dedicate itself to saving the nation and eventually the world.
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