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November 16, 1992 | From Associated Press
John Rock's maverick style and blunt language would probably stand out at any company. But they make him a curiosity at General Motors Corp., where most executives are staid and their every public utterance carefully measured. Last month the general manager of the venerable but troubled Oldsmobile division told dealers and employees via satellite broadcast that they were "looking at one pissed-off cowboy" over rumors that Olds faced elimination in GM's downsizing. And Rock didn't stop there.
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April 13, 2014 | By James Barragan
During the Q&A session of a Saturday panel at the L.A. Times Festival of Books, "The Fault In Our Stars," author John Green revealed two favorite lines that he's written. Both are from his first book, "Looking for Alaska. " The first is from the character Miles "Pudge" Halter feeling inadequate in the face of the girl he admires, Alaska Young: "If people were rain, I was drizzle and she was a hurricane. " The author revealed two additional secrets about that line. He almost cut it out of the final version of the text, thinking it was too cheesy, and the original version compared people to 'precipitation" instead of "rain.
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January 30, 2014 | By Malcolm Potts
Last week, the Supreme Court ruled that a group of Colorado nuns will not be required to offer contraceptive coverage to employees while pursuing its legal challenge to the Affordable Care Act. The nuns' action highlights the misunderstandings and theological errors behind the Vatican's condemnation of what it terms "artificial contraception. " And it also overlooks an important medical point: The nuns might have something to gain from taking oral contraceptives. But first, some background on the history of contraception.
OPINION
January 30, 2014 | By Malcolm Potts
Last week, the Supreme Court ruled that a group of Colorado nuns will not be required to offer contraceptive coverage to employees while pursuing its legal challenge to the Affordable Care Act. The nuns' action highlights the misunderstandings and theological errors behind the Vatican's condemnation of what it terms "artificial contraception. " And it also overlooks an important medical point: The nuns might have something to gain from taking oral contraceptives. But first, some background on the history of contraception.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 13, 2014 | By James Barragan
During the Q&A session of a Saturday panel at the L.A. Times Festival of Books, "The Fault In Our Stars," author John Green revealed two favorite lines that he's written. Both are from his first book, "Looking for Alaska. " The first is from the character Miles "Pudge" Halter feeling inadequate in the face of the girl he admires, Alaska Young: "If people were rain, I was drizzle and she was a hurricane. " The author revealed two additional secrets about that line. He almost cut it out of the final version of the text, thinking it was too cheesy, and the original version compared people to 'precipitation" instead of "rain.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 17, 1990 | RANDY LEWIS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
John Hiatt had it nailed when, after recounting a wild and woolly tromp around Tennessee in "Memphis in the Meantime," he declared: "I don't think Ronnie Milsap's gonna ever record this song." The same probably applies to his vast songbook.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 7, 2002 | Dennis McLellan, Times Staff Writer
Glenn Quinn, best known for his recurring role on the sitcom "Roseanne" and a former co-star of the supernatural drama "Angel," died Tuesday in North Hollywood. He was 32. The Dublin-born Quinn was found dead from a possible drug overdose at a friend's home, Los Angeles police said Friday. Detectives said the case will remain open pending the completion of toxicology tests, but no foul play was suspected.
BUSINESS
December 6, 1992
I read in your Business section ("The Maverick Who's Trying to Get More of the Herd to Buy Olds," Nov. 16) that John Rock, general manager of General Motors' Oldsmobile division, believes that Oldsmobiles are the cars for Saturn buyers to "move up to." I say to Mr. Rock: The Saturn buyers I know, including myself, would consider even Cadillac a definite move down in quality, reliability and service. Until GM really gets its act together, the only way for a Saturn buyer to move up is to buy a new Saturn, or visit a Lexus dealer.
NEWS
July 23, 1990 | From Times Wire Services
Dr. Arthur T. Hertig, whose studies on human embryos helped lead to the development of the birth control pill and in-vitro fertilization, died Friday at 86 at a hospital here after colon surgery. The researcher, a retired professor of pathology at Harvard Medical School who lived in nearby Lexington, was known at the school for his work with fetuses less than two weeks old. From 1952 to 1968, he was chairman of the pathology department. With Dr.
BUSINESS
November 16, 1992 | From Associated Press
John Rock's maverick style and blunt language would probably stand out at any company. But they make him a curiosity at General Motors Corp., where most executives are staid and their every public utterance carefully measured. Last month the general manager of the venerable but troubled Oldsmobile division told dealers and employees via satellite broadcast that they were "looking at one pissed-off cowboy" over rumors that Olds faced elimination in GM's downsizing. And Rock didn't stop there.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 17, 1990 | RANDY LEWIS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
John Hiatt had it nailed when, after recounting a wild and woolly tromp around Tennessee in "Memphis in the Meantime," he declared: "I don't think Ronnie Milsap's gonna ever record this song." The same probably applies to his vast songbook.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 16, 1993 | JEAN ROSENBLUTH
* * Bryan Ferry, "Taxi," Reprise. Somewhere between David Bowie's "Pin Ups" and John Lennon's "Rock 'N' Roll" in theory but nowhere near either one in execution, "Taxi" is Ferry's third tribute to songs by other artists. All are given the standard Ferry treatment, ultra-suave, ultra-sexy vocals limned by arrangements and production that ultimately fall victim to their own affectation: Ferry is so cool his music comes off as ice cold.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 13, 2001
Re "Grammy Duet by Elton John, Eminem Puts Spin on Uproar," Feb. 10: It seems that Elton John, rock legend and ardent champion of all causes gay, has brought anathema upon himself by his decision to perform with Eminem. John's willingness to mingle with the top pop gods and goddesses of this first decade of the new millennium is one of the reasons he remains fresh and relevant. Of course, he's no longer at his creative apex. However, Eminem is in the midst of his afflatus, and who can blame John for wanting to share in the glory and controversy?
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