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September 13, 1989
There are certain decisive votes by which the people can and should judge the moral courage of those they have elected to represent them. One of those rare opportunities will occur today in Sacramento, when the state Senate debates AB 497, a bill that would make sanity rather than expediency the organizing principle of California's approach to firearms regulation. The measure, which was introduced by Sacramento Democrat Lloyd G. Connelly, already has passed the Assembly.
June 11, 2013 | By Betsy Sharkey, Los Angeles Times Film Critic
Judgment Day comes to Hollywood with a vengeance inĀ "This Is the End. " Jonah Hill is in bed with the devil - in James Franco's mansion. An inferno rages in the front yard, and movie star egos are filleted for fun. When the apocalyptic comedy gets deadly serious about roasting the ethos of celebrity, its satire grows white-hot. As the devil's brigade sets the Hollywood Hills ablaze, "This Is the End" considers many burning questions. Does movie-star cred automatically put one on the A-list of the blessed?
January 6, 1985 | LAWRENCE CHRISTON
"The minute something out of the ordinary is found out about someone, our first impulse is to judge instead of to try to understand," said Judy Weldon, who directs the West Coast premiere of Timothy Mason's "In a Northern Landscape," which will open Monday at the Cast-at-the-Circle. Objective judgment as a first impulse is indeed hard to come by in this play, whose theme is confused anger provoked by the discovery of incest.
April 8, 2013 | By Greg Braxton
The verdict is in: Judge Judy is staying on the bench for at least four more years. Judy Sheindlin has signed a new multiyear deal with CBS Television Distribution to continue her top-rated "Judge Judy" show through 2017. The show, now in its 17th season, averages more than 9 million viewers daily and is the top-rated daytime program. The judge's no-nonsense demeanor and frequent belittling of litigants have turned the show into a blockbuster hit. "Twenty-one is a terrific number," Sheindlin said in a statement.
September 20, 1992 | John Micklethwait, John Micklethwait is the West Coast correspondent for the Economist
Anybody puzzled by the crazed events in the world's currency markets might turn to Hollywood for an explanation. At the center of last week's financial wreckage stands the Terminator: Helmut Schlesinger, president of Germany's Bundesbank. Like the cyborg played by Arnold Schwarzenegger--whose name, spoken quickly, sounds suspiciously similar--Schlesinger has only one mission: to seek out and destroy "inflation," an alien that has somehow sneaked into Germany.
September 6, 1998 | Associated Press
In life, the law never quite caught up with Father Walter Benz. But in death, say Benz's fellow priests and parishioners, it is impossible to escape judgment. Benz, 72, died of leukemia in a nursing home Friday night, one month after authorities decided he was too sick to be arraigned. He was accused of stealing $1.3 million from the collection baskets at two Roman Catholic churches and using the money for gambling trips with a church secretary.
For 50 years, the cult involved in a violent and bloody shootout Sunday with federal agents near Waco, Tex., has been preoccupied with the long-foretold catastrophic end of time--an awful day of reckoning when the wicked would be brought to judgment. But as federal agents stormed the cult's armed fortress on Sunday, it was the group's leader, David Koresh--a man who claims to be Jesus Christ--that agents of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms were attempting to bring to justice.
June 15, 1988 | STEVE PEACE, Steve Peace is a Democratic assemblyman who represents Chula Vista. and
Hidden behind this year's budget imbalance and the failure of all of the state's fiscal "experts" to accurately forecast this year's revenues is a more fundamental structural problem. California's budget has become a juggernaut without a plan, without direction and without purpose. Our state taxpayers finance a hodgepodge of programs, "pilot" programs and departmental operations.
The drivers, engines and chassis aren't the only things different in the Indianapolis 500 this year. So are the questions. In past years, the most-asked question in and around the Speedway was, "Who do you think will win the 500?" Or maybe it would be, "Is it going to rain?" For today's historic 81st 500, the first under revolutionary Indy Racing League regulations, the almost universal question is, "How many cars do you think will finish the 500 miles?" Or, "Do you think anyone will finish?"
August 9, 1994 | JACK VALENTI, Jack Valenti was special assistant to President Johnson. and
Watching a young man writhing under the televised wrath of a Senate committee investigating Whitewater is not a congenial sight. One aches with compassion. Particularly when the young Treasury Department official, laden with academic credentials (Yale, Oxford), a civilized, educated, literate young 28-year-old, stirs in visible discontent. If he had been offered a blindfold and a cigarette, the scene would have been complete.
August 22, 2011
"Terminator 2: Judgment Day" James Cameron, Arnold Schwarzenegger and Linda Hamilton reunited for this action-packed sequel that turned Arnold into a hero. "Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves" Kevin Costner struggled with his English accent in this lavish retelling of the famed Nottingham bandit, but audiences didn't care. "City Slickers" Billy Crystal goes to a dude ranch with his pals in the comedy that featured Jack Palance in his Oscar-winning turn.
May 24, 2011
Parking pass Re "L.A. officials get special clout on parking tickets," May 20, and "L.A. drops its parking Gold Cards," May 21 Sporting event tickets, concert tickets and now parking tickets: It's been a tough year for L.A. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa. The city continues to cry poverty and look for ways to increase fees and taxes, and yet it paid a contractor to provide favors to insiders by reducing parking fines or voiding tickets entirely, without explanation.
June 6, 2010 | By Ken Bensinger, Los Angeles Times
To the soccer faithful, Argentina should be a lock to win the 2010 World Cup. After all, it has god on its side. God, as Argentines are wont to point out, is their coach, Diego Maradona, the greatest soccer player of his generation and, arguably, of all time. To understand the gargantuan shadow Maradona casts over his soccer-mad homeland, one has to conjure up the athleticism of Michael Jordan, the power of Babe Ruth — and the human fallibility of Mike Tyson.
November 27, 2009
Atty. Gen. Jerry Brown certainly knows how to warm the hearts of Californians who are angry at their government: slash politicians' salaries. Last week he signed off on the full 18% reduction ordered earlier this year by the independent panel that sets official pay. But Brown went one satisfying step further. The Citizens Compensation Commission had ordered the reduction to begin next year when new lawmakers take office, and the Legislature asked the attorney general if that was legal.
February 18, 2008 | Howard Blume, Times Staff Writer
The band of left-wing, dissident back-benchers that took over the city teachers union three years ago faces a verdict this week on its revolution. United Teachers Los Angeles is holding elections, the results of which will affect not only teachers but also school-reform efforts and city politics. UTLA's members are the 48,000 teachers, nurses and school psychologists in the Los Angeles Unified School District.
May 21, 2006
Criticism and prophecy are two distinct sciences. A selection of Times film reviews, written on tight deadlines, underscores the challenges -- and the joys -- of the popular form. Read these excerpts and consider which is more pleasurable -- a fulsome rave or a wicked pan? * Magnificent Film Spectacle Holds Thousands Entranced Oct. 18, 1916 By Harry Carr With "Intolerance," David Wark Griffith has made his place secure as one of the towering geniuses of the world.
May 5, 2006 | Richard A. Serrano, Times Staff Writer
For all his taunts, jeers and bombast, Zacarias Moussaoui did not get the last word. When he was formally sentenced Thursday for his role as a Sept. 11 conspirator, U.S. District Judge Leonie M. Brinkema had the final say. And she delivered it poetically. "You came here to be a martyr, and to die in a great big bang of glory," the judge told him. "But to paraphrase the poet T.S. Eliot, instead you will die with a whimper. The rest of your life you will spend in prison."
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