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March 16, 2010
Where: FX When: 10 p.m. Tuesday Rating: TV-MA-LV (may be unsuitable for children under the age of 17 with advisories for coarse language and violence)
March 31, 2014 | By Ed Stockly
Customized TV Listings are available here: Click here to download TV listings for the week of March 30 - April 5, 2014 in PDF format This week's TV Movies   SERIES NCIS Special Agent Pride (Scott Bakula) and Gibbs (Mark Harmon) follow leads after evidence suggests the Privileged Killer has a copycat in the conclusion of the hit series' two-part story. 8 p.m. CBS The Story of the Jews With Simon Schama The five-part documentary series concludes with three installments: "A Leap of Faith" at 8 p.m. KOCE; "Over the Rainbow" at 9 and "Return" at 10, on KOCE.
October 8, 2009 | GEORGE SKELTON
Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger is threatening to kill hundreds of bills unless the Legislature delivers one bill on water. Is that heavy-handed? No question. Is it bullying? Sure. Hostage-taking? Political terrorism? Of course. Misuse of power? Definitely not. It is a proper use of power. It's ugly. But it's an available political tool that the governor would be derelict not to use when an issue as critical as water is at stake. This isn't about some narrow scheme important only to a narrow interest.
March 28, 2014 | By Robert Lloyd, Los Angeles Times Television Critic
"Inside Amy Schumer" (Comedy Central, Tuesdays) . This week -- April Fool's Day, as it happens -- begins a second season for Amy Schumer's brilliant, biting sketch-cum-stand-up-cum-interview show. Although Schumer, who is 32, has been doing stand-up for about a decade, as with Louis C.K., it took a television show, and the authority of a few passed years, and the time being right, to make her gifts and purposes widely clear. As before, the subject is largely sex -- the series' very title is a porn trope -- a subject much, even too much, on the minds of people who make television.
June 3, 2010
MT. EMMY: To scale the heights of the Emmys, wrap yourself in raves and pack lots of buzz. This week's altitude readings are by Greg Braxton, Matea Gold, Meg James, Rene Lynch, Mary McNamara and Tom O'Neil. PEAKING HAT TRICK: Timothy Olyphant, who often wore a hat as Seth Bullock on the HBO western "Deadwood," never scored an acting nomination. But he's back in a hat in FX's hit "Justified" playing U.S. Marshal Raylan Givens, and he's received raves from critics and fans alike.
March 16, 2010 | By Mary McNamara television critic >>>
You have to wonder if the pitch for FX's new tough guy drama "Justified" included the phrase "think 'McCloud' meets 'Dexter.' " Based on the Elmore Leonard short story "Fire in the Hole" with its popular I-only-shoot-to-kill protagonist, "Justified" is a May/December marriage between TV crime fighters. Like Dennis Weaver's iconic Sam McCloud, Deputy U.S. Marshal Raylan Givens is a plain-spoken fellow, with a big cowboy hat and no time for fancy pants bantering. But like Dexter Morgan, Givens also believes that there are some folks out there who will just never learn.
June 10, 2010
For Timothy Olyphant, who plays U.S. Marshal Raylan Givens, hearing talk of award nominations — for him and for "Justified" — is welcome news. "The show continues to be a pleasure, and I like the idea that it's finding an audience," he says. "You hear the echo back, so that means a great deal. I'm not going to pretend it doesn't." The former "Damages" actor shared other thoughts on the series, based on the works of Elmore Leonard. As an actor, is there a particular challenge to playing a character that's established in the minds of readers?
February 21, 2004
Danger MOUSE'S use of the Beatles' material for his own "art" is both illegal and morally wrong ("Stop the Music," by Richard Cromelin, Feb. 14). Calendar asks the question, "Is a record maker justified in using unauthorized materials if that's the only way to fulfill a vision?" Let me pose to Calendar and Danger Mouse another question: Is a burglar justified in breaking into your house and stealing your stereo if that's the only way he has found to make a living? My advice to Danger Mouse is to find another type of "vision" that hopefully does not steal from another person's creativity and violate copyright law. Will Ray Burbank
January 12, 1991
Madonna made an incredibly naive statement when she said that because the passage is in the Bible there is nothing wrong with her using it. Obviously, Madonna has never seriously read the Bible, as she'd be well aware that it is filled with hate, bigotry, cruelty, blasphemy, prejudice and vulgarity and not mere peace and love. Now that Madonna has "justified her love" it is high time that she either justify her words or make a formal apology, as the lyrics are clearly irresponsible and could easily fuel anti-Semitic acts.
August 14, 2002
John Julis' Aug. 12 letter implies that there is some shame to having the actions of a police officer formally reviewed after a shooting. Professionals in most fields have major decisions reviewed in the normal course of business. An engineer will have her design for a bridge reviewed before it is built, to ensure that it does not pose a danger to the public. Because we cannot ask our public safety officers to submit their decisions to review before the fact, we rely on post facto review boards to ensure that their training and decision-making were effective.
March 21, 2014 | Chad Terhune
U.S. lawmakers have asked Gilead Sciences Inc. to justify the price of its new $84,000 drug for hepatitis C patients amid growing concern about the high cost to taxpayers and consumers. In a letter to the Foster City, Calif., company Thursday, Rep. Henry A. Waxman (D-Beverly Hills) and two other Democratic lawmakers asked Gilead Chief Executive John C. Martin to explain the rationale for selling Sovaldi for $1,000 per pill. Previous therapies for hepatitis C helped only about half of patients and had numerous side effects.
March 13, 2014 | By Bettina Boxall
In a big win for a little fish, a federal appeals court Thursday upheld delta smelt protections that have cut deliveries of Northern California water to the Southland and the San Joaquin Valley. A panel of the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals concluded in a 2-1 decision that a number of environmental provisions that federal and state water contractors have disputed as ill-founded were in fact justified. In effect, the court backed pumping limits. Written by Judge Jay S. Bybee, a George W. Bush appointee, the opinion is a major blow to the agricultural and urban agencies that have spent years challenging endangered species protections that have curbed water exports from the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta.
March 4, 2014 | By Maura Dolan
SAN FRANCISCO - The California Supreme Court appeared to be headed toward a ruling Tuesday in favor of requiring police agencies to make public the names of officers involved in shootings. During a hearing, members of the state high court suggested that the California Public Records Act favors disclosure and questioned how police could justify secrecy when officers shoot people on the job. The court is considering a case in which the city of Long Beach and the Long Beach Police Officers Assn.
March 3, 2014 | By Ken Dilanian, This post has been updated, as indicated below.
[Updated, 8 p.m., March 3: WASHINGTON - CIA director John Brennan told a senior lawmaker Monday that a 1997 treaty between Russia and Ukraine allows up to 25,000 Russia troops in the vital Crimea region, so Russia may not consider its recent troop movements to be an invasion, U.S. officials said. The number of Russian troops that have surged into Ukraine in recent days remains well below that threshold, Brennan said, according to U.S. officials who declined to be named in describing private discussions and declined to name the legislator.
February 17, 2014 | By Joel Rubin
The Los Angeles Police Commission is poised to adopt a major shift in the way it judges police shootings, tying an officer's decision to pull the trigger to his actions in the moments leading up to the incident. The rule change, which will be taken up Tuesday, would settle years of debate over whether the commission can make a determination that a shooting violated department policy if the officer created a situation in which deadly force was necessary. Until now, the commission has generally focused on the narrow question of whether an officer faced a deadly threat at the moment he opened fire.
January 14, 2014 | Jonah Goldberg
What a bizarre spectacle. Assuming he did not lie during his marathon news conference last week, the feeding frenzy surrounding New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie will be remembered as one of those incredibly odd moments of elite journalistic hysteria that are difficult to explain to people who weren't there or didn't get it. I'm not referring to the scandal itself; that's easy enough to understand. What Christie's team did was outrageous and deserves as much foofaraw and brouhaha as the New Jersey media can muster.
February 28, 1993
I am a Republican who did not vote for Bill Clinton, but I am now all for him, as we all should be, since the majority did vote for him. He is trying to keep his promises. I am 75 years old and I feel that the cancellation of the small cost-of-living increase in Social Security benefits is justified and will hardly be missed by the elderly. I also believe that an increased gasoline tax is not only justified but necessary for less pollution and less traffic. We would also be made healthier with more walking, bicycling, etc. In order to fight joblessness and the deficit, we must all make some sacrifices.
October 30, 1988
After reading "Abortion vs. Adoption" I realized what it must have felt like to be an abolitionist in the 1850s. In 1857 in the Dred Scott Decision, our learned Supreme Court declared that blacks were not legal "persons" and were the "property" of the slave owner who could do with them as he pleased, including kill them. In 1973, seven aging men on the Supreme Court declared that the unborn were not legal persons and that a mother could do with them as she chooses. Although it took centuries, Americans eventually came to realize that slavery could never, ever be justified by any arguments.
December 24, 2013 | By Neela Banjeree
WASHINGTON - The Environmental Protection Agency was justified in intervening to examine possible risks of gas drilling to Texas drinking water, the agency's internal watchdog reported Tuesday. But environmentalists say the report raises fresh concerns about the EPA's 2012 decision to halt its investigation into possible well-water contamination in Parker County, Texas. The EPA inspector general's report is the latest analysis to spotlight the regulator's handling of high-profile cases of alleged drinking-water contamination near natural gas drilling sites.
December 18, 2013 | By Howard Blume
Under pressure from an oversight panel, Los Angeles school officials have sharply reduced the number of iPads they say are needed to carry out new state standardized tests. The change adds up to a $25-million savings, but examination of the testing plan has raised more questions about the $1-billion effort to provide the devices to every student, teacher and school administrator in the nation's second-largest school system. The issue surfaced at a Wednesday meeting of the School Construction Bond Citizens' Oversight Committee, which reviews L.A. Unified's spending of voter-approved bonds to build and modernize campuses.
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