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September 10, 2013 | By Scott Collins
Matt Lauer is still mad about the Ann Curry mess -- and he's blaming the media. In an  interview with Esquire, the co-host of NBC's "Today" blasted reporters for laziness in reporting rumors during the shake-up that led to Curry's tearful ouster from the show in 2012. "I was disappointed by the laziness of the media, the willingness to read a rumor, repeat that rumor, and treat it as a fact," Lauer said. PHOTOS: Hollywood Backlot moments But he was in a difficult position, he added.
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NEWS
April 23, 2014 | By Lanier Isom
Regardless of Opinion L.A. guest blogger Charlotte Allen's ridiculously inflammatory contention that " Despite its cute graphic, Paycheck Fairness Act was evil spawn of Lilly Ledbetter ," the facts remain discouraging for women when it comes to equal pay. According to data from the U.S. Census Bureau, women in America earn 77 cents for every dollar a man makes. Women of color earn even less: For African American women, the figure is 69 cents, and for Latino women, it's 58 cents.
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OPINION
April 21, 2014 | By Michael Krikorian
Last week I sent a text message to a friend. A Hollywood business meeting I had high hopes for had been suddenly "postponed. " "Everybody canceled except me," I texted. She texted back, "Haha. " What's so funny about it, I wondered? Where's the haha in my disappointment? My text was more sad than funny; her text steamed me. Dismissed twice . "Haha" and its partner, "LOL," are texting's go-to replies, a vaguely complimentary, vaguely condescending way to acknowledge a text has been received.
OPINION
April 21, 2014 | By Michael Krikorian
Last week I sent a text message to a friend. A Hollywood business meeting I had high hopes for had been suddenly "postponed. " "Everybody canceled except me," I texted. She texted back, "Haha. " What's so funny about it, I wondered? Where's the haha in my disappointment? My text was more sad than funny; her text steamed me. Dismissed twice . "Haha" and its partner, "LOL," are texting's go-to replies, a vaguely complimentary, vaguely condescending way to acknowledge a text has been received.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 4, 1987
The political science profession owes Ronald Reagan a great deal of gratitude for providing yet another facet of the presidency that we now can openly study and teach (instead of suspecting it all along)--stupidity and laziness. MARGIE LLOYD Redlands
OPINION
December 22, 1991
It has been said that the rising cost of the state welfare program is due in large part to new recipients, laziness and fraud. To bring welfare spending under control, one solution proposed is the governor's reform plan to cut all benefits by 10%. Reforms are needed, but is it fair to punish the elderly, homeless and truly needy for those who knowingly abuse the system? EDDIE LOPEZ, Pico Rivera
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 9, 1996
Re "GOP Clouds the Future of Environmental Protections," Dec. 24: What the Republican "leadership" fails to acknowledge in its assault on the environment is that all life--from plants and animals to insects and humans--is inextricably linked for the survival of the whole: the Earth. If the Earth dies, we die. Period. And then all the money, construction development deals and mining rights in the world won't be worth the paper they're printed on. Those who would put future generations at risk suffer from three basic human frailties: lack of foresight, laziness and greed.
SPORTS
April 6, 1996
For the first time in 30 years of playing and coaching I find myself embarrassed to be associated with the game of basketball after viewing this year's McDonald's Prep All-Star Game. Watching this group of under-aged, over-indulged so-called basketball players do nothing but demonstrate their selfishness, laziness and out-of-control egos was more than a traditionalist like myself could stomach. STEVE KEITH Irvine
SPORTS
January 23, 1988
To all of the critics who want Walt Hazzard's job, let's hear their answer to the Greg Foster problem. Here's a 7-foot center whose bad attitude and/or laziness costs them the North Carolina game and then quits the team in a temper tantrum before the Pac-10 opener. Do you pamper Baby Foster at the expense of team rules? Do you let him go, giving up a 7-foot center. Or do you punish him and have him blow up even more, disrupting even more the team's development? It's easy to bad-mouth a losing coach, but how do you make a team player out of a teen-age prima donna?
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 8, 1987
In watching the hearings, it is easy to see the true meaning of patriotism is not blind faith but the willingness to question the government; to remind our elected officials that their duty is representing the people, not their own self-interests. The people of the U.S. have a duty as well. It is obtain the facts, make educated decisions, and voice these opinions by voting, writing letters to officials, or getting out on the streets and demonstrating. This is what makes a democracy, the fact that our leaders work for the people and the people have the right to have opinions.
SPORTS
April 14, 2014 | By Chuck Schilken
Jadeveon Clowney is slated as one of the top picks, if not the top pick, in just about every mock NFL draft out there. But at least one NFL executive isn't impressed with the South Carolina defensive end. Or so he says ... anonymously. “He's spoiled, and he's lazy," an NFC personnel director told nj.com. “He's never worked hard a day in his life, now all of a sudden you're going to give him a bunch of money and expect him to work hard. I don't see it. " He added of Clowney: “Oh, he's going to be a high pick.
SCIENCE
April 7, 2014 | By Deborah Netburn
You know an unhealthy diet can make you fat, but new research suggests it can sap your motivation too. In a study published in the journal Physiology & Behavior, researchers at UCLA found that rats fed a diet low in fat but high in simple sugars and refined flour were not only more obese than rats that had a better diet, but also less willing to work for a reward.  MORE: Medicines and machines, inspired by nature "The obese rats...
SPORTS
March 25, 2014 | By Eric Pincus
Kobe Bryant said that former Lakers center, and four-time NBA champion, Shaquille O'Neal was lazy. "It used to drive me crazy that he was so lazy," said Bryant of O'Neal to the New Yorker .  "You got to have the responsibility of working every single day. " Bryant and O'Neal won three titles together with the Lakers before the team sent O'Neal in trade to the Miami Heat in 2004, where he won his fourth title in 2006. The Lakers and Bryant won two additional titles without O'Neal, after acquiring center-forward Pau Gasol from the Memphis Grizzlies in 2008.
NEWS
January 7, 2014 | By Christi Parsons
WASHINGTON -- President Obama on Tuesday urged members of Congress to extend unemployment benefits for Americans who have been out of work for a long time, arguing that those unemployed are “not lazy” but victims of the country's economic crisis. Appearing in the East Room of the White House with more than a dozen unemployed people on risers behind him, Obama took issue with the argument that extending benefits will “somehow hurt the unemployed because it saps their motivation to get a new job.” “That really sells the American people short,” Obama said.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 25, 2013 | By Meredith Blake, This post has been corrected, as indicated below.
Don Yelton, a local GOP official in North Carolina, has been forced to resign following an appearance this week on "The Daily Show With Jon Stewart" in which he made a series of racially charged remarks. On Wednesday, correspondent Aasif Mandvi traveled to North Carolina to look at the effect of the Supreme Court's decision to overturn a key provision of the Voting Rights Act. There he met with Yelton, a precinct chairman in Buncombe County and an advocate of the state's strict new voter ID laws which, according to some, disproportionately target minority voters.
NEWS
October 15, 2013 | By Paul Whitefield
Do you like prehistoric cave paintings? No? Well, I do, and so the news that many of those paintings were apparently done by women is fascinating. Not only for what it says about our ancestors but for what it says about archeology. Writing for National Geographic, Virginia Hughes reported recently : Women made most of the oldest-known cave art paintings, suggests a new analysis of ancient handprints. Most scholars had assumed these ancient artists were predominantly men, so the finding overturns decades of archaeological dogma.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 2, 2005
I enjoy David Shaw's Sunday column and generally agree with his year-end rap ["When the Journalism Itself Was the Bad News," Dec. 19], but I disagree with the way he characterizes election coverage. Because we live in California, a safely blue state -- never mind the huge division between coastal and inland precincts -- we were spared the vitriolic and slanderous attacks on Sen. John Kerry's war record by the so-called "Swift Boat Veterans." (As a disclosure, I did not vote for Kerry in the general election.
MAGAZINE
April 3, 1988
In response to Marilyn O'Neill's comments in "The L.A. Women," I would like to thank her for illustrating an unjust and ignorant oversimplification of the homeless issue. Statements like, "Why can't they go out and find a job?" do not address the problem. Perhaps "they" are mentally ill, chemically dependent or chemically imbalanced. Perhaps "they" lack education, self-confidence or self-esteem. Some of "them" have been abused or neglected. Some have been thrown out of their homes at very young ages.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 30, 2013 | By Mary McNamara, Los Angeles Times Television Critic
My mother taught me to begin any criticism with a compliment, so here it is: CBS' new comedy "We Are Men" lasts only half an hour and stars four likable performers, including Tony Shalhoub and Kal Penn. Now for the criticism. "We Are Men" lasts an entire half-hour and stars four likable performers, including Tony Shalhoub and Kal Penn. Television prides itself on allowing the writer to be king, and that is never more clear than when a show is far better cast than it is conceived.
NEWS
September 10, 2013 | By Scott Collins
Matt Lauer is still mad about the Ann Curry mess -- and he's blaming the media. In an  interview with Esquire, the co-host of NBC's "Today" blasted reporters for laziness in reporting rumors during the shake-up that led to Curry's tearful ouster from the show in 2012. "I was disappointed by the laziness of the media, the willingness to read a rumor, repeat that rumor, and treat it as a fact," Lauer said. PHOTOS: Hollywood Backlot moments But he was in a difficult position, he added.
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