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Somehow, somewhere along the line, connections had been frayed and confidence lost. Conceived in the ashes of Watts, this was supposed to be a municipal administration built to absorb ethnic shocks. In a city of so many colors, of so much wealth and poverty, it was expected to keep the peace. But on a single evening in late April, the flames that lighted the Los Angeles sky revealed that despite its multiracial hues, Mayor Tom Bradley's model City Hall was powerless to keep the lid on.
March 27, 2014 | By Gary Klein
Su'a Cravens made a bold debut last season. The USC safety intercepted a pass in the opener and went on to earn recognition as a freshman All-American. Cravens is aiming higher in 2014. He strives for first-team All-American honors. He seeks inclusion on the list for the Thorpe Award, presented annually to the top defensive back in college football. "I'm shooting for the stars," Cravens said Thursday. "You won't go anywhere if you don't. " The 6-1, 215-pound Cravens started all but one game and intercepted four passes last season.
John Ziegler's tenure as NHL president began in 1977 with cantankerous Harold Ballard mocking him, in public, as an "office clerk" and a "know-nothing shrimp." Such comments by the late owner of the Toronto Maple Leafs became much of the soundtrack for Ziegler's tumultuous 15-year reign as the league's president. Ziegler, 58, is expected to announce today that he will resign on Sept. 30.
March 26, 2014 | By Robert Faturechi
After stepping down as Los Angeles County sheriff in January, Lee Baca largely has avoided the spotlight. Former aides don't know how to reach him. Reporters looking to interview him have been rebuffed. His last tweet was a link to his farewell address. But this week, Baca took center stage once again - this time as a guest speaker at a Loyola Marymount lecture hall where he offered a contemplative, and at times, self-critical view of his 15-year tenure. Speaking to a group of undergraduates Tuesday night, Baca said his biggest regret as sheriff was spending too much of his time at public events instead of managing his department.
April 24, 1999
the basic element of NATO's structure is the national authority of its 19 members. Representatives to NATO present and vote on proposals based on the policies of their respective governments. For Operation Allied Force, NATO's campaign in Yugoslavia, the chain of command for day-to-day operations is as follows:
Conservative die-hards and reformers went to war Tuesday for the hearts and minds of the Soviet Communist Party, with Yegor K. Ligachev denouncing the Gorbachev era's "reckless radicalism" and other leaders defending policies that stripped the "evil empire" label from their nation. One day after President Mikhail S.
February 14, 1995
Advice for President Clinton: Stop being Mr. Nice Guy. Get nasty--it works. The American people think that's leadership. It worked for Republicans! JOSEPH SIMON Malibu
July 6, 2012
Re "Vision quest," Opinion, July 1 It's hard to accept that "Americans today aren't interested in slogans and sound bites. " Don't campaign strategists act as if superficial, slickly worded ads will sway undecided voters? Franklin D. Roosevelt's inspirational visions were offered to a receptive public as his first term began. Neither President Obama nor Mitt Romney has anything to gain from offering rosy visions of lofty national objectives to a skeptical, ill-informed public scant months before the election.
September 5, 2012
Re "Brown faces tough calls," Sept. 2 I have to laugh at Republican Party strategist Rob Stutzman's comment that Gov. Jerry Brown is "encumbered from being able to show leadership. He's being consumed by the Sacramento political system instead of redefining it. " Don't worry about Brown's leadership; he charts his own course. He stood up to Democrats last year in his veto of their gimmick-ridden state budget proposal. He was not afraid to veto the card-check farm labor bill (he worked out a compromise later)
May 16, 2013 | By Morgan Little
WASHINGTON - Continuing to move quickly to try to put the IRS controversy behind him, President Obama named a new acting commissioner Thursday to replace the one he ousted the day before. Daniel Werfel, current controller of the Office of Management and Budget, will replace Steven Miller, who has been the acting commissioner since November 2012. Miller came under fire for his role in the scandal over the Internal Revenue Service's targeting of conservative advocacy groups.
March 23, 2014 | By Kathleen Hennessey
WASHINGTON - Planned as a springtime tour with a modest itinerary - affording time to chat with the pope, admire the Rembrandts and take in the Colosseum - President Obama's weeklong trip to Europe instead has become a high-stakes test of whether he can move the continent's leaders into a tougher response to Russia's annexation of Crimea. Obama will huddle Monday in Amsterdam with other members of the G-7, seeking a strategy against what many see as the most threatening European land grab since World War II. He will have to navigate disagreements among the European nations over how far to go, and the price they are willing to pay, to sanction Russia for seizing the peninsula from Ukraine.
March 12, 2014 | By Eric Pincus
In late January, Hall of Fame point guard Magic Johnson declared a cease-fire on the Lakers, deciding to halt his public criticism of the team. Johnson has been critical of owner/executive Jim Buss, and the decision to hire Mike D'Antoni to coach the team over Phil Jackson. On Wednesday, Johnson couldn't hold his tongue. I love Jim & Jeanie Buss, but we need Phil Jackson to be the face of our great organization, the Los Angeles Lakers. - Earvin Magic Johnson (@MagicJohnson)
March 11, 2014 | By Richard Verrier
Technicolor visual effects and animation chief Tim Sarnoff is getting a big promotion. The French entertainment and media technology company announced that Sarnoff will head the company's new production services group, effectively overseeing all of Hollywood's Technicolor operations, including the main office on Sunset Boulevard, as well as facilities at Paramount Pictures and in Burbank. Sarnoff's group combines two previously separate units -- creative services and digital productions -- and will represent all visual effects, post-production, animation, and digital cinema distribution worldwide.
February 27, 2014 | By Seema Mehta
This post has been corrected. See the note at the bottom for details.  Republican gubernatorial candidates reacted to Gov. Jerry Brown's reelection bid on Thursday by arguing that California has faltered during his time in office. Former U.S. Treasury official Neel Kashkari of Laguna Beach cited unemployment, poverty and struggling students. “In announcing his plan to run for a record fourth term, Gov. Brown again touted a status quo that is devastating for millions of families and communities all across the state,” Kashkari said in a statement.
February 23, 2014
The company: InfoSonics Corp. Headquarters: San Diego Ticker: IFON Employees: 103 Leadership: Joseph Ram, 51, founder and chief executive 2012 revenue: $34.3 million 2012 net loss: $2.5 million Stock price: $3.12 at Friday's close 52-week range: 38 cents to $3.70 P/E ratio: N/A Quarterly dividend: none
February 21, 2014 | By Phil Willon, Maura Dolan and Scott Gold
ALTURAS, Calif. -- The mayor of the town where a woman allegedly shot and killed four people at an Indian tribal headquarters said Friday that the violence had wiped out most of the tribe's leaders. "They pretty much lost their leadership yesterday," said Alturas Mayor John Dederick, a retired cabinetmaker who lives two blocks from shooting site. The tribe has its headquarters in Alturas, which has a population of 2,800 and is the county seat of Modoc County, but the members live about 20 miles away at their rancheria in Cedarville.
June 28, 2012 | By Michael Kinsley
"Traveling in Europe last week, it seemed as if every other conversation ended with some form of this question: Why does it feel like so few leaders are capable of inspiring their people to meet the challenges of our day?" - Thomas L. Friedman, the New York Times, June 24 A Paris hotel: " Bonjour . Concierge. May I help you?" " Oui, merci. Je m'appelle Tom Friedman de la New York Times. J'ai une question . " " Oui ?" " En Anglais ?"
February 21, 2014 | By Laura J. Nelson
Four key executives are leaving the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority after their jobs were eliminated to make the agency more efficient and less top-heavy, officials said Friday. Employees expressed surprise that leaders of some of the agency's most important departments, including finance and real estate, would leave during a year that they had helped make possible. Metro will be managing an unprecedented $14 billion in Los Angeles County construction projects this year, including five new rail lines.
February 20, 2014 | By Daniel Rothberg
WASHINGTON -- One of the founders of  GOProud, a gay Republican organization, has resigned from the board after accusing the group's new leadership of allowing themselves to be used as "stooges" by antigay conservatives. Chris Barron, who helped create GOProud in 2009, condemned the current directors for touting an agreement that only allowed for limited GOProud  participation at the American Conservative Union's annual Conservative Political Action Conference. In 2010 and 2011, GOProud, which bills itself as a conservative alternative to Log Cabin Republicans, served as a CPAC sponsor.
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