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July 17, 2012
Re "Liberté or liberty?," Opinion, July 13 "Freedom from material insecurity, want and illness," as Robert Zaretsky describes the French revolutionaries' idea of liberty, is a pretty fair description of life minus its inherent challenges, and any nation that believes government can provide such a thing deserves to be disappointed. The American idea is to free people to meet life's challenges as they see fit, engaging their own energies and capacities and cooperating without being coerced.
March 24, 2014 | By David G. Savage
WASHINGTON - A challenge to part of President Obama's healthcare law that hits the Supreme Court on Tuesday could lead to one of the most significant religious freedom rulings in the high court's history. Four years ago, in their controversial Citizens United decision, the justices ruled that corporations had full free-speech rights in election campaigns. Now, they're being asked to decide whether for-profit companies are entitled to religious liberties. At issue in Tuesday's oral argument before the court is a regulation under the Affordable Care Act that requires employers to provide workers a health plan that covers the full range of contraceptives, including morning-after pills and intrauterine devices, or IUDs.
October 29, 2012 | By Mary Forgione
The long-awaited reopening of the Statue of Liberty went off Sunday on the landmark's 126th anniversary. But it abruptly closed, as did everything else in New York City, because of Hurricane Sandy. The public will have to wait a few days longer to see the $30-million year-long makeover -- the new 393 steps to the crown, the new wheelchair access area and other upgrades. (Visiting the crown requires advance tickets .) The statue is closed Monday and Tuesday with no word yet on plans for Wednesday.
March 14, 2014 | By Joe Flint
After the coffee. Before finding my winter coat. The Skinny: Friday's roundup includes the box-office preview and John Malone's latest financial maneuverings. Also, a look at DreamWorks, which hopes "Need for Speed" can be a hit. I'm out of town this weekend, so behave yourself and beware the Ides of March. Daily Dose: The regular season starts for the Dodgers a week from Saturday, with games against the Diamondbacks in Australia. While much of the country will be able to catch the action from down under, the majority of Angelenos will likely be shut out. Time Warner Cable, which is distributing the new Dodger channel, SportsNet LA, for the team, still has no deals with distributors other than itself.
February 5, 2013 | By Joe Flint
After the coffee. Before figuring out what to do without football.  The Skinny: Last year I watched every episode of NBC's "Smash" (no, I didn't lose a bet) so I feel obliged to give the Season 2 premiere tonight a shot. Tuesday's headlines include a big shake-up at NBCUniversal; Liberty Global wants Virgin Media and a review of "Smash. " Also, Hollywood celebrates itself with a lunch and a party. In other words, it was a typical day. Daily Dose: ABC Entertainment head Paul Lee is determined to make John Leguizamo a TV star.
June 17, 2013 | By David Horsey
The National Security Agency's program of scooping up raw data on nearly every phone call placed in the United States should freak us all out - not so much because of what the agency is doing, but because it has the technological capability to do it. So far, there is no evidence that the government is zeroing in on any phone calls besides those linked to terrorism suspects. Personally, I'm glad our intelligence agencies have that wormhole into the dark redoubts of fanatics who want to kill Americans.
September 6, 1999
Gun control: the deterioration of liberty. ARMANDO MONCADA Los Angeles
January 5, 2002
Re "Americans' Reaction to Attacks Shows True State of the Union," Dec. 31: Ronald Brownstein got it right when he stated: "What unites America turns out to be much more profound than what divides it." And what unites America is liberty. Abraham Lincoln said it best: "The essence of liberty is the spirit of liberty; everywhere." Everywhere. That's it. Liberty. It's that simple. Christopher Pearson Spring Valley
July 19, 1986
For the past three years I have been working on a project that deals with a monument to freedom that already exists in this city--the Watts Towers. Having worked closely with the Watts community and with the surviving relatives of Sam Rodia, I know that the towers embody the spirit of liberty to both their creator and the community they have come to represent. Built by an immigrant out of his own initiative to proclaim his sense of freedom, the Watts Towers symbolize liberty as no work commissioned by official authority possibly could.
July 4, 2012 | By Terry Gardner, Special to the Los Angeles Times
Although Southwest Airlines is known for one class of service, a special passenger got an upgrade on Monday - from cargo to coach. Liberty, a 21-year-old American bald eagle needed to fly from St. Louis to Kansas City, Mo., to appear at the KC Riverfest on Independence Day, but it was too hot for him to fly in the cargo hold.  So World Bird Sanctuary bought Liberty a seat in coach on Flight 3604. He sat in his blanket-covered carrier next to Teri Graves, the sanctuary's director of education.
January 27, 2014 | By Michael Hiltzik
A raft of recent court rulings yields encouraging, if preliminary and scattered, signs that the judiciary is getting fed up with efforts to narrow voting rights and other civil liberties and to undermine the Affordable Care Act. Some of these rulings come from judges with unassailable conservative credentials.  Here's a brief rundown.   -- Judges in Missouri and Washington, D.C., rejected attacks on the Affordable Care Act . In Missouri, Judge Ortrie D. Smith last week suspended parts of a Missouri law aimed at interfering with federal "navigators" -- people empowered under the ACA to help potential insurance customers find the best individual policies for themselves and to sign up for coverage.
January 17, 2014 | By Scott Martelle
Amasa Delano, a New England sea captain sailing off the Chilean coast in February 1805, thought he was helping a ship in distress when he boarded the Tryal with an offer of food, water and assistance. Adrift in dangerous waters, its worn hull covered with barnacles and trailing seaweed, the Tryal was, indeed, in distress. But not in the manner Delano suspected. The Tryal was a Spanish slaver on which the slaves had revolted two months earlier, killing most of their captors while sparing Capt.
January 2, 2014 | By John Horn
It may not be factual, but it's truthful. It's an argument that wouldn't survive in a court of law and would spark derision in a presidential debate. But when it comes to movies, it's vital guidance, especially when so many of 2013's Oscar-contending films are being researched for their accuracy. It suggests that certain liberties can help create a compelling drama, as long as they don't torpedo the story's essential authenticity. I first heard the factual versus truthful parallel from director Danny Boyle, who had just adapted Aron Ralston's memoir, "Between a Rock and a Hard Place," for the 2010 movie "127 Hours.
December 20, 2013 | By The Times editorial board
Two days after a judge ruled that the National Security Agency's bulk collection of Americans' telephone records was probably unconstitutional, the Obama administration on Wednesday released a report in which a presidential task force called for an end to the program. The President's Review Group on Intelligence and Communications Technologies also suggested other significant reforms in the collection of data about Americans and foreigners. President Obama, who said he welcomed a debate over the activities exposed by Edward Snowden, should take the panel's advice.
December 6, 2013 | Robyn Dixon
Dressed in black against a twilight-blue background, a somber South African President Jacob Zuma appeared on television to give his countrymen the news they had long dreaded. "My fellow South Africans," he intoned. "Our beloved Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela, the founding president of our democratic nation, has departed. " With that announcement, delivered about 11:35 p.m. Thursday, South Africa learned that it had lost its greatest figure: its first black president, the leader of the movement to end the apartheid system of racial discrimination and a man known to most as simply Madiba.
November 25, 2013 | By Joe Flint
Are two cable moguls about to square off again? The emergence of Comcast Corp. as a potential suitor for Time Warner Cable is the latest twist in the at-times tense relationship between Comcast CEO Brian Roberts and John Malone, whose Liberty Media has a 27% stake in Charter Communications, which is also pursuing Time Warner Cable. Roberts is now what Malone was for many years, head of the biggest cable company in the country. Comcast has over 21 million subscribers and also owns NBCUniversal, parent of NBC and several powerful cable channels including USA, Bravo, CNBC and MSNBC.
December 28, 2012 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Travel & Deal blogger
We travel, we craft bucket lists , we read about exotic destinations that will open a window on the world, but do we actually retain anything? Here's a chance to find out. Napa Valley-based freelance writer Bob Ecker created the Travel Quiz 2012 for his travel column at . It has 25 brain-busters that will leave you thinking, singing and maybe embarrassed about how few you can answer. The answers will be posted next week (though I've already seen them)
October 30, 2013 | By David Undercoffler
Federal safety regulators have opened a preliminary investigation into the 2012 Jeep Liberty SUV for a possible fire risk in the driver's door. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said it has received two reports of fires from consumers, with at least one person injured as a result. The probe covers 79,252 Jeep Libertys. PHOTOS: Has your vehicle been recalled?   In both instances, the fires allegedly started near the driver's door power window switch.
October 30, 2013 | By Christie D'Zurilla
What's it like to be cheated on, especially under Hollywood's microscope? Liberty Ross is sharing her own experience, which came when then-husband Rupert Sanders was captured on film in mid-2012 necking around town with his "Snow White and the Huntsman" star Kristen Stewart. The affair would go on to demolish both Robert Pattinson's relationship with Stewart and Ross' marriage to Sanders, despite public apologies from both guilty parties. "It was horrible," Ross, 35, says in the December issue of Vanity Fair.
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