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August 30, 2009 | Kevin Patra, Kevin Patra is a graduate student at USC and edits "The Sports Union" website.
The class of 2013 arrived at USC last week. Kevin Patra spent the afternoon of "Move-In Day" finding out how they got there, what they were looking forward to and how they'd managed the long goodbye. These interviews have been shortened and edited. a Becca Saag, 18 Baltimore My parents brought me. The reality will probably set in when they leave. Today will be the last time I see them. I can I-Chat with them, video chat or Skype with them, and talk on the phone.
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March 2, 2014 | By John M. Glionna
LAS VEGAS - The two men are best friends, a burly odd couple pounding down meaty sandwiches at a steakhouse here. The mood was heavy. One will soon take a long trip to a place the other has been before, where the beds are hard and so is the time. In a few weeks, former Hells Angel Charles "Pee-wee" Goldsmith, 57, will enter the state prison system for a stretch of two to five years - convicted on a host of charges following a 2008 brawl at a downtown wedding chapel between rival motorcycle gangs.
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December 22, 2011 | Doyle McManus
This week, the last convoy of U.S. troops in Iraq drove noisily across the border into Kuwait and shut the gate behind them. The next drawdown comes in Afghanistan, where American forces are scheduled to disengage from most combat by the end of 2014. But the Afghanistan withdrawal won't be anywhere near as final as the one we just saw. U.S. military leaders are working on a new slimmed-down strategy that would keep some American troops in combat against the Taliban for years to come, long after 2014.
SPORTS
December 13, 2013 | Bill Dwyre
Saturday will bring one more ripple to Betfair Hollywood Park's mostly quiet waters. So, you ask Richard Warren for a crowd prediction. It will be CashCall Futurity day, the last outing of the year for 2-year-old thoroughbreds aiming at the Triple Crown races. That's a legitimate attraction. PHOTOS:The lights go out at Hollywood Park Warren grimaces, then wrinkles his brow. You prompt him a bit. Maybe 15,000 fans? He finally shrugs and says, "Yes, maybe. It sure won't be like the old days.
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April 14, 2011 | By Carolyn Kellogg, Los Angeles Times
To face death without the architecture of belief may be devastating, but when endured by gifted writers, it results in a potent genre: the memoir of loss. There was Joan Didion's "The Year of Magical Thinking," about the death of her husband, which won the National Book Award for nonfiction in 2005 and was later made into a stage play; this year Joyce Carol Oates published her own memoir, "A Widow's Story. " Literature like this may be one of our best hopes for a secular reckoning with grief.
SPORTS
December 13, 2013 | Bill Dwyre
Saturday will bring one more ripple to Betfair Hollywood Park's mostly quiet waters. So, you ask Richard Warren for a crowd prediction. It will be CashCall Futurity day, the last outing of the year for 2-year-old thoroughbreds aiming at the Triple Crown races. That's a legitimate attraction. PHOTOS:The lights go out at Hollywood Park Warren grimaces, then wrinkles his brow. You prompt him a bit. Maybe 15,000 fans? He finally shrugs and says, "Yes, maybe. It sure won't be like the old days.
OPINION
December 22, 2011 | Doyle McManus
This week, the last convoy of U.S. troops in Iraq drove noisily across the border into Kuwait and shut the gate behind them. The next drawdown comes in Afghanistan, where American forces are scheduled to disengage from most combat by the end of 2014. But the Afghanistan withdrawal won't be anywhere near as final as the one we just saw. U.S. military leaders are working on a new slimmed-down strategy that would keep some American troops in combat against the Taliban for years to come, long after 2014.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 3, 2011
July 8 at 7:30 p.m. "Sunrise" 9:15 p.m. "I Know Where I'm Going" July 9 at 5 p.m. "The Earrings of Madame De ... " 7:30 p.m. "L'Avventura" July 15 at 7:30 p.m. "Sullivan's Travels" 9:10 p.m. "To Be Or Not To Be" July 16 at 5 p.m. "Written On The Wind" 7:30 p.m. "Pickpocket" 9 p.m. "Bay of Angels" July 22 at 7:30 p.m. "In A Lonely Place" 9:15 p.m. "The Long Goodbye" July 23 at 5 p.m. "The Exterminating...
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April 14, 2011 | By Carolyn Kellogg, Los Angeles Times
To face death without the architecture of belief may be devastating, but when endured by gifted writers, it results in a potent genre: the memoir of loss. There was Joan Didion's "The Year of Magical Thinking," about the death of her husband, which won the National Book Award for nonfiction in 2005 and was later made into a stage play; this year Joyce Carol Oates published her own memoir, "A Widow's Story. " Literature like this may be one of our best hopes for a secular reckoning with grief.
OPINION
August 30, 2009 | Kevin Patra, Kevin Patra is a graduate student at USC and edits "The Sports Union" website.
The class of 2013 arrived at USC last week. Kevin Patra spent the afternoon of "Move-In Day" finding out how they got there, what they were looking forward to and how they'd managed the long goodbye. These interviews have been shortened and edited. a Becca Saag, 18 Baltimore My parents brought me. The reality will probably set in when they leave. Today will be the last time I see them. I can I-Chat with them, video chat or Skype with them, and talk on the phone.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 5, 2009 | Judith Freeman, Freeman is the author of several novels, including "Red Water," as well as "The Long Embrace: Raymond Chandler and the Woman He Loved."
The number of people who actually knew Raymond Chandler and who are still alive can pretty much be counted on one hand. Chandler died 50 years ago last week, on March 26, 1959, at the age of 70. Among his surviving friends are Natasha Spender, wife of the late poet Stephen Spender (now in her 90s), and the writer Neil Morgan, who, as a young journalist at the San Diego Tribune, met the writer.
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April 5, 2007 | Dana Parsons
As a rapidly declining baby boomer put off by what he sees in the mirror, I should be spending a lot more time pondering my death and burial. Not to the point of cutting into my TV time, but, you know, perhaps during those late-night walks when the moon lights my way and it's so peaceful you can hear the crickets chirping. In short, the perfect time to decide whether you want to be planted or incinerated.
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December 4, 2006 | Steve Hymon, Times Staff Writer
The only things missing were dancing bears, strippers and a man being shot out of a cannon. I'm talking, of course, about the farewell to Los Angeles City Councilman Alex Padilla that chewed up two hours of last Wednesday's council meeting. The party included cheerleaders singing out his name and a marching band. Seriously. Padilla was elected to the state Senate last month, so he's resigning his job to spend much of his time in lovely Sacramento.
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