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October 29, 1989
Natalie Pressman's Oct. 15 letter describes in exquisite detail the frustrations related to television sound levels: It is infuriating to have that necessary evil--commercials--punched up to a high-decibel blast, day and night. I have called the stations more than once to complain, only to be told that it is my "imagination . . . we do not turn up volume on commercials." That is a lie. As Pressman knows, and every other viewer knows. I would think sponsors would be smarter than this.
February 13, 2013 | By Charles McNulty, Los Angeles Times Theater Critic
Hollywood Boulevard is home to both the Pantages Theatre and Madame Tussauds, and there were times during the new production of "Jekyll & Hyde: The Musical" that I wondered if the two institutions had arranged a secret merger. This pre-Broadway touring production, which opened Tuesday at the Pantages, combines power singing and theatrical waxworks to retell the Robert Louis Stevenson tale of a doctor with a damnable dark side. The experience of the show, never a critic's darling, can only be compared to watching "American Idol" from inside an amusement park gallery showcasing the fiendish modus operandi of infamous murderers.
April 18, 1998
Mike Piazza has proved the old adage: "Actions speak louder than words." FREDERICK D. MULLEN Upland
November 29, 2012 | By Jon Bardin
When it comes to judging a person's emotional state, we may not rely on facial expressions as much as we think. Instead, it's body language that tells the story. Of course, it's easy to tell the difference between a wide grin and a pouty frown. But according to a study published Thursday in the journal Science , the facial expressions that go along with moments of intense celebration or frustration, success or failure, may be harder to parse than the accompanying body language.
September 7, 1986
Some of the TV commercials are so much louder than the programs. I use my remote control and cut the sound off. John F. Hoggatt, Port Hueneme
March 19, 2005
Re "Hughes Is Picked for Image Job," March 15: Actions speak louder than words. Carole Merritt Topanga
May 1, 1988
Lately it seems that commercials are gradually getting louder and louder than the programs they interrupt, and it's intensely irritating! The worst offenders of late seem to be Nike's "Revolution" and that loudmouth on the Energizer battery commercials. They are so obnoxious that the only relief is the mute button on my remote control. Denise Bender, Los Angeles
December 28, 1989
U.S. tanks rolled against the citizens of Panama City. Soviet tanks did not roll against the citizens of Budapest, Warsaw, Sofia, Berlin and Prague. Actions speak louder than words. TERRY L. MALONE Orange
March 4, 2006
Re "Justices Close Book on '80s Lawsuit Against Abortion Protesters," March 1 Yes, I can hear that noise in the background getting louder and louder. Listen, you can hear it too: chip, chip, chip, chip -- chipping away at every American woman's right to decide what to do with her own body. JEAN BENNETT Sun City, Calif.
February 7, 1999 | CECILIA RASMUSSEN
The annals of child kidnapping are replete with heartbreaking tragedies, but probably none have been quite as bizarre as the crime that first mesmerized, then convulsed, Los Angeles more than 70 years ago. By the time it was over, it would involve not only an apparent abduction, but also impersonation, police coercion, false imprisonment, psychiatric abuse and--this being Los Angeles--a court fight that stretched on for more than a decade.
November 9, 2012 | By Joe Flint
If you watch an episode of ABC's "Modern Family" within three days of recording it on your digital video recorder, Madison Avenue loves you. But if you watch it four days after you recorded it, you're worthless in the eyes of advertisers. Some media executives want to change that. While most people who record shows with a DVR watch them within three days of airing, the number of people who don't is growing. On a conference call with analysts Thursday, Walt Disney Co. Chairman Robert Iger said it is time for advertisers to take a look at using a seven-day window when looking at ratings, as opposed to the current three-day window.
September 11, 2012 | David Lazarus
A new federal law intended to keep TV commercials from bursting your eardrums won't take effect until Dec. 13. But the cable industry already is trying to water it down. The Commercial Advertisement Loudness Mitigation Act, or CALM Act, requires that TV commercials be no louder than the programs they accompany. It's up to the Federal Communications Commission to set and enforce the new rules. The broadcasting industry has long maintained that it doesn't really jack up the volume when ads come on, arguing that it only seems as if the decibel level has soared because certain attention-getting sounds are being used.
June 1, 2012 | By Patrick J. McDonnell, Los Angeles Times
BEIRUT - The war of words between the United States and Russia over Syria escalated Thursday as Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton accused Moscow of contributing to a possible "catastrophic" civil war in Syria and the U.S. envoy to the United Nations called reported Russian arms deliveries to Syria "reprehensible. " The Russians "keep telling me they don't want to see a civil war, and I have been telling them their policy is going to help contribute to a civil war," Clinton told Danish television while visiting Copenhagen.
May 1, 2012 | By Jim Puzzanghera, Los Angeles Times
WASHINGTON - Pressure is mounting on a key federal regulator to allow Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac to reduce loan principal amounts for struggling homeowners, after disclosures that a plan to do that was scuttled even though it was aimed at saving taxpayer money and helping to heal the housing market. Fannie Mae officials in 2009 supported principal reductions in some cases and crafted a pilot program that would have cost only $1.7 million to implement but could have provided more than $410 million worth of benefits to homeowners, according to internal company documents cited by two House Democrats.
December 31, 2011 | By Steve Carney, Special to the Los Angeles Times
Just because there's no Clinton versus Obama as in the 2008 presidential primaries, only a race among Republican hopefuls, doesn't mean the mostly conservative commentators on talk radio are holding their tongues this political season. "It's great for these stations, and the best part of it is, it's been a circus," said Jack Silver, program director at KABC-AM (790), local home of Sean Hannity and other talk stars. Herman Cain's 9-9-9 tax plan and alleged sexual impropriety, Texas Gov. Rick Perry forgetting what federal departments he'd eliminate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney trying to make a $10,000 bet with Perry over his healthcare position — not to mention more substantive issues such as the economy and national defense: The race has provided plenty of fodder for discussion.
November 10, 2011 | By Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times Film Critic
Almost every year, the run-up to the Academy Awards features a film no one has heard of, a film like "Slumdog Millionaire" that seems to have come out of nowhere to become a possible best picture nominee. This year, that film is an especially unlikely one: a black-and-white silent French film called "The Artist" that festival audiences have simply adored. While most years I'm as surprised as anyone at this kind of emergence, "The Artist" is a different story for me. Because of a combination of happenstance and luck, I have been tracking this unusual film from before the beginning, and I've been in a position to observe it win hearts and minds across a wide spectrum.
Two days after their flag was displayed upside-down at Game 2 of the World Series between the Atlanta Braves and Toronto Blue Jays, thousands of Canadians loudly responded Tuesday night before Game 3. They stood and sang the U.S. national anthem. They sang it louder than it was sung in Atlanta last weekend, and when Jon Secada sang "land of the free," they erupted in cheers.
March 22, 2011 | By Randy Lewis, Los Angeles Times
Ralph Mooney, the influential steel guitarist whose crisp, melodically rich and rhythmically buoyant sound bolstered dozens of country music hits by artists including Buck Owens, Merle Haggard, Wynn Stewart and Wanda Jackson before he joined Waylon Jennings' band for a 20-year stint, has died. He was 82. Mooney died Sunday at his home in Kennedale, Texas, of complications from cancer, said his wife, Wanda. Although he had slowed down in recent years, he still played and recorded periodically until near the end of his life.
February 3, 2011 | By August Brown, Los Angeles Times
A few weeks ago, the members of Cold War Kids did something they felt was long overdue. They moved to Los Angeles. The quartet had long lived on the outer orbits of L.A.'s cultural life — a studio in Long Beach, a stint based in Whittier, college at Biola. Life on the fringes suited their musical and lyrical interests. Cold War Kids' early songs were an untrendy mix of barroom blues-punk populated by a fictional cast of alcoholic dads, trips to the E.R. and (literal) dirty laundry.
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