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March 13, 2013 | By Patrick J. McDonnell
BEIRUT -- The embattled Syrian government took the unusual step Wednesday of denying reports that young men were being grabbed at checkpoints and drafted into the army as part of a new general call for military conscription. The official news service also dismissed suggestions that almost two years of fighting an internal rebellion had eroded the capabilities of Syria's once imposing military, which has suffered heavy casualties and mass desertions. The Syrian military is at its “highest levels of readiness and capability, and [is]
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NEWS
July 12, 2000 | From Times Wire Reports
Russian authorities seized financial and personnel files from the offices of Media-Most, a media holding company whose owner's arrest last month prompted an international outcry and fears of a crackdown against press freedoms. Investigators also gathered documents from the NTV television network, one of Media-Most's outlets, and the Gazprom state gas monopoly, which owns part of NTV, news reports said. Media outlets owned by Vladimir A.
OPINION
September 22, 2009
Re "Can you count the Capitol protesters?" Sept. 15 Your article's readiness to give validity to suspect sources for the high estimates is troubling. Pete Sepp of the National Taxpayers Union and Adam Brandon of FreedomWorks, the sponsoring groups, have an incentive to inflate the numbers. The consensus among local officials and media outlets is that the crowd was well under 100,000. Do estimates vary wildly? Sure. But someone who doesn't read the entire article will have the impression that the various estimates are all equally legitimate.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 10, 2008
KATE AURTHUR'S piece on Samantha Ronson and Lindsay Lohan ["It's Bigger Than Both of Them," July 20] was fantastic. What a great look about what media outlets are saying and not saying. That only so many people would go on record for your article only emphasized the peculiar nature of their relationship and how it is being covered. It's refreshing that a writer will go there. Kelechi Ubozoh Tarrytown, N.Y.
NEWS
September 26, 2012 | By Dan Turner
This is a corrected version of the original post; see the note below. It's a drag to be a cultural villain. Lawyers, politicians, unionized teachers -- all have felt the sting of public disdain for their careers, their ethics, themselves. And then there's the lowest of the low: journalists. Being one of that species, I know there's no way to defend the profession without appearing self-serving. But as I hear the unending criticisms of the media -- much of it coming from people who are media figures themselves, and part of it stemming from an intensive and purposeful campaign to discredit media outlets that don't slant the news toward a conservative viewpoint -- I can't help feeling that an awful lot of it reflects confusion and ignorance on the part of the critics.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 27, 1998
While your articles on the new Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach were interesting (Calendar Weekend, June 18), I am very angry at the lack of public transportation information. The article by Douglas P. Shuit ("Riding a New Wave") mentions the driving directions and reports a recent traffic jam on the 710 Freeway. Have any of you thought about why the freeways and streets are so congested? Perhaps if The Times and other media outlets offered transit information, more people would ride, and traffic would decrease!
SPORTS
July 19, 2013 | By Eric Sondheimer
 A group of parents have decided to fight back against the decision of Corona Santiago's administration to force out boys' basketball coach David Humphreys. In an email, representatives say they have more than 150 petitioners requesting a school board meeting or hearing seeking the reinstatment of Humphreys, who had been the coach for five years. "Our parents are outraged," according to the email sent to media outlets. This is the second controversy this summer involving the Corona-Norco Unified School District.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 25, 2014 | By Nardine Saad
Pop culture site JustJared.com and celebrity magazine People will not publish unauthorized images of celebrities' children, the media outlets announced Tuesday. The move comes shortly after "House of Lies" star Kristen Bell and husband Dax Shepard of "Parenthood" called for a boycott of media in January to stop the transmission of prying paparazzi shots of celebrity kids. The couple welcomed their baby girl, Lincoln, in March 2013 and have been protective of the child and vocal about being hounded by photographers trying to capture images of their daughter.
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