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October 19, 2010
Gail Dolgin, documentary filmmaker Gail Dolgin, 65, an Academy Award-nominated documentary filmmaker, died Oct. 7 at her home in Berkeley. She was diagnosed in 2001 with breast cancer, which later spread to other parts of her body. Dolgin produced and co-directed "Daughter from Danang" in 2002 with Vicente Franco. The film, which follows the story of an Asian American woman and her Vietnamese mother who reunite after a 22-year separation, won the Sundance Grand Jury Prize for best documentary and was nominated for an Academy Award.
March 4, 2010
Ex-Times editor Miriam Pawel will discuss her book on the United Farm Workers, "The Union of Their Dreams," with The Times' Jim Newton. Central Library, 630 W. 5th St. 7 p.m. Thursday. Free (RSVP required). (213) 228-7025.
November 1, 2009 | Richard Steven Street, Street is the author, most recently, of "Everyone Had Cameras: Photography and Farmworkers in California, 1850-2000," the third volume in his history of California farmworkers.
The Union of Their Dreams Power, Hope, and Struggle in Cesar Chavez's Farm Worker Movement Miriam Pawel Bloomsbury Press: 372 pp., $28 It's hard to challenge a saint. And so, the story of the United Farm Workers union tends to start and stop with César Chávez, the audacious Mexican American who built the UFW. So great is his accomplishment and so dramatic his story that few writers have ventured beyond hagiography. Accounts glow with a familiar refrain: Chávez patiently waiting for his chance, taking on the Delano table grape growers and emerging as an innovator who injected civil-rights tactics into the farmworker struggle, a modern Gandhi who induced 17 million Americans, and millions more worldwide, to stop eating grapes.
March 11, 2008 | Rebecca Tuhus-Dubrow, Special to The Times
Thirty years ago, in the lakes and forests of the eastern United States, scientists noted a mysterious decline in plant and animal life. They soon pinpointed the culprit: Pollution was acidifying rain and snow. What followed is a heartening environmental success story. In 1990, a federal law created the world's first "cap and trade" system, which placed a limit on sulfur dioxide emissions.
December 25, 2007 | Anna Gorman, Times Staff Writer
Miriam Mesa knows what kind of day she'll have by the number of phone messages on the immigrant hotline answering machine. At 9:15 one morning, there were 37. Easy day. She took a deep breath, opened a message pad and punched in her password. But as soon as she began jotting down names and phone numbers, a call interrupted her. The caller was a high school teacher. Two of her students are here illegally, she said. They and their parents live in Huntington Park and were ordered deported.
October 24, 2006 | Jocelyn Y. Stewart, Times Staff Writer
After learning that cancer had spread to her brain and no treatment could stop it, cartoonist Miriam Engelberg shared the prognosis with readers in a blog entry headed "Bad News." Then she promised them another comic strip. "While my other scans were stable, my brain MRI was not," Engelberg wrote Aug. 22. "I'm going into a home hospice program. I'm taking steroids to make me feel better, but so far no luck. Meanwhile I'm going to try to put up a new comic of the week ....
April 19, 2006 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Miriam Saul Krant, 78, a co-founder of the National Center for Jewish Film at Brandeis University who spent more than three decades preserving the visual record of the Jewish people, died from complications of influenza Feb. 26 at a hospital in Boston. Krant founded the National Center for Jewish Film in 1976 with Sharon Pucker Rivo.
April 16, 2006 | Richard Eder, Richard Eder, former book critic for The Times, was awarded a Pulitzer Prize for criticism in 1987.
ISRAEL was founded in a militant idealism that required the reality of an enemy to impel its heroism. Nazi Germany clearly provided that reality; Palestinian resistance, though, raised more difficult questions. An older generation of Israeli writers -- A.B. Yehoshua and Amos Oz, for instance -- tried, with a moral heroism of their own, to deal with such a change. "Are we the enemy as well?" they asked. Such heroics are rarely heritable.
January 29, 2006 | Diane Haithman, Times Staff Writer
IT came as no surprise when applause greeted Lynn Redgrave's sweeping entrance as Victorian matriarch Lady Bracknell at last week's first preview performance of "The Importance of Being Earnest," the Theatre Royal Bath/Peter Hall Company production at the Ahmanson Theatre. After all, this is L.A., and Redgrave is a star. It was perhaps less expected, however, when applause met the entrance of Miriam Margolyes in the second act, in the smaller role of the governess, Miss Prism.
December 11, 2005 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Miriam Kaywood, 82, Anaheim's first female City Council member, died Monday in an Anaheim rehabilitation center after a battle with Alzheimer's disease. Elected to the council in 1974, she served for 16 years, one of the longest tenures of any elected official in the city. Kaywood had a long history of civic involvement, including stints on the Anaheim Planning Commission, a citizens committee for capital improvements and the Santa Ana River study committee.
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