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August 1, 2013 | By August Brown
Earlier this week, the K-Pop superstar G-Dragon posted an image to his Instagram account that shocked many U.S. fans with its resemblance to a widely shared image of the Florida shooting victim Trayvon Martin. Though the post didn't mention Martin by name, the photo's uncanny similarity to the Martin shot -- similar framing, a gray hood over his head and what appeared to be an ugly "blackface" makeup job -- prompted an uproar from fans and media who thought G-Dragon had made a very awkward sort of tribute in line with the "I Am Trayvon Martin" meme.
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NATIONAL
March 4, 2014 | By David Horsey
Russia seems to have learned little in the 160 years since the Crimean War. Launching ships and sending armies to grab land may work in the short term, but there are always negative consequences that bring big regrets later. In 1853, Russia's man in charge was Czar Nicholas I, who hoped to take advantage of the weakening Ottoman Empire and expand Russian power and influence around the Black Sea and beyond. In 1853, using the pretext of protecting Orthodox Christians in the Ottoman-controlled Holy Land, Russia went to war and quickly destroyed the Ottoman fleet.
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NEWS
November 24, 1985
I would like to clarify a misunderstanding regarding an article on Nov. 10 (On View by Mary Lou Loper). In the article in question, the Iranian Education Foundation stated that they are an offshoot of the Beverly Hills Education Foundation. While they are a worthy organization with fine goals, they are a totally separate entity from the Beverly Hills Education Foundation. ISABEL BRONTE, executive director Beverly Hills Education Foundation Inc.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 17, 2013 | By Susan King
Seven years ago, a contractor was commissioned to tear down a decaying barn in the small New Hampshire town of Nelson. Before destroying the building, he checked out the barn to make sure it was empty. It wasn't. On the second floor were an old film projector and seven reels of highly volatile nitrate films that weren't even stored in cans. Four of the films had been considered lost including the 1911 Mary Pickford short "Their First Misunderstanding," a comedy-drama about a newlywed couple's first argument.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 29, 2011 | Michael J. Mishak, Los Angeles Times
Assemblywoman Mary Hayashi (D-Hayward) has pleaded not guilty to a felony grand theft charge that she shoplifted at Neiman Marcus in San Francisco. The incident, caught on video surveillance, occurred Sunday afternoon when the lawmaker left the department store with a shopping bag containing leather pants and other clothing worth $2,445 that she hadn't paid for, prosecutors said. Hayashi, who faces one count of grand theft, pleaded not guilty Thursday and is out on bail. Her spokesman, Sam Singer, called the incident "a mistake and a misunderstanding.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 26, 2001 | From Times Wire Reports
The Chumash tribe wants aircraft from nearby Santa Ynez Airport to stop flights over the reservation and its casino. Chumash officials said in a Sept. 12 letter that they want Santa Barbara County to "cease and desist" allowing flyovers or face a lawsuit. "It's just a misunderstanding," said Jim Kunkle, of the airport authority. The misunderstanding apparently refers to the tribe's belief that it has control of airspace above its reservation.
NEWS
November 13, 1986 | United Press International
A Baptist minister, calling it a "misunderstanding" spawned by grief, said Wednesday he did not perform a marriage ceremony at the burial of a young engaged couple killed in a small plane crash. "It wasn't really a wedding ceremony," said the Rev. Rayburn Blair. "There was no exchange of vows, and there was no civil ceremony. It was a reflection of their commitment to each other to be married."
ENTERTAINMENT
April 5, 2013 | By Gerrick D. Kennedy
For the last week Rick Ross has been engulfed in a firestorm over recent lyrics that seemingly promote date rape. Although the track, "U.O.E.N.O. " (a collaboration with Future and Atlanta emcee Rocko; warning: link contains profanity) has been out for more than a month - it's lifted from Rocko's latest mixtape - the largely forgettable song has started to gain traction from the masses due to Ross' controversial guest verse. "Put Molly all in her champagne/ She ain't even know it/ I took her home and I enjoyed that/ She ain't even know it," he raps on the track.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 11, 1988
Calling the incident a "misunderstanding," police released a 26-year-old man who had been questioned after he returned two Anaheim children missing for more than a week, authorities said Friday. Michael Robert Cocco, identified as a longtime family friend, was taken into custody for questioning late Thursday after he returned the children, an 11-year-old boy and his 7-year-old sister, to their grandparents, Kermit and Peggy Lopp, with whom they had been living.
AUTOS
July 12, 2006 | Jeanne Wright, Special to The Times
A new bill of rights for California car buyers provides grace periods for used-car purchases, caps dealer compensation on loans and features other provisions that are some of the strongest consumer protections in the country, according to state legislators and consumer advocates. The law, which went into effect July 1, applies to motor vehicles bought in California from a dealer for personal, family or household use.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 1, 2013 | By August Brown
Earlier this week, the K-Pop superstar G-Dragon posted an image to his Instagram account that shocked many U.S. fans with its resemblance to a widely shared image of the Florida shooting victim Trayvon Martin. Though the post didn't mention Martin by name, the photo's uncanny similarity to the Martin shot -- similar framing, a gray hood over his head and what appeared to be an ugly "blackface" makeup job -- prompted an uproar from fans and media who thought G-Dragon had made a very awkward sort of tribute in line with the "I Am Trayvon Martin" meme.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 5, 2013 | By Gerrick D. Kennedy
For the last week Rick Ross has been engulfed in a firestorm over recent lyrics that seemingly promote date rape. Although the track, "U.O.E.N.O. " (a collaboration with Future and Atlanta emcee Rocko; warning: link contains profanity) has been out for more than a month - it's lifted from Rocko's latest mixtape - the largely forgettable song has started to gain traction from the masses due to Ross' controversial guest verse. "Put Molly all in her champagne/ She ain't even know it/ I took her home and I enjoyed that/ She ain't even know it," he raps on the track.
BUSINESS
March 22, 2013 | Michael Hiltzik
For those of us not directly invested in Apple, the stock's trajectory over the last six months has been a thrill ride to rival anything you'll find at Magic Mountain. Since hitting an all-time peak of $705 in mid-September, the shares have been on a long slide, reaching $419 before recovering a bit to almost $462 last week. At the peak, learned Wall Street analysts were speculating about how high Apple could go and whether the sky really was the limit; at the current trough, they're all but proclaiming the end of the Apple era. Here are the questions on everyone's lips: Who's right?
SPORTS
February 14, 2013 | By Dylan Hernandez
PHOENIX - Infielder Justin Sellers disputed a West Sacramento police account of his arrest for alleged violations while he was riding a motorcycle last month, saying it was the result of a misunderstanding. Sellers, 27, is facing misdemeanor charges of reckless driving and evading arrest, but said he was working to get them dismissed. “They did me wrong,” he said. Sellers said he takes batting practice in the off-season with the son of a West Sacramento police officer, who offered to take him on a ride-along.
OPINION
February 7, 2013 | By Todd Gitlin
In recent days, Brooklyn College has found itself targeted by a vehement campaign against its political science department's decision to co-sponsor a forum on Thursday in which two speakers are expected to advocate a position that the campaigners heartily object to. City and state politicians have even called for defunding the college. The position in question is that Americans ought to boycott, divest from and apply sanctions toward Israel. (BDS is the movement's common abbreviation.)
NEWS
October 29, 2012 | By Melissa Healy, Los Angeles Times, For the Booster Shots Blog
Patients diagnosed with lung cancer that is considered incurable appear to misunderstand the purpose and likely effect of a treatment aimed at making them more comfortable, a new study says. The result may not only be a failure of communication between physicians and their patients: The misunderstanding also may prompt some lung cancer patients and their families to choose aggressive treatments near the end of life rather than opt for care that makes their final days more comfortable.
HEALTH
May 4, 2009 | B. John Hale
It is either denial or the ability to live in the moment, but my Parkinson's doesn't bother me too much psychologically. Every now and then, though, the universe kicks me in the butt and says, "You ain't who you used to be, oh, formerly graceful one; runner and yoga master; judo, aikido and karate master (if pink belts count); great ballroom dancer; master of stage and podium."
OPINION
August 26, 2012 | By Robert M. Sapolsky
I realized how far out of hand things had gotten the day my 4-year-old daughter came home from preschool with news that one of her friends had been out sick the last few days. Oh, that's a shame, my wife and I said. Our daughter leaned forward, and in a concerned voice confided, "I think it's stress. " Thus, we have science interpreted by a 4-year-old. And she's not alone in drawing such a conclusion: Stress has become the default explanation for a wide range of human conditions.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 7, 2012 | Rick Rojas and Corina Knoll
Each morning, Angad Singh carefully wraps yards of fabric into a tight turban atop his head before heading out into a world that doesn't always understand him or his Sikh faith. "Where are you from?" they ask the 22-year-old, who was born and raised in the San Fernando Valley, if they ask anything at all. "Are you Muslim?" "Why are you wearing that?" "People don't know who we are," said Singh, who is about to begin classes at UCLA Law School. "I can tell they have [other] questions they are too afraid to ask. " Sikhs make up the fifth-largest religion in the world, with more than a quarter of a million followers in the U.S. and close to 20,000 in Southern California, but they are little understood.
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