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January 24, 2014 | By Meg James
21st Century Fox has named a new president to help grow its struggling Spanish-language broadcast network: veteran station executive Ibra Morales. Morales, a former top executive with rival Telemundo, has worked for the last four years at Katz Television Group, most recently as its senior vice president of national marketing. Morales, a Cuban American, replaces Emiliano Saccone, MundoFox's first president, who resigned in December. MundoFox is a joint venture between Fox International Channels and RCN Television Group, the Colombian programming giant.
January 14, 2014 | By Richard Fausset and Cecilia Sanchez
MEXICO CITY - Mexican troops and federal police poured into the state of Michoacan on Tuesday in an attempt to restore order after clashes with the rural "self-defense" groups that at times have been their allies against the Knights Templar drug cartel. The standoff with the vigilantes amounts to a policy and public relations nightmare for a federal government that has long accorded mythic status to the Mexican campesino who takes up arms to combat injustice. The Michoacan vigilantes have embraced the image, though there is widespread suspicion that at least some of the locals are secretly backed by rivals in the deadly drug game.
January 2, 2014 | By Hugh Hart
American moviegoers love a good con man. Burt Lancaster won an Academy Award for playing one in 1960's "Elmer Gantry. " Michael Douglas took home an Oscar in 1988 as master "Wall Street" manipulator Gordon Gekko. And Robert Redford got nominated for his role as a Depression-era flimflam man in 1973's "The Sting," which won best picture. Now, five years after the century's biggest financial collapse, movies by Martin Scorsese, Woody Allen and David O. Russell present a fresh crop of charismatic charlatans from the business world.
November 24, 2013 | By Frank Shyong
The ladies of the Filipino ministry of Holy Angels Roman Catholic Church discuss Typhoon Haiyan over a table strewn with grilled fish, ribs, sliced pork belly, chicken wings, chili and a massive platter of mixed rice and flour noodles called pancit . "The typhoon hit here," says Pinky Santos, pointing to the map in gold thread on her blue polo shirt. "My family is here," she adds, moving her finger north. For many Filipinos, it's been a somber month of sharing links to donation websites on social media and organizing aid trips to affected areas.
November 6, 2013 | By Maura Dolan
SACRAMENTO - Stephen R. Glass, a former journalist whose fabrications for major magazines sparked a national furor, bent his head at times and reddened as he listened to members of the California Supreme Court suggest he was morally unfit to practice law. When he was in his 20s, Glass fabricated 42 articles for the New Republic, Rolling Stone and other magazines, concocting people, quotations and events in blistering stories that won him rave reviews...
November 5, 2013 | By Theodore Dalrymple
When the 1980 edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (commonly known as the DSM-3) was being prepared, psychiatrist Allen Frances lobbied for the inclusion of a new diagnosis: masochistic personality disorder. His push failed, and by the time the fourth edition came out in 1994 (edited by Frances), he was glad it had. He no longer believed such a condition existed. Masochistic personality disorder, as Frances had conceived it, "diagnosed" those whose typical behavior brought them unhappiness by "self-sacrifice in the service of maintaining relationships or self-esteem.
October 21, 2013 | By David S. Cloud
WASHINGTON - A flood of misconduct cases involving generals and admirals has created deep concern at the Pentagon about ethical and moral shortcomings among senior military officers and prompted new steps to tighten rules, increase inspections and weed out offenders, officials said. The most recent cases - a Navy admiral under investigation for using counterfeit gambling chips and an Air Force general in charge of nuclear-tipped missiles relieved for drunkenness off duty - follow a long list of officer wrongdoing over the last year.
October 11, 2013 | By David L. Ulin, Los Angeles Times Book Critic
It's tough to be a writer of crime fiction. Not because of the genre but because of the expectations: A book a year, preferably part of a series, the same character over and over again. This is why, say, Walter Mosley and Michael Connelly have branched out; Mosley set aside his hero, Easy Rawlins, for six years before bringing him back in 2013. The same is true of George Pelecanos, the Washington-based author of the "D.C. Quartet" and a dozen other novels who has written about a variety of detectives as well as for television ("The Wire," "Treme")
October 10, 2013 | Helene Elliott
Ed Orgeron said last week he wanted to tweak what the Trojans had been doing under Lane Kiffin rather than introduce sweeping changes in midstream, but Orgeron added a significant new formation to the team's playbook Thursday in his debut as USC's interim coach. As players, coaches and support staff walked away from the team buses and across the Coliseum field, they stopped near the Trojans logo to form an imperfect but impressively big circle and held hands. Orgeron stood in the middle to address the group, his gravelly voice unmistakable even if the exact words were lost at a distance.
October 7, 2013 | By Chuck Schilken
Jerry Jones went there. The Dallas Cowboys owner said the two words that make many people involved in sports cringe after a tough loss. Moral. Victory. Sure, the Cowboys hung tough against the still unbeaten Broncos, keeping up with near-perfect quarterback Peyton Manning until the very end. And, sure, Dallas quarterback Tony Romo had the first 500-yard day in franchise history to go along with his five touchdowns. Of course, all of that was negated by a costly Romo interception deep in Cowboys territory that set up a last-second field goal for the Broncos and sent Dallas to a 51-48 loss.
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