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ENTERTAINMENT
October 27, 2012
As secrets go, the Rolling Stones' surprise gig on Thursday in Paris ranked among the "worst-kept" variety, as word quickly spread over the Internet before the band took the stage at La Trabendo rock club, site of the group's first public show in five years. The 600 fans who paid 15 Euros (a little over $19) apiece to attend may have gotten the classic-rock bargain of the year, given that tickets for the Stones' upcoming concerts in New Jersey are going for $95 to $750. The Stones' only scheduled 2012 concerts are Nov. 25 and 29 at London's O2 Arena, and Dec. 13 and 15 at New Jersey's Prudential Center.
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OPINION
October 20, 2012
Re "Prop. 32's real purpose," Column, Oct. 18 George Skelton calls Proposition 32, which would prohibit unions from making payroll deductions to raise money for political spending, a "self-serving sham. " So should we continue to allow teachers unions to force their members to donate to their leaders' favorite political causes? Why must my wife, a first-grade teacher, contribute to political causes she doesn't like? How would Skelton feel if The Times effectively forced him to support Mitt Romney via a paycheck deduction?
OPINION
October 14, 2012
Re "U.S. was urged to add Libya guards," Oct. 11 It has become increasingly clear that the Obama administration (which I formerly supported) was perfectly willing to make our freedom of speech, rather than its own ineptitude and lack of vigilance, the villain in the recent attack on our Libyan consulate. That our United Nations ambassador, Susan Rice, went on political shows on TV spreading distortions and untruths regarding the atrocity in Benghazi is an obscenity. Michael Jenning Van Nuys It is true that some observers thought the U.S. should keep a few more guards at the outpost in Benghazi (though probably not enough to stand up to being heavily outnumbered)
ENTERTAINMENT
October 10, 2012
The former teen with whom Roman Polanski was convicted of having sex - leading to one of Hollywood's most notorious scandals and the director's flight from the U.S. - is writing a memoir. Samantha Geimer, now 47, has a deal with Atria Books for "The Girl: Emerging From the Shadow of Roman Polanski. " Atria, a Simon & Schuster imprint, announced Tuesday that the book will come out next fall. "I am more than 'Sex Victim Girl,' a tag the media pinned on me," Geimer, who long ago identified herself as Polanski's victim, said in a statement released through Atria.
OPINION
October 10, 2012
Re "Obama is still seen as the leader," News Analysis, Oct. 6 Your headline was missing one thing: a question mark. Any president who spends too much time campaigning and not enough in the Oval Office dealing with the looming "fiscal cliff," unemployment, the attacks on our embassies in the Middle East, high gasoline prices, the war in Afghanistan, the slaughter of innocents in Syria, Iran's pursuit of a nuclear bomb, China's manipulation of...
OPINION
October 6, 2012
Re "The future is on board," Business, Sept. 30 If these genius utopians at Google touting driverless cars sincerely want to save thousands of lives and improve traffic flows, there is probably something they can invent tomorrow: a device that disables those insidious texting machines the instant you take the transmission out of park. John Thomas Pico Rivera ALSO: Postscript: Sprawl -- is that all? Letters: How to prevent a nuclear Iran Letters: Lecturing Obama on foreign policy
OPINION
October 2, 2012
Re "Council clears path for stadium," Sept. 29 Robert Kraft, owner of the NFL's New England Patriots, tried to have a new football stadium built in Boston, Providence, R.I., and Hartford, Conn., with public and private financing. These plans fell through. Kraft paid all construction costs and built a stadium in Foxboro, Mass., that opened in 2002. Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas, cost $1.15 billion to build. Arlington's sales tax was raised by half a cent, its hotel tax was raised 2 percentage points and the car rental tax was raised by 5 percentage points.
OPINION
September 28, 2012
Re "Putting a lid on L.A.'s pot dispensaries," Editorial, Sept. 24 The Times is right to call on the City Council to limit the number of marijuana dispensaries in Los Angeles but not ban them outright. The Union for Medical Cannabis Patients has spent several years studying court decisions in this field and how they should be applied locally. We have shown the City Council and Planning Commission draft ordinances that would provide adequate regulation and survive any legal challenge.
OPINION
September 28, 2012
Re "Defusing a 'detonator' state," Opinion, Sept. 25 Yes, Israel has a military establishment, but it's not, as Patrick Tyler writes, "prone to propagate a vision of constant threat and peril. " The threat is real. Israel has been invaded; it has faced constant suicide attacks; Hamas fires rockets into civilian areas in the south; and the Jewish state has been hit by thousands of missiles from Lebanon - missiles that were replenished by Iran and Syria. Iran's nuclear threats are but the latest peril.
OPINION
September 8, 2012
Re "'You are the change,'" Sept. 7 I like President Obama's approach (and strategy) to reach out to women, ethnic minorities, veterans, gays, the middle class, independents and many Republicans. On the other hand, I feel that he has been remiss in not reaching out to small-business owners and large corporations by explicitly telling them that his administration wants their input on revising regulations that they consider not only discouraging for job creation but actually a waste of effort for the country.
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