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ENTERTAINMENT
February 14, 2013
Live coverage of the Big Bear standoff on Tuesday turned into a ratings monster, with Los Angeles TV stations at least doubling their usual viewership. A total of more than 2 million Los Angeles-area viewers were watching 5 p.m. newscasts across the five major local outlets, hours after the man believed to be former cop Christopher Dorner had traded gunfire with police at a cabin near Big Bear (the stations started their live coverage around 1 p.m.). KABC-TV Channel 7 led the way, with 708,000 viewers, followed by KCBS-TV Channel 2 (680,000 with a KCAL-TV Channel 9 simulcast)
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OPINION
February 14, 2013
U.S. secretaries of the Interior have seldom been renowned for being … well, renowned. Typically affable former members of Congress who reliably see things according to the president's point of view, they are nearly always Western conservationists, though their agreement on the extent to which natural resources should be exploited can wary widely. Sally Jewell, President Obama's recent nominee for the post, fits that description pretty well, while bringing some additional attributes that suit the president's agenda beautifully.
OPINION
February 13, 2013
Re "Take guns from fired cops," Column, Feb. 11 George Skelton's argument is illogical. The ex-cop Christopher Dorner was fired for making false reports, which doesn't necessarily indicate a predisposition toward violence that would require his gun-ownership rights to be revoked. Several years had passed since his firing before he allegedly went on a killing spree. Several journalists have lied in print. I would expect Skelton to give equal accounting to them and have their guns confiscated.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 13, 2013
The percentage of minority actors working on Broadway and at the top 16 not-for-profit theater companies in New York City rose to 23% during the 2011-12 season, but whites continue to be overrepresented, according to a new report. The Asian American Performers Action Coalition released its second annual look at ethnic representation on New York stages and found that minority actors overall saw a 2% increase from the previous season. It found that African American actors were cast in 16% of all roles, Latinos in 3% and Asian American actors in 3%. Caucasians filled 77% of all roles, far outweighing their respective population size in the metro and tri-state areas.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 12, 2013
"The Walking Dead" is off to a sprinting start in its return to prime time. The midseason return of AMC's zombie apocalypse drama scored the largest audience in series history, delivering 12.3 million viewers in the 9 p.m. Sunday premiere of the latter half of its third season. The previous record was 10.9 million from the third season launch Oct. 14. The episode's 18-49 audience of 6.8 million viewers outdistanced several popular network series, including "Modern Family," "The Big Bang Theory," "Two and a Half Men" and "NCIS.
OPINION
February 7, 2013
Re "House leader seeks to reframe GOP agenda," and "GOP eases stance on immigration," Feb. 6 If the average American family has access to good infrastructure and affordable medical care, education and housing, their lives will improve dramatically. If House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) is serious about helping, he will stop his implacable opposition to Obamacare and infrastructure improvements and end Republicans' efforts to gut Medicare and Social Security to fund tax breaks.
OPINION
February 2, 2013
Re "To some, he's a martyr in fight to open research on Web to all," Business, Jan. 30 Many of my academic colleagues sneer at Wikipedia articles - understandably based on readily available online information - for their factual errors and lack of appropriate citations. At the same time, they continue to support a model of scholarly publishing that prices online access to their work at $20 or more per article for those without university affiliations. Hopefully, the legal persecution and suicide of Aaron Swartz, who faced prison time for downloading and then distributing academic journal articles, will change some minds in fields such as mine (anthropology)
ENTERTAINMENT
February 2, 2013
Former New York City Mayor Ed Koch died the same day a new documentary about his life and legacy opened in New York. "Koch," which will open in Southern California theaters beginning March 1, offers evidence that the combative mayor had mellowed little in his later years. Filmmaker Neil Barsky conducted extensive interviews with Koch in his Manhattan apartment in 2010 and early 2011, where the former mayor, who ruled New York from 1978 to 1989, spoke of his controversial time in office, offering no restrictions on subject matter or time.
OPINION
January 31, 2013
Re "Shake, rattle and warn," Jan. 29 An earthquake alert system is only half the equation. The other half is being prepared for the aftermath. When the Big One hits, basic supplies and utilities will be scarce. Drive past all the apartments and condos that you see and ask yourself how many of those people are actually prepared. Trent Sanders La Cañada Flintridge ALSO: Letters: Too 'friendly' on Facebook Letters: Unlicensed and on the road Letters: A lot to like about Sacramento
ENTERTAINMENT
January 31, 2013
Mother's Day has come early at CBS: Its veteran comedy "How I Met Your Mother" will return next season - the final one for the series. The entire gang is set to return for the show's swan song. And patient viewers of the long-running comedy will finally learn the identity of the enigmatic mother in the title. CBS and 20th Century Fox TV made the news official Wednesday after much speculation about the show's fate. The series, from Carter Bays and Craig Thomas, premiered on CBS in September 2005 and is averaging about 10 million viewers per episode this season.
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