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OPINION
February 16, 2013
Re "Pay on rise as city tax sought," Feb. 14 As a civilian city employee, it behooves me to point out a few things. Employees paid for by the city's general fund must take mandatory furlough hours. I haven't received my full annual salary in years. And our modest raises have been canceled out by higher healthcare contributions. Finally, police and fire personnel get the largest raises, best benefits and are exempt from furloughs. Rest assured that many civilian employees consider this unfair and inappropriate in light of the city's dire financial situation.
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ENTERTAINMENT
February 16, 2013
It's not every day that a nearly 11-ton meteor explodes in spectacular fashion over the Earth less than 24 hours before a 130-ton asteroid passes closer than communications satellites. The men and women of the Science Channel live for days like this, so it's no surprise that the cable outfit jumped on the events. What is surprising is how fast they were able to scramble. "Russian Meteor Explosion" premieres on the channel Saturday night at 8 p.m. ET. They may not have had time to come up with a more clever title ("Watch What Hit Us Live!"
OPINION
February 15, 2013
Re "Mahony's papal vote irks some Catholics," Feb. 12 Cardinal Roger M. Mahony, the retired archbishop of Los Angeles, has no shame. He concealed child molestations by priests from law enforcement. Then he borrowed money, without disclosing his act, from the hundreds of thousands of people who had paid for the care and maintenance of their plots in local Catholic cemeteries. He essentially lied about where he got the money to help pay settlements to sex-abuse victims, saying it was from selling certain church assets.
OPINION
February 14, 2013
Re "Renewed push on economy," Feb. 13 Arguably the most important part of the State of the Union address was when President Obama talked about the need to stop being pushed to the brink before compromising. From "sequestration" to government shutdowns to the debt ceiling, it is important for our leaders to put the nation ahead of party interests. As Obama said, "The greatest nation on Earth cannot keep conducting its business by drifting from one manufactured crisis to the next.
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)
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.
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