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They call this place the crossroads. It's where children pass the final days of their youth in bright orange uniforms and 10-foot-by-12-foot rooms that lock from the outside; and where the only reminders of life on the "outs" are murals of such heroes as Oscar De La Hoya and Florence Griffith Joyner on the concrete and barbed wire walls. Until now. On Saturday afternoon, the Los Angeles Central Juvenile Hall did what no other juvenile hall in the county has ever done: It held a prom.
April 15, 2014 | By Sherif Tarek
Iraq's Ministry of Justice announced Tuesday that it would close the facility formerly known as Abu Ghraib prison, the site of an infamous torture scandal under the U.S. occupation. “The ministry made that decision as part of precautionary measures related to the security of the prisons,” said Justice Minister Hassan Shammari. He did not clarify whether the shutdown is permanent. Shammari explained that the location of the facility, on the edge of insurgent-dominated areas of Anbar province, west of central Baghdad, has become a “hot spot.” Islamic militants have been targeting officials from the Shiite-led government and seizing control of parts of Anbar province, which is controlled by Sunni rebels.
October 13, 1991
I hope baby boomers do drop out of society, then perhaps Generation X, the young men and women who came into the world behind them, will no longer be treated like dirt by these so-called adults who are notorious for their lack of personal and business ethics. NICOLE DILLENBERG Los Angeles
February 17, 2014 | By Scott Gold
It had already been a tough winter in the Central California farm town of Riverdale. The drought had crippled some farms and caused some of the almond trees, long a sign of pride and prosperity, to wither and die. "Everybody's been tightening their belts," said Kathryn Ervin, 60. "Times are hard. " But no one was prepared for what unfolded Saturday night: A horrific accident that sent an SUV carrying a mother and her four children hurtling in flames toward a nearby house. A man pulling up seconds later, sprinting toward the wreckage to help, burning his hands and arms as five people died in the flames - his people.
October 19, 1997
In answer to Elaine Matzner (Letters, Oct. 5), who was asked to remove her knapsack from her shoulder. The reasons for this are: 1. Thieves are notorious for using knapsacks. 2. People who are wearing knapsacks are also notorious for knocking things off counters. 3. Why would anyone shopping at Harrods be wearing a knapsack at all? MARJORIE PARKER Rancho Palos Verdes
April 24, 2000
Although we still haven't received our census form, I'm glad to see the prisoners are getting theirs delivered to them (April 20). Maybe one of the guards can come by my house and drop off a form, even if it's one of the notorious long forms. KEN MARKS Ontario
June 3, 2000
T Like Stephen Farber, I too sat in the theater watching "M:I-2" with a feeling of deja vu ("Mission: Familiar," May 31). Not only can comparisons be made to Hitchcock's "Notorious" and "North by Northwest" but to "To Catch a Thief" as well. I have always been a tremendous fan of Hitchcock's and while I agree that much of the psychological dynamics of "Notorious" are not present in "M:I-2," I don't know that it is entirely a result of the "dumbing down" of mainstream audiences. I believe that the difference has more to do with the studio's desire to pigeonhole audiences demographically, in this case by gender.
December 5, 1987
Are the Dodgers really in position to allow themselves to be used as a vehicle for Steve Garvey's swan-song tour of the National League? The Dodgers already have one foot in the cellar and they can only hasten their rapid descent by wasting their time, money and a roster position on Garvey. The Dodgers have become notorious for their recent bonehead player decisions. If they sign Garvey, it would only increase that reputation. BILL TAPP El Cajon
March 2, 1986
1986 is just two months old, and already two notorious dictators--Jean-Claude Duvalier of Haiti and Ferdinand Marcos--have been sent packing by their outraged subjects. Could this be a trend? Just to keep the ball rolling, I suggest that the Reagan Administration declare March "National Dictator's Month." During this time, any dictator who feels at all insecure about his tenure would be free to leave his country, no questions asked. I also propose that the Air Force scramble a special formation of airplanes--a la the Strategic Air Command--and keep them flying 24 hours a day, ready at a moment's notice to pick up these rejected rulers.
February 9, 1995
Thank you for Ron Russell's wonderful story about the Lido building ("Unreal Life," Jan. 29) and for sharing some of the rarely expressed richness of Hollywood past and present. To set the record straight, however, the building William Holden's character refers to as his home in the movie Sunset Boulevard was not the Lido, but the Alto-Nido, which is on nearby Ivar Avenue. Since you appropriately referred to the Lido as a "Nathanael West novel come to life," it's also worth noting that West himself lived down the street from the Alto-Nido at the Parva-Sed apartments, at 1817 N. Ivar, in the mid-'30s while writing "The Day of the Locust."
February 12, 2014 | By John M. Glionna
COLUMBUS, N.M. - Each morning, embattled Mayor Nicole Lawson performs a private ritual in this tiny U.S.-Mexico border village of 1,600 isolated souls, a forgotten place with mostly unpaved roads and not a single stoplight. After brushing her teeth, she pads over to a white note board bearing only an oversize number scrawled in black. On this mid-January morning, she wipes away the "58," replacing it with "57. " With a sigh of satisfaction, Lawson, 39, counts down yet another difficult day until the end of her term running a hamlet that may be one of America's most dysfunctional communities.
January 28, 2014 | By David Zucchino
For decades, relatives of some boys dispatched to the notorious Arthur G. Dozier School for Boys have struggled to find out what became of them after they went missing amid reports of beatings, torture and sexual assaults at the reform school in Marianna, Fla. On Tuesday, researchers and forensic anthropologists moved a step closer to providing answers. The remains of 55 people have been uncovered on school grounds, University of South Florida researchers announced - five more than previous field work had indicated and 24 more than listed in school records.
January 21, 2014 | By Daniel Miller
PARK CITY, Utah -- Was Viktor Bout an international arms smuggler? How do you make a movie out of home videos recorded by a man convicted of conspiracy to kill Americans? What's it like visiting an alleged "merchant of death" in federal prison? Tony Gerber and Maxim Pozdorovkin, the directors of the  Sundance Film Festival  documentary "The Notorious Mr. Bout," dropped by the Los Angeles Times Studio in Park City to discuss how these issues are explored in their movie, which premiered at the festival Friday night.
November 29, 2013 | By Michael Hiltzik
The publishing house Elsevier no doubt hoped to put a major embarrassment behind itself Thursday by retracting one of the most controversial papers of recent times. Instead, it has created further contention over peer-review practices in the for-profit scientific publishing world. The paper , by French researcher Gilles-Eric Seralini and his colleagues, created an instant uproar when it appeared in Elsevier's journal Food and Chemical Toxicology last year. The paper's explosive finding was that laboratory rats fed for up to two years on genetically modified corn of a type widely used in the United States developed huge, grotesque tumors.
October 31, 2013 | By Marisa Gerber, Richard Winton and Kate Mather
Doris Payne looked comfortable - regal, really - in her pale blue jumpsuit in an Indio courtroom Thursday morning. But then the octogenarian with a jewelry theft rap sheet so savory it became a documentary has done this all before. At her arraignment for a recent alleged heist in Palm Desert, she wore her white hair combed neatly back and a metal chain around her small waist. When Superior Court Judge Randall White called her name, she stood up slowly. He asked if she was being represented by a public defender.
September 29, 2013 | By Sheri Linden
The letter was two sentences long, addressed to "Dear Mr. Rossellini" and signed "Ingrid Bergman. " Like many moviegoers in the late 1940s, the actress was deeply affected by "Rome, Open City" and "Paisan," Roberto Rossellini's landmarks of neorealist cinema. Alone among the Italian director's admirers, she offered her star power and talents, as "a Swedish actress who speaks English very well," in hope of an on-screen collaboration. Rossellini accepted eagerly. But any expectation that Bergman's high profile would heighten his clout at the box office were dashed.
December 6, 1987
Let me point out two errors in Dennis McDougal's article, "Why Actresses Are in Love With 'Babbitt' " (Nov. 22): The Mercury Theatre on the air did not "launch itself" with "The War of the Worlds." The series debuted on Sept. 11, 1938, with a production of Shakespeare's "Julius Caesar." The notorious Halloween Eve broadcast of the H.G. Wells adaptation was the Mercury's eighth show. Secondly, even if the 1927 premiere of "The Jazz Singer" is regarded as "the advent of talkies" (which conveniently ignores a silent-to-sound transition period lasting into the early 1930s)
May 9, 2010 | Dennis Lim, Special to the Los Angeles Times
In Jean-Luc Godard's "Contempt," when the filmmaker Fritz Lang (playing himself) meets Brigitte Bardot's character, she sings the praises of his 1952 Western, "Rancho Notorious." Lang is appreciative, but he begs to differ. "I prefer 'M,' " he says. Lang regarded "M," which opened in 1931, just two years before he fled Nazi Germany for a long if less storied Hollywood career, as his greatest achievement. Judging by its regular placement on all-time-best lists, many critics concur.
September 11, 2013 | By Alexandra Zavis
Mike Dalton starts his day at a Department of Veterans Affairs office in Oakland doing something he couldn't do a year ago: He signs on to a computer and calls up an application for disability compensation. With a few mouse clicks, he pulls the information he needs to rate a veteran's injuries. The new computer system is the centerpiece of a major overhaul that department officials promise will clear the backlog of claims that has had severely wounded veterans waiting months - if not years - to find out whether they will receive financial help.
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