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December 11, 1999
On Friday, Kevin Thomas reported in his lead paragraph of a review of "42 Up" that "Michael Apted assembled 14 7-year-olds . . . and interviewed them" ("In Apted's '42 Up': Hints of the Children They Once Were"). I originated this remarkable series: I directed "7 Up," which my assistant, Michael Apted, continued with great acclaim. It was I who assembled the 7-year-olds and interviewed them. PAUL ALMOND Malibu
April 27, 2014 | Thomas Curwen
After the vigil, the remembrances, the tales of heroism recounted, what remains is the sorrow. On a blustery, bright morning in El Monte, the friends and family of Adrian Castro came together at the Church of the Nativity to say goodbye to the 19-year-old, who died earlier this month in a traffic accident in Northern California. "We are gathered today in grief and sadness for our brother, Adrian," said Father Beto Villalobos. Adrian, a senior at El Monte High School, had joined other students for a spring tour of Humboldt State University when their charter bus was struck by a FedEx truck on Interstate 5 north of Sacramento.
November 6, 2006
I read your article on gyms for the over-50s ["Where They Fit in," Oct. 30]. Your article is insulting to people between 50 and 60 years old. You picture two people in their late 70s and clump 50-year-olds in with them. I am 54 and I don't look nor feel near the age you are portraying in your article. And to infer that 50-year-olds don't use iPods is ridiculous. I just participated in a marathon last year, which I completed. D. FORD Westwood
April 27, 2014 | By a Los Angeles Times staff writer
A mother with reported emotional problems fatally stabbed her 7-month-old son at a Bay Area park on Saturday, police said. East Bay Regional Park District Police Chief Timothy Anderson told the San Jose Mercury News that the mother, who was not identified, had depression.  Police discovered a car abandoned at  Del Valle Regional Park on Saturday morning. Rangers began searching and found the woman on a trail holding her lifeless baby. "This kind of thing rarely happens in our jurisdiction," Anderson told the newspaper.
November 7, 2001
Writer Kathy Bryant's attempt to pinpoint the stages of aging, admittedly a difficult task, missed the mark ("They're Moving On Up," Oct. 18). Bryant says there are three stages of retirement--55-plus ("active"), 65-plus ("independent, but with some care needs") and 70-to 100-plus ("semi-independent, but with more health-care and service needs"). Bryant's breakdown does a disservice to most people in their 70s, and many in their 80s who are still active and largely self-sufficient.
February 11, 2009
Horse racing: An article in Saturday's Sports section on the weekend race card at Santa Anita said that the Strub Stakes was for horses 4 years old and up. The Strub is exclusively for 4-year-olds.
February 5, 1989
I bought "In the Beginning" from the bookstore where I work but was somewhat disappointed with the selection of myths. I do agree that the comparative nature of the book asks a lot of 8-year-olds. ANTHONY PICKERT MISSION VIEJO
April 19, 1992
All Van Gelder tells me is that most lesbians in their 20s and 30s are as shallow, poorly educated and self-absorbed as most other 20- and 30-year-olds today. LYNN M. REDMAN Thousand Oaks
March 11, 1993 | From Associated Press
Two 17-year-old girls have been sentenced for torturing and butchering an elderly woman, less than three weeks after a pair of 10-year-olds were charged with murdering a toddler. Again, a troubled nation is asking, how could this happen? Edna Phillips, 70, was throttled with her dog's leash and stabbed or slashed 86 times. The mental images of the crime have shocked the nation just as the video pictures of little James Bulger being led to his death did last month.
It was supposed to be a brief stop at the Primadonna casino, 43 miles south of Las Vegas, but one poker game led to another. By 3 a.m. May 25, 1997, Jeremy Strohmeyer and David Cash were tired of hanging around the arcade, waiting for David's dad. Bored, the two 18-year-olds decided to urinate on two coin-operated games. David chose Big Bertha, whose polka-dot dress flared when players hurled balls into her gaping red mouth. Jeremy selected a helicopter game. Then a wall socket.
April 27, 2014 | By Jill Cowan
When American Legion Chaplain Bill Cook peered through the chain-link fence at the windswept landscape - a broken runway, scrubby fields and green foothills in the distance - he remembered the Phantoms. The fighter jets were once a regular sight, slicing through the air over what was for decades a bustling military base. "The jets would just roar," he said on a recent afternoon at the old U.S. Marine Corps Air Station El Toro. Now the Vietnam veteran is leading the charge to transform a small piece of that land into a final resting place for Orange County's veterans.
April 26, 2014 | By Lisa Dillman
SAN JOSE - At 21, Matt Nieto still looks very much like a college student talking about coming home for Christmas or spring break. But while Nieto happens to be employed by a successful hockey team, he still opts for comfort when he comes home to Long Beach. Where does he go first? "In-N-Out," Nieto said, smiling, answering without hesitation. "Every time I go home, the first place I go is In-N-Out. " You can take the kid out of Southern California, but you can't quite take all of Southern California out of the kid. Never mind that they have plenty of those burger spots in Northern California and San Jose.
April 25, 2014 | By Larry Bleiberg
QUITO, Ecuador - As the four-car train rolls through the clouds and begins its descent of the Andes, Bette Bleeker has a practical concern. "I hope someone checked the brakes," the Chicago resident asks. It's a fair question, given the 1,755-foot descent we're about to make on the Devil's Nose, one of the steepest sections of railroad in the world. The historic route requires several switchbacks, including one length where the train reverses direction and heads backward as it gingerly stair-steps down the highlands.
April 25, 2014 | By Armand Emamdjomeh
There's nothing cooler than an old guitar that shows its years. The paint is chipped straight through to the wood and it's long ago lost its gleam, but the sound only seems to improve as it ages. Scott H. Biram's guitar is a perfect example in this image by Gabriel Carbajal, taken during a show on March 13 at the Echoplex . Carbajal used a Nikon D5100 with a Nikkor 18-300 f/3.5-5.6 lens to make the image. Follow Armand Emamdjomeh on Twitter or Google + . Each week, we're featuring photos of Southern California submitted by readers.
April 25, 2014 | By David Horsey
Besides sending a chill up the spine of the international community, Vladimir Putin has accomplished one other thing by seizing Crimea and threatening the rest of Ukraine: Putin has brought back the bear.  Like Uncle Sam, the Republican elephant and the Democratic donkey, the Russian bear was a stock character in decades of political cartoons drawn by pretty much every caricaturist in the business, including me. The dissertation I wrote for my...
April 24, 2014 | By Mark Swed, Los Angeles Times Music Critic
Bar business wasn't so hot at REDCAT on Saturday night a half-hour before the show. The crowd had already lined up waiting for the doors to the theater to open. Word had gotten out that early birds would get ringside seats for "Rocco. " The dance by Emio Greco and Pieter C. Scholten from Amsterdam takes place in a boxing ring and was inspired by the classic Italian film "Rocco and His Brothers. " Three nights later the Campbell Hall stage at UC-Santa Barbara was transformed into a basketball court for "Pavement.
May 9, 1985 | MARTHA L. WILLMAN, Times Staff Writer
When the City of Glendale replaced old-fashioned cast-iron lampposts along Colorado Street with sleek 40-foot-high aluminium poles and bright sodium lights, it created "one of the least-attractive streets in Glendale," according to the Glendale Historical Society. In a report submitted to the City Council, the society charged that the installation of new light standards throughout the city is destroying the "character of neighborhoods and historical districts."
The painting of Mao Tse-tung as a Renaissance saint was too risky for the Shanghai 2000 Biennial. The photo of a man eating a dead baby was too disturbing. The works, rejected by the Shanghai Art Museum's official contemporary art show, went on display at private galleries. That's when police raided a gallery and seized the exhibits. The two-month Biennial, with 67 artists from 15 countries, is China's bid to join the club of biannual art extravaganzas led by Venice and New York City.
April 24, 2014 | Elizabeth Hand
"People are trapped in history and history is trapped in them," wrote James Baldwin in "Notes of a Native Son. " Much of novelist Emma Donoghue's literary career has involved the liberation of historical figures, often women, from the constraints of the recorded past to the relative freedom of fiction, as in her novels "Slammerkin," "The Sealed Letter" and "Life Mask," all set in the 18th or 19th century. Her most recent work, the multiple-award-winning international bestseller "Room," took a more contemporary approach, loosely inspired by the experiences of women recently held captive by abusive men. In her new novel, "Frog Music," Donoghue returns to the more distant past to take on an unsolved San Francisco murder: that of young Jenny Bonnet, shot by an unknown killer lurking outside her railway hotel room.
April 23, 2014 | By Mary Forgione, Daily Deal and Travel Blogger
Back in the day, actress Marion Davies' luxurious beach house in Santa Monica had more than 100 rooms and an ornate swimming pool. Little of the original mansion still exists, but what's now known as the Annenberg Community Beach House still has plenty of oceanfront allure. The beach house will mark its fifth anniversary Saturday and Sunday with an open house that is to feature activities as varied as ballroom dancing and paddleboarding lessons. Guided tours with architects John Berley and Mia Lehrer are scheduled for 10 a.m. each day. The mansion was financed by Davies' lover, newspaper magnate William Randolph Hearst, and many grand Hollywood parties were held here, according to a history on the beach house website . Hearst engaged Julia Morgan to design it; Morgan also designed Hearst Castle in San Simeon, Calif.
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