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November 1, 2012 |
Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck said Thursday that he and other police officials erred when they opted not to tell the public that a man shot by police had been handcuffed at the time. "We should have included it," he said in an interview. "We got it wrong. " The mea culpa came after a Times report was published on the shooting and the department's decision not to include the detail of the handcuffs in a news release. LAPD was wrong to omit shooting details, chief says In the incident, officers were in the process of frisking and handcuffing several men they had stopped for questioning, when one of them bolted.
October 22, 2012 |
When I heard about the death of former Sen. George McGovern, I had a fleeting thought that President Obama might invoke him at Monday's foreign policy debate -- perhaps as part of an argument that Mitt Romney would be too willing to take the nation into war. I had second thoughts when I saw the White House's statement of condolence, which has angered some of my liberal friends for the conspicuous absence of any reference to McGovern's 1972 campaign against...
April 10, 2012 |
At the outset, let it be noted that this book is for the faithful, those who bleed blue, who stay at the game until the last out (whatever the inning) and who don't think the day is complete at home until Uncle Vinny signs off with a cheery "good-night everybody. " "Dodgers From Coast to Coast: The Official Visual History of the Dodgers" is not an all-encompassing history, however, and the tone is far from objective. It has some wonderful bits of history and some glaring omissions.
December 29, 2011 |
A year ago, soon after the Tunisian uprising, I demonstrated my powers of prediction in a column about the democracy movement in the Arab world. The revolution in Tunisia, I wrote, "arose from local circumstances that don't foretell what will happen anywhere else. " Three weeks later, Egypt's Hosni Mubarak fell, and the Arab Spring was in full bloom. This brings me to the subject of today's column: A confession of my year's errors and omissions (along with a mention of one or two things I got right)
August 10, 2011 |
Republicans announced their six appointees to the congressional "super committee" on deficit reduction, the bipartisan panel that experts give at most a 50-50 chance of agreeing on substantial budget reforms. House Speaker John A. Boehner (R-Ohio) on Wednesday appointed Rep. Jeb Hensarling of Texas, a conservative leader, as co-chairman. He also named Rep. Dave Camp of Michigan, chairman of the Ways and Means Committee, and Rep. Fred Upton, also from Michigan, who is chairman of the Energy and Commerce Committee and a former budget officer in the Reagan administration.
April 7, 2011 |
At a time when many other American performers have been banned from China, Bob Dylan was allowed to play Wednesday night in Beijing, but with a program that omitted Dylan's most famous ballads of dissent. Conspicuously absent from the program at the Workers' Gymnasium were "The Times They Are A-Changin'" and "Blowin' in the Wind. " Dylan's set list had to be sanctioned beforehand by the Ministry of Culture, which in its formal invitation decreed that he would have to "conduct the performance strictly according to the approved program.