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January 22, 2012
Declaring victory in the South Carolina Republican primary on Saturday night, a glowering Newt Gingrich declared himself apart from the "elites in Washington and New York. " These elites, Gingrich declared, "have no understanding, no care, no concern, no reliability," and are trying to "force us to quit being American. " There's nothing new or particularly original about a candidate seeking to distance himself from the East Coast establishment. Richard Nixon famously displayed the chip on his shoulder throughout his aggrieved political life, and Spiro Agnew once memorably denounced the "nattering nabobs of negativism," by which he meant the news media.
April 16, 2014 | Deborah Netburn and Alicia Banks
They came with iPhones, iPads, digital cameras and even some film cameras -- ready to capture the total lunar eclipse known as a "blood moon. " Griffith Observatory in Los Angeles offered a prime view, and hundreds of people were there when the eclipse began at 10:58 p.m. Monday. The full moon was beginning to move into Earth's shadow, leaving the impression that someone had taken a bite out of it. As the minutes passed, the shadow spread across more and more of the lunar surface.
January 9, 2014 | By Hector Tobar
Once you had met him, the poet Amiri Baraka was a tough man to forget. I saw Baraka read once, here in Los Angeles, at the Beyond Baroque literary center in Venice, circa 1990. He was already white-haired and white-bearded then, and he cut a not-especially-happy-to-there pose as he stood behind the lectern, reciting some of his newer work. When he had finished, an enthusiastic member of the audience yelled out the names of some of his poems from the 1960s and '70s. I don't remember which ones, but perhaps it was one like “ An Agony.
April 10, 2014 | By The Times editorial board
Christopher Hubbart has had a hard time trying to find a place to live, and no wonder. He's a serial rapist who assaulted women in the 1970s and '80s, was convicted and released, only to rape again. He was committed indefinitely to a mental facility until such time as he was determined by authorities to no longer be a threat. There was such a determination last summer, and it was upheld by a California court, but Hubbart waited while officials hunted for a place in Los Angeles County where he could live.
December 15, 2010 | By David Zahniser and Patrick J. McDonnell, Los Angeles Times
Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa reached outside his usual City Hall circle to fill the top job at the Department of Water and Power, selecting a Seattle-based consultant with 30 years of industry experience to run the turbulent utility. If confirmed by the City Council, Ron Nichols, managing director of the energy practice of Navigant Consulting Inc., would become the sixth general manager to lead the nation's largest municipally owned utility since Villaraigosa took office in 2005.
May 13, 2013 | By Susan Denley
For more than seven years, when her husband Howard was chief executive officer of Barney's New York starting in  2001, Sharon Socol was his "plus one" at all manner of fashion events, from runway shows to fancy dinners and glitzy parties. A self-described "fashion outsider," Socol began photographing the people and events -- "My camera is a protective shield which permits me to enter safely into a world I find both fascinating and frightening," she writes in an essay contained in her new book, which arose from her work during those years.
April 12, 1987
In his snide and condescending review of Dean Koontz's "Watchers" (The Book Review, March 8), Paul Wilner correctly describes Einstein as a dog with human intelligence. However, he identifies The Outsider as "a hybrid canine breed" and states that "the two are to be a sort of Good Dog, Bad Dog team." A simple reading of the novel shows that The Outsider is not a hybrid dog but a genetically engineered creature whose biological basis is a baboon. If Wilner cannot correctly comprehend such surface details as description, how are we to take seriously his larger analysis?
February 6, 2014 | By Robert Abele
Liam Neeson has proved of late how entertainingly potent the one-tough-middle-aged-SOB-against-impossible-odds movie can be. But there's not a lot to be - ahem - "Taken" by, however, in the lo-fi imitation thriller "The Outsider," which stars British slab Craig Fairbrass as Lex, a private security mercenary stationed in Afghanistan who hotfoots it to Los Angeles to investigate the supposed death of his estranged daughter. With all signs pointing to a weaselly, well-protected high-tech firm magnate (James Caan)
May 23, 2011 | By James Oliphant
To hear Newt Gingrich tell it, in terms of his presidential campaign, last week’s ceaseless tumult over the Medicare issue, which saw him publicly condemned by several prominent members of his own party, turned out to be a net plus. Gingrich said the row showed everyday voters in Iowa and elsewhere that if he has riled the Washington establishment—media included—then he must be doing something right. “I’m the people’s candidate,” the former House speaker said at a Monday morning breakfast at a Washington hotel hosted by the Christian Science Monitor, “not the capital’s candidate.” At 67, Gingrich, who has worked in D.C. as a legislator, business consultant, policy theorist, and author for the better part of 30 years, says he’s running as an outsider.  “I’m not a Washington figure despite the time I’ve been here,” he told reporters, not long after noting he had cast 7,300 votes as a member of Congress.
August 19, 2011 | Hector Tobar
When Gary Phillips returns to his old South L.A. neighborhood, it's with an old movie playing in his head. The soundtrack is Sly and the Family Stone, and Funkadelic. The cast includes lots of African American kids like him, in 1960s and '70s hairstyles, with Phillips riding a Stingray bike his "pop" bought for him over at the nearby Sears. He pedals over to South Broadway and the local store, Whitehead's, which is run by a white man with white hair named Whitehead. "He hired local kids to work behind the counter and was a really cool cat," Phillips told me. All this was 40 years ago. It goes without saying that the South-Central of old is only a memory now. Phillips, a detective writer and community activist, moved out in 1987.
April 8, 2014 | By Kate Mather, Joseph Serna and Joe Mozingo
ISLA VISTA, Calif. — The scene Monday on Del Playa Drive was a curious, uniquely Isla Vista mix: part laid-back beach vibe, part riot aftermath. Beach towels fluttered over cliffside balconies as UC Santa Barbara students enjoyed spring weather. Dumpsters overflowed with beer boxes and red cups. "I was in the riot," one young woman said nonchalantly to her friend as they rode beach cruisers. "I got hit by a tear gas grenade," a male student told his friends as they carried an inflatable pool over their heads.
March 27, 2014 | By Ralph Vartabedian
Regularly scheduled service on California's bullet train system will not meet anticipated trip times of two hours and 40 minutes between Los Angeles and San Francisco, and are likely to take nearly a half-hour longer, a state Senate committee was told Thursday. The faster trips were held out to voters in 2008 when they approved $9 billion in borrowing to help pay for the project. Since then, a series of political compromises and planning changes designed to keep the $68-billion line moving ahead have created slower track zones in urban areas.
March 24, 2014 | By Ruben Vives
A 33-year-old man was killed and three other people injured in a shooting outside a Long Beach restaurant, authorities said Monday. Long Beach police officers arrived at 6 th street and Long Beach Boulevard after the 2:55 a.m. shooting to find Charles Bell, of Compton, lying in the restaurant's parking lot. Bell was declared dead at the scene by Long Beach fire paramedics, who took the three other shooting victims to the hospital....
March 21, 2014 | By Scott Glover
Los Angeles police shot a man who allegedly confronted officers with a shotgun outside a home in Tarzana, a police spokesman said late Friday. The victim was taken to a hospital but his condition was not immediately available, said Sgt. Barry Montgomery. No officers were injured, Montgomery said. The incident began shortly after 5 p.m. when officers responded to a call about a man with a gun, Montgomery said. A shotgun was recovered from the scene. No further details were available.
March 21, 2014 | By Ben Bolch
The Lakers aren't going anywhere this season, and Ryan Kelly might not be either. For Kelly, that would be a good thing. It would mean he's still in the NBA. A late second-round pick out of Duke in last year's draft, the 6-foot-11 power forward wasn't even assured of making the Lakers' roster. The rookie didn't have a full preseason to prove himself because he was still recovering from surgery to repair a screw that was first inserted in his right foot to stabilize a broken bone in March 2012.
March 8, 2014 | By Susan King
Someone once told Kurt Russell that his acting career "looks like it was handled by a drunk driver. " And Russell's reply? "I said I can't deny that," he said, laughing. But the boyishly handsome 63-year-old Russell, whom most baby boomers first saw as Jungle Boy on a 1965 episode of "Gilligan's Island," may be selling himself a bit short. His choices might not fit the straight and narrow, but many of his parts over the years have been memorable. PHOTOS: Behind-the-scenes Classic Hollywood He was a heartthrob star at Disney more than 40 years ago in such films as 1969's "The Computer Wore Tennis Shoes.
September 23, 2011
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May 30, 2011 | By Gina McIntyre, Los Angeles Times
The line for autographs snaked eastward down Wilshire Boulevard on Saturday afternoon, even though representatives from the Los Angeles County Museum of Art warned that some fans waiting in line to meet Tim Burton, the artist and filmmaker who's the subject of the museum's new exhibition, would probably go home disappointed. The scene outside had the hallmarks one might expect — patrons carrying black umbrellas, dressed in pinstriped or Gothic-inspired finery or even more elaborate costumes.
March 8, 2014 | By David Lauter
CLEARWATER, Fla. - The two major political parties look at off-cycle congressional elections the way great powers eye wars in small lands - as a chance to test weapons and tactics they'll soon deploy elsewhere. That's why many of the ads running on television here - for a race to fill a congressional vacancy representing a swath of Florida's Gulf Coast - will probably sound familiar soon to voters in competitive districts nationwide. "Cut spending, stop Obamacare," proclaim the spots supporting Republican David Jolly . "I'll bring Republicans and Democrats together," Democrat Alex Sink promises in her ads, while simultaneously accusing Jolly of endangering Social Security, Medicare and abortion rights.
March 4, 2014 | By Matt Pearce
Lawyers will appeal a federal judge's ruling that Kentucky's ban on same-sex marriage is unconstitutional, but they won't be state Atty. Gen. Jack Conway's lawyers. In a news conference Tuesday that ended with tears streaming down his face, Conway said that defending the state's ban "would be defending discrimination. "  Conway, a Democrat, began choking up when he mentioned his wife and how he had prayed over a tough decision. (Video of his news conference is shown above.) "In the end, this issue is really larger than any single person, and it's about placing people above politics," Conway told reporters.
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