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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 26, 2014 | By Ruben Vives
Orange County coroner's officials on Saturday released the name of a woman who was killed when a car plowed into a group of people outside a Buena Park restaurant Friday night . Marisa Malin, 73, of Cerritos, was sitting on a bench outside Farrell's Ice Cream Parlour Restaurant in the 8600 block of Beach Boulevard when a silver SUV jumped the curb, knocked down a railing and struck Malin and six other people, authorities said. Coroner's officials said Malin was pinned beneath the vehicle.
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 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.
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.
September 23, 2011
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April 10, 2014 | By Greg Braxton
Stephen Colbert, who will be the new host of "Late Show" when David Letterman retires next year, has a lot in common with his predecessor. Both are seasoned, popular comedians. Both wear glasses, as Letterman noted. And both have gotten into a bit of hot water when they've stepped from their familiar gigs. PHOTOS: David Letterman's memorable guests Colbert created quite a stir when he performed as the main entertainment at the 2006 White House Correspondents Dinner.
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.
April 8, 2014 | By Alicia Banks
It was a surreal scene for some, a traffic headache for others, as demonstrators set up 375 desks in neat rows Tuesday on the street in front of the headquarters of the Los Angeles Unified School District. The stunt's organizers said desks represented the roughly 375 students who dropped out of L.A. Unified schools each week during the 2011-2012 school year. According to the California Department of Education, 8,748 L.A. Unified students dropped out during that school year. It's a number organizers with the Communities for Los Angeles Student Success say they don't want district officials to gloss over.
April 8, 2014 | By Mikael Wood
After Coachella, the deluge. Organizers of San Francisco's Outside Lands announced the music festival's 2014 lineup early Tuesday, mere days before Coachella will informally open the crowded summer festival season on Friday in Indio. Top acts set to appear at the seventh annual Outside Lands, which this year goes down Aug. 8-10 at Golden Gate Park, include Kanye West, the Killers and Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers, described in a news release as the first act to headline the festival twice.
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.
April 3, 2014 | By Nicole Santa Cruz
A 27-year-old man was killed in Chesterfield Square on Thursday morning in what police called a gang-related shooting. Ryan Black was standing in the walkway of a motel near West 55th Street and South Western Avenue about 8:05 a.m. when a gunman walked up and shot him, said Los Angeles police Det. Sal LaBarbera. No words were exchanged, and the gunman ran from the scene, LaBarbera said. HOMICIDE REPORT: Tracking killings in L.A. County In the last 12 months, five people have been killed within a mile of the scene of Thursday's shooting, according to the L.A. Times' Homicide Report.
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.
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.
April 2, 2014 | By Amy Hubbard
Bao Bao, the National Zoo's 7-month-old panda cub, would be allowed for the first time to go outside and play, the zoo announced Monday in a news release.  "She may decide to stay inside the panda house," the zoo warned. "It may take several weeks. " Are you kidding? Bao Bao was up and out the door. On Tuesday, she spent about two hours in mom Mei Xiang's yard. PHOTOS: Pandas, just because Born Aug. 23, Bao Bao is only the second surviving cub born in the last 42 years at Washington's National Zoo. Pandas were installed there in 1972 with a high political profile.  As the Los Angeles Times wrote in 2006: "Chinese panda diplomacy dates at least as far back as the Tang Dynasty, when Empress Wu Zetian (624-705)
March 30, 2014 | By Marisa Gerber, This post has been updated. See the note below for details.
As bars in the area finished their last call, a fatal gunshot rang out in front of a Hollywood nightclub early Sunday morning, in what police described as a gang-related shooting. When officers arrived at Hollywood Boulevard and Las Palmas Avenue just before 2 a.m., more than 100 people had spilled into the intersection and were hovering around a man bleeding onto the street, said Sgt. David Legaspi of the Los Angeles Police Department's Hollywood Division. He was taken to a hospital, where he died, police said.
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