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September 23, 2009 |
If you've got rosary beads handy, please say a prayer for the leader of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles. Last week was not a good one for Cardinal Roger Mahony, and there may be no letup in weeks to come if a certain monsignor continues to testify in a deposition being taken as part of a civil case against Mahony and the diocese. Msgr. Richard Loomis, former vicar of clergy for the archdiocese, said under oath that in the year 2000 he wrote a memo advocating that the archdiocese inform police about allegations of sexual abuse by a now-defrocked priest named Michael Baker.
September 7, 2009 |
Forget most of what you read, learned, recorded or thought so far about the 2009 season. As usual, it was just people guessing, fudging, lying and/or trying to sell magazines, newspapers, pop-up ads and/or radio advertisement or billboard space in South Bend, Ind. "Best Wishes to Charlie Weis in the 5th year of his college coaching internship. -- Linebacker Alumni." Wait until that wise-guy Weis gets a load of this. Final score: Notre Dame 35, Nevada 0. They say the biggest improvement in college football comes between weeks one and two. Let's hope that includes reporters, ESPN talking heads, coaches, cab drivers and South Bend's merry pranksters.
October 17, 2008
Re "Canada's Conservative Party overcomes Bush comparisons," Oct. 15 Isn't it wonderful that, in Canada, the winners of Tuesday's parliamentary elections were known in time to be in Wednesday's newspaper? Neither the words "are leading" nor "preliminary returns" appear in the report. That is because Canada uses paper ballots. Procedures for counting votes in the precincts provide a reliable prediction of outcome and include controls against vote manipulation. No chads. No missing computer data.
October 7, 2008 |
My hubby, Eric, and I got into an argument about T.I. while driving back from the Neil Diamond concert the other night. (I know, it's not typical to mix the Jewish Elvis and Atlanta's illest, but that's the poptimist life we lead.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 30, 2008 |
For 60 years, happy diners at the now-shuttered Homestead tacked dollar bills to the walls, dated and inscribed with a line or two to mark the occasion. A tradition in the high-desert hamlet of Inyokern, it made the cozy, wood-paneled restaurant a place to remember. So when a man last week used 10 of the bills -- some inked with the word "Homestead" -- to pay part of a court fine, a clerk remembered.
February 11, 2008 |
Bouncing down an empty country road, past browning cotton fields lined with signs advertising church services and cheap guns, historian John A. Lupton hunches over a minivan's steering wheel and ignores his aching back.