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BUSINESS
December 28, 2008
What's wrong with Siemens paying $1.4 billion in bribes to government officials? Answer: Uncle Sam didn't get his cut. ("Siemens to pay fines in criminal probe," Dec. 16.) So the Securities and Exchange Commission enforced an $800-million slice of the pie. Not a bribe, please; it's a "settlement." And for that, the U.S. calls everything an "accounting violation," and Siemens gets to stay in the government contracts game. With corruption, it seems that the difference between America and the rest of the world is that we have better paperwork and more ingenious PR spin.
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NEWS
March 6, 2013 | By S. Irene Virbila
Just that morning, I'd used the last of the leaf lard I'd been adding to my galette or pie dough for extra tenderness when the words Mangalitsa and fatback jumped out to me from a little signboard at the Saturday Santa Monica Farmers Market . I stopped in front of what has to be one of the smallest stalls at the market, Peads & Barnetts. In fact, this was just its second week there. The name is that of one of Oliver Woolley's small pig farms in North San Diego County where he raises Mangalitsa, or Hungary's woolly pigs, a breed closely related to Europe's wild boars and prized for its thick layer of particularly tasty fat. He didn't have leaf lard, but he did have fatback in 2-pound packs at $3.50 a pound.
FOOD
November 24, 2012 | JONATHAN GOLD, RESTAURANT CRITIC
We are second to none in our admiration for pie, which, at its best, marries homeyness with elegance. It is the great American dessert. But we don't make it at home nearly as often as we should, because the crust, at least the right crust, is kind of a pain. This is why we love ordering pie in restaurants -- somebody else has done the rolling and the chilling, worried about the correct shortening and performed the rituals of blind baking that too often leave us with burnt or shrunken dough.
MAGAZINE
July 18, 1993 | GREG SARRIS, Like the characters in this story, Greg Sarris lived on Grand Avenue in the roughest section of Santa Rosa. Part American Indian, Filipino and Jewish, Sarris was a foster child and a gang member who became a professor of English at UCLA and the elected chief of a Coast Miwok tribe. A book of his essays, "Keeping Slug Woman Alive: A Holistic Approach to American Indian Texts," was published recently by the University of California Press, and his biography of Mabel McKay, a Pomo medicine woman, inaugurates the UC Press American Geniuses series in 1994. But Sarris says fiction is his first love: "So often my people fight the dark with alcohol, drugs, violence. I'm trying to light it with my stories." "How I Got to Be Queen" will be included in a collection of Sarris' short stories, "Grand Avenue," due in 1994 from Hyperion
I WATCHED JUSTINE ACROSS THE STREET. I SEEN HER from the window. Even with Sheldon and Jeffrey asking for lunch, I seen clear enough to know she was up to her old tricks. I said to myself, that queen, she's up to it again. This time it was a boy, a black boy whose name I'd learn in a matter of hours. Justine wastes no time. But just then I pulled away from the window, in case the two little guys might see me looking. Kids have a way of telling things, after all. Nothing was unpacked.
FOOD
July 3, 2002 | CINDY DORN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
DEAR SOS: I have a peach tree with at least 100 peaches on it! Do you have any great peach recipes? ELLEN HUTKIN Tarzana DEAR ELLEN: It's hard to improve upon a ripe peach right off the tree. But here is Joan Ruggles' pie from 1998. Send requests to Culinary SOS, Food Section, Los Angeles Times, 202 W. 1st St., Los Angeles, CA 90012 or e-mail to: cindy.dorn@latimes .com. Please include your last name and city of residence for publication. Summertime Peach Pie With Crumb Top Active Work Time: 30 minutes Total Preparation Time: 1 1/2 hours CRUST 6 tablespoons (3/4 stick)
ENTERTAINMENT
July 3, 2005
I was talking to a half-dozen theater friends about the changes new Artistic Director Michael Ritchie has put in place at the Taper ["The Reviews Are Already Coming In," June 26]. This theater-savvy, L.A.-diverse klatch was worrying about the same threads that your panel of theater artists were, so I felt compelled to ask, "Do you remember the last time you really had to see something at the Taper?" That killed the conversation. We all had to think about that one for a few long minutes.
NEWS
April 23, 2013 | By Noelle Carter
You want to share a photo of that great new dish you just prepared, but the composition looks a little ... flat. How can you improve it? Consider adding ingredients to the shot. In the food photos we shoot here at the Los Angeles Times, we frequently add ingredients from the recipe to liven up the image. Ingredients can lend color as well as weight when you're composing the shot. And when you're looking to explain a dish, ingredients are a no-brainer -- nothing tells the story more quickly than when some of the ingredients are propped alongside.  READER PHOTOS: Send us your food photos!
BUSINESS
February 16, 2003
Re: "Wellpoint Profit Increases 64% From Year Earlier" (Feb. 11): This is the problem with the health-care delivery system: An insurance company, among the best performers in the managed-care industry, made $703.1 million in 2002. An ideal system would have no one between the patient and the provider (doctors, hospitals, etc.) taking a huge slice of the medical-care pie, $17.3 billion in 2002 revenue to be exact. A nonprofit single payer is the answer to this ridiculous arrangement.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 28, 1992
I loved Kevin Phillips' comparison of the decline of the U.S. to that of Imperial Rome vis-a-vis our war-mongering excursions onto Grenada, Tripoli, Panama and the Gulf War ("Bush's Foreign Policy," Opinion, Jan. 12). Though to some this will undoubtedly sound pie in the sky, it is incontrovertible that any policy (whether that of a nation or an individual) that results in the murder of people is the road to life-negating zero, and guarantees disaster for us all. WAYNE ERIC WILLIAMS, Sherman Oaks
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