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August 5, 2006
RE "Giving More Life to Marilyn?," by Robert W. Welkos, Aug. 2: It's abundantly clear Sherrie Lee Laird sought out a practitioner who would believe her conviction of reincarnation as a quid pro quo. She found one in Adrian Finkelstein, who is now quite shamelessly orchestrating a PR campaign surrounding the anniversary of Marilyn Monroe's death. It is revolting and depressing, even for someone like me who is not particularly enamored of Monroe or her memory. It is preposterous that a prominent paper like The Times would help lend credence to, and ultimately support, this kind of crackpot enterprise.
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NEWS
April 13, 1989 | DOYLE McMANUS, Times Staff Writer
A White House document released in the trial of Oliver L. North indicates that President Bush, while vice president, was informed that U.S. military aid was being given to Honduras as a "quid pro quo" because of that country's help for Nicaragua's Contra rebels. The document, a memorandum distributed at a 1985 Oval Office meeting attended by Bush, strengthens earlier indications that he was aware the Reagan Administration was promising aid to Honduras in exchange for help for the Contras at a time when Congress had prohibited U.S. aid "directly or indirectly" to the rebels.
NEWS
August 30, 1998 | From Times Wire Reports
The Justice Department's criminal division is investigating allegations that Senate Republicans and the tobacco industry violated federal law by illegally colluding to torpedo anti-smoking legislation in June. The department quietly informed Senate Minority Leader Tom Daschle (D-S.D.) on Aug. 17 that it would examine whether the industry and Senate Republicans engaged in an illegal quid pro quo: political advertising in exchange for votes.
NATIONAL
January 8, 2006 | Richard A. Serrano and Stephen Braun, Times Staff Writers
In a case that echoes the Jack Abramoff influence-peddling scandal, two Northern California Republican congressmen used their official positions to try to stop a federal investigation of a wealthy Texas businessman who provided them with political contributions. Reps. John T. Doolittle and Richard W.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 28, 2001 | LEWIS SEGAL, TIMES DANCE CRITIC
Tongue specializes in visions of the liberated, fearless, articulate body, aiming for a physicality so free it verges on the anarchic and anti-choreographic. But as much as director Stephanie Gilliland loves to reap the whirlwind with her nine-dancer, locally based troupe, she manages to reinvent the process each season.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 13, 2008 | Carina Chocano, Times Movie Critic
Given its pitch-black subject matter, you'd expect "Quid Pro Quo" to take a quick nose dive into something dank and lurid, never to emerge. Instead, writer-director Carlos Brooks and stars Nick Stahl and Vera Farmiga do something unexpectedly moving with this modern noir detective story, in which a wheelchair-bound NPR reporter descends into the world of "wannabe" amputees and paraplegics.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 9, 2008 | Susan King
Writer-director Carlos Brooks began conceptualizing his feature film debut, "Quid Pro Quo," which opens Friday, some eight years ago. "I wanted to write a different story, something unusual," he explains. "I had an idea for somebody who was impaired in some way. He would get some sort of talisman that would help him overcome the impairment, and in return, I thought, he would have to help the person who impaired him in the first place." His initial idea, the filmmaker admits, didn't tread water.
BUSINESS
May 22, 1990 | From Associated Press
A Colorado savings and loan that counted one of President Bush's sons as a director made inflated loans to developers who had to reinvest part of the money in the thrift, federal regulators said today. The House Banking Committee opened two days of hearings on the $1-billion collapse of the Silverado Banking, Savings & Loan Assn. of Denver. Bush's son, Neil, is to testify on Wednesday.
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