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April 2, 2006 | Debra J. Miller, Debra J. Miller teaches English at a private high school in Los Angeles.
On Thursday, Oct. 8, 1964, the day the police decided my mother killed my father, I woke up late, the kind of late that snaps you out of your favorite dream, the one where you're wrapped in the arms of your favorite TV hunk--mine was Dr. Kildare--and he's just about to . . . when bang your unconscious tells you the sun is out, the lights are on all over the house and you're going to be late for school because nobody got you out of bed. We were a family of five. I was 14 and the oldest.
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ENTERTAINMENT
April 24, 2014 | By Robert Abele
Depending on your viewpoint, the horror film "The Quiet Ones" is either about a 1970s band of fearless experimenters (led by Jared Harris) who come face to face with paranormal evil, or about a mentally ill foster child (Olivia Cooke) held in captivity by cruel, smirking researchers in the English countryside. Mostly, though, it's a junky, unscary genre piece with a misleading title, because director and co-writer John Pogue jacks up the decibels so often to manufacture frights that you fear a punctured eardrum more than anything else.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 2, 1987
The article by Michael Parks (Nov. 11), "U.S. Quietly Aids S. African Black Activists," is a welcome item in the dreary and depressing news that usually surrounds South Africa. I have only one small bone to pick. The article states: "While the Reagan Administration continues to defend its policy of 'constructive engagement' with Pretoria's white-led minority government, millions of dollars authorized by Congress are going to scores of opposition groups to help finance their fight against apartheid."
ENTERTAINMENT
April 23, 2014 | By Rebecca Keegan
In the new movie "Hateship Loveship," Kristen Wiig's character, an introverted, thirtysomething housekeeper named Johannna practices kissing herself in the mirror. It's a moment of loneliness that Wiig and director Liza Johnson envisioned as a sad beat in the film. But at a screening last September at the Toronto International Film Festival, Wiig was shocked when audiences laughed at the scene. "I'm so surprised that comes across as funny," she said in a recent interview at a Los Feliz cafe.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 31, 1992
Who is behind Prop. 167? Especially this provision--"changes business-owned real property reappraisal rule." Another pass-the-cost-to-consumer legislation. Who wants to challenge Prop. 13 quietly? JACQUELINE MLYNARSKI San Pedro
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 20, 1993
It seems to me that the current European Community policy on Bosnia can be summarized as follows: We won't won't protect you; we won't let you protect yourselves; we probably won't feed you much longer either. Now die quietly. You are disturbing us. CARL B. CROSBY Twentynine Palms
SPORTS
May 25, 1991
Jerry West should be the next general manager of the year. People often ponder, where does Jerry West find these players? He scouts without stopping, he works without resting, and he thinks how to improve the team all the time, usually quietly, without praise. BETTY O'MEARA, Malibu
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 15, 1986
Ah, the ravings of an impotent old man. President Reagan is sounding like the kind of guy who gets mad instead of getting even. Does he really think he is going to scare Kadafi or single-handedly cripple the Libyan economy? He should shut up publicly and go talk quietly with the right people who can arrange for Abu Nidal's timely demise. CLEMENT SALVADORI Laguna Beach
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 27, 2000
In the midst of all the invective against their efforts, my hat is off to the seemingly tireless citizens who gave up their Thanksgiving weekend to recount ballots in the presidential impasse in Florida. These are the real patriots, these good folks who quietly and without spokespersons saw a tedious job through to the end in an effort to make known the wishes of all their voters. They deserve combat pay. JACQUELINE KERR Los Angeles
OPINION
November 23, 2004
Every Sunday, I read the names of the soldiers who died in combat; I read the names of the towns they came from and the details of how they lost their lives. I read each and every one; I feel I owe them that much. I have to sit quietly for a while when I finish. And I weep.... Marva-Lea Kornblatt Burbank
NEWS
April 21, 2014 | By Armand Emamdjomeh
Broadway is the typical downtown street - loud, noisy and full of people. Which is what makes the moment that Rinzi Ruiz captured in the above photo so special. The street appears deserted as a man walks under the marquee of the Los Angeles Theater, promising livelier times at a "YJP Roaring 20s Purim Party. " At that moment, however, the headless mannequins on the left side of the frame offer the only other sign of life on the street.    Follow Armand Emamdjomeh on Twitter or Google + . Each week, we're featuring photos of Southern California submitted by readers.
SPORTS
April 19, 2014 | By Lance Pugmire
Saku Koivu saw his retiring teammate, friend and Finnish countryman Teemu Selanne skate around the arena bathed in cheers last week in the Ducks' final regular-season home game. Moved, of course, Koivu quickly set aside the moment that's so close to home. Because there are still games to win. Koivu, 39, could be just as close to retirement as Selanne, but the 18-year NHL veteran center hasn't officially announced his intentions. "Very private guy, very unselfish - been like that a long time," Koivu's linemate Andrew Cogliano said.
NEWS
April 9, 2014 | By Jay Jones
Mission San Luis Rey in Oceanside, the largest of California's 21 missions, is offering a sanctuary from life's frenzy during its new Quiet Monday retreats. Visitors to Mission San Luis Rey are encouraged to meditate, write in a journal, read a book or simply take a nap during a day in which they are unplugged from the outside world. On request, the Franciscan friars will provide spiritual direction. Franciscans have operated the “king of the Missions” since its founding in 1798.
NATIONAL
April 2, 2014 | By David Zucchino
FT. BRAGG, North Carolina - Within the tight circle of Army spouses, Kris Johnson and Rebecca Sinclair became close friends as their ambitious husbands advanced rapidly in the officer corps. Both women were ultimately betrayed by their philandering spouses. Both endured public humiliation as their high-ranking husbands were hauled before courts-martial amid salacious testimony about adultery and other sex-related military crimes. And both women, along with their children, risked losing a lifetime of military benefits if their husbands were dismissed from the Army.
TRAVEL
March 22, 2014
Morgan's Rock Hacienda and Ecolodge in San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua, is the best place I've stayed in Central America. There are 15 exquisite bungalows set in a 4,000-acre jungle. We had the entire beach to ourselves, where we rode horses. The kids also toured the farm where they milked cows and took the eggs from the hen and made a wonderful breakfast (hands-on cooking, where they learned to make tortillas from scratch). We went on beautiful rain-forest hikes and dined at its wonderful restaurant - really had it all in one spot.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 20, 2014 | By Philip Brandes
Eugene O'Neill's last full-length play, “A Moon for the Misbegotten,” has always suffered somewhat from “The Godfather III” syndrome, eclipsed by the other two late-career masterpieces that rescued O'Neill's fading reputation and cemented his place among the greatest American playwrights. “Moon” may lack the epic scope of “The Iceman Cometh” or the unsparing autobiographical deconstruction of “Long Day's Journey Into Night,” but its more intimately focused bittersweet romantic heart still captivates.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 21, 1996
We would like to commend Thousand Oaks Mayor Andrew Fox on his generosity to the schools, churches and athletic groups in our city. For him to expend his time and energy to raise funds for these groups in addition to the time he puts in running our city is truly deserving of notice. We are fortunate to have someone representing us who quietly does more than we have ever asked him to do simply because he wants to. We are impressed. JEFF and STEPHANIE BENGSTON Thousand Oaks
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 8, 1985
While media coverage during the past year has concentrated on the City of Santa Ana's code enforcement efforts, many Santa Ana homeowners have quietly solicited loans and assistance from the city to improve their own property. We on Mar Les Drive would like your readers to know that we take pride in our neighborhood. Beginning the first week of October, 62 homeowners will begin cleaning up, fixing up, repairing fences and painting. Our efforts will include the planting of 300 bougainvilleas and the improvement of areas beyond our property lines.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 17, 2014 | By Oliver Gettell
The late fashion designer and model L'Wren Scott, who was found dead in an apparent suicide Monday, was best known for her work on the runway, and for her long romantic relationship with rock star Mick Jagger. Over the course of her career, though, Scott also served as a stylist to the stars and designed costumes for a handful of Hollywood movies. Scott was in her late 40s at the time of her death. Here's a look at her five most memorable films. "Diabolique" (1996): Scott served as the costume designer on this Jeremiah S. Chechik-directed thriller starring Sharon Stone as the mistress of a cruel headmaster (Chazz Palminteri)
WORLD
March 7, 2014 | By David S. Cloud
WASHINGTON - Amid a surge of Islamic militancy in North Africa, a team of fewer than 50 U.S. special operations troops with a single helicopter arrived at a remote base in western Tunisia last month. Their mission: train Tunisian troops in counter-terrorism tactics. The operation was one of dozens of U.S. military deployments in Africa over the last year, often to tiny and temporary outposts. The goal is to leverage American military expertise against an arc of growing instability in North Africa and many sub-Saharan countries, from Mali in the west to Somalia in the east.
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