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November 3, 2012 | By Rebecca Trounson and David Ng, Los Angeles Times
Lebbeus Woods, an experimental architect who inspired colleagues and architecture students with radically inventive designs and installations that evoked futuristic worlds and cityscapes, has died. He was 72. Woods died Tuesday in Manhattan, according to the architect Steven Holl, a longtime colleague of Woods who confirmed his death by email. The cause of death was not made public. Although Woods' designs were rarely constructed, they were considered widely influential and were exhibited in museums around the world, including a recent show at New York's Friedman Benda Gallery.
October 28, 2012 | Ben Bolch
Ready for a solitary run to the top of the Western Conference, the Oklahoma City Thunder desperately needed a foil. The Lakers provided a pair in Steve Nash and Dwight Howard. The superstar acquisitions made the Lakers feel like the Lakers again, meaning everyone else no longer felt like themselves. The Thunder went from a runaway front-runner to merely a contender, and that was before it traded James Harden. San Antonio went from the old guard to stuck in a time warp, its aging collection of stars seeming even more passe.
October 6, 2012 | By Tina Susman, Los Angeles Times
NEW YORK - A radical Muslim cleric whose fiery sermons at a London mosque were blamed for influencing followers to embrace a holy war against the United States arrived in New York on Saturday along with other terrorism suspects after losing a battle to fight extradition from Britain. Abu Hamza Masri, also known as Mustafa Kamel Mustafa; Adel Abdel Bary; and Khaled Fawwaz appeared in federal court in Manhattan hours after their arrival in the U.S. to face multiple terrorism-related charges.
September 26, 2012 | By Randall Roberts, Los Angeles Times Pop Music Critic
Depending on your age and race, Andy Williams' 1961 rendition of "Moon River" was either a transcendent embodiment of timeless beauty, or one of the more conservative, white-bread recordings of its time. Either your Christmas sparkled brighter because of his annual TV special, or it ruined an otherwise relaxing night. You loved or hated his taste in sweaters. The crooner and show host - who died on Tuesday at the age of 84 - embodied a generational divide that came to shape the 1960s.
September 23, 2012
FRANCE Presentation Adrian Kalvinskas will present famous and not-so-famous monuments and museums of Paris, an excursion to Versailles and answer questions about renting an apartment in Paris, traveling with children and train travel to easy destinations. When, where: 7:30 p.m. Monday at Distant Lands, 20 S. Raymond Ave., Pasadena. Admission, info: Free. RSVP to (626) 449-3220. TRAVEL BLOGGING Workshop Hostelling International and Matador Network editor Josh Johnson will conduct a travel blogging workshop and discussion on the art of travel storytelling, followed by a barbecue and pub crawl.
September 11, 2012
Re "Romney's radical vision," Opinion, Sept. 7 Jonathan Zimmerman states that Mitt Romney's education plan would "allow students to enroll in better schools outside their own district," and that, "for the first time, a major political candidate has suggested that kids in a poor public school district should be allowed to enroll in a wealthier one. " This "radical" vision is already a reality. In California, charter schools are required by law to accept students from anywhere in the state.
September 7, 2012 | By Jonathan Zimmerman
As schools around the country open their doors for the fall term, here's a quick end-of-summer quiz: Which major presidential candidate has offered the most radical proposal to change public education? And here's a hint: It's not Barack Obama. Emphasizing high-stakes tests and charter school expansion, Obama has simply continued - or accelerated - the policies handed down by George W. Bush in his signature education reform, No Child Left Behind. By contrast, Mitt Romney has put forth a plan that could completely transform the way Americans organize and fund public schools.
August 23, 2012 | By Betsy Sharkey, Los Angeles Times Film Critic
"Premium Rush," starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Michael Shannon, is a lot like the ticking-clock thriller of "Speed," except instead of a big bus and a bigger bomb, there's a brakeless bike and a small envelope. Which actually doesn't sound like it would work at all as a tightly wound slice of street action, but it does, and in radically fresh ways. In a sense, the movie has its bomb in Shannon's dirty NYPD Det. Bobby Monday. He's a wired whack job with a gambling habit and rage issues.
August 19, 2012 | By Charles McNulty, Los Angeles Times Theater Critic
No, that's not a UFO hovering over the Music Center. It happens to be Mary Poppins, who has glided back down to the Ahmanson Theatre on her miraculous umbrella for the return engagement of the relentlessly popular family musical based on the stories of P.L. Travers and the Walt Disney film. Recently seen in pitched battle against some fictional bad guys at the opening ceremony of the London Olympics, Mary Poppins is never out of sight for long. What is the secret of her enduring charm?
August 18, 2012 | By Kathleen Hennessey, Washington Bureau
JANESVILLE, Wis. - In September 2008, as Wall Street was roiling with calamity, Rep. Paul D. Ryan was facing another looming disaster back home. A General Motors plant, the lifeblood of his hometown, was set to close. The huge Suburbans and Tahoes from the Janesville production line were no longer in vogue. The aging plant was to stop production by Christmas - unless Ryan and other Wisconsin officials could save it. Ryan, then the ranking Republican on the House Budget Committee, flew to Detroit to cajole GM executives.
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