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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 11, 1988
Women hold up half the sky, as the saying goes, but here on Earth they get a lousy deal. That's the only conclusion to be drawn from a new study by the Washington-based Population Crisis Committee that documents the grinding poverty and blatant discrimination endured by three-fifths of the world's women.
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SPORTS
July 24, 2012 | By Lance Pugmire
As the Angels enter the final week before the July 31 nonwaiver trade deadline, a hazard of such exchanges came to life Tuesday. Left-hander Will Smith, dealt to Kansas City two years ago this week with another young pitcher for Angels third baseman Alberto Callaspo, muted his former team on two hits through seven innings as the Royals claimed a 4-1 victory at Angel Stadium. Smith, 23, didn't allow an Angel past first base from the second inning through the seventh. He struck out four and was dinged only in the first inning by Mark Trumbo's run-scoring single.
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BUSINESS
July 1, 2009 | DAVID LAZARUS
Van Nuys resident Richard Levinson figured he was getting a pretty sweet deal when JPMorgan Chase & Co. offered to charge an average 4.5% in interest if he'd transfer his outstanding credit card debt to the bank. Levinson, 54, a musician, planned to use the Chase account as a rainy-day fund that would cost relatively little to maintain. "I work in an industry where I can never be sure of my income," he told me.
NATIONAL
May 8, 2011 | By Richard A. Serrano, Washington Bureau
One hundred retired FBI agents, many long past their crime-fighting days, are rallying this spring in an effort to exonerate a disgraced former agent from Boston who ran one of the bureau's most controversial informant operations. They call themselves the Former FBI Agents for Justice for John. Among them are two retired FBI deputy directors and another who became associate attorney general in Washington. Twice-convicted Agent John J. Connolly Jr. discredited the FBI. A son of South Boston, he turned the leaders of the Irish criminal underworld into government informants on their Italian American counterparts, and then was convicted of tipping them off to imminent arrest as well as taking payoffs from them even as they continued to kill people.
OPINION
August 3, 2006
Re "Hollywood's window," editorial, July 28 I disagree that the most vocal opponents of same-day theatrical and DVD movie releases are mainly theater owners. Several prominent directors, namely James Cameron, have also come out against it. It is not at all surprising that there are people in Hollywood who couldn't care less if we lost the theater experience. Studios get their largest profit from DVD sales. It is the creative people who put their lives into making films who will be hurt the most; they get a raw deal when it comes to DVD sales and typically get a better percentage of revenues from theaters.
NEWS
June 14, 1991 | TIM RUTTEN
"Argument," said theologian John Courtney Murray, "ceases to be civil when it is dominated by passion and prejudice . . . when the parties to the conversation see the other's argument only through the screen of their own categories. When things like this happen, conversation becomes merely quarrelsome or querulous. Civility dies with the death of dialogue."
OPINION
February 22, 2005
Jonathan Alter's commentary, "FDR's 'Forgotten Man' at Risk" (Feb. 18), paints a frightening picture of President Bush's agenda for finishing off the New Deal. Were this to happen, what we will get from the Republicans now is a Raw Deal, and Social Security will become individual insecurity -- again. How apropos are philosopher George Santayana's words that those who forget the past are condemned to relive it. John and Judith Glass Studio City Alter's commentary should be required reading for those unsure about Bush's plan to "reform" Social Security.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 14, 1991 | PATRICK GOLDSTEIN
The Lifers Group is a rap group with an unusual credo: "Learn at the expense of our sorrow. Help keep our membership low. Help save tomorrow's minds from crime today." That's hardly the kind of tough talk you hear from Ice Cube, the Geto Boys and most of today's new generation of hip-hop hard guys. And for good reason. Lifers Group's nine rappers all reside at East Jersey State Prison in Rahway, N.J.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 6, 1986 | SHEILA BENSON, Times Film Critic
Has it come to this? That we can feel vaguely cheered that "Raw Deal" (citywide), where the bodies again pile up like cordwood, is a better made movie than "Cobra"? That's precious little to be thankful for--it's like being heartened that the burglars cleaned out the house but left the kitty litter box. The difference between the two movies is sheer technical skill--and attitude.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 31, 1986 | RODERICK MANN
"One of the reasons I moved to New York was because I thought if I were there it would be easier to say no to dreadful scripts--I wouldn't be tempted to fly back and do them. There are some things even I won't do." That's Kathryn Harrold talking, the actress many critics predicted would become a movie queen but who, through no fault of her own, usually wound up as a lady in waiting. Critics liked her, but not the movies. You could hear the groans right down the street when "The Pursuit of D.B.
NATIONAL
February 12, 2011 | By Mark Z. Barabak, Los Angeles Times
For more than half a century, biographers have treated Franklin Delano Roosevelt with Rushmore-like reverence, celebrating the nation's 32nd president as a colossus who eased the agony of the Great Depression and saved democracy from Nazi Germany. Which never sat right with historian Burton Folsom Jr. Growing up in Nebraska, Folsom remembers, his dad, a savings and loan executive, griped about high taxes and Roosevelt's voracious ambition. FDR was dead, but his legacy ? deficit spending, an activist federal government, an expansive social safety net ?
ENTERTAINMENT
January 24, 2010
Laura Veirs' 'July Flame': We've long been charmed by this Pacific Northwest singer-songwriter's unique way with a song, and her recently released new album takes all the rustic instrumentation, delicate melodies and disarmingly poetic lyrics of her past albums and seals them in pristine amber. With help from My Morning Jacket's Jim James, this is the perfect album to chase away the winter blues. 'Northern Exposure': Thanks to KVCR's airing of this series' entire run, we've happily gotten reacquainted with the quirky citizens of Cicely, Alaska.
SPORTS
August 29, 2009
Am I the only USC fan who thinks Mitch Mustain is getting a raw deal? I root for the locals as much as anybody, but man, he is getting punked. When Mark Sanchez went pro and Aaron Corp got injured, all the stars were aligning perfectly for the redshirt junior transfer, who was an impressive 8-0 as a freshman starter at Arkansas. However, the guy is almost forgotten and has gotten only a few first-team snaps since Corp was hurt and is third behind freshman Matt Barkley and Corp. That's gotta hurt.
BUSINESS
July 1, 2009 | DAVID LAZARUS
Van Nuys resident Richard Levinson figured he was getting a pretty sweet deal when JPMorgan Chase & Co. offered to charge an average 4.5% in interest if he'd transfer his outstanding credit card debt to the bank. Levinson, 54, a musician, planned to use the Chase account as a rainy-day fund that would cost relatively little to maintain. "I work in an industry where I can never be sure of my income," he told me.
FOOD
November 5, 2008 | S. IRENE VIRBILA, RESTAURANT CRITIC
In the current economic climate, all of us are feeling the pain and we're looking, hard-eyed, at the way we spend our money. Those $100 sushi meals at Mori Sushi or the breathtaking blowout at Urasawa may have to wait until the market gets its act together. But once you've acquired the taste for high-grade sushi, it's hard to go back to eating the mediocre stuff served up at countless sushi bars across the city.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 2, 2008 | Patrick McGreevy, Times Staff Writer
Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger got some flak Wednesday from groups including the state lobby corps, supporters of medical marijuana and aficionados of unpasteurized milk for what they said was a raw deal in his bill decisions. His vetoes included: A bill that would have barred employers from discriminating against workers for use of marijuana for medical purposes. "I am concerned with interference in employment decisions as they relate to marijuana use," Schwarzenegger said.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 7, 1986 | DENNIS HUNT, Times Staff Writer
Foreign-film fans eagerly await the newest releases from Embassy's International Collection, which offers foreign classics at a relatively reasonable price. The latest batch from IC, out last week, may be its best yet. The showpiece of this group--all subtitled and selling for $29.95--is "The Rules of the Game" (1939), which usually makes most Top 10 lists of the best films ever made.
NEWS
July 25, 1995 | HENRY WEINSTEIN and TIM RUTTEN, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
On the day of the infamous "juror revolt" in the O.J. Simpson murder trial, several panelists--some of them weeping--told Judge Lance A. Ito that they felt it had been unfair to dismiss deputies who allegedly had shown favoritism to white jurors, according to transcripts released Monday. "I just think that [the deputies] got a raw deal. I really do," a 37-year-old black female juror told the judge in his chambers on April 21. A 50-year-old black woman, who also sits in the front row, told Ito that the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department employees had been "falsely accused" of favoring whites.
OPINION
February 24, 2008 | Ezra Klein, Ezra Klein is a staff writer at the American Prospect. He blogs at EzraKlein.com.
'The state's largest for-profit health insurer is asking California physicians to look for conditions it can use to cancel their new patients' medical coverage," said the first line of an expose in the Los Angeles Times earlier this month. The subject was Blue Cross' practice of enlisting doctors to help them deny the claims of sick individuals. What's strange, however, is that everyone acted like the insurer was doing something wrong. Gov.
BUSINESS
October 8, 2007 | Stan Lehman, From the Associated Press
batatais, brazil -- As dawn cracks over seemingly endless fields of sugar cane, a ragged army of men and women sharpen their machetes to harvest the raw material for Brazil's "white gold." With machine-like precision, the cane cutters gather five 8-foot-tall stalks in the crook of one arm, bend over and cut them down with three swift machete whacks -- a process they will repeat over and over again for as long as 12 hours a day.
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