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August 4, 2010 | Anna Gorman in West Holywood
The reaction to the Proposition 8 ruling Wednesday was exuberant and swift along Santa Monica Boulevard in West Hollywood. "I think it's great," said Steven Tobey, 46, of West Hollwyood, who was sitting outside a French bakery when he saw the news on his phone. "I'm not highly political, but I think it's a civil rights issue." Tobey was legally married in 2008 to his partner of 11 years. "It was something we wanted to do because we could," he said. "We wanted to be part of the movement."
April 26, 2014 | By Barry Stavro
Reaction was widespread Saturday after the NBA said the league is launching an investigation into a report of an audio recording in which a man identified as Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling allegedly tells a woman not to bring black people to games. --NBA spokesman Mike Bass called the comments “disturbing and offensive.” --Miami Heat star LeBron James called the comments “appalling” and James said he was not sure if he would play the remainder of the NBA playoffs if he was on the Clippers.
February 12, 2013 | By Morgan Little
Bringing to rest days of speculation about the contents of his State of the Union address, President Obama will deliver his speech Tuesday night, leaving room for supporters, opponents and pundits to weigh in on every word. Joining in the commentary will be The Times' Opinion section, tweeting their reactions to Obama's speech as it happens in a stream housed below. Join Jon Healey, Doyle McManus, Jonah Goldberg, Michael McGough and the rest of the opinion crew as they examine the first State of the Union of Obama's second term.
April 24, 2014 | By Jill Cowan
All lanes of the northbound 5 Freeway in Orange County were reopened late Thursday morning, hours after after a multicar, chain-reaction crash that left two people dead and four injured That collision in the northbound lanes in Irvine was so violent that debris was scattered over a quarter of a mile and took hours to clear, authorities said. The driver and passenger in a Toyota Camry were both pronounced dead at the scene of the 4:41 a.m. five-car accident. Authorities described the driver as a woman in her 40s and the passenger as a male in his 50s, both Rancho Santa Margarita residents, but did not give their names.
August 11, 1990
As an Equity member and an actor of Asian descent, I applaud the Actors Equity Assn.'s decision to oppose British actor Jonathan Pryce's reprising his role as a Eurasian in the New York production of "Miss Saigon." Producer Cameron Mackintosh's statements in the press indicate vividly how misinformed he is on this issue. It is not merely about the abomination of disguising a Caucasian actor with makeup to portray a Eurasian; it is more about our dignity.
Kambon Obayani realizes racial issues are not always, well, black and white. He explores some of the subtleties in two one-acts under the umbrella title of "L.A. Stories" at the Burbage Theatre. The first, "Believer," is the more interesting. Bob (Emilio Rivera), a Latino, finds himself aced out of a promotion by a black woman with much less experience in the firm. This happens before the play begins, and the action is hobbled because of it. We're left to just witness the reactions.
June 25, 1987
Securities Industry Assn. Chairman John Bachmann told the Senate Banking Committee that the SIA supports reducing the time for disclosure of a purchase of 5% or more of a company's stock to one day from 10 days but does not think the disclosure requirement should be reduced to 3% from 5%, as the bill would do. Robert Greenhill, representing the Capital Markets Group of First Boston Corp., Goldman, Sachs & Co. and Morgan Stanley & Co.
August 22, 1985 | MARLENE CIMONS, Times Staff Writer
Eli Lilly & Co. pleaded guilty Wednesday to federal charges that it failed to tell the government about deaths and toxic reactions associated with its arthritis drug Oraflex, subsequently linked to dozens of fatalities in the United States. The company, which also was charged with failure to label the drug with information describing its potential side effects, was fined $25,000. Dr.
September 6, 1987 | Gayle Feldman
China watchers are a curious breed, not necessarily academic sinologists nor, for that matter, ardent sinophiles. Rather, once possessed, their passion stays with them for the rest of their days, but so, too, does the knowledge of their own limitations as foreigners confronted with the weight of history and cultural otherness of China.
August 21, 1986
Franklin P. DeHaan, chairman of the chemistry department at Occidental College, has been given a $32,000 grant from the National Science Foundation to further his research on chemical substitution reactions.
April 7, 2014 | By David Ng
SAN DIEGO - Judging by the audience's reaction, the villain at the San Diego Opera's swan-song production of "Don Quixote" may have taken the stage before the curtain was even raised. As the house lights were about to go down Saturday night, Ian Campbell made a surprise appearance on stage - to raucous boos and heckling from many in the crowd of nearly 3,000. Even so, he also managed to win applause, and at one point several dozen people stood up in his support. Campbell, the company's longtime general and artistic director, is under fire for pushing to close the opera, which has suffered from declining attendance and donations.
April 2, 2014 | By David Zahniser and Emily Alpert Reyes
The push to bring a major music festival to downtown Los Angeles - one with rapper Jay Z expected to play a creative role - has set off a tussle between two L.A. politicians. Los Angeles City Councilman Jose Huizar contends he was left out of discussions, spearheaded by Mayor Eric Garcetti in recent weeks, over bringing the two-day Budweiser Made in America music festival to Grand Park and the nearby steps of City Hall. Huizar, who represents most of downtown, called for the city to withhold approval of any permits for the Labor Day weekend event until the details are properly vetted.
March 27, 2014 | By David Horsey
Until film director Darren Aronofsky got his hands on it, the old tale of Noah's Ark had devolved into a cute children's fable of giraffes and elephants and bears and bunnies crowding onto a big boat. Aronofsky has re-envisioned it as what it really has always been: an apocalyptic, end-of-the-world disaster story. Biblical literalists, though, are not entirely happy about this new telling of one of the most ancient stories in the Judeo-Christian tradition. Aronofsky's “Noah” opens Friday in theaters across the country and the big question for Paramount, the studio that paid more than $130 million to produce the film, is whether the large Christian audience that showed up for Mel Gibson's “The Passion of the Christ” and the more recent “Son of God” will pay to see what Aronofsky has called “the least biblical film ever made.” PHOTOS: Horsey on Hollywood If Glenn Beck has his way, no right thinking person will go see the movie.
March 20, 2014 | By Matt Pearce
As the founder of the Topeka, Kan.-based Westboro Baptist Church, Fred Phelps made plenty of enemies over the last two decades for protesting at the funerals of gay people and soldiers to spread his church's fire-and-brimstone message. Phelps, 84, died Wednesday night after a stint in hospice care. Many observers wondered whether anyone would protest at his funeral.  Church members said no public funeral was planned and blasted the media's attention to Phelps' death. Here's a roundup of some of Thursday's reactions.
March 17, 2014 | By Booth Moore, Los Angeles Times Fashion Critic
There's been an outpouring of reaction to the death of L'Wren Scott, the towering, 6-foot-4 fashion figure who started as a model, styled many of Hollywood's leading ladies for the red carpet and went on to create her own high-end clothing line that's been worn by actress Nicole Kidman and First Lady Michelle Obama, among other well-known fashion fans. Scott's assistant found her body in her apartment in New York's Chelsea neighborhood. Though there are widespread reports she was found hanged, police would say only that no criminal activity was suspected and the coroner is investigating.  Scott was romantically linked to Rolling Stones singer Mick Jagger and helped style the band's stage looks.
March 17, 2014 | By Jason Wells and Rong-Gong Lin II
The 4.4-magnitude earthquake that struck Monday near Westwood caught many early risers off guard, but for KTLA-TV Channel 5 news anchor Chris Schauble, it was the shock heard 'round the Internet. Schauble's expression and ensuing on-air duck-and-cover during the temblor took off on social media almost as quickly as the quake itself. The quake hit at 6:25 a.m., just as  Schauble and his on-air partner, Megan Henderson, were transitioning to a commercial break. But fate had other plans.
June 22, 1986
I am concerned by the article by Ann Japenga, "Wife-Stabbing Blamed on a Cancer Medication"(June 10). It seems that the purpose of this article is to damn, by implication, the use of topical 5-fluorouracil for pre-cancerous lesions of the skin. Topical 5-fluorouracil is a valuable medication. It has been used millions of times over the past two decades with no known reports of any similar cause-and-effect relationship. As a dermatologist, I have used topical 5-fluorouracil thousands of times over the past 22 years.
December 24, 1989
A "well done" to the journalism students of Saddleback College! The purpose of an editorial column is to express opinion. The purpose of a cartoon is to caricature and lampoon. The effectiveness of both activities on the part of the Lariat staff is proved by the reactions of the would-be censors. DAIVD McCALDEN Manhattan Beach
February 26, 2014 | By David Ng
After years of uncertainty, it appears that the "Chain Reaction" sculpture by Paul Conrad will be saved. The Santa Monica City Council voted on Tuesday to allocate $100,000 in public donations as well as additional city funds to repair the 1991 outdoor sculpture, which had been the subject of debate over its safety. The L.A. Now blog first reported the story late Tuesday. Critics of the anti-nuclear sculpture said that it was unstable and unsafe for the public and that it needed to be removed from its location near the Santa Monica Civic Center.
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