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October 7, 2012 | By Susan Carpenter, Los Angeles Times
The Warrior's Heart A memoir By Eric Greitens Houghton Mifflin, 288 pp.: $16.99, for ages 12 and up Eric Greitens came from the humblest of beginnings to become a Rhodes scholar, a national boxing champion, a PhD, a Navy SEAL, an Iraq war veteran, a humanitarian and a bestselling author from writing about his experiences. Now the 38-year-old is back with "The Warrior's Heart," a young-adult adaptation of his bestselling memoir for adults, "The Heart and the Fist," that offers living proof of its tag line: Becoming a Man of Compassion and Courage.
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April 26, 2014
The Xbalanque is a spectacular boutique hotel right on the beach in Roatán, Honduras. Snorkeling and scuba diving are available on the nearby reef. The hotel is furnished with art from around the world and is beautifully designed. This new hotel is a secret gem that is just being discovered. Xbalanque Resort, Tamarind Drive, West End, Roatán; http://www.xbalanque-roatan.com Judy Gordon Los Angeles
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August 6, 2005
RE reader Petra Gilbert's questioning Jane Fonda's qualifications to speak out on the war in Iraq [Letters, July 30]: Fonda, as an American citizen, has not only the right but the obligation to express her opinions openly regarding government policies. As was the case with her views regarding Vietnam, Fonda speaks for many other Americans, myself included, who oppose the war in Iraq. That's "who the Sam Hill" she is! RODNEY L. JOHNSON Seal Beach
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April 25, 2014 | By Andrea Wang
You did it. You survived Coachella 2014 . Here's a look back at the festival's most memorable moments and the most popular musicians there - according to our readers. While our music staff compiled its list of "must see" talent, we asked you to plot your stage-hopping journey with our interactive schedule . With those results, we've narrowed down the acts L.A. Times readers were most excited to see. L.A. Times readers' top 10 Coachella picks (multiple bands on a line indicate ties)
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April 25, 2014 | By Armand Emamdjomeh
There's nothing cooler than an old guitar that shows its years. The paint is chipped straight through to the wood and it's long ago lost its gleam, but the sound only seems to improve as it ages. Scott H. Biram's guitar is a perfect example in this image by Gabriel Carbajal, taken during a show on March 13 at the Echoplex . Carbajal used a Nikon D5100 with a Nikkor 18-300 f/3.5-5.6 lens to make the image. Follow Armand Emamdjomeh on Twitter or Google + . Each week, we're featuring photos of Southern California submitted by readers.
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April 25, 2014 | By Sandy Banks
My column Tuesday on the courtroom tears of a gang member sentenced to 40 years in prison for a campus shooting resonated with readers - but not in the way I imagined it would. I considered the courtroom scene a cautionary message to other young men who glorify gangs and are enamored of guns: You could spend the rest of your life in prison over a stupid vendetta and a single violent act. But readers focused not just on the threat posed by hotheads with guns, but on the perceived injustice of such a long sentence for a young man who didn't kill anyone.
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April 24, 2014 | Armand Emamdjomeh
The shape and material of the Walt Disney Concert Hall in downtown Los Angeles often creates unique lighting conditions. In this case, the Blue Ribbon Garden at the hall seems to live up to its name in this image by Neil Fitzpatrick, taken Saturday. The image was taken with a Nikon D60 while Fitzpatrick was at the Concert Hall to see "Rocco" at the REDCAT theater. Follow Armand Emamdjomeh on Twitter or Google + . Each week, we're featuring photos of Southern California submitted by readers.
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April 23, 2014 | By Armand Emamdjomeh
Jason Moskowitz captures skateboarders and their shadows Saturday morning at the Venice Skate Park. Follow Armand Emamdjomeh on Twitter or Google + . Each week, we're featuring photos of Southern California submitted by readers. Share your photos on our  Flickr page  or  reader submission gallery .  Follow us on Twitter  or visit  latimes.com/socalmoments  for more on this photo series.
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April 23, 2014 | By David L. Ulin, Los Angeles Times Book Critic
If you're looking for a way to commemorate William Shakespeare's birthday -  he was born 450 years ago today, on April 23, 1564 - the most interesting party may take place at UCLA's William Andrews Clark Memorial Library in West Adams. From 4-7 Wednesday evening, the library will celebrate not Shakespeare's writing so much as his reading , with an event called “Shakespeare's Bookshelf.” This is compelling for a variety of reasons, not least that Shakespeare was a voracious reader, said (in much the same way as John Milton)
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April 22, 2014 | By Armand Emamdjomeh
Albert Valles was in a shoot in Sylmar with Anthony Rodriguez, the son of a couple of friends, when the session was interrupted by the boy's dog, Sara . "She was barking as if she wanted to get his attention or asking for permission to sit next to him," Valles said. Later Valles realized that he shouldn't have been surprised, as "the dog likes her picture to be taken and when someone is being photographed, she likes to get in the middle or in the crowd. " Follow Armand Emamdjomeh on Twitter or Google + . Each week, we're featuring photos of Southern California submitted by readers.
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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.
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April 20, 2014 | Nita Lelyveld
For two weeks now I've had a problem that can only be described as good: drowning in a flood of emails and messages from readers -- and not one of them angry. Hundreds have contacted me in praise of a young woman I wrote about who had no money for a prom dress and so made one out of soda-can tabs. They've asked how to help her, even though many admitted that they're barely getting by themselves. Brie Fainblit lives in Palmdale with her disabled mother and her aunt, who shoulders two part-time jobs to support them.
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