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August 17, 2012 | By Mark Medina
The Lakers' offseason has shifted from anticipating what moves the front office will make to assessing how the team will play in the upcoming season. That's included plenty of analysis on how the Lakers will match up against other teams and how players will perform next season. But it's missed one important facet. Until now. See, there are people who make a living making predictions about the future and pursuading the general public that we should believe their clairvoyant powers.
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April 11, 2014 | By Diana Wagman
Reading is such an improbable idea -- a miracle, really. Yet simple squiggles on a page, arranged just so, can convey ideas that change the way we think or introduce to us characters we love for a lifetime. In celebration of reading -- and of this weekend's Los Angeles Times Festival of Books -- we asked four readers (who also happen to be writers) to celebrate books that mattered in their lives. In 1975, when I was young, I went to hear James Baldwin speak. Afterward, I waited in a long line and finally got to stand before him. I told him that his book "Giovanni's Room" had made me want to be a writer.
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ENTERTAINMENT
January 27, 2011
Slake, a new showcase for long-form journalism, seems not only bent on resuscitating passionate reporting but also the grand tradition of literary partying, which can be a dangerous enterprise with a bunch of people who revel in the joys of a multi-clause sentence. The local magazine will host a night of readings from its second issue, themed "Crossing Over. " Authors will include Dana Johnson, John Albert, Joseph Mattson, Victoria Patterson, Rachel Resnick, Harry Shannon and Joe Donnelly.
OPINION
April 11, 2014 | Doyle McManus
Reading is such an improbable idea -- a miracle, really. Yet simple squiggles on a page, arranged just so, can convey ideas that change the way we think or introduce to us characters we love for a lifetime. In celebration of reading -- and of this weekend's Los Angeles Times Festival of Books -- we asked four readers (who also happen to be writers) to celebrate books that mattered in their lives. If you want a friend in Washington, the saying goes, get a dog. But if you're looking to understand Washington, I'd recommend fiction.
BUSINESS
July 31, 2013 | By Ricardo Lopez
Nova Diabetes Care is recalling up to 62 million glucose test strips that show an incorrect high sugar level reading, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration said Wednesday. The voluntary recall was announced by the company Friday for products sold as under the brand names of Max Blood Glucose Test Strips and Nova Max Plus Glucose Meter Kits. The strips were sold in the U.S. and in 13 countries and Puerto Rico, the FDA said in statement. Top 10 riskiest industries for investors  The federal agency warned that the inaccurate reading could cause users to administer an incorrect dosage error, leading some to seek immediately medical attention.
NEWS
February 22, 2007
Your article "Photographs Framed by Fiction" [Feb. 8] announced the readings of short stories by prominent actors at the Getty Center -- part of the series "Selected Shorts: A Celebration of the Short Story" conducted by New York's Symphony Space. The irony is that people cannot listen to these wonderful readings on either of Los Angeles' NPR stations, KCRW and KPCC. Fortunately, it is possible to listen to the broadcasts on your computer via the Internet. Here are Internet links to a few stations, plus the times that "Selected Shorts" are broadcast: wnyc.
REAL ESTATE
April 27, 1986
Though I have been an Angeleno in exile in the Bay Area for six years, I have remained a daily reader of The Times and an admirer of its real estate, housing, and urban affairs coverage. It was especially nice to read an article by Bradley Inman (March 30) in the real estate section. Being involved with housing, I have become familiar with Inman's work with the Bay Area Council and his writing in local publications. I have come to respect and enjoy his well-balanced and insightful commentary on problematic real estate issues and the wide range of topics and perspective that he uncovers.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 6, 1995
Shelley Berman, Taylor Negron, Arlene Golonka and Richard Kline are among the celebrity cast set to perform staged readings of Malvin Wald's "Hollywood Trilogy" and Allan Byrnes' "The Elevator" at the Friars' Club in Beverly Hills on Tuesday as a benefit for the nonprofit West Coast Jewish Theatre. Monty Hall will also make an appearance. Tickets are $25 for the performance and reception; $50 with dinner. Reservations: (213) 466-1767.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 21, 2000
"The Fifth Annual High School Stage Readings," readings of screenplays written by teenagers and performed by theater professionals, will be presented Sunday from 2 to 4:30 p.m. at the Mark Taper Auditorium of the Los Angeles Central Library, 630 W. 5th St. Presented by the Scriptwriters Network's High School Fellowship program, the readings are "Reflections," by Jennifer Wells; "Connections," by Susan Zeile; "Travis," by Jennifer Marmor; and "Bluff of Truth," by Stephen Gruber.
NEWS
June 15, 1989
Shay Duffin, a Dublin-born actor known for his one-man play about Irish writer Brendan Behan, will appear at Ventura's City Bakery on Friday in an evening of anniversary readings from James Joyce's "Ulysses." Friday is the 85th anniversary of the single day in which Joyce's classic novel takes place. It is known to Joyce fans as "Bloomsday," after the book's main character, Dubliner Leopold Bloom, and over the years has become a time for Joyce readings. George Keenan, owner of City Bakery, said he initially had thought of lining up readers to go through the entire novel, but realized that he would need 40 even for an abridged 20-hour version.
NATIONAL
April 11, 2014 | By Ken Dilanian
WASHINGTON - A secret Senate report on the CIA's treatment of Al Qaeda detainees from 2001 to 2006 concludes that the spy agency used brutal, unauthorized interrogation techniques, misrepresented key elements of the program to policymakers and the public, and actively sought to undermine congressional oversight, officials who have read the report say. Contrary to previous assertions by President George W. Bush and CIA leaders, the use of harsh interrogation...
SPORTS
March 20, 2014 | Eric Sondheimer
When Montebello Cantwell-Sacred Heart holds its basketball awards banquet, Coach George Zedan should award a hard hat and lunch pail to senior guard Joey Covarrubias for his toughness in surviving a series of defensive assignments against players who one day we'll be watching on television in college or the NBA. "We ask him to do a lot," Zedan said. "We ask him to be our Swiss Army knife. " College recruiters might want to set up a one-on-one interview with Covarrubias to hear his personal scouting reports after guarding many of the top players in Southern California over the last four months.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 17, 2014 | By Carolyn Kellogg
Many Angelenos were shaken awake at 6:25 a.m. Monday by a 4.4 magnitude earthquake centered north of Westwood. As earthquakes go, it wasn't really so bad: As of this writing, no major damage or injuries have been reported, water and power systems seem to be intact across the city, and, well, it was time to get up anyway. It was literally a wake-up call for earthquake preparedness. We're all supposed to have earthquake kits stocked with water and canned goods and first-aid supplies, just in case.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 10, 2014 | By Hillel Italie
Joe McGinniss, the adventurous and news-making author and reporter who skewered the marketing of Richard Nixon in "The Selling of the President 1968" and tracked his personal journey from sympathizer to scourge of convicted killer Jeffrey MacDonald in the blockbuster "Fatal Vision," died Monday at a hospital in Worcester, Mass. He was 71. McGinniss died from complications of prostate cancer, according to his attorney and longtime friend Dennis Holahan. Few journalists of his time so intrepidly pursued a story, burned so many bridges or more memorably placed themselves in the narrative, whether insisting on the guilt of MacDonald after seemingly befriending him or moving next door to Sarah Palin's house for a most unauthorized biography of the former Alaska governor and Republican vice presidential candidate.
WORLD
March 4, 2014 | By Julie Makinen
BEIJING - In J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter books, few dare to speak the name of the evil Lord Voldemort. Lately, Chinese politics has had its own "He Who Must Not Be Named" or "You Know Who": the former domestic security czar, Zhou Yongkang. Zhou retired in the fall of 2012 from the Politburo Standing Committee, the highest body in the Communist Party, and rumors soon began to swirl that he was the subject of a corruption inquiry (or some high-stakes political score-settling, depending on one's point of view)
NEWS
March 3, 2014 | By Michael McGough
SB 1062 , the Arizona bill that would have made it easier to discriminate against gays and lesbians (and other people), was vetoed last week by Gov. Jan Brewer. But some social conservatives won't let the subject go. They're making two (related) arguments: that critics of the bill who denounced it as “anti-gay” hadn't really read the legislation and that, if they had, they would have realized that it was simply a state variation on the Religious Freedom Restoration Act overwhelmingly passed by Congress in 1993 and signed by President Clinton.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 3, 1998 | CATHY WERBLIN
Students in Garden Grove and throughout the county spent Dr. Seuss' birthday Monday doing something the author would have appreciated--reading. As part of the annual Read Across America event, the National Education Assn., along with several other literacy, education and community groups, sponsored activities to honor the late author Theodor Seuss Geisel and encourage literacy. Local schools sponsored pajama parties, poetry readings and author's days to recognize the annual event.
NEWS
March 1, 2014 | By Booth Moore, Los Angeles Times Fashion Critic
PARIS --  Jean Paul Gaultier likes himself a Hollywood-worthy production all right. And that's exactly what he gave guests at his fall 2014 fashion show on Saturday night. The venue was the sleek-and-modern 1972 Oscar Niemeyer-designed French Communist Party Headquarters. The glowing green dome in front beckoned us inside to board Gaultier's latest wild ride, a cosmic tour of...Johnny Rotten's London? If the two themes seem like they are out of orbit, it's because they were.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 28, 2014 | Robin Abcarian
Good news for Wazers: On Thursday, a California appellate court ruled that looking at a smartphone map while driving is not against the law. A three-judge panel of California's 5th District Court of Appeal threw out the distracted driving ticket Steven Spriggs got two years ago for looking at his cellphone map while stuck in highway traffic in Fresno. The court unanimously concluded that the state Legislature meant only to prohibit “talking and listening” - and not any other cellphone activity - when it passed a distracted driver law in 2006.
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