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July 26, 1993 | ANNA CEKOLA
From the minute they opened their personalized balloon business, third-graders Alex Lorton and Kate Plost were bombarded with sales from their classmates. "A lot of people like balloons," said Alex, summing up the appeal of her business, aside from a rock-bottom sale price. In another classroom nearby, second-grader Joey Kemp was busy selling plays on games brought from home, and songs on a self-styled karaoke machine.
February 3, 2006 | Steve Lopez
Everyone I know is talking about The Times' series on dropouts at Birmingham High School in Van Nuys, where only half the class of 2005 graduated on time. I turn on the radio and hear the chatter. I come to work and the series reporters have e-mails from near and far, fingers pointing in all directions. I hear it from my wife, too, who, if she sees one more photo of a student dead asleep on his desk, is going to run for school board.
April 30, 1985 | DAN SULLIVAN, Times Theater Critic
With everyone else looking back to Vietnam this week, South Coast Repertory invites us to look back to the Bay of Pigs. The play, at SCR's Second Stage, is Keith Reddin's "Rum and Coke." It is a "docu-satire" about two bright young people at the dawn of the Kennedy era who ask what they can do for their country and who are informed: Lie, betray your clients and keep your mouth shut.
"Elling," an Oscar nominee from Norway for best foreign language film, is sentimental in the best sense, in that it celebrates life's possibilities with equal parts sweetness and humor. A witty and sophisticated sensibility brings individuality to the classic odd-couple comedy. Adapted for the screen by Axel Hellstenius from the Ingvar Ambjornsen novel and directed by Petter Naess, "Elling" further benefits from its subtlety and telling nuances.
September 15, 1990 | BILL BOYARSKY
Campaign rhetoric doesn't have much relevance to real life. That's a rule you can count on. I've seen it covering Democrats and Republicans, presidential candidates and novices running for the City Council. In every campaign, there's the world of the political pulpit, and then there's the real world. This point, as important as it is obvious, was driven home recently during a press breakfast with Sen. Pete Wilson, the Republican candidate for governor.
"Working W/ People," a sometimes touching exhibition at the Municipal Art Gallery, dramatizes a contemporary paradox. These days it seems everyone wants to be considered a member of a special category. Usually, these classifications are based on singular characteristics visited on individuals who belong to a particular gender or race, prefer companions of the same sex, or who just happen to be young, old or ill.
Television's most undersung series in 2002 was "The Wire," a deluxe cops-and-crooks hour that opens its second season on HBO Sunday night as brainy and irresistible as ever. Anyone who doesn't watch should be arrested. HBO has its occasional clunkers. Yet "The Wire" affirms how the channel has reconfigured the architecture of prime-time drama for the better and created a revolving door where its highbrow elite wave to each other while going in opposite directions.
March 18, 2007 | CARINA CHOCANO
EARLY in Mira Nair's smart and sensitive adaptation of "The Namesake," a character named Ashima pours Rice Krispies into a bowl, sprinkles in peanuts and spices, and digs in. It is the early '70s, and Ashima (played by the Indian actress Tabu) has just arrived in New York with her Bengali husband, a doctoral student at Columbia, and is still a stranger to her own cupboards.
September 12, 1997 | SANDY BANKS
The economy is booming, with "full employment" just around the corner. For the first time in years, business leaders say, there are more jobs than people to fill them. Employee salaries are on the rise, and companies once mired in layoffs are scrambling to hire new workers. Even California's laggard economy is finally on the comeback trail, with unemployment dipping to a seven-year low this summer and more than 400,000 jobs being created this year.
February 8, 2003 | J.A. Adande
There's a category for the high school game between Westchester and St. Vincent-St. Mary appearing on Fox Sports Net 2 today: reality TV. This isn't "Hoosiers" or even "The White Shadow." It's the mercenary world of prep hoops, and it's about as far removed from the days of pompoms and handmade signs as the latest suede Air Jordans are from canvas Chuck Taylors. Westchester is traveling across the country in the middle of the school year to play St. Vincent-St.
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