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September 19, 2009 | Lance Pugmire and Stuart Pfeifer
In a city known for gangs, corruption and poor schools, Coach Russell Otis stood for excellence and opportunity. Over two decades, Otis led the basketball team at Dominguez High School in Compton to five state titles and a top national ranking. He helped dozens of players win college scholarships and saw four make it to the NBA. In 2000, USA Today named him high school basketball coach of the year. These days, the 47-year-old Otis is not to be found at the Dominguez gym, getting ready for another season.
April 4, 2014 | By David. L. Ulin, Los Angeles Times Book Critic
Barbara Ehrenreich never meant to write a memoir. "It seems very self-involved," she says by phone from her home in Arlington, Va. "I have anxiety about it. " That anxiety is heightened at the moment because her new book, "Living With a Wild God: A Nonbeliever's Search for the Truth About Everything" (Twelve: 240 pp., $26), is as personal a piece of writing as she has ever done, built around a journal from her teenage years that traces both a spiritual quest and a youthful mystical experience, each having to do with "an impression of intention" - the sense that there is some underlying shape or meaning to the universe.
October 5, 1997
The bankruptcy in late 1994 plunged Orange County into shock. When the dust cleared, a host of participants were ready with a full range of explanations for their various roles. What the public rightly wanted from all this was accountability: a reckoning of who was responsible, how they would be punished, and what steps would be taken to ensure that nothing like it happened again. On Friday, one of the key players, former Assistant Treasurer Matthew R.
December 25, 2013 | By Chris Lee
In "47 Ronin," Keanu Reeves portrays the leader of a band of ronin - masterless samurai in 18th-century Japan who must suffer the indignity of having no one to lead them in battle. Turns out that plot line provides an apt metaphor for the period 3-D sci-fi epic's problem-plagued odyssey to the screen. "47 Ronin" arrived in theaters Christmas Day as one of the most troubled movie productions in recent memory, as well as one of 2013's most spectacular flops-in-the-making. According to pre-release awareness surveys, the revenge thriller, which cost at least $175 million to produce, is on track to earn around $20 million in its opening five days.
June 8, 2003
As a longtime fan of R.E.M. -- and one who is always interested to know what is coming next and when -- I greatly enjoyed Robert Hilburn's recent article on the band ("Their Reckoning," June 1). Informative, levelheaded, honest work. Many thanks. Kory M. Kessel Paris, France
July 12, 2009
UNDERRATED Early R.E.M. reissues: Ordinarily we're suspicious of the baldfaced cash grab that usually constitutes the record industry's repackaging of classic albums into "deluxe editions," but the remastered "Murmur" and "Reckoning" have us changing our tune. The best two albums from the band that helped define alternative rock's early days have never sounded better, whether it's "Radio Free Europe" or "Little America."
April 12, 2011 | Michael J. Mishak
Tim Donnelly crouched into a firing stance behind his chair and folded his hands in the shape of a gun. Lawmaking, said the GOP assemblyman from San Bernardino, is "full-blown war," and guerrilla tactics are needed to win the battle against California Democrats' agenda. As Donnelly sees it, the liberals who dominate state government have betrayed the public with job-killing regulations and crushing taxes. "We've got a .50-caliber with crosshairs and ... we're going to pick off two or three of them using this issue," he said.
Nothing too action-packed occurs in Arthur Miller's 1968 drama "The Price," but the piece is absorbing in a way that hooks an audience from start to finish. Less fluidly ambitious than "Death of a Salesman" and not as steadily driving as "All My Sons," the play is arguably more psychologically ensnaring than its similarly family-oriented forebears, written roughly two decades earlier. As the Old Globe's timely revival of "The Price" makes clear, the difference between this play and Miller's earlier masterworks is one of dramatic scale rather than intensity: instead of a slow-ticking bomb that eventually takes out an entire block, think of a short-fuse firecracker that blows out all the upstairs windows of a house.
Laughing as they killed, two youths clad in dark ski masks and long black coats fired handguns at will and blithely tossed pipe bombs into a crowd of their terrified classmates Tuesday inside a suburban high school southwest of Denver, littering halls with as many as 23 bodies and wounding at least 25 others.
July 21, 2012 | By Reed Johnson, Los Angeles Times
Along with millions of idealistic young men who were cut to pieces by machine guns and obliterated by artillery shells, there was another major casualty of World War I: traditional ideas about Western art. The Great War of 1914-18 tilted culture on its axis, particularly in Europe and the United States. Nearly 100 years later, that legacy is being wrestled with in film, visual art, music, television shows like the gauzily nostalgic PBS soaper "Downton Abbey" and plays including the Tony Award-winning"War Horse," concluding its run at the Ahmanson Theatre.
July 22, 2013 | By Blake Hennon
Well, that was intense. The most emotionally rattling episode of the season, “Reckoning,” includes a shocking death and a major arrest. Take deep breaths. As it begins, Danette, after putting fliers about her missing daughter, sees her place's door open. She calls Kallie's name and frantically looks around, but who she finds isn't who she hoped for. Instead, it's her former lover Joe Mills - back with a sinister smile after several episodes away - who she suspects in the disappearance.
July 11, 2013 | By Michael A. Memoli
WASHINGTON - Fed up with Republican efforts to block confirmation of President Obama's appointees, Democrats threatened Thursday to limit use of the filibuster, a drastic maneuver that would end an age-old Senate tradition and could inflame tensions between the two parties. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid set the stage for a showdown next week, scheduling votes on seven stalled nominations that require 60 votes to advance under a filibuster. If those votes fail, Reid vowed that Democrats would alter Senate rules on executive branch nominations to allow them to pass on majority votes.
July 5, 2013 | By Tom Petruno
Wall Street has preferred to call the recent rebound in long-term interest rates a "wake-up call. " But to some bond investors it's apparently more like a five-alarm fire. As rising interest rates have pushed down the value of older bonds in the last two months, the share prices of popular bond mutual funds have slumped. Case in point: Shares of the Pimco Total Return Bond fund have dropped 6.4% since May 2. The losses aren't on the scale of what happened to stocks in 2008-09, when that market plunged nearly 50% in six months.
June 26, 2013 | By Mike DiGiovanna
DETROIT - At some point before the July 31 trade deadline, the Angels will have to assess their record and division deficit and determine whether to add a piece for a playoff push, stand pat or pull the plug on the season and look for trades to build for the future. The last scenario seems most likely, even after an improbable 7-4 victory over the Detroit Tigers in Comerica Park on Wednesday night; the Angels are 35-43 and 10 games back in the American League West. But General Manager Jerry Dipoto is nowhere close to making such a determination.
June 12, 2013 | By Jeffrey Fleishman and Glen Johnson, Los Angeles Times
ISTANBUL, Turkey - With swagger and grand designs, Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan rose to power more than a decade ago, heralding a new Islamist-based democracy he envisioned as a model for a Muslim world caught in the grip of autocrats, kings and despots. But more than two weeks of protest against Erdogan's increasingly authoritarian rule have brought a reckoning to a leader who, despite his political astuteness, has miscalculated the fervor from a large part of an electorate opposed to the creeping religious conservatism of his Justice and Development Party, or AKP. Erdogan is still very much in control, and few would venture that the crisis will bring him down, but the protests have hurt him politically and exposed misgivings within his party.
April 3, 2013 | By Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times Film Critic
Burt Lancaster was the first movie star I ever met. I've encountered others since, but the circumstances have never been so dramatic. The year was 1971 and I was a young reporter for the Washington Post covering the Cannes Film Festival on my own dime. Few Americans made the trek in those days, which is why Lancaster's publicist contacted me and asked if I wanted to be part of a small lunch the actor was giving for journalists at the glamorous Hotel du Cap, a legendary spot perched just above imposing rocks that jut boldly into the Mediterranean.
March 5, 2000 | Maria C. Iacobo
The woman who was once told she "had no business climbing mountains" is all business as she nears 7,200 feet on Mt. Baldy. * "That's a classic lenticular," Lynn Robinson says, pointing to a long cloud with a thick middle and tapered ends. "Be prepared for rain if it drops down and moves closer."
April 13, 2008 | Susan Salter Reynolds, Times Staff Writer.
Bill McKIBBEN'S writing -- part art, part essay, part journalism with more than a smidgen of harangue -- has framed the thinking on environmental issues for more than a generation. Two new books out this spring, "The Bill McKibben Reader: Pieces From an Active Life" (Henry Holt: 446 pp., $18 paper) and "American Earth: Environmental Writing Since Thoreau" (Library of America: 1,050 pp.
December 17, 2012 | By Randall Roberts, Los Angeles Times Pop Music Critic
Abel Tesfaye knows how to build a fire. On Saturday night at the Orpheum in downtown Los Angeles, appearing under his pseudonym the Weeknd, the 22-year-old singer and producer lighted a metaphorical match the moment he and his band walked onstage. As the ladies cooed and the men yowled, Tesfaye set the theater to smoldering. He did it with a song called "Loft Music" from "House of Balloons," a 2011 nine-track free download that introduced the Weeknd, from Toronto, to the world. The EP seemingly came out of the blue, a quiet, candlelit collection from a 20-year-old reared on a shuffle-play variety of soul, quiet-storm R&B, hip-hop, funk, indie rock and post-punk and driven to connect the dots.
November 29, 2012 | By Mark Olsen
Depending on how you count, "Universal Soldier: Day of Reckoning" is either the fourth or sixth entry in the lumbering action franchise - as there were two films made without signature soldiers Dolph Lundgren and Jean-Claude Van Damme. This time out, in an entry directed and co-written by John Hyams, the marquee pair do appear, though with likely less than 20 minutes screen time between them. Rather, the main action focuses on a character played by Scott Adkins, who watches in the opening sequence as his wife and young daughter are murdered.
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