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November 28, 2012 | By Tiffany Hsu
To many people looking for work, references on job applications are a bit like long snappers in football: easily ignored. But in the same way the oft-overlooked position can make or break the game, references hold surprising sway in hiring decisions, according to a survey from jobs site Careerbuilder . Many jobseekers haphazardly throw a few names into the reference section just before shipping off their resume to potential employers....
April 4, 2014 | By Jill Cowan
The state attorney general's office has found that Newport Beach's Hoag Hospital can continue to refuse to provide elective abortions as long as the hospital helps women access those services elsewhere, according to an agreement announced Friday. The agreement, approved by the state and Hoag last month, closes an investigation sparked by allegations that the hospital had misrepresented the effects of its partnership with a Catholic healthcare provider and was limiting women's access to a full array of reproductive health services.
March 18, 2011
'Paul' MPAA rating: R for language, including sexual references, and some drug use Running time: 1 hour, 44 minutes Playing: In general release
February 6, 2014 | By Matt Pearce
There's junk mail, and then there's nasty mail: San Francisco writer Lisa McIntire says Bank of America sent her a credit card offer addressed to "Lisa Is a Slut McIntire," and she posted photos of it Thursday on Twitter. The bank tweeted her an apology and pledged to investigate, but the problem apparently originated with an academic society that was marketing jointly with the bank. McIntire, 32, said in a phone interview that she learned about the mail in a text exchange with her mother, a screen grab of which she also posted on Twitter.
November 14, 2010 | By Meehan Crist, Special to the Los Angeles Times
The Mind's Eye Oliver Sacks Alfred A. Knopf: 270 pp., $26.95 Oliver Sacks has built a reputation on exploring the medical mysteries of individual patients to illuminate the larger mysteries of human experience. "The Mind's Eye," a collection of essays on the ways in which we perceive the world (many of which have already appeared in some form, most notably in the New Yorker) is no different, introducing readers to a predictably unpredictable cast of characters: Lilian Kallir, a talented musician whose "musical alexia" (inability to read music)
March 23, 1985 | JOHN DART, Times Religion Writer
A prayer service written by a Los Angeles woman for a late-year offering in Lutheran parishes nationwide has been changed after objections were raised to the use of a feminine pronoun referring to the Holy Spirit. The closing prayer originally said: "Creator God, send us your spirit with all her power to heal."
Wily William Wiley demonstrates his fine punmanship in an exhilarating new collection of watercolors and sculptures at L.A. Louver Gallery. Reading the Bay Area artist's work--both the images and the handwritten texts embroidered within them--feels like eavesdropping on his stream of consciousness, which twists and turns, deepens and doubles back on itself.
October 2, 1988 | Staff Writer Jerry Hicks
Prosecutors in the Randy Steven Kraft murder trial say a paper with 61 entries, found in his car trunk when he was arrested May 14, 1983, is a death list--Kraft's own score card of how many young men he had killed dating back to late 1971. Kraft's attorneys deny it is a death list, and call it meaningless information that will only inflame his jury. Kraft himself, in a 1983 interview, called the list nothing more than references to friends of his and his roommate at the time.
At age 13, Erik Menendez confided that his father was molesting him, a cousin testified Tuesday. With the defense in the Menendez brothers' murder trial seeking to corroborate controversial claims of abuse, cousin Andres (Andy) Cano testified that Erik Menendez told him that his father gave him genital "massages."
The city's neon lights vibrated in the polished hood of the black BMW as it cruised up Las Vegas Boulevard. The man in the passenger seat was instantly recognizable. Fans lined the streets, waving, snapping photos, begging Tupac Shakur for his autograph. Cops were everywhere, smiling. The BMW 750 sedan, with rap magnate Marion "Suge" Knight at the wheel, was leading a procession of luxury vehicles past the MGM Grand Hotel and Caesars Palace, on their way to a hot new nightclub.
November 29, 2013 | By Susan King, Los Angeles Times
British actor Idris Elba is having what he describes as a "beautiful moment" in his career. His off-screen life, though, is another story. This summer, Elba starred in Guillermo del Toro's special-effects action thriller "Pacific Rim," in which he transformed the rather moldy line, "We are canceling the apocalypse," into something akin to Shakespeare. The third season of his acclaimed British detective series, "Luther," for which he won a Golden Globe in 2012, recently aired on BBC America, and he's reprising his role of Heimdall, the buff, all-knowing Asgardian warrior-god, in the blockbuster, "Thor: The Dark World.
November 14, 2013 | By Jeff Gottlieb and Ruben Vives
As prosecutors began their cross-examination of Bell's former second in command Thursday, Angela Spaccia clung to her story that Robert Rizzo was to blame for hiding annual raises of more than 40% for the two of them at the same time the city was struggling to fund its pension plan. The contracts that called for the pay raises were not included in any City Council agenda and the council never approved them, Deputy Dist. Atty. Sean Hassett said. "I had no involvement in the agenda," Spaccia repeated over and over.
October 17, 2013 | Richard Marosi
Sister Antonia Brenner, a Beverly Hills-raised mother of seven who became a Roman Catholic nun and moved into a notorious Tijuana prison where she spent more than three decades mending broken lives, easing tensions and dispensing everything from toothbrushes to bail money, has died. She was 86. Brenner, who had been in declining health, died Thursday of natural causes at the home of her religious order in Tijuana where her fellow sisters had cared for her in her final days, said Christina Brenner, her daughter-in-law.
October 15, 2013 | By S. Irene Virbila
When I was first learning about wine, British wine writer Hugh Johnson's “The World Atlas of Wine” was my bible. He's an erudite and engaging writer, pouring decades of wine knowledge into succinct paragraphs that place each country and region in context. For someone keen to learn about Burgundy or Piedmont or Sonoma County, the brilliantly detailed maps were essential to understanding why certain vineyards and appellations produce the wines that they do. For the last few editions of the revered reference work Johnson has invited another Brit, stellar wine writer Jancis Robinson, to join him in bringing the massive tome, first published in 1971, up to date.
September 23, 2013 | By Lisa Dillman
Sick, in this case, was not a bad thing. The Kings were giving kudos Monday to a former teammate, Toronto goalie Jonathan Bernier , who was the man of the hour after his spirited fight against goalie Ryan Miller of the Buffalo Sabres on Sunday night. "Sick," said Kings left wing Kyle Clifford , with the knowing smile of an enforcer. Said Kings defenseman Drew Doughty : "That was awesome. I texted him after and told him it was pretty sick. I always knew he [Bernier]
September 21, 2013 | By Paloma Esquivel
On a sunny September day, Christina Ayres lay on the sand near the Huntington Beach Pier, tanning in a pink bikini, and ticked off the things that identify a 909er. Bad clothing - " 'Jersey Shore' style," the 29-year-old explained. And meth addicts. "That's what you hear on the news. " Over on Main Street, Ryan Kaupang, 21, had a more specific description: "White kids that dress like bros," he said, "bros" meaning people who wear cut-off jerseys and motocross gear and "try to act like tough guys.
August 21, 2004 | Larry B. Stammer, Times Staff Writer
Ever since Walt Disney began turning out feature-length animated films, scholars, theologians and journalists have plumbed the depths of the simple morality tales for deeper religious meanings and messages. Was Snow White's eating of the poison apple an allusion to the Fall in the Garden of Eden? When the puppet maker Geppetto was swallowed by a whale, was that a veiled reference to Jonah in Hebrew Scriptures? Were Jiminy Cricket's initials in "Pinocchio" a hidden reference to Jesus Christ?
August 20, 1989 | JOHN M. GLIONNA, Times Staff Writer
The muscular, blond teen-ager stood on the edge of the precipice, considering his reflection in the black waters 85 feet below, thinking about the jump. "What's his name?," someone asked from below. "Brett. Brett Johnson." came the answer. "You mean Brett 'The Crazy' Johnson." That's when the chanting began. Like taunting urban onlookers standing so many stories beneath a window ledge and a troubled soul, they cajoled: "Jump, jump, jump." So Johnson took a deep breath. And he jumped.
June 1, 2013 | By Warren Dennis
"You're taller than I remembered. " After 40 years it may seem like a strange greeting, but after four decades memory becomes, at best, a series of snapshots. I, on the other hand, knew her at once. A 60ish version of the girl from the 1960s. My lost love. We met in our early 20s. She was tall, slim, smart, funny with this great laugh. She also wanted someone who was not me. She had a wicked way of talking about the men in her life, defining them by the cars they drove. "I'm going out with the Trans-Am tonight.
May 22, 2013 | By Jeff Gottlieb and Corina Knoll, Los Angeles Times
In his opening statement in the Michael Jackson wrongful-death suit, an attorney for AEG said his side would expose the singer's secrets. "We're going to show some ugly stuff," Marvin Putnam said. But on Wednesday, it was lawyers for the singer's family who revealed some ugly stuff from AEG. Hours before Anschutz Entertainment Group executives headed to Michael Jackson's Holmby Hills home to sign multimillion-dollar contracts for his 50 concerts in London, the firm's top lawyer called Jackson "the freak" in an email.
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