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June 18, 2007
Re "How a hospital death became a cause celebre," June 15 This horrific story not only illustrates what happens in a country that lacks a healthcare system but, in my opinion, is a reflection of people who are paid to work, are not competent and take no responsibility. I believe that this mentality, which is now rampant in the United States, reflects a country without competent leadership. ROXANE WINKLER Sherman Oaks The death of Edith Isabel Rodriguez at Martin Luther King Jr.-Harbor Hospital, a county-run facility, is tragic.
April 20, 2014 | By Walter Hamilton
Debbie Rohr lives with her husband and twin teenage sons in a well-tended three-bedroom home in Salinas. The ranch-style house has a spacious kitchen that looks out on a yard filled with rosebushes. It's a modest but comfortable house, the type that Rohr, 52, pictured for herself at this stage of life. She just never imagined that it would be her childhood home, a return to a bedroom where she once hung posters of Olivia Newton-John and curled up with her beloved Mrs. Beasley doll.
October 13, 1985
What reader Don Wrege failed to realize (Letters Page, Sept. 29) is that Calendar is not a "responsible publication." It never has been and probably it never will be. Calendar is a paper mirror that reflects and simultaneously wallows in all that is wrong with the "Show Business Industry" it appears to be investigating. It is shallow, trendy, irresponsible, amoral, insignificant, and most of all, just plain silly. LEE LANKFORD Carpinteria
April 16, 2014 | By Mike Bresnahan
SAN ANTONIO -- Mike D'Antoni might coach his last game with the Lakers on Wednesday night. Or he might be back next season for the final guaranteed year of his contract. It's the biggest subplot of a Lakers' off-season sure to feature some twists and turns. "We'll sit down with Mitch and Jim at the end of the year and reassess everything and see where we are and see what their thoughts are," D'Antoni said Wednesday, referring to Lakers executives Mitch Kupchak and Jim Buss. "I don't have any thoughts yet. The biggest thing was trying to get to the end of the year and we got that done.
September 14, 2008
Friends kindly sent me the excellent article Kay Mills wrote on Moldova ["Moldova's Going Underground," July 20]. I am well acquainted with the country, having served as U.S. ambassador there from 1995 to 1998 and visited regularly thereafter. Mills' article reflects the Moldova I know. I would recommend it to anyone planning a trip to this corner of Europe. John Todd Stewart Sun Valley, Idaho
March 16, 2009 | TIMES WIRE REPORTS
A 64-year old dissident was sentenced to three years in jail for "weakening national feelings" after he wrote articles critical of the political system, human rights activists said. The sentencing of Habib Saleh, who has spent five years as political prisoner over two terms between 2001 and 2007, reflects a tougher approach as Syria undergoes rapprochement with the West, they said. Saleh's lawyer said the law used against him could be invoked only if Syria was at war.
February 8, 1995
Regarding your recent article about the difficulty facing professional sports teams in the Southern California area (Jan. 21): You cited the Pittsburgh Steelers as an example of a team with a following and a name that reflects the city itself. Well, I have suggestion for the name of the next (and there will be a next) pro football team in Los Angeles, which I think is appropriate on several levels. Are you ready--Los Angeles Tourists. Think about it. GEORGIA MINSER El Segundo
January 30, 2005
Thank you for your article on the growing rate of animal custody battles ("To Love, Honor and Belly-Scratch," by Sanjiv Bhattacharya, Jan. 9). It reflects society's growing compassion toward animals. Animals have been seen as property and have endured the most horrific acts of cruelty. Women and children were once seen as property. I'm glad that has changed. All animals share the same basic needs and desires--to live and be free from pain. Who gets to parent the dog is a reflection of our society's increasing awareness that we are guardians over other living creatures, not owners.
October 19, 1989
Schmoker's misunderstanding of self-esteem reflects the same substandard performance about which he complains. Schmoker has confused self-esteem with other-esteem. Our self-esteem emanates from our heart and impacts upon our mind and soul, thereby reflecting the miraculous reality of our being. The clearer the reflection the better we feel. Our other-esteem forms from that which is outside of us and reflects our relationship with other concepts, things and people. Ideally the two are compatible.
It was just another tragedy in family court. A young crack mother, desperate to conceal her pregnancy, had locked herself in a tenement bathroom and given birth to a three-pound boy. As she pushed, he fell to the floor and broke his skull. The mother abandoned him, like she had two previous babies. All were born addicted to crack. "Can we do anything about this woman?" asks Judge Judith Sheindlin, her voice taut with anger.
April 14, 2014 | Kate Linthicum
JERUSALEM - The crowd that gathered at the recent grand opening of Cinema City hadn't come for the movies. They were there in droves to protest a government regulation that keeps the 19-screen cineplex closed each week from sundown Friday to sundown Saturday. "Jerusalem, wake up!" the protesters chanted as security guards blocked them from entering the lobby. "Nonreligious people are equal too!" The demonstration was the latest skirmish in Jerusalem's long-running "Sabbath wars," which for decades have pitted the city's secular Jewish population against its ultra-Orthodox community over whether shops, theaters and other public spaces can remain open on the Jewish day of rest.
April 11, 2014 | By Deborah Vankin
INDIO, Calif. - In the sprawl of desert scrub brush and freeway ramps that is this industrial part of Indio, the sun burns brightly in a barren office park. Light and shadows flash off the scorched asphalt, and the landscape is a spare palette of dusty brown, faded green and gray. Inside one tucked-away structure, however, artist Phillip K. Smith III is preparing to paint the sky red. Or pink. Or green, depending. FULL COVERAGE: Coachella 2014 "Welcome to the different sides of my brain," Smith says, leading the way through his studio, which looks like an airplane hangar and is filled with elements of a light installation premiering at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival.
April 11, 2014 | Sandy Banks
At this point, it may not matter much to the public what actually went on in that Santa Monica High classroom where a teacher was recorded wrestling a student to the floor. The 58-second cellphone clip recorded by a student went viral this week, turning the teacher and the student into symbols of what's wrong with public schools: Defiant students. Overwhelmed teachers. Feckless administrators. Knee-jerk policies with no room for common sense. "We're in the middle of a cultural change, and this case reflects that shift," said Shawn McMullen Chen, a high school teacher for 25 years.
April 11, 2014 | By Steve Appleford
Barely three months after their release from Russian prison, Masha Alekhina and Nadya Tolokonnikova sit outside a Santa Monica hotel, smoking cigarettes, insisting that their group Pussy Riot is not a band. "People sometimes think we are a musical group and think we can do a performance," Tolokonnikova, 24, says with a smile, leaning forward. Alekhina, 25, nods between drags, and adds, "But it's not true. We're another thing. " Still, the noise from a notorious one-song performance of "A Punk Prayer" inside Moscow's Orthodox Christian cathedral in 2012 was potent and outrageous enough to land the pair a nearly two-year prison stay in the Gulag for what prosecutors called "hooliganism motivated by religious hatred.
April 5, 2014 | By Timothy M. Phelps
WASHINGTON - The first time I talked to Anita Hill, she was teaching commercial law in Oklahoma, living in obscurity in the state where she grew up on an isolated farm with 12 siblings. For roughly a week in 1991, I pressed her to tell me what she had told the Senate Judiciary Committee in confidence about Supreme Court nominee Clarence Thomas, to no avail. She was a very private person and, I can attest, a reluctant witness. Then, when the story of her allegations of sexual harassment did break based on other sources, she was instantly a celebrity or a demon, her life upended.
April 2, 2014 | By David Ng
Shakespeare's "Henry V" begins with a narrator called the Chorus bemoaning the theater as "an unworthy scaffold. " The description turns out to be an accurate one for the Pacific Resident Theatre production, which takes place in a cramped, 34-seat space where actors and audience can practically touch hands without much strain. The tiny theater turns out to be a major asset in this production, which has been earning critical praise since opening last month, and has extended its run to May 11. Featuring minimal sets and actors clad in contemporary clothes, this fast-paced staging was the brainchild of Guillermo Cienfuegos, a veteran L.A. theater director who has worked numerous times with the Venice-based PRT. PHOTOS: Shakespeare 2.0 The bard on the screen Cienfuegos is actually actor Alex Fernandez, who pulls double duty in this "Henry V" by playing the Chorus.
March 14, 1988 | ROBERT L. JACKSON, Times Staff Writer
In the late 1950s, Jimmy Swaggart was roaming around the back roads of Louisiana in a broken-down Chevrolet, earning about $40 a week from his preaching and gospel singing. He has come a long way since then. The controversial evangelist now heads a tax-exempt enterprise that ranks, by almost any measure, as one of the most successful of its kind. Jimmy Swaggart World Ministries and its Bible college boasted revenues of $150 million in 1987--more than $500,000 each working day.
Truckers rolling through on Interstate 40 refer to this city of 20,000 on their CBs as "Drunk City, U.S.A." The label reflects Gallup's long-established reputation as a place where people--most of them from the nearby Navajo reservation--come to get drunk. Along Route 66 and its assortment of bars and package outlets, drunks slump against buildings a block from the Santa Fe train yard, where passenger trains bound for Los Angeles and Chicago stop each day.
March 27, 2014 | By Tim Logan
Population growth in Southern California continued to slow last year, another factor in soft demand for housing. The populations of the Los Angeles, Riverside and San Diego metro areas were still growing in 2013, according to new figures released by the Census Bureau onĀ  Thursday, but less quickly than they did in either of the two years prior. Of the six counties in Southern California, only two - Riverside and San Diego - grew faster than the state as a whole. Housing economists and demographics experts note that fewer people moving and fewer people forming new households have dampened demand for housing since the end of the recession.
March 26, 2014 | By Robert Faturechi
After stepping down as Los Angeles County sheriff in January, Lee Baca largely has avoided the spotlight. Former aides don't know how to reach him. Reporters looking to interview him have been rebuffed. His last tweet was a link to his farewell address. But this week, Baca took center stage once again - this time as a guest speaker at a Loyola Marymount lecture hall where he offered a contemplative, and at times, self-critical view of his 15-year tenure. Speaking to a group of undergraduates Tuesday night, Baca said his biggest regret as sheriff was spending too much of his time at public events instead of managing his department.
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