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November 7, 1992
I got a good laugh from your article about Brandon Tartikoff resigning from Paramount Pictures after so short a time ("Tartikoff: A 'Nice Guy' Who Didn't Finish," Nov. 2). I have good reason to believe that if he ran the studio like he did his own office, it's amazing he lasted those 15 months. I sent him a short letter urging him to have someone on his staff read a novel because it has a part that is just right for Eddie Murphy. Back came a letter from a lawyer informing me that the studio needed no help from the likes of me in getting material for Murphy.
April 26, 2014 | By Sergei L. Loiko, This post has been corrected, as indicated below.
SLOVYANSK, Ukraine -- Pro-Russia gunmen refused Saturday to release a group of European observers and accompanying Ukrainian army officers seized a day earlier in this eastern Ukrainian town, the epicenter of the pro-Moscow rebellion. “These guys are not hostages, but they are our POWs and we intend to keep them in custody,” Vyacheslav Ponomaryov, a local separatist leader and self-proclaimed mayor of Slovyansk, said in an interview with The Times. “They are NATO officers and spies who infiltrated our territory illegally, without our permission.” The Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe inspectors -- from Germany, Poland, Denmark, Czech Republic and Sweden -- “represent the countries which supply the illegitimate government in Kiev with arms and money,” Ponomaryov added.
October 30, 2009 | Bill Shaikin
Commissioner Bud Selig refused to discuss the Dodgers' divorce drama on Thursday, even as the ownership of one of baseball's high-profile teams hangs in the balance of what promises to be a bitter and lengthy court fight. "This is not a subject that needs to be addressed here," Selig said before Game 2 of the World Series. Selig was visibly agitated when the issue was raised. He declined to discuss what he would say to Dodgers fans worried about the future of the team. Frank McCourt has said he plans on emerging from divorce proceedings as the sole owner of the team, but John Moores said the same thing and ended up having to sell the San Diego Padres as part of his divorce settlement.
April 23, 2014 | By David Lauter, Los Angeles Times
Elizabeth Warren's ninth book is a campaign biography with a twist. Warren, who emerged as a national figure during the early days of the financial crisis, rapidly became a star of the Democratic Party's liberal-populist wing. Her 2012 Senate campaign in Massachusetts attracted so much money and attention that admirers began talking her up as a presidential candidate even before she won. "A Fighting Chance" could easily fit as the next step toward that goal. It weaves her life story and political manifesto in the classic manner of books designed to accompany a run for office.
April 21, 1989 | From Times wire service s
South Korea refused today to allow 49 Vietnamese refugees aboard a British container ship to land at the southeast port of Pusan, Justice Ministry officials said. "Our refugee facility is already overcrowded and we can't afford to accommodate any new arrivals," one official said. There are 235 Vietnamese refugees crowded into the Pusan camp, which has facilities for only 180, he added. South Korea has given permanent residence to about 200 refugees since 1977 and sent 710 others to new homes in other countries, according to South Korea's Red Cross.
May 26, 2003
Re "GOP Leaders Reject Wall St. Warnings," May 21: Exactly what universe do our Republican assemblymen inhabit? It was their bright idea to borrow money from Wall Street to help cover the deficit; now, when these same bankers tell California they won't lend money without tax increases, the Republicans refuse to listen. Nobody wants to pay more in taxes, but any rational person would see that with the state $38 billion in debt, there are very few alternatives. It's too bad the GOP won't come down from its ideological perch and face reality.
April 18, 1989 | From Times staff and wire service reports
A Superior Court judge today refused to dismiss an indictment against Assemblyman John R. Lewis (R-Orange), who is accused of forging former President Ronald Reagan's name on endorsement letters mailed to thousands of voters in 1986. Defense attorneys relying on a nearly 100-year-old state Supreme Court decision maintained that Lewis could not be charged with forgery because he did not defraud anyone of money or property. They said the phony endorsements were at most an unfair ploy to influence the voters.
September 17, 2009 | Ben Bolch
Eric Scott says it's really not that big of a deal. How could it be, considering what else he has endured? Three of his older brothers are dead. He was once stabbed in the chest. And his football players at Compton Centennial High live with the threat of gang violence every day. So Scott isn't about to wallow in self-pity just because he is no longer the wide receivers coach at UCLA, and instead is guiding an 0-1 high school team. "When you've seen the things I've seen . . . how can I let something like that or even the what-if game change me?"
December 27, 1999
A conservative is someone who refuses to feed his dog because he wants the dog to take responsibility for itself. STEPHEN JAY MORRIS San Pedro
July 13, 1993
So Caltrans officials want to add more diamond lanes (June 30). Perfect. I'm sure they've spent millions studying the situation, but apparently failed drive a road like the 10 Freeway, eastbound from downtown, during rush hour. Had they, they would have seen bumper-to-bumper traffic barely moving next to an empty diamond lane, the typical pattern. Caltrans hasn't figured out, or refuses to admit, that most people's jobs, geography and schedules won't allow them to car-pool. So it refuses to do the one thing it could do to improve traffic flow: open the diamond lanes to regular traffic.
April 18, 2014 | By Sergei L. Loiko and Carol J. Williams
MOSCOW -- Separatist gunmen in eastern Ukraine on Friday defied calls by world powers for them to surrender their arms and leave the government buildings they have seized in support of demands of independence from Kiev. Top diplomats from Russia, the United States, the European Union and Ukraine agreed Thursday in Geneva on a series of steps to "deescalate" the Ukraine crisis, in which armed groups of Russian-speaking men have occupied key government installations in a dozen cities.
April 10, 2014 | By Robyn Dixon
PRETORIA, South Africa - South African athlete Oscar Pistorius rambled and at times contradicted himself under cross-examination Wednesday during his trial for the shooting death of girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp. "My memory is not very good at the moment," Pistorius said during testimony at Pretoria's High Court. "I'm under a lot of pressure sitting here. I'm defending for my life. " Pistorius, who has pleaded not guilty to murder and said he mistakenly shot Steenkamp at his house last year thinking she was an intruder, acknowledged that he was weighing every implication as he responded to questions from prosecutor Gerrie Nel. "But Reeva doesn't have a life anymore, because of what you did," Nel said to Pistorius.
April 7, 2014 | By Richard Fausset and Cecilia Sanchez
MEXICO CITY - A key leader of the vigilante “self-defense” movement in Mexico's Michoacan state said Monday that he was refusing a government order to disarm, and roadblocks to keep out federal forces charged with taking away the vigilantes' weapons were reported in numerous cities. Vigilante leader Jose Manuel Mireles said in a radio interview that the government had not sufficiently pacified the state. “Armed and masked” drug cartel members began appearing in the streets just hours after the government's announcement last week declaring it was time for the vigilantes to disarm, he said.
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 31, 2014 | By Scott Gold
Community activists pledged Monday to continue fighting the construction of an immigrant processing center on the Central Coast, despite a bitterly contested vote in which a local city council advanced the project in the face of fervent public opposition. "The fight is not over," said Hazel Davalos, head of the Santa Maria chapter of Coastal Alliance United for a Sustainable Economy, an organization that helps working families in the region. The federal government wants to replace an aging, dilapidated facility in Lompoc - a smattering of trailers that were installed on the grounds of a prison to process immigration cases.
March 28, 2014 | By Joseph Serna
After seven years of guarding inmates in Los Angeles County jails, Sheriff's Deputy Guadalupe Lopez was transferred to the East L.A. Station to continue her career working in patrol. It was there, she says in a lawsuit filed this week, that she encountered a rogue group of deputies called the "Banditos. " The Banditos, she says, sport matching tattoos and try to coerce female deputy patrol trainees like her into performing sexual favors. In the 19-page lawsuit, Lopez contends that she was assigned a training officer who was known as the "Godfather" and was a leader of the group.
October 13, 1996
Your decision to publish Helmut Koenig's article on Croatia ("Balkan Surprise," Sept. 15) was misguided. Many people feel that hasty German recognition of the Croatian state precipitated the bloody events in the former Yugoslavia. Koenig's references to the significant German presence in Croatia today and to "old times" begs the question: "When?" Is he referring to his former visits? Or are these the "old times" when Croatia was a Nazi puppet state? This reader, for one, refuses to spend his tourist dollars in Croatia, a country whose inhabitants have committed atrocities that have been callously ignored by the West.
June 3, 1995
According to Indy 500 driver Scott Goodyear, "Everybody in the world knows who won this race." Jacques Villeneuve, assessed a two-lap penalty for a yellow-flag violation, regroups, overcomes a few more mistakes and wins the race. Mr. Goodyear, on the other hand, is assessed a stop-and-go for virtually the same offense as that of Mr. Villeneuve, refuses to acknowledge it and then whines his head off about the unfairness of it all. I don't know about everybody else in the world, but I certainly had no trouble discerning winners and losers in this situation.
March 27, 2014 | By Stuart Pfeifer
Ten Southern California surgery centers once affiliated with the defunct 1-800-GET-THIN advertising campaign are suing UnitedHealth Group Inc. to get reimbursed for hundreds of Lap-Band weight-loss procedures. The lawsuit comes amid federal and state investigations into allegations that the surgery centers defrauded UnitedHealth Group and other insurance companies, according to a government affidavit and a demand letter filed in two federal court cases. The 1-800-GET-THIN ads once blanketed Southern California freeway billboards and broadcast airwaves, but the campaign was halted after the Food and Drug Administration said the ads failed to disclose adequately the risks of weight-loss surgery.
March 25, 2014 | Helene Elliott
WASHINGTON - Every sign pointed to the Kings losing to the Capitals on Tuesday, and they could have trotted out the cliched but reasonable excuse of lacking energy at the end of a back-to-back sequence on the road, against a team desperate to make the playoffs. They didn't settle for a respectable defeat. If the Kings go far in the playoffs - and their 5-4 shootout victory made that seem distinctly possible - it will be because they've shown they're capable of blending poise, determination and scoring into a potent mix. BOX SCORE: Kings 5, Washington 4 (SO)
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