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June 12, 2007 | Duke Helfand and Steve Hymon, Times Staff Writers
Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa spoke publicly for the first time Monday about the breakup of his 20-year marriage, saying he was responsible for the split even as he refused to talk about what caused it. In a somber meeting with reporters at City Hall, Villaraigosa declined to answer questions about whether the break with his wife, Corina, was triggered by another romantic relationship.
March 21, 2014 | By Chuck Schilken
Ivan Lendl has helped Andy Murray reach incredible heights the last two years, as the British tennis star transformed from a four-time Grand Slam runner-up into a two-time major champ and Olympic gold medalist. Now the coach and player are parting ways, with the two announcing their decision with a mutual statement Wednesday on Murray's blog. “I'm eternally grateful to Ivan for all his hard work over the past two years, the most successful of my career so far,” wrote Murray, who returned from back surgery before losing in the quarterfinals at the Australian Open and in the fourth round at Indian Wells this season.
April 6, 2000
Jeremy Rifkin's April 3 commentary was one of the most profound I have read in a long time. As a society we now accept relationships based on commerce as exchange of benefit rather than relationships based on connection, shared values, affection and community. Then we wonder why people feel isolated, alienated and driven to addictions of all kinds as a way to fill the hole in the soul. In this society everything is for sale, from the name on a stadium to a person to travel with. How sad for us all. BETTY SHAFFER Tustin
March 20, 2014 | By Inkoo Kang
The steadily affecting relationship drama "Stay" is a great example of how a film can rise above its terrible dialogue. So many phrases out of characters' mouths are as overused and flavorless as a thrice-steeped tea bag, and yet a sturdy narrative structure, increasing thematic complexity and finely detailed performances from Aidan Quinn and Taylor Schilling make writer-director Wiebke von Carolsfeld's sophomore effort an agreeably pensive experience....
September 4, 2009 | Melissa Healy, Los Angeles Times
Never mind the perils of cyber-stalking, cyber-bullying and posting photos that could endanger your future job prospects: Facebook could be ruining your relationship and driving you toward compulsively jealous behavior. Social psychologists from the University of Guelph in Canada queried college students who were in romantic relationships about their Facebook use. Their preliminary findings, described in the journal CyberPsychology & Behavior, suggest that rather than enhancing communication between romantic partners, Facebook use may be fueling wild flights of jealous investigation, as users in relationships perceive hints of potential infidelity and then scramble to find evidence of a partner's unfaithful thoughts or behavior.
July 21, 2010 | By Jeannine Stein, Los Angeles Times
Flawed relationships may cause more than drama — a new study finds that people who feel anxious about relationships or avoid them could be predisposed to certain health problems. The study, published in the July issue of the journal Health Psychology looked at data on 5,645 people who took part in the nationally represented survey of adults ages 18 to 60. Participants were surveyed about their relationships to determine if they had secure attachments (being comfortable depending on others and being close to others)
April 5, 2008 | Kimi Yoshino, Times Staff Writer
Just six weeks into their romance, 28-year-old Mandy Gresh and her boyfriend decided to take a mini-vacation to Quebec City. She bought airline tickets and reserved a hotel room for the weekend. Then it hit her: They'd be together four straight days. What if they got in a fight? What if a really annoying personality quirk emerged? What if they broke up before they even left? "I was like, 'Oh my god, the trip is as far away as we've been dating,' " Gresh said. "Hopefully nothing goes wrong in the next month because we're both going to be out a lot of money!"
September 26, 1997 | F. KATHLEEN FOLEY
"Faith," David Hollander's wacky comedy about tortured relationships, puts the "fun" in dysfunction. Among their circle of irredeemably neurotic and narcissistic family members and friends on the Powerhouse Theatre stage, Barb (Nicole Sullivan of "Mad TV") and Phil (Rob Benedict) just might be the most normal. That's not saying much. Apart, Barb and Phil are OK. However, when combined together for household use, they interact like ammonia and bleach.
May 6, 1987 | SUZANNE MUCHNIC, Times Art Writer
All visual art is involved with relationships--of one color to another, a surface to a form, an object to its environment. But these are formal correspondences, not the messy human ones portrayed in a current exhibition simply titled "Relationships." At the Long Beach Museum of Art, where new director Josine Ianco-Starrels has gathered the work of four accomplished Los Angeles artists, we find sweet embraces, tense distances, silent breakfasts and neurotic agitation.
October 11, 1987 | DAN SULLIVAN
A recent comedy advertised itself as "not just another play about relationships." You knew exactly what the ad writer meant. Theater audiences are not dying to see another play in which a young woman comes to terms with her mother, or a young man comes to terms with his gayness, or a long-married couple comes to terms with somebody's infidelity. Those are valid subjects, but they are starting to feel picked over. We seem to know what the actors are going to say before they say it.
March 15, 2014 | Larry Sleep, Sleep is president of Lawrence Group, a Santa Barbara-based company
I went to UC Santa Barbara on a baseball scholarship after transferring from Cerritos College. I was a speech major and had a radio show on college station KCSB called "Sleep's Sports Shorts. " I wanted to play pro ball or replace Vin Scully when he retired. (Take all the time you need, Vinny.) Professional baseball scouts' criteria for judging prospects are run, throw, field, hit and hit for power. If there were such a thing for finding the perfect partner in life, my list as a college student would have included great chemistry, ethics, values, intelligence, a sense of humor and love of sports.
March 14, 2014 | By Barbara Isenberg
CHICAGO - When London-born Anna Clyne was 7, friends of her parents gave her family a piano with randomly missing keys. Undeterred, Clyne not only played that piano but by age 11 had written a few little songs for herself and a flute-playing friend. She had fun doing it, she remembers, but "I never thought I would become a composer. " These days, there is no longer any doubt on her part or anyone else's. Her idiosyncratic music has been performed not only at Symphony Center in Chicago but also in Los Angeles' Walt Disney Concert Hall, New York's Carnegie Hall and London's Barbican Centre.
March 7, 2014 | By Dawn C. Chmielewski and Yvonne Villarreal
In Syfy's reality competition "Opposite Worlds," Twitter put unprecedented power in the hands of viewers, supplying them with the ability to reward popular contestants with a luxurious spa day while punishing others with a less savory task: cleaning human excrement. The little blue birdie has fluttered into the writers room on Fox's "Sleepy Hollow," inspiring one episode to address viewers' dismay, voiced loudly on Twitter, over the central character's Revolutionary War era attire.
March 6, 2014 | By David Zucchino, This post has been updated, as indicated below.
FORT BRAGG, N.C. - Army Brig. Gen. Jeffrey Sinclair, one of the highest-ranking officers ever to face a court-martial, pleaded guilty at the start of his trial Thursday morning to several charges, including an illicit affair with a female captain, possessing pornography, impeding an investigation and pressuring other female officers to send him nude photos of themselves. The general  pleaded not guilty to the most serious charges against him. They include twice forcing the captain to perform oral sex, groping her, committing sodomy, engaging in public sex and threatening to kill the captain and her family if she revealed their three-year affair.
March 6, 2014 | By Helene Elliott
  When Corey Perry extended his hand to Stephane Robidas on Thursday, for once it wasn't in anger. The combative players have gotten under each other's skin frequently over the years, but they put their hostilities aside when the Ducks acquired Robidas from Dallas this week. "He came and shook my hand and it's all good," Robidas said after his first practice with his new team. "He's a competitor. He's a great player. And playing against him, you've always got to watch him. It's not easy to play against him. I'm just happy that I don't have to watch him anymore.
February 22, 2014 | Amy Paturel, Amy Paturel is a freelance writer in Temecula
When I met my husband, Brandon, online, we covered most of the essentials over email. I knew he lived in Murrieta, 53 miles from my Seal Beach home. I knew he was a widower. I also knew he had a freezer stocked with microwaveable pocket sandwiches -- meaning he didn't cook. Hardly the perfect catch, I mused. But I was still drawn to him. Then I got this: "There's something else you should know," he wrote. "I have a unique hobby. " I prepped myself for a collection of Civil War guns, a lifetime membership in the official Disney fan club, even a fascination with vampires.
February 18, 2011 | Melissa Healy, Los Angeles Times
The strength of the bond you formed with Mom during the first two years of life strongly affects how efficiently you and your partner will move beyond a fight and join forces to accomplish mutual goals, a new study finds. But if those first years failed to cement your attachment to Mom, take heart: the same study suggests that finding a mellow mate--someone who "gets over it" quickly in the wake of an argument--can help even the insecurely attached to find happiness in a relationship.
September 11, 2005 | Thom Powers, Thom Powers is a New York City-based writer and filmmaker. His most recent Cinemax documentary, "Loving & Cheating," will be released on DVD in 2006.
PAMELA PAUL, a journalist in her early 30s, never thought much about pornography until Time magazine assigned her to write an article called "The Porn Factor," published in January 2004. As she puts it, "my eyes were blown wide open." But not in a happy way. "The Internet is the crack cocaine of sexual addiction," one antiporn activist told her. Others blamed cyberporn for fostering male alienation, female submission, divorce and plastic surgery.
February 16, 2014 | By Kurt Streeter
Officers Keith Linton and Otis Swift stopped their patrol car, rolled down a window and motioned to a hoodie-wearing teenager. In this part of South L.A., such encounters can be tense - or worse. "Hey, Linton. Hey, Swift," the teen said. "How y'all doing?" "Doing good, my man," Linton replied, launching into a conversation about basketball. Similar scenes played out all afternoon as the cops worked their beat in Jordan Downs, a housing project in Watts with a violent reputation and a history of ill will between residents and police.
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