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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 27, 1995
Re John Dart's "Joining the Rush to Repent" (June 19), about Christians who are seeking forgiveness for historical sins: What good is accomplished when the descendants of wrongdoers apologize to the descendants of the victims? The only people who feel better are those apologizing. It is an exercise in self-gratification. Worse, it ignores the root of the evil which still exists. The crimes of white Christians against non-Christian people of color are based on the conviction that other faiths are false and their adherents therefore members of inferior cultures.
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ENTERTAINMENT
February 28, 2014 | By Robert Abele
The ludicrous and bloody New Orleans melodrama "Repentance" offers the despairing sight of talented actors in full flounder. There's Forest Whitaker, as a basket-case divorcee and father who never got over his dead mother, stomping around with a mopey expression and a jittery left hand that's bad-movie shorthand for impending psychosis. There's Anthony Mackie, as a bestselling self-help author who changed his life after a devastating car accident, smiling uncomfortably through ridiculous therapy sessions with Whitaker - $300 an hour!
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ENTERTAINMENT
February 28, 2014 | By Robert Abele
The ludicrous and bloody New Orleans melodrama "Repentance" offers the despairing sight of talented actors in full flounder. There's Forest Whitaker, as a basket-case divorcee and father who never got over his dead mother, stomping around with a mopey expression and a jittery left hand that's bad-movie shorthand for impending psychosis. There's Anthony Mackie, as a bestselling self-help author who changed his life after a devastating car accident, smiling uncomfortably through ridiculous therapy sessions with Whitaker - $300 an hour!
BUSINESS
August 15, 2013 | By Andrew Tangel
NEW YORK - Eliot Spitzer came to a gospel concert in Brooklyn in search of what he's wanted for five long years. As New Yorkers waited in line and lounged in camping chairs at a park before the show one recent evening, the disgraced former governor and attorney general, his white dress shirt sleeves rolled up, gripped hands and grinned. "Welcome back!" one woman shouted. "You were a great AG!" cooed another. Spitzer's political revival has also taken him on a repentant sinner's path to houses of worship on New York City's fringes.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 20, 1987
Has Hollywood gone "Nuts" lately? It seems like it's going "Overboard" with one-name movie titles like "Raw," "Walker" and "September" this November and December. Even one-name stars like Cher in "Moonstruck" and the abbreviated billing of "Nicholson" and "Streep" in "Ironweed" (which, incidentally, isn't a sequel to "Weeds") is "Suspect." And foreign films and re-releases don't seem to be taking a "Siesta" from this trend either, for I see no "Repentance" at the "Checkpoint" from the likes of "Gaby," "Anna" and "Cinderella."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 3, 1988
I would like to thank Goodman for providing me a sense of quiet, early morning sanity with which to begin my day. Goodman gave ringing voice to feelings of outrage that most of us are never allowed (or allow ourselves) to express. When a lack (or lapse) of moral standard manifests itself in personal behavior or political acts that are clearly devoid of conscience, repentance, or merely simple statements of responsibility, and when such acts or behavior result in personal sorrow, political and social demoralization, or professional and financial destitution, we should allow ourselves to not forgive, to not forget, to not accept the pasteurization and watering-down of those acts and their effects, simply because time has created an ever-increasing distance between the event and the present.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 5, 1996
Cal Thomas ("We've Tried All Else; Why Not God?" Commentary, July 31) confuses repentance with government policy. He seems to think that the best policy approach to combating terrorism is for the nation to turn to God. But this makes religion into a cheap way of fixing societal travails. Of course, Thomas does not suggest that we abandon conventional efforts against terrorism such as good police work and better use of technology. The source of Thomas' confusion is a misunderstanding of repentance.
MAGAZINE
July 19, 1987
Relative to your article "Forever Young" (by Mark Christensen, June 21), the following passage is read from the Gates of Repentance by Reform Jews at Yom Kippur: "If some messenger were to come to us with the offer that death should be overthrown, but with the one inseparable condition that birth should also cease; if the existing generation were given the chance to live forever, but on the clear understanding that never again would there be a...
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 4, 1987
It was heartening to read (July 25) that Spain intends to give Sephardic Jews a "special place in Columbus rites," the upcoming celebration of the 500th anniversary of his discovery of the Americas; 1492 was also the year that Jews were expelled from Spain. A Spanish official said that one intent is to publicize Spain's Jewish past, both at home and abroad. My Sephardic co-religionists in Spain and elsewhere should press the state and the Catholic Church of Spain to use the occasion to memorialize those who died during the Inquisition on flaming stakes rather than be forced to convert to Catholicism.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 14, 1987
A federal court judge Monday denied a former Moorpark councilman's request to reduce part of his sentence for embezzling postal funds. In papers filed with the court, Danny Allen Woolard, 39, said he was willing to serve his six-month prison sentence but asked U.S. District Judge Manuel L. Real to place him on three years' probation instead of five because he is "repentant." Woolard also asked the judge to reduce the hours of community service he is to perform from 2,000 to 1,000.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 9, 2012 | By Matt Donnelly
That's more like it, Brad Pitt. After a widely panned perfume campaign and a furniture collection received with apprehension, Mr. Angelina Jolie finally gets back in his lane: A trailer for his upcoming zombie epic "World War Z" hit the Web on Friday. Playing a husband and father of two, Pitt's just making his way through gridlock (watch the trailer below) before the apocalyptic overtones begin: explosions, helicopters and the life-threatening fare these blockbusters bring. Anchored by the dramatic chops of female lead Mireille Enos, and the masses of zombified citizens that remind us of the trembling creeps in "I Am Legend," the trailer serves as a necessary reminder of what Brad does best: save the world, looking good doing it.  Pitt's Chanel No. 5 spot, a stark and brooding work of stream-of-consciousness adjectives for, um, perfume, was the subject of "SNL" and Conan O'Brien spoof sketches, and a favorite Halloween costume for Hollywood types.
OPINION
July 14, 2012
Re "Blame the sinner, not capitalism," Opinion, July 10 Jonah Goldberg has hit the nail on the head. We do need to hold the sinners accountable for their bad deeds. Now that Goldberg has diagnosed the illness, I would like to hear how he suggests we cure the patient, which is the electorate's failure to punish venal officials, the government's failure to punish the sinner and civil society's failure to police malice and buffoonery. Should we reintroduce public shame for these bad actors?
SPORTS
April 25, 2012 | By Mark Medina
It's going to take a while before Metta World Peace will fully repent for his vicious elbow Sunday on Oklahoma City guard James Harden. After all, we've already seen World Peace (and Ron Artest) longingly rehab his image after the Palace Brawl, only to see some of it evaporate with his latest incident. However small, World Peace is taking the first small step toward trying to rebuild his reputation. That step involved sending out a statement that made no excuses for his behavior.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 2, 2011 | By Gary Goldstein
The deliberately paced, quietly immersive "Kinyarwanda" tells a tangle of stories set in and around 1994's Rwandan genocide, a roughly 100-day nightmare that pit that country's Hutu majority against its Tutsi minority, resulting in as many as a million violent deaths. This ambitious first feature film about the period made entirely by Rwandans (shot in a remarkable 16 days), while hardly an all-inclusive look at this complex conflict, paints a heartfelt, fairly restrained picture of a nation under siege.
BUSINESS
July 21, 2011 | By E. Scott Reckard, Los Angeles Times
As Barry Minkow prepared to be sentenced a second time for securities fraud, he appeared in a familiar role: repentant, apologetic, acknowledging deep character flaws and expressing hope he can transform himself for the better yet again. "The truth about me is I am a 45-year-old loser, and I am so very sorry for what I have done," Minkow wrote in a letter to U.S. District Judge Patricia A. Seitz of Miami, who was to sentence him early Thursday for conspiring to manipulate the stock of home builder Lennar Corp.
BUSINESS
February 15, 2011 | David Lazarus
The Rev. Tom Batsis sat in the dining room of the priests' residence at a Roman Catholic church in North Hollywood, religious images gracing the wall behind him. He hadn't invited me to visit because he wanted to discuss spiritual matters. Batsis wanted to talk about the trouble he and the two other priests in the rectory were having with Time Warner Cable. They believed they were victims of identity theft, he said, but the cable giant didn't seem interested in discussing the matter.
SPORTS
April 25, 2012 | By Mark Medina
It's going to take a while before Metta World Peace will fully repent for his vicious elbow Sunday on Oklahoma City guard James Harden. After all, we've already seen World Peace (and Ron Artest) longingly rehab his image after the Palace Brawl, only to see some of it evaporate with his latest incident. However small, World Peace is taking the first small step toward trying to rebuild his reputation. That step involved sending out a statement that made no excuses for his behavior.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 18, 1987 | RING LARDNER JR.
Does our criminal-justice system promote genuine repentance? Not when the crime is contempt of Congress and the offender finds a congressman convicted of thievery among his fellow prisoners. That is what happened to five of the Hollywood 10 who appeared before the House Committee on Un-American Activities 40 years ago this month and then served one-year prison terms after the Supreme Court declined to hear their appeal.
NATIONAL
February 21, 2010 | By Christi Parsons
Talk show host Glenn Beck poked and prodded the Republican hierarchy Saturday night in a raucous address to fellow conservatives, comparing the party to an alcoholic who hasn't hit bottom and to golfer Tiger Woods before his public repentance. Calling himself a recovering alcoholic in that context, Beck said he believes in the concept of redemption but that he doesn't think the GOP has taken the first step toward achieving it. "I have not yet heard people in the Republican Party admit they have a problem," Beck told a packed ballroom in Washington.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 20, 2009 | Maria Elena Fernandez and ; Scott Collins
"My Name Is Earl" creator Greg Garcia is a writer because he has a way with words. Asked Tuesday for his take on NBC's unceremonious cancellation of his single-camera comedy, Garcia didn't miss a beat: "It's hard to be too upset about being thrown off the Titanic." In case the reference isn't obvious, NBC is in fourth place among networks, after a lackluster season in which it launched seven new shows -- of them, five are failing and the other two are posting mediocre numbers. Garcia's comment came amid the annual spring upfronts where the major networks gather to pitch media buyers on their upcoming fall and midseason schedules.
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