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December 12, 2013 | By Douglas Wolk
There are certain things art-comics creators are generally expected to do: Find a tone and stick to it, concentrate their efforts on one major work every few years, stay away from the trappings of genre fiction unless they're putting them in ironic quotation marks. Gilbert Hernandez, blessedly, has no interest in those sorts of expectations. In the early '80s, when he and his brothers were Southern California punks, they launched the long-running comic book "Love and Rockets" - a series that initially seemed extraordinary for not being genre fiction at least as much as it did for the startling originality of Los Bros Hernandez's visual and narrative styles.
April 22, 2014 | Doyle McManus
One year ago this week, the eight-story Rana Plaza garment factory collapsed in Bangladesh's capital city of Dhaka, killing 1,129 people. The building's top floors had been added illegally, and their weight caused the lower stories to buckle. Many of the victims were young women who had been sewing low-priced clothes for Western brands, earning a minimum wage of about $9 a week. It was the worst disaster in garment industry history. In the year since Rana Plaza, inspectors commissioned by U.S. and European clothing companies have scoured Dhaka, checking factories that supply brands to Western retailers.
May 19, 2002
Re "Huntington's Use-of-Force Suit Settled," May 7: The Huntington Beach Police Department earns its cowboy reputation. An officer had two excessive-force allegations against him during a 24-hour period. His response? "They made a big deal out of nothing." As long as excessive use-of-force is considered "within policy" by the department, the cases will continue. Richard A. Hein Fullerton
April 21, 2014 | By Carla Rivera
Sichen Hernandez-Martinez is the type of undergraduate who is increasingly in demand at four-year colleges: She had been a community college honors student, a member of campus government and was active in school clubs. After three years at Chaffey College in Rancho Cucamonga, she was admitted to USC, UC Riverside and Cal State San Bernardino. She accepted a scholarship to Pomona College, a selective, private school in Claremont, which she entered as a junior this year. The Pomona admissions committee was as impressed with her academics as it was with her community involvement.
June 14, 1987
I am amazed at the lengths a newspaper will go to sell papers. To tear down the reputation of a young man such as Barry Minkow for the purposes of sensation is incredible. Why not look at what he did to remedy the situation you described and the good work he's done since? Why not acknowledge his integrity? BARBARA AYASH Chief Executive, Concerned Businessmen's Assn. of America
December 1, 1991
To be a world-class city and maintain the kind of reputation that attracts tourists, as well as business and professional interests, we must ensure that our high-visibility areas are beautiful and crime free. The best way to gain this kind of reputation is to build a new central library at Lane Field. This would go far to counter the negative reputation our Southern California city often endures. Tourists and investors alike look for beauty, stability, family values and safety.
December 23, 1990
"Twin Peaks" has degenerated into some poor, inferior imitation of "The Exorcist." ABC should do the merciful thing and cancel this show before David Lynch's reputation is permanently tarnished. Kenneth L. Zimmerman, Cypress
May 12, 1991
I agree completely with Cannon's assessment of the "presidency" of Reagan. I only hope that Reagan will live long enough to see (assuming he can comprehend) the decline of his Teflon reputation. WAYNE ERIC WILLIAMS, Sherman Oaks
March 21, 1999
Cher, who dresses almost exclusively--and albeit scantily at times--in Bob Mackie creations for the Oscars, keeps her reputation for raising eyebrows intact year after year.
July 17, 2012 | By Victor Dorff
Cheating was, is and probably always will be a fact of life. Recently, technology has provided new ways to cheat, but advanced electronics can't be blamed for our increasing willingness to tolerate it. Once upon a time, being an honorable person included the notion that your word was your bond, and integrity was a crucial element in establishing a good reputation. At least, that was part of the narrative that made up our social compact. My teaching experience tells me, however, that lying and cheating are seen by a lot of kids today as a crucial part of any path to success.
April 5, 2014 | By Christine Mai-Duc
A field of candidates - many political heavyweights and city insiders - are locked in an expensive battle to become Long Beach's newest mayor, a job that comes with expectations of reviving both the port city's economy and reputation. The April 8 election has candidates vying for city attorney and a majority of Long Beach's nine council seats, setting the stage for one of the most significant shake-ups in city politics in more than a decade. But all eyes are on the mayor's race, and with the crowded field a June runoff is likely.
March 14, 2014 | By Dylan Hernandez
Cubs 5, Dodgers 2 AT THE PLATE: Dee Gordon was two for three with a run-scoring triple - his third of the exhibition season. Alex Guerrero, who replaced Gordon at second base, hit a two-run double to left-center field in the seventh inning. Miguel Rojas, who entered camp with a reputation as a subpar hitter, raised his average to .409. He was two for three with a pair of doubles. ON THE MOUND: Paco Rodriguez, Chris Withrow and Jose Dominguez each pitched a scoreless inning.
March 8, 2014 | By John Penner
When Charles Bukowski died in San Pedro 20 years ago, the obituaries in the next day's papers typically began with some iteration of Time magazine's stock description of the writer as the "laureate of American lowlife. " In the decades since, the drinking, brawling, gambling, whoring cliche has become so entrenched and widely propagated it can be hard to see Bukowski's words for his shadow. The "Barfly" legend, sprouted from the self-mythology Bukowski cultivated in countless quasi-autobiographical works including his celebrated movie screenplay and fed by his real-life drunken bouts of abusiveness, has only grown posthumously.
February 23, 2014 | By Elaine Woo
William F. Thomas, an editor who led The Times during an extraordinary period of expansion in the 1970s and 1980s, when the paper widened its reach nationally and abroad and became a showcase for literary journalism, has died. He was 89. Thomas, who helped the paper reap 11 Pulitzer Prizes during his three-decade career at The Times, died Sunday of natural causes at his home in Sherman Oaks, said his son, Pete. "He was perhaps the least well-known of any editor of any major newspaper," said former Times Publisher and CNN President Tom Johnson . "He never sought the spotlight for himself.
February 17, 2014 | By Robert J. Lopez
A reputed gang member has been arrested on suspicion of stabbing a man five times with a screwdriver outside an Altadena restaurant, law enforcement authorities said Monday. Juan Jose Cortez, 27, was being held Monday night at the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department's Altadena Station on $300,000 bail, according to online booking records. Department officials alleged that Cortez approached the victim Thursday as he was getting out a car with his family. Cortez began arguing and removed his shirt, exposing a gang tattoo, officials said in a statement.  "The suspect announced he was from a local gang as he tried to punch the victim," officials said.  Sheriff's officials said the two began to scuffle and the victim was attacked with the screwdriver.
February 13, 2014 | Frank Shyong
Chen Si, 35, and her husband visited Los Angeles from Shanghai for the first time in December, excited about local attractions like Disneyland and Hollywood. They were less enthused about the idea of American food. They booked a room in San Gabriel, where friends said they could find "acceptable" Chinese food in the surrounding neighborhood, Si said. The once-quiet suburb about 12 miles east of downtown Los Angeles is in the midst of a transformation built on the growing international reputation of its Chinese food and services.
September 5, 2008 | Thomas Bonk, Times Staff Writer
Golfer Tommy Bolt, known as well for his legendary temper tantrums as for winning the 1958 U.S. Open, died Saturday in Batesville, Ark., the PGA Tour announced. He was 92. Elected to the World Golf Hall of Fame in 2002, Bolt was nicknamed Terrible Tommy for a reputation of spectacularly tossing his clubs in disgust. "Today's players owe a debt of gratitude to Tommy Bolt and his fellow pioneers," PGA Tour Commissioner Tim Finchem said in a statement. "His golf prowess was only matched by his formidable and colorful personality."
January 9, 1988
One way that Burbank Chamber of Commerce members might ameliorate the City of Burbank's reputation for provincialism would be to remove the multitudinous photos of past presidents of the Burbank Chamber of Commerce from the Burbank Chamber of Commerce office wall. This act would give symbolic credence to the city of Burbank's impending "face lift." ED KYSAR Reseda
January 23, 2014 | By Tina Susman
NEW YORK - Prosecutors say Vincent Asaro expected to get rich off the infamous heist of about $6 million in cash and jewels from a Lufthansa vault in 1978, a crime that unleashed a murderous spree by a paranoid mobster and inspired Martin Scorsese's film "Goodfellas. " He didn't. "We never got our right money," Asaro is accused of grousing to an FBI informant in an expletive-laced conversation recorded in 2011. But Asaro did get arrested and charged Thursday as the FBI unsealed an indictment detailing allegations that he planned the record-breaking heist and was involved in other crimes dating back decades, including murder, arson and illegal gambling.
January 15, 2014 | By Paresh Dave
A woman acquitted of murder last year in connection with the high-profile slaying of an aspiring model filed a lawsuit Wednesday accusing Santa Monica police of intimidating witnesses and damaging her reputation. Kelly Soo Park, 48, alleges three witnesses who planned to testify on her behalf were scared off or tainted by Santa Monica Police Det. Karen Thompson. "We just want to present to the world and to the court that what's being portrayed in the media now is an incomplete story," Park's attorney, Ron Kaye, said of the lawsuit.
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