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March 18, 2010
If your knowledge of Hawaiian music begins and ends with Elvis movies, get thee to Keali'i Reiche l's show. The multi-talented singer updates island music traditions. Walt Disney Concert Hall, 111 S. Grand Ave., L.A. 8 p.m. Fri. $44.50 to $99.75.
April 21, 2014 | By Todd Martens
As the second and final weekend of the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival was in full swing, Lauren Mayberry of rising electro-pop trio Chvrches assured attendees that they had made the right choice. "You guys are lucky," she said midset Saturday. "Last week was a rehearsal. " She wasn't the only one thankful for a do-over. A reunited OutKast completely revamped its Friday night set, delivering a livelier and more streamlined performance, one that did away with guests and didn't back-load the hits.
December 6, 2002
Re "A Deficit of Experience," editorial, Dec. 2: The Legislature has had its first meeting and has sworn in 39 new members. Of the 40 state senators and 80 Assembly members, the 39 amount to about one-third of the Legislature. In view of the many serious problems facing the state, it should be a matter of some concern that so many of our legislators are rookies. Term limits may sound like a good idea, but perhaps it's time to rethink that measure. After all, if a legislator isn't doing a good job, we should be able to vote him or her out of office instead of forcing capable people out because of a term limit.
April 15, 2014 | By Timothy M. Phelps
WASHINGTON - The Defense Department, under pressure from Congress to reexamine the way it handles sexual assault cases, announced Tuesday a comprehensive review of the entire military justice system. "It's been over 30 years since the military code of justice was reviewed. It's simply time," said Lt. Col. J. Todd Breasseale, a Pentagon spokesman. "Sexual assault will certainly be part of the compendium of issues that will be looked at, but it's by no means the sole issue. " Members of Congress and women's groups have been strongly critical of how the military handles sexual assault cases, particularly the authority that military officers have to overturn the convictions of those under their command.
February 9, 2003
Re: "Gov. Davis' Budget Blueprint Lacks Nerve," James Flanigan, Jan. 12: All the investment advice that you have tried to impart to readers over many years was negated in one swoop with your recommendation to rethink the capping of property taxes in 1978. Proposition 13 is the only groundswell citizen movement on record to soundly defeat politicians, as well as the unmitigated greed of those feeding at the public trough. The limits established on annual tax increases protect every property owner in this state.
May 25, 2003
With the travel industry hurting, why does it continue to discriminate against the single traveler? Travel has been my hobby for the past 15 years, but I usually have to pay a single supplement of $300 to $1,400 per tour. I am sure such amounts discourage many would-be travelers. The travel industry needs to rethink its singles market and eliminate the double-occupancy restrictions on pricing. Lauren Simms Huntington Beach
December 14, 2005
Re "Always right, never wrong," Opinion, Dec. 11 Jonathan Chait writes, "So whenever conservative policies crash and burn in the real world, rather than rethink their ideas, conservatives simply redefine the failures as un-conservative," and he gives the example of President Bush's cutting taxes while increasing spending. If Republicans had stayed true to the conservative policy of cutting both spending and taxes -- with demonstrably bad impact on the economy -- that would be failed policy in need of rethinking from conservatives.
December 25, 1990
To the homeowners' association: Surely you jest! You wouldn't destroy that beautiful house, would you? You are just trying to scare the owners into finishing it fast, right? Every day for the past 14 years I have passed the house and every time something new is added I feel like cheering. That's a lot of dedication and perseverance. I hope you will rethink your decision and allow this special house be a part of our community. DOROTHY CROWLEY-CAVECCHE Palos Verdes Estates
December 19, 2008 | JOEL STEIN
I have never been so upset by a poll in my life. Only 22% of Americans now believe "the movie and television industries are pretty much run by Jews," down from nearly 50% in 1964. The Anti-Defamation League, which released the poll results last month, sees in these numbers a victory against stereotyping. Actually, it just shows how dumb America has gotten. Jews totally run Hollywood. How deeply Jewish is Hollywood?
Question: I am a widow and I would like to know if it is advisable to add my two adult children to my house deed. One is single, the other married. Answer: When you add someone to your home deed as a joint tenant, you're making a gift. And that can cause tax and legal problems. Many people like the idea of joint tenancy because holding title to property that way avoids probate, the court process that follows death.
January 25, 2014 | By Christopher Hawthorne, Los Angeles Times Architecture Critic
What is CicLAvia? That's hardly a simple question these days. The Los Angeles open-streets festival, which may gain a monthly spot on the calendar by 2017, isn't just drawing increasingly large crowds and expanding into new territory, including upcoming routes in South Los Angeles and the San Fernando Valley. CicLAvia is also a Rorschach test, a civic pop quiz that provokes extreme - and telling - reactions. For cyclists, it offers a chance to ride on streets emptied of car traffic, of course, but also an encouraging sign of growing clout in a city long designed around the automobile.
January 9, 2014 | By Randall Roberts, Los Angeles Times Pop Music Critic
A stage, a sound system, musicians and a crowd. That's all you really need to put on a concert. Everything else - $12 beer, nachos, jumbo video screens, light show, 3-D glasses, VIP meet-and-greets, merch, vapor pen for your "medical marijuana" - is gravy. Even the $75-million renovation of the Los Angeles Forum isn't going to guarantee a good show. As a rule in watching musicians at work, a smaller space is usually preferable. This is creative expression, and at its best it's the most intimate nonsexual exchange you can have with a stranger.
January 5, 2014 | By George P. Shultz, Scott W. Atlas and John F. Cogan
As the acute problems of the Affordable Care Act become increasingly apparent, it also has become clear that we need new ways of ensuring access to healthcare for all Americans. We should begin with an examination of health insurance. Insurance is about protecting against risk. In the health arena, the risk at issue is of large and unexpected medical expenses. The proper role of health insurance should be to finance necessary and expensive medical services without the patient incurring devastating financial consequences.
December 15, 2013 | Liz Weston, Money Talk
Dear Liz: Both of our sons, ages 63 and 59, are currently unemployed. We are 93 and self-supporting with Social Security and my retirement benefits. We live in our own home and are able to handle all our expenses, even though my wife requires a companion for 12 hours each day. I believe we should financially aid both sons, to the limit of our ability, but my wife disagrees. They are the two main beneficiaries of our estate. Each one is scheduled to receive about $40,000 upon our deaths.
November 9, 2013 | By Barbara Demick
BEIJING - The Chinese leadership is hyping a Communist Party meeting that began Saturday as the greatest financial rethink since leader Deng Xiaoping launched China's economic revolution in the late 1970s. In keeping with past patterns, the Chinese will not divulge specifics of the four-day session here until it concludes. But proposals that have leaked out in recent weeks include easing business regulations and liberalizing interest and currency exchange rates. The economic revolution launched more than three decades ago is still unfinished, leaving the country with a hybrid economy sometimes waggishly referred to as "capitalism with Chinese characteristics.
October 29, 2013 | By Bill Shaikin
BOSTON - If the St. Louis Cardinals lose another game, they lose the World Series. This ought to be the point when they decide they are not going to let David Ortiz beat them. "It's past the point of when I would have done it," Jarrod Washburn said Tuesday. When the Angels won the World Series in 2002, Washburn was their ace, and Troy Percival their closer. Barry Bonds played the role of Ortiz. The Angels beat the San Francisco Giants, in large part because the Angels determined Bonds would not beat them.
November 10, 1996
Re "One-Fourth of Schools' Quake Repairs Undone," Oct.15. After reading about all the schools that need repair and seeing the same discussions on television, it would seem we have our priorities reversed. The argument should not be about raising taxes, it should be about requiring our current elected representatives to make intelligent choices in their spending of the tax money they have. How many schools could we repair and upgrade for the money the city is pouring into the subway project?
October 24, 2013 | By The Times editorial board
Less than a month ago, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors voted to spend $75 million to send 500 long-term inmates to a Kern County facility in an effort to ease jail overcrowding. Now, citing legal concerns, the board seems inclined to pull the plug on the plan. Supervisor Gloria Molina withdrew her support because she was worried the county could be drawn into a messy ongoing lawsuit between the state and officials in Kern. Apparently, county lawyers failed to inform the board about the lawsuit before the supervisors voted on the contract.
October 16, 2013 | By Mark Z. Barabak
Pride, it is said, goeth before a fall. Now come the recriminations. Repeated national surveys have shown public support for the Republican Party tanking since GOP lawmakers banded together to shut down the federal government and bring the U.S. to the brink of financial default. On a more personal level, Republican Sen. Mike Lee of Utah, one of the highest-profile supporters of the impasse, has seen his appproval ratings plunge at home - a conservative stronghold that delivered President Obama a mere 25% of the vote in 2012.  Now, in a rare statement of second thoughts, the hometown newspaper of Republican Texas Sen. Ted Cruz has expressed its regrets for endorsing him a year ago. Cruz was one of the chief architects of the impasse.
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