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July 8, 2009 | Alexandra Zavis
Sitting helplessly in the back of a bombed armored troop carrier as soldiers scrambled to tend the wounded, the diplomat had to ask himself: Was his meeting with Iraqi officials worth this? It is a question that instructors at the Army's National Training Center at Fort Irwin, in the Mojave Desert, hope diplomats always ask themselves before requesting transportation from the military units that house and protect them in many parts of Iraq.
January 13, 2014 | Sandy Banks
The mother had lost her children to foster care after injuring them in a drunk driving crash. Now her kids were back at home and a social worker was sitting at her kitchen table, trying to figure out if they would be safe with her. Mom was disheveled, dodging questions and stumbling when she walked. Her overbearing boyfriend showed up unexpectedly and hijacked the conversation, butting in whenever the social worker tried to talk. The social worker finally threw up her hands and walked off. Another took her place, then another and another....
November 16, 2000 | SCOTT STEINBERG,
Job titles mean little during the game development process. Often, every member of a team pitches in on every aspect of the game's design. And few teams have more experience than the designers and artists at Volition, creator of the award-winning "Descent" series. Most recently, the veteran PC studio has wrapped up "Summoner" for Sony PlayStation2. It's the company's first console title, a role-playing game that aims to bring medieval mumbo jumbo to the masses.
January 12, 2014 | By Broderick Turner
He's back on the bench now, back where he has spent most of his 13-year career, back being Clippers super-sub Jamal Crawford . Crawford had become the starting shooting guard while J.J. Redick recovered from a broken right wrist and torn ligaments on the right side of his wrist. But with Redick back playing Friday night against the Lakers, Crawford resumed his role as the Clippers' sixth man. "For me, I'm a team player," Crawford said. "I've been the sixth man and I'm comfortable in that position.
September 28, 1997 | Patrick Pacheco, Patrick Pacheco is a frequent contributor to Calendar
One major New York critic suggested that his name sounded suitable for an extraterrestrial, while another pegged it as appropriate for a weatherman. But these observations merely served as a preamble to the raves both reviewers wrote about Zak Orth's performance as a hysterical young man out to avenge his mother's disgrace in a recent off-Broadway production of George Bernard Shaw's "Misalliance."
June 8, 2007 | Holly Myers, Special to The Times
There is a wonderful photograph near the beginning of "Identity Theft: Eleanor Antin, Lynn Hershman, Suzy Lake, 1972-1978," the Santa Monica Museum of Art's contribution to this season's feminist spectacular. In it, Antin appears dressed as a nurse, lying across the pillows of a bed, surrounded by stuffed animals and paper dolls, biting her thumbnail and smirking like a mischievous 12-year-old.
November 19, 2008 | Sam Adams, Adams is a freelance writer.
As no one who has seen "The Duchess" has failed to observe, there are certain parallels between Georgiana, the Duchess of Devonshire, and Keira Knightley, the actress who plays her. The wife of the influential Duke William Cavendish, Georgiana was greeted by throngs of admirers everywhere she went, her actions instant fodder for the nation's gossip columns.
January 24, 2010 | By Ed Park
For the past several months, my home page has been James Maliszewski's blog Grognardia. Though it's nominally about "the history and traditions of the hobby of role-playing" -- Dungeons & Dragons and its ilk -- it's also an invigorating meditation on aesthetics. Maliszewski is an adherent of the "old school" movement, which favors flexible, elegant gaming systems (the original D&D, circa 1974, a.k.a. OD&D, published in "little brown books") to those that pile on so many supplementary rules and tables that they begin to feel restrictive rather than prescriptive.
For the better part of nine months, Dan Gilbert of Red Lion, Pa., lost his wife, Lori, to an Internet game called "EverQuest." Each day Lori, 35, retreated to her computer in the basement and dove into the online sword-and-sorcery world, surfacing only to sleep and grab a quick bite to eat. Her computer log showed she played an average of 65 hours a week, eclipsing every activity in her life, including sleep. "It was like we were in different worlds," Dan Gilbert said.
June 25, 2009 | Alex Pham
Id Software, creator of the Doom, Wolfenstein 3D and Quake games, has been sold to ZeniMax Media for an undisclosed amount. ZeniMax's Bethesda Softworks studio created the popular Elder Scrolls series of role-playing games. In a statement released Wednesday, ZeniMax said the development process at Id Software would remain untouched. Id will continue to operate as a studio under the direction of founder John Carmack. No changes will be made in the operations of Id's game development.
December 7, 2013 | By Reed Johnson
Edgar Quintero swears that he doesn't really know any swaggering narco kingpins. He just impersonates them in his songs. With his bandmates in the group BuKnas de Culiacan, Quintero fires up dance halls from El Paso to East L.A. packed with fist-pumping teenagers and twentysomethings. He's a virtuoso of the narcocorrido genre, accordion-driven, blood-lusting ballads that lionize the exploits of Mexico's brutal drug cartels and their bosses. "With an AK-47 and a bazooka on my shoulder / Cross my path and I'll chop your head off / We're bloodthirsty, crazy and we like to kill," goes one typically sanguinary tune.
November 24, 2013 | By Alexander Main
In June 2009, democracy, human rights and the rule of law were shattered in Honduras. Democratically elected President Manuel Zelaya was flown out of the country at gunpoint, and, in the days and months that followed, pro-democracy demonstrations were violently repressed and critical media outlets shut down. Elections organized a few months later under the coup regime did nothing to remedy the situation. Held in a climate of repression and boycotted by opposition groups, these elections were widely seen as illegitimate by many Hondurans and most governments in the hemisphere - with the notable exception of the United States.
October 15, 2013
Re "Africans dispute tribunals," Oct. 13 It is hardly a surprise that Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta and Sudanese President Omar Hassan Ahmed Bashir are calling on the African Union to withdraw its support of the International Criminal Court. Both have been charged by the ICC with crimes against humanity. It is not a surprise that these criminally indicted "leaders" wish to sustain the culture of impunity that is running rampant in too many countries in Africa. The African Union is to be commended for its refusal, so far, to support this sinister proposal for its member countries to withdraw en masse from the ICC. Kenyatta and Bashir claim that it is disrespectful to indict and try government leaders in the ICC. Respect is earned, not conferred.
August 23, 2013 | By Douglas Wolk
In the early 1970s, three guys in the Midwest invented a genuinely new kind of game. David Wesely, Gary Gygax and Dave Arneson were all fascinated by complicated tabletop war simulations; Wesely was the one who revolutionized game-play when he asked players in a military game to each act out the role of a single character and found himself improvising rules when the characters deviated from what he'd had in mind. Arneson picked up Wesely's "role-playing" idea and constructed a medieval fantasy setting for it. Gygax, meanwhile, invented a game called Chainmail, with rules for determining the outcomes of medieval combat by rolling dice.
October 11, 2012 | By Valerie J. Nelson, Los Angeles Times
Sammi Kane Kraft, whose real-life baseball skills landed her the role of the pitching ace in the only film she ever made, 2005's "Bad News Bears," died early Tuesday in a car accident in Los Angeles. She was 20. She was a passenger in an Audi that was speeding on the westbound 10 Freeway near Crenshaw Boulevard about 1:30 a.m. when it rear-ended a big rig and was then struck by another car, according to the California Highway Patrol. Kraft was pronounced dead at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, said her brother, Frankie Kraft.
August 26, 2012 | By Susan Carpenter, Los Angeles Times
Scholastic's newest multimedia adventure for middle-grade readers, "The Infinity Ring," launches Tuesday with "A Mutiny in Time. " The new series follows three young characters who are tasked with traveling back through history in order to fix it and save the future. "The Infinity Ring" can be enjoyed for the action and adventure in its printed pages. But readers who decide to continue the journey online can do so with the help of a map tucked into the front cover, which guides them through the tale as one of the main characters in a role-playing video game.
August 28, 2003
I was very disappointed in Pete Metzger's inadequate review of "Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic" ("Choose Wisely You Must," Aug. 21). Metzger says the worlds are "too expansive." Large, explorable environments are important to any quality role-playing game. He complains the story is "too hard to follow." Have Mr. Metzger call me and I'll explain the game's plot in about 30 seconds. The game isn't perfect (Metzger is correct about the graphics). But it is widely considered one of the best RPGs ever.
June 21, 2012 | By Randee Dawn, Special to the Los Angeles Times
The game plan was simple: Everybody liked Julianne Moore. She was the "wish" in their wish list. Director Jay Roach says, "I'm a gigantic fan - it was always, 'Oh, man, wouldn't it be great to get her?'" while writer Danny Strong recalls, "I was lobbying for her from the get-go. " Julianne Moore was irresistible, and when HBO, Roach and Strong approached her about playing Sarah Palin in "Game Change" - a movie based on a portion of the book of the same name by John Heilemann and Mark Halperin - the opportunity was impossible to resist.
May 28, 2012 | Susan King
Not every war film produced by Hollywood during World War II revolved around the men who served in combat. There were also films that focused on the vital role women were playing during the global conflict, including dramas about military nurses who risked their lives taking care of the wounded soldiers, and about the women who tried to keep their families together or worked in factories while the men were in the Pacific and European theaters....
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