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OPINION
May 12, 2011
Religious institutions in this country that object to homosexuality have nothing to fear from the gay-rights movement. Freedom of religion constitutionally protects them from having to perform same-sex marriages or elevate gays and lesbians to the clergy. Yet as society opens itself to new viewpoints over time, those perspectives influence people of faith. So it was that the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) this week voted to allow the ordination of gay ministers, elders and deacons.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 16, 2010 | By Valerie J. Nelson, Los Angeles Times
Neva Patterson, a character actress who portrayed Cary Grant's fiancee in the 1957 movie "An Affair to Remember" in a career that spanned six decades and more than 100 film and TV roles, has died. She was 90. Patterson died Tuesday at her Brentwood home of complications from a broken hip, said her daughter, Megan Lee. The actress was a veteran of Broadway when she was cast as Lois, the socialite who would not make it to the altar with Grant in "An Affair to Remember. " "She just loved the fact that she kissed Cary Grant the first day on the set," her daughter said.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 2, 2010
The museum's current A.I.R. (Artist in Residence) Brody Conlon coordinates a live-action, role-playing performance piece, based on the EST-like intensive self-actualization seminars that proliferated in the 1970s like so many bright, yellow smiley faces. "Level5" brings together 50 players, who will occupy their respective personas (or "alibis") for the duration of the two-day event. Watch them via live-streamed video in the Billy Wilder Theater. Hammer Museum, 10899 Wilshire Blvd.
SPORTS
April 11, 2010 | By Lisa Dillman, Los Angeles Times
He wants to finish the job. Really. Baron Davis isn't the only Clipper who returned to his hometown, hoping to help remake the organization, hoping to own part of the city … only to find out the team is owning the lottery. Craig Smith sighed. Losing has a way of clouding even the most brilliant of sun-splashed days in Beverly Hills, marring the mood of an upbeat power forward with the fun, cartoonish nickname, the Rhino. "I've never been to the playoffs in four years," Smith said, shaking his head.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 9, 2010 | By Andrew Blankstein and Richard Winton
For the "Rico Suave" bandit, the weapons of choice are charm, disguise and the power of persuasion. In August, the man slicked back his hair and pretended to be a member of a salsa band playing the Greek Theatre. He talked a clerk at the Wilshire Grand hotel into giving him the keys to the band's room and made off with $9,000. On his way out, he gave the clerk the band's CD. A few weeks later, he donned a Chivas soccer jersey and hugged members of the Mexican team as they left another downtown L.A. hotel, the Marriott, on a team bus. Then, posing as a member of the team's entourage, he persuaded a hotel clerk to give him the team's room keys, making off with $10,000.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 5, 2010 | By Steve Chawkins
In most towns, a local theater troupe might boost ticket sales by having the mayor or the high school football coach take small parts in, say, "Annie Get Your Gun!" In Santa Barbara, where the university is home to five Nobel laureates, the Ensemble Theatre Company has rejiggered the formula: On Sunday, two Nobel Prize-winning physicists will portray two other Nobel Prize-winning physicists in a reading from a play that revolves around quantum mechanics and the development of nuclear weapons.
SPORTS
February 11, 2010 | By Helene Elliott
The gold medal Mark Johnson won as the leading scorer on the 1980 U.S. Olympic hockey team is sitting somewhere in the computer room of his home in Madison, Wis. "I couldn't tell you exactly where," he said, smiling. He didn't bring it with him to Vancouver for a second Olympic experience as coach of the U.S. women's hockey team, an opportunity that's as exhilarating for him as it was unexpected. He doesn't need to remind his players about the key role he played among the U.S. college kids who stunned the powerful Soviets and beat Finland to become Olympic champions and the patron saints of underdogs everywhere.
ENTERTAINMENT
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.
BUSINESS
December 23, 2009 | By Jim Puzzanghera
President Obama met with community bankers at the White House on Tuesday and absolved them of blame for the financial crisis. But they didn't get off scot-free, as the president suggested they weren't lending enough. A little more than a week after calling executives of large financial institutions "fat-cat bankers" who helped trigger the country's economic troubles, the president was much kinder to a dozen small banks. But he delivered the same message -- albeit in a nicer tone -- as he did to a gathering of the big-bank chieftains: Make more loans to small businesses to help create jobs.
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