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November 9, 2008
The "On the Spot" column ("Herd Mentality," Nov. 2) asked why airlines don't use more than one door to board passengers. Good question. But what has always perplexed me is why almost all the airlines board planes from front to back rows. This virtually guarantees it's going to take longer to load a plane as people in rows up front who are trying to find seats, stow bags, etc., are bumped and crawled over by passengers trying to get to seats in back rows. It's all so unnecessary. Why don't they board from back to front and avoid all the hassle?
April 27, 2014 | By Ronald D. White
The gig: Olympic medalist Anita L. DeFrantz, 61, is president and a director of the LA84 Foundation, the charitable organization that runs off an endowment of surplus funds from the Los Angeles Olympic Games. In the three decades since those games, LA84 has donated more than $214 million to more than 1,100 Southern California youth sports programs, providing opportunities for more than 3 million children. DeFrantz has spent nearly half her life with the organization, formerly known as the Amateur Athletic Foundation.
May 19, 2002
I have swallowed--hook, line and sinker--the idea of Arclight Cinemas. I bought into the $14 tickets. I joined the membership club even before I set foot into the theater. I first went to Arclight to see "My Big Fat Greek Wedding," and I loved every minute of the experience: the sound, the seats, the lack of advertisements, the picture. Going to the movies is a redefined experience. Then comes the first blockbuster of the summer, "Spider-Man." I cannot wait to see this at Arclight, and this time I want to see it at the Dome--the refurbished Cinerama Dome.
April 22, 2014
Re "The Resurrection's challenge," Opinion, April 20 Skid row soup-kitchen operator Jeff Dietrich's writing is always confrontational, annoying and inspiring. This article was true to form, only more so. I can't believe Dietrich feels that he has to measure up to the risen Christ. His work may be a lot of things, and it ain't easy. The description of the homeless man needing a bathroom in the early morning - whom Dietrich turned away, citing the fact that his facility wasn't open yet and prior experiences letting the homeless use his bathroom - was poignantly real.
June 28, 2009
Dennis Lim's interesting article about the movie "Last Year at Marienbad" ("Enigma, Thy Name is 'Marienbad,' " June 21) reminded me of when my mathematician brother and I saw it in 1962. We were intrigued by the character who was always playing the game of Nim with others, although I don't believe the word "Nim" was mentioned in the movie. He dealt cards in four rows of seven, five, three and one and invited the other player to start by removing one or more cards from a single row. The object was not to remove the last card.
May 23, 2009
I've been attending UCLA basketball games and other events at Pauley Pavilion since the early '70s, and looking at the drawing of the redesigned arena, I could hardly tell that any changes were made. The seats behind the baskets look as far away from the court as they ever have been, except there are a couple rows of high-priced seats blocking the view. For $185 million, one would think that the floor could be lowered, bringing the fans closer to the court. Many more rows of seats would thus be added, perhaps offsetting the need for the few "high-roller" seats that should be reserved for professional teams, such as the Lakers and the Trojans.
November 30, 2010 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Travel & Deal blogger
Looking for some British-type Christmas hype? The Great Dickens Christmas Fair at the Cow Palace in the San Francisco area offers rows and rows of crafts, food and performers in period costumes. Buy tickets online through Saturday and receive up to a 20% discount. The deal: This holiday replica meant to conjure up Victorian London includes dances at Fezziwig's Warehouse, carolers at the Father Christmas Stage and the Pipe & Bowl Morris dancers at Mad Sal’s Dockside Alehouse.
April 21, 2010 | Chris Erskine
Jennifer Ogawa of Torrance was sitting minding her own business, as if that's even possible at a hockey game, when a few rows up, one Steve Raboin of Chino Hills stumbled forward and landed in Ogawa's lap, not on purpose. Two minutes: drinking. As so often happens at hockey games, no one was hurt during what would appear to be a crushing hit, probably because Ogawa's boyfriend didn't witness the incident. "He was in the bathroom," Ogawa explains. Such is life in what they call the Die-Hard section of Staples Center, a family-oriented section in the higher reaches, if your family consists of knuckleheads and other ne'er-do-wells, which it probably does.
November 26, 1987 | ELIZABETH TURNER, Times Staff Writer
The weathered hands tremble as they touch the leaves. The sun is burning morning dew off the fields, but raising beads of sweat on Lester Begley's furrowed forehead. He's had to take it easy since his stroke a few years ago, but he thinks he'll pick a few more buckets anyway. A few rows over, Norm Rohn, wearing a battered Panama hat and a wild gray beard, vigorously lops a cauliflower off its stalk, and looks over the green rows for further booty.
March 8, 1988 | DAVID OLMOS
Can't seem to stick with your exercise program? An Irvine health fitness equipment company has a product designed to motivate you with a high-tech twist. Life Fitness Inc., a division of Bally Manufacturing, has been marketing its computerized rowing machine, the Liferower, for about a year. An unusual feature of the rowing machine is a 13-inch color video screen resembling a computer video game. The screen depicts two racing sculls in the water.
April 20, 2014 | By Jeff Dietrich
I go to Mass almost every Sunday, but I try to avoid the big holidays. Especially Easter. In most Christian churches, Easter is a kind of triumphalistic affirmation of Christian certainty. My sense is that the Resurrection is not a celebration; it is a threat and a challenge. Even though I am a Catholic Worker and I live and work with the homeless and serve a meal at our soup kitchen every day, I don't want to encounter the risen Christ, for how can any of us begin to measure up to his example?
April 12, 2014 | By Tracy Brown
Art aficionados planning to attend the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books this weekend will be able to watch artists create works live on the USC site as well as hear the many assembled writers. Artists' Row, a new feature at the festival, will house six artists who specialize in various media as they create pieces guided by the festival's theme, “Inspire Your Fire.” The artists will work throughout the weekend at the gathering at the University of Southern California; their pieces are expected to be finished by the end of the day on Sunday.
April 12, 2014
Most of the several hundred letters I read each week can best be described as adversarial: They take issue with healthcare reform, the handling of the crisis in Ukraine, politics in Washington and any number of topics where there is little middle ground. Occasionally, an uplifting story will provide some respite from the ceaseless debates. This week, reporter Kurt Streeter's Column One on Jeff Dietrich and Catherine Morris of the Catholic Worker movement - a husband-wife team whose lifelong work has been to "enable" skid row's homeless - did just that.
April 11, 2014 | By Broderick Turner
When: 12:30 p.m. Where: Staples Center. On the air: TV: Prime Ticket; Radio: 980, 1330. Records: Clippers 55-24, Kings 27-52. Record vs. Kings: 3-0. Update: The Clippers have another opportunity to match their franchise high in wins, established last season at 56-26. With a victory, the Clippers will clinch the third seeding in the Western Conference. The Clippers have defeated the Kings seven consecutive times. The Kings have lost four consecutive games and are 11-29 on the road.
April 11, 2014 | By Mike Bresnahan
Nobody got hurt. The Lakers didn't lose by 50. There are only three games left. These were reasons for the Lakers to celebrate a 112-95 loss Friday to Golden State at Staples Center. The season that won't ever end is down to a handful of days. Nobody's complaining. No crying. Tension was sucked out of this season a month ago, if not longer. BOX SCORE: Golden State 112, Lakers 95 There's a lot of losing, though, six in a row for the Lakers (25-54) after a late run fell short, extending their team record for losses in a season.
April 11, 2014 | By Dan Wiederer
AUGUSTA, Ga. - Felt good off the club face. Looked good the whole way. Bubba Watson stood on the 16th tee at the Masters on Friday, eyes wide and zeroed in. His nine-iron at the 170-yard hole was tracking for the flag, then curled toward a possible ace. Watson thought it had a chance, so enthralled by the shot's path that he raised his club to his mouth and bit down. The ball settled four feet from the hole. So Watson settled for sinking an effortless birdie putt. Ho-hum.
The call came on the eve of his Los Angeles concert, just as he was leaving his home in Mexico. We have your son. Follow our instructions. Don't make trouble. It was a year ago, and Vicente Fernandez was about to headline four sold-out shows at the Pico Rivera Sports Arena, his annual Memorial Day pilgrimage to the Eastside suburbs of L.A. Now this voice, saying his 33-year-old son, his namesake, was being held for a ransom of millions.
October 27, 1991 | JOEL RAPP, Rapp is a Los Angeles free-lance writer , the gardening editor of Redbook magazine and is heard Sunday mornings on KGIL radio.
"How's your fern?" Once a humorous greeting offered by Steve Allen, this has always been and will continue to be a serious question to indoor gardeners. Every year, millions of indoor plant enthusiasts wrestle with the sometimes difficult task of keeping ferns alive in a home environment.
April 11, 2014 | By Christie D'Zurilla
Debbie Rowe, Michael Jackson's ex-wife and mother of his first two children, is engaged to be married again.  Rowe has said "I will" to Marc Schaffel, TMZ reports, three weeks after he proposed. She'd initially declined, the site said Thursday, because she thought she had terminal cancer. After finding out Wednesday that her diagnosis was actually the auto-immune disease sarcoidosis, she changed her mind. No wedding date has been set yet, she said. The 55-year-old Palmdale resident met Schaffel when he was working for Jackson, according to ABC News , and their friendly relationship evolved over time.
April 8, 2014
Re "A new approach to skid row," Editorial, April 4 I am delighted by your editorial. As part of the L.A. Catholic Worker community on skid row for more than 40 years, we have not only fed and cared for the homeless, we have also over the years given out roughly 10,000 free shopping carts. We have been an integral part of the federal lawsuit against the city for the seizure of shopping carts and the vital possessions of the homeless that the city has fruitlessly pursued all the way to the Supreme Court.
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