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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 14, 1992
The Calabasas City Council is flexing its new muscles in the form of an anti-growth agenda, suspending and blocking building permit applications. Calabasas has in its employ a geology professor, Dr. Slosson, who invokes the Weber Report, a study done in the late 1960s by a state geologist with the Division of Mines and Geology who mapped a portion of the Santa Monica Mountains, of which a small part is Calabasas Highlands. Essentially, the Weber Report says that approximately 11,000 years ago a landslide may have occurred there.
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ENTERTAINMENT
March 26, 2014 | by Scott Collins
Fox's newest dating show is out to deceive contestants royally. In "I Wanna Marry 'Harry,' " 12 single American women travel to Britain to meet a young man they are led to believe is -- yes, you guessed it -- Prince Harry, the rakish 29-year-old grandson of Queen Elizabeth II and fourth in line to the British throne. Harry he is not, of course, but, rather, one Matthew Hicks, a lookalike who is not in line for anything except the starring role in a dating show that proves just how hard it is to embarrass TV programmers.
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ENTERTAINMENT
March 4, 2011 | By Mark Olsen
The uproariously odd Danish documentary "The Red Chapel" is in essence a prankish charade gone very wrong. Filmmaker Mads Br├╝gger gained rare access to North Korea under the ruse of a cultural exchange, having formed a fake theater troupe with two young Danish Korean comedians, one of whom has a developmental disability. (He refers to himself as a "spastic. ") The Danes do not speak Korean and the Koreans do not speak Danish ? they communicate in English, and the language loophole allows the Danes to talk privately right in front of their ever-watchful hosts, essentially commentating on events as they unfold.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 18, 2013 | By Scott Martelle
If one ever needed proof that we live in a warrior culture, look no further than those who have falsely claimed military experience, from two-bit conmen to politicians and corporate leaders adding undeserved gravitas to their resumes. It is an attempt to steal glory, a recognition that much of the American public holds a special regard for those who have served. As Richard A. Serrano explores in his short, entertaining "Last of the Blue and Gray: Old Men, Stolen Glory, and the Mystery that Outlived the Civil War," this kind of military fraud is nothing new. In the economic dark days of the Great Depression, "veterans" discovered that a few well-placed lies about serving in the Civil War, backed by a supporting letter from a bamboozled politician, could land a veteran's pension from the government.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 22, 1987
Hilburn's article is among the most inane that I have ever read in Calendar. Does he truly believe that a popularity poll conducted among the same folks who really care how many buckles Michael Jackson wears will influence millions of English speakers on six continents to change their vocabularies? Or is this just a ruse so that Hilburn could get Bruce Springsteen's name in print on a slow news day? HOWARD WILSON Fullerton
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 23, 1989 | TOM GORMAN, Times Staff Writer
Linda Ricchio, convicted last month in the so-called "Fatal Attraction" killing of her estranged lover, told her probation officer that she is angry at the victim's family because "they're out to condemn me." "I'm not angry in a threatening way," she said. "I'm just upset that they can't look at this objectively. . . . I mean, Ron (Ruse, the victim) had some involvement with this, too. I had to listen to these people say . . . that he and I were never happy." In a letter to Ruse's family, Ricchio wrote: "I am sorry for the heartache, the anguish, for the loss we have all suffered and endured resulting from this unintentional tragedy."
OPINION
June 28, 2002
Re Joe Loya's cogent remarks in "Rage Behind Bars" (Opinion, June 23): Issues of race and religion have always been at the forefront of our culture. They define us. Like it or not, in their many manifestations they are socially and politically a part of our vernacular and our collective conscience. Unfortunately, today, identifying with one's oppressors has increased the number of bad guys (who were once good guys) exponentially. How easy it has become for society to legitimately perpetuate this ruse and to avoid the very real and more insidious problem of "class."
HEALTH
January 19, 2013 | By Kevin Baxter and Melissa Rohlin
Former Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te'o, who has kept a low profile following the news that his girlfriend never existed, spoke Friday evening, saying that he was the victim of the hoax, not one of its perpetrators. "I wasn't faking it," he said in an interview with ESPN's Jeremy Schaap. "I wasn't part of this. " Schaap conducted a 2 1/2-hour interview with Te'o at the IMG Academy in Bradenton, Fla., where Te'o is preparing for next month's NFL combine. And, Schaap said, the player was adamant he did not participate in the ruse.
NEWS
January 6, 1997 | LARRY HARNISCH, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Light does not easily penetrate the clouded story of Betty Short, a 22-year-old unemployed cashier and waitress whose body was found cut in half and gruesomely mutilated 50 years ago this month in a vacant lot in Southwest Los Angeles. The unsolved killing remains Los Angeles' premier myth noir, a tale of a tragic beauty clad in black, prowling the night life, a cautionary fable that rings as true today as it did in 1947. The legend insists on a shadowed, epic tone.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 8, 1986 | TERRY PRISTIN, Times Staff Writer
Lew Jones had all the trappings of the good life. He kept a 50-foot yacht near his apartment in Marina del Rey, drove five cars, including a Rolls Royce, and had a young wife--his fourth--with a taste for Rolex watches and mink coats. But when he died two years ago at the age of 54 from a bullet in the back of his head, Jones had almost nothing in the bank.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 21, 2013 | By Hailey Branson-Potts, Los Angeles Times
The postcard from France was unexpected, its message brief: "Mom, I think we need a geography lesson but not too bad - Linda & John. " Linda Sohus had told her mother she and her husband, John, were going on a two-week trip to Connecticut for an interview John had for a job working with computers. She made plans to see the play "Cats" with her mother when she returned. So when the postcard came in from Paris a few months later, her mother, Susan Mayfield, was confused, she testified Thursday.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 31, 2013 | By Matt Stevens, Ann M. Simmons and Kate Mather, Los Angeles Times
The 22-year-old Palmdale man who created Manti Te'o's fake girlfriend broke his silence for the first time, saying he perpetrated the elaborate hoax to build a relationship with the football star. Ronaiah Tuiasosopo pretended to be Te'o's girlfriend, Lennay Kekua, for months, communicating on the phone and through social media. Tuiasosopo went so far as to disguise his voice to sound like a woman's when he spoke to Te'o on the phone, his attorney, Milton Grimes, said in an interview with The Times.
HEALTH
January 19, 2013 | By Kevin Baxter and Melissa Rohlin
Former Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te'o, who has kept a low profile following the news that his girlfriend never existed, spoke Friday evening, saying that he was the victim of the hoax, not one of its perpetrators. "I wasn't faking it," he said in an interview with ESPN's Jeremy Schaap. "I wasn't part of this. " Schaap conducted a 2 1/2-hour interview with Te'o at the IMG Academy in Bradenton, Fla., where Te'o is preparing for next month's NFL combine. And, Schaap said, the player was adamant he did not participate in the ruse.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 8, 2012 | By Robert Abele, Special to the Los Angeles Times
There's a father-son handoff of sorts in the sublimely catchy opening dance number for Rohit Shetty's comedy "Bol Bachchan," with legendary Indian actor Amitabh Bachchan singing and dancing with son Abhishek, the film's star. The wink-wink aspect of the movie's title becomes further apparent when the farcical plot kicks in: Abbas Ali (Abhishek), a jobless Muslim fallen on hard times, breaks the lock on a Hindu temple to save a drowning boy but is introduced to the village by a risk-averse buddy as "Abhishek Bachchan" to avoid being identified as Muslim.
WORLD
December 29, 2011 | By Jeffrey Fleishman and Paul Richter, Los Angeles Times
Egyptian security forces on Thursday raided the offices of 17 nongovernmental organizations, including three U.S.-based agencies, as part of a crackdown on foreign assistance that has drawn criticism from the West and threatened human rights groups and pro-democracy movements. The move appeared to be part of a strategy to intimidate international organizations. The ruling military council has repeatedly blamed "foreign hands" for exploiting Egypt's political and economic turmoil.
WORLD
November 2, 2011 | By Patrick J. McDonnell, Los Angeles Times
Under intense pressure from Arab states, Syria has signed a pact to pull its armed forces from the streets, release political prisoners and engage with opposition groups after seven months of unrest that has ravaged the strategically situated nation and unsettled the entire region. On the surface, the move appears to be a major concession from an increasingly isolated President Bashar Assad, who has been the target of international condemnation and sanctions. But some of Assad's opponents question whether the agreement signals a true change in attitude to the uprising, or is simply an effort to buy time for his regime.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 6, 1996
The "birthday" party for Mrs. Kemp, wife of VP candidate Jack Kemp in a Fillmore city park, billed as a historical event is a political event. Children were let out of the local public school to attend, and these kids were instructed to make signs of greeting. Persons of the opposing party were told they could not display partisan signs. That is unlawful, unconstitutional. Anybody can carry a picket style sign following the rules for doing so like "keep moving, don't block fire lanes, don't block entrances, etc."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 2, 2001
The recent contradictory accounts by Taliban officials about their dealings with Osama bin Laden are best viewed as tactics to delay a U.S.-led campaign to disrupt or destroy networks of terror. Washington rightly shows no sign of falling for the ruse. On Sunday the Taliban's ambassador to Pakistan said Bin Laden was under Afghan government control.
WORLD
October 7, 2011 | By Alex Rodriguez, Los Angeles Times
A phony vaccination campaign orchestrated by the CIA to help find and kill Osama bin Laden is undercutting Western-backed immunization drives against polio and other diseases, and now has the Pakistani doctor involved in the program possibly facing treason charges. A Pakistani government commission investigating the U.S. raid that killed Bin Laden in May recommended late Thursday that treason charges be filed against Dr. Shakeel Afridi, who helped carry out the fake vaccination effort designed to obtain DNA evidence from the Al Qaeda leader's sprawling compound in Abbottabad.
BUSINESS
September 5, 2011 | By Stuart Pfeifer, Los Angeles Times
Here is a roundup of alleged cons, frauds and schemes to watch out for. Using ruse of debt collection There are few things more intimidating than a telephone call from a collection agency. Some scam artists have been using that fear to bully people into giving up their debit card numbers on the telephone, then draining their bank accounts, the Better Business Bureau said in a recent alert. In some instances, the callers have personal information about the target, including actual debts, making the call seem legitimate.
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