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February 8, 1992
Regarding Jonathan Gold's review of the Rush concert at the Forum ("Rush Lights Up the Stage Visually, but Not Sonically," Jan. 24). Normally I wouldn't dignify such an article with a response. Gold misses the point entirely. Rush doesn't fit into any particular genre of rock 'n' roll; Rush is just Rush. Geddy Lee, Alex Lifeson and especially Neal Peart exhibit unrivaled musicianship on stage. I'm sure Gold expects them to jump around and destroy their equipment in some pathetic attempt to convey the anger and bitterness of youth ( et tu, Nirvana?
April 23, 2014 | By Laura J. Nelson
The first comprehensive analysis of Los Angeles County's experimental toll lanes indicates the pay-to-drive routes made some rush-hour commutes faster and less painful, both in the toll lanes and in the free lanes, but made little to no difference for many drivers battling morning traffic. According to an independent report prepared for federal transportation officials, the toll lanes along the 110 and 10 freeways didn't significantly change overall traffic speeds during peak periods for drivers using either the tollway or the general lanes.
November 1, 2010
In the last few days before Tuesday's election ? when Californians will, among other things, pick their next governor and other statewide officials, cast ballots in a key race for U.S. Senate, sift through nine important and complex measures and send representatives to Congress, the Legislature and the tax board ? the Los Angeles City Council is trying to cram measures onto the ballot that will begin arriving in mailboxes in about three months. The March 8 city election won't, blessedly, include all 15 measures that council members marched through meetings in the last week to meet their Nov. 3 deadline.
April 22, 2014 | By Jay Jones
An after-dark zip-line experience is the newest outdoor adventure for thrill-seekers on Kauai. For folks for whom a daytime zip through the forest isn't a big enough adrenaline rush, Koloa Ziplines  has launched the Sunset Zip, a heart-pumper that begins at 5 p.m. daily on the Garden Isle . While traveling across a total of eight lines, including one nearly half-a-mile long, participants will see the sunset over Kauai's south shore and,...
November 15, 2012
Rush is one of the most prominent groups of the 1970s and '80s prog rock movement whose fans have been screaming at the proverbial windmills for the 13 years that the band has been eligible for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Forty-four years after it formed, the band responsible for songs such as "Tom Sawyer," "The Spirit of Radio," the epic concept album "2112" and dozens of gold records has made the first cut on its way to the theoretically hallowed walls of the Cleveland rock institution.
September 1, 2013
Re "Coalition asks Brown to halt fracking in California," Aug. 29 Gov. Jerry Brown implies that California needs the money fracking would provide as much as it needs environmental protection. What California depends on is water. We all need water, and each fracking well consumes millions of gallons of that precious stuff, never to be reclaimed. You can't purify the chemicals out or flush out the aquifer if an earthquake cracks a shaft and the chemical mixture drains into the groundwater.
November 15, 1992
Patrick Goldstein didn't review Rush Limbaugh's "The Way Things Ought to Be" (Nov. 1) so much as sneer at it. But even accepting this, I was surprised at how ugly he got. By the end, Goldstein's "humorous" hypothesis was that Rush's problems could be fixed if he just found the right woman. I wonder how much Goldstein would laugh if someone suggested Susan Faludi would stop whining if only she slept with a real man? TIMOTHY MUELLER, LOS ANGELES
November 21, 2012 | By Randall Roberts, Los Angeles Times Pop Music Critic
The following ingredients were part of Monday night's gig at the Gibson Amphitheatre: 28 songs; two Neil Peart drum solos; a few dozen guitar solos and hundreds of intricately placed chords from Alex Lifeson; many midstage struts, gymnastic bass line and falsetto wails courtesy of bassist-keyboardist Geddy Lee. Plus: one exiting warrior whose mind is not for rent, an order of priests (from the temples of Syrinx), a dose of celestial machinery and an unknown number of goddesses of mystery.
November 17, 2012
Re “ The great election night scam ,” Opinion, Nov. 15 Michael Kinsley's insights are usually on the mark, but not his rant about the so-called election-night scam perpetrated by TV networks that refrain from reporting election results until the polls close everywhere. Most of us think that avoiding any possible influence on voting is worth the wait, even if that causes pundits to squirm for a few hours on election day. Garland Allen Santa Monica What Kinsley says is true, but only if you disregard everything but the presidential contest.
December 30, 2013 | By Steven Zeitchik
It grossed just $2.2 million at the U.S. box office, but "The East," the eco-thriller directed by Zal Batmanglij and starring Alexander Skarsgård and Brit Marling, topped The Times' fourth-annual poll for most underappreciated movie of the year, beating out Ron Howard's "Rush," which garnered the second-most votes. Coming into this weekend, "Rush" was easily in first place. But a push for votes from Skarsgård fan sites such as this one launched "The East" into the top spot.
April 16, 2014 | By The Times editorial board
The first open enrollment period under the Affordable Care Act ended this week with roughly 7.5 million people obtaining policies through the new state insurance exchanges, including more than 1.3 million at Covered California. That's an amazing and welcome result, considering how badly many of the exchanges stumbled when sign-ups began in October. Nevertheless, it's far too early to judge the success or failure of the healthcare law, given that key tests of the program's sustainability have yet to be passed.
April 13, 2014 | By Chris Megerian and Melanie Mason
ORLAND, Calif. -- Chad Arnold, 31, was painting his black dirt-track race car when he heard what sounded like an explosion. He called 911 and then headed toward the southbound lanes of Interstate 5, a couple hundred yards away. A former firefighter, he began helping first responders at the scene of Thursday's crash - a deadly collision between a FedEx freight truck and a charter bus filled with dozens of Los Angeles area high school students. Other neighbors also ran over to help, bringing water and blankets.
April 10, 2014 | By David Wharton
Amid growing concerns that Brazil might not be ready to host the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Games, Olympic officials have launched a series of emergency measures to jump-start the much-delayed preparations. This latest effort follows months of sluggish construction, labor strife and governmental chaos in the host country. “We believe that Rio can and will deliver an excellent Games if the appropriate actions are being taken now,” Thomas Bach, president of the International Olympic Committee, said at a Thursday news conference.
April 7, 2014 | By Michael McGough
Whether a business can refuse to do business with same-sex couples may be a hot political topic, but it's apparently not ready for prime time at the U.S. Supreme Court. On Monday , the court declined to review a decision by the New Mexico Supreme Court holding that a photographer had to shoot a same-sex “commitment ceremony.” But don't jump to the conclusion that the court refused to take this case because of sympathy for gay rights or an unwillingness to approve religious objections to complying with a particular law. (That is the issue in the Hobby Lobby case involving a company that objects to a federal requirement that it provide certain contraceptives in its employee health plans)
March 26, 2014 | By Tina Susman
NEW YORK--The conviction of a former Al Qaeda spokesman Wednesday for crimes stemming from the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks could bolster calls for the movement of high-profile terror suspects out of Guantanamo Bay to civilian courts, but the defendant's attorney said the trial was unfair and promised an appeal. After a jury found Sulaiman Abu Ghaith guilty, defense attorney Stanley Cohen said his case had been hampered by the absence of certain witnesses whose testimony was not allowed; by the judge's instructions to the jury; and by U.S. District Judge Lewis A. Kaplan's own statements as jurors entered a second day of deliberations.
March 24, 2014 | By Michael Hiltzik
What is it about TV news anchors and reporters stampeding to play themselves in fictional movies and TV shows? Do they think they don't get enough screen time doing, you know, their real jobs? This habit has blotted the reputations of TV journalists for years, even decades. But that egregious Netflix show "House of Cards" has stepped up the self-whoring to a whole new level. Brian Rooney of the Rooney Report totes up the reputational wreckage : "To name a few: CNN's John King, Soledad O'Brien, now with Al Jazeera America, NBC's Kelly O'Donnell, and MSNBC's Rachel Maddow.
September 16, 2013 | By Glenn Whipp
"What's the deal with all these movies ," one academy member asked me over the weekend. "All of a sudden, there are just so many of them, and they're all supposed to be really, really good. " You could almost forgive his astonishment, awakening as he was from a summer when the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences screened the likes of "The Smurfs 2" and "Lovelace" for members at the Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills. There was a decided uptick in quality this weekend at the Goldwyn with a one-two punch of "Rush" and "Prisoners," fine films that seemed to impress academy members as much as they did festival crowds when they played in Toronto last week.
March 19, 2014 | By Julie Makinen
What might “Need for Speed” have in common with “Pacific Rim,” “Escape Plan” and “Cloud Atlas”? The Dreamworks driving film might end up being one of those (increasingly less) rare Hollywood movies to perform better in mainland China than stateside. The Aaron Paul-starrer was released Friday in China, the same day as in the U.S., and kicked up $19.7 million in its first three days, film industry consulting firm Artisan Gateway said.  That's about $2 million ahead of its stateside tally, and the movie accounted for nearly 40% of receipts at the mainland box office for the full week ending Sunday.
March 2, 2014 | By Lance Pugmire
Vasyl Lomachenko of Ukraine lost to Orlando Salido by split-decision in his quest to win the World Boxing Organization featherweight title in just his second U.S. pro fight. Salido lost the belt Friday when he weighed in over limit. He then weighed 145 pounds Saturday in pounding Lomachenko in the early rounds to gain the victory. Referee Laurence Cole missed several Salido low blows in the 12th round that might have resulted in a point deduction as Lomachenko, a two-time Olympic gold medalist, rallied too late.
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