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August 1, 1995
And to think, we actually thought we were running out of places to dump our garbage and toxic waste. MARVIN S. RUTH Yucaipa
April 18, 2014 | By Charles McNulty, Los Angeles Times Theater Critic
Watching Annette Bening perform the monologues of Ruth Draper at the Geffen Playhouse put me in mind of that lovely music tradition born out of reverence for the past: the tribute album. One doesn't expect a replica on these recordings - no two voices are ever the same. And part of the interest is seeing how one sensibility interprets another, how the greatness of the original is illuminated by the talent of the one paying homage. The rewards of these offerings naturally depend as much on the performance as on the auditor's expectations.
October 21, 1996
Re Netanyahu and the now-volatile Middle East crisis: Who says that campaign promises are never kept? MARVIN S. RUTH Mentone
April 5, 2014 | By Jeffrey Fleishman
Annette Bening will tell you about Sinatra's phrasings, the beauty and brutality of "The Iliad," homeless enchanters, acting classes, the knife edge between the hilarious and the tragic and those transcendent roles such as her adulterous real estate agent in "American Beauty," when "the roof comes off and there's this whole other dimension. The larger part of life. I get it. It's tangible. I'm in it. " Dimensions are the tricks of craft for a woman who contains multitudes, precisely the character Bening will channel in her solo performance of "Ruth Draper's Monologues" at the Geffen Playhouse.
May 20, 2006
Ted Williams was the greatest hitter who ever played baseball. He was an arrogant man much like Bonds. He retired with 521 home runs. He spent five or six years away from baseball in the military. Statistically, had he not gone into the military, he would have probably surpassed Ruth. He never complained that he would have passed Ruth. Bonds knows that the only reason he may pass Ruth is steroids. Quitting now would be his classy acknowledgment of that fact. BRUCE N. MILLER Venice
August 25, 2012 | Robert Goldman
"God," Julie said, "you're so cold. You don't care about anyone, or anything, except your animals. " I cared about her. I just didn't know how to say it. I'm a veterinarian. Julie was a colleague. I followed her to a green Jeep Cherokee in my building's parking structure. She started her engine, then sat there with her hands on the steering wheel. Tears were streaming down her red cheeks. I wanted to tell her how great her auburn hair looked in the morning sun. I wanted to tell her it didn't have to be over.
April 9, 2013 | By David Ng
Audiences who attended Sunday's performance of "Tribes," Nina Raine's play currently running at the Mark Taper Forum, were able to witness a rare bit of understudy musical chairs. Center Theatre Group said actress Gayle Rankin, who played the the role of Ruth, had to leave the production for a different project. As a result, Meghan Mae O'Neill, the original understudy for the roles of Ruth and Sylvia, took over the part of Ruth. To fill the role of understudy for Ruth, CTG said it brought in another actress, Sherill Turner.
November 27, 2004
Is The Times confusing news with editorial comments? The Nov. 23 headline on the front page, "This Time, Iraqis Fought a Good Fight in Fallouja," belongs on the editorial page. There you might explain what is so "good" about hundreds of civilians dead, many U.S. soldiers dead and a city in ruins. Ruth and Ted Shapin Orange
January 30, 1988
It used to be called "grace under pressure," and more recently "keeping your cool." It is not Rather, but Bush who aspires to the President. If he cannot answer questions about his political actions, not matter how unfair, repetitive or brashly put without showing a temperamental and nasty response, he simply isn't qualified for the presidency. RUTH E. STOUT Claremont
December 23, 1996
Re the commentary in support of beauty contests for women (Dec. 4), I am wondering why we don't have male beauty contests. Men are certainly beautiful! Yet, we don't see men parading across a stage, competing with each other for recognition of their physical attributes. If beauty contests "validate the wonderful difference between the sexes," as Susan Carpenter McMillan states, we're missing the other half. Let's have beauty contests for men! RUTH D. SHAPIN Orange
March 29, 2014 | By David Colker
Former Los Angeles Times reporter Ruth Ryon, who created the highly popular and enduring Hot Property column on celebrity real estate, died Friday at a hospice facility in Redondo Beach. She was 69. The cause was complications of Parkinson's disease, said her husband, George Ryon. For Angelenos, some of whom visit homes for sale even if they're not looking to buy, Ryon's column quickly became a guilty-pleasure must-read. The first column, which appeared Nov. 25, 1984, led with Johnny Carson buying a house in Malibu for $9.5 million, at the time the most ever paid in that area for a single-family home.
March 19, 2014
Re "Much depends on Ginsburg," Opinion, March 16 As a lawyer and an Irvine resident, I respect and commend Erwin Chemerinsky for what he's done as the founding dean of the UC Irvine Law School. But he's wrong to say that Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg should resign soon so President Obama can put someone like her on the court. No one currently on the court is as intelligent and respectful of the Constitution as Ginsburg. Her opinions and dissents are based on the law and articulated so as to make her a stalwart defender of the rights of all people, not just those with money and power.
February 25, 2014 | By Joe Flint
Broadcasters are hoping that the daughter of a Supreme Court justice can help them convince the high court that Aereo -- the start-up service that streams local TV signals via the Internet -- is illegal and needs to be shutdown. In their 65-page briefing filed Monday to the Supreme Court, broadcasters -- including ABC, CBS, NBCUniversal, Fox and Los Angeles Times parent Tribune Co. -- cited work critical of a lower court ruling favoring Aereo by Jane Ginsburg, a professor at Columbia University's School of Law and daughter of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.  In an April 2013 article for the Media Institute that was cited twice, Ginsburg called a ruling in support of Aereo by the U.S. 2nd  Circuit Court of Appeals, a "decision so inconsistent with statutory text and policy as to inspire surmise that the ruling was an April Fool's prank.
February 6, 2014 | By Mark Swed, Los Angeles Times Music Critic
Driving home from a performance of Handel's "Theodora" the night Pete Seeger died, I switched on the radio. "Where Have All the Flowers Gone" was playing. It was an extraordinary concurrence. Handel's oratorio concerns political protest. Christian martyrs Theodora and her lover stand up to bad government, as Seeger so often, so famously and so effectively did. Handel's score has an unromanticized directness, another Seeger specialty. Plus Seeger, like Handel, lifted spirits, however sad the subject.
January 16, 2014 | David Colker
Ruth Duccini - who was just over 4 feet tall as an adult - went from Midwestern small-town life to being part of a troupe known and beloved by millions of people worldwide: She was one of the 124 Munchkins who appeared in the 1939 MGM classic musical "The Wizard of Oz. " But as much as she enjoyed making the film, she said it had become painful to watch. "Most of the people [in the film] that I knew are gone already," she told the Baltimore Sun in 2006, "and it makes you kind of sad when you see them.
January 16, 2014 | By Elaine Woo
Ruth Robinson Duccini, one of the last members of the troupe of diminutive actors who played Munchkins in the 1939 film classic "The Wizard of Oz," died Thursday after a brief illness at a hospice in Las Vegas, said her son, Fred Duccini. She was 95. The actress, who lived for many years in Los Angeles before moving to Arizona and later Nevada, was one of 124 "little people," then called midgets, who appeared with Judy Garland in the musical fantasy based on the novel by L. Frank Baum.
October 25, 2002
-- On a Run Most individual runs scored in a World Series game: No Player Team Date 4 Jeff Kent San Francisco Oct. 24, 2002 4 Lenny Dykstra Philadelphia Oct. 20, 1993 4 Carney Lansford Oakland Oct. 27, 1989 4 Kirby Puckett Minnesota Oct. 24, 1987 4 Reggie Jackson N.Y. Yankees Oct. 18, 1977 4 Enos Slaughter St. Louis Oct. 10, 1946 4 Frankie Crosetti N.Y. Yankees Oct. 2, 1936 4 Earle Combs N.Y. Giants Oct. 2, 1932 4 Babe Ruth N.Y. Yankees Oct. 6,...
April 18, 2004 | Michael Harris, Michael Harris is a regular contributor to Book Review.
Naomi REILLY grew up in South Carolina, and memories of warm winters and sunlight on pine straw remain with her after half a century in Massachusetts. Her husband, Eli, dies, and she moves in with her son, Mahlon, and daughter-in-law, Ruth. Eight years later, Mahlon is killed in a crash on an icy road. Desolate, Naomi returns to the South. Ruth, young enough to start over but lacking any other family, accompanies her, saying: "Where you go, I will go. Where you live, that's where I'll live too.
December 27, 2013 | By Charles McNulty, Los Angeles Times Theater Critic
The Times asked its reporters and critics to highlight figures in entertainment and the arts who will be making news in 2014. Here's who they picked: Taraji P. Henson | Actress She may not be a household name, but Taraji P. Henson has notched quite a few milestones in her young career. Nominated for both an Oscar ("The Curious Case of Benjamin Button") and an Emmy (Lifetime's "Taken From Me"), Henson has garnered attention for her portrayal of detective Joss Carter on the CBS crime drama "Person of Interest.
November 14, 2013 | By Janet Kinosian
Veteran costume designer Ruth Carter had her hands full with her latest feature film, "Lee Daniels' The Butler. " In it, she tackled eight tumultuous decades of U.S. political and social history - and changing fashions - filled with dozens of national figures (including LBJ, JFK and Jackie O) and had to factor in an equally daunting number of celebrities in the cast: Jane Fonda, Vanessa Redgrave, Oprah Winfrey and, of course, Forest Whitaker in the lead role, among them. Carter says her focus had to be stout, and she ignored the shine of the 24-karat celebrities who surrounded her, on film and in her fitting rooms.
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