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July 1, 2012 | By August Brown, Los Angeles Times
When I Was a Child I Read Books Essays Marilynne Robinson Farrar, Straus and Giroux: 232 pp., $24 Marilynne Robinson, the Pulitzer-winning novelist, is a confounding writer in today's political alignment. Her new essay collection, "When I Was a Child I Read Books," is - despite the sentimentality of its title - fundamentally a leftist political manifesto and lament for America's loss of faith in government. Yet it grants a central argument of many religious conservatives - that America's virtues are indeed steeped in biblical thought.
April 30, 2011 | By Nomi Morris, Special to the Los Angeles Times
A new study on the link between one's view of God and willingness to cheat on a test is the latest example of social scientists wading into the highly charged field of religion and morality. The study, titled "Mean Gods Make Good People: Different Views of God Predict Cheating Behavior" was peer reviewed and published earlier this month in the International Journal for the Psychology of Religion. In line with many previous studies, it found no difference between the ethical behavior of believers and nonbelievers.
September 19, 1985 | MARYLOUISE OATES, Times Staff Writer
On the eve of a benefit gala that will raise at least $1 million for AIDS victims and research, actor Rock Hudson released a statement saying that if others have been helped by the acknowledgement of his disease, it meant his sickness "had some positive worth." "I am not happy that I am sick. I am not happy that I have AIDS," Hudson said in the statement, which was read at a news conference Wednesday by AIDS Project L.A. Chairman Peter Scott.
June 14, 2001
"Kenneth Tyler: Thirty Years of Printmaking," opening Sunday at the California Center for the Arts Museum in Escondido, looks at the career of the renowned master printer and publisher who transformed American printmaking through his many innovations.
It was probably the first time Carol Channing and the rock band Toto have played the same bill. The time was Monday night, the place was the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion and the occasion was the sixth annual Singers' Salute to the Songwriter, benefiting the Betty Clooney Foundation for Persons with Brain Injury. Rosemary Clooney founded the organization in memory of her sister, who died from an aneurysm in 1976, and the singer shared hosting duties with her brother Nick Clooney.
December 21, 1991
Unranked Mater Dei upset Santa Ana, 1-0, in a nonleague boys' soccer match Friday afternoon at Mater Dei. Trevor Ickes scored on a penalty kick seven minutes into the first half for Mater Dei (4-2-2). Ickes was awarded the kick after defender Anastico Gonzales was called for a hand ball in the penalty area. The Saints, the Southern Section Division 4-A champions and ranked third in the county, fell to 5-2.
February 13, 1987 | ROSE-MARIE TURK
There was something for everyone: style, show-biz flair, camaraderie, nostalgia, friendly competition and, above all, a somber reminder of the times in which we live. Organized by members of the California fashion industry, the event was held last Friday night at the Century Plaza Hotel to benefit AIDS Project Los Angeles.
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