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November 15, 1986
Your article (Oct. 25), "Parents Win Suit to Control Reading," was of special interest to me since it listed as one of the "objectionable selections" by the Tennessee parents Shakespeare's "Macbeth" for its "presentations of witchcraft and magic." Each year, my students study this play and, as a result, gain new insights into the workings of the human conscience and its struggle with good and evil. They see a good and honored man, "worthy Macbeth," being led step by step to his doom because he is blinded by his own excessive ambition--his hamartia or tragic flaw.
March 14, 2014 | By Nathan Fenno
Saul Phillips is different. “I've always been an underdog myself,” the North Dakota State men's basketball coach said in a telephone interview. “I don't really look like the typical college basketball coach. I don't talk like the typical basketball coach. I don't act like the typical basketball coach. I'm looser than most in my attitude toward the game.” After the Fargo, N.D., school won the Summit League tournament Tuesday to advance to the NCAA tournament for the second time since 2009, sleep eluded their coach.
July 26, 1986 | SYLVIE DRAKE, Times Theater Writer
The greatest danger in the writing of plays about terminal diseases is sentimentality. When it comes to AIDS, the volatility of the issue only accentuates the danger. Larry Kramer's "The Normal Heart" does not entirely escape the emotional trap, but William M. Hoffman's "As Is" comes as is--warts and all. It's a tough, ironic, profoundly serious treatment of the subject. The pleasant surprise in the edition that airs on Showtime cable (Sunday and Thursday, 9 p.m.
March 9, 2014 | By Lance Pugmire
LAS VEGAS -- There were moments during Saul “Canelo” Alvarez's Saturday night victory over Alfredo Angulo that the former world light-middleweight champion refused to remove himself from a pocket of punishment. One fight after his lopsided loss by decision at the hands of Floyd Mayweather Jr., Alvarez's intent was clearly to underline that he is the type of fighter the masses want him to be. “Everyone was talking about Fredo's power. I stayed in there, boxed, took his punches - took them well - and decided I'm going toe to toe, just like we said the fight would be,” Alvarez said at the post-fight news conference late Saturday night at MGM Grand.
October 8, 2012 | By Margaret Eby
The beginning of Season 2 of "Homeland" has all the information needed to catch Sgt. Brody intact but scattered about, guarded by people who aren't likely to talk to one another. It's a jigsaw with the pieces kept in different rooms - part of watching "Homeland" is that old longing to jump through the screen, grab someone by the lapels and tell them what they're missing. This week, it's finally coming together, and it means that Carrie can get some well-earned congratulations for saving the world from a terrorist strike, as well as, hopefully, get her job back.
October 22, 2012 | By Margaret Eby
One of the things that makes "Homeland" unique among its genre of rock 'em sock 'em spy thriller shows is the pace of the show. This week's episode had both the explosive confrontation between Carrie and Brody that we've longed for since Saul saw that tape flicker on his laptop and a handful of beautiful, understated moments. The scene between Finn and Dana at the top of the Washington Monument, their reflections overlaid against the twinkle of D.C. below, was one of the more beautiful things that's been on television lately.
June 13, 2013 | By Glenn Whipp, Los Angeles Times
Brody's gone off the grid and, jokes "Homeland" show runner Alex Gansa, he's either sporting a serious lumberjack beard right now or has "shaved his head completely. " Meanwhile, Saul is the agency's senior guy, and Carrie's love for her man will be put on the back burner by necessity. Some thoughts on "Homeland's" upcoming season by way of Gansa: How Season 3 won't open: "Exonerating Brody will be in the back of Carrie's mind, but as you will see when you tune in to the first couple of episodes, that is not the narrative engine that takes us through the first half of the season.
October 1, 2012 | By Margaret Eby
When we last saw "Homeland's" ex-CIA operative Carrie Mathison, she was strapped to a hospital bed for electroconvulsive therapy, about to have the crucial puzzle piece between Brody and Abu Nazir she had worked all season to find wiped away from her memory. The premiere of Season 2 begins with Carrie working peacefully in a vegetable garden, her sister and father looking on nearby. It's been a number of months in "Homeland" time, enough for Brody to get elected to Congress, Dana to switch schools, and Jess to turn from reluctant to gung-ho about the politics thing.
March 25, 1990 | LOIS GIBSON, Gibson is a Malibu free-lance writer.
"Have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful or believe to be beautiful," wrote 19th-Century tastemaker William Morris. This good advice was easier to follow when labor was cheap. Today's homeowner--eager to restore an old house, add distinction to a bland one or create a neoclassic--soon learns that period architectural details are hard to find and cost a small fortune to duplicate.
September 11, 2002
Saul Singer, 41, is editorial page editor of the conservative Jerusalem Post daily newspaper. American-born, he immigrated to Israel eight years ago. It was late afternoon in Jerusalem when the World Trade Center towers were hit. Singer's editorials have urged Washington to take its "war on terrorism" against Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat and Iraq. * "The minute we heard that a second plane had hit, we knew it was a terrorist attack.
January 11, 2014 | By Yvonne Villarreal
The scotch will be out and the phones will be ringing soon enough. AMC announced that the first half of "Mad Men's final season will kick off in April, and revealed that the "Breaking Bad" spinoff "Better Call Saul" will land in November. Those were just a couple of premiere dates the network announced Saturday at the Television Critics Assn. press tour in Pasadena. Also getting launch dates are its new scripted Revolutionary War-set spy thriller "Turn," which makes its bow Sunday, April 6, at 9 p.m. ET/PT with a 90-minute premiere.
January 10, 2014 | By Lance Pugmire
Saul “Canelo” Alvarez will return to the MGM Grand ring March 8 against Mexican countryman Alfredo Angulo, the same place where Alvarez lost to Floyd Mayweather Jr. in the most lucrative pay-per-view fight in history. Alvarez promoter Richard Schaefer of Golden Boy Promotions confirmed the deal has been completed for the Showtime pay-per-view fight. “It will be a toe-to-toe battle and that's the name of the card,” Schaefer said. “At 154 pounds, it's the most exciting fight can you make.” Alvarez (42-1-1, 30 knockouts)
January 4, 2014 | David Ng, David Colker
It would be hard to find someone who worked with three-time Oscar-winning movie and music producer Saul Zaentz and came out of it feeling neutral about him. Some admired him, including director Milos Forman, who won Oscars for two Zaentz films, "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest" and "Amadeus. " "It was a wonderful collaboration," Forman said Saturday. "Usually there is some friction between the producer and director or whatever. But with him, never. " And then there is John Fogerty, songwriter and singer with Creedence Clearwater Revival.
January 4, 2014 | By David Ng
Saul Zaentz, the fiesty music industry executive turned independent movie producer who won three best-picture Academy Awards in three different decades  has died. He was 92. Zaentz died Friday at his home San Francisco from complications of Alzheimer's disease, according to his nephew, Paul Zaentz. Though he had only nine films to his name, Zaentz earned a reputation in Hollywood for producing prestige movies with a certain literary pedigree. He kept his distance from the industry, running his independent film production company in Berkeley.
December 16, 2013 | By Lance Pugmire
Saul "Canelo" Alvarez could select his next opponent as early as this week, his promoter said Monday, but it will not be former three-division world champion Miguel Cotto. Alvarez, coming off a September unanimous-decision loss to Floyd Mayweather Jr., will choose from Alfredo Angulo, Erislandy Lara or Carlos Molina for a March 8 bout at MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Richard Schaefer of Golden Boy Promotions told The Times. Schaefer said that based on conversations he had with Cotto and his manager, the fighter will not be ready to fight Alvarez in March.
November 24, 1985 | RICHARD EDER
"World's Fair" is E. L. Doctorow's portrait of the artist as a young child. The author's alter-ego, Edgar Altschuler, grows into an awareness that the world stretches far beyond the protective confines of a Bronx Jewish household. It was a quieter passage than Stephen Daedalus' vehement breakout from a constricted Dublin youth, and conducted with far greater cautiousness.
May 23, 1994
Oscar Saul, screenwriter, playwright and novelist who frequently adapted popular works for film and television, died Sunday. He was 81. He died at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center of prostate cancer, according to a close friend. Working well into his later years, Saul won critical praise for his adaptation of Tennessee Williams' "A Streetcar Named Desire" in the 1984 ABC television movie starring Ann Margret as Blanche DuBois.
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