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February 21, 2013 | By Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times Film Critic
A deeply satisfying feat of storytelling, "Bless Me, Ultima" makes a difficult task look easy. It combines innocence and experience, the darkness and wonder of life, in a way that is not easy to categorize but a rich pleasure to watch. Taken from Rudolfo Anaya's landmark book, perhaps the bestselling Chicano novel of all time, "Bless Me, Ultima" presented certain obstacles. Though its protagonist is a very young boy, what he observes of life is not exclusively kindhearted. The story has the honesty of emotion you'd associate with having a 6-year-old as protagonist, but likely material for a Disney film this is not. More than that, "Bless Me, Ultima," set in the New Mexico of 1944, posits an age of wonders and miracles where magic realism informs young Antonio Marez's sense of how strange and unfathomable the world can seem.
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BUSINESS
March 7, 2014 | By Michael Hiltzik
Here's how a heartwarming nonpolitical story about the relationship between a harried executive and a homeless child gets transformed into a frosty political attack on anti-poverty school lunches for children. Your host: Rep. Paul D. Ryan, R-Wisc. Ryan has just issued a report on America's War on Poverty programs , arguing that they're too "duplicative and complex. " He doesn't explicitly call for cutting them, but he implies they're wasteful, and the way he plays fast and loose with the details of many of these programs--as we reported here and here --certainly suggests that he'd be happy if they were smaller.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 23, 1996
A popular reading program for children at the San Fernando Library is combining guest performers with creative incentives to promote multiculturalism. "Read About Me," a twice-weekly program, has been popular among parents looking for educational--and free--ways to help their 6- to 12-year-olds have some fun and beat the heat. "It's really a fun time for the staff as well as for the kids," said library assistant Diane Gavin.
NEWS
April 14, 1993
"Get It if You Can" and "Girls Also Use Sex" (March 25) featured students' responses to the Lakewood High School posse story. Only one respondent (Gloria) mentions the real possibility of contracting a venereal disease in indiscriminate sexual encounters. Do any of these boys, anxious to up their sex scores, practice safe sex? This should have been part of your article. LOUISE HAUTER La Canada
NEWS
September 10, 1986 | Associated Press
Three gunmen kidnaped the top official of the International Lions Club in Lebanon and Jordan today, a day after an American educator was abducted in Muslim West Beirut on his way to play golf. Police identified today's kidnaping victim as Victor Kenou, a Christian Lebanese of Syrian origin. He was abducted at gunpoint at 9:35 a.m. near the French Embassy compound in West Beirut, authorities said. There was no immediate claim of responsibility.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 1, 2010 | By Nicole Santa Cruz
Aiden Aizumi almost didn't graduate from high school. Aizumi, now 21, is one of many gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender young people who say they have suffered through school, enduring homophobic taunts and name-calling. He completed his final semester of high school from home. His mother, Marsha Aizumi, didn't want others to endure the same treatment, so she approached educators about a new school geared for such students. The school, which serves grades seven through 12, is a collaboration between Opportunities for Learning, a charter school with 34 locations across Los Angeles and Orange counties, and Lifeworks, a mentoring program for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning youth sponsored by the L.A. Gay & Lesbian Center.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 9, 1998 | RICHARD WARCHOL
Thirteen high school journalists and two high school programs were selected Wednesday as winners and honorable mentions in The Times Ventura County and Valley editions' first high school journalism awards program. The winners, whose works were selected from hundreds of entries, are: * Nick Edwards, Adolfo Camarillo High School, feature story. * Luis Chavarin, Channel Islands High School, feature photo. * Eric Cheung, Thousand Oaks High School, cartoon/illustration.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 5, 2000 | NANCY FORREST-YOSNOW
Two children's programs are being offered by the Fillmore Library to encourage greater interest in reading. During this election week, youngsters of all ages will have an opportunity to vote for their favorite books at the library as part of the Fillmore Friends of Library's "Books Get Our Vote" program. The votes will be taken from Nov. 6 through Nov. 11 at the library. Children who participate will receive a sticker and bookmark, according to library supervisor Cathy Thomason.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 6, 2002 | Bob Baker, Times Staff Writer
Frank Abagnale, who is about to become America's most popular con man, is standing in a darkened auditorium in downtown L.A., scaring the bejesus out of a couple hundred business people. He has been talking in a calm, quick, flawless cadence for more than two hours, flashing his 140 slide projections on a big screen, listing every manner of fraud that could befall these men and women: forgery, embezzlement, bogus checks, identity theft.
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