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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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OPINION
October 25, 2012
Re "Bid to end the death penalty airs its first ads," Oct. 23 The Proposition 34 campaign claims the death penalty is expensive, futile and inhumane. Death penalty supporters claim that a life sentence without the possibility of parole denies closure to the victims' families, coddles murders and would save the taxpayer no money. I plan to vote for the proposition, but I wish it included a provision to allow the convicts to ask for a prompt death. Who is qualified to say whether death by injection is more or less humane than a life in prison?
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
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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.
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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.
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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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 17, 1997
There were no gifts for Eric Lopez last Christmas as the 10-year-old boy lay near death after being hit by a car while riding his bike on a City Terrace street. Eric was not expected to live, but he survived. On Tuesday at the Los Angeles Police Department's Hollenbeck Division, he had more gifts than ever as family, friends, hospital workers and police celebrated his recovery.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 22, 1998
BOOK EVENTS * Monday, Mission Viejo: Kids Book Club with Teri Azar, for grades K-3, "Sylvester and the Magic Pebble" by William Steig, 7 p.m., and "Maniac Magee" by Jerry Spinelli, 4-6 p.m. Borders, 25222 El Paseo, Mission Viejo. (949) 367-0005. * Wednesday, Irvine: Read this year's California Young Reader Medal nominees, then vote for one during school-age story time for children in grades 1-6. Irvine/University Park Library, 4512 Sandburg Way. 2 p.m. (949) 786-4001.
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