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September 21, 1987
I applaud Sen. Bill Bradley's efforts to get Americans to think clearly about the Soviet Union ("Focusing on the Soviets," Editorial, Sept. 8). However, his statement that Americans are mystified by Russia's "preoccupation with secrets" surprises me. Is our CIA less secretive than Russia's KGB? Ever since the National Security Act of 1947 spawned the National Security Council and the CIA, American foreign policy has been based on secrecy. In fact the Christic Institute, an interfaith center for legal advocacy in Washington, D.C., claims that for a quarter of a century secret wars have been waged by secret teams of U.S. military and CIA officials, acting both officially and on their own. Such covert activities have involved toppling governments, trafficking in drugs, assassinating political enemies, and subverting the Constitution, the Congress and the American people.
April 26, 2014 | By Susan King
There's never been a TV series quite like "The Prisoner," which premiered in England in 1967 and debuted in the U.S. the summer of 1968 on CBS. Best described as James Bond meets George Orwell filtered through Franz Kafka, the cult series revolved around a British secret agent (Patrick McGoohan) who wants to resign from the service. Deemed too dangerous to retire, they kidnap him and send him to an idyllic, though completely isolated, seaside resort called the Village. There residents are assigned numbers instead of names and their every movement is followed by monitoring systems and security forces.
April 2, 2010
'The Secret of Kells' MPAA rating: Unrated Running time: 1 hour, 15 minutes Playing: At the Landmark, West L.A.; Regal Westpark 8, Irvine; Fallbrook 7, West Hills
April 25, 2014 | By Gerrick D. Kennedy
The best part about a surprise is keeping the big reveal a secret.  Unless you're Mariah Carey. The pop diva has spilled the beans that her forthcoming record will arrive Beyoncé-style, meaning she plans on dropping it unexpectedly on the Internet when it's completed.  Her serially delayed record - once called “The Art of Letting Go” - will be issued in a similar fashion as Beyoncé's attention-grabbing visual album late last year,...
May 2, 2011
The Secret of Wilhelm Storitz A Novel Jules Verne, translated from the French by Peter Schulman University of Nebraska Press: 215 pp., $15.95 paper
May 18, 2000
Re "Last Secret of Fatima Foretold Attack on Pope, Vatican Says," May 14: According to Pope John Paul II, the Virgin Mary "deflected" an assailant's bullets during his assassination attempt, thereby saving the pope's life. Such deflection was decidedly imperfect, however, in that she allowed the bullets to enter his body and do substantial damage to several of the pope's vital organs. It was only through the efforts of surgeons applying modern medical techniques that the pope's life was ultimately saved.
November 4, 1990
Nuts! You've done it again. You just can't keep a secret, can you. This time it's Hua-Hin, Thailand ("A Royal Retreat," Traveling in Style, Oct. 21). Back in the 1960s, when I discovered Hua-Hin, it was a beautiful escape from the then-less-crowded Bangkok. Last time I was there, it was all the nicer, especially after a couple weeks in the Bangkok of the 1980s. So now you tell the world about Hua-Hin. It's a great service to your readers and I guess that's what you strive for, but if it's overrun with tourists in the 1990s, I'll have to lay some of the blame on Stirling Silliphant's fine story.
January 14, 2013 | By Lauren Beale
Despite the transparency created by the Internet information explosion, many celebrities and billionaires still try to approach home listing, selling and buying in stealth mode. This week's Hot Property column looks at Madonna shifting gears from a privately shown "pocket listing" last year to an aboveboard one on the Multiple Listing Service to sell her Beverly Hills mansion. Listed at $22.5 million, the compound has been posted with just one aerial photo. Video guest Kofi Natei Nartey of the Agency in Beverly Hills sheds some light on why no one is talking about those secret interiors.
April 26, 2013 | By Nardine Saad
Victoria's Secret model Kylie Bisutti says that she "felt like a piece of meat" working for the lingerie giant and now the company is firing back saying that she was never an "Angel. " "I was being paid to strip down and pose provocatively to titillate men. It wasn't about modeling clothes anymore; I felt like a piece of meat," the 23-year-old model said in a first-person piece published in the New York Post on Wednesday. In the article, she rails against the lifestyle she led as an up-and-coming model living in New York and her issues with eating disorders and insecurities.
April 7, 2010
Dear Amy: I'm about to be engaged to a wonderful woman. I have known her for three years. I have been wondering whether I should tell her that I had lap band surgery for my obesity seven years ago when I was 45. The surgery enabled me to lose 100 pounds. I had a subsequent tummy tuck that I lied to my lady about (to explain the scar). I have never told anyone else, including my family, about this. My lady is 5 foot 10 and a good weight, but it took her some time to get used to my eating habits -- which include eating less than she does.
April 25, 2014 | Kerry Cavanaugh
The fight over transparency at the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power is only escalating, with yet another lawsuit filed this week over two secretive nonprofits that have received $40 million in ratepayer money. For the last six months, Mayor Eric Garcetti and City Controller Ron Galperin have made it their mission to audit how the money was spent. They argue that the public has a right to know how public money is used. And last month a Los Angeles County Superior Court judge agreed , saying Galperin has the authority to audit the nonprofit institutes.
April 24, 2014 | By Angel Jennings, Richard Winton and James Rainey
After learning this week of a nine-day aerial surveillance program conducted in 2012, Compton Mayor Aja Brown proposed a policy that would require authorities to notify the public before installing monitoring equipment. “There is nothing worse than believing you are being observed by a third party unnecessarily,” Compton Mayor Aja Brown said Wednesday. “We want to assure the peace of mind of our citizens.” The proposal for the so-called “citizen privacy protection policy” came amid public outrage among Compton residents who were never notified of the pilot surveillance program and said it amounted to an invasion of privacy.  For nine days in early 2012, a small Cessna plane recorded low-resolution images of every corner of the 10.1-square-mile city and beamed them to the local Sheriff's Department station, where deputies observed incidents including fender benders, a string of necklace snatchings and a shooting.
April 16, 2014 | By Nardine Saad
The Victoria's Secret Angels are flying across the pond for this year's annual fashion show. Supermodels Adriana Lima and Candice Swanepoel helped make the announcement Tuesday at London's new Bond Street store, hoping the move from New York could maybe get the attention of a few high-profile Britons and perhaps even royalty. "There are a bunch that we'd like to invite," said the Brazilian Lima, 32 ( via The Cut). "I'd love to see Elton John because I'm a big fan  - I really love him. Hopefully, also - I'd like to invite Prince Harry, if he would like to come.
April 16, 2014 | By Susan Denley
Angels Adriana Lima and Candice Swanepoel helped break the news at a press conference on Tuesday that the annual Victoria's Secret Fashion Show is moving to London. And Lima is hoping Prince Harry and Elton John will be in the audience. [The Cut] Adidas announced a capsule collection with British designer Mary Katrantzou on Wednesday. Katrantzou is known for her digital prints, and her dresses start at $2,000. [Racked] Marissa Webb was named new creative director at Banana Republic, where she replaces Simon Kneen, who left at the end of last year.
April 15, 2014 | By Patrick Kevin Day
Conan O'Brien has gotten a lot of comic mileage out of his distinctive pompadour of red hair that juts up in the middle of his scalp like a wave. But it wasn't until O'Brien hosted the MTV Movie Awards on Sunday that he finally revealed the secret (and the work) behind how he gets that hair. "A lot of snafus last night," O'Brien told his audience during his Monday night monologue. "I almost wasn't ready for the show when it began. It came right down to the wire. " If the setting looks familiar in this video, it's because O'Brien is parodying Christian Bale's introduction in "American Hustle," meticulously arranging the final wisps of hair on top of his scalp.  PHOTOS: Celebrities by The Times While O'Brien may have been taken enough with "American Hustle" to do a parody of it, the MTV Movie Awards audience chose to honor "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire" as the favorite movie of the year.
April 13, 2014 | By Matt Pearce
Journalists peddle fact but profit most from revealing the lies of others, best of all from the lies told to their faces. One Saturday panel at the L.A. Times Festival of Books was called "Truth Will Out" and featured several authors who had unearthed hidden lives and lethal secrets. The panel's title alluded to Walter Kirn's new book, "Blood Will Out," about his decade-long friendship with a man who said he was a Rockefeller but turned out to be a German con-man and murderer.
October 27, 2009 | HECTOR TOBAR
It isn't every day that a 50-year-old family secret comes tumbling out of the closet. A week ago, my father read the second of my columns on illiteracy, about the struggle of three Latino immigrants to learn to read and write. He came to talk to me. The look on his face as he stood on my deck was pained. "You can't tell anyone this," he said in Spanish. "I've never told anyone." "What?" I asked. "What is it?" When he finally spoke, the words came out quickly and seemed to drain him of breath.
August 30, 2009 | Brigid Schulte, Schulte writes for the Washington Post.
Joe Fehrer, manager of Nassawango Creek Preserve, has set the rules: No photos of the horizon or any landscape feature that might identify this place. No naming the back road that leads here. The cone of silence has nothing to do with nuclear codes or terrorist cells. The mission here is to protect a flower, an orchid, from would-be thieves. Platanthera x canbyi , or Canby's bog orchid, is a rare hybrid born of two rare parent orchids. This flower hasn't been seen in Maryland in almost 20 years.
April 12, 2014 | By Noel Murray
Philomena Starz/Anchor Bay, $29.98; Blu-ray, $34.99 Available on VOD beginning April 15 One of last year's most heartening box-office success stories, this British melodrama had more financial success and drew more awards attention than one might've expected for a midbudget tear-jerker about a woman trying to find the son she was forced to give up in Ireland in the 1950s. Credit Judi Dench's lead performance as Philomena Lee, a proud woman who's spent decades dealing with the sense of shame she felt as a young unwed mother.
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