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December 23, 2009 | By Esmeralda Bermudez and Andrew Blankstein
On the boulevard where the 72-year-old shopkeeper did business for more than a decade, he was simply known as "El señor de la 98." The man of the 98-cent store. He greeted customers modestly in English laced with a thick Iranian accent. He let nearby taco truck workers use his restroom. And when children rode up on bicycles offering him only a few pennies for candy, he gave them the treats for free. No one knew Fereidoun Kohanim's name. And on Monday at 4:10 p.m., apparently no one heard the fatal gunshot that followed after three men -- all alleged gang members -- entered his store in the 1300 block of West Venice Boulevard and demanded money, but left empty-handed.
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ENTERTAINMENT
March 21, 2014 | By Mark Swed, Los Angeles Times Music Critic
SAN DIEGO - On the first page of the program booklet for San Diego Opera's stirring performance of Verdi's Requiem Thursday night at Civic Theatre, the company's board president, Karen S. Cohn, ended her welcoming note with the line: "I can't wait to see you in 2015 for our 50th anniversary season!" She can wait. The day before, out of the blue, the San Diego Opera board voted 33 to 1 to cease operations of the city's third largest cultural institution after the final production of the season next month.
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OPINION
August 27, 2009 | Ethan Rarick, Ethan Rarick is the director of the Robert T. Matsui Center for Politics and Public Service at UC Berkeley and the author, most recently, of "Desperate Passage: The Donner Party's Perilous Journey West."
In case you haven't heard, California and Nevada are at war. Not an old-fashioned war with bullets and tanks, but a newfangled media battle over which one is the last best hope for entrepreneurs and businesses in these troubled times. Nevada started it. The Nevada Development Authority launched a campaign that will spend a million dollars over a year to air a series of ads enticing California businesses to move to Las Vegas. The spots boast about Nevada's low taxes and workers' comp fees and feature a chimpanzee and a really bad actress portraying a television newswoman who turns into a pig wearing bright red lipstick.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 26, 2013 | By Kate Mather and Joseph Serna
The family of Bryan Stow, the San Francisco Giants fan brutally beaten at Dodger Stadium in 2011, spoke out Thursday against the fatal stabbing of a Dodgers fan in San Francisco, calling the death "senseless. " "We are saddened by this senseless killing and our thoughts and prayers go out to the victim's family," Bonnie Stow, Bryan Stow's sister, told the Los Angeles Times. San Francisco police said Jonathan Denver, 24, of Fort Bragg, Calif., was wearing Dodgers gear when he and another person were attacked about 11:40 p.m. Wednesday.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 8, 2000
Re "Chronic Flaws Blamed for Fall of Texas Bonfire Pile," May 3: While the world is facing the global warming problem and other environmental issues, it is senseless to allow the burning of nearly 7,000 logs/trees in a college football pregame event to continue. PATRICK LEE Arcadia
SPORTS
October 12, 1996
Thanks Bill Plaschke and George Dohrmann. The Los Angeles Times' nickel and dime version of Woodward and Bernstein have not only convicted Jim Harrick before any meaningful investigations have taken place, they have tarnished the image of school rich tradition and known for playing by the rules. Senseless, arrogant journalism. For recognition, nonetheless. MATTHEW QUINT Orange
OPINION
September 6, 1992
I am writing to register my protest and disgust in your reporting of the senseless murder of Los Angeles Police Officer Edward Kislow (Aug. 24-25). Kislow should be considered and recognized as a hero in our community. This caring and unselfish man gave the supreme sacrifice we unfortunately must ask of our police officers. He did so off duty, exemplifying his care and concern for our community. For your paper to bury Kislow's heroic action and senseless death among your regular reporting of (weekend)
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 19, 1987
In these times, when our downtown streets seem to be full of homeless people, what is Tom Bradley thinking of in trying to get money to build a monument to welcome immigrants? We already have one national monument to immigrants, of whom we now have too many, and whatever money is collected for this senseless purpose should be diverted to the homeless. EMMY DENNIS Carson
BUSINESS
October 15, 2006
Your report is worrisome ("Workplace Bias Against Muslims, Arabs on Rise, Advocates Say," Oct. 3). Americans of Middle Eastern origin have become an integral part of America, just as have other groups, which is as it should be. One of the best ways to alienate any group and make it hostile to the U.S. is to subject its members to senseless bias and harassment. This treatment is wrong, misguided and counterproductive and, if necessary, should be criminally prosecuted with vigor.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 25, 1997
Re "Louisiana Drivers Given License to Kill," Aug. 14: Just sit back and think about all those innocent people in California who have been slaughtered by carjackers in the past few years. Nearly every week there is another story of someone missing or a body found. Perhaps the "good ol' boys and girls" of Louisiana have hit upon a solution to stop this senseless carnage, since it is quite apparent that nothing else is working. Let's give it time and see if the ends justify the means.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 28, 2013 | By Los Angeles Times Staff
As police searched for the intruder who authorities believe fatally stabbed an 8-year-old girl in her Calaveras County home, the rural community where she lived was left stunned. Leila Fowler was found in her Valley Springs home Saturday afternoon and pronounced dead at a hospital. Her 12-year-old brother had called for help, saying he'd encountered a male intruder in the house. (The girl, a third-grader, was previously said to be 9 years old.) Multiple law enforcement agencies are still searching for a suspect described as a white or Latino man, about 6 feet tall with a muscular build, last seen wearing a black long-sleeved shirt and blue pants.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 19, 2013 | By Robert Lloyd, Los Angeles Times Television Critic
"Raising Adam Lanza," which premieres Tuesday as part of the PBS series "Frontline," is one of a number of programs the network is airing this week under the banner "After Newtown. " Undertaken in concert with the Hartford Courant, it focuses on Nancy Lanza, the mother of the Sandy Hook Elementary School killer and also his first victim, to try to make a senseless act more sensible. It fails, of course. There are some nuggets of new information, to be sure, which "Frontline" and the Courant had jealously guarded; reviewers were forbidden to publish these facts before the paper unveiled them in a more detailed print story last Sunday.
OPINION
February 1, 2013 | By Lee Siegel
Last week, when Defense Secretary Leon Panetta decided to allow women in the military to occupy combat positions that had once been forbidden to them, I joined in the general jubilation. This seemed to be yet another step forward for society and, of course, for women themselves. Before long, however, my jubilation turned to gloom. It suddenly seemed strange to celebrate the Pentagon as a font of justice and wisdom. This is the same entity that has sent tens of thousands of young Americans to senseless deaths in Vietnam, Iraq and Afghanistan, deaths that we know were neither vital for national security nor necessary to advance America's interests.
SPORTS
November 9, 2012 | By Bill Plaschke
This fall the Lakers began training camp soaring like the smartest and coolest organization in the NBA. Five regular-season games later, they have collapsed into a puddle of utter and senseless panic. They have fired coach Mike Brown in a move that reeks of poor timing, poor vision and poor leadership in a front office that was once a bastion of continuity and calm. First, if you were going to fire Brown only five games into his second season, why was he even allowed to begin his second season?
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 23, 2009 | By Esmeralda Bermudez and Andrew Blankstein
On the boulevard where the 72-year-old shopkeeper did business for more than a decade, he was simply known as "El señor de la 98." The man of the 98-cent store. He greeted customers modestly in English laced with a thick Iranian accent. He let nearby taco truck workers use his restroom. And when children rode up on bicycles offering him only a few pennies for candy, he gave them the treats for free. No one knew Fereidoun Kohanim's name. And on Monday at 4:10 p.m., apparently no one heard the fatal gunshot that followed after three men -- all alleged gang members -- entered his store in the 1300 block of West Venice Boulevard and demanded money, but left empty-handed.
OPINION
August 27, 2009 | Ethan Rarick, Ethan Rarick is the director of the Robert T. Matsui Center for Politics and Public Service at UC Berkeley and the author, most recently, of "Desperate Passage: The Donner Party's Perilous Journey West."
In case you haven't heard, California and Nevada are at war. Not an old-fashioned war with bullets and tanks, but a newfangled media battle over which one is the last best hope for entrepreneurs and businesses in these troubled times. Nevada started it. The Nevada Development Authority launched a campaign that will spend a million dollars over a year to air a series of ads enticing California businesses to move to Las Vegas. The spots boast about Nevada's low taxes and workers' comp fees and feature a chimpanzee and a really bad actress portraying a television newswoman who turns into a pig wearing bright red lipstick.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 13, 2003
Why does Ice Cube need to exploit a pointless division between the East Coast and West Coast -- a rivalry responsible, in part, for the deaths of Tupac Shakur and Notorious BIG -- to sell his new album ("Rapping for a Little West Coast Respect," by Soren Baker, Dec. 6)? I realize that gangster rap, and glamorization of gang life, isn't solely responsible for the senseless murders that wreak havoc on urban communities throughout our country, but photos and rhetoric like this sure don't help.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 2, 1999
It was with dismay that I viewed the picture and captions dealing with your story on the Groundlings troupe ("Hit the Ground Laughing," by Susan King, Sept. 23). I believe I have a reasonable sense of humor and appreciation for the theater, but I fail to find the humor and entertainment value in two men holding small pistols to each other's head. With the recent and recurring gun deaths that we are experiencing in our communities and nation, surely you must be aware of the terrible, traumatic grief that senseless gun death and injuries cause.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 29, 2009 | STEVE LOPEZ
In East L.A., in the Palisades, in Watts, in Pasadena and Long Beach, if you're a parent, you tell yourself a lie. You tell yourself that your child is safe. No car accident will take them, no illness, no violence. You know it's not true because the news is filled with the deaths of young people, but you close your eyes and put your faith in the percentages. But then there's a horrible story in your own neighborhood, and it punches holes in your shield.
OPINION
June 4, 2009
The latest effort to push illegal immigrants further into the shadows of civic life comes from an unexpected quarter. Not from those who would gladly deport every single person residing in this country without permission, but from advocates who profess to have their best interest at heart. The National Coalition of Latino Clergy & Christian Leaders is urging illegal immigrants not to participate in the 2010 census. The group's supposed logic?
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