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February 24, 1996
Although I had not heard of Chris Daniels before today, the impression I have of his short life will not soon be forgotten. Thank you for giving me a glimpse into the life of this special person, who obviously brought much joy to those whose lives he touched. KELLY MULCRONE Rancho Santa Margarita
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OPINION
January 12, 2014 | By Erika Hayasaki
The day before a 16-year-old friend of mine was murdered, she kissed the window of her white sedan, a birthday gift, leaving cranberry-colored stains on the glass. Then she gave me a hug goodbye. Her name was Sangeeta Lal, and the next morning, her ex-boyfriend shot her. It was April 19, 1995, the same day as the Oklahoma City bombings, and while the world media tuned in to the images of bloody babies and building carcasses left behind by the attack in Oklahoma, I found myself, 16 and a high school newspaper reporter, reporting on my community's own domestic terror.
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NEWS
September 8, 1991 | GEORGE ESPER, ASSOCIATED PRESS
For most of the 14 years she lived, Stephanie Marshall never saw the sunlight, smelled the flowers or played in the park. She had no playmates. Her companions were pain and pills. Her brain rotted from a terminal, genetic illness known as Batten's disease. Still, she managed to inspire people. Her nurse learned to love her deeply. A family friend dedicated her life to helping the handicapped. A state agency revised its rules.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 25, 2013 | By David Clay Large
On the night of Nov. 7, 1938, at the German Embassy in Paris, a 17-year-old Polish Jew named Herschel Grynszpan gained access to the office of a low-ranking Nazi named Ernst vom Rath by promising to turn over an "important document. " Instead, Grynszpan fired five bullets at Rath; only two of them hit their target, but one proved fatal. Despite multiple transfusions of good French blood and the ministrations of Hitler's personal physician, Rath died two days later in a Paris clinic. As would become painfully evident, this assassination was immediately exploited by the Nazis as a pretext for launching a massive pogrom against the Jews of Germany.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 12, 2001 | DARYL KELLEY and FRED ALVAREZ, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
The short life of Richard "Midget" Lopez was a tragedy in the making for years. Before he took a Hueneme High School student hostage Wednesday, prompting a police marksman to kill him, the troubled 17-year-old had survived stretches of homelessness and had been treated repeatedly for mental illness, authorities said. His father was a longtime criminal in and out of prison. His remarried mother had grown so frustrated that she sometimes refused to see him.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 21, 2013 | By Carolyn Kellogg
Today the nation honors the life of Martin Luther King Jr., the reverend and activist who led the American civil rights movement. As King studied nonviolence as practiced by Gandhi and imagined by Henry David Thoreau, now his own life and work are the subject of study. Here are 12 essential reads about the short life of King, who was assassinated in 1968 at age 39. "The King Years: Historic Moments in the Civil Rights Movement" (2013), "Parting the Waters: America in the King Years, 1954-63" (1986)
OPINION
January 12, 2014 | By Erika Hayasaki
The day before a 16-year-old friend of mine was murdered, she kissed the window of her white sedan, a birthday gift, leaving cranberry-colored stains on the glass. Then she gave me a hug goodbye. Her name was Sangeeta Lal, and the next morning, her ex-boyfriend shot her. It was April 19, 1995, the same day as the Oklahoma City bombings, and while the world media tuned in to the images of bloody babies and building carcasses left behind by the attack in Oklahoma, I found myself, 16 and a high school newspaper reporter, reporting on my community's own domestic terror.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 29, 1987
I just wanted to thank you for the moving article on actress Elizabeth Hartman ("The Short Life of Elizabeth Hartman," by Sandra Hansen Konte, Nov. 22). For a while I thought I was the only person who remembered her. Except for an article in People magazine, I have read nothing about this truly gifted actress. I was so moved the first time I saw "Patch of Blue," that I have never forgotten her. She was very good in all her films, few as they are. Her tragic end seems so very sad to me--and such a waste of true talent.
NEWS
November 30, 2010 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times
Sean Denlinger’s life has had a profound effect on others, though it’s not the life his parents had envisioned. A South Florida Sun Sentinel story describes what happened: "Sean Denlinger was 3 when he died in 2002, a year after something went wrong during a procedure to change his feeding tube at Joe DiMaggio Children's Hospital in Hollywood [Fla.]. He was born with a genetic disorder that should not have shortened his life, the Denlingers and court documents say. " In their grief, Sean's parents were guided by the memory of his smile -- and they were determined to make his short life have a positive effect on other children.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 23, 1997
My daughter Christine and I had tickets to a John Denver concert at the Forum in 1978. Imagine her heartbreak when she was stricken with a critical illness and had to go to the hospital instead. I sent a message to him and told him of her plight. The next day, bless his heart, he phoned the ICU ward and definitely cheered her up. He sang, they chatted and laughed and it was one of the happiest moments of her short life. He did this without publicity, showing what a truly caring and decent person he was. PAULINE POST Santa Barbara
ENTERTAINMENT
January 30, 2013 | By Randy Lewis
This week's spate of Mozart concerts in Costa Mesa by the Pacific Symphony and Pacific Chorale, in conjunction with Sunday's 257th anniversary of the composer's birth, hold special interest for this reporter. Yes, I will be at the Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall to hear his celebrated Requiem and several other pieces linked by the fact that they were composed during the final year of Mozart's short life. But you'll find me embedded with the chorale, adding my modest voice to theirs.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 21, 2013 | By Carolyn Kellogg
Today the nation honors the life of Martin Luther King Jr., the reverend and activist who led the American civil rights movement. As King studied nonviolence as practiced by Gandhi and imagined by Henry David Thoreau, now his own life and work are the subject of study. Here are 12 essential reads about the short life of King, who was assassinated in 1968 at age 39. "The King Years: Historic Moments in the Civil Rights Movement" (2013), "Parting the Waters: America in the King Years, 1954-63" (1986)
ENTERTAINMENT
December 28, 2012 | By David L. Ulin, Los Angeles Times Book Critic
Tenth of December Stories George Saunders Random House: 254 pp., $26 George Saunders is often described as a satirist. That's not inaccurate: How else do we account for, say, the title effort of his first collection, "CivilWarLand in Bad Decline," with its bleakly absurd portrait of a Civil War theme park? And yet to read him exclusively on such terms is to miss the point. Rather, I see Saunders as a humanist. Certainly, that's the operative sensibility of his new book of short fiction, "Tenth of December.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 19, 2012 | By Reed Johnson, Los Angeles Times
At the Wednesday public memorial service that celebrated her tragically short life, Jenni Rivera was hailed as "the eternal diva," "la gran señora," "mariposa de barrio" (butterfly of the barrio) and other terms of deep affection and respect. But there was another title that Rivera had aspired to and earned: the Latin American Oprah Winfrey. Like Winfrey before her, the Long Beach native, who died with six other people in a Dec. 9 plane crash in northern Mexico, was more than simply a multitalented, multi-tasking woman of a certain age, ethnicity and oversize personality.
NEWS
October 22, 2012 | By Betty Hallock
Steve Samson and Zach Pollack are chef-partners at southern Italian restaurant Sotto, turning out fresh pasta, pizzas from their wood-burning oven and rustic dishes such as grilled mackerel with cauliflower, cured lemons, crispy buckwheat and pesto pantesca; pork meatballs; or spicy clams with pigeon peas and 'nduja. The insightful wine list focuses on grape varieties native to southern Italy and natural wines made in California. On Nov. 11, natural wine authority Alice Feiring and radical winemaker Frank Cornelissen will host a dinner prepared by Samson and Pollack, to be paired with Cornelissen's wines from Mt. Etna, Sicily.
OPINION
September 26, 2012
Re "Standout student honored," Sept. 24 Brendan Kutler is the type of person we need in these times. He thought of others, not just himself. His parents must be so proud of him and all he accomplished in his short life; I am proud just reading about him. Our lawmakers should take note of what he did and said. By sharing his class notes on the Internet before tests, he selflessly helped other students. According to his mother, Kutler reasoned that "it wasn't important how he did on the test but how everyone did on it. " We need to help one another, just as Kutler did. We need to stop obstructing bills that would promote the common good only because they don't come from our own party.
OPINION
June 13, 2003
Thank you for the poignant feature on 10-year-old Irwin Orlando Ropero of Colombia and his inadvertent role in yet another of the world's forgotten, brutal conflicts ("A Tool of War at Age 10," June 10). It is just another example of how low human beings are willing to stoop to shock others into submission to their views. I hope this story will help to give him the recognition in death that he never seemed to have during his short life. My heart goes out to his family. And keep stories like these coming.
OPINION
June 21, 1992 | VICTOR VALLE, Victor Valle is a poet and author of "Calendar of Souls, Wheel of Fire" (Pacific Writers Press)
Javier Ortega Martinez, alias "Boomer," was slain in a driveby shooting March 17. He was 18 years old. Typically, the media portray deaths like Boomer's as "senseless" murders committed by boys over neighborhood turf they do not--and never will--actually control. No room is left for alternative meanings. This makes it easier for police and prosecutors to criminalize a generation. Of course, Boomer died an outlaw.
FOOD
August 12, 2011 | By David Karp, Special to the Los Angeles Times
Deborah Wong Chamberlain's luscious Valencia Pride mangoes are among a very few elite fruits, such as Blenheim apricots, Snow Queen nectarines and Persian mulberries, whose seasonal appearance at farmers markets occasions the most intense anticipation and excitement. In some ways they elicit the ultimate degree of craving and strategizing among farmers market cognoscenti: They're expensive and require careful planning to obtain, and they taste like a sweet dream incarnated as fruit.
HOME & GARDEN
April 2, 2011 | By Sam Watters, Special to the Los Angeles Times
This is a tale of Japanese survival in another tsunami, a riptide of social intolerance that took out a San Pedro neighborhood two generations ago. The story begins in the 1860s when the first Japanese settled in Northern California. Relatives and friends followed from Hawaii. At the turn of the century, a Japanese fisherman discovered abalone in L.A. waters. He and his community drove deals with white cannery owners to build a life fishing and living in Santa Monica and San Pedro.
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