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February 15, 2014
Re "History lessons, with popcorn," Opinion, Feb. 12 Zach P. Messitte is spot-on regarding the influence that films with historical backgrounds have on today's college students. Since 1991 I've been teaching at USC's School of Cinematic Arts. I've witnessed many changes there, both in technology and student attitudes, particularly when a historical incident is adapted into a film. In my generation I saw how films like "Apocalypse Now" and "The Deer Hunter" affected American audiences regarding Vietnam.
February 15, 2014 | By Marisa Gerber
In one of his earliest boyhood memories, Dion Neutra walked out the front door of his family's Silver Lake home and down to the water's edge. It was the early 1930s, and the wall around Silver Lake Reservoir was so low that he could fling a fishing line above it and into the water. But over the next eight decades, the architect - who trained under his father, Richard Neutra, a master of Modernism who lived and worked out of Silver Lake - watched as the water he loved began to change.
February 14, 2014 | By Stacy St. Clair
SOCHI, Russia - An Olympic medal had eluded Noelle Pikus-Pace in the cruelest of ways during her career. In 2005, a runaway bobsled struck her in an outrun of a Canadian track, shattering her leg and causing her to miss the Turin Games in 2006. Five years later, she missed a medal by one-tenth of a second in Vancouver. So, her jubilation was understandable Friday after she finished second in the women's skeleton event. FRAMEWORK: Best images from Sochi "This is better than gold for me," she said, through a mixture of tears and laughter.
February 14, 2014 | By Philip Hersh
SOCHI, Russia - About 15 months ago, when the Grand Prix Final was a test event for Sochi's new Iceberg Skating Palace, Brian Orser and the young Japanese figure skater he had been coaching for only a few months, Yuzuru Hanyu, went for a walk along the Black Sea. "We started talking about the Sochi Games, and he just blurted out, 'I want to win that Olympics, and I want to win the next one,' " Orser recalled. When Hanyu accomplished the first Friday, he treated what some would be celebrating as the achievement of a lifetime with a maturity, humility and sensitivity that belied his 19 years.
February 13, 2014 | By Lisa Dillman
SOCHI, Russia -- Gus Kenworthy does not have any names selected for the potential new additons to his household. “Dude, I don't have them yet,” Kenworthy said. “I can't name them until I've got them.” Kenworthy, who won a silver medal in the men's slopestyle freestyle skiing event Thursday, was talking about the now-famous lost dogs of Sochi. The stray animals became an early international story when athletes and journalists started to arrive in Russia before the Olympics.
February 6, 2014 | By Bob Pool
Los Angeles Cultural Heritage commissioners voted Thursday to reject a proposal that would have designated a Silver Lake home the city's 1,038th historic-cultural landmark. Neighbors and other preservationists had urged the panel to preserve the Waverly Drive residence designed by pioneering Chinese American architect Gilbert L. Leong. Last year, a Beverly Hills developer purchased the so-called Tirado house - built in 1959 for Dr. Miguel Tirado and his wife - and announced plans to build five three-story houses on the lot through the city's small-lot subdivision ordinance.
February 6, 2014
Re "Better history through storytelling," Opinion, Feb. 3 Nicholas Meyer thinks that "no one learns history (or civics, remember them?) anymore. " He blames the "dismantled" school system and says movies that are based on history but alter facts are picking up the slack. The same complaint appeared in the New York Times - on April 4, 1943, in an article with the title, "Ignorance of U.S. History Shown by College Freshmen. " It reported that only 25% of the students knew that Abraham Lincoln was the president during the Civil War and that only 15% knew where Portland, Ore., was. In 1930, Thomas Briggs of Columbia Teachers College reported that high school students had no idea who Solon was and were unable to define the Monroe Doctrine.
February 4, 2014 | By Bob Pool
It's a mid-century modern home with a famous designer and a fabulous view. But is it a Silver Lake cultural monument? The Los Angeles Cultural Heritage Commission will wrestle with that question Thursday when it decides whether to recommend that the Waverly Drive house become the city's 1,038th historic-cultural landmark. Such a designation would stall a plan by a Beverly Hills developer to demolish the ranch-style house designed by pioneering Chinese American architect Gilbert L. Leong and replace it with five three-story homes.
February 1, 2014 | By Ben Bolch
Starry-eyed idea Adam Silver's first official act as NBA commissioner should be a tribute to David Stern and to common sense. In honor of his predecessor's 30 years as the league's top boss, Silver should increase the number of All-Star players from 24 to 30. Such a move would constitute a win-win-win by reducing the number of real and perceived snubs, increasing exposure for more of the game's top players and adding intrigue to...
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