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July 26, 1998 | Robert Hofler, Robert Hofler is an editor for Variety in Los Angeles
Maybe it's in the genes. Minnie Driver's sister, Kate, is just as outspoken--in her own behind-the-scenes kind of way--as her famous actress sibling. "Minnie's opened herself up to situations where she should never have gotten herself," Kate says straight out. Is she talking about her sister's tabloid blowout with former boyfriend Matt Damon or perhaps Driver's disclosure to the press that the "Hard Rain" crew had turned the set's water tank into a mega-urinal? Whatever.
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BUSINESS
April 13, 2014 | Andrew Khouri
Arie Shashou remembers simple pleasures from the decades spent in his Westside home: helping neighbors with small tasks; the daily chats with the former manager of the complex; the paintings that line the walls of his one-bedroom. "It was a happy time," Shashou, 77, recalled on a recent Sunday afternoon. "I was hoping to die here. " That was before Shashou received an eviction notice in March. Shashou's $825-a-month rent-controlled apartment, and 17 other units, will be demolished to make way for a pricey new apartment complex.
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ENTERTAINMENT
March 16, 1990
While nations turn away from the discredited philosophy of communism, having realized that it is based on wasteful and undemocratic notions, Charles Birch (Op-Ed Page, March 7) calls out for a global resurgence. He decries the fact that some people and nations are rich while others are poor, laying all of the blame for the world's ills on the wealthy. Almost every major blessing of modern life has been brought to the world be "the rich." Polio, small pox and the bubonic plague were defeated by the rich.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 4, 2014 | By Mary McNamara, Los Angeles Times Television Critic
Although the weakest currency of criticism, superlatives have become a hallmark of television's recent resurgence. Words like "greatest," "smartest" and "funniest" are tossed about with the desperate regularity of Chuck E. Cheese tokens at a kindergartner's birthday party. So to say that "Game of Thrones," which returns, roaring and snorting, for its fourth season on Sunday night, is the Best Television Show Ever isn't just thoroughly subjective, it's reductive. Despite our increasingly wearisome penchant for lists, television was never linear enough for meaningful comparisons; it is now so wildly diverse in form and function that any sort of ranking or award is all but meaningless.
SPORTS
November 6, 1993
Why won't the Rams see the correlation between what Ted Tollner did to USC as head coach and what he is now doing to ruin the Ram quarterbacks? PAUL H. HENRIKSEN Oxnard
ENTERTAINMENT
April 25, 1989 | DENNIS HUNT
Simply Red's Mick Hucknall was buried Sunday night. The English singer has a fairly delicate, soulful tenor that's elegantly showcased on the band's albums, particularly on songs like the Harold Melvin oldie "If You Don't Know Me by Now" and Simply Red's biggest hit, the ballad "Holding Back the Years." But if you went to the Roxy to savor the subtleties of Hucknall's voice, you were out of luck. The six instrumentalists of the English white-soul band, concluding a sold-out, four-night run, simply overwhelmed lead singer Hucknall.
SPORTS
September 2, 1989
I thought Pete Rose wanted to tell the public his side of the story. We all heard of the leaks and rumors concerning his alleged gambling activities. Rose said little except that he would tell his side at the proper time. Now, with this "compromise," Pete is simply making another "bet" that he will be reinstated. The public deserved more. KELVIN D. FILER Compton
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 18, 1996
Simply put, the GOP effort is proceeding rather Dolefully. CHARLES M. DAVIS Santa Barbara
ENTERTAINMENT
November 18, 2001
How can you publish an article on "Dracula, The Musical" without mentioning the man from whom all other Draculas emanate? I'm speaking, of course, of Bela Lugosi ("Old Tale, New Blood," by Jan Breslauer, Oct. 21). His Broadway version in 1927 lasted 33 weeks and 261 performances before going on tour to Los Angeles and other cities. When Universal hired Lugosi in 1931 for a film version, the majority of the plot and dialogue was simply lifted from the play, and the production included much of the cast.
OPINION
July 18, 1999
Am I the only one to notice that your average worker used to report to personnel and now we are simply human resources? JOHN NACHREINER Redondo Beach
ENTERTAINMENT
March 22, 2014 | By Deborah Vankin
In the next few months, Liza Minnelli will bring her new musical show, "Simply Liza," to Vienna, London, Paris and Amsterdam, among other places. There's one stage, however, on which this Oscar, Emmy, Grammy, Golden Globe and Tony winner has never set foot: Walt Disney Concert Hall. That'll change on Tuesday night, when "Liza With a Z" heads to downtown L.A. for a one-night-only performance of some of her favorite songs. Minnelli recently chatted about the show from her home in New York, on the eve of her 68th birthday.
SPORTS
February 21, 2014 | By Eric Pincus
The NBA trade deadline came and went on Thursday. The Lakers made a little splash on Wednesday night, trading point guard Steve Blake to the Golden State Warriors for young guards Kent Bazemore and MarShon Brooks. "As a person, as a player, we loved him," said Mitch Kupchak of Blake in a press conference on Thursday.  "But our shortage of point guards about a month or so ago led us to Kendall Marshall. "  The Lakers started the season with three point guards but when they all went down simultaneously with injury, Kupchak signed Marshall. Once the point guard corps started rounding into shape, the glut at the position became problematic.
SPORTS
February 7, 2014 | By Stacy St. Clair
SOCHI, Russia - After dominating the first half of the World Cup season, U.S. bobsled pilot Steven Holcomb walked into a suburban Chicago high school gym on an icy December morning and headed straight toward the weight room. "The goal is two gold medals in Sochi," said Holcomb, who along with teammate Katie Eberling took no respite from Olympic ambitions while in the Chicago area for a wedding. "Anything else would be a disappointment. There's no more thinking you're just happy to be there.
OPINION
February 2, 2014 | By Nicholas Meyer
The Italians have a phrase, si non è vero è ben trovato , which roughly translates as, "If it isn't true, it ought to be. " If only the critics who decry the inaccuracies to be found in recent movies could take that attitude. Whether dealing with outer space, the Southern slave trade, Somali pirates or Walt Disney, films have been called out this year for the least deviation from "reality" (a word Nabokov insisted routinely belongs within quotation marks). Unless specified as documentaries, feature films are intended to be viewed as stories.
BUSINESS
January 26, 2014 | Liz Weston, Money Talk
Dear Liz: My husband and I have decided that next year we want to have a baby. So we have at minimum a year and nine months to make sure we're financially prepared. I did some cursory Googling and I'm already a bit overwhelmed. I'm not sure where to start. I know I should figure out how much the medical costs will be, but how do I figure out how much everything else costs? Do you have a checklist of things we should be aware of and consider? One thing I could use some guidance on is whether I should stay home or put our baby in daycare so I don't miss out on work benefits like healthcare and 401(k)
ENTERTAINMENT
January 16, 2014 | By Charles McNulty, Los Angeles Times Theater Critic
Aristotle placed spectacle near the bottom of his list of tragedy's essentials, and anyone who ventures to see "An Iliad" at the Broad Stage will agree that special effects aren't needed to bring to the stage Homer's deathless epic in all its agonizing, heroic glory. The set is largely bare, save for some scattered props and backstage equipment that never let us forget we are in a theater. The cast consists of one actor, Denis O'Hare. Little did we know from his Tony-winning turn as the gay baseball fanatic in Richard Greenberg's "Take Me Out" that he harbors legions of legendary Greeks, Trojans and immortal deities within himself.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 10, 1991
The state of Utah's shameful abortion law simply makes Utah just another four-letter word. HERBERT SOLOW Malibu
OPINION
January 14, 2014 | By Daniel Sokatch and David N. Myers
Recently, Israel has been beset by a pair of controversies relating to its Arab minority: first, the proposal over whether to resettle Bedouin Arabs against their will in state-sponsored towns, and second, the renewed call by Israel's foreign minister to "transfer" Arab residents of northern Israel to a new state of Palestine should one be established. At issue here is not only the status of Israel's Arab population but the concept of citizenship in Israel. If threats to the status of Israeli citizenship continue unchecked, Israel's very democracy is imperiled.
SPORTS
December 16, 2013 | By Ben Bolch
They encompass one syllable, three letters and immeasurable intrigue. Doc. Pop. What other coaches are so instantly recognizable these days? In any sport? The Clippers' Doc Rivers and the San Antonio Spurs' Gregg Popovich have become one-name entities not just because they've won NBA titles, but because they are such fascinating figures who have become their own brands. Popovich is the wine-loving, classic literature-reading savant who likes to infuse terror in the media and terroir in his dinner conversations.
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