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August 13, 2007
Re "Maliki may need a talk on Iran, Bush says," Aug. 10 President Bush has said, "My message to the Iranian people is, 'You can do better than this current government.' " What a coincidence -- the whole world has been saying the same thing to us for the last seven years. Ergun Kunter Irvine
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BUSINESS
April 24, 2014 | By Hugo Martin
It's a Small World, the 50-year-old Disneyland attraction with the singing automatonic children, is reportedly being turned into a movie. Deadline.com reported that Jon Turteltaub has been hired by Walt Disney Studios to direct the movie based on the attraction, with writer Jared Stern on board to write the script. Turteltaub has worked with Disney before, directing the two "National Treasure" films staring Nicolas Cage, and "The Kid" starring Bruce Willis. Most recently, he directed "Last Vegas" with Robert De Niro, Michael Douglas and Morgan Freeman.
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BUSINESS
April 24, 2014 | By Hugo Martin
It's a Small World, the 50-year-old Disneyland attraction with the singing automatonic children, is reportedly being turned into a movie. Deadline.com reported that Jon Turteltaub has been hired by Walt Disney Studios to direct the movie based on the attraction, with writer Jared Stern on board to write the script. Turteltaub has worked with Disney before, directing the two "National Treasure" films staring Nicolas Cage, and "The Kid" starring Bruce Willis. Most recently, he directed "Last Vegas" with Robert De Niro, Michael Douglas and Morgan Freeman.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 4, 2014 | By Randy Lewis
Chorale master Paul Salamunovich once said that the greatest moment of his life was a 1988 concert at the Vatican for Pope John Paul II with the group he had led continuously since 1949, the St. Charles Borromeo Church Choir of North Hollywood. But it was his experience with choral music as a Southern California teenager that provided the underpinning for nearly everything he did over the next six-plus decades, including his role in shaping the Los Angeles Master Chorale into one of the world's finest choirs.
NEWS
October 22, 2012 | By Michael McGough
If your foreign-policy interests focus on Mexico, South America, Canada, the European Union, Korean Peninsula or sub-Saharan Africa, you might want to see what Netflix is offering during the time Barack Obama and Mitt Romney will be debating. Here is the menu of topics for tonight's debate released by the Commission on Presidential Debates: -- America's role in the world -- Our longest war -- Afghanistan and Pakistan -- Red Lines -- Israel and Iran -- The Changing Middle East and the New Face of Terrorism -- I -- The Changing Middle East and the New Face of Terrorism -- II -- The Rise of China and Tomorrow's World The commission notes that the topics are "not necessarily to be brought up in this order," meaning that Bob Schieffer could go rogue and have the candidates tackle  "The Changing Middle East and the New Face of Terrorism -- II" before they get to "The Changing Middle East and the New Face of Terrorism -- I. " (Remember that "backwards" episode on "Seinfeld"?
OPINION
July 19, 2009 | Robert Poole, Robert Poole, a historian at the University of Cumbria, is the author of "Earthrise: How Man First Saw the Earth." earthrise.org.uk
'We came all this way to the moon, and yet the most significant thing we're seeing is our own home planet ..." Forty years after the first moonwalk, NASA has chosen to lead its anniversary coverage with Apollo 8 astronaut Bill Anders' comment about the Earth. That fact alone shows how much the focus has changed since the first Space Age, when it seemed that everyone on Earth was looking outward into space. Ironically, what made the astronauts different was that they alone could look back home.
BUSINESS
February 5, 2009 | Dawn C. Chmielewski
As Walt Disney Co. set out to renovate It's a Small World at Disneyland, the company's Imagineers had one thing in mind: Don't mess it up. Despite being one of the oldest attractions in the park, the ride is among the most popular -- drawing about 6.7 million riders a year.
NEWS
March 25, 2014 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Deal and Travel Blogger
It's a Small World, the theme park ride created by Walt Disney with dancing animatronic dolls and the song that endlessly loops through our collective brains, is about to hit middle age. The ride meant to convey peace and hope (not melodic overload) debuted at the 1964 New York World's Fair as a tribute to children everywhere and to UNICEF. Now, to mark the attraction's half century, Disney parks worldwide will host a global sing-along in April -- and everyone is invited. Performers will pay vocal tribute to the song and the ride in Disneyland in Anaheim, Disney World in Florida, and the Tokyo, Paris and Hong Kong parks on April 10. Disneyland's website says the ride has been closed for refurbishment and will reopen April 10. Aside from the park events, there's a digital side to the sing-along too. Fans who can't be there in person can make a video of themselves singing it -- solo, with friends and family, or with complete strangers -- and upload it to SmallWorld50.com . The Walt Disney Co. announced last week it would donate $150,000 to UNICEF in honor of Small World's milestone and additionally will give $1 for every uploaded song and $1 for every virtual doll created on the website, up to $100,000.
FOOD
March 12, 1997 | MARION CUNNINGHAM, Cunningham is a cookbook author. Her latest book is "Cooking With Children" (Alfred A. Knopf, 1995)
I recently had dinner with a young chef of Polish descent who is about to realize his dream of opening an Asian noodle restaurant in San Francisco. Another friend, an Armenian, has been acting as a consultant to several Japanese businessmen who are enthusiastic about opening an Italian restaurant in San Francisco (they have two successful Italian restaurants in Japan). The world's cookery--slowly, naturally and without being planned--is coming ever closer to unification.
TRAVEL
December 21, 1997 | EILEEN OGINTZ
So what if the holidays are just a few days away, and the dog chewed up the kids' gift list? So what if you're facing a miserable six-hour drive to the in-laws' or a jammed flight with your overstimulated, overtired bunch? Pour yourself an eggnog and stop worrying. Add a few toys that are fun in confined places to the children's Hanukkah piles and Christmas stockings. Here are some of my picks.
NEWS
March 25, 2014 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Deal and Travel Blogger
It's a Small World, the theme park ride created by Walt Disney with dancing animatronic dolls and the song that endlessly loops through our collective brains, is about to hit middle age. The ride meant to convey peace and hope (not melodic overload) debuted at the 1964 New York World's Fair as a tribute to children everywhere and to UNICEF. Now, to mark the attraction's half century, Disney parks worldwide will host a global sing-along in April -- and everyone is invited. Performers will pay vocal tribute to the song and the ride in Disneyland in Anaheim, Disney World in Florida, and the Tokyo, Paris and Hong Kong parks on April 10. Disneyland's website says the ride has been closed for refurbishment and will reopen April 10. Aside from the park events, there's a digital side to the sing-along too. Fans who can't be there in person can make a video of themselves singing it -- solo, with friends and family, or with complete strangers -- and upload it to SmallWorld50.com . The Walt Disney Co. announced last week it would donate $150,000 to UNICEF in honor of Small World's milestone and additionally will give $1 for every uploaded song and $1 for every virtual doll created on the website, up to $100,000.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 29, 2014 | By Martha Groves
Beverly Hills pulled out all the stops to celebrate its 100 t h anniversary as a city Tuesday night, an easy feat given the abundant material created by dozens of notable composers and lyricists who have called the gilt-edged community home. A capacity crowd of about 1,500 attended the centennial concert and sing-along at the historic Saban Theater, where selections covered the melodic spectrum - from Igor Stravinsky's "Firebird" to George and Ira Gershwin's "Strike Up the Band" to David Rose's "The Stripper.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 26, 2013 | By Ari Bloomekatz, Los Angeles Times
A disabled man who was stuck inside Disneyland's "It's a Small World" ride after it broke down - though the music played on - has sued the amusement park and been awarded $8,000, the man's attorney said Tuesday. Santa Monica-based attorney David Geffen said his paraplegic client, L.A. County resident Jose Martinez, 52, went to Disneyland with his wife for the first time since he was a child on Nov. 27, 2009. They were having a great time, Geffen said, but the "It's a Small World" ride "stopped working as he was just exiting the goodbye tunnel.
NEWS
October 22, 2012 | By Michael McGough
If your foreign-policy interests focus on Mexico, South America, Canada, the European Union, Korean Peninsula or sub-Saharan Africa, you might want to see what Netflix is offering during the time Barack Obama and Mitt Romney will be debating. Here is the menu of topics for tonight's debate released by the Commission on Presidential Debates: -- America's role in the world -- Our longest war -- Afghanistan and Pakistan -- Red Lines -- Israel and Iran -- The Changing Middle East and the New Face of Terrorism -- I -- The Changing Middle East and the New Face of Terrorism -- II -- The Rise of China and Tomorrow's World The commission notes that the topics are "not necessarily to be brought up in this order," meaning that Bob Schieffer could go rogue and have the candidates tackle  "The Changing Middle East and the New Face of Terrorism -- II" before they get to "The Changing Middle East and the New Face of Terrorism -- I. " (Remember that "backwards" episode on "Seinfeld"?
NATIONAL
March 6, 2012 | By Rene Lynch
Retirement is looking a whole lot sweeter for Louise White, 81, of Rhode Island: She stepped forward Tuesday to claim her $336.4 million Powerball lottery jackpot. White, who kept the ticket safe and sound in a family Bible before turning it in, opted to take the whole lump sum at once. After taxes, she will walk away with $210 million. "I'm very happy and I'm very proud," White said during a news conference covered by the Providence Journal and other media. "It will make my family very happy, and we are truly blessed.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 17, 2012 | By Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times Film Critic
"Wonder" is the watchword in "The Secret World of Arrietty. " Set in an enchanting locale where the potential for magic is everywhere, this impeccable animated film puts its complete trust in the spirit of make-believe. Beautiful, gentle and pure — but not without elements of genuine menace — it will make believers out of adults and children alike. Based on Mary Norton's celebrated 1952 novel "The Borrowers," "The Secret World of Arrietty" has been on the mind of Japan's Hayao Miyazaki, the great animator of the modern age, for more than 40 years.
SPORTS
May 24, 2007 | Chris Foster, Times Staff Writer
The NHL may dream of a big market Stanley Cup finals -- New York, Los Angeles, Toronto, Boston ... -- but it gets Anaheim and Ottawa, cities so nondescript the mayors may have trouble coming up with anything to bet. Still, taking hockey's center stage will be a high point for places with, um, modest sports histories. Football? Anaheim: Rams move to St. Louis. Rams win Super Bowl. Ottawa: Had two CFL teams fold since 1996.
SPORTS
July 13, 2011 | Chris Erskine
I'd like to announce that I'm legally changing my name to Ron Artest, on account of he's changing his name to Metta World Peace, which — small world — was actually my birth name. If this name change goes through — I go before the judge on a variety of matters next week — I hope to pick up a percentage of Artest's jersey sales, though I realize I've never seen anyone actually wear an Artest jersey, other than Artest himself. Even then, it was somewhat reluctantly. Obviously, he's found a way to remedy that.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 30, 2010 | By Betsy Sharkey, Los Angeles Times Film Critic
Like smokestack soot, revenge colors "Harry Brown," the smartly done socio-economic killer thriller that has Michael Caine at 77 armed and dangerous and mucking around in a world grown toxic around him. Set in a gritty present-day British housing project, circumstance soon turns Caine's Harry from a chess-playing pensioner into a one-man wrecking crew determined to exact justice and bring some order to his drug-infested neighborhood. But no one, most of all Caine, is playing the sympathy card here.
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