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April 25, 1993
The Rumor Mill sponsored by Councilwoman Joy Picus (April 7) is a good idea, but when police officers are called to investigate why black men are going to a public establishment, Smart and Final, that's where I draw the line. What is suspicious about black men going to this public place? Smart and Final did not call to report concern. Would the police come if two vans of white men arrived at the highly populated black and brown area of Los Angeles where there is a Smart and Final located on Crenshaw Boulevard?
September 22, 2008 | Lynn Smith and Chris Lee
As actress Christina Applegate's television mom on "Samantha Who?," Jean Smart said backstage that she feels "very protective" of her colleague, especially since Applegate told her she had been diagnosed with breast cancer. Smart, holding her Emmy for outstanding supporting actress in a comedy, said, "I was shocked when she told me. I started to cry a little bit. I started to tear up and said, 'This is not because I think anything's going to happen to you.' I just hated that she has to go through this," Smart said in the media tent.
May 5, 1991
Like Chuck Trudeau in today's Los Angeles Times, I, too, wondered why Dusty the Wonder Dog bothered to return to a family who obviously had no feeling for her. I actually cried at the thought of such loyalty and determination displayed by this animal. I visualized her without food, water or shelter during her long journey back home. She was smart enough to avoid the busy roads by traveling through the hills. Too bad she wasn't smart enough to find a new owner. ASTRID RAMSEY, Universal City
September 27, 1986
An out-of-town sportswriter once commented that the Dodgers had the most successful dumb manager in baseball and the Angels the least successful smart one. I'm not sure that Mr. Mauch is all that smart in terms of human relationships, but the aging Angels may be about to get the monkey off his back. As for Mr. Lasorda, his luck is running out, and a lot of us TV lip-readers wish his foul language would too. BILL LODGE Reseda
August 23, 2003
After President Bush signed off on his National Security Strategy, declared Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon to be a "man of peace" and let Deputy Defense Secretary Paul Wolfowitz lead him into invading Iraq, it seemed obvious that the world would become a much more dangerous place. I feel deep sympathy for the many Israelis and Palestinians who genuinely seek peace but who now see this dream crushed by religious extremists. I feel the same about the Iraqis and our troops there.
January 18, 2010 | By MARY McNAMARA, Television Critic
"Life Unexpected" is so oddly sweet and smart and pure of heart, so very much more "Gilmore Girls" than "Gossip Girl," that you have to wonder if the CW is in possession of a time machine. If so, it has used it to good advantage, giving us a heroine so sassy and yet emotionally grounded she could be the child Ellen Page's Juno gave up, if that child had been a girl and Jennifer Garner hadn't been around. Meet Lux (Britt Robertson), a street-smart but still essentially innocent foster kid. On the cusp of her 16th birthday, she needs the signatures of the birth parents she never met to secure her emancipation.
August 27, 1988
There seems to be some question about whether Quayle is smart enough to be President. After all, he was smart enough to know when to call his father! What more cynical example do we need on how power corrupts and about Bush's value on competence and personal integrity in his administration? One fact emerges--they are very good at "damage control," in which they have had unprecedented experience. I keep asking myself, does the electorate really deserve such continued mediocrity in government?
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