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March 10, 2008 | From the Associated Press
A man died after the homemade soapbox racer he was riding in spun out of control during a race and crashed into a parked car. LAPD Sgt. Jim Mascola said the incident took place about 7:45 a.m. Other racers said the victim was 21 years old and one of about 35 members of the San Fernando Valley Illegal Soapbox Federation out for an early-morning downhill race.
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ENTERTAINMENT
August 9, 2013 | By Mark Olsen
After playing widely on this year's festival circuit, the film "In a World... " begins its rollout to theaters today, opening in New York and Los Angeles. The movie is the feature debut as writer and director for actress Lake Bell, best known for supporting roles in films such as "It's Complicated" and "No Strings Attached. " Bell gives herself a star turn as Carol Solomon, a young woman trying to break into the boys club of voiceover artists, a select group of which her father (Fred Melamud)
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ENTERTAINMENT
August 9, 2013 | By Mark Olsen
After playing widely on this year's festival circuit, the film "In a World... " begins its rollout to theaters today, opening in New York and Los Angeles. The movie is the feature debut as writer and director for actress Lake Bell, best known for supporting roles in films such as "It's Complicated" and "No Strings Attached. " Bell gives herself a star turn as Carol Solomon, a young woman trying to break into the boys club of voiceover artists, a select group of which her father (Fred Melamud)
NEWS
August 15, 2011 | By Seema Mehta
Texas Gov. Rick Perry, having just launched his presidential bid, took a quintessential swing through the Iowa State Fair on Monday, sampling pork on a stick, speaking at the Des Moines Register's soapbox and visiting the famed Butter Cow. Concentrating on economic issues, Perry said his record in Texas showed why he ought to be president. "I know what this country needs and we need to get America back working. We need to be able to create an environment in this country where anyone who wants to work can find that job," he said, noting that the bulk of job creation in recent years has occurred under his watch in Texas.  "I'm very proud of what we've done in the state of Texas over the last decade… I know how to create jobs.
BUSINESS
July 22, 2009 | Times Wire Reports
Microsoft Corp. plans to close the Soapbox video-sharing service, a competitor in a field dominated by Google Inc.'s YouTube.
OPINION
March 4, 2006
Re "Tripping over the soapbox," Opinion, March 1 The woman who "stepped up to the soapbox" at Eso Won Books and spewed her angry contempt for gays sounds exactly like a racist fuming about blacks. What irony. JEFF HANNA San Diego
NEWS
August 15, 2011 | By Seema Mehta
Texas Gov. Rick Perry, having just launched his presidential bid, took a quintessential swing through the Iowa State Fair on Monday, sampling pork on a stick, speaking at the Des Moines Register's soapbox and visiting the famed Butter Cow. Concentrating on economic issues, Perry said his record in Texas showed why he ought to be president. "I know what this country needs and we need to get America back working. We need to be able to create an environment in this country where anyone who wants to work can find that job," he said, noting that the bulk of job creation in recent years has occurred under his watch in Texas.  "I'm very proud of what we've done in the state of Texas over the last decade… I know how to create jobs.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 27, 2000
The Times opines that the next president should be committed to appointing judges who will advance civil rights, privacy and environmental protection (editorial, Sept. 24). The Constitution assigns no such role to the court. The Constitution gives the Supreme Court jurisdiction "as to Law and Fact" (Article III, Section 2). The advancement of causes is a legislative function. If The Times is not happy with this arrangement, its soapbox position should address changing the Constitution and not attempting its subversion by judicial stealth.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 28, 1986
Am I the only one out here who thought that Morrison's article on Ollie North was funny? I guess so. My, but there are so many hard-nose characters out there so eager to use this Letters Page as a political soapbox! People, listen: In this ol' globe we're living in, the choice is between making a joke about it or jumping off City Hall. Never lose your sense of humor--that, in my opinion, is our best defense. KAREM S. BILGE Los Angeles
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 19, 1997
Murder, rape, robbery, battery, fraud, the sales and use of illegal drugs, gang-related activities, the rise in violent youthful offenders: Are these some of the crimes that Terry Doherty believes to be changing society in general (Letters, Jan. 12)? If so, as an attorney in California and a son of a recent immigrant, I suggest Doherty and his friends take some time to get off their soapbox, bashing immigrants, and spend it at the criminal courthouse. I believe you will find that just as many U.S.-born citizens are helping the immigrants at changing the "good old days" for good old boys.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 19, 2011
EVENTS Garage gearheads and would-be speed demons once again take to the streets of downtown L.A. for the Red Bull Soapbox Race. In their imaginative vessels, powered only by people and gravity, racers will take turns bombing down Grand Avenue and hanging a sharp left onto Fifth Street while trying to score a few style points. Pit row is at Grand Avenue. and Third Street. Concessions and beer garden at Fifth and Olive streets. 11 a.m. Sat. Free. http://www.redbullsoapboxusa.com .
NATIONAL
October 11, 2009 | Johanna Neuman
It seems early to be talking about the 2012 presidential election -- after all, we haven't even had the 2010 congressional one -- but this is Iowa we're talking about. You know, first in the nation, caucus state, informed voters. So more than a few political commentators took notice Wednesday when Iowa Republicans announced that Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty will be the headline speaker at the "Leadership for Iowa" event at the State Fairgrounds in Des Moines on Nov. 7, where he will share the stage with Republican candidates for governor.
BUSINESS
July 22, 2009 | Times Wire Reports
Microsoft Corp. plans to close the Soapbox video-sharing service, a competitor in a field dominated by Google Inc.'s YouTube.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 23, 2009 | Susan King
Wolverine did a song-and-dance. A Swarovski crystal curtain shimmered. Veteran Oscar winners such as Sophia Loren, Anthony Hopkins and Eva Marie Saint were on hand to dole out awards. Producers tried to shake up the 81st Academy Awards in a bid to boost sagging ratings, but none of it could cover up the fact that there were few, if any, surprises among the winners at the Kodak Theatre. (Did anyone think "Slumdog Millionaire" would be upset?) So what was left for viewers?
ENTERTAINMENT
December 28, 2008 | Thomas Curwen, Curwen is a Times staff writer.
When Walter Mosley introduced Socrates Fortlow in his 1997 collection "Always Outnumbered, Always Outgunned," he offered Los Angeles one of its most original voices. Pushing a shopping cart through the alleys of South-Central, collecting bottles and cans and trying to keep himself from landing back in prison, Socrates helped us see the problems and temptations for those living on the street.
FOOD
October 15, 2008 | Patrick Comiskey, Special to The Times
ROBERT PARKER Jr., founder of the Wine Advocate magazine and indisputably the world's most influential wine critic, has published "Parker's Wine Buyer's Guide No. 7," the first of his series to be produced by a team of writers. Since 1978, largely unaccompanied, Parker has published the Wine Advocate, a journal of tasting notes and, most notably, scores, based on a 100-point scale -- the scale that revolutionized the wine world.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 3, 2001
I just read "Entertained Into Social Change" (April 24), about the production of soap operas in First World countries like Germany to "spread democratic values" to Third World areas like China, Brazil, Latin America and Africa. I'm all for providing entertainment that passes on valuable empirical information about birth control or AIDS prevention, but I cringe at the idea of soap operas being used to plant hopes of fashion stardom in Latina girls if only they'll learn to read, write and sew. The subsequent increase in local sewing machine sales suggests to me that more girls will end up in garment sweatshops than in their own boutique on Park Avenue.
NATIONAL
October 27, 2007 | John McCormick, Chicago Tribune
Democratic presidential candidate John Edwards criticized executive pay and declining worker benefits Friday in an economic-policy speech timed to the closing of an iconic Iowa manufacturer. The former North Carolina senator called for universal retirement savings accounts that would follow workers from job to job, universal healthcare, and stronger corporate-responsibility laws and consumer protections.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 10, 2008 | From the Associated Press
A man died after the homemade soapbox racer he was riding in spun out of control during a race and crashed into a parked car. LAPD Sgt. Jim Mascola said the incident took place about 7:45 a.m. Other racers said the victim was 21 years old and one of about 35 members of the San Fernando Valley Illegal Soapbox Federation out for an early-morning downhill race.
NATIONAL
October 27, 2007 | John McCormick, Chicago Tribune
Democratic presidential candidate John Edwards criticized executive pay and declining worker benefits Friday in an economic-policy speech timed to the closing of an iconic Iowa manufacturer. The former North Carolina senator called for universal retirement savings accounts that would follow workers from job to job, universal healthcare, and stronger corporate-responsibility laws and consumer protections.
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