November 19, 2013 |
Like folk art and fine art, or mezcal and worms, sins and miracles might seem like a very odd couple. But for Demián Flores and Lila Downs, mixing pecados (sins) and milagros (miracles) proved to be a potent combination. Flores is a Oaxacan graphic artist and painter who often creates mash-ups of pop-culture and pre-Columbian imagery. Critics' darling Downs is a Oaxaca-born, Mexican American singer-songwriter. She's known for her theatrical stage persona and a syncretic musical style that cross-stitches elements of jazz, hip-hop, rock and ranchera.
November 13, 2013 |
Who has had an abortion? In an intriguing cover story, New York Magazine decided to answer that question with the names, faces and accounts of 26 women from varied backgrounds who have had the procedure. As New York Magazine points out, about 1.2 million unplanned pregnancies are ended by abortion each year. According to the Guttmacher Institute - a research institute that supports reproductive rights - 3 in 10 American women will have abortions by the time they are 45. Abortion is legal and pervasive and, still, many women are reluctant to talk about their own personal experiences.
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November 12, 2013 |
Atty. Gen. Eric H. Holder Jr. and other federal officials are slated to appear Tuesday at a public memorial for the TSA agent slain in a shooting rampage at Los Angeles International Airport. The 10 a.m. ceremony at the Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena comes 11 days after a gunman opened fire at the nation's third-busiest airport, killing one TSA agent and wounding three other people. Gerardo I. Hernandez, a 39-year-old father of two , became the first Transportation Security Administration worker killed in the line of duty.
November 9, 2013 |
Documentary filmmaker Frederick Wiseman has turned his cameras on a mental hospital, dance troupes, a racetrack, the military and a state legislature. His 38th documentary examines education, campus leadership and student protest at UC Berkeley in 2010 during the state budget crisis. Edited from 250 hours' worth of material, his "At Berkeley" is a four-hour, four-minute tour, without narration, of literature classes, robotics labs, football games and the inner sanctums of administrators facing tough decisions on a beautiful campus.
November 8, 2013 |
This post has been corrected. Please see note at bottom for details. Gavin MacLeod was a fixture on television for years. From 1970 to 1977, he played sweet-natured news writer Murray Slaughter on CBS' "The Mary Tyler Moore Show. " No sooner did "MTM" close up shop than he moved over to ABC to appear as Captain Stubing on "The Love Boat," which cruised until 1986. To this day, MacLeod travels the seven seas as an ambassador for Princess Cruise Lines. The 82-year-old actor has had a diverse career: appearing on Broadway, guest-starring in countless series including "My Favorite Martian" and "Peter Gunn," and working with such directors as Blake Edwards ("Operation Petticoat")
November 6, 2013 |
People who spoke two languages developed dementia 4 1/2 years later than those who spoke just one -- even in people who were illiterate, said scientists who reviewed the records of hundreds of dementia patients. The study is the largest to date to document the delay of dementia in bilingual people and the first to suggest that education level alone can't explain the difference, the researchers said. The researchers also controlled their results for age, sex, occupation and rural versus urban living.
November 6, 2013 |
And here, sorrowfully, she is again. Another dead child, her name unknown for almost three decades. Now that New York's cold case of another long-dead, long-unknown child has been solved, Los Angeles is hoping that its anonymous little girl, Baby Jane Doe #61, found dead in 1985, might also be matched with a name, and even a family - and one day, maybe linked to whoever neglected her to death. New York's “Baby Hope” was 4 years old in 1991 when she was sexually assaulted and killed.
October 30, 2013 |
Michael and Sharon Landsberry celebrated their love and their fifth wedding anniversary Oct. 18. Three days later, the Nevada mathematics teacher was dead after trying to reason with a 12-year-old boy, Jose Reyes, who opened fire at Sparks Middle School. “Knowing why to me doesn't matter. My husband laid down his life doing what he loved to do, and protecting the ones he loved,” Sharon Landsberry told NBC's “Today” show in a segment broadcast Wednesday. Landsberry has been praised as a hero for his actions in the Oct. 21 shooting, trying to talk to the boy who killed Landsberry, injured two other students then turned his weapon on himself and died.
October 21, 2013 |
Bill Sharman is 87 years old. Saturday afternoon, he had a mild stroke. These things hit us like lightning bolts of reality. Los Angeles has more than its share of sports legends. We are blessed. We thought John Wooden would live forever. We were wrong. Jim Murray, Jerry Buss, Chick Hearn, Jack Kramer. We just assumed there, too. It is not right that there isn't still a booth at Julie's, with John McKay firing off one-liners. We cling to our special people. Tommy Lasorda is our living proof that pasta is a vegetable.
October 20, 2013 |
RALEIGH, N.C. - Roy Cooper is in a very lonely place. He's a Democratic state attorney general surrounded by conservative Republicans who control North Carolina state government. Now those Republicans have put Cooper in an awkward spot. He has publicly condemned GOP-sponsored laws on voter identification and gay marriage, yet must defend those same laws in court. Further complicating matters, Cooper plans to run for governor in 2016. That has prompted Republican charges that he's more interested in being governor than upholding North Carolina's laws.