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June 7, 1989 | BRUCE HOROVITZ, Times Staff Writer
For Coach Pat Riley, there's a lot more riding on a third consecutive Los Angeles Lakers National Basketball Assn. championship than another ring on his finger. A series win over the Pistons could also mean hundreds of thousands of promotional dollars in his pocket. Much of it comes from motivational speeches he gives to corporations such as Exxon--which earn him up to $15,000 each. And while Riley is currently a pitchman for six products--from Southern California Chrysler-Plymouth Dealers to Transamerica--marketing experts say he has yet to really cut the mustard as a big-time, national TV spokesman.
April 10, 2014
Re "Mozilla CEO resigns after Prop. 8 outcry," April 4 If former Mozilla Chief Executive Brandon Eich had made a contribution - however long ago - to, say, an anti-Semitic group or even one of the organizations trying to sell the message that a woman's place is in the home after all (in short, any cause that seeks to infringe on the civil liberties or equality of any specific social group), we wouldn't be having this conversation. Why is it, among all the other "antis," anti-gay attitudes are somehow singularly defended as expressions of free speech?
November 13, 1988 | WILLIAM TUOHY, Times Staff Writer
The forced resignation of West German parliamentary Speaker Philipp Jenninger shows that the 1933-45 Nazi era in German history still smolders and can erupt in national guilt and anger, analysts agreed Saturday. "It indicates that Germans are still extremely sensitive about what you can say or not say about the Nazi period," commented one Western diplomat with long experience here. "That history is still deeply etched in the German psyche."
April 7, 2014 | By Seema Mehta
Comparing illegal immigration to a war that threatened the United States' future, GOP gubernatorial candidate Tim Donnelly once exhorted citizens to rise and join his fight to stop people from crossing the border, according to audio of a speech he gave in 2006. "I am a descendant of Jim Bowie, who died at the Alamo," Donnelly, then a leader in the Minuteman border-patrol group, said at a rally in Temecula that year. "It is rumored that he took a dozen Mexican soldiers to their deaths before they finally killed him. How many of you will rise up and take his place on that wall?"
August 26, 1988
I wonder if anyone besides myself finds it disgusting and deplorable that Presidents and presidential candidates have their speeches written by other people? If a candidate for the highest office in the land isn't capable of writing his own speech, why on earth are we putting him (or her) in office? Are they expressing their views, their thoughts, their decisions, their ideas, or Peggy Noonan's or Kenneth Khachigian's? No one wrote Lincoln's speeches and he managed. Let's see if any of these ghostwriters can top the Gettysburg Address.
February 7, 2012 | By Randee Dawn, Special to the Los Angeles Times
"I'd like to thank …" Those four words should appear in 99.9% of all speeches given on Oscar night. But not every speech has to be a rote list of individual names following that opening. As many winners have proved over the years, the Oscar acceptance can be a genuine outpouring of joy, full of off-the-cuff personal moments, or a chance to get on a soapbox. Who can forget the indelible moments - for better or worse - created by Sally Field, Cuba Gooding Jr., Marlon Brando surrogate Sacheen Littlefeather or one-arm pushup king Jack Palance as they accepted their trophies?
September 11, 2009 | JAMES RAINEY
The cable TV channels fired their screeching engines hours in advance. A "Health Care Make or Break Moment" screamed a CNN headline. Countdown clocks at Fox and MSNBC ticked inexorably toward 00:00, the moment when President Obama would face down a joint session of Congress. This had to be really, really big, I learned all day Wednesday from the excitable people on cable TV -- a speech that likely would determine the fate of healthcare reform and, perhaps, the Obama presidency.
September 14, 2007
Excerpts of President Bush's speech as prepared for delivery Thursday night: -- The surge The premise of our strategy is that securing the Iraqi population is the foundation for all other progress. For Iraqis to bridge sectarian divides, they need to feel safe in their homes and neighborhoods. For lasting reconciliation to take root, Iraqis must feel confident that they do not need sectarian gangs for security.
May 9, 1996
Los Angeles Mayor Richard Riordan is scheduled to deliver the commencement address Saturday at Loyola Marymount University. Administrators will present Riordan with an honorary doctorate of humane letters during the ceremony. The honorary degree is in recognition of Riordan's humanitarian and charitable activities, said Norm Schneider, spokesman for Loyola. Riordan has been a friend of the school for a number of years--in fact, there is an internship program named for him, Schneider said.
With the House poised to impeach President Clinton and send the case to a trial in the Senate, renewed interest is sure to focus on a Republican senator from Kansas who changed history's course 130 years ago by breaking party ranks and casting the vote that saved President Andrew Johnson from conviction. Historians to this day debate why Edmund G. Ross cast his vote the way he did in the nation's only presidential impeachment trial. But no one disputes what happened to Ross afterward.
March 22, 2014 | By Barbara Demick
BEIJING - Michelle Obama strayed into taboo territory during a speech Saturday at China's Peking University in which she called the rights of free speech and worship "the birthright of every person on this planet. " The first lady dropped her remarks toward the end of an otherwise uncontroversial speech to Chinese and U.S. students about overseas exchange programs. "We respect the uniqueness of other cultures and societies," Obama said with a caveat nodding to Beijing's frequent protestations that Westerners don't understand their system.
March 20, 2014 | By Jason Song and Larry Gordon
Students at UC Irvine say they are excited about having President Obama speak at their commencement this year after the news was announced Thursday. “I feel it to be a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity,” said Alex Liao, an international studies major who is scheduled to graduate. The president will deliver the address at Irvine's 50th anniversary ceremony in June. Liao had been worried there would be only one large ceremony that would deprive students of the chance to walk across the stage and receive their diplomas, but having Obama and smaller ceremonies was the “optimal solution,” he said.
March 6, 2014 | Robin Abcarian
NATIONAL HARBOR, MD - A famous conservative walks into a ballroom …. If he is sticking to tradition, he opens with a joke. Or a story that makes him look good or brave or important. On Thursday, the American Conservative Union hosted a handful of high-profile Republicans at its annual Conservative Political Action Conference, some of whom are eyeing the 2016 Republican presidential race.They came to the Gaylord National Resort just south of Washington, D.C., to fire up the base, boost their profiles with the tea party party wing of the GOP or, in the case of New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie ( who was pointedly not invited last year after cozying up to President Obama )
March 6, 2014 | By Kate Linthicum
In a speech to Jewish leaders in Los Angeles on Thursday, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu drew parallels between Nazi Germany and Iran, warning of dire consequences if anti-Jewish rhetoric is allowed to go unchecked. "There is a regime today that calls daily for our annihilation, openly and unabashedly," Netanyahu told a crowd of several hundred people gathered at the Museum of Tolerance, which houses Holocaust-related materials. "Our principal lesson in history is that when someone says they're going to annihilate you, take them seriously.
March 4, 2014 | By Oliver Gettell
"Dallas Buyers Club" star and newly crowned Academy Award winner Jared Leto was the only Hollywood figure to address the current political unrest in Ukraine during the award show Sunday, but his words of support for the former Soviet republic weren't heard in Russia, where an edited, taped broadcast of the ceremony aired Monday. With tensions escalating between the two nations, Leto said in his acceptance speech for supporting actor, "To all the dreamers out there around the world watching this tonight, in places like the Ukraine and Venezuela, I want to say we are here.
February 24, 2014 | By Kerry Cavanaugh
If you ever been to a Los Angeles City Council meeting, you'll remember them. They're the gadflies who fill out speaker cards to opine as many agenda items as possible, usually as an excuse to rail against whatever injustice they feel the city has imposed on them. They're obnoxious time wasters who infuriate those who want the council meetings to move more efficiently. Yet time and time again, a court has, rightly, side with the gadflies and ruled the City Council has violated the 1st Amendment by cutting off or ejecting two particular activists from meetings.
September 9, 2009 | Christi Parsons
Though it inspired controversy over the last week, President Obama's back-to-school address to America's students Tuesday ended up being decidedly motivational rather than political -- and even won praise from some Republicans. Speaking to students in a nationwide broadcast from a suburban Virginia high school, the Democratic president urged children to rise above their mistakes and challenges to succeed in school, offering himself as an example of "a goof-off" who went on to make good.
June 5, 2009 | Peter Wallsten
As a presidential candidate, Barack Obama left some fuzzy edges to his biography. He affirmed strong support for Israel but implied a strong empathy for Palestinians. His personal story played up his introduction to the black church, leaving his father's Islamic roots in the shadows. It was a narrative designed to ease any voter concern about Obama's background and counter false Internet rumors that he was a Muslim.
February 23, 2014 | Emily Alpert Reyes
Two men who were repeatedly kicked out of Los Angeles City Council meetings for violating public comment rules won part of a free-speech lawsuit against the city last year. But a jury recently awarded them only a few dollars for their trouble. The meager awards are the latest turn in a long-running case that pitted the Venice Beach performers against council rules banning "personal, impertinent, unduly repetitive, slanderous or profane remarks. " Like many government bodies across the country, the council has often wrestled with how to regulate public comments and keep meetings orderly.
February 22, 2014 | By Sergei L. Loiko
KIEV, Ukraine - The most ardent foe of Ukraine's embattled president was freed from prison Saturday and rushed to the capital, where she was greeted by tens of thousands of supporters chanting her name, some so overcome by emotion that they fainted. Events in Kiev and around the country had the feel of a revolution nearing its culmination. Having retreated to his eastern stronghold, President Viktor Yanukovich fulminated in an Internet clip against "Nazis" and "bandits. " He insisted he still was the country's leader and that he would not resign.
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