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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 25, 2014 | By Mark Z. Barabak
U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) delivered a full-throated defense of gun ownership Friday, telling a National Rifle Assn. audience that firearms are central to achieving the American Dream. The dream, Rubio said, is not just a measure of financial prosperity but the ability to raise a family in a home that is stable, safe and secure. That, in turn, rests on the ability to possess a firearm for self-protection, the lawmaker said. “The safety of our families is not something people should hope government can provide,” Rubio told delegates to the NRA's annual convention, held this year in Indianapolis.
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 24, 2014 | By Melissa Rohlin
Former Browns quarterback Bernie Kosar said in a statement that he has been removed as color analyst for Cleveland's preseason games because of slurred speech. He says his removal "stems from my slurred speech impairment, which is a direct result of the many concussions I received while playing in the NFL. " Kosar is being replaced by Solomon Wilcots, the Browns announced Wednesday. Kosar called that decision "unfortunate," adding that doing the preseason games was "truly one of the remaining joys in my life.
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 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.
September 16, 1987
A special two-record album and cassette of Pope John Paul II's 1987 speeches in America will be released by Fiore/Annuncione Ltd. shortly after the pontiff ends his trip. "Adventure Into Unity" will be available, along with the Pope's 1979 speeches, "Pilgrim of Peace" for $19.95, through an advertising coupon in Catholic newspapers or by calling, (800) 453-8600. A spokesman for Fiore/Annuncione said the firm has rights to the speeches from the Vatican Library.
December 12, 2010 | By Brian Bennett, Tribune Washington Bureau
Nudity. Sexual activity. Animal abuse. All are reasons YouTube users can flag a video for removal from the website. Add a new category: promotes terrorism. YouTube and its parent company, Google, have been criticized by lawmakers for refusing to prescreen militant speeches and propaganda videos that have been cited in more than a dozen terrorism investigations over the last five years. But rather than submit to policies that many argue would amount to an erosion of 1st Amendment rights, particularly in an open-access environment such as the Internet, YouTube is taking a decidedly more democratic path ?
April 20, 2014 | By The Times editorial board
Does the 1st Amendment allow states to make it a criminal offense to disseminate false statements about a political candidate? Should citizens who fear that their free speech will be chilled by such a law be permitted to challenge it even if they aren't in danger of imminent prosecution? Only the second question will be argued before the Supreme Court on Tuesday, but it is inextricably linked to the first one. If the court rules that the Susan B. Anthony List, an antiabortion group, may not challenge Ohio's criminalization of false political speech, that law and similar ones in other states will remain on the books.
April 15, 2014 | By David G. Savage
WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court next week will consider for the first time whether states may enforce laws that make it a crime to knowingly publish false statements about political candidates. The justices will hear an antiabortion group's free-speech challenge to an Ohio law that was invoked in 2010 by then-Rep. Steve Driehaus, a Democrat. He had voted for President Obama's healthcare law and was facing a tough race for reelection. The antiabortion group Susan B. Anthony List launched a campaign to unseat Driehaus, preparing to run billboard ads saying, "Shame on Steve Driehaus!
April 11, 2014 | By Mark Swed, Los Angeles Times Music Critic
The earth did quake; the rocks rent, and the graves were opened. Then peace was made with God as Jesus' body came to rest. That peace, and with it the ability to notice beauty in all things, is expressed in the last aria of Bach's "St. Matthew Passion," which begins with the text, "Make thyself clean, my heart. " This aria is among the most sublime gifts given in all of music, a vision far better suited for the soul than the stage. Yet Peter Brook tailors it meticulously to "The Suit.
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?
April 10, 2014 | By Emily Alpert Reyes
Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti will deliver his first State of the City address late Thursday afternoon, plugging his “back to basics” agenda to a crowd of city officials, selected community members and the press. The speech is scheduled to begin at 5 p.m at the Wallis Annenberg Building at the California Science Center on Exposition Park Drive. The event will not be open to the general public, but the address is expected to be viewable via live stream at and . The annual mayoral speech, a chance for Garcetti to set forth his vision and foreshadow his budget plans, comes one day after a prominent commission delivered its own batch of recommendations for fixing the city, warning that without action Los Angeles could become "a city left behind in the 21st century.
April 9, 2014 | By Houston Mitchell
The Ultimate Warrior, who died suddenly Tuesday in Scottsdale, Ariz., at age 54, was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame last Saturday and appeared on "Monday Night Raw" two nights later. After receiving a huge ovation from the fans, Warrior (born James Hellwig, but he legally changed his name to Warrior several years ago) talked about death in a speech that now seems a bit eerie. You can watch it above, and a transcript is below: “No WWE talent becomes a legend on their own. Every man's heart one day beats its final beat.
March 12, 2008
Re "Verdict mixed on Iraq claims," March 10 A senior Senate intelligence committee aide is quoted as saying: "It's inherently problematic to try to climb inside the heads [of policymakers] and know what they knew at the time." But the issue is not what they knew but what they could and should have known. After all, I'm just a regular guy with no special access, and yet my assessment before the war -- that President Bush's push for war was manipulative and fraudulent -- turned out to be right on the money.
June 11, 2004 | From staff and wire reports
Billboard magazine reports that Bruce Springsteen, an opponent of the war in Iraq and a well-known friend to labor and traditional Democratic concerns, has posted a recent Al Gore speech on his website, Springsteen called Gore's remarks, which were harshly critical of President Bush, "one of the most important speeches" he'd heard in a long time.
April 8, 2014 | By Chris Megerian
SACRAMENTO - Republican candidate for governor Tim Donnelly on Tuesday brushed off concerns that his 2006 speech comparing illegal immigration to war would hurt his chances of winning over Latino voters. "I have more support from Latinos than most Republicans in this state," said Donnelly, a state assemblyman from San Bernardino County, who spoke to reporters in the Capitol. “I have it because I've been outspoken on issues that affect them more than anyone else.” He said his campaign platform is focused on increasing economic opportunity in California.
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?"
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