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February 28, 2007 | Steve Lopez
I opened my Sunday paper, and wham! A monsignor smacked me with a stinging letter to the editor regarding my column about Cardinal Roger, who had offered my bosses a free crypt at the cathedral if they'd put me in it. In the same section, another detractor took a shot at me regarding the Grand Avenue project. The next day, a website devoted to defending the Los Angeles Archdiocese against its critics called me clueless, arrogant and self-righteous.
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June 25, 2007 | Tara Burghart, Associated Press
Want to know a secret? Thoughts of fear and powerlessness among the people who died in Hurricane Katrina and the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks attracted them "to being in the wrong place at the wrong time." That's probably the most eye-popping claim associated with "The Secret," a book that tells us that the "law of attraction" -- basically "like attracts like" -- governs our universe.
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July 10, 2005 | Dick Lochte, Dick Lochte is a critic of crime fiction and author of the suspense thriller "Sleeping Dog."
John Shannon's "Dangerous Games" is that rara avis -- a beautifully plotted, character-rich crime novel, both hard-edged and humorous, that is as spot-on in portraying today's Southern California as Raymond Chandler's books were in his day, while paying considerably more attention to the area's ethnic neighborhoods.
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May 5, 1997 | JEAN O. PASCO, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
He looks far too young to have caused all of this fuss. Tom Lowe sits up straight in his chair, blond hair curling above brown-gray eyes, a nervous smile on his smooth face. He's just returned from New York and a meeting with editors at Simon & Schuster about whether they'll make a bid for his new novel, "Spin," a naughty tell-all about his whirlwind career in California politics, thinly disguised as fiction.
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