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October 28, 2004
Re "Acceptance Reigns Along With a King," Oct. 24: I read the article about David Mason, an autistic student at Culver City High School who was crowned homecoming king. I felt happy for David because on that night he saw that in spite of the challenges he faces, he can accomplish whatever he sets out to do. But more than that, I was proud of the students of Culver City High School who gave him that moment. Harel Rush Age 12, Los Angeles
September 6, 2004 | Julie Tamaki, Times Staff Writer
Forget the burger battles and taco tussles. The latest food fight in Southern California is between wok-wielding foes vying to dominate the market for fast, fresh and affordable Asian fare. Pei Wei Asian Diner, Pick Up Stix and others are expanding despite the hurdles: an abundance of mom-and-pop competitors, a shortage of prime restaurant sites and the complexities behind churning out shrimp with lobster sauce, vegetarian stir-fry and three-flavored dumplings.
July 31, 2004 | James Ricci, Times Staff Writer
St. Christopher, patron saint of travelers, fruit dealers, epileptics and surfers, is a figure whose image remains a staple of Catholic gift shops and is still a comforting talisman to many a believer. For example, Vietnamese immigrant and Catholic convert Tuyet Romero, a 53-year-old secretary and bookkeeper at St. Christopher Catholic Church in West Covina, has kept a St. Christopher medal on her key chain for 20 years. "I didn't know about St. Christopher in Vietnam. I was a Buddhist.
June 8, 2004 | Bernadette Murphy, Special to The Times
Eleven-year-old Angela Davis Brown must learn to face life after her mother abandons the family for the lights and glamour of Hollywood in "When Did You Stop Loving Me," the first novel by journalist and memoirist Veronica Chambers ("Mama's Girl"). Left in the solo care of her bewildered father, Teddo, a magician who's scraping by gig-to-gig in Brooklyn, Angela hardly knows what to make of her mother, Melanie, walking out the door one nondescript 1979 day and never coming back.
May 9, 2004 | Mark Olsen
Zach BRAFF wanted to be a filmmaker long before he garnered fame and acclaim for his role on the popular sitcom "Scrubs." His debut as writer and director, "Garden State," in which he also stars alongside Natalie Portman, Peter Sarsgaard and Ian Holm, takes place during a few days in which a young man returns home for his mother's funeral.
December 4, 2003 | Barbara King
Each year, along about now, everyone else's life starts to look a lot more appealing than my own. The whole world seems to belong to a secret society whose motto is, "Aren't We All So Happy and Well-Adjusted and Aren't You Not!" Everyone's life, in other words, looks like a Norman Rockwell painting, beautifully framed -- except my own, which seems to bear more resemblance to a densely skewed Jackson Pollock drawing on see-through paper, hung up with a thumbtack.
October 15, 2003 | Gregg Jones, Times Staff Writer
Gov. Gray Davis has made more than 20 appointments to courts and state boards since losing the recall election and intends to continue filling vacancies before handing over power to Republican Arnold Schwarzenegger, administration officials said Tuesday. Davis acted despite suggestions by Schwarzenegger and other Republicans that the Democratic governor stop naming people to state jobs.
September 29, 2003 | Richard B. Schmitt, Times Staff Writer
The Justice Department has been asked to investigate whether the Bush administration retaliated against a critic of its Iraq policy by leaking the name of his wife, an undercover CIA operative, to journalists, a top administration official said Sunday. The allegation stems from a report in July by syndicated columnist Robert Novak that identified Valerie Plame as a specialist in weapons of mass destruction for the CIA. Novak cited "two senior administration officials" as his sources.
September 28, 2003 | Paul Gutierrez, Times Staff Writer
Leave it to the Galaxy to cure Kansas City's ills and add another chink to its own quickly tarnishing MLS Cup. A 2-1 loss to a reeling club tends to do such things. Before Saturday's match, the visiting Wizards had not won in more than two months, going a combined 0-8-2 in their previous 10 games, including the U.S. Open Cup, while getting outscored by an aggregate 17-6.
August 29, 2003 | Mai Tran and David Haldane, Times Staff Writers
Ken Byrtus isn't a typical traveler. He doesn't mind paying hundreds of dollars to fill up his tank. An entrepreneur who owns motels and RV parks in California and Oregon, he recently spent $1.3 million on a brand-new Marathon Coach.
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