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October 5, 1986
"A boring, foul-mouthed film, that glorifies the worst, not the best, of human nature" is how John Boland described the movie "Stand By Me" (Letters Annex, Sept. 28). I find such a narrow-minded description of such a wonderful film more offensive than any "profanity" that appeared in the film. "Stand By Me" is one of the most honest and realistic portrayals of childhood I've ever seen. If Boland can't handle such a true reflection of life on the screen, then I suggest he stick strictly to watching Spielberg movies.
April 27, 2014 | By Homero Aridjis
The first time I met Gabriel García Márquez, then an unknown writer in Mexico, was on July 6, 1962, in the office of the producer of Luis Buñuel's movie "Viridiana. " I remember the date well because after noticing the headline, Gabo asked to borrow the evening paper I had just bought, exclaiming "Dammit, today my master died," referring to William Faulkner. Faulkner famously detested intrusions in his private life, and the funeral in his native Oxford, Miss., was sparsely attended by several dozen family members, his publishers and a few writers.
March 27, 2010
Major Pettigrew's Last Stand A Novel Helen Simonson Random House: 368 pp., $25
April 25, 2014 | By David Undercoffler
The Honda Fit was easily the best subcompact on the market - great fun to drive and a deft mix of efficiency, interior space and value. Then Honda discovered that fun doesn't sell. The newly redesigned 2015 Fit is still spacious, frugal and smartly engineered. But Honda - tired of seeing Fit sales lag behind those of the Chevy Sonic, Ford Fiesta and Hyundai Accent - has sucked out all the joy from the car's handling. PHOTOS: 2015 Honda Fit Honda's third generation of this four-door hatchback, marked as a 2015 model, started showing up in dealerships this month.
June 29, 2010 | By Bob Pool, Los Angeles Times
As a developer prepares to gobble up Molly's Burgers, preservationists in Hollywood are taking a stand. They charge that Los Angeles officials are sacrificing a potential cultural landmark by selling the walk-up burger joint at 1605 N. Vine St. at a discount price to a company they claim is luring jobs out of Hollywood. Land around the 20-stool eatery is to be sold to Pacifica Ventures, a Santa Monica-based development company that builds and operates out-of-state movie soundstages.
May 20, 2013 | By Jenn Harris
A replica of the Bluth's Original Frozen Banana stand in all its giant, yellow glory will finally make an appearance in the Los Angeles area today. Fans anticipating the return of "Arrested Development," which was canceled by Fox in 2006 but is coming back with a premiere May 26 on Netflix, will want to head down to 9300 Culver Boulevard (adjacent to Trader Joe's) from noon to 7 p.m. If you're looking to spot an actual cast member, Judy Greer, who plays Kitty Sanchez, is scheduled to be at the stand between 3 p.m. and 4 p.m.  The banana stand, which has been making the rounds on a world tour that has included London and New York, sent fans in a tizzy last week when news broke that it may not be making a stop in Newport Beach, where the stand originates in the show.
February 20, 2008
Re "School newspaper drops a V-bomb," Feb. 16 After four decades as a physician watching the surgical, medical and psychological aftermath of violence against women, it is encouraging that a 15-year-old boy will stand up to be counted in front of his peers. In an honorable world, Cleveland High School Principal Bob Marks would display the same kind of courage and stand alongside his student editor. Michael C. Storrie-Lombardi MD Pasadena
July 3, 1988
I speak in defense of our teachers. Recently, I viewed the movie "Stand and Deliver." It tells about a teacher who fought the system. The results were fantastic. He took students who were pushed aside because it was assumed they didn't have the intelligence to learn. We have some fantastic teachers--so let's untie their hands. Our students are in need of good education. C. ESTHER BERNAL Anaheim
October 25, 2009
October 9, 2009 | BILL DWYRE
For right-handed pitching bulldog John Lackey, the Red Sox had gone quietly, but he didn't want to. It was 9:22 p.m. in a raucous Angel Stadium. He had held Boston scoreless for 7 1/3 innings in this first game of a best-of-five American League division series. Torii Hunter had hit a three-run homer in the fifth. His Angels had added two more in the seventh. Ghosts were being exorcised all over the place. And yet, at his first sight of Manager Mike Scioscia heading his way, Lackey tossed his head back in disappointment, then slapped the baseball hard into his glove.
April 23, 2014 | By Richard Verrier
No joke: The walkout by editors and assistant editors on the NBC show "Last Comic Standing" is over after less than two days. An official with the Motion Picture Editors Guild said 15 workers returned to work Wednesday morning after the union reached an agreement with NBC to provide a union contract for the employees. "Thanks to the courage and cohesion they demonstrated, and to the overwhelming support showed to them by their Local 700 sisters and brothers and the entire IATSE [International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees]
April 23, 2014 | By Tony Perry
SAN DIEGO -- A former San Diego police officer was ordered Wednesday to stand trial on five counts of mistreating women while on duty. Christopher Hays, an officer for four years before resigning after his arrest in February, was ordered by Superior Court Judge Charles Rogers to stand trial on two counts of felony false imprisonment and three counts of misdemeanor battery. Rogers' decision came after a preliminary hearing in which three women testified that Hays touched them inappropriately.
April 22, 2014 | By Sergei L. Loiko, This post has been updated. See the note below for details.
KIEV, Ukraine -- The United States will stand by Ukrainians against Russian aggression that threatens their nation's sovereignty and territorial integrity, Vice President Joe Biden pledged Tuesday during a visit to Kiev. “No nation has the right to simply grab land from another nation, and we will never recognize Russia's illegal occupation of Crimea, and neither will the world,” Biden said after meeting with Ukraine's acting prime minister, Arseny Yatsenyuk. “No nation should threaten its neighbors by amassing troops along the border.
April 21, 2014 | By Richard Verrier
The NBC contest show "Last Comic Standing" isn't generating many laughs from the Motion Picture Editors Guild. The guild, Local 700 of the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees, said more than a dozen workers employed by NBC Studios in Glendale walked off the job late Monday morning, weeks before the show's debut. The workers are seeking a union contract, including health insurance and pension benefits, the guild said. PHOTOS: 2013's highest-paid media executives “This is an experienced, top-notch crew, putting together a primetime series for broadcast on NBC,” editors guild President Alan Heim said in a statement.
April 21, 2014 | By Richard Simon
Thousands of bills are introduced in a congressional session, but only a fraction become law. Even without that success, they call attention to their causes - or their sponsors. Here are a few of the eclectic measures awaiting action in Congress. Apollo Lunar Landing Legacy Act: Would establish the Apollo Lunar Landing Sites National Historical Park on the moon. Argument for: "In 1969, led by the late Apollo astronaut Neil Armstrong, American ingenuity changed history as humanity took a giant leap forward on the surface of the moon," said Rep. Donna Edwards (D-Md.)
April 15, 2014 | By Eric Pincus
The Lakers climbed to 26 wins on Monday night, defeating the Utah Jazz, 119-104, behind a big night from Nick Young. In beating the Jazz, the Lakers lost the chance to finish the season tied with Utah at 25 wins. The Jazz (24-57) have the fourth-worst record in the NBA. A Lakers' loss could have set up a three-way tie in the NBA draft lottery standings with the Jazz and Boston Celtics (25-56) -- each having a 9% chance at the top overall pick. Instead, the Lakers have dipped down to sixth in the lottery, with a 6.3% chance at the No. 1 selection.
August 9, 1998
More than 160 homeless veterans were assisted during Stand Down '98. A gracious thank you to all our corporate sponsors, to Mr. and Mrs. Tom Gatto who donated hours at sewing machines to enable us to salvage more than 200 shirts, to our financial angels, Dr. and Mrs, Foster Taft, and to all the volunteers and helpers. BILL SCHMIDT Co-Chair Stand Down '98
December 27, 2005
Re "Youth Sues for Right Not to Stand, Recite Pledge," Dec. 23 So a 17-year-old boy refuses to stand for the Pledge of Allegiance. Does he know that standing is a sign of respect? He can refuse to say the pledge, but he should show respect. When this case goes to court, will he refuse to stand when the judge enters the courtroom? Or will his attorney tell him to stand in respect? We all must show respect for others, and sometimes this means standing. SUZANNE BRUGMAN Whittier
April 15, 2014 | By The Times editorial board
Perhaps Russia can be induced to pull its troops back from the border with Ukraine and to abandon efforts to destabilize what is left of that country after its illegal annexation of Crimea. It's not a sign of weakness for the United States and other nations to pursue those objectives through negotiations. But the U.S. and its European allies simultaneously need to make it clear that if Russia continues to threaten and intimidate Ukraine, new economic sanctions will be imposed not only on individual high-ranking Russian officials but also on entire sectors of the Russian economy.
April 13, 2014 | By Kenneth R. Harney
WASHINGTON - Renewal of important expired federal tax benefits for homeowners took a major step forward recently, but the route to final congressional approval is beginning to look longer - and potentially bumpier - than previously expected. Here's why. The Senate Finance Committee overwhelmingly approved a package of tax code goodies that includes a two-year reauthorization of the Mortgage Forgiveness Debt Relief Act, plus similar extensions for deductions of mortgage insurance premiums and energy-saving improvements to homes.
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