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February 23, 2010 | By Carol J. Williams
Ramona Ripston has never been one to back away from a fight. As the driving force behind the American Civil Liberties Union of Southern California for 38 years, she's battled police over the treatment of prisoners and the homeless. She's marched against segregation and sued for better inner-city schools. She's taken authorities to court for withholding public housing and medical care from those she believes need them most. But with the recession taking a deep bite out of government budgets and philanthropy, Ripston has wearied of the setbacks dealt the causes she holds dear.
April 27, 2014 | James Barragan
The NCAA and its member institutions often refer to "student-athletes," but the front side of the term isn't often highlighted in a sports section. We asked officials from the Southland's 10 Division I universities to point us toward their best and brightest -- the teams that made classroom performance a priority. Eight of the schools chose to participate and here is what we found: -- The UC Riverside cross-country and track and field program has a nice run going, and that's more than a pun. The men's teams have been honored by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Assn.
April 18, 1989 | From Associated Press
Jerzy Urban, who for seven years defended the government policy to outlaw Solidarity, said he was stepping down as government spokesman as of Monday--the same day that the union became legal again. Urban told state radio he will take over the Committee for Radio and Television, a government panel that oversees all broadcasting. A secretary in Urban's office said that Urban and his successor, who has not yet been named, probably will appear together today at the weekly briefing.
April 26, 2014 | By Patrick McDonnell and Tom Kington
One helped revolutionize the church, becoming an enduring icon among progressive Roman Catholics who view religion as a vehicle for justice and peace. The other figured in a societal revolution outside the church, earning the adulation of conservatives by battling communism and contributing to the downfall of the Soviet Union. On Sunday, Pope Francis will canonize two pontiffs - John XXIII and John Paul II - in a ceremony here, marking the first time that two popes were made saints at the same time.
August 5, 2008 | Maria Elena Fernandez, Times Staff Writer
Fox executives have said they intend to make some creative changes to the format of "American Idol" in its eighth season next year to freshen up the show. But they weren't counting on a change in show runners. On Monday, executive producer and show runner Nigel Lythgoe said he was stepping down from the Fox juggernaut to pursue a new show while continuing with "So You Think You Can Dance," which he runs while anchoring the show's panel of judges. The British producer said he was "stepping back from day-to-day producing work on 'American Idol' " to devote his time to a new venture with Simon Fuller and 19 Entertainment, the co-creator and production company that gave birth to "American Idol."
June 24, 2009 | Sherry Stern
It was already big news in L.A.'s dance world that REDCAT would be serving up the West Coast premiere of works by choreographer Yvonne Rainer. Now comes word that when Rainer's "RoS Indexical" and "Spiraling Down" are performed at the downtown venue Thursday through Sunday, the esteemed 74-year-old will be on stage as well. Rainer is stepping in for Pat Catterson, who is unable to make the performance (and at 63 was the oldest of the four dancers on the bill). Rainer was a major figure in dance in the 1970s but took a 25-year hiatus to concentrate on filmmaking.
June 27, 1989 | DAN SULLIVAN, Times Theater Critic
"No, dear--your other left foot!" yells Mavis (Susan Barnes) as she leads her middle-aged tapsters through a routine in "Stepping Out" at the Pasadena Playhouse. You'll love Mavis. You may not quite know what to do with the play. Like his characters, playwright Richard Harris understands the general effect that is wanted, but has trouble putting it all together. He can be funny and he can be serious; but he can't be both things at the same time. This makes for a lumpy evening. The general idea is to tell us about the people who take Mavis' once-a-week adult-education tap class--seven women and one man. The man (Don Amendolia)
June 23, 1989 | JANICE ARKATOV
For two years, Don Amendolia has been suffering from what he calls "interruptus." In March, 1987, he was on Broadway, stepping high in Richard Harris' "Stepping Out," when the producers abruptly pulled the plug. "Of all the shows I've done, this was the hardest: hardest to stage, hardest to rehearse. But our souls were in that piece. It's not just the script. It's the people you're working with, the room you're rehearsing in. So it was a stunning thing when we closed." Amendolia will get another chance at "Stepping Out" on Sunday, when it opens at the Pasadena Playhouse--with him on board as co-star and director.
Imagine hip-hop dancing but add three times the energy. Next throw in angular arm movements vaguely reminiscent of "voguing" and add synchronized clapping and slapping of the chest and thighs. After that toss in rhythmic chanting. And then imagine the thunderous sound of syncopated stomping as the performers make tight, interweaving formations with military-like precision. That's Stepping.
May 27, 2010 | Meghan Daum
Are we really supposed to believe those who claim to be quitting to spend more time with their families? CNN's Campbell Brown sure doesn't — and she hasn't asked her viewers to either. On May 18, when Brown announced she was stepping down from the news program she has hosted at 8 p.m. on weeknights since February 2008, she was singularly frank. "I could have said that I am stepping down to spend more time with my children (which I truly want to do)," Brown said. "Or that I am leaving to pursue other opportunities (which I also truly want to do)
April 25, 2014 | By Michael Muskal
When David Campbell, a New Hampshire state representative from Nashua, drove the wrong way in a hotel driveway and ran over five ducks, he knew that he had a problem. He didn't know that the incident would leave him a dead duck politically. Campbell, who served 14 years in the state legislature, announced Wednesday he will not seek reelection. That came one day before the state attorney general released a scathing report of the events of Dec. 23, a night of eating and some drinking before the encounter with some ducks who lived in a pond in front of a hotel.
April 25, 2014
Jim Buss says he will resign in three or four years [April 20] if the Lakers are not back on top because that will mean he has failed. Dude, you have already failed both the team and its fans by your evident lack of leadership, so why must we wait so long for you to ultimately depart? How about in three or four months you turn over the team reins to someone more competent than you! Why should we twist in the wind for the obvious to become even more obvious? Goodbye and good riddance, Jim, we won't miss you at all. Roy Reel Culver City :: Jim Buss said if the Lakers aren't contending for an NBA title in three or four years he will step aside and let someone else run the team and make player personnel decisions.
April 25, 2014 | By Joe Flint
Time Warner Cable is starting to get more aggressive about wooing customers of rival pay-TV services to change providers if they want to see Dodger games. "Switch today and never miss a game," says a recent advertisement from the cable company, which is handling distribution for the Dodger-owned channel SportsNet LA. If watching the Dodgers is not enough of an enticement, Time Warner Cable is also offering a $300 Visa Reward Card. Until recently, Time Warner Cable steered clear of advertisements trying to convince people to switch to its service.
April 25, 2014 | By Sam Farmer
Earl Morrall was the NFL's answer to a brilliant Broadway understudy. He left his mark on NFL history by stepping in for two future Hall of Fame quarterbacks - Johnny Unitas in Baltimore and Bob Griese in Miami - and turning in a string of masterful performances to keep his teams on track. "All Earl ever did was win games for me, whether it was as a starter or coming off the bench," said legendary Miami coach Don Shula, whose 1972 Dolphins finished with an unblemished 17-0 record - the only perfect season in the NFL's modern era - thanks in large part to Morrall.
April 23, 2014 | By David Ng
Following a 20-year run, conductor Jeffrey Kahane will step down from his position as music director of the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra at the conclusion of the 2016-17 season, the group announced on Wednesday. Kahane will be named music director laureate at the end of his tenure, which will be the longest of any music director in the ensemble's history. No successor has been announced. Leaders said that the board of directors will be launching a search to find a new music director.
April 21, 2014 | By Ken Dilanian
WASHINGTON - Prompted in part by a video in which Al Qaeda leaders taunted the United States, the CIA launched lethal drone strikes in Yemen that marked an escalation in the Obama administration's shadow war against the terrorist network's most powerful franchise. Yemeni officials, who said their counter-terrorism forces carried out ground raids in conjunction with the airstrikes, reported Monday that the assaults on alleged training camps and vehicles had killed 55 militants, including some foreigners, and at least three civilians.
July 3, 2010 | By Nathan Olivarez-Giles, Los Angeles Times
Laguna Beach is famed for its Fourth of July fireworks displays that have stretched back more than 40 years. But this year, with the city feeling the economic squeeze, it looked as if there might be no pyrotechnics. Until corporations and trade associations stepped in to help, and not just out of civic responsibility. Fireworks are good for business. "It's a big draw for the city," said Michael Gosselin, treasurer of the Laguna Board of Realtors, which pitched in $5,000 toward the $25,000 cost of the show that will take place Sunday.
June 8, 2002
"Next year, I'm going to teach our guys to shoot 13-foot free throws." Rick Adelman, Sacramento King coach, accusing the Lakers' Shaquille O'Neal of stepping over the line too soon on his free throw.
April 20, 2014 | By Emma Jacobs
Feedback is everywhere. Not just in the form of professional performance reviews and unwanted comments from your parents, children and partners. Social media and review sites have unleashed the critic in us all. Eating a meal out? Post what you think of the food and waiters on a review site while still at the table. If you are reading this review online, you can leave a comment below saying just how wrong I am. We may not be able to exert complete control over what someone else thinks of us, but we can certainly do something about what we choose to do with the feedback.
April 18, 2014 | By Christie D'Zurilla
Lindsay Lohan has admitted that a leaked, handwritten list of people she'd had sex with - many of them famous - was part of her fifth step in AA when she was at the Betty Ford Center.  The actress, whose docu-series on OWN wraps up this Sunday with back-to-back hourlong episodes, was playing a game of "Plead the Fifth" with Andy Cohen on Bravo's " Watch What Happens Live . " Having already used her one option to "plead the fifth" on on a...
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