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May 17, 1986
What! Use John Henry as a stud? C'mon, Ann-Marie, are you serious? Apparently you seem to know less about John Henry than the nouveau riche know about horses. RICHARD J. CORTEZ Wilmington
April 7, 2014 | By Chris Megerian
SACRAMENTO -- The launch of a new political website in California, intended to highlight conservative success stories in the Golden State, quickly ran into trouble on Monday when controversial promotional images cost the organization one of its highest-profile contributors. The images, including a Photoshopped depiction of House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-San Francisco) on all fours in a bikini with her tongue hanging out, prompted House Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy (R-Bakersfield)
May 3, 2009
March 31, 2014 | By Barbara Demick, This post has been updated. See the note below for details.
BEIJING - The search and rescue teams working off the west coast of Australia seeking the missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 discovered what oceanographers have been warning: Even the most far-flung stretches of ocean are full of garbage. For the first time since the search focused on the southern Indian Ocean 10 days ago, the skies were clear enough and the waves calm, allowing ships to retrieve the "suspicious items" spotted by planes and on satellite imagery. But examined on board, none of it proved to be debris from the missing plane, just the ordinary garbage swirling around in the ocean.
May 25, 1995
Regarding the recipe for cheese strata (Culinary SOS, May 11): I can't believe that you intentionally omitted the recipe for the accompanying cheese sauce. It's the icing on the cake. I have enclosed the recipe from (one of my favorites) "The Los Angeles Times California Cookbook." Melt two tablespoons butter in a saucepan and stir in two tablespoons flour. Cook, stirring, until smooth paste is formed. Do not let mixture brown. Add one cup milk all at once, stirring constantly. Season to taste with salt and white pepper.
June 9, 2001
Give me a break! Jose Canseco's "minor stint in Newark hasn't stirred any big-time interest" [May 31]. And you think the Angels are stirring any big-time interest? Giving Canseco a chance might have helped. They didn't really try. Judy Gunderson Buena Park
January 27, 1994
Perhaps I can help you on a couple of points regarding your article on cooking polenta ("Polenta: A Stirring Tale," Jan. 13). My family is from Trentino in northern Italy, where I have spent an enjoyable portion of my life. Polenta is our basic food. We eat a great deal of risotto also, some pasta, but from fall through spring, the mainstay is polenta. We also have a modern house, but in the kitchen is the requisite wooden stove for cooking polenta (it also heats the kitchen nicely on snowy nights)
June 3, 1990
As a thinking Republican, I emphatically applaud your endorsement against Assemblyman Gil Ferguson (May 28). I have been astounded by my neighbors of the 70th Assembly District who seem to remain true to him. How many more idiotic and unacceptable remarks should the people receive from Ferguson? It is tantamount to our democratic process that representative government remain reasonably objective to social concerns. Ferguson has not! For instance, Ferguson's labeling the homosexual community within his own district "faggots" or "sodomites" and concomitantly stirring homophobia is a good example of abusive representative government.
June 10, 2010 | By Noelle Carter, Los Angeles Times
Dear SOS: I'm looking for a good creamed spinach recipe like you would find at Lawry's, Morton's or the rest of the fine steak and prime rib restaurants. I can take the fat, so please don't go low-cal on me. Please let me know if you find one. Mike Joyce Diamond Bar Dear Mike: Lawry's was happy to share its recipe for creamed spinach, combining fresh spinach with a rich base of bacon, scallion, onion and more than a hint of garlic, making for a wonderfully hearty take on this classic dish.
November 6, 2002 | DIANE PUCIN
Gussie Moran had legs that went on forever. She walked, the late designer Ted Tinling said, as if she were tiptoeing across tennis balls. She was a California girl with a California tan. She was a jock, she was beautiful, it was 1949 and Gussie Moran showed her lace panties at Wimbledon. "Gussie was," says Jack Kramer, part of Los Angeles tennis royalty, "the Anna Kournikova of her time. Gussie was a beautiful woman with a beautiful body.
March 21, 2014 | By Mark Swed, Los Angeles Times Music Critic
SAN DIEGO - On the first page of the program booklet for San Diego Opera's stirring performance of Verdi's Requiem Thursday night at Civic Theatre, the company's board president, Karen S. Cohn, ended her welcoming note with the line: "I can't wait to see you in 2015 for our 50th anniversary season!" She can wait. The day before, out of the blue, the San Diego Opera board voted 33 to 1 to cease operations of the city's third largest cultural institution after the final production of the season next month.
March 8, 2014 | By Tony Perry
SAN DIEGO -- A bill by a Santa Monica assemblyman that would ban orca shows at SeaWorld is being blasted in San Diego, home of the marine theme park. SeaWorld expressed doubt about the legality of the legislation. "The premise behind this proposed legislation is severely flawed on multiple levels, and its validity is highly questionable under the U.S. and California constitutions," the park said in a statement. Others said the ban would hurt the local economy. "SeaWorld is a critical part of San Diego's economy," said San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer, a Republican who made job growth a key part of his recent campaign.
March 2, 2014 | By Mike Bresnahan
Kobe Bryant has played only six games this season, taking away a strong-willed and sometimes critical voice of the Lakers. But Pau Gasol has played more than six years with Bryant, long enough to pick up some of his behavior. Several days after criticizing some of his teammates' selfish play and Coach Mike D'Antoni's small-ball approach, Gasol was no longer angry. It's not as if his words directly led to a victory Friday against the Sacramento Kings. But he felt the need to crack the whip regardless.
February 23, 2014
Stunning photos and report on the Anasazi ruins of Cedar Mesa, Utah ["Rock of Ages" by David Kelly, Feb. 16]. Thank you. I went to Natural Bridges National Monument; now I'll go back and explore more ruins. The drive on Highway 261 south off the edge of Cedar Mesa into Mexican Hat is not for the faint of heart. They're not kidding when they recommend 5 mph. Anne Eggebroten Santa Monica Trust your map, or your spouse? Regarding the Letters column ["Women Can Read Maps Just Fine," Feb. 16]
February 5, 2014 | By Deborah Vankin
A cigarette dangles from the mouth of art iconoclast Dave Hickey as he cracks open the door of the Presidential Suite at downtown Los Angeles' Ace Hotel. Coffee cups, reading material and cigarette butts litter the room, which is dark except for one low-glowing lamp. The dim light silhouettes Hickey's sturdy, broad-chested frame as he shuffles toward the hotel room's patio. "Come on in," he yells in a deep, Southern-inflected voice. "I'll be outside having a smoke. What is there to talk about anyway?
January 30, 2014 | By Deborah Vankin
Art critic Dave Hickey has apparently emerged from his much-publicized art world retirement - and, some feel, not in the most auspicious way. Hickey, who has a new book of cultural essays out called “Pirates and Farmers, ” gave a talk and signed books Wednesday night at Grand Central Market, at an event sponsored by the Museum of Contemporary Art. During the talk, Hickey, who's known - and loved by some - for being provocative, apparently made...
April 28, 1989 | BOB BAKER, Times Staff Writer
As a beloved ex-President, Ronald Reagan almost always gets what he wants these days. But this week, one of Reagan's personal wishes was blocked by a federal convict with a typewriter. Last Friday, Reagan personally telephoned the National Park Service in Washington to add his support to proposed national historic landmark status for a mitten-shaped hill in the Santa Monica Mountains that includes prized Chumash Indian cave paintings. But on Monday, when the Park Service's advisory board met, it concluded that its hands were tied.
March 5, 1985 | MICHAEL PARKS, Times Staff Writer
A major row is developing over a new book that says that many of South Africa's leading whites, including politicians who insist on maintaining "racial purity" here, may have black ancestors.
January 29, 2014 | By Randall Roberts
Pete Seeger was best known as a folk singer, an archivist and writer, and the purveyor of such beamed-from-the-heavens standards as "We Shall Overcome," "If I Had a Hammer" and "Turn, Turn, Turn. " But among the musician's most important roles was one that's often overlooked: that of an American citizen who understood the power of song to serve as messenger, as Trojan horse, as lightning rod. It's hard to imagine a song steering and stirring more than "We Shall Overcome. " The work long ago became less the domain of Seeger, who helped popularize it when he published it in "People's Songs," than a sacred text owned by anyone longing for justice.
January 25, 2014 | Tina Susman
When the 9/11 Memorial Museum opens in mid-May, it will have shards of the fallen World Trade Center towers. It will have walls covered with portraits of the nearly 3,000 victims, and the watch worn by Todd Beamer when he declared, "Let's roll," and helped launch an attack on the Flight 93 hijackers. It will have a burned-out ambulance that raced to save people, and helmets of firefighters who battled dust and flames to reach those trapped in the ruins. It will also have a $24 admission fee, which directors say is needed to maintain the site, a cost that critics say undercuts the idea of ensuring that all the world can visit and learn from the tragedy of Sept.
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