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February 23, 1986
Ferdinand E. Marcos can now count the number of his foreign friends on the fingers of both hands. Nine of those are right-wing U.S. senators who voted no on the resolution condemning Marcos' presidential re-election as a fraud. The 10th is the only ambassador in Manila who congratulated Marcos on his claimed electoral victory. He represents the Soviet Union. Strange bedfellows indeed.
March 4, 2012
SUNDAY Will Matthew and Lady Mary marry? Whither Mr. Bates? The answers to those and other questions will have to wait, for what already feels like forever, for Season 3. Til then, there's the special "Downton Abbey — Behind the Drama. " (KOCE, 9 p.m.) Based on a bestseller with a somewhat indelicate title – hence the tasteful initials – the naughty new prime-time soap "GCB" stars Leslie Bibb and "Glee's" Kristin Chenoweth, below, as the misbehavin' ladies of a well-to-do Dallas suburb.
June 6, 1999 | PATT MORRISON
Open wide, L.A. Here comes your castor oil, your lumpy oatmeal, your morning roughage. This column is good for you. This column is about . . . charter reform. What did you expect to hear? That charter reform is a swashbuckling saga of riches beyond your wildest dreams, of treachery and vendettas? Well, it is that, too, in a pinstriped fashion.
March 7, 2011 | Bill Dwyre
The carnival barkers brought the show to a place where they buy ink by the barrel. It was Don King and Bob Arum, together again. Stop the presses. Sentimentality may dictate that we wipe away a tear. If you know boxing, you know that these two didn't merely define the art of promoting fights, they all but invented it. Keep a hand on your wallet. If you've got a used car to sell, give them five minutes. Speaking of cars, their visit Monday to The Times was to sing the praises of two fighters who are 50,000 miles past their warranty.
July 8, 2001 | BRUCE J. SCHULMAN, Bruce J. Schulman teaches history and American studies at Boston University. His new book is "The Seventies: The Great Shift in American Culture, Politics, and Society."
Last month, historian Joseph Ellis confessed to repeatedly lying to students and journalists about his military service in Vietnam and his participation in the anti-war and civil rights movements. In response, Mount Holyoke College canceled the best-selling author's popular course on the Vietnam War amid wider calls for the institution to discipline him.
February 22, 2008 | Christopher Knight, Times Staff Writer
Judy Garland's 1948 movie "Easter Parade" would not seem to have much in common with the basic course in aesthetics taught at the Bauhaus circa 1920 by Swiss color theorist Johannes Itten. Nor are Judy and Johannes the first connections one would make with the Epicurean Roman emperor Hadrian (76-138), whose reign Edward Gibbon identified in his massive "The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire" with the happiest period in human history.
September 20, 1993 | RUSS WILES, Russ Wiles, a financial writer for the Arizona Republic, specializes in mutual funds
It's funny how certain investments sell like hotcakes while others collect dust on the shelf. Consider the small group of funds that hold stocks in combination with zero-coupon Treasury bonds. Known formally as "balanced target maturity" funds, these unique investments would seemingly make a lot of sense for conservative individuals. They are the only stock-oriented funds that can offer a guarantee that shareholders won't lose money. The vast majority of bond funds can't even make that claim.
July 30, 1989 | Joel Kotkin, Joel Kotkin is an international fellow at the Pepperdine University School of Business and a senior fellow at the Center for the New West
Last week's stunning defeat of Japan's ruling Liberal Democratic Party tapped a deep-seated, growing discontent in the island nation. After four decades of political stability and economic ascendancy, the Japanese seem to be losing faith in their nation's system and its prospects for the future. Political disaffection, evident from last week's voting, represents one major element in this rising tide of Asiatic angst .
June 30, 2006 | Carmela Ciuraru, Special to The Times
IN plotting and pacing, "Strange Bedfellows," the fourth in the series of Charlotte Justice novels by Paula L. Woods, follows the usual conventions of mystery fiction. Yet there's something undeniably subversive (and appealing) about this series, especially in how the author explores gender and race relations within the notoriously troubled LAPD.
March 5, 2011 | By James Oliphant and Christi Parsons, Washington Bureau
President Obama on Friday celebrated a South Florida experimental school project with former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, who is blamed by many teachers in this state for threatening their jobs. The president tried to strike a bipartisan chord at Miami Central Senior High School, touting its dramatic turnaround and underscoring the importance of federal investment in education at a time when almost every domestic program sits atop a congressional chopping block. Obama was welcomed with a deafening roar from the more than 800 students in the school's gymnasium.
February 8, 2011 | By Ken Ellingwood, Los Angeles Times
In another case of topsy-turvy political allegiances in Mexico, the conservative party of President Felipe Calderon on Monday appeared to have won the governorship of the state of Baja California Sur with a candidate who once was a former foe from the main leftist party. Marcos Covarrubias, who defected from the leftist party and ran as a candidate of the right-wing National Action Party, or PAN, won by six percentage points over his nearest competitor, according to preliminary results of Sunday's balloting, with votes from all polling places tallied.
April 19, 2009 | Mark Olsen
In one, a tousle-haired young woman thieves everything she can get her hands on -- purses, grapes, kittens, a car -- somehow bringing an enigmatic innocence and naive inquisitiveness to her ragamuffin rebellion. In the other, a stammering young man, whose inarticulateness makes him the world's least-likely door-to-door salesman, grapples with his loneliness and isolation from the world.
Amid all the applause, Capt. Chesley "Sully" Sullenberger III did take a little flak when he backed out of a promise to first appear on NBC's "Today" in favor of CBS' "60 Minutes." The official reason was a request by the pilots association to hold off until the investigation into the water landing of US Airways Flight 1549 progressed, but insiders believed that Sullenberger's publicists had decided that "60 Minutes" was a bigger, better platform. (A book deal is already in the works.
November 27, 2008 | Evelyn Larrubia, Larrubia is a Times staff writer.
"If we are to prosper as a nation," Teamsters head James Hoffa Jr., told union members in Oakland in July, "our future lies in a green economy." That might seem like an unusual declaration for a union leader. But then, Hoffa went a step further in announcing that Teamsters was abandoning its push for oil drilling in the Arctic. Environmental activists and union bosses are known for their rancor.
September 28, 2008 | Tom Hamburger and Peter Wallsten, Times Staff Writers
At almost the same moment, two unusual scenes were playing out on the House side of the Capitol last Tuesday. Beneath the ornate ceiling of a House caucus room, angry conservative Republicans were confronting Vice President Dick Cheney over the Bush administration's $700-billion financial bailout plan.
September 23, 2008 | Seth Faison, Special to The Times
In 1940, at the height of Japan's military aggression during World War II, a movie called "China Nights" won the hearts of countless Japanese soldiers and patriots who were riveted by the stirring singing voice of the young girl who plays a Chinese orphan rescued by a Japanese officer who both loves and beats her. The singer became enormously popular, a symbol of subservience to Japan's self-image of benevolent but iron rule over Asia. After Japan lost the war, the singer was accused of treason for helping her wartime captors.
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