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July 26, 1998 | Robert Hofler, Robert Hofler is an editor for Variety in Los Angeles
Maybe it's in the genes. Minnie Driver's sister, Kate, is just as outspoken--in her own behind-the-scenes kind of way--as her famous actress sibling. "Minnie's opened herself up to situations where she should never have gotten herself," Kate says straight out. Is she talking about her sister's tabloid blowout with former boyfriend Matt Damon or perhaps Driver's disclosure to the press that the "Hard Rain" crew had turned the set's water tank into a mega-urinal? Whatever.
April 26, 2014 | Kevin Baxter, Brian Bennett
Yasiel Puig's journey to Los Angeles - and riches with the Dodgers - is a serpentine tale of drug cartels, nighttime escapes and international human smuggling. Yet in the booming marketplace for Cuban ballplayers, it is far from unique. Since 2009, nearly three dozen have defected, with at least 25 of them signing contracts worth more than a combined $315 million. Many, like Puig, were spirited away on speedboats to Mexico, Haiti or the Dominican Republic. Once there, they typically were held by traffickers before being released to agents - for a price.
February 14, 2010
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April 26, 2014 | By Elaine Woo, Los Angeles Times
Daniel Anker, an award-winning documentarian who used film to reexamine complex historical events, including Hollywood's portrayal of the Holocaust and a life-saving sled-dog run in Alaska, died Monday in New York. He was 50. The cause was pneumonia, a complication of his lymphoma, said his wife, Donna Santman. Anker made more than a dozen films during a 25-year career, including "Imaginary Witness: Hollywood and the Holocaust" (2004), "Music from the Inside Out" (2004) and "Scottsboro, An American Tragedy" (2000)
September 24, 1997
Insects make up almost 90% of animal life on Earth. Without them, many plants could not survive. And though small insects such as flies, fleas and ants are the most familiar to us, much larger ones are common. The stick insect of the tropics can grow to a length of 14 inches. To learn more about insects, go to
May 3, 2013 | By David L. Ulin, Los Angeles Times Book Critic
Janet Malcolm may end up best known for a single paragraph: the one that starts her 1990 book "The Journalist and the Murderer. " "Every journalist who is not too stupid or too full of himself to notice what is going on knows that what he does is morally indefensible," she writes there. "He is a kind of confidence man, preying on people's vanity, ignorance, or loneliness, gaining their trust and betraying them without remorse. " The indictment is more powerful because Malcolm never renders herself immune.
January 7, 1990
Endpapers on "The Reader's Catalog" (by Doug Dutton, Book Review, Nov. 26) is the best I've read on the subject. JIM BENCIVENGA BOSTON
September 5, 1995
The prosecution testimony in the O.J. Simpson case is becoming increasingly subject to Fuhrman-tation. E. LOREN HEISE Ontario
September 21, 1986
As the daughter of a Jewish father and an American-Arab mother, I was appalled by the misguided handling of a rarely addressed, yet extremely timely subject. The writers began well, but soon scrapped their opportunity to unveil yet another face of racism in America. Instead, they offered a disorganized, overwritten, confusing piece, that often strayed far from its subject. Incendiary barbs flung by both Arabs and Jews at each other, the feelings of a Turkish-American woman about being a Muslim wife, the views of black Muslims--who are no more Arab than they are Swedish--have little to do with this subject and yet, were given substantial print space.
October 14, 2011
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April 20, 2014 | By Jessica Gelt
Rubin "Hurricane" Carter, the middleweight boxer whose wrongful triple-murder conviction inspired a film starring Denzel Washington and a song by Bob Dylan, died in Toronto on Sunday. He was 76. Carter, who died of complications from prostate cancer, had a difficult upbringing in New Jersey and served stints in prison for assault and robbery before channeling himself into boxing. In 1963, the Ring magazine listed him as one of its top 10 middleweight contenders of the year. Three years later, his fortunes changed drastically after he and his friend John Artis were pulled over by police looking for the perpetrators of a triple homicide at the Lafayette Bar and Grill in Paterson, N.J. The victims were white; witnesses said they saw two black men flee the scene in a white car with out-of-state license plates.
March 30, 2014 | By Robert M. Sapolsky
The defining feature of human brains is the size and complexity of the cortex, which provides the underpinnings of rationality for our actions. But just because we have more developed cortexes doesn't mean we are always rational decision-makers. We humans constantly find ourselves loving the wrong person, buying things we don't have the money for and believing that fad diets consisting of nothing but sundaes will work. To be human is to hope against hope. When it comes to decision-making and risk assessment, we tend to think in an asymmetrical manner that feeds an optimistic outlook and denies discouragement.
March 27, 2014 | By Kathleen Hennessey
VATICAN CITY - President Obama visited Pope Francis for the first time Thursday, a meeting the White House hoped would amplify the two men's shared concern about economic inequality rather than the president's conflicts with the Roman Catholic Church hierarchy at home. Obama introduced himself to Francis as a "great admirer. " The pope has become internationally popular as he has shed some of the lavish trappings of the papacy and focused his teachings on caring for the poor. Obama has sought to borrow some of that goodwill for the new pope to help promote his own effort to reduce income inequality in the United States.
March 27, 2014 | By Martin Tsai
In spite of what the tabloidy typography in the title sequence might suggest, "Rob the Mob" skims over the lifted-from-the-headlines exploits of an outlaw couple and gleans a humanist drama steeped in sentimentality. Michael Pitt and Nina Arianda star as Tommy and Rosie Uva, real-life lovebirds who held up a series of mob social clubs in the early 1990s after learning from the John Gotti trial that the bling-adorned clientele was customarily unarmed. Director Raymond De Felitta, who, finally scoring a sleeper breakout in 2009 with "City Island," resumes painting New York in nostalgia in this film, much as he did in "Two Family House" (2000)
March 21, 2014 | By James Rainey
A string of actions by state officials and the National Labor Relations Board has strengthened the hand of truck drivers who say they need union representation to improve pay and working conditions for the thousands who transport cargo out of the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach. In a settlement this week, one major trucking company agreed to post notices acknowledging the workers' right to organize - not previously a given because drivers were treated as contract workers, who are not subject to unionization.
March 16, 2014 | By Robin Abcarian
The new documentary about Anita Hill opens with a close-up of a telephone and a bizarre voice mail message: "Good morning, Anita Hill. It's Ginni Thomas, and I just wanted to reach across the air waves, and the years and ask you to consider something. I would love you to consider an apology sometime, and some full explanation of why you did what you did with my husband. So give it some thought, I certainly pray about this and hope one day you will help us understand why you did what you did. OK!
December 11, 1998
Your Dec. 5 Saturday Journal article on the Great Lakes Dredge and Dock Co. and its workers was fascinating. The subject is far from my usual interests (politics, social causes, cultural) but, once started, I read to the end. Because of John Johnson's descriptive paragraphs I was able to picture the cud-chewing Florida, the nights on deck, the lifestyle of the men involved. I was very moved by those descriptions, poetic images and close-ups of personnel. My best respects to Bob Haas, foreman Tom LaVera and the others and, of course, to Johnson, who made the subject so readable.
June 5, 1988
Many television news reporters need diction lessons. I am not writing only about local news, but network news as well. The reporters can't pronounce million and billion differently. Many times, the only way I can tell the difference is by listening to find out what the news subject is. For example, when the subject is the California lottery and it sounds like the reporter is saying that sales have been $140 billion to date, I know it has to be $140 million. And if the national defense budget sounds like it is $225 million, then I know it has to be $225 billion.
March 12, 2014 | Tony Perry
Like many Americans of his generation, Kurt Chew-Een Lee was eager to fight in World War II. He left college at age 18 to enlist in the Marine Corps. Beyond a deeply felt patriotism, Lee had a personal motive: "I wanted to dispel the notion about the Chinese being meek, bland and obsequious," he told The Times in 2010. Rather than a combat billet, he was assigned as a language instructor in San Diego teaching Japanese. He was deeply disappointed but decided to remain in the Marine Corps after the war. He became an officer, one of the first Asian American officers in the Marine Corps.
March 4, 2014 | By The Times editorial board
Perhaps it's not a big surprise that "12 Years a Slave," the acclaimed movie based on the true story of a free black man who was sold into slavery in the 1840s, won the Academy Award for best picture. It had already won critical acclaim and praise for its lead actors, director and writer (all of whom were nominated for Oscars as well). Besides, as Ellen DeGeneres, the host of the show, joked at the beginning of the evening, Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences voters had only two options: Either they could bestow their highest honor on "12 Years a Slave," or they were all racists.
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