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December 14, 1986
Do you suppose Ted Turner's dreams are colorized? ENRIQUE R. TEVES Los Angeles
April 19, 2014 | By Mike Bresnahan
The Golden State Warriors choked. One of them did, anyway. Klay Thompson was talking to reporters after the game when he accidentally inhaled the deodorant spray Draymond Green was using two lockers away. Thompson's eyes watered and he coughed for a bit as he touched his throat. It was a momentary setback, nothing compared to what the Clippers experienced in a 109-105 loss Saturday to Golden State in a playoff opener. The Warriors were supposed to get beat without shot-blocking rebounder Andrew Bogut.
April 11, 1986
I suppose there will be a "James Watt Campground" in this Reagan forest? MARLENE BRANDT Malibu
April 12, 2014 | By Paige St. John
FRENCH CAMP, Calif. - California's $840-million medical prison - the largest in the nation - was built to provide care to more than 1,800 inmates. When fully operational, it was supposed to help the state's prison system emerge from a decade of federal oversight brought on by the persistent neglect and poor medical treatment of inmates. But since opening in July, the state-of-the-art California Health Care Facility has been beset by waste, mismanagement and miscommunication between the prison and medical staffs.
April 8, 1992
Do you suppose it would be possible to elect Bill Clinton President but to keep Barbara Bush as First Lady? SUSAN L. TATREAU Brea
March 27, 2000
The quickest way to get more oil and drop gas prices is to bring Iraq back on line. You don't suppose . . . ? WILLARD OLNEY Hesperia
August 15, 2008
Re "The Pandora's box of sovereignty," Opinion, Aug. 13 Thomas Meaney and Harris Mylonas' reasons for being cautious in supporting independence movements throughout the world expose a double standard not in U.S. foreign policy but in themselves. To argue that we had a right to an independence movement in 1776 but future peoples do not because they must pass our individual-rights litmus test is not only paternalistic but arrogant. Every independence movement in the world today is based on ethnicity or religion.
January 7, 2005
Re "Teen Invents Way to Get Electricity From the Ocean," Jan. 5: So, with all the minds and universities in the U.S., it takes Aaron Goldin, 17, from Encinitas, to discover how to make electricity from the ocean? And I suppose by Monday the government will have plans underway to begin harnessing it? Kurt Sipolski Palm Desert
December 11, 1988 | BOB BAKER, Times Staff Writer
Elias Lopez never had a chance. He got sucked into something so much stronger than he was, something with a history so powerful, that there seemed no choice but to submit. He was 17, a nice, quietly handsome young man with jet-black hair and a plan. He was going to be a cop, a narcotics investigator. Sure, there were street gangs in his neighborhood, but he did not want to join one. All Elias wanted to do was look like a gang member.
July 20, 2008 | Marc Weingarten, Special to The Times
Craig Johnson comes as advertised. Standing outside the Autry National Center on a boiling summer afternoon, the Wyoming-based crime novelist is decked out in a long-sleeve shirt made of heavy cotton, scuffed brown boots and a 10-gallon hat that provides shade, but not nearly enough. Spotting his interlocutor, Johnson sticks out his hand and delivers a booming "How ya doin'?!"
April 1, 2014 | By Steve Dilbeck
So if a game is played in the forest and only about 30% of the people could watch it, did it really happen? Or something like that? The Dodgers will play the Padres in San Diego this afternoon, and it is the official beginning of the end. The end of being able to watch every Dodgers game on television somewhere. Somewhere is now only Time Warner Cable, the lone major provider carrying the Dodgers' new regional sports network, SportsNet LA. To the vast majority of Los Angeles-area residents, the blackout begins.
March 30, 2014 | By Dylan Hernandez
SAN DIEGO - The game between the Dodgers and San Diego Padres on Sunday broke in Major League Baseball's expanded instant replay system. Well, kind of. Neither team challenged a call in the Padres' 3-1 victory. Manager Don Mattingly didn't sound particularly concerned with the implementation of the new technology, even though it wasn't available to the Dodgers until they hosted the Angels on Thursday in the opening game of the Freeway Series. The new system wasn't in effect for the Dodgers' season-opening, two-game series in Australia against the Arizona Diamondbacks.
February 23, 2014 | Liz Weston, Money Talk
Dear Liz: We are settling my dad's estate. My dad found a rock, and it sat in my parents' frontyard for years. He worked in a gravel pit for decades, and that was the only rock he found interesting enough to bring home. When my mom died, we held an auction of their household goods. My dad told me to take the rock home. I said that to be fair, the rock should be sold at auction. A family member then stole the rock and has been hiding it for more than two years. This person says it's going to be placed on my dad's grave site.
February 15, 2014 | By Paige St. John
SACRAMENTO - Electronic monitoring was supposed to help Los Angeles County deal with the influx of thousands of felons moved out of California's prison system to ease overcrowding. The nation's largest probation department strapped GPS ankle monitors on the highest-risk of those convicts, expecting the satellite receivers to keep tabs on where they spent their days and nights, and therefore keep the public safe. Instead, agents are drowning in a flood of meaningless data, masking alarms that could signal real danger.
February 7, 2014 | By Ryan Ritchie
If you're 25 or younger, you'll enjoy downtown Flagstaff, Ariz., walking distance to Northern Arizona University. The area is populated with people your age, an independent bookstore, an independent record store, restaurants and plenty of watering holes with cheap drinks. If you're older than 25, you'll enjoy downtown Flagstaff as a fun, inexpensive reminder of what it feels like to be a college student. Either way, you'll have a good time. The tab: Rooms at the Weatherford start at $75 and top out at about $139.
February 5, 2014 | By Scott Gold and Lisa Dillman
SOCHI, Russia - In the parlance of the sport, it had to be gnarly. Slopestyle, the newest Olympic event, was always going to be a flashy addition to the Games - an acrobatic, free-form assault on a snowy obstacle course of rails and jumps. Elements of danger wouldn't just be evident. They would be a selling point, a path that would lead "slope" from X Games curiosity to legitimacy at the highest levels of international sport. But did the 2014 Winter Olympic Games go too far? On Wednesday, Shaun White, the most famous snowboarder in the world and one of the Games' seminal faces, abruptly withdrew from slopestyle, a day before competition would begin for the first time at the Olympic level.
It was supposed to be a brief stop at the Primadonna casino, 43 miles south of Las Vegas, but one poker game led to another. By 3 a.m. May 25, 1997, Jeremy Strohmeyer and David Cash were tired of hanging around the arcade, waiting for David's dad. Bored, the two 18-year-olds decided to urinate on two coin-operated games. David chose Big Bertha, whose polka-dot dress flared when players hurled balls into her gaping red mouth. Jeremy selected a helicopter game. Then a wall socket.
December 3, 1995 | Kristine McKenna, Kristine McKenna is a frequent contributor to Calendar
To interview German artist Sigmar Polke is to know how Margaret Dumont must've felt trying to get a straight answer out of the Marx Brothers. Granted, it's kind of fun having Polke run circles around you as he deftly deflects every question you lob his way, but it's hard to respect yourself later when you realize that he got through the interview without revealing much about himself. He's an elusive character, but he's so bloody charming it's easy to overlook that fact.
January 25, 2014 | By Mary McNamara, Los Angeles Times Television Critic
In the midst of television's last golden age, a creepy and effective telling of the infamous Lizzie Borden case blew out the walls of both the TV movie and the historical crime drama. "The Legend of Lizzie Borden" starred Elizabeth Montgomery, who in 1975 was firmly entrenched in American hearts as the sweet-faced, nose-twitching Samantha Stephens from "Bewitched. " To see her as a grimly corseted spinster sweltering under the heat of a New England summer and her family's penny-pinching morality was shocking enough.
November 19, 2013 | By Steven Zeitchik
When Malcolm Lee's reunion comedy "The Best Man Holiday," which features a primarily African American cast, grossed an impressive $30.6 million at the box office this weekend, some in Hollywood were quick to say the movie "overperformed" - prompting others, just as quickly, to question that assumption. "So are we calling 'The Best Man Holiday' yet another overperforming black film or are we ready to admit that the model is wrong?" tweeted Franklin Leonard, founder of the Black List of most promising unproduced screenplays and an outspoken voice on race and Hollywood.
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