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May 15, 2011 | By Dennis Lim, Special to the Los Angeles Times
"In the City of Sylvia," a 2007 film by the Spanish writer and director José Luis Guerín, runs a mere 80 minutes and has almost no dialogue and the barest semblance of a plot. But from seemingly minimal means, Guerín fashions a gorgeous object and an endlessly suggestive experience: a love story, a city symphony, a surrealist fable and a self-reflexive meditation on the thrill and the danger of looking. A cult hit on the festival circuit — new to DVD May 24 from Cinema Guild — "Sylvia" follows the romantic quest of an unnamed young man over three days in the French city of Strasbourg.
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April 11, 2014 | By Christi Parsons and Michael A. Memoli, This post has been corrected. See note below.
WASHINGTON - President Obama named White House budget director Sylvia Mathews Burwell to take over the implementation of the Affordable Care Act on Friday, saying there was "no manager as experienced and competent" to run the next phase of his signature domestic program. "Sylvia was a rock, a steady hand on the wheel" as the administration dealt with the government shutdown last year, Obama told a crowd gathered in the White House Rose Garden for the announcement. "Once the government was allowed to reopen, Sylvia was vital to winning the two-year budget agreement that put an end to these manufactured crises that we had seen here in Washington so that we could keep our full focus on growing the economy and creating new jobs and expanding opportunity for everybody who's seeking opportunity.
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NEWS
May 8, 2000
One of my favorite comic strips is "Sylvia," and my favorite "Sylvia" strips are about the "Woman Who Does Everything More Beautifully Than You." What a thrill, then, to see the idea expanded to article length in your piece about Lee and Cherie Gruenfeld ("Trading the Fast Track for Fulfillment," April 4), who courageously traded three houses for merely two, high-powered corporate jobs for a $1.2-million book advance, and have found happiness in their newly simple lives as highly paid author and world champion triathlete.
NATIONAL
April 11, 2014
By Christi Parsons and Michael A. Memoli WASHINGTON - President Obama named White House budget director Sylvia Mathews Burwell to take over the Department of Health and Human Services on Friday, saying there was "no manager as experienced and as competent" to oversee the next phase of his signature healthcare law. "Sylvia was a rock, a steady hand on the wheel" as the administration dealt with the government shutdown last year, Obama told a...
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 13, 1991
KCET is quite selective in its objection to censorship. Remember "Days of Rage" that was finally aired after being chopped up with contradictory comments, which ruined it completely? SYLVIA A. QUADE Laguna Hills
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 28, 1999
How naive can people be? A letter writer (Dec. 16) advocates breaking up the LAUSD to avoid multiple bureaucracies. How many bureaucracies, plus elected political boards, does he think we will have when San Pedro, Lomita, Gardena, Carson, Van Nuys, Northridge, etc. decide to have their own districts? SYLVIA S. LAMONT Gardena
NEWS
February 3, 2004
Outdoors is frequently disturbing and often sickening in its approach to the great outdoors. You have a perfect opportunity to enlighten by promoting nondestructive activities but seem to promote the age-old vile practices of killing living creatures for sport. Sylvia Lewis Gunning Thousand Oaks
NEWS
May 15, 1996 | LINTON WEEKS, THE WASHINGTON POST
When Claire Sylvia woke up from a heart-and-lung transplant operation at Yale-New Haven Hospital in 1988, she was craving new and strange things--beer and chicken nuggets. She began dreaming about a young man with the initials T.L. In her sleep, she kissed him and as their lips met, she sucked his entire body--ghost-style--into her own. Convinced that her new organs may have triggered profound change within her, Sylvia set out to discover the identity of her donor.
NEWS
June 22, 1987
The founder of the racist White Students Union resigned from that organization, saying he has learned "the power of love." In an interview with the Sacramento Bee, Greg Withrow, 26, was quoted as saying: "I don't want to hate anymore. I don't want to hurt anymore," because his love for a woman "named Sylvia" had taught him to love others. Withrow, a former student at American River College near Sacramento, said he resigned last week.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 30, 2009
How does Winnie Holzman not make the roll call of "thirtysomething" writers ["Eightiessomething," Aug. 23]? She not only wrote several of their most memorable episodes but went on to create "My So-Called Life" and write the book for "Wicked." Melissa, Hope, Nancy, Ellyn, Michael, Elliot and Gary would have a lot to say about such an omission. Sylvia Green Burbank
NATIONAL
April 10, 2014 | By Noam N. Levey and Christi Parsons
WASHINGTON - Kathleen Sebelius, who helped guide the rocky and controversial rollout of President Obama's landmark healthcare law, is stepping down as Health and Human Services secretary after about five years, according to a senior administration official. In her place, the president plans to nominate Sylvia Mathews Burwell, director of the White House Office of Management and Budget. Sebelius was not pressured to resign, according to the administration official. But she leaves after presiding over the disastrous launch of the health law's new online insurance marketplaces last fall.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 18, 2014 | By Stephen Ceasar and Howard Blume
The Los Angeles Board of Education on Tuesday appointed a former district administrator to oversee the seat left vacant by the death of member Marguerite Poindexter LaMotte in December. In a closed-door meeting, the board selected Sylvia Rousseau, a USC professor and former local superintendent in L.A. Unified, to be a liaison to the board until a special election is held in June. The 5-0 vote was taken in public, following the private meeting, L.A. Unified general counsel David Holmquist said.
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December 12, 2013 | By David L. Ulin, Los Angeles Times Book Critic
The most striking thing about the 44 images reproduced in Sylvia Plath's “Drawings” (Harper: 64 pp., $25.99) may be how unpopulated they are. Produced during the two years the poet spent on a Fulbright fellowship at Cambridge - the same period in which she met and married (secretly, at first) Ted Hughes  - this material evokes a world bound almost entirely by objects: boats, shoes, rooftops, all of it detailed, shadowed, but at the same time more than a little bit removed.
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November 22, 2013
Vern Mikkelsen Star forward with Minneapolis Lakers Vern Mikkelsen, 85, a Hall of Fame basketball player who won four NBA titles with the Minneapolis Lakers in the early 1950s, died Thursday at his home in the suburb of Wayzata, Minn., his family told the Minneapolis Star Tribune. He had been in poor health in recent years. The 6-foot, 7-inch, 230-pound Mikkelsen was a six-time All-Star during 10 seasons with the Lakers. Though known for his hard-nosed defense, he averaged 14.4 points and 9.4 rebounds in his career and emerged as one of the first true power forwards in the league.
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November 21, 2013 | By Kate Linthicum
Sylvia Browne, a best-selling author who claimed she had psychic abilities that allowed her to talk to the dead and see into the future, died Wednesday in San Jose, according to a statement posted on her website. She was 77. No cause of death was reported. A frequent guest on television shows including "The Montel Williams Show" and "Unsolved Mysteries," Browne published dozens of books, including titles like "Animals on the Other Side" and "Past Lives of the Rich and Famous.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 11, 2013 | By Susan King
"Danny Kaye and Sylvia Fine: Two Kids From Brooklyn," currently ensconced at Walt Disney Concert Hall's Ira Gershwin Gallery through Feb. 23, is a treasure trove of lyric sheets, performance materials, scripts, correspondence, business papers, posters, videos and recordings chronicling the lives and careers of the legendary comic actor and his composer wife. The Disney Hall space, a satellite gallery of the Library of Congress, is open to anyone attending a performance or on a free docent-led tour or a self-guided audio tour of the building.
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April 9, 2013 | By David Ng
Audiences who attended Sunday's performance of "Tribes," Nina Raine's play currently running at the Mark Taper Forum, were able to witness a rare bit of understudy musical chairs. Center Theatre Group said actress Gayle Rankin, who played the the role of Ruth, had to leave the production for a different project. As a result, Meghan Mae O'Neill, the original understudy for the roles of Ruth and Sylvia, took over the part of Ruth. To fill the role of understudy for Ruth, CTG said it brought in another actress, Sherill Turner.
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May 13, 2013 | By Meredith Blake
Being a "Mad Men" fan these days feels a little like being a woman who, after dating a string of jerks, finally gives a nice guy a chance and discovers that, hey, there's something to this after all. One of the ongoing debates about this season is whether Don has reached a point of no return - whether his affair with Sylvia and all-around jerkiness have rendered him not only thoroughly unlikable but also fatally uninteresting. Now, it would be hard to describe Don's behavior in Sunday's episode, "Man With a Plan,"as boring, but it certainly did little to counteract his ongoing image problem.
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May 13, 2013 | By Meredith Blake
Being a "Mad Men" fan these days feels a little like being a woman who, after dating a string of jerks, finally gives a nice guy a chance and discovers that, hey, there's something to this after all. One of the ongoing debates about this season is whether Don has reached a point of no return - whether his affair with Sylvia and all-around jerkiness have rendered him not only thoroughly unlikable but also fatally uninteresting. Now, it would be hard to describe Don's behavior in Sunday's episode, "Man With a Plan,"as boring, but it certainly did little to counteract his ongoing image problem.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 9, 2013 | By David Ng
Audiences who attended Sunday's performance of "Tribes," Nina Raine's play currently running at the Mark Taper Forum, were able to witness a rare bit of understudy musical chairs. Center Theatre Group said actress Gayle Rankin, who played the the role of Ruth, had to leave the production for a different project. As a result, Meghan Mae O'Neill, the original understudy for the roles of Ruth and Sylvia, took over the part of Ruth. To fill the role of understudy for Ruth, CTG said it brought in another actress, Sherill Turner.
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