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June 14, 2010 | From The Los Angeles Times
Yikes, alert the media! Oh. Wait. I was shocked, shocked, I tell you. There, not only on the front page of the Sunday Times, but on the front page of the Travel section as well, a color picture showing a huge Christian cross on a German mountain top ["In the Alps, a Saving Grace" by Susan Spano, June 6].The cross evidently symbolizes the village of Oberammergau's Roman Catholic ties and heritage. Egads! Christian symbolism. Prominently displayed in a U.S. newspaper no less. Oh, the weeping, wailing and gnashing of teeth.
April 26, 2014 | By Yvonne Villarreal
His is a name that has appeared in this publication's pages hundreds of times - as an author and as a subject. It's a name that calls up notions of the Latino struggle for civil rights and the radical Chicano movement in Los Angeles. It's also a name that initially made filmmaker Phillip Rodriguez groan when someone suggested the life behind the name as a subject for his next documentary. The legacy of former Los Angeles Times reporter and columnist Ruben Salazar has reached folklore heights since the journalist's suspicious death in 1970 at age 42. And therein lies Rodriguez's point of contention.
April 14, 1993
President Clinton's--jobs, jobs and more jobs--program looks good on paper. But why did he choose Vancouver--instead of Detroit or Seattle--for the summit conference with Yeltsin? What was the underlying symbolism of that move? JIM KENNEDY Frazier Park
April 24, 2014 | By Sheri Linden
As in many a thriller, the helpful stranger in "The German Doctor" turns out to be a monster. In this case, he's no run-of-the-mill sadist but Josef Mengele, Auschwitz's Angel of Death, and he finds prime subjects for experimentation in an Argentine family. The drama by Lucía Puenzo, adapting her novel "Wakolda," is a credible imagining of a brief period in Mengele's South American exile. The what-if conceit is intriguing enough not to be undone by increasingly heavy-handed symbolism.
November 1, 1987
Your editorial was probably the most illogical, moralizing piece I have read. Even you must realize that there is no connection between the stock market crash, rich Americans and the Shasta Public Library system. You have stretched symbolism beyond the point of belief. At this point we need solid suggestions, not sermons. WILLIAM R. BROWN Harbor City
August 31, 1986
Webber's analysis of "Aliens" deserves a hyperblast of criticism for manufacturing symbolism where there is none. The creators of "Aliens" developed visually intriguing entities, not symbols of human infants deformed by atmospheric pollutants. As a professional ufologist, I was particularly pleased to see extra-terrestrial bioforms that were other than the stereotypical humanoid beings coincidentally conversant with the English language. Indeed, it is just a matter of time, albeit 10, 100, or 1,000 years, before we encounter ETs, and they will probably more resemble the cesspit creatures of "Aliens" than the homuncular humanoids of "Close Encounters of the Third Kind."
February 28, 1994
Although its theme is clear, Catherine Hardwicke's defense of the Hollywood La Brea Gateway sculpture as politically correct or appropriate as symbolism regarding Hollywood history is way off the mark. ("Critic Missed Gateway Humor, Symbolism," Feb. 14). I think the Gateway is historically ignorant. Dorothy Dandridge may have been nominated for an Oscar, but Hattie McDaniel won one. There wasn't enough research done. Does Mae West represent the best of Caucasian actresses throughout history?
May 30, 1992
Leticia Quezada's attempt to distance herself from the Los Angeles School Board on the $250,000 public relations expenditure issue is understandable, since she is running for Congress (letter, May 22). But The Times' May 16 editorial dealt with the bigger picture, which she fails to acknowledge, and that is the failure of many elected officials, including the Los Angeles School Board, to act responsibly, now and in the past. If she cares about those of us who elect persons to deal with the school crisis, she should stop advocating non-citizens and illegal aliens' right to vote in certain elections.
October 22, 2000
Re "Babbitt Takes Symbolic First Step in Removal of Silt-Choked Matilija Dam," Oct. 13. Only in California could the dismantling of an obsolete structure that no longer performs its function, the Matilija Dam, be considered a major environmental victory. Once again, symbolism triumphs over substance. It is time for bold measures on the environment. Tear down the Hetch-Hetchy dam and restore the drowned valley that John Muir once compared to Yosemite valley. Breech dams and free their impoundments on the Columbia River system.
June 28, 1992
There are extremes for biography, and most biographies tend toward one or the other, either showing the subject as protagonist of events or dwelling on the subject as a particular human being involved in events. Historian Robert Dallek tended toward the former in writing "Lone Star Rising," but he had lived as an adult through the presidency of Lyndon Johnson, and so he carried inside himself a conception of L.B.J. as a person. The consequence was a great book. In his review of David McCullough's "Truman" (June 7)
April 11, 2014 | By Louis Sahagun
Federal wildlife officials on Friday said Devil's Hole pupfish have laid eggs in captivity for the first time, a biological breakthrough that could save the nearly extinct species. "We're thrilled - we've passed a major milestone," said Olin Feuerbacher, an aquaculturist at the Ash Meadows Fish Conservation Facility in Amargosa Valley, Nev., which is home to all 29 of the federally endangered Devil's Hole pupfish now in captivity. "We now have a good chance of establishing a captive lifeboat population.
March 30, 2014 | By Chris O'Brien and Jessica Guynn
SAN FRANCISCO - It's becoming a familiar scene in everybody's favorite city - luxury shuttles with Wi-Fi and plush seats barreling past sluggish, dilapidated city buses crammed with local residents standing elbow to elbow. The nerd convoy, ferrying workers to technology companies in Silicon Valley, has raised the ire of civic activists who see it as a symbol of a divide between the haves and have nots as the region's tech boom has sent housing costs and evictions soaring. But as heated as that backlash has become at times, it has obscured a much broader story that these buses have to tell about changes sweeping across not just San Francisco but also the entire Bay Area.
March 29, 2014 | By Christi Parsons
WASHINGTON - Michael Robertson put the bag of chemicals in an inside pocket of his sport coat, the pump in the other. He snaked the tubes between the buttons of his shirt to the port in his chest. He adjusted his tie to cover them. Then he sat down in a cavernous room in the White House complex and pulled his chair close to the table, hiding the bulges. Robertson, an aide to President Obama, was meeting with top officials from federal agencies working to implement the Affordable Care Act. He was also in treatment for stage IV colorectal cancer.
March 28, 2014 | By Howard Blume
David Koff, a filmmaker and union activist whose investigation of a campus construction project profoundly changed the Los Angeles school system, has died. He was 74. He committed suicide March 6 in Hastings, N.Y., his family said. Koff was the indefatigable researcher who, in the 1990s, took on the Belmont Learning Complex, turning it into a symbol of civic dysfunction as it became the nation's most expensive high school. Outside Los Angeles, Koff was best known as a talented documentary filmmaker who took uncompromising stands.
March 25, 2014 | By Patt Morrison
In the 1960s and '70s, as Americans argued over legalizing abortion, supporters of abortion rights sometimes held coat hangers aloft as an eloquent, grisly reminder that desperate women used them - and other methods --  for horrific, sometimes fatal self-induced illegal abortions. In an April 1969 demonstration by more than 300,000 protesters in Washington, marchers wore coat hangers around their necks and held signs reading, “Never again.” Maybe that symbol has faded from memory after 40 years of legal abortion, but not everyone's forgotten.
March 21, 2014 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Twitter -- the microblogging platform whose identity is closely intertwined with hashtags and the @ symbol -- is now considering removing those two elements from its service. Vivian Schiller, the company's head of news, this week called hashtags and the @-reply symbol "arcane," hinting that both may be moved into the background of Twitter's service, according to BuzzFeed . Schiller made her comments at the Newspaper Assn. of America's mediaXchange conference in Denver. Already, Twitter has begun phasing out the @ symbol on the Android alpha test group version of its app, according to BuzzFeed.
Three have been fired and 10 have quit. Nine have been promoted. Two have killed suspects while on duty. And one stands accused of falsifying evidence in a murder case. For most of the 44 Los Angeles Police Department officers labeled "problem officers" in the landmark 1991 Christopher Commission report, the past four years have been tumultuous. The commission said its intention was to illustrate, not define, what it called "the problem of excessive force in the LAPD."
The call came on the eve of his Los Angeles concert, just as he was leaving his home in Mexico. We have your son. Follow our instructions. Don't make trouble. It was a year ago, and Vicente Fernandez was about to headline four sold-out shows at the Pico Rivera Sports Arena, his annual Memorial Day pilgrimage to the Eastside suburbs of L.A. Now this voice, saying his 33-year-old son, his namesake, was being held for a ransom of millions.
February 9, 2014
Re "The cost of a cross," Editorial, Feb. 7 From 1957 until 2004, the central figure on the Los Angeles County seal was the image of the Roman goddess Pomona, the goddess of fruit trees (which seems fitting considering the importance of the citrus industry in the history of Los Angeles County). So my question for those who object to showing an image on the county seal of the San Gabriel Mission as it actually appears - with a cross on top - and to those who view this as somehow an endorsement of Christianity is this: Was the former seal an endorsement of Roman paganism?
January 20, 2014 | By Anh Do
Down at Lily's Bakery, the talk among those hunched over their beignets and iced coffee is focused on the upcoming Lunar New Year parade. The much-anticipated Feb. 1 procession, filled with lion dancers and dignitaries waving from passing cars, winds through Little Saigon as firecrackers pop and the old flag of South Vietnam flutters. The pressing question now is if a rainbow flag will be added to the colorful mix. After firm resistance, organizers of the Tet parade, along with other groups called to a community assembly, relented, agreeing to let a troop of Vietnamese American LGBT activists march.
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