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April 28, 2011 | By Sheri Linden
The combo of faith healing and showbiz occupies an indelible place in Los Angeles history, a dark vein of razzmatazz. For his first stint in the director's chair, actor Mark Ruffalo dives into that volatile mix with a contemporary vision set amid downtown's dispossessed, fringe dwellers and rock 'n' roll strivers. Despite the powerful sense of place, "Sympathy for Delicious" unwinds a narrative thread that grows increasingly tattered and flimsy. Especially in light of Ruffalo's distinguished screen performances — including his role in this film — "Sympathy" plays out with a disappointing messiness.
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OPINION
April 15, 2014
Re "Pope apologizes over abuse," April 12 It is great for Pope Francis to say he's sorry to those who suffered sexual abuse and to acknowledge the wrongdoing, but it is time for action. No more words, please. Children are being abused now by priests, and in many instances their bishops stand by and do nothing. When the pope defrocks a pedophile priest or castigates publicly at least one bishop failing in his duties to protect children, then I will cheer him. Until then, I remain skeptical of words without action.
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OPINION
January 11, 2013
Re "Church must restore names in files," Jan. 8 J. Michael Hennigan, attorney for the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Los Angeles, said that restoring the names of church officials who mishandled sex abuse allegations to 30,000 pages of records may require lawyers to revisit every page, which could take months. The victims of these priests have had their lives changed forever. I think the public is willing to wait, patiently, for these corrected records. No one feels sorry for the church's lawyers who must deal with this inconvenience.
OPINION
March 28, 2014
Re "Yee arrest a new blow to Democrats," March 27 Although I consider myself a Democrat, I am not overly distressed by the effects that state Sen. Leland Yee's (D-San Francisco) arrest on corruption charges will have on the party's supermajority status in the state Senate. Politicians of either party seem to have more in common with one another than they do with voters. Republican or Democrat, it is their personal ambition that appears to drive them more than any need to serve their constituents.
OPINION
April 15, 2014
Re "Pope apologizes over abuse," April 12 It is great for Pope Francis to say he's sorry to those who suffered sexual abuse and to acknowledge the wrongdoing, but it is time for action. No more words, please. Children are being abused now by priests, and in many instances their bishops stand by and do nothing. When the pope defrocks a pedophile priest or castigates publicly at least one bishop failing in his duties to protect children, then I will cheer him. Until then, I remain skeptical of words without action.
OPINION
December 4, 2012
Re "L.A. mayor seeks end to strike at ports," Dec. 3, and "Losses grow in port strike," Dec. 1 With the total compensation of "some of the highest-paid clerical workers in the U.S. " currently at $165,000 a year, and an offer of $195,000 (and 11 weeks paid vacation) on the table, it's difficult to feel sorry for the striking port workers. It's even harder to justify the damage they're doing to commerce and their co-workers in the shipping industry. Merry Christmas to all, including the folks who are losing income by showing "solidarity" by not crossing the picket lines.
SPORTS
March 3, 2011 | Jerry Crowe
The NFL and its players, on the brink of a lockout, will engender little sympathy from fans over their inability to figure out how to divvy up $9 billion in yearly revenue. ? We all should have such problems. ? Note to Commissioner Roger Goodell and union head DeMaurice Smith : Don't slaughter your cash cow. ? FOR THE RECORD: Perfect games: Jerry Crowe's "Text messages from press row" column in the March 3 Sports section, in noting that major league perfect-game pitchers Don Larsen and David Wells both graduated from Point Loma High School in San Diego, said that Wells was a member of the Class of 1973.
NEWS
July 5, 1985 | J. MICHAEL KENNEDY, Times Staff Writer
Allyn B. Conwell, the Texas oil executive who was thrust into the public spotlight as spokesman for the 39 hostages held for 16 days in the Mideast, said Thursday that the hijackers of TWA Flight 847 should be hunted down and punished and that he has no sympathy for them.
NEWS
September 22, 1985 | DON IRWIN, Times Staff Writer
First Lady Nancy Reagan will briefly visit earthquake-devastated Mexico City on Monday as an expression of U.S. sympathy for the disaster that besets its southern neighbor, although the State Department pointedly warned others to stay home. Her plans were announced Saturday by President Reagan in his weekly radio broadcast, just hours after Assistant Secretary of State Elliott Abrams harshly criticized Henry Cisneros, the Democratic mayor of San Antonio, for making such a trip.
SPORTS
July 3, 1998 | From Associated Press
Despite pervasive sympathy for the defendant, jurors on Thursday convicted a former Kentucky groom on two counts of lying to a federal grand jury investigating the 1990 death of Alydar, the most heavily insured thoroughbred in history. Alton Stone, 39, initially appeared unmoved by the guilty verdict as U.S. District Judge David Hittner read it aloud nine hours after jurors began deliberations.
SPORTS
March 19, 2014 | By Eric Pincus
Kobe Bryant has sympathy for Coach Mike D'Antoni but isn't sure if the coach should return. When asked on Wednesday by Dan Patrick of the " Dan Patrick Show " if D'Antoni has earned another year with the team, Bryant answered with some ambivalence. "I don't know," said Bryant. "It's been tough on him. The two years that he's been here, he's been dealing with so many injuries left and right. He hasn't really gotten a fair deal, fair shake at it since he's been here. " D'Antoni has another fully guaranteed season on his contract.
OPINION
January 11, 2014
The tragic story of Jahi McMath - the 13-year-old girl who was declared brain dead after undergoing surgery last month and whose parents insist on keeping attached to life support - is that rare news event with absolutely no positive angle, no silver lining. Similarly, the experience of reading and editing the letters on the story was gut-wrenching. A few readers had nasty comments for the parents (their letters didn't run), and others directed their anger at the lawyers and other interests seeking to influence Jahi's family.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 12, 2013 | By Anh Do
Despite the unrelenting objections of gay rights activists, city leaders in the heart of America's largest Vietnamese-American community voted unanimously to give a permit to organizers of a Lunar New Year parade who vowed to block gays from participating. Members of the Westminster City Council voiced sympathy to those barred from the colorful Tet parade, but said they had no choice but to grant the permit, since they had been advised by the city attorney that organizers of a private event have a free-speech right to determine its content.
SPORTS
November 23, 2013 | Helene Elliott
Clippers players and Coach Doc Rivers were unanimous Saturday in offering their sympathy to Chicago Bulls point guard Derrick Rose , who tore the medial meniscus of his right knee and will require surgery. Rose lives in Los Angeles and spent time here during his rehabilitation from a torn left anterior cruciate ligament. The Bulls, who announced the nature of Rose's injury Saturday, will face the Clippers at Staples Center on Sunday afternoon. "To know how hard he worked to get back, it's the saddest thing ever," Chris Paul said after the Clippers' 103-102 victory over the Sacramento Kings.
WORLD
October 3, 2013 | By Laura King
CAIRO - One day he might be accused of being a foreign agent. On another, an Islamist sympathizer. On yet another, of being part of a traitorous conspiracy. Amr Hamzawy, a respected liberal politician and academic in Egypt, tries to shrug off the noxious stories that routinely circulate about him in the country's state-run media. But he sometimes feels compelled to reassure acquaintances, professional contacts and even friends that it's an orchestrated and false smear campaign. In Egypt, where nearly three years of political upheaval first toppled a tyrant, then ushered in and tossed out an Islamist government, and finally propelled a military man to power, activists of all stripes - many of them part of the country's intellectual elite - are feeling the chill.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 5, 2013 | Sandy Banks
San Francisco dodged a bullet with Gov. Jerry Brown's deadline maneuver to block a strike by BART employees that would have left hundreds of thousands of Bay Area commuters and tourists stranded and scrambling. But the temporary delay won't resolve an issue that goes deeper than benefits and wages: This high-stakes standoff has fed the perception that public sector employees are oblivious to other workers' economic pain. Last month's five-day strike by Bay Area Rapid Transit workers brought that notion into stark relief, in a region where economy and geography make public transportation a lifeline, not just a convenience.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 19, 2005 | Kevin Thomas, Times Staff Writer
No-holds-barred Korean director Park Chan-wook has said that a chance viewing of "Vertigo" inspired the philosophy major to become a filmmaker, and he has expressed an admiration for the realism of Raymond Chandler, Dashiell Hammett and other hard-boiled American novelists. But his sensibility more closely resembles that of Eastern European filmmakers who view the remorseless unraveling of fate with a detached, even darkly droll sense of absurdity. In his relentless "Sympathy for Mr.
NEWS
July 5, 2013 | By Jim Newton
It's tough to watch the video that has circulated so widely of a Hawthorne police officer shooting a dog last week. I own a couple dogs -- a very responsible yellow Lab named Honeybee and big, gentle retriever named Woody -- and the thought of violence coming to either of them is stomach-churning. Many of our readers have responded similarly, calling the shooting “despicable” and a dangerous abuse of power, among other things. Others are even angrier, and Hawthorne police report that their officers are receiving threats.
OPINION
May 25, 2013
Judging by the hundreds of letters we received on L.A.'s mayoral campaign (and other races) between the March 5 primary and Tuesday's election, Angelenos weren't exactly thrilled watching the candidates engage in political fisticuffs for nearly three months. Many letters were laced with exasperation, expressing disappointment over negative campaigning. That mood was reflected in a letter published Thursday by San Pedro resident Marie Matthews, who lashed out at the candidates for calling her house "constantly.
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