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June 28, 1986 | From Reuters
Austrian President-elect Kurt Waldheim faced further political embarrassment Friday over a doctoral thesis that called for Switzerland, Luxembourg, Belgium and the Netherlands to be incorporated into Adolf Hitler's empire. Luxembourg Foreign Minister Jacques Poos told journalists the thesis was written by Waldheim in Vienna in 1943 when he was 25. Poos said the thesis, calling for the four countries to be incorporated into the "Greater German Reich," had to be taken seriously.
June 15, 2013 | By Christopher Hawthorne, Los Angeles Times Architecture Critic
NEW YORK - It's easy to imagine that "Le Corbusier: An Atlas of Modern Landscapes," a vast, dense and beautifully installed new exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art, began as a kind of parlor game. You can almost picture the curators, Jean-Louis Cohen and Barry Bergdoll, brainstorming to come up with the most unlikely, counterintuitive thesis about Le Corbusier they could - and then setting out to defend it with straight faces, deep scholarship and a good deal of museological firepower.
May 2, 1989 | ELIZABETH MEHREN, Staff Writer
Tapping away on their manuscripts in the dead of night, fledgling novelists cherish their fantasies. There is the over-the-transom fantasy, an old standby in which the manuscript is submitted anonymously and becomes a best-seller. Or, there is the chance-encounter fantasy, in which the aspiring writer runs his grocery cart (skateboard, 1975 Toyota, fill in the blanks) into the famous editor, and voila! , instant publishing opportunity. But the senior thesis fantasy?
December 27, 2012 | By Gale Holland, Los Angeles Times
Samuel Krueger likes Los Angeles. A lot. Which is noteworthy because he grew up in Portland, Ore., where the word "Californication" was coined to describe L.A.'s baleful influence. Portland has a well-defined urban core, while Dorothy Parker's description of L.A. - 72 suburbs in search of a city - has stuck with us, for good reason. Krueger, however, says L.A. and Portland have the same energy. And now he's discovered from where it springs: L.A. has an urban center after all. Krueger, 29, works in geographic information systems for the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power.
May 24, 2004
Re "The Lobotomized Weasel School of Writing," Commentary, May 20: I vehemently disagree with Crispin Sartwell's characterization of the five-paragraph essay as "hoo-ha." While he explains that writing "ought to nurture and give shape to thought," he fails to understand that this essay format allows for the organization of thought, thus allowing for coherent shape. Writing an essay is much like giving a presentation to an audience. The presenter needs to clearly and simply introduce the subject or argument, then enumerate and develop subtopics that provide supporting information.
February 7, 1993
Pristin's thesis on Hollywood nepotism lends powerful testimony to the reasons for new highs in the mediocrity of feature films. It is hardly surprising that the product born from the intense in-breeding of such an undistinguished group should bore the pants off anyone beyond grade-school sensibility. Hooray for Hollywood! LAWRENCE J. PIPPICK Los Angeles
Frederick Martin Davidson, shackled and downcast, pleaded not guilty Monday to three counts of murder in the fatal shootings Thursday of three engineering professors at San Diego State University. Deputy Dist. Atty. James Pippin announced that the district attorney's office will ask the jury to find that "special circumstances"--lying in wait and committing multiple murders--exist to merit the death penalty. Pippin said Davidson admitted to police that he shot and killed professors Chen Liang, D. Preston Lowery III and Constantinos Lyrintzis just as a session devoted to his rebuttal of their earlier criticisms of his master's thesis was beginning.
June 17, 1999
The June 11 article about Christy Turner's "Man Corn" thesis that the Anasazi were either cannibalized by the Toltec or were cannibals themselves is bound to disturb or otherwise stir up a lot of people. It should be remembered that this is an academic thesis, and even though such theses purportedly deal with knowledge, they are also dealings in the high-stakes game of "Remember, you heard it here first!" Morality doesn't enter into the interpretation of data, especially when it concerns a dead civilization.
September 14, 2005
MY congratulations on an extremely well-written article ("The Lure of the Outlaw Taco Cart" by Charles Perry, Aug. 31). I have read much regarding street vending (my thesis addressed the predicament of vendors, particularly taco-elote [corn] vending in L.A.) and your article was concise, informative and up to date. RAY DELGADO Downey
September 24, 1988
The column by Robert Parry and Peter Kornbluh ("Misleading Americans," Opinion, Sept. 11) is based on conjectures, innuendoes and distortions, with a smattering of facts, woven together in a conspiracy theory which may make good fiction, but it is not responsible journalism. The thesis that the late CIA Director William Casey orchestrated the creation of a domestic covert propaganda mechanism to proselytize the American people lacks any truth. This article is based on an unproven thesis developed by a dissident congressional staffer who tried unsuccessfully to sell the idea to the Iran-Contra Congressional Joint Investigating Committee.
December 26, 2012 | By Christopher Knight, Los Angeles Times Art Critic
At the Municipal Art Gallery in Barnsdall Park, the title of the exhibition "Lost (in L.A.)" pretty much describes how I felt when looking at its many sculptures, installations, videos and a few paintings. Thematic art exhibitions are sometimes puzzling, with the reasoning behind the general selection of artists or juxtapositions of specific works obscure, and that's certainly the case here. A subtitle could be: "Huh?" One of the more enchanting objects on display is a 1946 letter, although in the upper left corner, just above the salutation, it does sport a small, doodle-like ink drawing of an apple wearing a mask.
October 3, 2011
In the director's chair Here's a look at three talents from the "L.A. Rebellion" period: Julie Dash Dash is celebrating the 20th anniversary of her feature "Daughters of the Dust," which is part of the Library of Congress' National Film Registry. Charles Burnett The director's lauded first full-length feature, 1977's "Killer of Sheep," was written as his UCLA master's thesis. Haile Gerima The Ethiopian-born Gerima took his 1993 film "Sankofa" to 35 different cities himself when he couldn't find a distributor.
January 12, 2011 | By Tim Rutten, Los Angeles Times
Inside-the- White House accounts of the presidency have become such a routine commodity in publishing that the genre has its own subsets. One consists of the personal ? usually self-justifying ? reminiscences of disgruntled former staff members or cabinet secretaries. George W. Bush's administration spawned so many of those that you sometimes got the feeling that meetings in the executive mansion must have felt like a mafia sit-down where every second participant is a government informer wearing a wire.
August 15, 2009 | Raja Abdulrahim
A Cal State Northridge graduate student who was briefly imprisoned in Iran while working on her master's thesis on women's rights and then prohibited from leaving the country for nine months returned this week to Los Angeles, school officials said Thursday. Esha Momeni, 29, arrived at Los Angeles International Airport on Tuesday and was greeted by friends and family. "It is wonderful news," Cal State Northridge President Jolene Koester said in a prepared statement. "All of us in the CSU Northridge community have been looking forward to this day. I have met briefly with Esha, and she appears to be in fine spirits."
October 24, 2008 | Borzou Daragahi and Larry Gordon, Daragahi and Gordon are Times staff writers.
It seemed like a routine traffic stop. At first. Esha Momeni, an Iranian American scholar visiting Tehran, was pulled over Oct. 15. She had allegedly committed a traffic violation while driving along the main north-south highway of the Iranian capital. But instead of writing up a ticket and sending her on her way, the purported traffic cops escorted the Cal State Northridge graduate student to her relatives' home.
July 29, 2008
Re "Finally, a foster care fix," Opinion, July 25 Miriam Aroni Krinsky's thesis seems based on the same old formula of "throw more money at the problem." To sell this program, some decorations are added, such as unknown court reforms. There is no thinking outside the box. Our foster care programs have failed. A day seldom passes in which abuses are not reported in gory detail. A 19-year-old boy once came to my office seeking advice. He had spent more than five years laboring in a lemon grove.
November 25, 1990
There are two prongs to the famous "frontier thesis" which reporter Terry Pristin looks at in her piece on historians of the American West ("Taming of the Wild West Is Rewritten by Scholars," Part A, Nov. 14). On the one hand, the man who came up with this thesis, Frederick Jackson Turner, related American democracy to the "safety valve" function of the frontier. So long as there was lots of land on the other side of the border, and you were willing to destroy any Indian nation that stood in your way, losers in the "settled areas" could move west, get land of their own and become part of the self-supporting, self-governing mainstream.
May 7, 1989
Peter Hebbethwaite's review of Penny Lernoux's "People of God" was beneath your usual standards. Knowing your preference for "authority" reviewers who are authors or chairs of commissions and universities, I can see why you chose Lernoux's colleague at the Reporter, but I don't know why you persisted in printing the review you received. We find out very little about the book reviewed, much more about the book reviewer. I disagree with much of Lernoux's thesis, but I think she makes a cogent case and the review you ran failed to do it justice.
August 15, 2007 | Tim Rutten, Times Staff Writer
THE influence of resurgent American religiosity on contemporary American politics is something that demands to be understood more clearly. The educator and magazine writer Earl Shorris attempts to address that need in "The Politics of Heaven: America in Fearful Times" but falls short in frustrating, sometimes rather silly ways.
February 18, 2007 | Charles Ornstein, Times Staff Writer
A prominent fertility scientist whose firm owns Hollywood Presbyterian Medical Center in Los Angeles is embroiled in a plagiarism dispute that straddles two continents, has triggered legal battles in South Korea and has raised questions about the practices of a leading U.S. fertility journal. Dr. Kwang-Yul Cha, whose company also owns fertility clinics and a large hospital in Seoul, is listed as the primary author on a medical paper that appeared in December 2005 in the U.S.
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