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February 23, 1998
The truth can set you free. It can also send you to jail. BERTRAM R. FORER Westlake Village
April 24, 2014 | Mary McNamara
Very few shows could pull off a homage to the death of Philip Seymour Hoffman without seeming exploitative, sensational or culturally carnivorous. Only one could do it in the middle of an episode dealing with a bunch of missing anthrax and Garret Dillahunt as a dairy farmer. Two years ago, when CBS premiered the crime-procedural "Elementary," the decision to make Sherlock Holmes (played by Jonny Lee Miller) a modern-day recovering addict seemed equally canny and risky. Holmes is indeed literature's most famous and enduring druggie - in Nicholas Meyer's "Seven-Percent Solution" none other than Sigmund Freud helped him kick the coke habit.
September 20, 2012 | By Chris Foster
Is there a little Lou Holtz in UCLA Coach Jim Mora? Oregon State is the latest team to worry him. The Beavers are 1-0, having beaten then-13 th -ranked Wisconsin. But the Badgers are now unranked, with two wins coming against Northern Iowa (26-21) and Utah State (16-14) at home. Holtz, like Clint Eastwood recently, saw things that weren't there and pumped up Notre Dame opponents. Mora may be auditioning for that role. “These guys run real running plays,” Mora said about Oregon State.
April 21, 2014 | By David G. Savage
WASHINGTON - In a case that could strengthen truth-in-labeling laws, Supreme Court justices on Monday voiced deep skepticism about Coca-Cola's Pomegranate Blueberry juice that is 99.4% apple and grape juice, saying the name would probably fool most consumers, including themselves. The high court is hearing an appeal from Stewart and Lynda Resnick of Los Angeles, makers of a rival pomegranate juice called Pom Wonderful, who complained that the name of the Coca-Cola product, sold under the Minute Maid brand, is false and misleading.
March 22, 2012 | Meghan Daum
Even if you don't have a cupboard full of pledge-drive coffee mugs, you've probably heard about the latest dust-up in public radio. A stage performer named Mike Daisey chronicled a trip he made in 2010 to China to check out conditions at a factory run by Foxconn, the chief manufacturer of iPads and iPhones. Even before Daisey told his tale, news reports of suicides and harsh working conditions there had introduced at least a dose of guilt into the previously sunshiny experience of owning an Apple product.
May 5, 2012
Re "Outside groups lead the charge," May 3 Wouldn't democracy be better served if there was a nonpartisan filter through which both sides would be threaded? All the "outside groups" should have the information in their ads would be fact-checked before release. The system followed now permits false claims, downright lies or, at best, shades of the truth with important omissions. This is no way to run an honorable political campaign. Anita C. Singer Laguna Woods ALSO: Letters: Ban the boarders Letters: Funding L.A.'s parks Letters: Adult education is worth saving
February 3, 1992
James Gilden's response ("A Railroad Named Political Correctness," Jan. 13) to "PC--Politically Correct" (Dec. 29) troubled me more as an artist and playwright than the potential PC censors. Gilden attacks PACs and their influence on art by creating a fanciful scenario whereby Tennessee Williams redoes "Glass Menagerie" to fit the codes of the special-interest groups, delving further and further into ridiculous concessions to the PC police. As an issue-oriented gay playwright with more than 20 plays produced internationally, I've battled the PC police on both ends of the spectrum and often considered their requests to be ludicrous.
September 20, 2006
Your Sept. 19 editorial, "A papal stumble," could not have been more off the mark. When will the media stop apologizing for the West and start speaking the truth about Islam? You found nothing incorrect in the pope's remarks, yet you criticize his message and strangely continue to appease a culture that prefers violence rather than reasoned discussion. Until Islamic leaders assert their authority to influence the radicals, and until they are ready to participate in a reasoned discussion of ideas -- including the reasonableness and value of all faiths -- we must applaud the courage of men such as Pope Benedict XVI who continue to speak truth to the world.
May 7, 2002
Re "Nike Can't Just Say It, Court Rules," May 3: So the California Supreme Court has ruled in the Nike case that "speech is commercial in its content if it is likely to influence consumers in their commercial decisions," and so it must be truthful. Too bad the court can't apply the same standards to speech by politicians and elected government officials who seek to sell their policies in order to influence the consumers/citizens (i.e., voters). Maybe then we might get some truth in advertising, political style.
April 13, 1993
The editorial "Japan Watch--Truth in Textbooks" (March 19) was apt, but as we are quick to criticize others for revisionism, I wonder about our own commitment to historical accuracy in this country's textbooks. How many Americans know, for example, who won the fight at Lake of the Woods, the true cause of the Battle of the Alamo, what Stockton, Fremont and Carson were up to in Mexican California or how the Mexican War started and ended? How many know the geography of the Adams-Onis Treaty territory or why it was created?
April 20, 2014 | By The Times editorial board
Does the 1st Amendment allow states to make it a criminal offense to disseminate false statements about a political candidate? Should citizens who fear that their free speech will be chilled by such a law be permitted to challenge it even if they aren't in danger of imminent prosecution? Only the second question will be argued before the Supreme Court on Tuesday, but it is inextricably linked to the first one. If the court rules that the Susan B. Anthony List, an antiabortion group, may not challenge Ohio's criminalization of false political speech, that law and similar ones in other states will remain on the books.
April 15, 2014 | By Susan Rohwer, guest blogger
The media have become fond in recent years of glamorizing stay-at-home moms as elite career women who have “opted out” of the workforce so they can put family first. Finally , the Pew Research Center has provided the reality check we've needed. “The share of mothers who do not work outside the home rose to 29% in 2012, up from a modern-era low of 23% in 1999,” Pew's new report finds. The primary reason: economics. The cost of child care and the lack of job opportunities are forcing women to stay at home rather than go back to work after having kids.
April 14, 2014 | By Randall Roberts, Los Angeles Times Pop Music Critic
Coachella's great if you're rich, tan and beautiful , but those who fall outside that demographic should know that it's not all rose gardens, $15 artisan cocktails and Baco Mercat wraps.  In fact, those with body image issues or a flat-lined bank account can be forgiven for sensing the occasional gag reflex at the displays on the Empire Polo Club in Indio. For all the music permeating the scene, it can be a very hostile and humbling environment, both socially and musically.  To use the words of one attendee who, trapped in a mass of people trying to get a glimpse of Zedd, said flatly, "God I hate people.
April 13, 2014 | By Matt Pearce
Journalists peddle fact but profit most from revealing the lies of others, best of all from the lies told to their faces. One Saturday panel at the L.A. Times Festival of Books was called "Truth Will Out" and featured several authors who had unearthed hidden lives and lethal secrets. The panel's title alluded to Walter Kirn's new book, "Blood Will Out," about his decade-long friendship with a man who said he was a Rockefeller but turned out to be a German con-man and murderer.
April 12, 2014 | By Randall Roberts, Los Angeles Times Pop Music Critic, A correction has been added to this post, as indicated below.
No one remembers full sets at concerts. They remember moments. Snapshot memories of a particular singer's stage maneuvers. An excellent organ solo. An amazing EDM break. A bitter bit of banter from, say, Morrissey about the smell of burning flesh.  The early part of Saturday at Coachella will be defined in my memory for one incident as young band Unlocking the Truth made its festival debut. "Young" is an understatement. The Brooklyn band's members are all in junior high school, but it didn't show.
April 12, 2014 | Steve Lopez
Marsha Temple will soon fly to Philadelphia, trying to crack a case she's been working on for decades. She'd like to know who her biological father was. Temple has a pretty good hunch he may have been a child evangelist in Philadelphia nearly a century ago, so she plans to dig through files there with the help of her husband, KCRW radio host Warren Olney, who serves as Watson to his wife's Sherlock. The two have traveled great distances in the U.S. and to Poland and Ukraine, pursuing an obsession that for Temple, 68, began many years ago in the San Fernando Valley.
April 11, 2014 | Doyle McManus
Reading is such an improbable idea -- a miracle, really. Yet simple squiggles on a page, arranged just so, can convey ideas that change the way we think or introduce to us characters we love for a lifetime. In celebration of reading -- and of this weekend's Los Angeles Times Festival of Books -- we asked four readers (who also happen to be writers) to celebrate books that mattered in their lives. If you want a friend in Washington, the saying goes, get a dog. But if you're looking to understand Washington, I'd recommend fiction.
April 9, 2014 | By Marcia Fritz
When it comes to meeting California's state pension obligations, everyone agrees that paying the bills is a challenge. But exactly how big is the "unfunded liability"? Pessimists and optimists throw out wildly different totals for the state's 80 retirement systems, making for confusion at best and stalemate at worst when it comes to honest policymaking. The truth is, pension systems have to involve assumptions. Workers and employers pay in at a certain rate, the money is invested, and if it all goes according to plan, there is enough to cover the promises made to the workers when they retire.
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