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September 22, 1989
Who needs another freeway? Why not public transportation? My challenge would be to construct a light-rail system along the Los Angeles River. Now wouldn't that be "unconventional" and "science-fiction fantasy." LEWIS A. SCHOENBRUN Los Angeles
April 23, 2014 | David Ng
William Shakespeare, whose 450th birthday is being celebrated around the world Wednesday, never seems to go out of vogue for movie directors eager to put their own spin on his classic texts.  Most of Shakespeare's plays have been adapted for the big screen multiple times over, ranging from faithful (Laurence Olivier's "Hamlet") to wildly unconventional (Baz Luhrmann's "Romeo + Juliet"). Because Shakespeare's plays exist in the public domain, adapting them for the movies is an economical way of co-opting some literary prestige.
July 23, 2009 | Scott T. Sterling
While Jack White is touring in support of his latest indie group the Dead Weather, it was announced this week that the band that shot him to fame, the White Stripes, will release a concert film in the fall. Directed by Emmett Malloy, "Under Great White Northern Lights" follows Jack and Meg White across Canada, where they went out of their way to play unconventional venues such as a city bus and a bowling alley. It premieres at the Toronto Film Festival on Sept. 19. -- Scott T. Sterling
April 21, 2014 | By Richard Simon
Thousands of bills are introduced in a congressional session, but only a fraction become law. Even without that success, they call attention to their causes - or their sponsors. Here are a few of the eclectic measures awaiting action in Congress. Apollo Lunar Landing Legacy Act: Would establish the Apollo Lunar Landing Sites National Historical Park on the moon. Argument for: "In 1969, led by the late Apollo astronaut Neil Armstrong, American ingenuity changed history as humanity took a giant leap forward on the surface of the moon," said Rep. Donna Edwards (D-Md.)
April 1, 2002
I was in shock when I read "Finally, Science Weighs In" (March 18). The new head of the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine indicates that he plans to study unconventional medicine using scientific methods. The center, which he heads, has already been in existence for 10 years and has spent millions of dollars doing this but to date has not proven the efficacy or value of even one alternative treatment. When a treatment that appears to be of value does surface, medical scientists study it using scientific methods and, if it proves to be of value, it's added to the physicians' medical armament.
November 5, 2009 | Associated Press
Sarah Palin's book tour is a gift for her base. No stops are planned in Los Angeles, Seattle, San Francisco, Philadelphia and other major cities and book-buying communities that are standard for authors on the road, but where the voters tend to be Democrats. Beyond a Nov. 16 TV interview with Oprah Winfrey, nothing is scheduled for Chicago. New York will feature media appearances only. The itinerary for Palin, whose "Going Rogue" comes out Nov. 17, includes Noblesville, Ind.; Washington, Pa.; and Rochester, N.Y. "She wants to be unconventional.
April 9, 1989 | ROSEMARY LAURENT, Reuters
Fons Oerlemans has crossed the Atlantic on a raft, in a boiler and in a truck. This summer he plans to make the voyage in a green beer bottle. The 50-year-old Belgian engineer has spent the last three years designing and building a bottle-shaped hydrofoil 36 feet long. It has a cruising speed of 4O knots. He calls the craft "Spirit of Heineken." In June, Oerlemans plans to sail his steel bottle the 3,000 miles from New York to England in a bid to set two world records--the first Atlantic crossing and the longest distance traveled by hydrofoil.
February 7, 1999 | CECILIA RASMUSSEN
The annals of child kidnapping are replete with heartbreaking tragedies, but probably none have been quite as bizarre as the crime that first mesmerized, then convulsed, Los Angeles more than 70 years ago. By the time it was over, it would involve not only an apparent abduction, but also impersonation, police coercion, false imprisonment, psychiatric abuse and--this being Los Angeles--a court fight that stretched on for more than a decade.
If it's summertime in Huntington Beach, you can be sure things are going to get dirty. This, of course, has nothing to do with local politics, but rather with the annual opening of Adventure Playground, a 1.5-acre corner of Huntington Central Park best known for its mud slide and Huck Finn-style rafting pond. "Kids are always being told to stay clean and keep out of anything dirty," says Kim White, 23, director of the playground. "This is the only time they're allowed to be dirty."
Al Greenwood, known to Southern Californians as "the Bedspread King," has died. He was 93. Greenwood, a longtime Long Beach resident, died of congestive heart failure Wednesday night at his daughter's and son-in-law's home in Seal Beach. A Massachusetts native who made his way west during the Great Depression, Greenwood became known in his later years for his kitschy late-night TV advertisements.
January 16, 2014 | By Ted Rall
Gov. Jerry Brown has a dream, a dream that would serve as his greatest legacy: a high-speed train that would slash the six-hour drive from Los Angeles to San Francisco to a relaxing ride a smidge over two hours. It may seem like a pipe dream now, but similar links have transformed other countries. When I visited Paris as a kid, the eastern city of Strasbourg was a weird, remote border town where people spoke German and claimed to like black blood sausages. Thanks to France's TGV trains, an all-day schlep is a quick day trip now - two hours each way - that paved the way for Strasbourg to become an important headquarters for European Union bureaucrats and Eurozone business types.
October 23, 2013 | George Skelton, Capitol Journal
Steve Glazer may represent the California Legislature's wave of the future. Then again, he may just crash on the rocks. Glazer is a moderate Democrat running for the Assembly while bucking powerful organized labor. That just is not done in California for the most part, at least successfully. A "Jerry Brown Democrat," he calls himself with some credibility. Not only was Glazer the governor's chief strategist during his lopsided election victory in 2010, he also espouses fiscal restraint like Brown.
September 21, 2013 | By Bill Shaikin
As the calendar turned to September, with the Oakland Athletics in the heat of a pennant race, their general manager was half a world away. Billy Beane was in Prague, and not on a scouting trip. Baseball's most unconventional operation has done it again. The A's will be crowned champions of the American League West for the second consecutive year, perhaps Sunday. Beane has run the A's for 16 years. Oakland is about to win the AL West for the sixth time in his tenure. The Angels have won five times in that span, the Texas Rangers four times, the Seattle Mariners once.
August 7, 2013 | By Alejandro Lazo and Andrew Khouri
President Obama paused on his trip through Los Angeles on Wednesday to sit for wide-ranging questions on housing and mortgage finance policy. But the live-streamed discussion was less notable for the content - the president broke little news, and fielded no hardball questions - than for the medium: the real estate listings website Zillow, known more for estimating home values than political coverage. The exchange, which had the feel of a digital town hall meeting, highlighted both the rapidly shifting digital media landscape and the rising prominence of specialized websites such as Zillow, which is based in Seattle but has operations in Irvine and San Francisco.
June 10, 2013 | By Charles McNulty, Los Angeles Times Theater Critic
Few may be popping Champagne corks for a Broadway season in which ticket prices went up, attendance went down and commercialism ran amok. But if anything could restore faith in the American theater it was Sunday's exuberant Tony Awards ceremony at Radio City Music Hall. Beginning with an opening number by the impish showman and incomparable Tony host Neil Patrick Harris (please, CBS, make him sign a lifetime contract!), the telecast found ways of selling Broadway's wares to America while honoring the Great White Way's stubbornly eccentric soul.
June 9, 2013 | By Elaine Woo
Asked once to sum up what it means to be a Christian, the Rev. Will D. Campbell said: "We are all bastards, but God loves us anyway. " That belief compelled his unusual life as a Southern Baptist minister who rejected organized religion, played a prominent role in central events of the civil rights movement and ministered to a broad range of humanity -- including country music stars like Waylon Jennings and members of the Ku Klux Klan -- from his...
October 23, 2012
Lynda Lumaya, a North Hills mom who works in the film industry, was diagnosed in February with a type of breast cancer called triple negative.  Because triple negative is particularly aggressive, Lumaya's doctors at the Roy and Patricia Disney Family Cancer Center at Providence Saint Joseph Medical Center in Burbank are attacking her disease with guns blazing: chemo, surgery, more chemo and radiation.  It all comes with a lot of stress and...
Imagine this: Kids scalping 25-cent tickets for $1 each while others banged on the door, hoping to gain admission to a sold-out performance of Shakespeare's "King Lear." This was the amazing scene outside Portola Middle School's Little Theater on Friday when the advanced drama class acted out the conclusion of the classic tale of greed, power, love and death. But then again, this was no regular performance of "King Lear."
June 2, 2013 | By Carolyn Kellogg, Los Angeles Times
Picking up "Blue Plate Special: An Autobiography of My Appetites" (Doubleday, $26.95) is a little like having Kate Christensen sit down next to you in a bar and hearing her life story. The novelist - author of "The Astral" and the PEN/Faulkner-winning "The Great Man" - publishes her first nonfiction book in July, a memoir. In a bar, you wouldn't get her recipes, however. They appear in the book and are built for comfort, from the Bachelorette Puttanesca to the Dark Night of the Soul Soup.
May 5, 2013 | By Yvonne Villarreal, Los Angeles Times
An old index card reads : Original. Real. Poignant. Those were the first words Greg Daniels jotted down a decade ago as his guide in adapting the daft British TV series "The Office" for an American audience. The ideas on the flimsy card stock proved enduring. They helped the unconventional workplace comedy about a humdrum band of paper company employees stand up to the radically shifting fortunes of a major network and a punch-to-the-gut exit of a big-name star. But it's now time to put the paper away as "The Office" prepares to shut its doors for good on May 16. The shuttering wraps up a nine-year run where much of the time the show functioned like its elite predecessors "Cheers," "Friends" and "Seinfeld," as a pillar of NBC's vaunted Thursday night prime-time lineup.
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