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October 4, 2009 | Jon Caramanica
Another tough season on "Entourage," right? More Vince meaninglessness. More stilted chemistry among the key foursome. A lack of purpose that borders on the existential. Actually, wrong. For the last three months, the show has been involved in an elaborate game of deception, a bait and switch that never bothered to reveal itself and most likely won't, even during tonight's season finale. Sure, "Entourage" has in Vince (Adrian Grenier) a protagonist who's dull even when he's impactful, and downright hollow when not. Good cheer is not, it turns out, a feeling.
April 6, 2014 | By Lisa Zamosky
Now that open enrollment under the Affordable Care Act is over for this year, healthcare consumers can begin to put their insurance policies to work. For many, it may be a challenge. A year ago, Norm Wilkinson, 61, retired after 35 years as a Teamster and signed on to a retiree health plan. He figured he'd enjoy the same comprehensive coverage he'd had for years, but soon learned that prescription drugs weren't covered. "I did not get a prescription drug plan with it, and that was the big killer," said Wilkinson, a resident of Whittier.
March 16, 1993
Steeped in the strategies of our great national pastime, the American public understands and reverently embraces the concept of individual sacrifice for the good of the team. Of course they also understand that such sacrifices don't count against their own personal batting average. TRAVIS A. HASKINS Villa Park
April 4, 2014 | By Hailey Branson-Potts
The deaths of three gay men who contracted meningitis have sparked concern in Los Angeles' gay community. Here are some basic questions and answers about the disease. What is this form of meningitis? Invasive meningococcal disease stems from a rare bacterial infection that can spread to the blood, brain or spinal cord and can affect the entire body, sometimes causing death. It is spread by close exposure to sneezing or coughing or direct contact with saliva or nose mucus, though it's less contagious than influenza , the health department said.
December 2, 2001
As a 14-year-old Staind fan, I was really pleased by Robert Hilburn's article ("They Only Connect," Nov. 25). I don't know how old he is but I figure that he is a bit older than me. I appreciate that he understands, or at least is trying to understand, their music and what it's about. LINNEA FRITCH Los Osos
April 3, 1988
It is hard to believe the low esteem that members of the Orange County Board of Supervisors have for the public. In The Times' articles concerning the slow-growth initiative, the supervisors continually referred to the public as not being informed or understanding. In one Times' article, Supervisor Harriett Wieder says that the public is not aware of the board's actions to relieve traffic congestion, and Supervisor Thomas Riley says that he doubts that everyone understands the reasons supervisors have approved some projects.
September 6, 2009
Re "City Hall loses its leading grown-up," Opinion, Aug. 28 Jim Newton's Op-Ed article is on the money. Robin Kramer understands politics but is not political. Her personal agenda has consistently been to bring out the best in those she serves. Her love for this city and her belief in its possibilities are unbounded. In recent years, "public service" has increasingly become a tool for serving private ambition. Kramer's career stands as testimony that all is not lost. Mark Steinberg Los Angeles
May 7, 1987
Your editorial calls to our attention the critical need right now to begin thinking of how to assess the large group of candidates putting themselves forth for President of the United States. May I add two overriding questions to your lists for consideration? 1--Which candidate understands the obsolescence of war as a means of resolving conflict? 2--Which candidate recognizes that planet Earth is one interconnected, interdependent life support system, which means there is no way to safeguard U.S. interests without understanding the interests of people everywhere and how they are tied together?
October 31, 1990
Thank you, thank you for Goodwin's column. Now there is a man who truly understands what his happening in this country, tells it to us in simple, understandable language and does give us some hope. The article should be sent to every congressman and senator as well as being reported in every magazine and periodical, in all languages, in order to alert everyone to straighten up and do the right thing . . . or as he so aptly stated, we will be ripe for a demagogue who will promise everything to be elected and then, if successful, erode our way of life and destroy our freedoms.
December 27, 1992
I am soooo grateful to you and my Higher Power for Margo Kaufman's courageous admission that she is a mystery-book junkie (Nov. 15). I thought I was the only one. Now I know there are people out there, good, decent people like myself, who are not really loners but who only want to be left alone long enough to finish (yet another) good book. Finally there is someone who understands why I am powerless to do anything other than torment bookstore owners and clerks for word on the next release date of a David Lindsey, an Elizabeth George, a Patricia Cornwell (I love newcomers)
March 24, 2014 | Bill Dwyre
For much of our adult lives, the Lakers have been the toast of the town. That's why the anguish is so understandable now that they are merely toast. But in the midst of all the noise, have we not missed some of the more salient points? Are we so engrossed in our need for instant gratification that we cannot look beyond the most recent tweet? Even as we dissect everything about the Lakers as if they were biology-class frogs, aren't we getting off track a bit? There is no intention here of being an apologist.
March 16, 2014 | By Hannah Kuchler
Like bacteria, big data are lurking in the stomachs of cows. Some farmers are using sensors and software to analyze it and predict when a cow is getting ill. Just like customers, cows do not always speak out when something is wrong. But companies can use data to predict potential risks and opportunities in cows and customers alike. The message of a new book, "Big Data @Work," by Thomas H. Davenport, a fellow of the MIT Center for Digital Business, is that companies are only beginning to understand the questions they can ask of their vast stores of data - and how to build the internal structures to make the most of it. "Big data" is a fashionable, sometimes overused term for the vast amounts of information that can now be stored because of the growth of online activity and the low cost of storage.
March 13, 2014 | By Mike Bresnahan
OKLAHOMA CITY - Pau Gasol heard about Kobe Bryant's front-office rant. He understood it. "I respect a guy that speaks his mind and I respect a guy that wants to win," Gasol told The Times on Friday. "And that's what Kobe's trying to do, to make sure everybody's doing the best they can for him to be in a position to be able to win. " A day earlier, Bryant challenged Lakers upper management to bury any differences, singling out team executives and siblings Jim Buss and Jeanie Buss.
March 10, 2014 | Sandy Banks
I feel out of the cultural loop these days, as I try to follow the news. I can't wrap my mind around bitcoins and I'm not sure what an e-cig is. Pretend cigarettes? Virtual money? It's all too tech-centric for me. If you're also confused about the bitcoin system, here's how Wikipedia explains it: "Bitcoin is a peer-to-peer payment system and digital currency introduced as open source software in 2009.... It is a cryptocurrency, so-called because it uses cryptography to control the creation and transfer of money.
March 10, 2014 | Helene Elliott
It wasn't the shiny glass and steel of Honda Center that made Randy Carlyle feel nostalgic Monday. Nor was it conducting the Toronto Maple Leafs' morning skate beneath the Stanley Cup banner he helped the Ducks win in 2007. The sight of two people, anonymous to fans but touchstones to him, brought out the mellow side of this gruff, old-school coach when he returned to Anaheim for the first time since the Ducks fired him on Nov. 30, 2011. "When you meet the parking lot attendant, the guy at the top of the ramp that you know, and he's the guy that used to look after your wife and your kids when you came to the rink and he was always a big happy guy to say hello, it's an emotional time to see him," Carlyle said.
March 9, 2014 | By Lew Sichelman
It hurts when you've been rejected for a mortgage. Of course, there are many reasons you can be turned down. You may not have been employed long enough in your current job, for example, or you may not make enough money for the property you want to buy. But if you are spurned because of a low credit score, the pain of rejection is sometimes made worse by the reason your score didn't make the grade. Actually, lenders don't give you a reason, per se. Rather, you receive what's called a "reason code": a two-character numeric code and a terse, industry-speak statement - for example, "01 Amount owed on accounts is too high" - as to why your credit score isn't higher.
November 27, 2006 | J.A. Adande
We're at the point where any San Diego Chargers victory can be summarized in two words. This goes back to Nov. 19, when between updates I saw a 24-7 San Diego deficit against Denver turn into a 35-27 Chargers victory and I text-messaged a friend to ask what happened. My buddy's reply: "LT happened." Flash-forward to Sunday, when the Chargers had to deal with a strong Oakland Raiders defensive effort, a shaky performance by quarterback Philip Rivers and a 14-7 Raiders lead in the fourth quarter.
It was a touching moment--Anastasia Somoza, looking up from her wheelchair at the White House to plead that her more severely disabled twin, Alba, be allowed to attend regular school. President Clinton's eyes filled with tears. And her wish, expressed at a town meeting last year, was soon granted. But this fairy tale and its 10-year-old heroines have not found a happy ending. Alba's parents contend she was "dumped" into the regular classroom without the help she needs to succeed.
March 7, 2014 | By Elaine Woo
Scott Kalvert, a director who made music videos for performers such as Will Smith and Cyndi Lauper and directed a teenage Leonardo DiCaprio in the 1995 film "The Basketball Diaries," died Wednesday at his Woodland Hills Home. He was 49. His death is being investigated as a suicide, according to the Los Angeles County coroner's office. No other details were given. Kalvert began directing music videos in the late 1980s, scoring a massive hit with his first major assignment, "Parents Just Don't Understand," based on the Grammy-winning song by hip-hop artists DJ Jazzy Jeff and the Fresh Prince, Will Smith.
February 26, 2014 | By Craig B. Garner
Lower Oconee Community Hospital in southern Georgia closed its doors this month, eliminating 25 hospital beds and up to 100 hospital jobs. This was the fourth Georgia hospital to fold in two years and the eighth rural hospital in the state to close since 2000. Although Lower Oconee's shutdown may not have registered much media coverage, those in search of medical attention in Glenwood, Ga., should be mindful that the closest hospital is now 30 miles away. As reference, Santa Ana is 30 miles from Los Angeles.
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