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September 18, 2009 | Catherine Saillant
Distraught over his divorce and the loss of his job, James Mulvaney did the unthinkable, Ventura County authorities say. Sometime after his ex-wife dropped their two children off at his Thousand Oaks apartment Tuesday, Mulvaney stabbed 12-year-old Jason and 7-year-old Jennifer to death in their bedrooms. The 52-year-old father then took his own life by overdosing on prescription pills, a preliminary review Thursday by the county medical examiner's office indicates. Pending toxicology tests are needed to confirm the finding, but Mulvaney's body had no visible trauma and prescription medicines were found in the residence, Deputy Medical Examiner Michael Tellez said.
August 8, 2013 | By Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times Film Critic
Pitiless, devastating, unadorned, "Our Children" is an exceptional film that puts the worst, most painful part of its story on the screen first. Or so you will be tempted to think. Directed by Joachim Lafosse and starring three of Europe's top actors - Emilie Dequenne, Niels Arestrup and Tahar Rahim - this is a taut psychological study, based on a true story, of the complexities of personal power relationships that begins with the kind of shattering revelation that would be the conclusion of most films.
July 2, 1989 | Russell Jacoby, Jacoby's latest book, "The Last Intellectuals," recently appeared in paper (Hill & Wang/Noonday); he currently teaches at UC Riverside. and
No one who writes of nuclear war can be accused of tackling a small issue. To be sure, neither the courage nor the books are in short supply. We pay attention to these books, however, in fits and starts, depending on the state of the world. The Reagan Administration--until its final years--spoke of evil empires and winning nuclear wars. If this gave rise to nightmares, it was good for books on nuclear disaster. The nuclear freeze movement of 1982-84, itself a product of these renewed fears, provoked Jeff Smith to reflect upon the nuclear debate; his book seeks to go beyond the usual policy discussions to a more illuminating cultural dimension.
March 30, 2013 | By Glen Johnson, Los Angeles Times
MOGADISHU, Somalia - Lihle Muhdin was 11 years old when he first picked up a Kalashnikov rifle, pushed into combat by an Islamist militia in Mogadishu. That was 15 years ago. Now he wields a microphone in his fight for peace. Muhdin is a member of the Somali rap group Waayaha Cusub, or New Era, whose music calls on young Somalis to renounce violence. "I want to tell the Somali youth, don't kill," he said. "We must stop this violence. " The 26-year-old rapper recently returned to Mogadishu after 14 years as a refugee in Kenya to be among the headliners at the Somali Reconciliation Festival, Mogadishu's first major music festival in two decades.
February 17, 1990
Poor Andy Rooney. And poor Al Campanis and Jimmy the Greek, too. The Race Question today is what Pinko Politics was in the 1950s. One may not hold an opinion, speak the unspeakable, or even think the unthinkable without losing one's job, credibility and reputation. Sen. Joseph McCarthy, wherever he is, must be chortling. HAROLD SWANTON Northridge
June 23, 1985
ABC has lost us completely. Why its programming has to be so atrocious, I'll never know. To cancel "Matt Houston" is unthinkable. To schedule the program at 10 p.m. on Fridays was a very bad move. Mrs. Johnny Williams, Indio
February 3, 2007
RE "It May Be Time to Hit the Brakes," by Christopher Hawthorne, Jan. 30: Finally someone has common sense about the dangers of living close to the freeways. I raised my children in the '70s and we frequently had "smog days" here in the West Valley where the children were kept in for recess. My whole family was afflicted with asthma. It is unthinkable to me that the city would allow schools to be built next to the freeways. The freeways are polluted and the public needs to be protected.
Lineman Ernie Lopez has been rousted out of bed on countless cold, rainy nights. He's climbed 100-foot utility poles in heavy winds and grabbed live electrical lines with nothing but a pair of rubber gloves to protect him. But the hardest thing Lopez has done in 20 years at Southern California Edison is walk away from a darkened apartment building while residents pleaded for their heat. It happened in late January.
November 1, 2003
Re "Silence Feeds 9/11 Theories," editorial, Oct. 28: No, I don't believe that President Bush knew about or helped plan the 9/11 attacks. Not even the power-mad present administration would do a thing like that, any more than FDR would have permitted the Japanese to raid Pearl Harbor with the idea of bringing us into World War II. But to call either of those theories "unthinkable"? Given the nature of the human beast and the state of the world at certain times, nothing is unthinkable!
December 16, 2006 | Bruce Ackerman, BRUCE ACKERMAN is a professor of law and political science at Yale University and the author of "Before the Next Attack: Preserving Civil Liberties in an Age of Terrorism."
THE NEWS MEDIA, politicians and observers are scrambling to speculate on how Sen. Tim Johnson's (D-S.D.) medical emergency might change the composition of the Senate. But if the health of just 1% of one-half of one of the federal government's three branches can cause this much concern, what might happen in a real emergency? Specifically, imagine how the United States would react -- or not -- if terrorists succeeded in destroying Washington and, with it, all or most of the government.
December 1, 2012 | By Sam Farmer
Minutes after fatally shooting his girlfriend Saturday morning in the home they shared, Kansas City Chiefs linebacker Jovan Belcher drove five miles to the team's practice facility and parked awkwardly out front. Kansas City, Mo., police said the 25-year-old player got out of his car and, while holding a gun to his head, spoke briefly with Chiefs Coach Romeo Crennel and General Manager Scott Pioli, who had come outside to meet him. He thanked them for the opportunity to play in the NFL. When police arrived on the scene, Belcher turned, walked about 30 feet west toward an empty parking lot, pulled the trigger and took his life.
November 11, 2012 | By Sergei L. Loiko, Los Angeles Times
MOSCOW - Unique not only in its high-tech content but also in its political importance, a museum of Jewish history and culture opened to the public Sunday in Moscow, the capital of a nation beset by anti-Semitism for more than two centuries. Several hundred visitors filed into the more than 90,000-square-foot former bus garage and found themselves immersed in a lesson in tolerance. "The opening of such a museum in Moscow is a qualitatively new stage of Jewish life in Russia," said Alexander Boroda, president of the Federation of Jewish Communities in Russia.
October 30, 2012 | By Joe Tanfani
LONGPORT, N.J.--Many residents of the New Jersey coast woke up to a gray windy morning with no electricity, swamped homes, water surging in the streets -- and another high tide threatening additional flooding.  The Jersey Shore, including Atlantic City, remained under water, without power and was “completely unsafe,” said Gov. Chris Christie during a televised news conference. He recited a litany of destruction including homes knocked off their foundations, beach erosion and amusement park rides pushed into the sea. “The level of devastation on the Jersey Shore is unthinkable,” he said.
June 1, 2012 | By John Fox
When the caldron is lit in London this summer and the XXX Olympiad begins, one familiar participant will play a more active role than any other, taking center stage at 23 individual events. To the delight of billions, and without concern for its own well-being, it will be thrown, kicked, punched, slapped and struck with no fewer than three different instruments of torture. That abused but beloved participant is, of course, the humble, ubiquitous ball. This universal object of play has become so integral to our very notion of sport that it would be unthinkable to host the Games without it. But the elevation of ball play to Olympic status is an entirely modern phenomenon.
May 11, 2012 | By Jeffrey Fleishman and Amro Hassan, Los Angeles Times
CAIRO — Egyptians gathered in living rooms and cafes Thursday night to mark another first in their troubled political odyssey toward a new democracy: a televised presidential debate that was as captivating as it was surreal. The two leading candidates, former Foreign Minister Amr Moussa and Islamist favorite Abdel Moneim Aboul Fotouh, clashed in an exchange that would have been fiction during the 30-year rule of deposed President Hosni Mubarak. The spectacle was a rare moment in a region enthralled by Arab uprisings but largely dominated by autocrats and political uncertainty.
February 18, 2012 | By Victoria Kim and Paloma Esquivel, Los Angeles Times
Ezequiel Garcia, a longtime federal immigration agent, had told his wife of problems at work. But when she called him at the office Thursday, everything seemed normal. They talked about having Korean barbecue for dinner. Before he could go home, however, he had to meet with a high-ranking supervisor about his job performance. The exchange grew heated, and Garcia did the unthinkable: He turned his weapon on a fellow agent. He fired at least six shots at the supervisor before another quick-acting agent intervened and shot him dead.
December 14, 2011 | Steve Lopez
"I could show you case after case," said Dr. Neil S. Wenger. "I could bet you million-to-1 odds these patients would not want to be in this situation. " He was talking about patients in critical condition who are "attached to machines, being kept alive" in hospitals, many of them suffering. A common reason for that, said Wenger, director of UCLA's Health System Ethics Center, is that fewer than one-third of us make our healthcare wishes known in advance of critical illness or injury.
September 23, 2011 | By E. Scott Reckard, Los Angeles Times
The Federal Reserve's latest effort to prop up the economy has dropped mortgages into once unthinkable territory, with 30-year fixed-rate loans available for less than 4% — a record low. For people lucky enough to still have their credit ratings, bank accounts and home equity in good shape, the change means the opportunity to refinance at rates that once seemed unimaginable. "I can remember when I thought 7% was a great loan," said Roger Hornbaum, a retired city of Orange employee who has already refinanced his home on California's Central Coast twice since purchasing it last year.
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