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September 27, 1992
King is a man who has never done the simplest thing in life right. His failure to stop on a California highway 19 months ago--motivated, no doubt, by the fact that he was speeding and on probation--led to the deaths of 50 people and untold billions in the destruction of property, employment and people's lives. He should take the $1.75 million and get lost. He's no hero. ALMENA LOMAX, Pasadena
January 7, 2014 | Kate Linthicum
Over cappuccino at a crowded conference on real estate in one of the world's last frontier markets, one investor turned to another and said breezily, "I'm here to get rich. " They had paid more than $2,000 each to attend panels with titles like "Futurescape in Myanmar" and "Opportunities in Hotels and Resorts. " The seminar's sponsors, which included a prominent local construction firm, handed out business cards and glossy brochures highlighting the shining new condos and shopping malls they hope to build.
June 20, 1991
George Bush shed tears of compassion over his decision to send American personnel into battle. I could not help but notice that there were no tears shed for those on the other side who would be killed by "smart bombs" dropped on them by his order. Buckley sheds tears of compassion during eulogies for departed friends. However, I would like to know if he and President Bush cried at all for the untold thousands of dead men, women and children in the ruins of Baghdad. SUZANNE A. CHAPMAN Orange
July 27, 2013 | By Pamela Wood
On Maryland's Eastern Shore, a previously untold story of free African Americans is being told through newly discovered bits of glass, shards of pottery and oyster shells. Piece by piece, archaeologists and historians from two universities and the local community are uncovering the history of The Hill, a part of the town of Easton believed to be the earliest community of free blacks in the United States, dating to 1790. It also could have been the largest community of free blacks in the Chesapeake region.
July 5, 1998
I was surprised to see your cover article on the Italian island of Ponza ("Waiting to Be Discovered," June 7). Ponza has remained a "well-kept secret" all these years while untold numbers of travelers have scoured every inch of that beautiful country. The reasons: While Ponza is quaint and picturesque, it is no more so than many other islands, and there is nothing to do--it has few accessible beaches, no night life or other diversions, and the food is not noteworthy. LAURA ALLEN Laguna Beach
November 14, 1987
Aileen Eaton, grande dame of Southern California boxing for nearly 50 years, saw more than 10,000 professional bouts, Jack Hawn wrote. She saw 10,000 exhibitions of a "sport" in which the avowed object is to inflict as much bodily harm as possible on one's opponent, to the delight of untold numbers of "sports fans." She saw 20,000 men risk permanent damage to eyes, nose, teeth, ears, larynx, kidneys and brain. A marvelous figure, that 20,000. Would Hawn care to break it down into the categories listed?
July 8, 1990
In the midst of a sweltering heat wave of 114-degree temperatures a week ago, fires were raging out of control from Santa Barbara to Glendale, from Carbon Canyon to Cleveland National Forest. Arsonists were the primary culprits. However, TV commentators described cedar shake roofs as "the villain" responsible for destroying 32 homes in Glendale. I never heard a roof described as a "villain" before. I always thought the term was used to describe the "bad guy" in some soap opera or TV melodrama.
January 7, 2000
We have not seen a joke in more poor taste than Michael Ramirez's Jan. 4 cartoon regarding the hijacking of the Indian Airlines Airbus from Katmandu, Nepal. It belittles the tragic and harrowing incarceration of nearly 200 Indian and other passengers, satirizes a most abominable and heinous terrorist act, which led to the gratuitous killing of one person and a similar threat to all the others, and given its factual inaccuracy could cause untold business loss to the airline. Coming at a time when we see the media in this country totally focused on the threat from international terrorism, we wonder whether there is one standard for the people here and another for all others.
October 15, 1988
I'm going to make this short and not very sweet. How dare you run an ad claiming the Dodgers are history! I don't care how much money they were willing to pay, and I also don't care to hear the argument that you are a newspaper and print the news--for everybody. There is such a thing as loyalty--especially to a team that has given us many championships, not to mention untold revenue for the entire city of Los Angeles. You didn't even see fit to print a disclaimer next to it. DIANE MOBLEY Newport Beach
When Greg Louganis hit his head on the diving board and spilled his blood into the pool at the 1988 Olympic Games, did he have an obligation to disclose to doctors who treated him and to other athletes using the pool that he was HIV-positive?
March 23, 2013 | By Reed Johnson, Los Angeles Times
When David Riker set out to make his film "The Girl," he didn't want to shoot another heart-rending saga about poor, desperate Mexicans hellbent on crossing the border. Instead, he says, he aimed to create a character who could "turn the border upside-down. " So the indie screenwriter-director invented Ashley, a struggling south Texas single mom who decides to boost her meager big-box store clerk's pay by smuggling migrants across the Rio Grande. But when a tragic twist occurs, and a Mexican girl is left motherless, it is Ashley herself who winds up retracing the steps of the immigrant journey, but in reverse, all the way to a cloud-swept Oaxacan mountain village.
March 9, 2013 | By Mark Olsen
With countless books, films, re-issues, compilations and the like, it would be easy to assume there are no new stories to be told about the Beatles. The documentary “Good Ol' Freda,” which has its world premiere Saturday at the South by Southwest film festival, finds a previously unheard-from eyewitness to the entire history of the band. Freda Kelly was a secretary for the band and ran their official fan club for more than 10 years. Only 17 when she started working for the band, at first she made the fan club address her home address in Liverpool.
February 9, 2013 | By Randall Roberts, Los Angeles Times Pop Music Critic
The most riveting moment of "The Grammys Will Go On: A Death in the Family," the revealing - if self-serving - CBS documentary about Whitney Houston's death less than 24 hours before the 2012 Grammys telecast, arrives midway through. Perhaps unsurprisingly, it involves the song "I Will Always Love You. " The moment stars singer Jennifer Hudson, who during the telecast performed a heartbreaking rendition of Houston's signature song. It's the rehearsed version, however, within this behind-the-scenes documentary airing Saturday night that chronicles how Grammy producers and musicians scrambled and adapted to the tragic news, that packs the most wallop.
October 14, 2012 | By Laura Hudson
"Marvel Comics: The Untold Story" performs an act of what superhero comics fans might term "retcon" - or retroactive continuity - by returning to the beginning of the superhero industry and telling the tale again with a number of previously invisible heroes suddenly added to the story: the men and women who created superhero comics. Superhero comics has always been a bit of an oddball, a niche genre with a small but fiercely devoted fan base and a penchant for stories about flawed, outcast heroes who struggle not only to save the world but find their place in it. Sean Howe's book traces the byzantine histories of the colorful characters on the comics pages and in the Marvel offices, from the inception of the superhero in the 1930s through the modern era, and finds the real and the fictional equally laced with epic triumphs, tragic reversals of fortune, backstabbing and melodrama.
September 28, 2012 | By Dan Turner
So it turns out that Carmageddon is good for us. UCLA researchers on Friday released a study showing that last year's Carmageddon -- a weekend closure of a 10-mile Westside stretch of the 405 Freeway, which, as you already know unless you've been underwater for the last month, is to be repeated this weekend -- dramatically improved air quality. With the reduction in traffic around the region as drivers stayed out of their cars to avoid anticipated gridlock that never materialized, air quality reached levels up to 83% better near the freeway and 75% better across the Westside.
February 24, 2012 | By Timothy M. Phelps
Marie Colvin and I covered our first combat together in 1986, after the U.S. bombed Libya. She was 30, pretty, ambitious and talented. She soon had Col. Moammar Kadafi and his aides in her thrall and parlayed her many scoops for United Press International into a job as a foreign correspondent for the Sunday Times of London. I last saw her a year ago, in Cairo during the revolution. Three decades of bearing witness to war showed in her face: I recognized her only from her black eye patch, which she had worn since a hand grenade destroyed her left eye in Sri Lanka in 2001.
August 24, 1986 | JACK MILES, Times Book Editor
In Sophocles' play "Oedipus Rex," the King of Thebes, piecing together hints, memories and accidental disclosures, infers at length a grim truth: He has killed his own father and married his mother. The purely intellectual character of the play--as the self-analysis of the king rather than the dramatic enactment of his crime--commended it to the psychologist Sigmund Freud whose self-analysis had come to an analogous conclusion.
February 9, 2008
RE "6-Drug Combo Blamed," by Paul Lieberman, Feb. 7: The widespread misuse and abuse of prescribed medications is largely an untold story, one about which few have concern until a case like that of Heath Ledger comes into the public consciousness. Ledger appeared to have everything one could want and what few are fortunate enough to be granted: great looks, the ability to act and earn a spectacular amount of money, and the adulation of adoring fans. Even with all of these attributes, he was unable to live his life without vast pharmaceutical aids.
October 23, 2011 | By Carolyn Kellogg, Los Angeles Times
A Thousand Lives The Untold Story of Hope, Deception, and Survival at Jonestown Julia Scheeres Free Press: 320 pp., $26 Before Julia Scheeres came along, Thom Bogue had not talked publicly about Jonestown. But when he realized that, like him, she had also been a troubled teen sent to a tropical religious camp - which she chronicled in the bestselling memoir "Jesus Land" - he decided to share his experiences. At 15, Tommy was sent from California to Guyana, where he lived for two years under the increasingly bizarre control of the Rev. Jim Jones.
September 18, 2011 | By Christopher Knight, Los Angeles Times Art Critic
Sometimes we seem to know less about the early years of post-World War II art in Los Angeles than we know about the Pleistocene Age mammals dredged up from the La Brea Tar Pits. In the last 30 years, L.A. pushed to the front ranks of international capitals for new art, a dizzying development widely documented — but what happened in the 30 years before that? Yes, we know bits and pieces — some better than others. Repeated censorship attempts by public officials — of a shrine-like 1957 Wallace Berman assemblage sculpture that included a sexy drawing, a 1964 Ed Kienholz assemblage sculpture about carrying on in the back seat of a Dodge, etc. — have been chronicled many times.
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