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April 21, 1991
Japanese architect Arata Isozaki ("Arata Isozaki's Global Village," March 17) recalled collapsing and not working for two years after his work on "Tokyo's Expo '70." I hope it wasn't all in vain; Expo '70 was in Osaka. ALLEN ARATA Hathorne
April 10, 2014 | By Charles McNulty, Los Angeles Times Theater Critic
LAS VEGAS - Telling friends that you're heading to Las Vegas for some Shakespeare is a bit like claiming you read Playboy for the interviews. Well, I did indeed head to Vegas last weekend to see "The Tempest," and I can guarantee that I was the only person on my morning flight reading Harold C. Goddard's classic "The Meaning of Shakespeare. " Just a few pages from the chapter on "The Tempest," mind you. The guys downing pre-lunch wine and cocktails around me were whooping it up "Hangover"-style.
June 29, 1986
I have enjoyed all the movies and documentaries on the subject of aviation. Some years ago, I found PBS' "The Lonely Eagles," which told of black World War II pilots, particularly interesting. I have been looking for a rerun of this series, but it has been in vain. James M. Jacobs, Los Angeles
August 1, 2013 | By Randy Lewis
Taylor Swift has built a career dropping hints to the identities of bad boyfriends in hit songs as an example of the adage for the broken-hearted, “Don't get mad - get even.” Last weekend when Swift's “Red” tour reached Foxborough, Mass., she brought out Carly Simon, the woman who has kept listeners guessing for more than 40 years about the subject of her kiss-off song “You're So Vain.” “When I heard 'You're So Vain,' I thought, that...
January 17, 2005
"It's Official: My Brother Died in Vain," Commentary, Jan. 14: Though Dante Zappala's grief is warranted, his indictment of our leadership isn't. Our president, former president, Congress and Democratic presidential candidate all supported the invasion of Iraq for a handful of reasons, weapons of mass destruction being only one. The result? A monstrous dictator is overthrown; a democracy is created; millions of lives have been released from a regime. No, Mr. Zappala, your brother did not die in vain.
September 9, 1990
Regarding Shearer's article on the abhorrent parking situation in West Hollywood: I, too, am fed up with "the creative city." After multiple parking tickets and several trips where I have circled blocks in vain I have decided that the nearby areas of Larchmont and Glendale seem to welcome my business by addressing the parking situation rather than ignoring it. TOM FLACK Los Angeles
September 30, 1987
Thank you, L.A. Times for permitting the NRA to express the other side of the gun control issue (for a change). I only hope that my year spent in Vietnam defending basic rights like free speech and defending oneself was not in vain. Those letter writers are the true un-Americans to attempt to limit these rights for others. STEVEN G. KLOTZSCHE Pasadena
May 9, 1998
Re "Videotape Farewell: 'I'm a Dead Man,' " May 2: The picture of Daniel V. Jones brought tears to my eyes. I understand a little of what he may have felt. I have a chronic pain condition caused by fibromyalgia. My darkest time was when I felt that no one cared and there was no one to help me. I think most of us can bear pain and disability when we feel that others, especially the medical community, care and try to do whatever they can to relieve our suffering. Unfortunately, most doctors are only concerned with ordering tests and writing prescriptions.
September 25, 2000
Open mikes and subliminal "rats" are no substitutes for good, old American name-calling, for example: Charles Lee on George Washington: "A dark designing sordid ambitious vain proud arrogant and vindictive knave." John Randolph on Henry Clay: "So brilliant! So corrupt! Like a rotten mackerel in the moonlight, he shines and stinks." William McAdoo on Warren Harding's speeches: "An army of pompous phrases moving over the landscape in search of an idea." Barry Goldwater on Lyndon Johnson: "He wants so much power, the Democrats don't know whether to vote him in or plug him in."
December 27, 1996
The self-serving piece by Robert Scheer ("Hullabaloo Over Lust," Column Left, Dec. 17) was a perfect example of journalistic conceit and bruised ego. He is apparently consumed with the need to defend himself against a modest suggestion that he acted with impropriety 20 years ago in tape-recording President Carter's comments about having "lust in his heart." Boy oh boy! Talk about vain columnists losing any sense of proportion and reality. Let Scheer "have it out" with President Carter.
November 6, 2012 | By Joseph Tanfani
TAMPA -- Rick Smith sat on a folding camp chair under a tree in Ybor City, smoking a cigarette -- ready for a fight that never happened. Smith, chief of staff for the state local of the SEIU, was one of about 80 volunteers for Election Protection in Hillsborough County Tuesday. Some came from as far away as Northern California to wait outside precincts with large minority populations to advocate for the rights of people to vote. This year, groups such as True the Vote and Tampa Fair Vote had filed challenges to some voters' eligibility, and groups on the left had been fearing an election day nightmare, with voters challenged and lines held up for hours.
May 4, 2012 | By Christopher Goffard and Nicole Santa Cruz, Los Angeles Times
In the pandemonium of people scrambling to escape the bloodiest shooting rampage in Orange County history, Kenneth Caleb saw a lone, limping figure possessed of a strange calm. Caleb was staring out the window of Patty's Place, the Seal Beach restaurant where he went for lunch that day in October. Moments earlier, a terrified employee at the Salon Meritage next door had rushed into the restaurant screaming one phrase over and over: "Call the police, he's shooting everybody!"
February 18, 2012 | By Steve Esack, The Morning Call
They just wanted her suffering to end. So they painted her nails. It didn't work. "Let's change her earrings," her father suggested softly and kindly. They did; it didn't work either. "Let's get Noel," her friend suggested. So the family, with the permission of doctors and nurses at Lehigh Valley Hospital, brought her pet dachshund to the intensive care unit. Just like at home in Bethlehem Township, Noel jumped into her bed and curled up at the ankles she could not feel.
December 15, 2011 | By David S. Cloud and David Zucchino, Los Angeles Times
After nearly nine years of war, the loss of more than 100,000 lives and hundreds of billions of dollars spent, the U.S. military mission in Iraq has formally ended. But violence continues to roil the Mideast nation, and its political destiny is far from certain. Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta and other top U.S. officials conducted a low-key ceremony on a military base at the Baghdad airport Thursday, furling the flag to signal the official conclusion of one of the most divisive wars in American history.
July 26, 2011 | By Greg Braxton, Los Angeles Times
Lisa Kudrow, who may forever be identified as her lovably clueless "Friends" character, is out once again to show she can be the "anti-Phoebe. " Her first notable TV attempt to bury sweet Phoebe came in 2005 with the character Valerie Cherish, the self-absorbed former star trying to rebuild her career in HBO's "The Comeback. " The critically acclaimed mockumentary that cataloged the relentless humiliations of Hollywood earned her an Emmy nomination but was axed by HBO after one season.
July 5, 2011 | By Henry Chu, Los Angeles Times
War crimes suspect Ratko Mladic was thrown out of court Monday at The Hague after he shouted in protest and refused to hear the allegations against him. The court entered a not-guilty plea on his behalf to charges that he oversaw unspeakable acts of genocide during the 1992-95 Balkans conflict. "I'm not going to listen anymore. You're talking in vain," a contemptuous Mladic told the International Criminal Court as the presiding judge began reading out the counts against him. As the former Bosnian Serb general pulled off his headphones and continued to hurl abuse, the judge asked security officers to remove him from the courtroom.
June 16, 1991
"Fans still joke about (William) Shatner's increasingly unwieldy hairpiece," Teitelbaum declares. To keep their careers from receding, Hollywood actors must look good in front of the camera. It is customary for them to artificially enhance what Mother Nature does not provide. Teitelbaum implies that Shatner is vain. But I suspect that Shatner--aware that "Star Trek's" Capt. Kirk is a larger-than-life hero to many people--wears the rug to please fans, not himself. B.E. ALTMAN Los Angeles
December 10, 1987
My 103-year-old mother was in the hospital with pneumonia 15 days in October. The hospital bill was $22,329.10, which included $4,533.60 for pharmacy and $2,558.40 for oxygen, etc. This is an outrage! In last six years her $175,000 savings has been used up between pneumonia and nursing homes! She has asked to die but in vain. Doctors keep her alive. Former Colorado Gov. Richard Lamm is correct. Something has to be done! PHYLLIS CONROY SPEAR Laguna Niguel
August 21, 2010 | By John M. Glionna, Los Angeles Times
In the sweltering heat of summer, when the refreshing breezes desert the city, Hu Lianqun absent-mindedly reaches for a solution: He rolls up his shirt to expose his belly, often fanning himself with the garment to create his own air conditioning. From the countryside to sophisticated urban centers such as Beijing, men of all ages, social standing and stomach sizes resort to a public display of skin, a hot-weather fashion faux pas that's the Chinese equivalent of knee-high black socks with shorts.
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