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March 30, 2002
The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors needs a 12-step program to overcome its addiction to secrecy. For starters, it needs to admit it has a problem. In a story earlier this week, Times reporter Evelyn Larrubia reviewed a year's worth of county records and found that the board had publicly discussed just 7% of the items on its agendas. The rest it decided without discussion, continued to another date or moved to a closed session.
December 14, 1997
I have, from the first day you published the celebrity real estate news ("Hot Property"), found it disgusting and thinly veiled gossip column material. It also reminds us of how obscenely wealthy many people are who make no virtually no contribution (or a negative contribution) to society. I never read the Real Estate section because of it. G.B. KITCHING Fountain Valley
August 19, 1985 | KEVIN THOMAS, Times Staff Writer
There's nothing like the real thing--when it's "The Bride of Frankenstein" (1935), which screens Thursday at 8 p.m. at UCLA Melnitz, along with "The Devil Doll" (1936). The ambitiously reworked but misfired "The Bride," which opened Friday, only suffers further in direct comparison to James Whales' original, in which Ernest Thesiger's deliciously evil Dr.
August 18, 2005 | Dennis McLellan, Times Staff Writer
James Dougherty, a retired Los Angeles police detective who earned a niche in Hollywood history when he married a pretty teenager named Norma Jean Baker in the early 1940s, years before she became the iconic sex symbol Marilyn Monroe, has died. He was 84. Dougherty, the first of Monroe's three husbands, died Monday of complications of leukemia in San Rafael, Calif., his family said.
May 8, 2011 | By Alene Dawson, Special to the Los Angeles Times
Whether perusing the beauty and personal care products at Target or Whole Foods or shopping online at Sephora, consumers are increasingly encountering the phrase "paraben-free. " What exactly does paraben-free mean, and why might it matter? We take a closer look — including sussing out pretty makeup products that are paraben-free. What are parabens? Parabens are the most widely used preservatives in cosmetics and personal care products such as soap, moisturizers, shaving cream and underarm deodorant, according to the Food and Drug Administration.
Growing up in Cairo, Ola Hafez had wanted to wear the traditional veil. Her parents forbade it. "They wanted to make sure I understood the commitment I was making," she explained. Wearing a veil, they said, was not a rite of passage to be taken lightly only to be discarded later. So it wasn't until 15 years ago, when she was 20, that Hafez started wearing a veil as a way of maintaining the appropriate modesty prescribed by her religion and culture.
October 3, 1991
Hurray for the Huntington Library! Too long have the Dead Sea Scrolls been hidden from view ("Library Lifts Veil on Dead Sea Scrolls," front page, Sept. 22). Maybe at the time they were discovered, before computers capable of encryption and translation programs were generally available, 40 years to translate a third of the texts would have been reasonable. Maybe. But even then, the jealous, obsessive control of access to the scrolls was not warranted. The more scholars there are who have access, the more likely it is we will get quick, accurate translations of these ancient texts.
February 3, 1989 | From Associated Press
Authorities have ordered women to remove their veils for passport photographs, abandoning a Muslim tradition, officials said Thursday. Until now, authorities in this Persian Gulf federation have issued passports to women without photographs or with photos showing them veiled. An immigration source, speaking on condition of anonymity, said the government changed the policy after discovering several cases of impersonation.
May 21, 2007 | From Times Wire Reports
The Little Mermaid statue in Copenhagen was found draped in a Muslim dress and head scarf. Danish police removed the clothing after a caller reported it, a spokesman said. The statue dedicated to Hans Christian Andersen draws about 1 million visitors a year and is targeted occasionally by vandals. On Tuesday, the statue's face, left arm and lap were found doused with red paint.
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