June 12, 2011 |
The Mirage Man: Bruce Ivins, the Anthrax Attacks, and America's Rush to War David Willman Bantam: 449 pp., $27 The anthrax-laced letters that killed five people in the fall of 2001, shortly after the Sept. 11 attacks, heightened America's sense of being a nation under siege. The Bush administration used the letters as support for the invasion of Iraq, seizing on dubious evidence that the anthrax in them had been "weaponized" as proof that Saddam Hussein's regime was involved.
April 17, 2001 |
David Willman, a veteran reporter in the Washington bureau of the Los Angeles Times, won a Pulitzer Prize on Monday for his investigation into Food and Drug Administration approval of seven drugs that are suspected of causing the deaths of more than 1,000 patients. Willman's two-year examination of the FDA--highlighted by a 12,000-word package of stories published on Dec.
April 29, 1995
In response to the review of Nancy Sinatra's first live concert in two decades at the House of Blues by Chris Willman ("Nancy Sinatra Takes a Game Walk at the House of Blues," Calendar, April 21), I would like to set the record straight. While Willman eagerly points out that "the effect of two decades off was felt" by citing that Sinatra hit a few sour notes early on, he failed to mention that by the midpoint Sinatra was in top vocal form for the remainder of the set. Remarks like "at least she was in no danger of being vocally outshined by her '60s producer-writer Lee Hazlewood, who joined in for six raggedy duets" make me wonder how Willman would review a Bob Dylan concert.
April 2, 1995
In Chris Willman's piece on "White Man's Burden" ("Turnabout of Foul Play," March 19), he explains that it "takes place in an alternate universe nearly identical to ours but for the fact that in this doppelganger America the black culture is the dominant one, socially and economically, and whites are primarily a patronized underclass." Willman says the "nearest parallel in terms of such a major twist might be 'Fatherland,' the novel and TV movie whose post-World War II story took place against the precept that Germany won the war."
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August 24, 1993
Minor Derryl Willman, a longtime news editor for The Times, has died at a Valencia hospital. He was 64. Willman, a Canyon Country resident since 1976, died Friday of congestive heart failure, said his wife, Martha Willman, a veteran Times reporter. Born in Los Angeles and raised in Hollywood, Willman attended Los Angeles City College, where in 1957 he received his bachelor's degree in journalism.
June 13, 1993
Regarding "A Periodic Table of Fatal Amusements," Chris Willman's suggested "Summer Splash" itineraries (May 30): In writing, "To wean the tots off that simple-minded brontosaurus (Barney), parents, we suggest a quick trip to 'Jurrasic Park,' " Willman fails to realize that the PG-13 rating serves a valuable function for parents in shielding children from unnecessary trauma: in this case, "intense science fiction terror." This sadly malevolent, impatient and violence-embracing advice serves only to subject children to trauma they are unprepared to handle: Screen violence is real violence to children under 7. While most parents are probably as sick of Barney as Willman appears to be, the television dinosaur's message of peaceful resolution, good cheer and happy coexistence--however mundane to adults--serves many children's developmental capacities well.