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At this rate, New York City is going to run out of vices before it sees another mayor. Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg has announced new city legislation that would force retail stores to keep cigarettes out of customers' sight, hidden behind curtains or...
Tags: Politics, Michael Bloomberg, Human Rights
-------------------- Walkable City How Downtown Can Save America, One Step at a Time Jeff Speck Farrar, Straus and Giroux: 296 pp., $27 -------------------- If you grew up, as I did, in a pedestrian city, much of Jeff Speck's "Walkable City: How...
Special to the Los Angeles TimesThe Passage of Power The Years of Lyndon Johnson Robert Caro Alfred A. Knopf: 736 pp., $35 "The Passage of Power," the fourth volume in Robert Caro's epic biography of Lyndon Baines Johnson, encompasses the period of LBJ's deepest humiliation and...
Los Angeles Times Staff WriterIn my family, we've never recognized a distinction between happiness and the handling of books. Books in libraries, books in shops. Books that take you places, and books you can steal from — like Norman Maclean's memoir, "A River Runs Through It,"...
Jacket CopyWhat was he up to? That's the question at the center of any consideration of Gordon Matta-Clark, an architecture student-turned-installation artist who died of cancer in 1978, when he was just 35. Matta-Clark doesn't have the name recognition of...
Theodore Kheel, a New York labor mediator who helped resolve more than 30,000 disputes, including an East Coast longshoremen's strike in 1962 and the city's 114-day newspaper union walkout the next year, has died. He was 96. Kheel died Friday in New York...
Tags: Politics, Labor Disputes, Work Relations, Laws, Ed Koch
The apt title of this juicy oral history, based on more than 160 interviews, simultaneously expresses a principle that guided producer-provocateur Joe Papp and the theatrical ruckus that ensued. "Free for All" is how Papp presented Shakespeare in Central...
Times Staff WriterPARIS had its Baron Haussmann, who in the 19th century redesigned the French capital. New York had its Robert Moses, who before and after World War II redesigned that city's highways, parks and bridges. And Los Angeles? L.A. had the Traffic Commission....
'Forever Blue: The True Story of Walter O'Malley, Baseball's Most Controversial Owner, and the Dodgers of Brooklyn and Los Angeles' by Michael D'AntonioTo Brooklynites of a certain age, Dodgers owner Walter O'Malley was a money-grubbing weasel who ripped the soul from their community when he announced he was moving the team to L.A. in 1957. Many Angelenos, however, view O'Malley as a pioneering saint for...
Tags: Basketball, World Series, Long Island, Minority Groups, Family
In his Dec. 6 radio address, President-elect Barack Obama vowed to "create millions of jobs by making the single largest new investment in our national infrastructure since the creation of the federal highway system in the 1950s." The story of President...
Los Angeles Times Staff WriterMay 21, 2008 Ginger Strand has a great subject in Niagara Falls and some provocative and convincing ideas about her topic's significance. Unfortunately, her synthesis of the two -- "Inventing Niagara: Beauty, Power and Lies" -- incorporates just about...
"Autophobia" is one of those concepts that carries a useful double meaning. As Brian Ladd defines it early in this brisk analysis of cars and car culture, it's "an obscure psychiatric diagnosis of 'fear of oneself.' " But, if bent just a little, it can...
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