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Los Angeles Times Staff WriterIn this neighborhood, nobody knows your name. There you are in the photograph above, crawling anonymously along a cheerless stretch of real estate known as the 110 Freeway at rush hour. The roads are slick with rain and cluttered with wrecks, and you'...
Los Angeles Times Staff WriterIran's supreme leader spoke not with the thunder of a man regarded in his country as God's representative on Earth, but with the exasperated tone of a corporate manager chastising his employees. Ali Khamenei had ordered his deputies to start...
Tags: Politics, Government, Saddam Hussein, Iraq, Newspapers
Los Angeles Times Staff WriterIt's a solitary journey conducted among the multitudes, a personal communication with God alongside millions loudly having the same conversation. "I imagine it to be an ocean of people but still somehow a lonely place," said Hasan Badday just hours...
Tags: Building Material, Saudi Arabia, Hajj, Travel, Shoulders
Los Angeles Times Staff WriterA liberal Pasadena church on Thursday declared that it will refuse to comply with an IRS investigation into its tax-exemption status launched after a guest speaker was critical of President Bush in a sermon. At a news conference attended by 50 cheering...
Skeptic Michael Shermer exposes hate speech against the Church of Scientology and strangely concludes that its "cult-like secrecy" and "hypocrisy" merit suspicion. He also calls it a "faux religion." Speaking as a scholar who has analyzed new religions...
Today's question: Has the IRS ever gone too far in pushing back against political speech by clergy? Previously, Lynn and Stanley discussed the Constitution’s position on pulpit politics, how far ministers can delve into politics without inviting...
The Hold Steady "Stay Positive" (Vagrant) * * * 1/2 The Hold Steady is back with its fourth album, and that means another visit to America's psychic outskirts. Like a Northern counterpart to the Drive-By Truckers (whose Patterson Hood guests on the...
Tags: John Anderson, Waylon Jennings, Rituals, Death, Randy Travis
A colleague and fellow cradle Catholic once told me about a revealing conversation with her parish priest. When she had described an acquaintance as an "ex-Catholic," the priest objected. There were no ex-Catholics, he said, only bad Catholics. I...
Times Staff WriterSO you've skied in St. Moritz, danced until daybreak at carnival in Rio and shopped till you dropped in Tokyo's Ginza. Now you seek a real adventure. Bespoke travel may be in your future. Bespoke — a fancy way of saying custom or tailor-made or...
Brooklyn A Novel Colm Tóibín Scribner: 272 pp., $25 Colm Tóibín leads a generation of Irish novelists, born in the 1950s, who have achieved wide international readership. Sebastian Barry, Roddy Doyle, Neil Jordan and Patrick McCabe have long been...
Tags: Edna O'Brien, Death, Romance (genre), Family, William Trevor
For the TimesIt's hard to be an absolutist in the modern world—our society simply isn't set up for it. Boundless, diverse and brimming with energy, it's better at fostering a culture where anything goes than one obsessed with strict definitions of right and...
Times Staff WriterHe was an aggressive, award-winning investigative reporter--and, at times, an ombudsman paid to criticize his own television station, publicly, on his own television station. But Wayne Satz will always be best known in local journalistic and law...
Tags: Sex Crimes, Defendants, Values, Death, Law Enforcement
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