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Howard Blume

Fear in the Air

Photo by Ted Soqui Wanda Cherry was among the first to move into the long-vacant Borax building on Wilshire Boulevard. A supervisor for the county’s Child Protection Hotline, Cherry and her team started work while construction crews were still hammering nails, putting in partitions and pulling out old carpet and......

This GI Joe Won’t Go

Photo by Slobodan Dimitrov Maybe it was that first bayonet drill, in basic training at Fort Knox, Kentucky, that made Jim Denofa realize he didn’t belong in the Army. “You had to stab a dummy shaped like a person,” says Denofa. “I hated it. I hated it. It was like......

Silent Times

TO THE EVER-SHRINKING LIST of the aggravatingly undecided, you can add the Los Angeles Times. The Times won’t take a stand on who should be the most powerful leader on Earth, although it will advise you on Superior Court Judicial Office No. 29. The Times has not endorsed since it......

Arnold the Republican

Unless you’re that occasional unlucky waitress or starlet within arm’s length — what’s not to like about Arnold Schwarze5negger? Even the most liberal Democrat must concede that the new governor’s quick with a joke, electric with charm, generous with cigars. He belittles his own acting in a winning, self-deprecating way......

B as in Betrayal

Beatrice Dent couldn’t quite remember whether she voted for county Measure B two years ago. It was a brief moment in a crowded life of 79 years. Measure B, which passed in November 2002, raised property taxes to help pay for the county’s endangered trauma-care system. As she pondered, Dent......

Tough Love for King/Drew

COUNTY OFFICIALS TOOK the first step this week to shut down trauma care at the King-Drew Medical Center, but not before County Supervisor Yvonne Brathwaite Burke bolted ranks to join a mutinous chorus opposing the action. Burke was the only dissenter Tuesday, but her path to a “no” vote is......

Ready, Aim, Sign?

No insult intended, but Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger has much in common with a bobblehead doll: He’s always smiling, and he likes to nod “yes” to constituents. But Schwarzenegger took great offense to a particular bobblehead, which portrayed the governor decked out in business suit and assault rifle. After Schwarzenegger sued,......

Finishing Off Bush

IF YOU CAUGHT President Bush’s acceptance speech, you noticed the long pauses and the painstakingly slow delivery. At times, during these pauses, it seemed as if the president’s lips were moving, even though the audience could not make out the words. As a public service, our experts labored long to......

A License To Veto

TRUE-BLUE FANS of Arnold Schwarzenegger could hardly forget the touching and memorable end of Terminator 3, when the actor’s lovable lunk of a cyborg saves the day by blowing up both himself and the evil, seemingly unstoppable rival cyborg. That’s the moment when Schwarzenegger once again promises he’ll be back......

Arnold Decoded

During a recent California visit, President Bush joked that he and Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger have much in common, including mangling the English language. So here are some decoded excerpts of the governor’s convention speech, which helps explain what makes him the true Bush Republican that he claims to be. THE......
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