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December 19, 2014

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The imitation of marriage
Friday, December 19, 2014
In the past two weeks, my colleagues at The Times’ data-driven project, the Upshot, have offered two ways of looking at the most important cleavage in America — the divide, cultural and economic, between the …
When football gets the ax
Friday, December 19, 2014
The most unpopular man in Birmingham, Ala., these days is Dr. Ray Watts, the president of the University of Alabama-Birmingham. Earlier this month, Watts announced …
Democrats against reform
Friday, December 19, 2014
It’s easy to understand why Republicans wish health reform had never happened and are now hoping the Supreme Court will abandon its principles and …
Mark of ‘Mark & Mercedes in the Morning’ leaves; J.C. Fernandez steps in Jan. 5
Thursday, December 18, 2014
Half of the long-running and market-topping KXMB 94.1 “The Mix” morning radio team has announced a departure. Mark DiCiero, who teamed with Mercedes Martinez for 18 years ...
Photo: Tori Spelling, Dean McDermott, their four kids and
Human Nature heats up, cools off for holidays; Extreme Thing dumped for ’15; ‘Mondays Dark’
Wednesday, December 17, 2014
The Kats Report Bureau at this writing is the Joint at the Hard Rock Hotel. I am positioned on the actual floor seating area of the music hall, in which The Killers played on opening weekend and Imagine Dragons ...
Cop cams: A good tool, not a cure
Wednesday, December 17, 2014
other voices:
As the tragic chokehold case of Eric Garner illustrates, police body cameras are not the solution to all police brutality complaints. But they can bring a much-needed clarity to what we’re arguing about.
The cheerfulness of tax reform
Wednesday, December 17, 2014
other voices:
If America’s long-term economic growth were 3.5 percent, the result would be the restoration of cheerfulness. If long-term growth is closer to 2 percent, the result will be continuing social disappointment and political crankiness.
On anniversary of Sandy Hook tragedy, Congress should act on gun laws
Wednesday, December 17, 2014
Other Voices:
Two years ago this week, at Sandy Hook Elementary School, 20 children and six adults were killed in one of the deadliest school shootings in our nation’s history. I will never forget the horror of how those children died — shot at close range with a high-powered rifle, with each child hit as many as 11 times, as a shooter fired more than 150 rounds of ammunition within five minutes. The tragedy was magnified by the realization of what could have happened if the killer had more time — given the time and capacity, he would have killed hundreds of ...
Hakkasan’s takeover of Light Group is another step toward company’s dominance of the Strip
Hakkasan’s takeover of Light Group is another step toward company’s dominance of the Strip
Tuesday, December 16, 2014
Well, it seems as if Hakkasan Group has finished its holiday shopping. The entertainment conglomerate that seems to want for nothing has produced an embarrassment of riches ...
Talking past each other on race
Tuesday, December 16, 2014
OTHER VOICES:
The events in Ferguson, Mo., have actually led to that national conversation on race we regularly recommend to ourselves. But it is the same conversation we always have: not a dialogue, but entirely separate discussions in which participants reinforce each other in the views they had going in.
Hillary 2.0 would be Hillary XX
Tuesday, December 16, 2014
OTHER VOICES:
November 2016 is still a long way off, but it’s hard to imagine that the presidential campaign will provide any bit of advertising as strangely entertaining and revealing as a video put online recently by Stand With Hillary, a new super PAC.
Evil is being answered with evil
Tuesday, December 16, 2014
OTHER VOICES:
The “debate” over torture is almost as grotesque as torture itself. There can be no legitimate debate about the intentional infliction of pain upon captive and defenseless human beings. The torturers and their enablers may deny it, but they know — and knew from the beginning — that what they did was obscenely wrong.
Of taxes, pigs and Congress
Tuesday, December 16, 2014
OTHER VOICES:
Great news! After a year of hapless floundering, Congress appears well on its way to passing a major tax bill that will be signed by President Barack Obama.
Photo: Rat Pack Is Back
Theater scene feels ripple as ‘Rat Pack,’ ‘MJ Live’ move to Riviera
Monday, December 15, 2014
They may have been given a later checkout time, but the shows “MJ Live” and “The Rat Pack Is Back” are leaving the Rio and headed to the Riviera.
Photo: Penny Pibbets, displaying her aggressive interview
Fired by Gaz and leaving ‘Absinthe,’ Penny Pibbets takes shot with her own show
Sunday, December 14, 2014
Penny Pibbets is done as the assistant in “Absinthe,” having performed for the final time as a full-time cast member last week. Her energy is now directed to “The Penny Pibbets Show” ...

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