April 4, 2009
Have you ever had one of those nights where you know you want to go out to dinner but you’re not sure what kind of food you want? You hang around the house, going over your options and discussing other events of the week. Eventually, you realize it’s close to 9 p.m. and now you’re starving. Where can you go that’s delicious, casual and welcoming? Lola’s Authentic Peruvian Cuisine is a comfortable spot in the heart of Glendale, just near the Alex Theatre.
November 28, 2007
It is a well-known fact that soon an overweight individual in a loud-colored ensemble and who has the ability to stop time will once again do just that. His purpose, as we all know, is to enter our homes through our chimneys ? even the homes of those who don?t have chimneys ? to deposit quantities of merchandise made by elves in the North Pole who have the magical power to make them look exactly as if they were made by Mattel and (here comes the real magic) to not get sued. Yes, it?
April 28, 2001
At this week's City Council meeting, about two dozen citizens stood during the first comment period to protest the revolting excesses of a handful of meeting regulars. I agreed with most of their complaints, but not the solutions I heard proposed. A familiar handful uses the public podium to lambaste officials weekly on virtually every front, far beyond debates over policies or priorities. The infamous bunch routinely alleges city officials are corrupt, and that felonies are perpetrated in City Hall practically every day. That's the tame stuff.
March 21, 2009
William Lobdell, a former religion writer for the Los Angeles Times, made a splash recently with his book, “Losing My Religion: How I Lost My Faith Reporting on Religion in America — and Found Unexpected Peace.” In the book, Lobdell describes how covering scandals and corruption in organized religion led him to question, and ultimately reject, his own belief in God. Have you ever undergone a crisis of faith yourself, and do you ever counsel churchgoers who are struggling with their feelings about religion?
February 24, 2007
A watchdog group called Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington has called into question financial dealings of Pastor Mac Hammond, who leads Living Work Christian Center in Brooklyn Park, a so-called mega-church. Hammond calls the group's complaints to the IRS that he violated federal tax law, along with published reports about his dealings, a misunderstanding of the prosperity gospel ministry. Complaints include alleged sweetheart deals such as a $1.9-million loan with favorable rates given to Hammond, who reportedly lives lavishly, by the church.