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When a mother dies

By Danielle Berrin

May 7, 2014 | 11:53 am

Leticia Guimaraes-Lyle with her infant daughter. Photos courtesy of HBO

On my desk sits a photograph of a mother and child. In 5-by-7 black and white, a beautiful young woman in her 20s, her dark hair in a twist, and her lips and fingernails plainly tinted,... read on

  • American business magnate Michael Milken is a feminist

    By Danielle Berrin

    May 2, 2014 | 2:58 pm

    Among his many titles - financial genius, convicted felon, consummate philanthropist – it turns out the “junk bond king” Michael Milken has a thing for women, just not in that usual Wall Street way.

    During the 2014 Milken Global Conference held in Beverly Hills last week, a... read on

  • Israel’s dependence on Daddy Warbucks

    By Danielle Berrin

    May 1, 2014 | 10:30 am

    In human years, 66-year-old Israel should be deep in middle age — accomplished, semi-retiring, with a beach house and ample stock options. 

    But in nation-building years, 60-plus is still young, and modern Israel seems more like a talented 20-something, handy with a tank and... read on

  • Magic Johnson on Donald Sterling: A personal and political wound

    By Danielle Berrin

    April 30, 2014 | 3:53 pm

    Emmy-winning sportscaster Jim Gray wasted no time before asking NBA Hall of Famer Magic Johnson about the sensation caused by L.A. Clippers owner Donald Sterling’s recent hateful racist remarks. The two men spoke Wednesday as part of the Milken Global Conference in Beverly Hills.

    ... read on
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  • A German saves a Jew

    By Danielle Berrin

    April 23, 2014 | 5:51 pm

    It was 3 p.m. on a November weekday when Frank Hebroni found out who had saved him. He recalls the moment in perfect, vivid detail, a strobe of intense light after so much darkness:   

    “It was nine hours ahead — midnight for him,” Hebroni, 26, said of his bone marrow donor, who... read on

  • Selfie Spirituality

    By Danielle Berrin

    April 17, 2014 | 5:23 pm

    Alan Morinis was an accomplished film producer running a large, publicly traded communications company in Canada, when, one day, his house of cards crumbled.

    “I was selling too many stories,” Morinis told me when we met in a cozy corner of a Hollywood Starbucks not long ago. 

    ... read on
  • Two years a domestic slave: One woman’s story

    By Danielle Berrin

    April 9, 2014 | 3:27 pm

    Kanthi Salgadu lay shivering on the cold, hard floor of a West Los Angeles manse, locked in the room where she was made to sleep. She had no bed, just the meager comfort of two blankets that barely kept her warm. She was frightened in the dark, and her mind leapt like a hungry cat... read on

  • Bill Maher: The confident blasphemist

    By Danielle Berrin

    April 2, 2014 | 10:48 am

    At 2 p.m. on a balmy afternoon in  March, Bill Maher, the comedian, political commentator and host of HBO’s “Real Time With Bill Maher,” was just beginning his day. He’d only been awake for three hours, though even that was unusual, since he rarely rouses before noon. “You’ll plug... read on

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