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The historic Lido theater, which faced an uncertain future during the bankruptcy of operator Edwards Theatres Circuit Inc., has been shut while the property owner lines up a new operator and refurbishes the 62-year-old Newport Beach art house. The Fritz Duda Co., manager and owner of Via Lido Plaza, where the cinema is located, said it has been negotiating with several independent theater chains that show both mainstream and art-house films.
Wynn's International Inc., an Orange-based supplier of O-rings, sealing products and specialty chemicals, is being acquired by a Cleveland conglomerate for $438 million in cash. Parker Hannifin Corp., which makes industrial sealing products and is involved in other manufacturing operations, said Tuesday that it will pay $23 a share, nearly 72% more than the stock's closing price that day. Parker Hannifin, which has been on a buying spree, also agreed to assume $59 million in Wynn's debt.
December 14, 2002 | From Associated Press
Anton Malloth, a former Nazi SS guard who was sentenced last year to life in prison for beating a Jewish concentration camp inmate to death in 1944, has died. He was 90. Malloth, who was a guard at the Theresienstadt camp in Nazi-occupied Czechoslovakia, died of cancer at a nursing home in the south German town of Straubing on Oct. 31 -- 10 days after being moved from prison, Cord Lemke, a state justice ministry spokesman said Friday.
June 6, 2012 | Lynell George, Special to the Los Angeles Times
Ray Bradbury, the writer whose expansive flights of fantasy and vividly rendered space-scapes have provided the world with one of the most enduring speculative blueprints for the future, has died. He was 91. Bradbury died Tuesday night in Los Angeles, his agent Michael Congdon confirmed. His family said in a statement that he had suffered from a long illness. Author of more than 27 novels and story collections - most famously "The Martian Chronicles," "Fahrenheit 451," "Dandelion Wine" and "Something Wicked This Way Comes" - and more than 600 short stories, Bradbury has frequently been credited with elevating the often-maligned reputation of science fiction.
January 17, 1985 | NORMAN KEMPSTER, Times Staff Writer
The U.S. government apologized to Poland on Wednesday for a broadcast by Radio Free Europe that, in a heavy-handed attempt at humor that left Warsaw unamused, compared Polish Premier Wojciech Jaruzelski with Adolf Hitler. "The U.S. government dissociates itself from that broadcast and regrets any implication of similarity between Nazi Germany and present-day Poland, and particularly between Adolf Hitler and Gen.
December 5, 1996 | From Associated Press
A documentary on the 1969 Woodstock music festival and home-movie footage of a Japanese American internment camp during World War II were honored Wednesday by the Library of Congress for their contributions to American cultural history. The films were among the 25 added to the library's National Film Registry. Congress created the registry in 1988 to celebrate American cinema and call attention to the need to preserve films.
May 24, 2002 | From Associated Press
Cardinal Alexandru Todea, who became a symbol of Catholic resistance for spending more than 14 years in communist prisons after refusing to give up his religion, has died. He was 89. Todea died Tuesday in a hospital in the Transylvanian city of Targu Mures, the Eastern Rite Catholic Church said Wednesday. Pope John Paul II sent a telegram of sympathy, recalling Todea's faith under the former "tyrannical regime."
February 15, 2010 | Times Staff And Wire Reports
Frederick C. Weyand, the last commander of U.S. military operations in the Vietnam War and a former Army chief of staff, has died. He was 93. Weyand died Wednesday of natural causes at the Kahala Nui retirement residence in Honolulu, his stepdaughter Laurie Foster said. In 2006, Weyand was identified as the American general who in 1967 confidentially told two reporters about his doubts regarding U.S. involvement in Vietnam. According to former CBS News correspondent Murray Fromson, Weyand said the war was "unwinnable."
April 9, 1989 | TOM CLARK, Clark has written biographies of several American authors, including Damon Runyon and Jack Kerouac. and
In 1939, the year John Steinbeck's "The Grapes of Wrath" came out, three other novels about the downside of the California dream were also published: Raymond Chandler's "The Big Sleep," Nathanael West's "The Day of the Locust," and John Fante's "Ask the Dust." Though all four are now justly held up as American classics, it is Fante's book (and literary reputation) that has had the most catching up to do. "Ask the Dust" is a sweet, crazy, arresting lyric poem of a novel, chronicling the Depression years in Los Angeles from the highly subjective, largely autobiographical viewpoint of one Arturo Bandini, an impoverished young writer holed up in a fleabag hotel on Bunker Hill.
March 30, 1986 | BEVIS HILLIER
Barbara Rush (not the actress, but an equally glamorous lady who made a fortune manufacturing computer parts for missiles) lives in Al Jolson's old house in Encino. Jolson fans sometimes drive straight to the house from Los Angeles International Airport and hammer at the front gate. Such pilgrims were frequent last year, the centenary of Jolson's birth.
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