December 29, 2002 |
Many media pundits predict that next year will be a time for rebuilding. But just as surely, it will be a time for rebelling. Granted, tremendous turmoil in the media sector this year is likely to lead to a search for stability in 2003, as leading media companies such as AOL Time Warner Inc., Vivendi Universal and Walt Disney Co. focus intently on recovery rather than rapid expansion through acquisitions.
December 28, 2003 |
Let's face it, Los Angeles, our national image is in the tank. The rest of the country firmly believes we're nothing but a bunch of manicured, pedicured, mud-wrapped, self-absorbed suntans -- and the fact that our new governor is an ex-body builder action-movie star currently on location in Sacramento doesn't exactly help our case.
December 29, 2002 |
Bill Viola Video artist The mystery of human consciousness has been at the center of Viola's art for 30 years. Thirteen video works, all new since the L.A. artist's terrific midcareer survey at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art in 1997, make up the international touring show "Bill Viola: The Passions," organized by the J. Paul Getty Museum (Jan. 24-Apr. 27).
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January 7, 2004 |
Police in San Diego reported 64 homicides last year, an increase of 17 from 2002. Police said many of the deaths were linked to robberies, gang activity or domestic violence. Authorities said the 2003 increase follows a year that had one of the lowest homicide rates in the city in two decades. In 1991, San Diego, the nation's seventh-largest city, recorded 166 slayings.
January 1, 2004 |
This past year wasn't a great one for sequels in Hollywood (except for the "Lord of the Rings" franchise) or sports. But the first sequel of 2004 holds great promise. No. 1 Connecticut and No. 4 Duke do battle again Saturday. Last year the Blue Devils were ranked No. 1 and the Huskies No. 2 and both were undefeated when they met on Duke's home floor. Connecticut won, 77-65.
December 19, 2003 |
Secretary-General Kofi Annan would like to talk about something other than Iraq. In a year-end news conference, the U.N. leader lamented Thursday that the focus on that conflict had taken attention away from other major problems that cause more daily insecurity than do terrorism or unconventional weapons. "Let's get our priorities right in 2004," he said. "Let's make 2004 a year of kept promises." Annan called HIV/AIDS, which kills 8,000 people a day, "the real weapon of mass destruction."