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 29, 2002 |
Merce Cunningham Choreographer What do you give someone who changed an art form by making it consider bold new possibilities? A celebration, that's what -- the kind of blowout that UCLA will host in Royce Hall and at other campus sites in late January to observe the 50th anniversary of Cunningham's dance company. Starting Jan. 30, three different programs will showcase works created from 1956 to 2000, with the premiere of "MiniEvent" enlisting the Kronos Quartet on opening night.
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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."
December 21, 2003
The artists whose faces appear in this gallery of portraits, 10 from among the hundreds featured in these pages over the past year, are at disparate points in their evolution. A budding starlet. A musician from the streets. A band reconnecting. A jazz singer, beginning to soar. What's in their faces? Hope, humor, testiness -- even transcendence. Eyes as windows. Glimpses, perhaps, of souls.