CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 9, 1993
I was appalled to hear that several C-130 air tankers sat on the ground for two days, ready to go, while waiting for some yahoo up the chain of command to give the pilots the OK to fly. I am sure that if they flew when the fires started, many homes and burned acreage would have been saved. This is because of some 1922 law that ensures private contractors be contacted before the National Guard planes can go. Surely the law can be overruled by someone in an emergency like this.
February 17, 2001
Carlos Perez says "people are going to be scared" when they see him pitch. He's right. As a Dodger fan, nothing could scare me more than to see him headed to the mound. DAVE PARKER Venice
November 30, 2009 |
Six years ago, when Jason Reitman set out to write a dramatic comedy about a "corporate downsizer" who flies around the country and fires employees, the economy was booming and jobs were plentiful. By the time the young director, known for his 2007 hit "Juno," got around to making "Up in the Air," the world had drastically changed. The great recession hit, unemployment soared to nearly 10% and adult audiences had largely forsaken films with weighty topics, instead favoring escapist fare.
November 29, 2009 |
Jason Reitman is the first to tell you that he's an "aisle." He prefers sitting in an aisle seat on an airplane, which is relevant because his new film, "Up in the Air," in theaters Friday, is shot extensively on planes and in airports. It details the life of urbane corporate-downsizing expert Ryan Bingham (George Clooney), who flies around the country firing people and studiously avoiding human connection. For Reitman, an aisle is never just an aisle or a preference for legroom but an actual psychological tag, which he describes as "selfish."
September 14, 2009 |
Headline that bounced around the Internet over the weekend: "Is Michael Jordan planning to start a 50-and-over league?" The quick answer is no, because it takes time to examine how an off-hand comment Jordan made during his Hall of Fame induction speech can be twisted into such a headline. What Jordan said: "Although I am recognized with this tremendous honor of being in the Basketball Hall of Fame, I don't look at this moment as the defining end of my relationship with the game of basketball.
September 5, 2008 |
One of the fall's most offbeat new television series will debut next week in miniature. "Blank Slate," a crime thriller in the form of a "microseries" starring Eric Stolz and Clancy Brown, will premiere Sept. 9 on TNT and air for two consecutive weeks on Tuesdays and Wednesdays evenings. Five two-minute episodes -- produced by Electric Entertainment, a production company run by Dean Devlin ("Independence Day") -- will air each night within back-to-back episodes of "Law & Order."
May 23, 1989 |
Harper Group Inc. said it agreed in principle to acquire Challenge Freight Services Ltd. from Fletcher Challenge Ltd. of New Zealand. With the acquisition of Challenge Freight, Harper said, it is entering the market of perishable goods export air freight.
December 20, 2008 |
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia struck down an exemption that has allowed refineries, chemical plants and other industrial facilities to exceed federal air pollution limits. The 2-1 decision overturned a provision enacted in 1994 under President Clinton and broadened by President Bush.
May 16, 2008 |
KUSC-FM (91.5) will broadcast Los Angeles Opera's 2007 production of Beethoven's "Fidelio" at 10:30 a.m. Saturday. The broadcast will be the first in a series of 10 consecutive Saturday shows, through July 19, presenting the entire 2007-08 L.A. Opera season, including the concert performance of Verdi's Requiem, which will air May 24. This will be the second year that KUSC and the opera have collaborated on producing "L.A. Opera on Air," hosted by Duff Murphy and produced by Gail Eichenthal.
June 18, 1989 |
A Mirage jet crashed on takeoff at a southern Chilean air base Saturday and the pilot was killed, air force officials and witnesses said. An air force statement said the French-built Mirage fighter-bomber crashed while taking off on a routine mission at Punta Arenas airport, 2,000 miles south of the Chilean capital of Santiago, killing its pilot, Capt. Sergio Rojas, 26. The cause of the accident was not known, it said. But the semiofficial news agency ORBE reported that the jet touched the tail of another Mirage as they took off in formation and plummeted to the ground.