CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 12, 2010 |
When an electrician spotted an object under attic floorboards in the 168-year-old Workman House, he thought it might be a piece of cardboard or, worse, a desiccated mouse. But what Kirk Steinke found inside the City of Industry landmark was actually an old shoe. In fact, four old shoes — none matching — all worn by ladies. "I couldn't believe it," Steinke said. In more than four decades of delving into the innards of structures, he'd encountered troves of doorknobs, old newspapers, the occasional rodent "and flasks that men hide from women.
August 9, 2010 |
When Paul Brachfeld took over as inspector general of the National Archives, guardian of the country's most beloved treasures, he discovered the American people were being stolen blind. The Wright brothers' 1903 Flying Machine patent application? Gone. A copy of the Dec. 8, 1941, "Day of Infamy" speech autographed by Franklin D. Roosevelt and tied with a purple ribbon? Gone. Target maps of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, war telegrams written by Abraham Lincoln, and a scabbard and belt given to Harry S. Truman?
February 16, 2010 |
Fire officials continued to seek the cause of a weekend apartment blaze that killed seven people, including four children. Assistant Fire Marshal Ron Opalecky of the Chicago suburb of Cicero said the blaze was believed to have started at a back porch early Sunday. Asked if it had been intentionally set, he replied, "Nothing has been ruled out." Investigators have talked to witnesses and are checking electrical equipment as well as heating and air conditioning units. Asked if smoking may have been the cause, he said, "Because of the extensive damage, it's going to be hard to conclude anything like that.
January 31, 2010 |
In "Knitted," an essay in her new collection "Blessing of the Animals" (Eastern Washington University Press: 158 pp., $17.95 paper), Brenda Miller reflects on knitting lessons, Zen meditation and the Vermeer print that hangs on her office wall. "[K]nitting," she writes, "turns time into something that can be measured, shaped into something tactile, with heft and beauty and usefulness." Miller might as well be referring to her writing, which achieves a similar effect. Her essays appear in a variety of forms and voices on subjects ranging from stained glass to Greek myth; they detail landscapes that include a theme park in Utah, a city in the Middle East and a neighborhood in the San Fernando Valley.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 12, 2010 |
Miep Gies, who played a pivotal role in introducing to the world the poignant diary of the young Anne Frank and in relating the Frank family's failed attempt to hide from the Nazis, has died. She was 100. Gies died Monday after a short illness, according to an announcement on her website. No other details were provided. The scattered papers Gies gathered up after Anne and her family were taken from their hiding place in Amsterdam to concentration camps were later compiled by Anne's father into one of the most widely read nonfiction books of all time.
August 3, 2009 |
The extraterrestrial advance team in the kid-friendly adventure romp "Aliens in the Attic" qualifies as the most unthreatening bunch of cinematic space invaders since the waterlogged aliens in M. Night Shyamalan's "Signs." But then that's precisely the point, since adults have as much place in the movie's world as the grown-ups in the "Peanuts" comic strips.
July 30, 2009 |
Some people talk with their hands. Robert Hoffman talks with his fingers extending from the hands, flowing from the arms and the trunk. But the classically trained dancer, award-winning hip-hop choreographer and rubber-boned scene stealer of "Aliens in the Attic" isn't waxing balletic with those dexterous digits; he's describing prank videos in which he scares the bejesus out of total strangers.
July 29, 2009 |
Long before she became a TV icon as the ultimate Italian mamma Marie Barone on "Everybody Loves Raymond," Doris Roberts was a young actress trying to make a name for herself in New York in the 1950s alongside some classmates who went on to bigger things as well. "I was a member of the Actors Studio," Roberts said in a recent interview. "Marilyn Monroe used to come to class. Martin Balsam was there. Anne Bancroft was there. Geraldine Page."