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September 6, 2008 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Australian actor Michael Pate, 88, who appeared in dozens of films and was a regular guest star on U.S. television shows in the 1950s and '60s, died of respiratory failure Monday at a hospital in the Australian state of New South Wales. Born in Sydney in 1920, Pate began his career as a writer and broadcaster for Australian Broadcasting Corp. radio before moving to the United States. He spent almost 20 years in Hollywood, guest-starring in various westerns and a number of popular TV shows, including "Gunsmoke," "Hondo," "Rawhide," "The Rifleman" and "Zorro."
April 10, 2014 | By Jim Peltz
The 40th running of the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach is Sunday with one overarching question: Who can put the brakes on Will Power? The 33-year-old Australian has won the last three Verizon IndyCar Series races, and four of the last six, going back to last season. Power's latest victory in his No. 12 Team Penske car was a dominant one at IndyCar's season opener March 30 on the streets of St. Petersburg, Fla. Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach Course Map Power also knows his way around the seaside streets that make up the 11-turn, 1.97-mile Long Beach course.
September 7, 1986 | From Reuters
Militant trade unionist Norm Gallagher was jailed for 18 months Friday and fined $36,600 on bribery charges. A jury found the general secretary of the Builders Laborers' Federation guilty of 17 counts of receiving secret commissions from building firms in return for industrial peace.
March 31, 2014 | By David G. Savage
WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court sounded ready Monday to curtail the use of certain business patents in a case involving a patent for a computerized risk analysis of international financial transactions. Use of such business-method patents has soared in recent decades. Once granted, they can give a firm or a person a monopoly for up to 20 years to profit from the patented process. Critics say many of the recent computer-related patents are vague and stifle innovation by giving exclusive rights to commonly used methods or formulas.
June 2, 1989 | Nancy Churnin
It began with Peter Finch and Rod Taylor and continues with the likes of Mel Gibson, Judy Davis and director Peter Weir. Now, the Australian invasion of American culture continues quietly with the visit of John Clark, director of the National Institute for Dramatic Art (NIDA)--the internationally recognized dramatic institute in Sidney. Clark will direct the San Diego premiere of "Away," by Australian playwright Michael Gow, as part of a theater exchange with UC San Diego at the Warren Theatre on June 7-11.
January 28, 2010 | By KENNETH TURAN, Film Critic
Unless you're Australian, or have a long memory for short films, you've likely never heard of cane toads. But be prepared, they're coming at you. And in 3-D no less. "Cane Toads: The Conquest" had its world premiere at Sundance on Tuesday night before an audience that roared with delight at the amphibians' antics. The reception fulfilled the expectations of filmmaker Mark Lewis, who called it "just like 'Avatar,' except with toads." An Australian with a lively and playful sense of humor, Lewis has been to Sundance before, with the irreverent "The Natural History of the Chicken."
September 14, 2008 | Mindy Farabee, Times Staff Writer
It's NOT the easiest assignment, to project earnest indignation in a bright fuchsia teddy, but Molly Shannon, the Kath to Selma Blair's Kim in NBC's new comedy "Kath & Kim," is working it. Gesturing emphatically with impeccably rendered French tips, she sends giant gold hoops swaying righteously from her earlobes, squinting with sincerity as she loses patience with her twentysomething TV daughter. "Kim has been running amok for three episodes," said Michelle Nader, executive producer of the comedy.
April 23, 1989 | Valerie Miner, Miner's fifth novel, "All Good Women," was just released in paper. She teaches at UC Berkeley. and
Many Americans will read this wildly imaginative novel as a contemporary version of "1,001 Nights" or as an attempt to reconcile the Angst of our post-Nazi Holocaust, pre-nuclear holocaust era by understanding scientific theories. Indeed, Janette Turner Hospital's stunning fourth novel is a resurrection of Scherherazade as well as an extrapolation of Heisenberg's uncertainty principle. It reads even more provocatively as an Australian odyssey of self-determination. "Charades" opens in a dimly lit office at MIT. Prof.
December 15, 1991
Last year when I went to Australia, I purchased traveler's checks and cash in Australian (dollars). This cost a few dollars but was a great convenience. It saved changing a few U.S. traveler's checks at a time and always wondering what the exchange rate was. I bought the Australian money at Deak International (now Thomas Cook Foreign Exchange). When I returned, they exchanged my leftover Australian money for U.S. money without charge. JESSIE C. OBERT Los Angeles
October 26, 1986
I had very high hopes for "The Last Frontier" with Linda Evans. I must admit, even caked with Australian red dust of the outback, Evans is a mighty fine looking woman. The scenery was gorgeous, but despite the authentic Australian locations, Jack Thompson, Judy Morris and Toni Lamond, just who were they trying to kid? It definitely was "Dynasty Down Under"! Oh well, I suppose it could have been worse--they could have filmed it in Valencia! Linda L. Simeone, Toluca Lake
March 27, 2014 | By Barbara Demick
BEIJING - The Australian Maritime Safety Authority said Friday it had a new "credible lead" that suggested Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 probably crashed 680 miles northeast of the search area where more than a dozen planes and ships have been looking the last 10 days. The location was changed after a new analysis of radar data from the South China Sea and Malacca Strait before contact was lost with the Boeing 777, which was carrying 239 passengers and crew members when it disappeared March 8. "It indicated that the aircraft was traveling faster than previously estimated, resulting in increased fuel usage and reducing the possible distance the aircraft traveled south into the Indian Ocean," the Australian agency said Friday.
March 22, 2014 | By Don Lee
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia - Spurred by additional satellite leads, Australian officials on Sunday ramped up a multinational effort to comb a vast stretch of the south Indian Ocean for traces of missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370. The Australian Maritime Safety Authority said eight military and civilian aircraft carrying 20 volunteer spotters - double the number used Saturday - would look for objects that were shown floating about 1,500 miles off...
March 19, 2014 | By Dylan Hernandez
SYDNEY, Australia - Hyun-Jin Ryu has traveled not only to the other side of the world, but also back in time. On the Australian All-Star team the Dodgers will face Thursday night is 44-year-old Dae-Sung Koo, a fellow left-hander from whom Ryu learned his best pitch, the changeup. Here to pitch the second game of the Dodgers' two-game, season-opening series against the Arizona Diamondbacks, Ryu saw Koo at the Sydney Cricket Ground earlier this week. When Ryu did, he made it a point to call Koo "sunbae," a Korean term used to show deference to a senior.
March 14, 2014 | By Jim Peltz
As the opening race of the Formula One season, the Australian Grand Prix always is fraught with unknowns. But this year's race on the 3.3-mile Albert Park layout in Melbourne on Sunday is especially unpredictable due to rules changes and a shuffling of some teams' drivers. Among other things, the cars have gone from V-8 engines to turbocharged V-6 engines, the amount of fuel allowed during a race has been limited, the gearbox has been expanded from seven gears to eight and there are changes in various body parts including the nose and front wing.
March 12, 2014
Wendy Hughes Australian actress dies at 61 Wendy Hughes, 61, an Australian actress best known to American audiences for her performance in the 1979 film "My Brilliant Career," died of cancer Saturday in Sydney, her family said. Hughes began her rise to stardom during a renaissance in the Australian film industry in the 1970s and '80s, beginning with "My Brilliant Career," in which she played Aunt Helen to the headstrong heroine portrayed by Judy Davis. The film swept the Australian Film Institute awards and in the U.S. was nominated for an Oscar and a Golden Globe.
March 3, 2014 | Bill Dwyre
Lindsay Davenport has been elected to the International Tennis Hall of Fame. Knowing her, when word got out, she probably asked for a recount, just to make sure she hadn't bumped out somebody else more deserving. She is 37 now, lives in Orange County, is married to Jon Leach of the famed USC tennis family of dad and coach Dick Leach and longtime pro doubles star Rick Leach, Jon's brother. Jon was a USC All-American and is now an investment banker. Davenport had her fourth child in January and was notified of her Hall of Fame selection as she was about to give birth.
November 27, 1994
N.F. Mendoza in her "Ocean Girl" article (TV Times, Oct. 16) quotes Disney programmers as saying that this Australian show, with its Australian locales and Australian sensibilities is not harmed too much by the "heavy Australian accents" of its Australian actors. Americans were very much involved in its production--so we're safe. After all, it would be downright seditious to see a different corner of the world the way the locals see it--they might not think exactly the same way we do. We might have to listen hard to understand--and what's really scary is that we might learn something new. No wonder everyone else in the world thinks Americans are ugly; we are. I give you "Baywatch"--take it, please.
May 12, 2008 | From Times Wire Reports
An Australian swimmer survived a great white shark attack by poking the creature in the eye as it dragged him through the water and tore flesh from his left leg. Jason Cull, 37, was swimming off Australia's southwest coast when the 12-foot shark attacked. "Initially I thought it was a dolphin," Cull told the Australian newspaper. "I just remember being dragged along backwards. I was trying to feel its gills but I found its eye and I stuck my finger in and that's when it let go." The shark tore two chunks from Cull's left leg. He was rescued by a lifeguard.
February 21, 2014 | By Robert Lloyd, Los Angeles Times Television Critic
"Portlandia" (IFC, Thursdays). The sketch-comedy expression of the best-friendship of Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein begins its fourth season this week. Brownstein, formerly of the band Sleater-Kinney and currently of Wild Flag, has long since proved herself as a comedian, while, Armisen, who spent a generation on "Saturday Night Live," has been named bandleader for Seth Meyers' imminently arriving late-late-night show; their series, whose many guest players include musicians alongside comics and actors, sits at the intersection of their several shared interests.
January 2, 2014 | By Mary Forgione, Daily Deal and Travel Blogger
The president of Australia's Olympic Committee says travel by that country's athletes' will be restricted during the Winter Games in Sochi due to safety concerns after the deadly suicide bombings earlier this week in Russia. "None of our athletes will be traveling to or from Sochi by car, bus or train (all will be traveling by air); none will be training or competing outside of Sochi in Russia; and none will be holidaying elsewhere in Russia after the Games," John Coates, the committee president, said in a statement . The Olympic Games are set for Feb. 7-23, followed by the Paralympic Games from March 7-16.
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