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November 21, 2013 |
A third UC Santa Barbara student has been diagnosed with the disease that causes meningitis, public health officials announced Thursday. The first two confirmed cases of m eningococcal disease were of male students, the first one of whom fell ill Nov. 11. The latest case is of a female student who was diagnosed Monday.. More than 300 students at UCSB who may have had close contact with the sick students have been given antibiotics, health officials said. The Santa Barbara County Public Health Department is also conducting tests to see if there are other cases.
November 20, 2013 |
Like Frida Kahlo's famous La Casa Azul (“The Blue House”) in Mexico City, the sunny green kitchen of John Benson and Molly O'Brien in Silver Lake resonates with bold and unexpected color. Benson's Latin American roots -- his mother was born in Colombia and raised in Chile, and he was born in Ecuador -- influenced architect Barbara Bestor, who said she also was reminded of Kahlo's home during the remodel. “In a Spanish house you can get away with lots of color,” Bestor said.
November 19, 2013 |
Oscar-winning British actress/screenwriter Emma Thompson will receive the Modern Master Award at the 29th Santa Barbara International Film Festival. Thompson, who won the best actress Oscar for 1992's "Howard's End" and the adapted screenplay Academy Award for 1995's "Sense and Sensibility," will receive her honor at a tribute Feb. 8 at the Arlington Theatre. The Modern Master Award is the highest honor presented by the film festival and pays tribute to an individual who "has enriched our culture through his/her multi-facted accomplishments in the motion picture industry.
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November 18, 2013
William Weaver Acclaimed translator of prominent Italian writers William Weaver, 90, one of the world's most honored and widely read translators, who helped introduce English-language readers to the works of Umberto Eco, Italo Calvino and many other Italian writers, died Nov. 12 at a retirement home in Rhinebeck, N.Y., his family said. The retired Bard College literature professor had been in poor health for years after a stroke. An ambulance driver in Italy during World War II, Weaver went on to translate some of that country's popular and influential books, notably Eco's international bestseller "The Name of the Rose" and Calvino's singular historical tale, "Invisible Cities.
November 18, 2013 |
Barbara Park, author of the Junie B. Jones series of childrens' books has died, her publisher Random House announced. Park, 66, had ovarian cancer. "Junie B. Jones and the Stupid Smelly Bus" kicked off the Junie B. Jones story in 1992. Park published 30 books in the series about the funny kindergartener (and, from book 18 onward, first-grader) navigating the challenges of school and family. The series has sold more than 55 million copies. Other books in the series include "Junie B. Jones and That Meanie Jim's Birthday," "Junie B., First Grader: Boss of Lunch," "Junie B. Jones Has a Peep in Her Pocket" and "Junie B. Jones and the Mushy Gushy Valentine.
November 15, 2013 |
Charles Lloyd was recounting his early days as a musician and the wisdom imparted to him by the late trumpeter Booker Little when he abruptly apologized for drifting off topic. "Pardon me for telling you this story," he said, speaking by phone from his house in the hills above Santa Barbara. "I live in the wilderness, and I don't edit so well. " No apology necessary. The saxophonist, 75, has a built a career on rewarding tangents, building a body of work that's helped shape the sound of jazz from the '60s into the new millennium.
November 10, 2013 |
Frances Ha Criterion Blu-ray, $39.95 Available on VOD beginning Nov. 12 Director Noah Baumbach's "Frances Ha" - co-written by star Greta Gerwig - is another story about an aging post-graduate who can no longer afford to be "fun," "free-spirited" and "irresponsible. " Gerwig stars as Frances, a semi-professional dancer whose roommate moves in with somebody else, forcing Frances to crash on a series of couches while waiting for her dreams to come true. The main character is a too-common type, and Baumbach's use of black-and-white recalls a vintage Woody Allen film, but the movie is so, so funny, full of Baumbach's usual crackling dialogue between people who on some level realize they're just playing artificial roles in each other's lives.
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November 3, 2013 |
SANTA BARBARA--Perched on a rock, steps away from the gentle waves licking at the shore, 20-year-old Michael Jimenez allowed his eyes to wander up an oceanfront cliff, to a majestic estate nestled in a grove of cypress and eucalyptus trees. He shuddered. For decades, mystery has shrouded the manor known as Bellosguardo, where every blade of grass seemed to be in place, but no one ever seemed to be home. Among young people like Jimenez, who grew up here, there were whispers about an abandoned orphan, about spirits from the nearby cemetery.
October 31, 2013 |
WASHINGTON -- Arnold Schwarzenegger met with a bunch of California Democrats and Republicans on Wednesday while on Capitol Hill to lobby for after-school programs. But it was notable that the one with whom he strode to the podium at a Capitol news conference was Sen. Barbara Boxer. The once strident opponents and ideological firebrands have mellowed over the years. Schwarzenegger's path to the political middle is well-documented. Activists in the state GOP were ready to ex-communicate the movie star who first ran for office as an antitax crusader, but who had raised taxes by the time he exited government in 2010.