CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 4, 1992 |
Times are tough all over, brother. No sense getting down about it, though. It could be worse. No job? There's your health. That shot, too? What about the family? Maybe their health is good. There's got to be something, anything, to keep a faint flicker of hope alive. At least that's the attitude of the folks who gather each week in the basement of the Burbank Church of Religious Science.
January 23, 1987 |
The best horror movies begin with the simplest of premises--and "The Stepfather" (citywide) has a doozy. What if you found a new face at the head of the dinner table, a stepdad who loved you and--just maybe--wanted to kill you too? That's the kicker for this eerie new thriller, which sets its vivid (and sometimes violent) case study in madness in the carefully manicured streets of suburbia, as we watch the new pop on the block go careening down the slippery slope of sanity.
December 4, 1987 |
When he was a 26-year-old junior high dropout from Spanish Harlem, Reuben Gonzalez walked into Fordham University, passed the entrance examination and registered in the school's writing program. A few years later, while studying in New York University's graduate writing program, a penniless Gonzalez, needing cash, zipped off a "spec" script to "The Cosby Show," which promptly bought it and put Gonzalez under contract to develop the script.
May 14, 2012 |
Dear graduates: It's that time of year again: graduation season. Across the country, the Adults are scrambling to their lecterns and op-ed columns for one last chance to tell you what to do, despite ample evidence over the last couple of years that the Adults have no idea what they're doing. (Full disclosure: This reporter is a Young Person.) Some of this advice will be useful. Some of it - such as in 2005, with Steve Jobs' commencement speech at Stanford University ( “Connect the dots” )
November 4, 2012 |
- With power slowly returning to New York and New Jersey and emergency fuel being rushed into the region, authorities turned Sunday to a potentially bigger problem since super storm Sandy: where to house the tens of thousands of people whose homes are no longer habitable. With a freeze expected in some areas Monday and another, smaller storm on the horizon, the housing problem took on urgency. Even with power and fuel restored, many houses no longer have functioning heating systems, since flooding saltwater ruined many basement heaters and electrical systems.
February 14, 1993 |
It was just another tragedy in family court. A young crack mother, desperate to conceal her pregnancy, had locked herself in a tenement bathroom and given birth to a three-pound boy. As she pushed, he fell to the floor and broke his skull. The mother abandoned him, like she had two previous babies. All were born addicted to crack. "Can we do anything about this woman?" asks Judge Judith Sheindlin, her voice taut with anger.
October 3, 2008 |
It's too bad that Greg Kinnear couldn't have played Robert Kearns more often in real life. That thought went through my mind last week while watching Kinnear's performance in "Flash of Genius," a new drama based on the story of the cantankerous Detroit engineer who successfully sued Ford and Chrysler for a combined $30 million for infringing on his patent designs for the intermittent windshield wiper. Kinnear apparently never met Kearns, who died of cancer at age 77 in 2005.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 7, 1999 |
For Drew Birtness, the last straw came when he realized he was arresting the grandchildren of suspects he had picked up years ago. The Los Angeles County sheriff's deputy had been working the streets of East Los Angeles for 21 years, long enough to be hardened by the shootings and deaths and gangs--but also long enough to try something new. "I was tired of picking up kids' bodies off the street," he said.
May 12, 1986 |
The night before had been unseasonably cold for late April, with a low near 20, but now the campus was basking in sunshine. Shirtless joggers bounded past pale co-eds stretched out on blankets, and leafless trees seemed to sprout green buds in a matter of hours, as in time-lapse photography. In a dark and cramped basement room in venerable Sorin Hall, a restless freshman football player slipped on a pair of shorts and boat shoes.
June 11, 2000 |
SEVEN YEARS AGO, HAD I ENCOUNTERED THE woman I am today, I would have pitied her: long sleeves and an ankle-length skirt in the middle of summer; no driving, writing, talking on the phone or cooking from sundown Friday until sundown Saturday; recently married to a man she'd never touched--not so much as a peck on the cheek--until after the wedding. I'd have cringed and dismissed this woman as a Repressed Religious Nut.