November 26, 1997 |
"I guess," remarks Dick Rutan, in the drowsy manner of the test pilot, "I guess we can't come home without at least one roll." Oh. "See, you just pull the nose up a little and she just goes right over. . . nice and . . . easy." Ugh. The horizon clocks around. Through the bubble canopy, the blue of the sky disappears and the brown of the California desert emerges underhead. Then sky crawls around from beneath again. Momentarily, the stomach catches up. "Another?" he asks.
March 30, 2012 |
The allure of getting fabulously rich as suddenly as being hit by lightning is a time-honored fantasy. Sadly, the chance of getting killed by that lightning is far more likely than getting rich by winning the world's largest lottery. As of Friday morning, the jackpot in the Mega Millions lottery had hit a record $640 million, sending players in 42 states and the District of Columbia to beat a hasty path to the nearest kiosk, sundry outlet or grocery store to plunk down a buck - or many - to purchase a lottery ticket - or many.
February 26, 1989
Doesn't the academy recognize movies with originality and vision anymore? There was a time when films such as "Reds," "Apocalypse Now," "Taxi Driver" and "A Clockwork Orange" were nominated for best picture. Now we see films such as "Rain Man" and "Working Girl" up for the big prize, while "Tucker," "The Last Temptation of Christ," "The Unbearable Lightness of Being" and "Bird" are relegated to the status of also-rans. STEVE BARR and KEN BARR Culver City
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 8, 1986
With the homeless still sleeping on the streets, with old people still eating dog food, or no food, with charities and cancer research still begging for funds, is it not altogether obscene that the lottery gives one person $15 million? Does anyone believe that fewer lottery tickets would be sold if the big prize was only, say, half a million dollars? Would the lottery, letting most of its revenue be at least a little mindful of the needy, not then be serving a far, far more sane and humane purpose?
December 29, 1987
A Berkeley man who used his horse's birthday to help select six winning numbers in the Lotto 6/49 game claimed a jackpot worth $17.1 million, California Lottery officials said. Walter Dayton used his birthday and the birthday of his trail horse, Mal Niloj, to come up with the winning combination, lottery spokesman John Schade said. Seeking to preserve his privacy, Dayton declined to disclose more information about himself, including his occupation, Schade said.
October 4, 2010 |
When the Nobel Prize in literature is announced Thursday, the choice may be ? if the last two years are any indication ? a confounding one. In 2008, the prize went to Jean-Marie Gustave le Clézio, a French novelist concerned with colonization and its discontents, whose work was almost entirely unknown in the United States; last year's recipient was the German-Romanian Herta Müller, whose exquisitely rendered fictions are still largely unavailable here....