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.
February 25, 2013 |
On the elegant stairway up to the Governors Ball, a man was having fun with the name of the event he was about to attend, loudly proclaiming it - or, rather, a variation of it that suggested a part of the male anatomy - to anyone who'd listen. The man could be excused for a burst of adolescent delight: He was George Clooney, and the actor-filmmaker had just won the best picture Oscar for his work on “Argo,” a fact evident from the statuette he was gripping triumphantly. Inside the ball - the swanky post-show event for Oscar attendees at a ballroom atop the Hollywood & Highland complex - winners and losers mingled and nibbled on Wolfgang Puck-made pot pies and pizzas as musician Michael Feinstein took the stage and played a few swingy numbers.
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.
November 27, 2012 |
Fueled by a frenzy of ticket-buying, the jackpot in Wednesday's Powerball lottery has been increased to $500 million. News of the increased pot, posted on the lottery's website, is likely to set up even more buying as players head to the drawing at 10:59 (Eastern) on Wednesday. Traditionally, ticket-buying volume increases as the drawing approaches, with as much as 60% of all sales coming on the last day in a final mad rush. Before the increase, the jackpot stood at $425 million, not exactly chump change.