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November 30, 1999 | STEVE HARVEY
It's an old advertising trick of movie studios to showcase blurbs from reviews that are adulatory only because they've been taken out of context. Gary Schwartz noticed an extreme case involving the Paramount movie "Sleepy Hollow." A seemingly gushy Newsweek blurb was actually missing a sardonic reference to movies "about multiple decapitations" (see exhibit at right). Newsweek's Jeff Giles, who wrote the clever review, phoned a Paramount representative to protest.
December 1, 1994 | DAN BERGER
When the Glen Ellen Winery in 1983 began to make popular-priced Chardonnay, winemaker Bruce Rector knew he couldn't afford to buy new French oak barrels for the wines. Such barrels were so expensive (today they run $600 each and may be used to full effect only three times) that they would have pushed the cost of the wine to such a level that it would no longer be popularly priced.
May 26, 1994 | RICK VANDERKNYFF, Rick VanderKnyff is a free-lance writer who contributes regularly to The Times Orange County Edition.
Technology marches on. In one of Knott's Berry Farm's earliest Ghost Town attractions, the Covered Wagon Show, visitors look at a static scale diorama of a wagon train crossing a desert plain while listening to recorded voices retell the travails of the Knott family pioneers as they came out West. It's an oddly affecting slice of Americana, but a special effects extravaganza it's not. Opening this weekend just outside the bounds of Ghost Town, behind the old Birdcage Theater, is Mystery Lodge.
May 9, 2010 | By Mike Morris, Special to the Los Angeles Times
Los Angeles and this tiny Gold Rush town share the same "City of Angels" nickname, and the similarities don't end there. Just as Hollywood honors its celebrities with a star on the Walk of Fame, Angels Camp gives the same treatment to its best frog jumpers ? make that frog jockeys ? with a spot on Main Street's Frog Hop of Fame. Frogs are ubiquitous in this Calaveras County town, which bills itself as "Home of the Jumping Frog. " The amphibian's image can be found on trash cans, billboards and just about everything in between.
The Los Angeles City Council gave the go-ahead Friday for a $650-million development project bordering the Harbor Freeway, despite protests from some council members that it will add congestion to already overburdened freeways.
January 20, 2001 | From Associated Press
A day before what they hope will be the biggest display of inaugural dissent in almost 30 years, seven activist groups declared today a nonviolent "day of resistance" against the "illegitimate" presidency of George W. Bush. The demonstrators said Friday that, despite their diverse agendas, they are uniting to demand an overhaul of the electoral system. This came only hours after protesters failed to persuade a federal judge to relax inauguration security arrangements.
June 1, 2005 | Roger Vincent, Times Staff Writer
Financially troubled Danish toy maker Lego Holding is about to sell four of the biggest bricks in its empire -- its Legoland theme parks. Blackstone Group, a New York-based private equity firm, is close to an agreement to buy Lego's family entertainment parks, including one in Carlsbad in San Diego County. The deal would be valued at about $461 million, according to sources close to the deal cited by the Wall Street Journal on Tuesday.
August 10, 1990 | BILL BOYARSKY
Despite their vows as born-again environmentalists, Mayor Tom Bradley and the Los Angeles City Council just can't resist huge construction projects. The last big one was Porter Ranch, where 10-story office buildings, a shopping center, a hotel and 3,395 dwellings will be built in the Santa Susana foothills in the far northern San Fernando Valley. Now, City Council committees have approved a project that will really have commuters fuming--Metropolis.
November 30, 1999 | STEVE HARVEY
Mark this down on your calendar (though I'm not sure where): This week's Wednesday Morning Club luncheon featuring Rep. James Rogan (R-Glendale) will be held Friday, of all days. If you can't make that, the Wednesday Morning Club's next event will be Thursday, Dec. 9. Which I guess makes as much sense as holding the Hollywood Christmas Parade in November. IF YOU THINK JANUARY IS LONG NOW . . .
When New Jersey opened an aquarium in 1992, it looked like something dreamed up by a comedian: The fish were brown. Three years later, with attendance lagging, the New Jersey State Aquarium is trying to lure visitors by livening up the place with $4 million in improvements, including the introduction of brightly colored tropical fish. Electric blue chromides, yellow royal gramma and red cardinals now dip and dive where once only home-grown brown and gray flounder, cod and mackerel swam.
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