CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 7, 2009 |
The city of Los Angeles is a maze of crevices and cracks, a vast unholy experiment always on the verge of breaking apart but for the work of a few unsung guardians. In my neighborhood, one of those people is a woman by the name of Brigid. On Thursday morning, Brigid was at Ivanhoe Elementary in Silver Lake passing the baton, giving a tour to the incoming leader of the parents group.
March 15, 2009 |
A woman who transforms into an inanimate object. A wild man who emerges from the sewers, terrorizing citizens on the street. An agoraphobic who is so enamored with a pizza delivery girl he decides to leave the house to find her. These off-kilter tales make up what is being described as a surreal triptych movie, "Tokyo!," opening Friday at the Nuart Theatre.
March 4, 2009 |
A Nebraska man who stuffed his girlfriend's kitten into a makeshift bong and filled it with marijuana smoke says that he had done it before and that it had calmed the kitten down. Acea Schomaker, 20, of Lincoln said Tuesday that he never intended to hurt the kitten, 6-month-old Shadow. He says the kitten would bite and scratch him and his girlfriend but he didn't want to discipline it by swatting it or squirting it with water.
September 10, 2008 |
BY THE time we began the interview, Bong Rip had absorbed quite a bit of THC. I'd been watching the 30-year-old host of "BongTV," a live Internet show that features Mr. Rip traveling around the Southland in his '88 Rolls Royce limo, rapping with guests and friends -- and smoking more pot than I thought was possible. On screen, he'd made short work of four big joints, demonstrated repeatedly and convincingly why his name is Bong Rip and otherwise had not gone three minutes without a quick lung full from his glass pipe.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 17, 2007 |
The Los Angeles City Council returned from its three-week recess last week and wasted little time diving into difficult issues. Even before lunch, four members -- Eric Garcetti, Wendy Greuel, Tom LaBonge and Jan Perry -- stepped outside the heavily air-conditioned City Hall to hold a news conference and take a provocative stand against power outages. LaBonge told the press that he was in Germany on a city-related trip during the outages. There's nothing wrong with going to Germany, of course. .
June 26, 2007
ON THE SAME DAY it expanded free speech in the political process, the Supreme Court needlessly narrowed it in the nation's public schools. In upholding the suspension of an Alaska high school student for unfurling a banner declaring "BONG HiTS 4 JESUS" during a field trip, a 5-4 majority drained the life out of one of the court's landmark pronouncements: that children do not "shed their constitutional rights to freedom of speech or expression at the schoolhouse gate."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 10, 2007 |
There may be some who love Griffith Park as much as Los Angeles City Councilman Tom LaBonge, but no one enjoys showing it off more than he does. The tour he gave me Wednesday morning was not the usual cheery adventure, though. His beloved park was scorched, with columns of smoke rising all around us and trails littered with charred rabbits frozen in running poses. Flames still danced in the brush here and there as we made our way up toward Dante's View and Mt.
March 23, 2007
Re "Bong hits for free speech," editorial, March 20 Perhaps young Joseph Frederick has stumbled on a constitutionally protected way to legalize marijuana. The fact that pot is benign compared with alcohol or pharmaceuticals, much less harder drugs, didn't do it. The fact that dying people find relief from their suffering with pot hasn't seemed to faze lawmakers. Perhaps as a sacrament to Jesus can an exception to our draconian legal posture be found, and we can end decades of lies about this resourceful weed.
March 20, 2007
ALMOST FOUR DECADES after ruining the day of public school administrators nationwide by proclaiming that children do not "shed their constitutional rights to freedom of speech or expression at the schoolhouse gate," the Supreme Court was asked Monday to change course. It should decline the invitation. In its 1969 Tinker vs.
March 9, 2007 |
A monster movie for the 21st century, "The Host" takes familiar genre elements and then crushes them in much the same way the title creature runs amok along the Seoul riverbank it calls home. Written and directed by South Korean filmmaker Bong Joon-ho, it's a film that will catch you leaning in one direction and abruptly pull you in another, all the while building to a surprisingly emotional climax. On a U.S.