May 8, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - The immigration reform bill crafted by a bipartisan group of senators has deeply split the Republican minority even as lawmakers prepare to take the first votes on the proposal Thursday. Alabama's Republican Sen. Jeff Sessions, a conservative former prosecutor with a courtly drawl, has emerged as the leading opponent of the bill. He is aiming at his GOP colleagues with unusual zeal, and calls out the architects of the bill as, essentially, dishonest. "Sen. Flake is wrong: It's not a 13-year path to citizenship or welfare," blared one recent missive from Sessions targeting Arizona's Republican senator, Jeff Flake, who helped draft the legislation.
March 19, 2013 |
After nine seasons -- that's a lifetime in network TV terms -- "The Office" has finally filmed its final episode. Several members of the cast, including Rainn Wilson, Jenna Fischer and John Krasinski took to Twitter to commemorate the wrap Saturday. Ed Helms wrote , "Last day of shooting on The Office. Oof. Kind of hard to act and blubber at the same time. " While Krasinski couldn't help but echo the sentiments of his old boss, Michael Scott (Steve Carell), with a classic Michael-ism, writing , "It was the greatest honor to be a part of this show!
January 7, 2013 |
A dedicated "Star Trek" fan with terminal cancer was granted his last wish with a private screening of "Star Trek Into Darkness" before dying just days later on Jan. 4. Daniel Craft, one of the directors of the New York Asian Film Festival, was able to view a DVD screener of J.J. Abrams' upcoming "Star Trek" movie thanks to Abrams. Craft died of liver cancer, according to fellow NYAFF founder Grady Hendrix. In a post on the "Star Trek" section of Reddit.com, Hendrix thanked the online community for helping getting the story picked up by the media and eventually onto the radar of Abrams, who dispatched a producer to Craft's New York home with a rough cut of the film.
March 4, 2013 |
BEIJING -- Think Hong Kong is joking about the baby food? Better think again. Customs officials in Hong Kong arrested 45 people on Friday and Saturday on charges of trying to smuggle baby milk powder across the border into China, multiple media outlets reported. The arrests came after an emergency two-can limit on exports of milk formula, launched in February, was made permanent Hong Kong law on Friday. The South China Morning Post quoted Hong Kong's secretary for security, Lai Tung-Kwok, as saying that customs agents had arrested 26 Hong Kong residents, 18 mainlanders and one foreign passport holder at border crossings.
February 19, 2013 |
Philip Hsiang and his wife, Mary Ann, used to pay almost $1,000 a year for a pair of cellphones under a family plan contract. But as recession gripped the economy a few years back, the Davis couple opted for low-cost prepaid phone service and never looked back. They shaved $800 off their annual phone bill, even though Hsiang could easily afford the pricier plan on his salary as an electrical engineer. "As a Chinese immigrant to the U.S., it's a virtue to be frugal," Hsiang said.
July 2, 2010
'South of the Border' MPAA rating: Unrated Running time: 1 hour, 18 minutes Playing Sunset 5, West Hollywood; Monica 4, Santa Monica; Playhouse 7, Pasadena