CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 7, 2009 |
John Hughes, the influential writer-director who captured the humor and angst of the teen experience, 1980s style, in hit movies such as "Sixteen Candles," "The Breakfast Club" and "Ferris Bueller's Day Off," died Thursday. He was 59. Hughes, who maintained a working farm in Northern Illinois and distanced himself from Hollywood more than a decade ago, died of a heart attack during a morning walk in Manhattan while visiting family in New York, spokeswoman Michelle Bega said.
July 13, 2009 |
I have no time or patience for sentiment. But it occurs to me that there's a little 6-year-old in all sports fans -- or at least there should be. Six-year-olds don't worry about drug tests or collective-bargaining agreements. They don't care about Scott Boras' counteroffer, or what the presiding officer has to say about blood-alcohol levels. Six-year-olds just want to win, baby. Here, according to a 6-year-old boy I know, is how various sports would differ if you turned them over to the kids.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 26, 2009 |
Fans and paparazzi converged on Michael Jackson's family homes and UCLA Medical Center on Thursday, blocking streets and blasting the singer's music as they waited for news or a glimpse of the superstar's famous family. In Hollywood, about 75 fans gathered at what they believed was Jackson's star on the Walk of Fame, only to discover it belonged to the Los Angeles radio personality of the same name. The singer's star was covered by scaffolding for the premiere of "Bruno."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 4, 2009 |
A Mexican restaurant in this border town is drawing the curious and the faithful to see what some believe is a likeness of the Virgin Mary that appeared miraculously on a griddle. A cook at Las Palmas restaurant was the first to see the image. "She started to cry and didn't want to clean the griddle anymore," said Brenda Martinez, who manages the family-owned restaurant.
April 26, 2009 |
You've spent hundreds of dollars on plane tickets and a place to stay on your trip to Kauai, the Garden Isle, where life moves a bit slower than on neighboring Oahu. That laid-back style, free of Waikiki's high-rise hotels , may well be why you've chosen the oldest of the Hawaiian islands for your vacation. Fortunately, "exotic" doesn't have to mean "expensive." There are plenty of off-the-tourist-track things to see and do on Kauai.
January 25, 2009 |
Molly Ringwald appears in ABC Family's "The Secret Life of the American Teenager." She also sings jazz in L.A. sometimes, so go hear her. -- TV for young people has come a long way. Yeah, well, you know, it's not all that different. The teenage pregnancy thing has been around for a while. I did a movie where I played a pregnant teen! Well, I was 17, rather than 15. -- Maybe we would have been different if we had sex education on TV like this. I feel like I wasn't particularly repressed.
December 14, 2008 |
Home furnishing company Ikea agreed to pay a $500,000 fine for being slow to report defective outdoor candles, the government said. In May 2006, Ikea recalled 133,000 packages of outdoor candles in the United States. The company had received at least 32 reports of problems with the candles worldwide, including 12 reports of injuries. The Consumer Product Safety Commission said Ikea didn't promptly report the problems as the law requires. In the settlement, Ikea denied that it knowingly broke the law.
September 4, 2008
Happy birthday, Los Angeles. El Pueblo de Nuestra Senora la Reina de los Angeles de Porciuncula would have 227 candles on its birthday cake today, if anyone had thought to bake it a cake. Or even to remember today's anniversary. On Sept. 4, 1781, 44 settlers walked nine dusty miles from the San Gabriel Mission to what is now Olvera Street in downtown L.A. and began the city's history, at least as far as European settlement was concerned (the basin had been settled by the Tongva centuries earlier)
August 5, 2008 |
Barack Obama celebrated his 47th birthday Monday night at -- where else? -- a campaign fundraiser, this one on the 33rd floor of a Boston tower with dramatic views of the harbor. Obama was treated to two choruses of "Happy Birthday," the first by Harry Connick Jr. and his 10-year-old daughter, Kate, and the second by the crowd of about 850 supporters, led by Benjamin Zander, conductor of the Boston Philharmonic. Sen. John F. Kerry (D-Mass) introduced his colleague from Illinois.
July 30, 2008 |
This is the first in a series of occasional articles exploring alternative cultural life around Southern California. -- If YOU think the meager little baton that Harry Potter has been waving around for going on six movies now is something special, you've never seen a real wand. The genuine article -- adorned with feathers, stones and a message in the runic alphabet -- was on display at a "Healing Faire" in, of all places, Studio City, this month.