April 25, 1993
Jack Mathews made a string of avoidable errors in his commentary, and The Times compounded the problem with phenomenally misdirected headline writing ("Mark Canton's Wrongheaded Chant," April 18). Neither party can claim ignorance about the basis for Mathews' article, which is the Columbia chairman's ShoWest keynote speech (it was sent to every leading journalist, including Mathews and his editors at The Times). Let's start with the headline, which had little to do with the content of Mathews' story and was worthy only of a tabloid.
April 9, 1985 |
A Portuguese backup musician with the touring British pop group Wham went berserk and forced his way into the cockpit of a Chinese domestic airliner, sending the plane into a nose dive until he was subdued, officials said today. Some witnesses reported the man, identified only as Mr. Oliveira, stabbed himself in the stomach with a small knife before barging into the cockpit of the jetliner Monday on a flight from Peking to Canton.
August 15, 1989 |
Authorities have executed a policewoman in Canton for taking tens of thousands of dollars in bribes, official reports said today. Major state newspapers and television reports said the policewoman, Zhang Mayun, took bribes worth $56,150 in exchange for allowing people to remain in the southern city illegally. She was sentenced to death June 19, but the reports did not say exactly when she was executed.
August 16, 1987 |
Ticino is the only Italian-speaking canton in Switzerland, and the people here seem to have the best of two worlds--the efficiency of Switzerland and the charm of Italy. But every paradise has problems, and Ticino is no exception. "Our problem," says professor Sandro Bianconi, a linguist and sociologist, "is one of identity. Politically we are Swiss, but culturally we are Italian. If we want to keep up with the modern world, we must accept the German-speaking businessmen who are coming in.
February 13, 1999
Forget the fact that Eric Dickerson boldly backed out in the middle of a four-year contract with the L.A. Rams, what he said was unforgivable: Trade me or give me more money or I will not play my best. In all sports, at any level, the only thing more important than winning is that you play your best. Lucky for Dickerson, Pete Rozelle was the commissioner and cared only about financial matters. Would you rather your kid say he won't play his best or that he's going to bet on himself to win?
November 2, 2010
MOVIES "Stranded in Canton" There may be no better documentarian of American weirdness than the photographer William Eggleston. With "Stranded in Canton," he finally got around to editing the 30 hours of film he shot with director Robert Gordon that depicts the shady, hopeless and hopeful denizens of bars, alleys and back roads of New Orleans and Memphis. It's preceded by the unveiling of a new Eggleston print, "Untitled ( Los Angeles) 1994/2010," and an appearance at LACMA.