April 4, 2013 |
Maybe it's spring fever or maybe it's the centrifugal force from all that Sheryl Sandberg-led "leaning in," but it's been a big week for outrage about women and their place. On Friday, Princeton alumna and parent Susan A. Patton published a letter in the Daily Princetonian urging female students to "find a husband on campus before you graduate," lest they're forced to search for a mate among the teeming masses of the outside world. The letter triggered such a severe case of blogospheric dyspepsia that by Monday, Patton was attempting to clarify her point.
April 3, 2013 |
Burt Lancaster was the first movie star I ever met. I've encountered others since, but the circumstances have never been so dramatic. The year was 1971 and I was a young reporter for the Washington Post covering the Cannes Film Festival on my own dime. Few Americans made the trek in those days, which is why Lancaster's publicist contacted me and asked if I wanted to be part of a small lunch the actor was giving for journalists at the glamorous Hotel du Cap, a legendary spot perched just above imposing rocks that jut boldly into the Mediterranean.
April 2, 2013
It had been awhile Clayton Kershaw's go-ahead eighth-inning home run was the first home run in his five-year career. It was also . . . The first home run hit by a pitcher on opening day since Joe Magrane's in 1988. The first home run by a Dodgers pitcher on opening day since Don Drysdale's in 1965. It was also . . . The sixth shutout of Kershaw's career. The first opening-day shutout by a Dodger since Hideo Nomo's in 2003. And . . . Kershaw is the first pitcher to throw a shutout and hit a home run on opening day since Bob Lemon did it for the Cleveland Indians in 1953.
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April 1, 2013 |
Jack Pardee, an All-Pro NFL linebacker whose career with the Los Angeles Rams was interrupted in the mid-1960s when he battled malignant melanoma before returning to the field and becoming a well-traveled coach, has died. He was 76. Pardee, who was found to have gallbladder cancer in November, died Monday in Denver, said David Bassity, a spokesman for the University of Houston, where Pardee coached in the 1980s. After 13 seasons with the Rams, Pardee finished his playing career with the Washington Redskins and then began his coaching odyssey.
March 31, 2013 |
CINCINNATI — The Angels' season-opening trip to Cincinnati and Texas is doubling as a Josh Hamilton reunion tour. Hamilton, a 31-year-old outfielder who signed a five-year, $125-million deal with the Angels in December, made his major league debut in Great American Ball Park almost exactly six years ago, appearing as a pinch-hitter for the Reds against the Chicago Cubs on April 2, 2007. His first big league hit, a home run at Arizona, came eight days later. Hamilton went on to hit .292 with 19 home runs and 47 runs batted in as a rookie for the Reds, who traded him to Texas for pitcher Edinson Volquez the following winter.
March 31, 2013 |
Disney's frenetic live-action/animated comedy "Who Framed Roger Rabbit" was the second-highest-grossing film of 1988, earning more than $156 million. The comedy won three Academy Awards and transformed its lead, British actor Bob Hoskins, into a bona fide Hollywood star. But more importantly, the film marked the first time beloved animated characters from rival studios - such as Disney's Mickey Mouse and Warner Bros.' Bugs Bunny - appeared together. The traditionally hand-drawn animated film heralded a renewed appreciation of the Golden Age of animation and spawned the modern-era of animation, especially at Disney.
March 28, 2013 |
The world of cinema mourned when Jean Renoir died in Beverly Hills in 1979 at the age of 84. One of the most influential directors of the 20th century, noted for such masterpieces as 1937's "Grand Illusion," 1939's "Rules of the Game" and 1945's "The Southerner," the French filmmaker was widely embraced by the young Turks of France's New Wave, including Francois Truffaut and Jean-Luc Godard. But there was little notice seven months later when Renoir's first wife, Andree Heuschling, who acted in his silent films as Catherine Hessling, died in France at the age of 79. After their divorce in 1930, she soon retired from acting and drifted into obscurity.
March 21, 2013 |
Martin Brodeur has become the first goaltender in NHL history to be credited with two goals during games in the regular season, according to NHL.com . The Carolina Hurricanes were in a penalty-kill situation when the New Jersey Devils were called for a delayed penalty, prompting Dan Ellis to abandon the Hurricanes' goal. Here's where it gets good. Brodeur deflected a Patrick Dwyer shot on goal, which Carolina's Jordan Staal collected before sending a pass across the ice backward to Tim Gleason.
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March 20, 2013 |
SACRAMENTO - We used to call it "shop. " Wood shop. Auto shop. Then the educators got fancy and renamed it "vocational education. " Later, as the dot.com era dawned, it was rebranded "career tech. " Now, throughout much of California, you can just call it history - the victim of recession-rooted budget cuts in the state Capitol and school districts. Career tech classes are expensive. Buying and updating machinery isn't for penny pinchers. So these courses are easy targets for the budget axe, even though they may be the most meaningful and relevant for many students, who otherwise might just get bored and drop out. Shop isn't completely dead in California.
March 19, 2013 |
Academy Award-winning actor Martin Landau will receive the 2013 Israel Film Festival's Career Achievement Award at the 27th opening night gala April 18 at the Writers Guild Theater in Beverly Hills. Past recipients of the honor include Richard Dreyfuss and Bob Balaban. "The Israel Film Festival is delighted to honor Academy Award winner Martin Landau," festival founder and executive director Meir Fenigstein said in a statement issued Tuesday. "He is one of the longest working, most highly regarded actors in the industry.