August 23, 2004 |
I got a note from my friend Carl Jones the other day -- Carl Quinton Jones, prisoner No. E-66555 at Folsom State. Usually he writes letters on what he calls his "cellie's" typewriter. He tells me about his prison baseball team, complains about the food, asks me about my kids, discourses on anything but his future prospects -- of which he has had none. But this was a quick note penned on a prison-issue greeting card, and it included a new sentiment: hope.
August 25, 2004
Re "Putting a Face on Three-Strikes Injustice," Commentary, Aug. 23: What part of "Don't commit felonies" doesn't Michael Sokolove understand? He writes a sob story about some burglar who was twice convicted of breaking into people's homes and then breaks into a school. How many times does society need to tell these thieves and crooks that such conduct is unacceptable? That the burglar wasn't armed and entered someone else's house when no one was home holds no matter to me, nor the thousands of other Californians who are fed up with lawbreakers.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 1, 1990 |
The oldest active criminal case in Los Angeles County ended Thursday when former gang leader Virgil Byars was sentenced to 49 years to life in state prison for two fatal drive-by shootings. Byars, 27, turned himself in nearly eight years ago and has been behind bars ever since.
October 30, 1998 |
Carl Jones, co-founder of Cross Colours--a hip but poorly managed urban clothing label that went out of business four years ago--is attempting a comeback. Jones has launched Juke Joint, an apparel line that includes shirts, sweaters, vests and dark-colored jeans. Two chains--Miller's Outpost and Mr. Raggs, which operates in the Midwest and Northwest--plan to test the line in 10 stores each. Jones has a marketing strategy, but this time he isn't relying solely on rap artists.
May 29, 1999
I was appalled by Rosie O'Donnell's ambush of Tom Selleck on her TV show ("Rosie Didn't Really Let Him Have It With Both Barrels" by Howard Rosenberg, May 24). I guess the message is if you are a member of an organization, or make a commercial for it as Tom has for the National Rifle Assn., then you must be prepared to answer any attack at any time from "caring" people. Hello-oo! Everyone knows that Kmart, for which Rosie does those cutesy commercials, sells . . . guns. Liberal hypocrisy in action.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 7, 1989 |
A Los Angeles Superior Court judge appointed an additional lawyer Monday to help defend Night Stalker suspect Richard Ramirez, bringing to three the number of defense lawyers in the case. The appointment of Ray C. Clark was announced by Judge Michael A. Tynan as testimony resumed in the case after a two-week hiatus because of nervous exhaustion on the part of lead defense lawyer Daniel V. Hernandez. Clark's appointment means that the public cost of the much-delayed trial--about $1.
June 12, 1987 |
T-shirts are like prizefighters. They make more comebacks than anybody can count. Even the people who design them for a living can hardly believe it. "Just when you think they're dying, they're back again even stronger," said Rick Rietveld, who noticed this recently when the T-shirts he designs with Jeff Yokoyamo for Maui & Sons helped set off a craze that is taking hold for summer. Not that Maui has the market cornered.
June 26, 1994 |
So in love, so much in love . . . ." The sound system at Dejaiz is pumping All-4-One's silken remake out into the halls of the Fox Hills Mall, reeling in young African Americans in the mood for Hugo Boss and Guess? and Perry Ellis and Calvin Klein. At the back of the store, assistant manager Devin Smith is rummaging through a round-rack of marked-down T-shirts. "Two years ago kids were running in here saying, 'You got any Cross Colours?'
January 10, 1992 |
Model Christy Turlington and actor Woody Harrelson did a good deed for fashion without knowing it. They helped Elizabeth Minetree launch an accessories business. It began last spring when fashion stylist Minetree designed silky Jacquard vests with unusual buttons for the waiters at Piazza Rodeo cafe. Turlington and Harrelson liked them so much they wanted one. So did a lot of other people. Finally, a waiter suggested he and Minetree go into the vest-making business full time.