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May 22, 2011 | By Dinah Eng
Lush greenery and water features make this contemporary home in upper Laurel Canyon a tranquil hideaway with an indoor-outdoor flow that invites outdoor entertaining. The two-bedroom home, near the Mulholland Tennis Club, features custom interior finishes and doors that open from nearly every room to either the enclosed front courtyard or the private backyard with saltwater pool. The house, built in 1960, is owned by James White Jr., a fashion and celebrity portrait photographer whose cover shots can be seen in publications such as Vanity Fair, Esquire, Vogue and GQ. Neighborhood residents include many in the entertainment industry and other professionals.
April 29, 2011 | By Esmeralda Bermudez, Los Angeles Times
Away from the spotlight of a presidential visit and the glare of national publicity, this rural town of 5,000 in northeast Alabama nursed its tragedy. The walls of the Rainsville Civic Center were blown out. Across the street, the Huddle House, a popular eatery, and the local credit union, were wiped out. Rainsville is part of DeKalb County, which is reporting 32 deaths from the tornadoes that have turned Alabama in the worst-hit state by the deadliest storms in decades. The county ranks right behind Tuscaloosa, where there are 38 confirmed deaths of the state's 210 reported deaths so far. President Obama visited Tuscaloosa on Friday.
June 1, 1991
Jim Murray rightfully enjoys the reputation of a masterful, insightful writer who just happens to appear in the sports section. His piece on Rick Mears ("Who Is That on the Pole--Again?" May 26) finally reveals the real Murray: closet prophet. SHELDON KRONFELD, San Diego
September 30, 1991
Although my list of heroes is pretty short these days, it does include Don Hagan. I've known Don for many years, and whereas I tend to become cynical and tired of trying, Don never stops. He truly believes in a better world, and believes he has the ability and the responsibility to change it. When other gays and lesbians were hiding in the closet, Don let everyone know he was gay and worked tirelessly to make the world a better place for all. While other persons with AIDS shrank to the shadows, Don opened to the world to tell the truth and help educate the uninformed.
July 5, 1998
James Pinkerton, in his perhaps serious June 25 Column Right, "Wilde Things: Being Earnest in Washington," fantasizes through Oscar Wilde's eyes that "the closets of silence no longer confine most American homosexuals . . . Now it is the flagrant heterosexuals who are entombed in reticence." What an interesting comparison! And yet it has no basis in fact. Most American gays are still in the closet. They feel no freedom to explore the sorts of relationships openly that their heterosexual counterparts enjoy.
October 13, 1993
One jury deliberating in the penalty phase of the so-called Nightmare on Orange Grove murder case has recommended a life sentence without the possibility for parole for one defendant, but a second panel deadlocked 11 to 1 for the same for the other defendant.
August 14, 2009 | David Kelly
A woman and her 16-year-old male roommate were arrested after authorities found her emaciated, battered and bruised 5-year-old son locked in a closet. Desiree Gonzalez, 31, and the unidentified roommate were taken into custody Tuesday after San Bernardino County sheriff's deputies received an anonymous call saying a child was being held hostage and denied food and water. They also were told that he was being burned and beaten. When they arrived, deputies found nine children, three adults and the boy in the closet.
December 28, 1986
I've always thought I had sophisticated television viewing tastes, meaning I watch very little on the tube. I have to come out of the closet on one show, however. I love "ALF"! It isn't the story lines, which are not great, but the alien himself. My wife and I just crack up at his body language, funny lines and cultural insights. Hope it survives. Steve Wells, Calabasas
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