January 9, 2010
Vampire Weekend "Contra" (XL) 1/2 A lover of words in all their ambiguity, Vampire Weekend frontman Ezra Koenig makes for an unlikely sloganeer. "I see a mansard roof through the trees," he sang at the top of this New York City quartet's 2008 debut, "I see a salty message written in the eaves." Nonetheless, here's Koenig near the end of "Contra," Vampire Weekend's highly anticipated sophomore disc out Tuesday: "Never pick sides / Never choose between two."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 9, 2009 |
A bone fragment recovered from the backyard of a home next door to suspected kidnappers Phillip and Nancy Garrido appears to be from a human, the Contra Costa County Sheriff's Department said Tuesday. Sheriff's spokesman Jimmy Lee said an independent expert determined that the bone is "probably human," and investigators are sending it to the state DNA lab for further testing. Officials are hoping the state "can develop a DNA profile on the fragment," Lee wrote in an e-mail statement Tuesday afternoon.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 21, 2009 |
A false report of a road rage incident in Contra Costa County on Tuesday led authorities on a search for kidnappers before they figured out they were dealing with a case involving the transport of an illegal immigrant. About 2:30 p.m., the California Highway Patrol responded to calls of an accident caused by angry drivers on California 4 in Concord, according to Officer Tom Maguire. Officers discovered a 1996 green Mercury Sable wagon in the eastbound lanes near Solano Way, he said.
September 3, 2008 |
Abitter political-cultural confrontation that exploded in Nicaragua in late August could mark the final end of the passionate romance between the world's leftist intellectuals and Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega. Ortega, you may recall, was the leader of the Sandinista National Liberation Front when it seized power after overthrowing the 40-year Somoza family dynasty. A dashing young revolutionary who electrified liberals and leftists around the world, Ortega served as Nicaragua's president for most of the 1980s.
December 18, 2007 |
A small but successful movie production company said Monday that it had invested in one of a growing number of Web video start-ups. The move could foreshadow increasing interest on the part of Hollywood studios in taking advantage of the Internet's possibilities for low-cost distribution. ContraFilm Pictures said it was investing an undisclosed amount of money in KushTV, which syndicates original video material through MySpace and other popular sites.
July 7, 2007 |
Formed three years ago, the 11-member company called contra-tiempo just might be the new face of Los Angeles dance -- and the new voice as well. At the Unknown Theater in Hollywood on Thursday, the company's face was mostly brown, beige or black, its voice bilingual or accented, its vision uncompromisingly identified with the underclass.
October 29, 2006 |
The old guerrilla fighter has many battle scars. He'll roll up his pant leg and show you his prosthetic device if you're interested. Years ago, during the war, he lost his leg when he stepped on a mine laid by his enemies, the Sandinistas. It's been a long time since Jose "the Jackal" Talavera has tried to kill Sandinistas. The leftists haven't ruled the country for 16 years, but the onetime Contra commander still despises them.
October 24, 2006 |
If you want to be a friend of Daniel Ortega, the once and perhaps future president of Nicaragua, it helps if you were once his enemy. An intimidating nom de guerre doesn't hurt either. "The Godfather," "Commander Bull's-Eye" and "the Alligator" -- to a man, they either fought in or backed the Contra war that sought to overthrow Ortega's revolutionary Sandinista government in the 1980s.
October 18, 2006 |
A REPUBLICAN PARTY on the ropes, bloodied by a mid-second-term scandal; a resurrected Democratic opposition, sure it can capitalize on public outrage. But before Democrats start divvying up House committee assignments, they should consider that they've been here before. And things didn't turn out exactly as they'd hoped. It was 20 years ago this Nov.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 29, 2006 |
Caspar W. Weinberger, the anti-Soviet hawk who oversaw the nation's huge peacetime defense buildup as the secretary of Defense during most of President Reagan's two terms, died of pneumonia. He was 88. Weinberger, who also had prominent roles in the Nixon and Ford administrations, died in a hospital in Bangor, Maine, with his wife, Jane; son, Caspar Jr.; and daughter; Arlin, by his side, according to Forbes magazine, where the senior Weinberger served as chairman.