December 21, 2010
SERIES Gordon Ramsay's Ultimate Christmas: The chef expands his holiday menu with a honey-glazed ham and pumpkin soup in this new episode (7 and 10 p.m. BBC America). Skating With the Stars: A winner is chosen on the season finale of this figure skating competition series (8 p.m. ABC). No Ordinary Family: The Powells must stop using their special powers when Stephanie's (Julie Benz) parents (Cybill Shepherd, Bruce McGill) show up in this repeat (9 p.m. ABC). Independent Lens: The two-part documentary "The Calling" concludes with a new generation of students preparing to become ordained religious professionals (9 p.m. KCET)
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 19, 2010 |
Kamala Harris, the state's next attorney general, last week announced a transition leadership team that was a marvel in its political heft: two former secretaries of State ? of the country, not of California ? and a host of other luminaries. The list drew attention for its implication that Harris' ambitions were not stunted by her nail-biter victory over Republican Steve Cooley in November. But as much as it might have hinted at her future as a candidate for an even higher office, the list also underscored Harris' intent to accomplish something harder: upending decades of California attitudes about crime and punishment.
September 9, 2010
There are echoes of various canonical novels in the new works by Joshua Mohr and Grace Krilanovich (a Times staff writer). Mohr's "Termite Parade" is rooted in the psychological drama of "Crime and Punishment" that springs from a single, defining act of desperation. Krilanovich's "The Orange Eats Creeps" is a brooding, brash tale of vampires set in the Pacific Northwest — ask any teenager to find a corollary there in pop culture. But each is imbued with raw nerves, kinetic prose and cutting glimpses of the human heart that could make each a reference point of its own. They'll read from each here.
February 17, 2010 |
The NCAA committee that will meet beginning Thursday to determine the fate of USC athletics will do more than hear testimony, look at the evidence investigators have gathered and ponder the university's response. It will also consider precedent -- past cases with similarities to whatever findings it makes concerning allegations that star football and men's basketball athletes received benefits in violation of college rules. "We try to be consistent," Paul Dee, chairman of the NCAA Committee on Infractions, said recently.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 13, 2005 |
With the condemned prisoner's petition for clemency denied by the governor, one of Stanley Tookie Williams' closest associates stood outside the forbidding iron gates of San Quentin Prison at nightfall Monday and lamented Arnold Schwarzenegger's decision. "I was surprised, because I thought the governor would have mercy," said Fred Jackson, 67, who runs the Internet Project for Street Peace, one of Williams' programs to reduce gang violence.
March 20, 2005 |
A violent, surreal inquiry into morality, causality and the zero-sum nature of revenge, "Oldboy" tells the story of a man abducted and locked in a hotel room for 15 years by an unknown enemy. Oh Dae-su (Choi Min-sik), a Seoul businessman on a drunken bender, lands in a police station one night and has to be bailed out by a friend. Back on the street, he mysteriously disappears while his friend's back is turned. He wakes up in a strange hotel room, where he remains, inexplicably, imprisoned.