CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 8, 2011 |
Sylvia Bursztyn, who parlayed her playful spirit and love of language into a 30-year career of creating devilishly clever Sunday crossword puzzles for the Los Angeles Times, has died. She was 62. Bursztyn was found dead at her Granada Hills home on Dec. 30. The Los Angeles County coroner ruled her death was from natural causes. Bursztyn collaborated with her puzzle partner Barry Tunick on The Times' word game from April 1980 until his death in 2007, then continued on her own. Their Puzzler first appeared in the Book Review, then moved to the Sunday magazine and finally landed in Sunday Calendar.
September 4, 2009 |
By the time the majestically unstable and unfunny "All About Steve" gets to a smudged, bleeding Sandra Bullock delivering a teary soliloquy next to a scared deaf girl in a mineshaft, you might assume a film this bonkers would head straight to the center of the Earth next. Or a moon made of cheese. Someplace woefully unreal, in other words. Hollywood movies preaching nonconformity are rarely a winning proposition, and "All About Steve" is no exception: an eat-your-cake-and-have-it-too exercise that razzes oddballs to no end before nearly martyring its off-kilter heroine to guilt-trip the audience.
July 5, 2009
In today's paper, you'll find changes to the weather and comics pages. In streamlining the weather package, our priority was to preserve forecasts for as many California cities as possible. Comprehensive weather information is available at weather.latimes.com. The redesigned Sunday comics package will appear over six pages instead of eight, and two strips, "Undertown" and "Stone Soup," will no longer appear.
February 8, 2009
UNDERRATED Crossword puzzles: Mark it down (or across): Sudoku is so mid-2000s. Stretching your word power is back. Hollywood's on board as well, with Sandra Bullock fraying the edges of plausibility as a lovesick crossword puzzle nerd in the upcoming movie "All About Steve," set for a March release. We make no promises about the entertainment value of the film, but the folded page is always a safe bet.
August 16, 2008 |
Jets spell it out in crosswords for Favre They're bringing Brett Favre up to speed in New York, where the Jets are breaking in their new quarterback as fast as they can. Coach Eric Mangini said they've tried all sorts of approaches to help Favre learn the offense. Some of it is going through videotape, intense conversations and extended walk-throughs, and some of it is . . . crossword puzzles? "He's into crossword puzzles," Mangini said.
June 30, 2008
'A plus for commuting to work is that you can relax and read the L.A. Times or a book, or do a crossword puzzle, etc. Much better than the anxiety and stress of driving.' -- Esther Krisman Warschaw, Los Angeles, on the June 15 Consumer Confidential column about using mass transit for a week