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Ford Motor Co. reported a 15% increase in first-quarter earnings as the nation's No. 2 auto maker benefited from strong truck sales, continued cost-cutting and improved performance in Europe. The record earnings--the firm's eighth consecutive increase in quarterly profit--came despite sharply higher marketing costs. Increased rebates, an estimated average of about $1,100 per vehicle, were offset by $400 million in cost reductions. Overall, Ford posted first-quarter operating profit of $1.
March 15, 2004 | Carina Chocano, Times Staff Writer
SomeTIME last year, in a moment of deranged grief, perhaps, over the impending demise of a flagship series, HBO hitched its wagon to "Carnivale," one of the most strained and portentous parables of the age-old struggle between good and evil ever to feature a prophetic dwarf.
April 17, 2005 | Laura Miller, Special to The Times
Women had two roles in the traditional western: The bad ones staffed the saloons, and the good ones spoiled the fun. The virtuous lady journalist who comes to town in the 1939 Errol Flynn classic "Dodge City" signifies the end of the hero's rip-snortin', trail-drivin' days. Ladies require the protection of a civil society, and so Flynn is forced to pin on the sheriff's star.
July 3, 2005 | Robert Abele
The long, tall, rough-voiced appeal of John Hawkes -- a kind of sad, drifter charm -- is getting quite a workout these days. Hot on the heels of the second-season close of HBO's "Deadwood," in which Hawkes plays merchant Sol Star without the cliched bookishness usually given portrayals of Jews in westerns, he's in writer-director Miranda July's award-winning indie "Me and You and Everyone We Know" and has just wrapped a role in the "Miami Vice" movie.
June 11, 2006 | Susan King
YOU could say it is the best and worst of times for actor William Sanderson. Best because the third season of HBO's award-winning revisionist western series, "Deadwood," begins tonight at 9. And Sanderson, 58, is one of the best reasons to watch the violent, foul-mouthed sagebrush saga from creator David Milch ("NYPD Blue"). The Memphis-born Sanderson is a scene stealer as the oily -- and often creepy -- E.B.
November 4, 2006 | Valerie J. Nelson, Times Staff Writer
James Glennon, a cinematographer known for his evocative camera work on the 1983 film "El Norte" and who also won an Emmy last year for the HBO series "Deadwood," has died. He was 64. Glennon died of prostate cancer Oct. 19 at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, said Barbara Halperin, his agent. "He was the king of all sets," actress Laura Dern told The Times earlier this week. "He was the stand-up comic of the set, the meditative easer of all tensions for the crew.
February 28, 1987 | BARRY M. HORSTMAN, Times Staff Writer
Nearly 30% of San Diego County's 1 million registered voters actually may be names of individuals who are dead or whose registration is invalid because they have moved, officials told a state legislative committee Friday.
May 30, 2004 | Paul Brownfield, Times Staff Writer
Ian McSHANE, who plays saloon owner Al Swearengen in the HBO series "Deadwood," is the sort of actor who's been in a great many movies, some of which he frankly hasn't seen. Like "Agent Cody Banks," the kid-caper movie starring Frankie Muniz that came out last year. "Why would I see it?" McShane said the other day. He wasn't being arch, just matter-of-fact. The director, McShane said, was lovely. "I know I was fine in it, playing this sort of mad brinkman. Frankie I found enormously funny.
In what might be a first step toward changes in California voting laws, new Secretary of State Bill Jones asked elections experts Wednesday to help him identify problems and suggest remedies for issues ranging from voter fraud to eliminating dead people from registration lists. At what he labeled a one-day summit of local elections officials, county prosecutors and independent experts from throughout California, Jones found no shortage of issues, opinions and solutions.
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