July 3, 1987 |
The news accounts, now 70 years old, offer only fragments of the "ghastly drama" that surrounded the marriage of Mary Kenan Flagler Bingham, "the richest woman in America." She was the widow of Standard Oil co-founder Henry Flagler and her estate was worth between $60 million and $100 million. Her bridegroom was Judge Robert Worth Bingham, a Kentucky lawyer without independent means. Their wedding in 1916 made headlines, even in New York. And so did her mysterious death eight months later.
November 1, 2013 |
Death is universal, inevitable, irrevocable and profound, and yet even in our reality-fixated times, it is rarely depicted on television. Oh, people die all the time on TV. They fall victim to detective procedurals and hospital dramas, or are killed off on high-end serials looking to raise the emotional stakes. These days, many come back - with or without fangs, with or without subtitles. But the process of dying, the visible physical ebb of life from a person's body, is not a narrative television cares to explore.
September 27, 2012 |
Actor Johnny Lewis, known for his role as Kip "Half Sack" Epps in “Sons of Anarchy,” fell to his death Wednesday in a bizarre series of events. Police are investigating whether the 28-year-old actor may have been under the influence of drugs when he went on a rampage in which he allegedly fought with two men and beat to death an 81-year-old woman who may have rented a room to Lewis. It is believed Lewis died after falling from a roof or balcony. In the FX drama, Lewis played a hopeful trying to join the outlaw motorcycle club.
August 16, 2012
There's an important political argument at the core of Peter Navarro's agitprop documentary "Death by China," but it's drowned out by xenophobic hysteria and exaggerations so rampant it becomes impossible to tell light from heat. Narrator Martin Sheen draws prefatory distinction between the odious practices of the Chinese government and its "good, hard-working people," but it's obliterated by graphics that depict the country as a knife plunging deep into the heart of the good ol' U.S. of A. Navarro, who teaches economics at UC-Irvine, directs most of his ire toward what the film calls "weapons of job destruction," the combination of low wages, environmental disregard and currency manipulation that, so Navarro holds, have allowed China to wipe out the manufacturing base in the U.S. Sheen throws around phrases like "illegal subsidies" and "the biggest political shell game in American history," but the film rarely pauses to parse its own hyperbole, giving its interview subjects free rein, including one who claims that China is "the only major nation in the world that is preparing to kill Americans.
October 12, 2009 |
Hilburn, former pop music critic for the Los Angeles Times, is author of "Corn Flakes With John Lennon (and Other Tales From a Rock 'n' Roll Life). " An excerpt in Sunday Calendar recalled his relationship with Lennon after the Beatles' breakup. In today's abridged excerpt, he writes about Lennon's murder. -- In 1980, after 10 years at The Times, I was at a crossroads in my personal life. I loved my family, but I was also so obsessive about my work that I found myself devoting more and more time to it. I wanted to be everywhere there was a good story, and that meant I had to choose between that and being with the family on important days.
September 29, 2006 |
Lamar Odom sat down, placed his Bible on a table and, with damp eyes, told the story of his summer. His infant son died while sleeping in a crib, a loss that has tugged at him since it happened in June. The autopsy report labeled it an "unremarkable" death, a seven-month-old's life snatched by sudden infant death syndrome, the latest in a line of losses traceable through Odom's years. Odom was in New York for the funeral of an aunt when Jayden Odom died.