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June 16, 1989 | RANDY LEWIS
The leadership of China has lost touch with its people. Disaster looms. Salvation may rest on the actions of an insignificant individual. Yesterday's newspaper headlines? Yes, but it's also the plot of "The Nightingale," a century-old tale by Hans Christian Andersen that has been adapted for a children's production this weekend by the Laguna Playhouse Youth Theatre. Based on the Andersen story of the same name, the Youth Theatre's production of "The Nightingale" was written by Rita Grossberg and John Urquhart and will be directed by Katy Realista and Scott Davidson.
April 21, 1989
Thoroughbred trainer Roger Stein has sued Truesdail Laboratories of Tustin for "fraud, suppression of evidence, cover-up and laboratory malpractice," and asked for damages in excess of $25 million in a complaint filed in Los Angeles County Superior Court. A postrace test conducted by Truesdail on Emperor's Turn, a horse trained by Stein, last October at Santa Anita allegedly came up positive for cocaine, prompting track stewards to levy a six-month suspension and a $2,000 fine on the trainer.
January 5, 2002
"Lord of the Rings" letter writer Mark Winkler, who claims he had a "Frodo Lives" bumper sticker on his 1980 Gremlin (Letters, Dec. 29), must be living in a fantasy world of his own. The last model year for that much-maligned American Motors classic was 1978. My own Gremlin bore a homemade "Elric of Melnibone" bumper sticker back then, for Michael Moorcock's sword-wielding albino emperor. Did anybody normal buy those cars? JAMES DAWSON Tarzana
December 15, 1987 | TERRY ATKINSON
"The Emperor and the Nightingale" by Hans Christian Andersen. Read by Glenn Close. Paintings by Robert Van Nutt. Music by Mark Isham. "The Tale of Mr. Jeremy Fisher"/"The Tale of Peter Rabbit" by Beatrix Potter. Read by Meryl Streep. Illustrations by David Jorgensen. Music by Lyle Mays. "How the Rhinoceros Got His Skin"/"How the Camel Got His Hump" by Rudyard Kipling. Read by Jack Nicholson. Illustrations by Tim Raglin. Music by Bobby McFerrin. Sony. $14.95 each.
April 5, 1987 | ALAN BALDWIN, Reuters
The Emperor Marcus Aurelius has been unseated from his horse, strapped up and left suspended in midair since early 1980, but city authorities now say he could be back in the saddle within a year. Seven years after restorers removed the 1,800-year-old bronze equestrian statue of the emperor from its position in the heart of the ancient Roman capital, the money has at last been found to return it to its former state. But there is still a problem for the authorities to solve.
February 3, 1990
Of late, some of my friends and I have been wondering why we renewed our subscriptions for the South Coast Repertory. The other night we encountered a prime example of the reason for our hesitation: We went to see "Search and Destroy." We are of the opinion that officials at SCR and the local newspaper critics should be charged with fraud and misrepresentation. "Search and Destroy" is not a play at all. It is a series of short, loosely related, well-acted but mostly distasteful episodes.
May 7, 1989 | DAVE JOHNSON
London already had its share of royalty, but now it is also home to an emperor. Ahma Selassie I announced his ascension to the Imperial Throne of Ethiopia, a throne last held by his father, Haile Selassie, who was deposed in a 1974 military coup that established the Marxist government that rules his country. Surrounded by his family in his London apartment, the Conquering Lion of the Tribe of Judah claimed the throne wearing a blue suit and sitting on a simple chair. The members of the royal court-in-exile said they believe that the current government will not last in Ethiopia, which is one of the world's poorest countries, is torn by civil war and has repeatedly suffered from famine.
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