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June 13, 2007 | Amy Kaufman, Times Staff Writer
There was something in the way Nadia Williams would move her 92-year-old hands when she spoke of her son that seemed weighty: how she worried paper between her thumbs when someone mentioned his disappearance, or flung her palms up in joy with the recollection of his childhood.
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June 13, 2007 | Amy Kaufman, Times Staff Writer
There was something in the way Nadia Williams would move her 92-year-old hands when she spoke of her son that seemed weighty: how she worried paper between her thumbs when someone mentioned his disappearance, or flung her palms up in joy with the recollection of his childhood.
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November 5, 2009 | Dennis McLellan
Carl Ballantine, the "amazing" comedy-magician and character actor who was part of the World War II PT boat crew on the 1960s sitcom "McHale's Navy," has died. He was 92. Ballantine died in his sleep of age-related causes Tuesday at his home in the Hollywood Hills, said his daughter Saratoga Ballantine. As an actor, Ballantine was best known for playing the supporting role of crew member Lester Gruber on "McHale's Navy," the popular 1962-66 series that starred Ernest Borgnine.
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May 2, 2008 | Gary Goldstein, Robert Abele, Mark Olsen
Hopscotching time on film is never easy, but Canadian writer-director Jeremy Podeswa handles it with skill and care in "Fugitive Pieces," his lovely, absorbing adaptation of Anne Michaels' lauded novel about a circumspect writer haunted by his traumatic past. Podeswa shifts and crisscrosses between parallel paths to tell this affecting story.
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