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June 29, 2008 | Suzanne Muchnic, Times Staff Writer
"This IS when I started leaving the smile behind. I felt calmer and I didn't feel the need to have all my models looking at me and blasting you with a histrionic expression." D.J. Hall is talking about "Reflection," her 2001 painting of fellow artist Candice Gawne. Neither blond nor giddy, like Hall's signature subjects, Gawne is seen in profile as if lost in thought over an afternoon cocktail.
May 9, 2008 | From Times Wire Services
The House of Representatives voted to require a switch to a copper-plated steel penny, which would cost 0.7 of a cent to make, from a zinc-and-copper penny, which costs 1.26 cents. It also would require nickels, now made of copper and nickel and costing 7.7 cents to make, to be made primarily of steel, which would drop the cost below face value.
June 13, 2007
ON TUESDAY, the Sudanese government seemed to give advocates pushing for an end to the ongoing genocide in Darfur everything they have asked for, but nobody was celebrating. That's because activists and ambassadors are all too familiar with Khartoum's disgraceful modus operandi. The United Nations has been struggling for nearly a year to persuade President Omar Hassan Ahmed Bashir to allow a hybrid U.N.
May 20, 2007 | David Colker, Times Staff Writer
It's the gift that keeps on taking. Bank gift cards, which seem like a great idea, especially in this graduation season, have a lot of advantages over plain old retail gift cards. The bank cards, emblazoned with the logos of card companies such as American Express, MasterCard or Visa, can be used at most places where debit cards are welcome. And the bank cards are easy for the buyer to find. They're available in banks, supermarkets, pharmacy chains and even neighborhood liquor stores.
March 5, 2006 | Charles McNulty, Times Staff Writer
WOULD anyone consider it even mildly anticlimactic if tonight's Oscar telecast opened with the best actress award? The suspense over whether the trophy will go to Reese Witherspoon or Felicity Huffman isn't exactly killing us. The same cannot be said for the best actor category, which is notable for the quality of competition headed by Philip Seymour Hoffman and Heath Ledger.
September 4, 2005 | Paul Brownfield, Times Staff Writer
"WE'VE opened up the casting pool to the billions of people on planet Earth," Ted Harbert said. I had asked him where all the TV stars had gone. The Shelley Longs, the Patrick Duffys, the Tim Allens. The ones who just were television. Telly Savalas, Valerie Harper. Don Johnson. Now the head of E!
August 28, 2005 | Kathy M. Kristof, Times Staff Writer
Jack Quinn got interested in savings bonds several years ago when he found a forgotten stack of them in the bottom of a drawer. Now, he runs a company that provides consumers with information about the venerable U.S. government savings program, which offers an investment that is widely misunderstood. And he's urging Americans to search through their papers and safe deposit boxes to unearth old savings bonds as he once did. The reason: An astounding $13.
November 26, 2004 | P.J. Huffstutter, Times Staff Writer
The Field Museum will auction off a series of 19th century portraits of American Indians by artist George Catlin -- a decision that is expected to raise millions for the museum but which has divided its board of directors. Those opposed to the sale argue that it would forever break up a rare collection that offers a window into the daily lives of the tribes of the Midwest and Great Plains.
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