January 17, 2011
The steep flight of stairs featured in the Oscar-winning 1932 comedy short, "The Music Box" are cherished among fans of the legendary team of Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy. There's even a plaque on the steps in Silver Lake commemorating the production. Directed by James Parrott, "The Music Box" ? the first film to win the Oscar for live action short ? follows the misadventures of Laurel and Hardy as they try to deliver a player piano to a residence located up a daunting number of stairs.
September 20, 2009 |
We open today with the tale of a fat man, two diamond earrings and a long-running feud. The principal character in this story is well known and goes by the name of Diego Armando Maradona . He was once a player of some note, but is rapidly proving yet again that a great player does not necessarily make a great coach. His girth may increase but not his reputation. When last seen on a soccer field, Maradona, now in charge of Argentina's floundering national team, was in Asuncion, Paraguay, trying to explain away a 1-0 World Cup qualifying loss to Paraguay that left Argentina in danger of not making it to the big shindig in South Africa in 2010.
July 26, 2009
Re: "Another rating drop for the state," July 15: California will be paying more to borrow money. Guess who gets to pay the bill? And who do we thank for this mess? Allen F. Van Schaick San Marino
October 19, 2008 |
Charles Wang, the Shanghai-born owner of the New York Islanders, has hired announcers to call games in Mandarin. But they're apparently having trouble translating certain words and phrases into the Chinese language. Thus, the Bruins have become the Brown Bears and the Panthers are Black Leopards. Writes ESPN the Magazine: "At least the Far East will get a clear intro to the NHL's best, Sid the Kid," quoting announcer Justin Chang as explaining, "Everyone knows what a Penguin is. " -- Trivia time Who was the oldest jockey to win a Breeders' Cup race, and how old was he?
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March 6, 2007 |
Don't you hate those people who try to sneak that 11th item through the grocery checkout counter? Or the guy who hops into the carpool lane with his pet mannequin? Wouldn't you just love to sock it to 'em? Come now the Wilsons of Riverside County -- Willie and Cynthia -- described by their attorney as "working-class folks like you and me." With one key difference, I would suggest.
July 9, 2006 |
For a man who writes about polities where you pay to pee and pigs run amok, Greg Kotis seems like a pretty regular guy. Seated in the darkened house of an off-Broadway theater during tech rehearsals for his new play, "Pig Farm," he calmly taps away on a laptop, making notes to fine-tune the finale. Onstage, red police lights swirl and sirens scream. Husband Tom tries to hold his household together, while knife-wielding wife Tina takes cover on the landing, dodging bullets.