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July 26, 1998 | Robert Hofler, Robert Hofler is an editor for Variety in Los Angeles
Maybe it's in the genes. Minnie Driver's sister, Kate, is just as outspoken--in her own behind-the-scenes kind of way--as her famous actress sibling. "Minnie's opened herself up to situations where she should never have gotten herself," Kate says straight out. Is she talking about her sister's tabloid blowout with former boyfriend Matt Damon or perhaps Driver's disclosure to the press that the "Hard Rain" crew had turned the set's water tank into a mega-urinal? Whatever.
April 26, 2014 | Bill Dwyre
The morning awaited royalty. It was 8 a.m., and the Saturday sun had just begun to dry the puddles from Friday's rain and add some sparkle to the infield lakes at Los Alamitos Race Course. Along the grandstand fence, they gathered, perhaps as many as 200 people. Many had cameras. More had goose bumps. California Chrome would be making an appearance soon, his last workout before flying off Monday to thoroughbred racing fame and fortune. At least that is the hope of so many in the Southern California racing community.
June 25, 2009 | Associated Press
The Obama administration plans to simplify the federal college aid form, which at 153 questions drives millions of families to give up before they finish it. President Obama wants to make the form more user-friendly as part of a sweeping plan to put higher education within reach of more students.
April 24, 2014 | By David Zahniser
A grass-roots group that has been railing against Los Angeles' parking ticket policies announced Thursday that it is teaming up with Mayor Eric Garcetti to work on changes to the enforcement system. Steven Vincent, founder of the Los Angeles Parking Freedom Initiative, said Garcetti invited members of his organization to participate in an official city working group earlier this week. The panel, Vincent said, will look at an array of possible changes, such as reducing the size of certain fines, expanding parking hours in key locations, making no-parking signs less confusing and halting the practice of using ticket revenue as a tool to balance the city's budget.
September 20, 2012 | By David Pagel
Erin Cosgrove's wickedly original portraits of George Washington, Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Jefferson, John Adams and Abraham Lincoln depict the Founding Fathers (plus one) as humble dudes who have come back from the dead to find themselves in a world weirder and wackier than anything they experienced the first time around. At Angles Gallery, each of Cosgrove's bas-reliefs stands 6 feet tall and portrays its subject in a slew of styles. Ancient Assyrian carvings, Japanese woodblock prints, colonial crafts, medieval etchings, Tibetan totems and Chinese icons lie behind Cosgrove's sculptures.
February 24, 1987
I have recently completed my new, improved W-4 form. If the Internal Revenue Service decides to simplify income taxes again, I'm going to have to hire a full-time accountant. SCOTT W. LOWREY Lakewood
August 10, 1986
The Professional Women's Appraisal Assn. has been formed in Scottsdale, Ariz. to establish a national code of ethics, assist women appraisers and encourage others to enter the field, according to Lori Laughlin, executive director. The association is at 8715 Via de Commercio, Scottsdale 85258.
September 4, 1994
Even though she was the first partner of both, Ninel Kurgapkina cannot teach Nureyev's magnetism nor Baryshnikov's grace. But she can teach the foundation of their forms. So, the principal ballet mistress of the Kirov (now Maryinsky) Ballet of St. Petersburg, Russia, came to the Ballet Ecarte studio in Culver City and taught the Kirov Vaganova method to 80 students. The revered technique differs from those taught in the West by emphasizing the distribution of weight over the entire body.
November 26, 1993 | Associated Press
A hotel chef who cooked for President Clinton and foreign leaders at the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation forum last week found out later that he has a form of hepatitis, health officials said. Seattle-King County Public Health Department officials said the risk that the illness would spread appeared slight. Dr. Russell Alexander said the chef worked exclusively with foods cooked at high temperatures and had excellent hygiene, conditions which reduce the risk of transmission.
September 19, 1997 | Dow Jones
Medical Asset Management Inc. said it has agreed to link up with a nonprofit health care system in Illinois to form a physician practice management company. Terms weren't disclosed. Medical Asset Management said it would own 49% of the Illinois joint venture to be formed with the VentureCor unit of ServantCor. The Laguna Hills company would contribute cash and common stock to the venture, and VentureCor would contribute cash.
April 23, 2014 | By Batsheva Sobelman and Rushdi Abu Alouf
GAZA CITY -- The two main rival factions of Palestinian politics and society announced a reconciliation deal Wednesday that would mend a seven-year rift by forming a unity government and holding new elections. Following two days of discussions between delegations of Fatah and Hamas, leaders of the groups announced the agreement at a joint news conference. “This is the good news to tell our people: The era of division is over,” Hamas Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh declared.
April 18, 2014 | By Mike DiGiovanna
DETROIT -- An offensive barrage that featured a pair of two-run home runs from Howie Kendrick and a three-run shot from Albert Pujols - career homer No. 497 - was impressive and, it turns out, necessary for the Angels, who made things far too interesting by throwing an incendiary device by the name of Josh Wall into the proceedings Friday night. Far more important in the big picture, though, was the Jered Weaver-like performance the Angels got from their ace, who shook off a trio of shaky starts with a superb six-inning, one-run, three-hit effort in an 11-6 win over the Detroit Tigers at Comerica Park.
April 18, 2014 | By Helene Elliott
Dallas Stars forward Ray Whitney, who will be 42 next month, had a lot to talk about with 43-year-old Ducks winger Teemu Selanne on Wednesday during the first game of their teams' first-round playoff series. And it didn't involve swapping stories about AARP. With a timeout in effect, Whitney decided to pay his respects to Selanne, who plans to retire after the season. To his surprise, Selanne repaid the compliment. “Just saying how a pleasure it's been playing against him for so long and he said the same thing, which was very nice of him,” Whitney said after the Stars' morning skate Friday at Honda Center.
April 12, 2014 | By Mark Olsen
Actress Scarlett Johansson topped the box office charts last weekend playing the character of Black Widow in the Marvel superhero flick "Captain America: The Winter Soldier. " That same weekend she was on screen as a man-eater of a different type in the cryptic indie sci-fi film "Under the Skin. " As a space alien in human form who lures male victims into a mysterious black void, Johansson gives a performance at once sinister, sultry and unexpectedly sympathetic. If "Captain America" was the latest product of a studio franchise machine, "Under the Skin" was the handcrafted result of writer-director Jonathan Glazer's 10-year quest to bring a singular experience to the screen.
April 10, 2014 | By Gary Goldstein
Don't let the cheesy title deter you. "Cuban Fury" is a thoroughly engaging crowd-pleaser - sweet, quite amusing and even a tad inspiring. British funnyman Nick Frost ("Shaun of the Dead," "Hot Fuzz") makes for an especially root-worthy hero as Bruce Garrett, an earnest lathe salesman who reconnects with an old love: salsa dancing. Bruce may come off to friends and co-workers like a bit of a schlub; he's a self-described 2 on the 1-to-10 scale. But beneath that pudgy exterior lies the heart of a champion salsa dancer, which in fact he was as a kid until a humiliating incident dubbed "Sequingate" caused Bruce to burn his dancing shoes (literally)
April 10, 2014 | By Betsy Sharkey, Los Angeles Times Film Critic
For a while now, Nicolas Cage has seemed more punch line than artistic force. More memorable for stopping by "Saturday Night Live" in 2012 to join the "In the Cage" satire, a none too flattering impression perfected by the very funny Andy Samberg , than for dreadful films like "Ghost Rider" that inspired it. Classic Cage, the kind of performances that graced 1987's "Moonstruck" with such moody romantic charm, or 1995's "Leaving Las Vegas"...
March 6, 1985
The Detroit Diesel Allison division of General Motors and Deere & Co. said they have signed a letter of intent under which the two organizations will study the feasibility of forming a joint venture in the diesel engine business. Deere builds a line of diesel engines for agricultural, construction, marine and industrial uses. DDA produces light-, medium- and heavy-duty diesel engines for automotive, industrial, construction and marine applications.
July 4, 2009
April 10, 2014 | By David Colker
Lucia Eames was a designer in her own right, but for the last 25 years she worked to preserve the legacy of one of the most celebrated design teams of the modern era: her father, Charles Eames, and stepmother, Ray Eames. In particular, Lucia Eames ensured that their famed Pacific Palisades house - considered one of the pinnacles of modern residential design - remained as a monument not only to the couple's sense of architecture and design, but also to the way they approached their work.
April 7, 2014 | By Jenny Deam
DENVER - It was spring break, and Levy Thamba, a 19-year-old college student from Africa, had checked into a fourth-floor hotel room with three of his buddies. They had come from their small college in Wyoming looking for an adventure. No one is sure how much Thamba ate of the marijuana cookie purchased by one of his friends at a local pot shop. But soon the engineering student, who had never tried marijuana before, began acting strangely hostile, tearing around the room and pulling pictures from the wall.
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