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January 8, 2013 |
A grill man turned chief executive at McDonald's, Fred L. Turner oversaw an aggressive expansion of the company beginning in the 1970s that turned it into a corporate giant. When he began reshaping the restaurants in 1968, he left a visible legacy by removing the signature golden arches from the building's architecture and placing them on signs out front. What McDonald's founder Ray Kroc called Turner's gift for "planning and vision" is reflected in a restaurant menu that includes the Quarter-Pounder, which he co-developed with a California franchise owner in 1971.
January 1, 2013 |
Click here to download TV listings for the week Dec. 30, 2012 - Jan. 5, 2012 in PDF format This week's TV Movies CBS This Morning Dr. Jerry Argovitz; Florence and the Machine performs. (N) 7 a.m. KCBS Today Author Sonja Lyubomirsky. (N) 7 a.m. KNBC KTLA Morning News (N) 7 a.m. KTLA Good Morning America (N) 7 a.m. KABC Good Day L.A. 7 a.m. KTTV Rachael Ray Twins who still dress alike. (N) 8 a.m. KCAL Live With Kelly and Michael Matthew Morrison; Whitney Cummings; resolutions.
December 28, 2012 |
Farewell, Fred Voodoo A Letter from Haiti Amy Wilentz Simon & Schuster: 352 pp., $27 When an earthquake struck Haiti in 2010, killing thousands, Amy Wilentz tried to stay away. This wasn't easy for her to do. The Haitian people, their language and the unique beauty and madness of their country have been her obsession for a quarter-century. Indeed Wilentz, a Los Angeles writer and award-winning journalist, knows Haiti as well as any American writer has known a country that's not her own. Wilentz, author of the acclaimed book "The Rainy Season," didn't go to Haiti because she couldn't stand the idea of seeing that country of proud dreamers treated as just another group of pathetic disaster victims.
November 29, 2012 |
Fred Savage has a new baby boy - that's the buzz. But the baby's name, birthdate and all sorts of other newborn info remain family secrets at this point. "He's here," the onetime "Wonder Years" actor tweeted Monday, along with a picture of a newborn's tiny hand. And that was it. It's the third child for Savage, 36, and his wife, Jennifer Lynn Stone. They are already Mom and Dad to son Oliver, 6, and daughter Lily, 4. Fred is the older brother of Ben Savage, of "Boy Meets World" fame, who this week announced that he was "expecting," in a sense.
November 21, 2012 |
The upcoming Second City production of "A Christmas Carol: Twist Your Dickens!" at the Kirk Douglas Theatre will feature a changing roster of guest stars. Among the names confirmed to make guest appearances in the comedy production are "Southland" star Ben McKenzie, actor Fred Willard, rocker Henry Rollins, singer Lance Bass and comedian Bruce Vilanch. "Twist Your Dickens!" is set to open on Nov. 29, with previews beginning on Nov. 24. The comedy's regular cast will include "The Simpsons" star Dan Castellaneta, "MADtv" veteran Frank Caeti, Larry Joe Campbell, Amanda Blake Davis, Brian Stepanek, Jean Villepique and Ron West.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 17, 2012 |
Looking to dramatically tip the scales in the race for Los Angeles' next mayor, a nationally prominent Republican media strategist has formed a "super PAC" that aims to spend millions of dollars to elect dark-horse mayoral candidate Kevin James. Fred Davis, a GOP advertising man who has worked on campaigns for Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, U.S. Senate hopeful Carly Fiorina and former President George W. Bush, said the Better Way LA committee has raised nearly $500,000 on behalf of James and plans to collect at least $3.5 million more.
November 3, 2012 |
Life has left Fred Bradley , 81, weakened in a wheelchair. The small-time horse breeder from Frankfort, Ky., leaned back from his vantage point and smiled on Saturday at Santa Anita. "I'm not getting any better," Bradley concluded. "But I'm not getting any worse. " Groupie Doll, a 4-year-old filly Bradley and his trainer/son, William "Buff" Bradley , personally pulled to birth on their 320-acre farm, won the $1-million Breeders' Cup Filly and Mare Sprint by 41/2 lengths in the most dominating individual performance of the nine Saturday Breeders' Cup races.
November 1, 2012
COMEDY If you've ever spun a radio dial over weekend NPR, you've probably heard Mike Birbiglia spinning yarns about his sleepwalking and all the hilarious-terrifying situations it's gotten him into. His popular "This American Life" segment was turned into the film "Sleepwalk With Me," and here he'll continue his knack for arch, self-deprecating storytelling. Fred Kavli Theatre, 2100 E. Thousand Oaks, Thousand Oaks. 8 p.m. Fri. $20-$35. ticketmaster.com.
October 23, 2012 |
"You've gotta see them live. " That's a common response when talking to someone about a new musical discovery. And yet, live albums are viewed with a bit of disdain in the pop and rock realm, where they're often little more than a perfunctory, last-gasp release to fulfill the record company requirement. In the world of improvised music, however, live albums are where the rubber meets the road, where the music can venture from a sketch to a widescreen portrait. In the last few months there are have been a remarkable bounty of live albums in jazz, and each expresses artistry that existed for only one night, but now it's in your hand.
October 9, 2012 |
There they were Sunday night, during the televised NFL game, their pictures flashed to a nation of TV viewers, with penalties incurred listed below. They were three known New Orleans Saints evildoers. They might just as well have been on the wall of a post office: --Sean Payton, Saints head coach, suspended for the season. --Joe Vitt, Saints assistant coach, suspended for six games. --Gregg Williams, Saints defensive coordinator, suspended indefinitely. They were the core of the New Orleans bounty hunters, the men who un-Saintly created or allowed their players to pool money and award it to those who knocked key opponents out of games.