CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 27, 2012 |
Jonathan Beggs wanted an easy way for his neighbors to share books. Using odds and ends of fiberboard and Douglas fir, the retired building contractor fashioned a hutch the size of a dollhouse. He gave it a pitched cedar-shingle roof capped with copper. The door, trimmed in bright red, opens to three shelves filled with books by Joyce Carol Oates, Tony Hillerman, James Michener and others. Below hangs a sign: "Take a book or bring a book or both. " In the half a year that Beggs' Little Free Library has perched on a post in front of his Sherman Oaks home, it has evolved into much more than a book exchange.
June 14, 2012 |
Anyone familiar with the comic books that inspired AMC's hit series "The Walking Dead" might have had an inkling that Jon Bernthal's increasingly unhinged former lawman Shane Walsh wouldn't survive the show's unforgiving post-apocalyptic landscape. But it wasn't a hungry zombie that did Shane in - it was a knife wound to the gut courtesy of his former best friend and partner, delivered in a spectacular moonlight standoff in the second-season finale. Life after death seems to agree with Bernthal, though, who arrived for a recent afternoon interview in good spirits, his sweet-natured pit bull, Boss, by his side.
June 7, 2012 |
In her prologue to Tony Abatemarco's new play, “Beautified,” by the Katselas Theatre Company at Skylight Theatre, the character Candy points out that platonic friendships between women and men aren't traditionally the stuff of great drama. But as at least half of the population didn't need this tenderly nostalgic play to tell us, a woman's bond with her hairdresser can transcend sex, politics and social class, outlasting foreign regimes, fashions, illnesses and marriages -- even death.
May 22, 2012 |
BOGOTA, Colombia -- A little wild pig named Josefo, abandoned by his mother, helped keep Sgt. Jose Libardo Forero sane. For nearly 13 years, Forero was one of the "forgotten" hostages held by the leftist rebels known as the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, or FARC. During that unending stretch of his life, spent chained to other prisoners round the clock or confined in barbed-wire pens, he found mental escape in bonding with jungle animals. The career police sergeant tells of the tiny bit of happiness he found befriending monkeys, parrots and, finally, Josefo, whom he initially kept alive by feeding him milk with a syringe (and who later got hooked on coffee)
May 15, 2012 |
OKLAHOMA CITY — Kobe Bryant walked over to Derek Fisher , wrapped an arm around his former teammate's waist and patted him on the rear. For one moment during a break in Game 1 of the Western Conference semifinal series between the Lakers and Oklahoma City Thunder, the veteran guards who teamed for five NBA titles could safely resume their friendship. "I asked him if he was good, he asked me if I was good, and that was it," Fisher said Tuesday of his first-quarter exchange with Bryant on Monday during the Thunder's 119-90 victory.
April 29, 2012 |
CHESTERFIELD, MO. -- Early in his climb up the hockey coaching ladder John Stevens formed a friendship he values to this day. His sentiments haven't changed even though Stevens, now an assistant coach of the Kings, is trying to beat his old friend, St. Louis Blues Coach Ken Hitchcock, in the teams' second-round playoff series. "He was awesome," Stevens said Sunday after the Kings practiced at a rink outside St. Louis. "He was a great mentor. " Stevens' Kings won the series opener, 3-1, on Saturday.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 27, 2012 |
You live in a large and diverse city. You love the idea of its many worlds. But you rarely leave your own neighborhood. And your friends are more or less like you. How do you meet those who aren't? How do you breach your own borders? Marissa Engel, 35, of Hollywood long pondered these questions. Then, last December, she took action. "Host a meal in your own home," she wrote in a post on Craigslist. "Make new friends and have a dinner party without spending anything!"
April 15, 2012 |
NEW YORK - As baseball celebrates the 65th anniversary of Jackie Robinson breaking the color barrier for the Dodgers, the new stewards of his old team are working to embrace his family in the incoming ownership group. Sharon Robinson, the daughter of the late Hall of Fame infielder, confirmed Sunday the Dodgers' incoming owners have invited the Robinson family and its foundation to play a significant role with the team. "We hope that we will be involved," Sharon Robinson said.
April 12, 2012 |
NEW YORK - The American theater regularly portrays outsized figures we know from history. ESPN routinely packages narratives of athletes we know from sports broadcasts. Rarely, however, does one production seek to do both. Like its subjects, "Magic/Bird," a new Broadway show about the basketball icons, is the most unlikely of pairings. It combines traditional stage drama with slick sports multimedia - all in the service of an intimate story about that most complex of sports rivalries and friendships, the one between Magic Johnson and Larry Bird.
March 18, 2012 |
Way back when the world was young and romantic comedies opened at theaters every weekend, "When Harry Met Sally" had everyone talking, and not just because of that famous deli scene. Within minutes of meeting Sally (Meg Ryan), Harry (Billy Crystal) flatly states that women and men cannot be friends, because no matter what sort of relationship is occurring on the surface, deep down all the men are interested in is having sex. Even with the women they don't find attractive. Inevitably, he is proven wrong and right — he and Sally become friends before succumbing to their obvious deep and true love for each other — but for months it was a major topic of conversation.