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December 10, 2010 |
Standing outside a bookstore on 8th Street a decade ago, novelist Susan Straight looked across the street and saw a vision of Los Angeles loneliness. Men clustered around a black door, surrounded by a wall of black tile. They filled the dark, narrow space inside, reeking of cheap liquor and hurt. "It was just the saddest place I'd ever seen," Straight told me as we stood outside the Golden Gopher bar this week. "There was this lingering melancholy all around this block. You could just smell the desperation of all these men. " These days the Golden Gopher is a hip hangout whose patrons include guys in suits.
September 5, 1989 |
Joe Phillips, saying he could "go play right now," ended a summer-long holdout Monday night by agreeing to terms with the Chargers. The only remaining unsigned Charger is running back Gary Anderson. Phillips, 26, started all 16 regular-season games for the Chargers last year on the defensive line. He led the team with 36 quarterback hits and added two sacks.
April 16, 1994
Chris Draft of Valencia High, The Times Orange County back of the year, is among 36 players on the North team roster for the 35th Orange County North-South All-Star Football Game. Draft, who signed a letter of intent to play football at Stanford, gained 1,338 yards rushing and scored 24 touchdowns to lead Valencia to the Orange League title and the semifinals of the Southern Section Division VI playoffs.
October 2, 1993 |
It already had been a hard day's night for Valencia running back Chris Draft, and the first quarter wasn't even over yet. Most high school running backs would be satisfied with 115 yards total offense and three touchdowns in a game. But Friday night, Draft had done that with 40 seconds left in the first quarter.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 16, 1999 |
EBay magazine reports that someone paid $4,600 for this item at a recent auction of Elvis memorabilia: A $695 bill from the Beverly Wilshire Hotel for "damage to Suite 850, including broken sofa, broken dining room chair, seven chipped/scratched dining room chairs and a broken leg on a drum table." Did Elvis knock the furniture over during a desperate search for the suite's mini-fridge? OK, I know what you're saying: Don't be cruel. * 'TIS THE SEASON TO BE CAREFUL, TRA L.A. LAW L.A.
November 20, 2003 |
There's one surefire way to give books some immediacy for children, author- illustrator Dolores Johnson believes -- have kids create their own. "Kids think that big people write books," Johnson says. "Sunday, they'll be writing their own books." Johnson's book creation workshop is one of the attractions at this weekend's "Ears Are Burning, Children Are Learning" program, the Sunday portion of which will take place at the California African American Museum near downtown L.A.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 13, 2000 |
Two years ago, Aimee Bender received rave reviews for "The Girl in the Flammable Skirt," her best-selling collection of quirky short stories that, according to Publishers Weekly, "take place at the intersection of fairy tale and everyday life, of hilarity and heartbreak." Now Bender, who sold her story collection two weeks before finishing UC Irvine's graduate program in writing, is back with an equally quirky first novel that is earning her more critical hosannas.
November 22, 1994 |
Two Newport Beach political consultants used an anti-tax group they helped start to dodge a required public accounting of approximately $19 million donated by Californians to political action committees and causes, an attorney contended Monday during opening statements in a lawsuit mysteriously kept from public view since 1990.
October 24, 2003 |
A bunch of jet-lagged crime writers were standing around drinking beer in a failed clothing store in a back corridor of the Riviera Hotel. The space was empty, but the brass fixtures and faded gold letters on the window were still visible: "Marshall Rousso," the poor sap. The racks were gone, they'd tacked some black cloth around a couple of tables, thrown in some oyster crackers, and called it "the official bar" of Bouchercon 2003, the annual World Mystery Conference.