CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 1, 2013 |
SAN DIEGO -- A civilian supervisor on construction projects at Camp Pendleton has been charged with bribery after being caught in an FBI sting, federal officials said Monday. Natividad Lara Cervantes, 64, a civilian employee of the Department of Defense, was arrested after accepting $10,000 cash as a down payment on a $40,000 bribe in exchange for helping a contractor receive a $4-million flooring contract at the base, officials said. Cervantes, a supervisor for construction and service contracts in the inspection branch, used his position to "extort bribes from businesses seeking to do business" at the base and referred to himself as the "Godfather at Camp Pendleton," the FBI said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 19, 2009 |
Irving Kristol, a forceful essayist, editor and university professor who became the leading architect of neoconservatism, which he called a political and intellectual movement for disaffected ex-liberals like himself who had been "mugged by reality," died Friday at a hospice in Arlington, Va. He was 89. He died of complications from lung cancer, said his son, William Kristol, the founder and editor of the conservative Weekly Standard magazine....
April 26, 2013 |
"The amazing thing about James Brown, for me," says R.J. Smith, "is you can't figure him out. " That's not uncommon for a music journalist, but it reveals just how complex Brown was -- Smith was his biographer. Smith, the author of 2012's "The One: The Life and Music of James Brown," dropped by our video booth at the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books to talk about his book and about James Brown, the godfather of soul. "He was a civil rights arbiter, and he was a Republican," Smith tells L.A. Times features editor Alice Short.
January 30, 2011 |
If you think your boss is intimidating, imagine how Alister Grierson feels. The Australian filmmaker, who made his new movie, "Sanctum," under the guiding hand of "Avatar" creator James Cameron, had to present a finished cut to the famously exacting director in Cameron's Malibu home theater. "Every time he'd twitch, I wondered, 'Oh no, what did I do wrong?'" recalled Grierson, 41, who had previously directed only one other movie, a small Australian war picture. "It was like sitting with God at the pearly gates watching your entire life.
April 13, 1989 |
Authorities today intensified their manhunt for the "godfather" of a drug-smuggling voodoo cult that allegedly sacrificed and mutilated at least 13 people to make its members invulnerable. U.S and Mexican authorities were searching for Adolfo de Jesus Constanzo, a Cuban who police said orchestrated the ritual slayings on a remote ranch outside this Mexican border town. Constanzo is believed to have fled into the United States with Matamoros resident Sara Maria Aldrete, a 24-year-old, 6-1 brunette described by Texas Atty.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 9, 2010 |
Malcolm McLaren, the London-born impresario whose cheeky intelligence, P.T. Barnum-esque flair for self-promotion and Dadaist sense of the artist as a wily agent-provocateur helped make him a godfather to the punk-rock and alternative music scenes of the late 1970s and early '80s, including a raucous stint as manager of the iconic British punk band the Sex Pistols, has died. He was 64. McLaren died Thursday in a Swiss hospital after a struggle with cancer. In managing and advising numerous musicians, running clothing boutiques on Chelsea's ultra-hip King's Road and writing music for TV ads, McLaren displayed a gift for always seeming to stay a step or two ahead of wherever fickle transatlantic youth culture was headed next.