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May 2, 2013 | By Gary Goldstein
Watching "André Gregory: Before and After Dinner" often feels like visiting with an elegant, genial, slightly mystifying old friend. Too bad Cindy Kleine, the documentary's producer-director-narrator - and Gregory's wife - didn't better organize this rangy survey of the eclectic actor, theater director, artist and raconteur. While the title references Louis Malle's 1981 classic "My Dinner With André," which Gregory, now 78, co-wrote and starred in with collaborator and pal Wallace Shawn, Kleine spends little time on Gregory's signature screen role.
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April 12, 2014 | By Elaine Woo, Los Angeles Times
Gregory White Smith, a Harvard-trained lawyer, businessman, philanthropist and Pulitzer Prize-winning biographer who raised hackles in the art world with an intensely psychological examination of the life and work of Jackson Pollock, has died. He was 62. Smith died Thursday at his home in Aiken, S.C., of a rare brain tumor diagnosed nearly 40 years ago, said his spouse and co-author Steven Naifeh. Naifeh and Smith won the Pulitzer Prize in biography for "Jackson Pollock: An American Saga," which was published in 1990 and spurred the 2000 movie "Pollock" starring Ed Harris.
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May 3, 1993 | ANNA CEKOLA
James A. Gregory, 40, of Amelia Island, Fla., was a veteran who flew jets in the Navy and had been a pilot for most of his adult life, friends said. Timothy J. Brown, co-owner of the F-86 that Gregory was flying, described his friend as a skilled pilot who was very familiar with the plane. "It's a great blow to me," said Brown, of Fernandina Beach, Fla. "He was my partner in the airplane and a great friend. It's one of those things you just don't understand.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 5, 2014 | By Bob Pool
Gregory Kelly is a small-scale historian who is out to memorialize big-time Southern California landmarks, one by one. There's the miniature Watts Towers, an elaborate depiction of Newport Beach's Balboa Pavilion and a proportionally correct model of Silver Lake's Music Box Steps - all tucked in Kelly's crowded Tustin hobby shop. Not bad for a man who had never even built a plastic model airplane before deciding at age 20 to open his own shop in a building owned by his father.
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December 17, 1986
A funeral service was held Tuesday for Manuel Talley, a founder of the Los Angeles chapter of the Congress of Racial Equality. Talley was 68 when he collapsed and died of an apparent heart attack outside the Los Angeles County Courthouse on Dec. 8, said his son, Gregory. A congressional candidate in 1974 and 1984, Talley also founded the United Freedom Assn., a group dedicated to the registration of black voters. In addition to his son, he is survived by four daughters and four grandchildren.
NEWS
July 16, 1994 | From Associated Press
Caught in currents after accidentally driving into a rain-swollen lake, Victoria Hoffman struggled to keep her head above water while clutching her 7-year-old son. In a driving rain and growing darkness Thursday night, Hoffman screamed for help. Minutes later, she shoved her son toward a rescuer before she was pulled under the water to her death. "I hollered, 'Can you swim?'
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December 31, 1995
COMMUNITY MEMORIAL HOSPITAL KENNEDY, to Andrea Baldonado and Michael, Dec. 15, a girl, Ashley. JOHNSON, to Sharon and Dennis, Dec. 15, a boy, Nolan. MANGIONE, to Judith and Lawrence, Dec. 15, a boy, Shane. BARBOZA, to Barbara and Jorge, Dec. 15, a girl, Denise. MUMME, to Jolene Gaeta and Brandon, Dec. 15, a girl, Shyann. QUIROZ, to Noemi Perez and Osvaldo, Dec. 15, a boy, Osvaldo. RUVALCABA, to Maria and Jose, Dec. 15, a girl, Mariana. WERNER, to Dana and Scott, Dec. 15, a girl, Camille.
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October 2, 1988 | Staff Writer Jerry Hicks
Prosecutors in the Randy Steven Kraft murder trial say a paper with 61 entries, found in his car trunk when he was arrested May 14, 1983, is a death list--Kraft's own score card of how many young men he had killed dating back to late 1971. Kraft's attorneys deny it is a death list, and call it meaningless information that will only inflame his jury. Kraft himself, in a 1983 interview, called the list nothing more than references to friends of his and his roommate at the time.
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July 23, 1989 | JOY HOROWITZ, Joy Horowitz's last story for this magazine was "Dr. Amnio."
REMEMBERING HER DAYS AS A young girl--"No one would have accused me of being a happy child"--Leslie Abramson has an enduring memory of her favorite means of escape. After school, at the corner luncheonette, she'd buy button candies and chocolate marshmallow twists (two for a nickel) and spend hours at the comic-book racks, reading. Mad magazine was good for a giggle. But it was the spooky stuff, the horror comics like "Tales From the Crypt," that she really loved. And hated, too.
NEWS
January 6, 1997 | LARRY HARNISCH, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Light does not easily penetrate the clouded story of Betty Short, a 22-year-old unemployed cashier and waitress whose body was found cut in half and gruesomely mutilated 50 years ago this month in a vacant lot in Southwest Los Angeles. The unsolved killing remains Los Angeles' premier myth noir, a tale of a tragic beauty clad in black, prowling the night life, a cautionary fable that rings as true today as it did in 1947. The legend insists on a shadowed, epic tone.
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January 26, 2014 | By Chris Barton
This post has been updated. See below for details. In most genres, the Grammys aren't generally relied upon as an accurate barometer of the state of a given genre. But in the case of jazz, the Recording Academy got a few things right Sunday. One of the biggest stories of jazz in 2013, the soulful Gregory Porter took home honors in the jazz vocal category for "Liquid Spirit," his debut album for Blue Note Records. Porter beat out another rising jazz talent in Cécile McLorin Salvant for the honor, as well as albums by Andy Bey, Lorraine Feather and Tierney Sutton.
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January 18, 2014 | By Chris Barton
When Esperanza Spalding was named best new artist at the 2011 Grammys, not even the most ardent jazz fan dared believe this would usher in a new era for a marginalized genre long left out of the major award categories. Still, there was hope. Beyond the pop cultural footprint generated by Spalding's memorable coif, numerous high-profile performances and cover-ready good looks, there were acres of talent. FOR THE RECORD: Grammy jazz categories: An article about the Grammy Awards' jazz categories in the Jan. 19 Arts & Books section gave 1930s singer-trumpeter Valaida Snow's last name as Smith.
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November 21, 2013 | By Bill McKibben
Fracking on a large scale may be coming soon to California as oilmen converge on the Monterey Shale, a formation that could hold 15 billion barrels' worth of oil. At $100 a barrel, that's … a lot of money. Money is the real subject of Gregory Zuckerman's "The Frackers: The Outrageous Inside Story of the New Billionaire Wildcatters," which is not surprising since he wrote the prize-winning "The Greatest Trade Ever," an account of how hedge fund king John Paulson figured out the coming housing collapse and made billions.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 6, 2013 | By Emily Foxhall and Jill Cowan
It was around lunchtime when patrons of the Ruby's Diner perched near the end of the Balboa Pier looked up and saw what appeared to be a dummy plummeting from a passing helicopter and then heard it splash into the ocean. As customers strained to get a look, rescuers who rushed to the shoreline made a grim discovery. The object seen dropping from the sky Tuesday was actually the body of a man who had paid $310 for a tour of the Orange County coastline, only to tumble from the chopper's door, falling 500 feet to the water below.
NEWS
August 2, 2013 | By Iris Schneider
Tony Unruh and Keith Sidley had much in common. Both were Jewish architects from South Africa transplanted to the same Los Angeles neighborhood. Both had married non-Jewish women from Maryland, and both had two young kids. Perhaps most important, both had an affinity for Midcentury architect Gregory Ain. Unruh had bought Ain's old architecture office on Hyperion Avenue. Sidley was living with his family in a Silver Lake home designed and built in the early '40s by Ain. As their friendship grew, the architects spent many nights talking about how they could renovate Sidley's house.
BUSINESS
August 1, 2013 | By Lauren Beale
The Veronique and Gregory Peck estate has come on the market in Holmby Hills for $24.995 million. Set on 1.3 acres, the 1932 house sits at the end of a long driveway and features the original marble-walled foyer, vaulted ceilings, five bedrooms, seven bathrooms and 9,000 square feet of living space. The updated kitchen, with a separate service kitchen, has French doors that open to the grounds and swimming pool. Peck, who died in 2003 at 87, won an acting Oscar for his starring role as Atticus Finch in “To Kill a Mockingbird” (1962)
REAL ESTATE
December 12, 2004 | Ruth Ryon, Special to The Times
Actor Noah Wyle has sold his Los Feliz home for close to its $3.8-million asking price. The buyer was Robert Richardson, who won an Oscar in 1991 for best cinematography for "JFK." The house, which actor Tim Curry also once owned, is a restored Spanish colonial estate. It is on about 1.5 acres of lush grounds and has three bedrooms and 3 1/2 bathrooms in slightly more than 4,000 square feet. The home has hand-carved, hand-stenciled ceilings, a pool, an amphitheater, waterfalls and fountains.
NEWS
January 11, 1994 | MICHAEL ROSS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In a case that has captured the lurid fascination of a nation, a 24-year-old manicurist from Venezuela went on trial in a small Virginia courthouse Monday for cutting off her husband's penis to avenge what her lawyers say was years of abuse and rape. Looking tired but composed, Lorena Bobbitt was whisked through a phalanx of TV cameras and reporters in Manassas, Va.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 9, 2013 | By Matt Hamilton
A 35-year-old Hacienda Heights man was found guilty of arson Tuesday for burning down a church in 2011. Jurors deliberated for less than an hour before finding Gregory Yusuke Shiga guilty of aggravated arson and four other related counts. Shiga faces up to life in prison in the fire that destroyed St. John Vianney Church in Hacienda Heights. Authorities said the fire caused more than $8.5 million in damage. During the two-week trial in Pomona, investigators testified that Shiga started the blaze with toilet paper rolls soaked in an accelerant such as lighter fluid.
NEWS
June 25, 2013 | By Benjamin Mueller
What is it about Glenn Greenwald that makes his colleagues squirm? For publishing a series of revelatory articles about the extent of the government's domestic surveillance activity, the Guardian columnist has been compared by one New York Times reporter to anti-tax crusader Grover Norquist and asked to be arrested by another . On TV he's been a reliably prickly interview, and it's not just the five-second delay that's making things awkward....
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