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May 10, 1991 | Reuters
Half of French people regret the passing of the guillotine, saying that abolition of the death penalty 10 years ago was not a good step, according to an opinion poll Thursday. Parliament abolished the death penalty, carried out since 1791 by beheading on the guillotine, soon after President Francois Mitterrand was elected and his Socialists won a majority in 1981.
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ENTERTAINMENT
June 13, 2013 | By Robert Abele
Andrew Lau's "The Guillotines" is a historical action epic set during the Qing dynasty that amounts to a bait-and-switch for wuxia fans stoked for steel-meets-flesh mayhem. Reel 'em in with a mighty weapon: an intricately bladed discus hurled from a curling sword, which then locks on a victim's neck and cleanly decapitates. Up the stakes with the secret assassin clique of the title, led by stoic commander Leng (Ethan Juan) and tasked by the emperor to take down a dangerous rebel prophet named Wolf (Huang Xiaoming)
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NEWS
March 9, 1992 | Associated Press
Police said Sunday they have recovered a guillotine once given to Adolf Hitler as a birthday present. It was stolen from a Hamburg warehouse in 1989. Authorities said police arrested two men who were offering to sell the guillotine as well as a grand piano also given Hitler as a present.
SPORTS
January 13, 2013 | By Lance Pugmire
Alice Cooper is best known for his distinct brand of rock 'n' roll, incorporating horror elements including guillotines, electric chairs, fake blood and boa constrictors into his shows. The Phoenix rocker, 64, was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2011, a nod to a career that produced hits such as "School's Out," "No More Mr. Nice Guy," "I'm Eighteen" and "You and Me. " Yet he's also a gifted golfer, a four handicap who after touring with Iron Maiden last year is entered in the pro-am competition at this week's Humana Challenge golf tournament headlined by Phil Mickelson in Palm Desert and La Quinta.
SPORTS
December 13, 1986
In a typically classless act, the Zumberge-McGee team let the poised guillotine drop. Regardless of Ted Tollner's record, and 7-4 with a New Year's bowl is far from the shabbiest on the planet, his fate seems to have been a fait accompli since the 1-7 record against Notre Dame and UCLA the past four years. A rose is a rose is a rose, and a factory is a factory is a factory, and Ted's production line was not in synch with his bosses. The leadership factor? Baloney! When we use the term leadership, check out the USC rooting section of spoiled brats that boo a team and coach that has served them for four years.
SPORTS
May 8, 1985 | MARK HEISLER, Times Staff Writer
The Owner was going broke. The Coach was going to quit, if the Owner didn't fire him first. The Star Forward, a much admired Doctor in the community, had almost been traded to another community. The Star Center had been proclaimed unworthy of his salary by the man who should have known, the Daddy Warbucks paying it, the Owner. The Coach benched one of his Star Guards plus the Prize Rookie, all 260 pounds of it.
OPINION
October 18, 2009
Re "Ohio's botched execution," Editorial, Oct. 14 The death penalty always demeans the people who implement it. How degrading to ask nurses to painfully try to find a vein that will fill a creature of God with lethal poison. The governor of Ohio needs to think about what he is doing to his fellow human beings. We all need to ponder what kind of society we want to be. Frances Goldstein Sherman Oaks :: I have a simple test for whether or not a state should have the death penalty: the guillotine test.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 1, 2000
Concerning the movie version of "The Fantasticks" and Michael Phillips' lament over Hollywood's lackluster record in turning stage musical hits into celluloid pleasures ("These Movies Aren't Singing Our Song," Sept. 24): As far as I'm concerned, if Tinseltown never tries singing another Broadway show, I won't feel deprived. For my eyes and ears, the best movie musicals ever made ("The Band Wagon," "The Gang's All Here," "Gigi") were written expressly for the screen and thus did not have to be artificially reconfigured for movieland.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 9, 2001 | KEVIN THOMAS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Juliette Binoche is rapidly becoming the leading romantic heroine of the international cinema with such films as "The English Patient," "Lovers on the Bridge," the current "Chocolat" and now with Patrice Leconte's sweeping, superb "The Widow of Saint-Pierre." A dark-haired beauty of infinite self-possession, Binoche radiates the strength and intelligence of a woman capable of risking all--with her eyes wide open.
NEWS
March 16, 1989 | RICHARD EDER, Times Book Critic
Memoirs of Madame Vigee Lebrun, translated by Lionel Strachey (George Braziller; $24.95; 233 pages) For an unlikely story of prosperity in unpromising circumstances, consider Louise Elisabeth Vigee Lebrun. At 7, she tells us in her memoirs, she insisted on covering her school books and classroom walls with drawings. When her father saw them, "He went into transports of joy, exclaiming, 'You will be a painter, child, if ever there was one.' " Now this was 1763.
OPINION
October 18, 2009
Re "Ohio's botched execution," Editorial, Oct. 14 The death penalty always demeans the people who implement it. How degrading to ask nurses to painfully try to find a vein that will fill a creature of God with lethal poison. The governor of Ohio needs to think about what he is doing to his fellow human beings. We all need to ponder what kind of society we want to be. Frances Goldstein Sherman Oaks :: I have a simple test for whether or not a state should have the death penalty: the guillotine test.
WORLD
May 8, 2002 | From Times Wire Reports
SLOVAKIA A Slovak man who had fallen behind in paying his taxes died after trying to decapitate himself with a homemade guillotine, police said. The 56-year-old man drove his car in front of the tax office in the western Slovak town of Malacky late last month, pulled out a device, stuck his head in it and tried to decapitate himself, police said. The man left a message, saying that he could no longer pay his taxes, which totaled about $542.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 9, 2001 | KEVIN THOMAS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Juliette Binoche is rapidly becoming the leading romantic heroine of the international cinema with such films as "The English Patient," "Lovers on the Bridge," the current "Chocolat" and now with Patrice Leconte's sweeping, superb "The Widow of Saint-Pierre." A dark-haired beauty of infinite self-possession, Binoche radiates the strength and intelligence of a woman capable of risking all--with her eyes wide open.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 1, 2000
Concerning the movie version of "The Fantasticks" and Michael Phillips' lament over Hollywood's lackluster record in turning stage musical hits into celluloid pleasures ("These Movies Aren't Singing Our Song," Sept. 24): As far as I'm concerned, if Tinseltown never tries singing another Broadway show, I won't feel deprived. For my eyes and ears, the best movie musicals ever made ("The Band Wagon," "The Gang's All Here," "Gigi") were written expressly for the screen and thus did not have to be artificially reconfigured for movieland.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 18, 2000 | HUGH HART, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
The brooding hero has a beehive hairdo, the stuttering captain wears a red skull cap straight out of a Shriner's convention and the robot's mouth recently got upgraded from a finger puppet to a real pair of human lips. The dragonfly-shaped spaceship has the IQ of a dog and sometimes gets the munchies, while the resident sex slave wears a fire-engine-red fright wig that wouldn't look out of place under Barnum & Bailey's big top.
SPORTS
February 9, 2000 | DANNY SCHUMACHER
Pain is an accepted part of high school wrestling. But spectators, who are often unfamiliar with the moves and maneuvers, can be disturbed by what they see on the mat. That could explain why a teenage boy rushed from the stands Saturday during the Frontier League finals and punched Alemany wrestler Marcos Herrera.
NEWS
October 8, 1999 | From Reuters
Thomas Rollo, 53, severed his left arm at the elbow with a guillotine he constructed from plans found on the Internet and refused to have the limb reattached, police said Thursday. "Doctors were going to reattach the arm but he refused and told them if they did, he would cut it off again and sue them," Milwaukee Police spokeswoman Karen Pride Garvin said. Police found the guillotine along with Rollo's severed left arm in a plastic bag in a refrigerator.
NEWS
October 4, 1986 | From Reuters
France may be forced to consider bringing back the guillotine for terrorists if the current wave of political violence continues, Justice Minister Albin Chalandon said in an interview published Friday. "If terrorism continues to grow, we cannot rule out a new debate on reintroducing the death penalty for terrorists," the minister told the daily Ouest-France.
NEWS
October 8, 1999 | From Reuters
Thomas Rollo, 53, severed his left arm at the elbow with a guillotine he constructed from plans found on the Internet and refused to have the limb reattached, police said Thursday. "Doctors were going to reattach the arm but he refused and told them if they did, he would cut it off again and sue them," Milwaukee Police spokeswoman Karen Pride Garvin said. Police found the guillotine along with Rollo's severed left arm in a plastic bag in a refrigerator.
NEWS
March 29, 1997 | Reuters
A Florida lawmaker has suggested beheading as an alternative method of execution in the wake of a gruesome electrocution, a newspaper reported Friday. State Rep. Victor Crist said he was considering legislation that would offer inmates a choice of execution styles, including the electric chair, the gas chamber, lethal injection, the firing squad or the guillotine, the St. Petersburg Times reported. "You laugh," the Times quoted Crist as saying.
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