October 19, 2004
Your love of the outdoors is as fickle as a hanging chad. Most of the 2,100 readers who answered our informal online poll ["Gutsy by Nature?," Oct. 12] don't care whether our president is an avid outdoorsman, don't think the Secret Service should windsurf and don't want taxpayers anteing up for Field & Stream subscriptions.
October 12, 2004 |
On a quiet, crisp morning in an Iowa field, John F. Kerry wades in the tall grass and lays a shotgun on his shoulder. Clad in forest green and blaze orange, against a patchwork of brown fields, he inspects the neck of a freshly killed pheasant -- while, in turn, a covey of photographers inspects him, and aides jot notes that will become campaign website fodder about the senator's love of hunting. Nine hundred miles and an ideological divide away, George W.
April 16, 2004 |
In the way "Joe Millionaire" turned "The Bachelor" upside down and tricked its contestants into thinking they were vying for the hand of someone wealthy, the WB is planning a series that celebrates the type of performer likely to get booted from an "American Idol" audition. "The WB's Superstar," set for a seven-week run beginning May 17, will give aspiring singers a shot at a talent and recording deal worth $100,000.
August 23, 2003 |
At the beginning of her "Ay! Flamenco" program Thursday, dancer and company leader Yaelisa stood on the stage of the John Anson Ford Amphitheatre striking classic poses while her up-stretched hands rippled and curled with extraordinary intricacy. But her characteristic delicacy and refinement didn't last long. The art of flamenco is in a period of radical change, and nobody knows it better than Yaelisa, co-founder and artistic director of Irvine's annual New World Flamenco Festival.
February 26, 2003 |
Editor's note: When Sarah Morris took exception to Bill Plaschke's Valentine's Day column on pitcher Kevin Brown, she wrote and posted the following column on her Web site, www.dodgerplace.com. Thursday, the Los Angeles Dodgers opened their spring training for pitchers, catchers, and injured players. This was a voluntary report date. Some media members took offense because Kevin Brown did not report to Vero Beach on Thursday.
December 16, 2002 |
In the Japanese Pavilion at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, a retrospective of Munakata Shiko (1903-1975) surveys an unusual career characterized by a mighty struggle to invest new life into a tradition that had faltered. Ambitious, gifted and far more adventuresome than most of his countrymen, Munakata was not altogether successful in his pursuit.
May 11, 2002 |
They leaped, he winced. They flew, he limped. With the weight of the coach on his mind, the weight of the Lakers on his neck, and two bad wheels underneath him, Shaquille O'Neal faced his most burdensome playoff game in three seasons Friday. While the Lakers soared to a 99-89 victory over the San Antonio Spurs, their center struggled just to stand. But stand, he did. It was prettier than any dunk, more dramatic than any alley-oop, a message of strength from the Laker with the least.
April 29, 2002 |
Kurt Busch showed everybody else that the place to run Sunday in the Winston Cup stock car race at California Speedway was out front. Then rookie Chevy driver Jimmie Johnson took that knowledge, turned it against Busch as two of NASCAR's hottest young guns turned the NAPA Auto Parts 500-miler into a 28-mile trophy dash, and stole the victory--his first in only 13 tries--right out from under the spoiler on Busch's Ford. Johnson, an El Cajon native now living in Mooresville, N.C.
September 11, 2001 |
Despite overseeing massive layoffs and selling and buying billions of dollars worth of businesses, Jack Welch says in his new book he was too cautious--even timid--as General Electric Co.'s chief executive. Welch, who releases "Jack: Straight From the Gut" today, earned the unwanted nickname "Neutron Jack" after tens of thousands of job cutbacks in the 1980s. He sold cherished GE operations and boldly bought new ones, including RCA, which owned the NBC television network.
July 7, 2001
The almost-obituary written by Chris Dufresne about June Jones [July 2] reads like a medical miracle after Jones crashed his car into a pole in Honolulu last February. But what caught my attention was the bit about the two-iron in the passenger seat piercing "the steering column like an arrow through an apple." Anyone gutsy enough to carry a two-iron in his golf bag is tough enough to survive a ruptured aorta. Dan Anzel Los Angeles