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September 4, 2009 | Kevin Thomas
Argentine filmmaker Lucrecia Martel's "The Headless Woman" is not the supernatural horror picture its title suggests, but this subtle, elliptical film evokes its own kind of nightmarish situation. As with "The Swamp" (2001) and "The Holy Girl" (2004), Martel continues to explore the consequences of self-absorbed upper-middle-class obtuseness and complacency. Driving away from a gathering of friends and family in the countryside, Verónica (María Onetto) strikes something as she attempts to answer her cellphone.
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September 17, 2013 | By Scott Collins
"Sleepy Hollow" galloped away with ratings that might have scared rivals half to death Monday.  Fox's horror fantasy -- an adaptation of Washington Irving's story about Ichabod Crane and the infamous headless horseman -- premiered with 10 million total viewers, according to Nielsen.  That was No. 2 during the 9 p.m. hour behind the season premiere of ABC's "Dancing With the Stars" (16.8 million). But "Sleepy Hollow" tied the dance contest in the key demographic of adults aged 18 to 49 (3.4 rating/9 share)
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SPORTS
June 11, 1988
Sam Perkins of the Dallas Mavericks must be the front-runner for this year's Kevin McHale necktie award, dethroning last year's recipient, Bill Laimbeer. Presenting the award will be the legendary headless horseman. DARREL INGERS Huntington Beach
SCIENCE
June 17, 2013 | By Amina Khan
Here's a cat that will do more whirring than purring: a robotic cheetah cub designed to trot at the fastest clip of any legged machine in its class. The mechanical running feline, described in the International Journal of Robotics Research, could help blaze a trail for engineers designing fast and agile rescue robots. The headless, four-legged robot is about the size of a house cat, and its legs were designed with a typical kitty in mind, said lead author Alexander Sprowitz, a biomechanical roboticist at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 7, 1987
Yesterday, I overheard my 8-year-old son complaining to his friends that I would not allow him to watch television after supper; this is his homework time. My son said that he wanted to watch the show that featured headless half-naked women with big "jugs" who ruled all the islands of the world. He went on to say that he would love to be stranded on the women-only islands. With dismay, I asked him what this show was. It turned out to be "2 on the Town." It took me 20 minutes to convince him that there are no such islands in the world like the ones he imagined.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 13, 1993
There have been so many examples of bureaucratic bumbling that we have come to regard them as the norm rather than as an aberration. But the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms and the FBI have raised "the norm" to new heights in the Waco killings of agents and cult members. When the indictments are handed down, shouldn't some of the sawdust-brained bureaucrats who were responsible for the raid also be named? They admittedly studied the situation for nearly a year before they came to the mind-numbing bureaucratic decision for armed confrontation at a fortress filled with firearms and religious fanatics.
OPINION
May 17, 1987
It has been said that the current congressional carnival is a surgical procedure that must be performed to restore the nation's health and vigor. This is the first time in all of history that a great nation has chosen to emasculate itself before the entire world to regain virility. But the operation is going according to plan. Already the President has been effectively neutered, and may even be impeached. Our hydra-headed Congress now is in control--to paraphrase Al Haig. Asserting the self-interest wisdom of its 250 million self-centered constituents, it has gridlocked itself on all major domestic issues.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 26, 1996 | RANDY HARVEY and PAUL FELDMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
The lingering symbol of the 1984 Los Angeles Olympic Games--the statues of two nude, headless athletes at the peristyle entrance of the Coliseum--will remain undraped during the start of the Olympic torch relay Saturday morning.
SPORTS
May 31, 1997
Grahame Jones' description of the Galaxy at their May 25 game as a bunch of "headless chickens running around" is shameful, as is his statement that skill was absent except for Columbus' Brad Friedel. Nothing could be further from the truth. The Galaxy had one of their best games of the season, demonstrating how hard team members have worked on improving their play. It's time for this team to get some well-deserved and long-overdue respect from the press. DANIELLE TORIN Culver City
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 18, 1998 | STEVE HARVEY
Spider Barbie? In "Sentinel Species," artist Laurie Hassold has created an army of crawling Barbies equipped with extra legs but no heads (so much for the big hair look!). The hundred or so mutant Barbies comprised one of the displays in "The Fragmented Body: Violence or Identity?" a free exhibit appearing at Cal Poly Pomona's art gallery through Nov. 27.
NEWS
January 3, 2010 | By Tony Perry, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
Leaning far off his horse like a polo player, amid a chaotic-looking scrum of other riders doing the same, the rider snatched the decapitated goat by a foreleg and galloped off. He whipped his heavy-breathing horse for more speed while the others raced in pursuit. As they neared their rival, they whipped him and his horse and tried to grab the goat carcass before the rider could score. A game of buzkashi, the national sport and passion of Afghanistan, was in full cry, watched by thousands of yelling, picture-taking fans, including hundreds of young men and boys who pushed so close to the field of play that they were repeatedly in danger of being trampled by the surging horses.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 13, 2009 | By Dennis Lim
With only three features to her credit, the Argentinian writer-director Lucrecia Martel is already among the most distinctive voices in world cinema. Fluid yet oblique, thick with atmosphere and almost trancelike, her movies look, sound and move like no one else's. Martel's latest, "The Headless Woman," which received a brief theatrical run during the summer, is not just one of the year's best films but also one of the subtlest, perhaps the one that most requires and most amply rewards repeat viewings -- the DVD is out from Strand Releasing this week.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 4, 2009 | Kevin Thomas
Argentine filmmaker Lucrecia Martel's "The Headless Woman" is not the supernatural horror picture its title suggests, but this subtle, elliptical film evokes its own kind of nightmarish situation. As with "The Swamp" (2001) and "The Holy Girl" (2004), Martel continues to explore the consequences of self-absorbed upper-middle-class obtuseness and complacency. Driving away from a gathering of friends and family in the countryside, Verónica (María Onetto) strikes something as she attempts to answer her cellphone.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 15, 2007 | Jennifer Delson, Times Staff Writer
A headless rooster was found on a Laguna beach Wednesday, the latest in a string of such incidents. Last week, lifeguards found decapitated goats and beheaded chickens. A headless chicken and a headless goat wrapped in purple onion bags were found at Picnic Beach at 12:30 p.m. Nov. 8 by a passerby who alerted lifeguards. Later that afternoon, a goat and two chickens, also wrapped in bags, were found at Sleepy Hollow Beach. The goats weighed about 30 pounds each. At 9 a.m.
TRAVEL
October 28, 2007 | Hugo Martin, Times Staff Writer
Dusty whiskey bottles line warped shelves. Dog-eared hymnals rest in church pews. Framed black-and-white photos, veiled in spider webs, hang on crooked nails. The ghost towns of the American West recall a desperate era. Located on high plains and open deserts, where sand storms and cold winter nights have embalmed any semblance of life, these towns still whisper their legends to anyone willing to drive through and listen.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 1, 2007 | Philip Brandes, F. Kathleen Foley, David C. Nichols
Part of our fascination with carnival freak shows is the distorted mirror they hold up to our own natures. In Lea Floden's "Headless," the more twisted that mirror, the better -- a sentiment taken to heart in Dan Bonnell's inventive, atmospheric staging for Ensemble Studio Theatre-L.A. Steeped in carny jargon and bizarre imagery, Floden's drama takes place in the Depression-era Dust Bowl -- a time of drought, both climatic and spiritual.
NEWS
June 24, 2001 | Associated Press
Muslim rebels who kidnapped about two dozen hostages, including three Americans, dumped the beheaded bodies of two captives near a highway outside the capital of a remote southern island Saturday, police said. The two Filipinos, found near Isabela, appeared to have been killed that morning, Philippine police said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 12, 2002
A passerby walking down an Inglewood alley found the headless and armless body of a woman Thursday, police said. The discovery of the nude body, lying against a garage in the 2400 block of West Imperial Highway, was reported at 3 p.m., said Inglewood Police Sgt. Ray Lloyd. The body was found near the Gospel Temple Church. Lloyd said it appeared that the woman had been killed elsewhere before her body was dumped in the alley. "It's a pretty macabre crime scene," he said.
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