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March 20, 2009 | Richard C. Paddock
A Gold Country hotel that boasts the longest continually operating saloon west of the Mississippi will remain open under a lease-option deal with a Utah company, managing partner Jim O'Brien said Thursday. The Holbrooke Hotel, which includes the Golden Gate Saloon that began operating in 1852, will be leased and managed by Atkinson and Johnson, a Salt Lake City firm that will have a two-year option to buy the hotel. "The Holbrooke is going to survive," O'Brien said. "We are no longer in danger of closing."
March 13, 2014 | By Christie D'Zurilla
Will it wind up being no sister left behind? Elizabeth Olsen is engaged, according to a report out late Wednesday, making it two Olsens down, one to go.  Sister and "Full House" alum Mary-Kate Olsen's engagement went public only two weeks ago, also courtesy of Us Weekly, which now says Elizabeth, 25, has a ring as well (though Star magazine said she's keeping the bling private). Boyd Holbrook, 32, popped the question to the "Martha Marcy May Marlene" star during a recent trip to Paris, Star reported.
March 24, 1999
In George Skelton's March 18 column, he alludes to a cynicism that pervades the youth of today. I am a relatively young person (24), and many of my peers have gotten involved in the community in a variety of ways: We tutor children after school, we run or walk 10 kilometers to raise awareness for a variety of diseases, we clean up beaches, we help feed the poor--I can go on and on. On a personal note, I have registered voters, walked precincts for...
December 16, 2012 | By Susan King, Los Angeles Times
Hal Holbrook has never been afraid of tackling tough subjects in his TV and film roles. "I sort of like controversial things," said the 87-year-old actor, best known for his celebrated one-man show "Mark Twain Tonight!," which he has been performing since 1954. FOR THE RECORD: Hal Holbrook: In the Dec. 17 Calendar section, the Classic Hollywood column about Hal Holbrook said the actor would be appearing in the coming film "The Promised Land. " The title is "Promised Land.
February 2, 1999
Jim Mann (International Outlook, Jan. 27) was right to draw attention to the pending confirmation of Richard Holbrooke to become U.S. envoy to the United Nations. Where Mann and I might disagree is over the rationale for the heightened scrutiny. Holbrooke came to prominence as the Balkans peace negotiator for the Clinton administration. He was widely praised for orchestrating the Dayton accords that formally ended the ghastly conflict in the former Yugoslavia. Subsequently, Holbrooke left government to join Credit Suisse First Boston, a global investment bank.
June 24, 1998 | From Times Wire Reports
U.S. envoy Richard Holbrooke confronted Yugoslav President Slobodan Milosevic in Belgrade, delivering what could be the final warning before NATO tries to end the fighting in Kosovo by force. The visit to the capital by Holbrooke, a trouble-shooter for the Balkans and the next U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, is seen as a last attempt to get Milosevic to stop his crackdown on ethnic Albanians in the secessionist Serbian province. Holbrooke is to travel to Kosovo today.
August 5, 1999 | From Times Wire Reports
The last remaining obstacle to Senate confirmation of Richard C. Holbrooke as U.S. ambassador to the United Nations fell as Sen. Charles E. Grassley (R-Iowa) dropped his "hold" on Holbrooke's nomination. With other senators quietly abandoning efforts to hold Holbrooke hostage for unrelated concessions by the administration, Holbrooke's long-stalled confirmation appears inevitable. But it spelled trouble for three of President Clinton's other ambassadorial choices: A.
April 23, 1991 | NANCY CHURNIN
Tony- and Emmy-award winning actor Hal Holbrook will make his Old Globe debut as Shylock, the money lender, in "The Merchant of Venice," from June 28-Aug. 11 at the Lowell Davies Festival Stage, theater officials said Monday. Holbrook, best-known for his Tony-award winning performance in his one-man show, "Mark Twain Tonight!," which he has toured throughout the country--won Emmy awards for his work in "The Senator," "Pueblo" and "Sandburg's Lincoln."
December 19, 1995 | Washington Post
Richard Holbrooke, the man who helped negotiated the Bosnia peace agreement signed last week in Paris, has told President Clinton that he will leave his post as assistant secretary of state for European affairs early next year to spend more time with his wife and family in New York. Administration officials said Holbrooke informed Clinton on Air Force One while they were flying back to Washington from Paris.
February 10, 1999 | From Associated Press
President Clinton moved ahead with plans to nominate Richard C. Holbrooke to be ambassador to the United Nations after Holbrooke agreed Tuesday to pay $5,000 to settle civil charges that he violated federal ethics laws. "I will soon send to the Senate my nomination of Richard C. Holbrooke," Clinton said in a statement issued shortly after the federal lawsuit and settlement were filed simultaneously in U.S. District Court.
April 6, 2012 | By David Ng, Los Angeles Times
Few actors own a role the way Hal Holbrook owns Mark Twain. The Tony- and Emmy-winning actor, who recently turned 87, has played the humorist in his one-man stage play "Mark Twain Tonight!" since 1954, logging thousands of performances and many more miles traveling with the show. But longevity doesn't necessarily guarantee that you have an exclusive monopoly on a part. A relative newbie to the Twain game, Val Kilmer recently launched his own one-man play, "Citizen Twain," running in a workshop production at the Masonic Lodge at the Hollywood Forever cemetery through Wednesday.
December 11, 2011 | By Charles McNulty, Los Angeles Times Theater Critic
"Harold: The Boy Who Became Mark Twain" Hal Holbrook Farrar, Straus and Giroux: 468 pp., $30 Actor Hal Holbrook, still etching craggy characterizations at 86, recollects his difficult beginnings in "Harold: The Boy Who Became Mark Twain. " This is his version of "Act One," Moss Hart's irreplaceable theatrical autobiography tracing his climb from a hardscrabble boyhood in the Bronx to his first intoxicating whiff of Broadway success. But Holbrook's memoir, written as though he felt the need to offer a clerical hand for his entry in the Book of Life, is too ploddingly encyclopedic to become another classic of the genre.
January 16, 2011 | By Christi Parsons, Washington Bureau
As President Obama and his aides prepared to memorialize the dead in Tucson, they were dealing with death close to home. Two days after the Tucson mass shooting, Ashley Turton, the wife of Dan Turton, Obama's liaison to the House of Representatives, died when her car struck a wall in their garage, igniting a flash fire. A pall fell over the White House, already dark from the news in Arizona. Several members of Obama's staff sought to help their colleague and the couple's twin toddlers and year-old baby.
December 16, 2010 | Doyle McManus
Richard C. Holbrooke, who died Monday at 69, was most often described in terms of his larger-than-life style. He had protean energy, bulldozer tenacity and an always visible ego, all of which he used in relentless pursuit of what he felt was America's duty: to try to fix the world's problems. But the last time I had a conversation with Holbrooke, he sounded frustrated. "How does this thing end? I don't know," he said last summer, talking about the overwhelming obstacles the U.S. faces in Afghanistan and Pakistan.
December 15, 2010 | By Borzou Daragahi, Los Angeles Times
Richard C. Holbrooke is being praised in the United States after his death as a giant of diplomacy, but in South Asia, the turbulent region that constituted his last assignment, his legacy received mixed reviews. In Kabul, he was regarded as out of touch with the society and too combative to forge a meaningful partnership with Afghanistan's leadership. But in Islamabad, Pakistan, he was lauded as a seasoned envoy who earnestly tried to strengthen Washington's fragile alliance with the country.
December 14, 2010 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times
U.S. diplomat Richard C. Holbrooke died Monday of an aortic tear, which can be a quick killer that’s hard to detect. This disease also has taken the lives of actors John Ritter and Lucille Ball, and volleyball player Flo Hyman. An aortic tear, or dissection, occurs after the artery rips and blood seeps through and weakens the artery. This Los Angeles Times story explains: "A sudden spike in blood pressure or a blow to the chest, such as in a car accident, can cause the weakened artery to rupture.
June 26, 1998 | Times Wire Services
U.S. envoy Richard Holbrooke struggled Thursday to negotiate a cease-fire for warring Kosovo, pressing Yugoslav President Slobodan Milosevic to pull back his forces in the separatist province. Aiming to head off NATO intervention in Kosovo, Holbrooke spent hours with Milosevic in the presidential palace for the second time in three days. The West's key point now, Holbrooke told reporters, is that "the armed forces on both sides should dismantle the checkpoints and withdraw to . . . barracks."
March 23, 1996
Sean Penn will present respected stage and screen actor Hal Holbrook with Interact Theatre Company's first annual Edwin Booth Award for distinguished achievement in the theater at a gala benefit at Loews Santa Monica Beach Hotel on April 1 at 6 p.m. Among other celebrities slated to appear at the black-tie event are Leslie Nielsen, "Seinfeld's" Jason Alexander, Dixie Carter, Marilu Henner and Davis Gaines. Proceeds will be shared by the Preservation Assn.
December 14, 2010 | By Paul Richter, Los Angeles Times
Richard C. Holbrooke, the Obama administration's emissary to Afghanistan and Pakistan and one of the most celebrated American diplomats of the last half-century, died Monday, the State Department said. He was 69. Holbrooke, who in 1995 brokered the deal that ended the Bosnian war, died at George Washington University Hospital after having surgery to repair a tear in his aorta. A 6-foot-2, barrel-chested man, he was renowned for his ruthless negotiating style, which came in handy when he stood up to Yugoslav strongman Slobodan Milosevic and brokered the Dayton accords that ended the Bosnian conflict.
December 12, 2010 | By Katherine Skiba, Los Angeles Times
Richard C. Holbrooke, the U.S. special envoy to Afghanistan and Pakistan, was in critical condition Saturday after undergoing surgery to repair a tear in his aorta, a State Department spokesman said. Holbrooke, 69, underwent surgery Saturday morning at George Washington University Hospital after becoming ill at the State Department the day before, spokesman Philip J. Crowley said. President Obama issued a statement Saturday evening saying he had spoken to Holbrooke's wife, author Kati Marton, and told her that he and first lady Michelle Obama were "praying for Richard.
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