October 17, 2013 |
Swim and resortwear designer Shay Todd took home the Moss Adams Fashion Innovator Award at Tuesday night's "All Aboard" annual benefit for emerging designers, organized by Fashion Business Inc. at Union Station. She also showed a selection of her pieces -- including twilight blue, dip-dye sundresses, desert-sunset-print caftans and a burnt-clay-colored, one-piece swimsuit with cutouts and a tassel belt -- that brought to mind faraway lands. The iconic Diane von Furstenberg wrap dress turns 40 next year (Who knew?
October 16, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel apologized Wednesday to Army Capt. William Swenson, the most recent Medal of Honor recipient, for mistakes that delayed Swenson's award. Hagel said mistakes were made in losing Swenson's nomination and that the Army had corrected its error. Hagel spoke during a ceremony at the Pentagon inducting Swenson into the Hall of Heroes, a day after Swenson was awarded the Medal of Honor by President Obama at the White House for his selfless actions during the Battle of Ganjgal in Afghanistan on Sept.
October 15, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - Army Capt. William Swenson on Tuesday became the sixth living veteran of the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq to be awarded the Medal of Honor, but the honor came after more than four years of controversy over the battle in which he risked his life saving fellow servicemen. Swenson stood beside President Obama in the White House's East Room as the president recounted Swenson's actions during the Battle of Ganjgal in Afghanistan on Sept. 8, 2009, when he repeatedly ran back into the line of fire to retrieve fallen soldiers.
October 15, 2013 |
President Obama on Tuesday awarded a former U.S. Army captain the Medal of Honor for his bravery in a fierce firefight in Afghanistan. In a televised ceremony, the president awarded the nation's highest military honor to William D. Swenson for his efforts helping Afghanistan forces during a battle against the Taliban in the Ganjgal Valley. “You are a remarkable role model for all of us and we are very grateful for your service,” Obama said after securing the medal and blue-ribbon around Swenson's neck.
October 12, 2013 |
The Los Angeles Film Critics Assn. announced Saturday afternoon that director Richard Lester, who helmed the influential classic Beatles' film musicals, 1964's "A Hard Day's Night" and 1965's "Help!," is the recipient of the organization's career achievement honor. The honor will be presented at the L.A. Film Critics Assn. awards ceremony Jan. 11 at the Intercontinental Hotel in Century City. Previous honorees include directors Paul Mazursky and Frederick Wiseman and actors Doris Day and Jean-Paul Belmondo . A child prodigy, the 81-year-old Lester began studying at the University of Pennsylvania at the age of 15. He started working in TV about 1950 and moved to London in 1953, where he worked as a director in indie TV. PHOTOS: Celebrities by The Times His 1960 short "The Running Jumping & Standing Still Film," which he made with "Goon Show" stars Peter Sellers and Spike Milligan earned an Oscar nomination.
October 12, 2013 |
Arleta is dedicating its football field to former Coach Jeff Engilman before Friday's homecoming game against North Hollywood. The field will become Jeff Engilman Field. "It's a great honor," said Engilman, who started the Arleta program in 2006 and retired in 2010. Engilman is also the grand marshal for the homecoming parade, which means he will have to get into a car. "I didn't want to do that, but the principal said, 'You got to get into the car,'" Engilman said. The big surprise is that Engilman hasn't coached in three years.
October 10, 2013 |
Chris Hillman, a founding member of the Byrds, the Flying Burrito Brothers and the Desert Rose Band among many other respected groups over a half-century career, and Ash Grove founder Ed Pearl are being saluted as Best of the West honorees at the four-day Folk Alliance Region-West conference through Sunday in Irvine. Hillman will perform Saturday with longtime collaborator and frequent bandmate Herb Pedersen on the second of two evenings of showcase performances by area folk musicians including singer-songwriters Tracy Newman & the Reinforcements, Vance Gilbert and Houston & Jones.
October 9, 2013 |
As a chemistry professor at USC, Arieh Warshel says he sometimes finds it difficult to convince his fellow scientists that computers have a place in experimental fields like his own. Many people, he laments, use them to make or watch movies, "but not to understand. " Though Warshel may hold a minority view on a campus with strong ties to Hollywood - visitors to his laboratory's website are informed that his animated computer simulations are not available on Netflix - he got a huge endorsement Wednesday from the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences in the form of a Nobel Prize.
October 9, 2013 |
Shohreh Aghdashloo, the first Iranian actress to be nominated for an Academy Award, will be honored at the sixth Noor Iranian Film Festival, which takes place Oct. 18-24. Aghdashloo, who earned a supporting actress Oscar nomination for 2003's "House of Sand and Fog," will receive the NIFF Achievement Award at the closing night ceremonies at the Skirball Cultural Center. Producer Hawk Koch, president of the Producers Guild of America who just completed a year as president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, will present the award.
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October 7, 2013 |
Nicholas Oresko, an Army master sergeant who was badly wounded as he single-handedly took out two enemy bunkers during the Battle of the Bulge in 1945, died Friday. The World War II veteran was 96 and had been the nation's oldest living Medal of Honor recipient. Oresko had been hospitalized after injuring himself in a fall at an assisted-living center in Cresskill, N.J. According to officials at Englewood Hospital and Medical Center, he died of complications from surgery for a broken right femur.