June 7, 2010 |
Early moments of the documentary "Smash His Camera" feature a 1981 clip in which paparazzo Ron Galella stalks Katharine Hepburn on her way to a rehearsal. When his attempt to photograph her through a hedge proves unsuccessful, he jumps in his car and races to the theater where he manages to capture her, albeit mostly shielded by an umbrella, as she ducks in a back door. Narrated by David Frost, the clip has the dramatic pacing of a "Wild Kingdom" episode in which Galella is cheetah to Hepburn's gazelle.
May 17, 2009 |
There's only thin air where the memories of an entire city once dwelt. The diaries of a 16th century burgher who duly recorded the medications he was on as well as the state of his marriage. The monastic charters from 1,000 years ago, priceless illustrated manuscripts from the Middle Ages and old report cards from the last century. The minutes of city council meetings that, with German meticulousness, officials had collected every year since 1396.
March 18, 2008 |
TEMPE, Ariz. -- Dustin Moseley probably will replace the injured John Lackey in the rotation to start the season, but even Moseley knows he can't replace the intangibles Lackey brings. "Every start he went out there last year, we had a feeling we were going to win," Moseley said. "You just have faith in him and in the consistency he showed all year, and in the work he puts in off the field. "With all that, you just expect success from the guy. He's been around, he's got the experience, he learns, he works his butt off, he goes out there and he gets fired up, man. It's a beautiful thing, knowing he's prepared himself and knowing he's going to do it."
January 4, 2007 |
THE OBVIOUS objections to the execution of Saddam Hussein are valid and well aired. His death will provoke violent strife between Sunni and Shiite Muslims, and between Iraqis in general and the American occupation forces. This was an opportunity to set a good example of civilized behavior in dealing with a barbarically uncivilized man. In any case, revenge is an ignoble motive.
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October 5, 2006 |
Inside the shuttle bus that snaked around South Los Angeles and made a stop at Martin Luther King Jr./Drew Medical Center, the fate of the troubled hospital charged the small confines with emotion. The passengers had heard about the patient deaths, the failed inspections, the seemingly constant political turmoil. To them, though, the hospital may be imperfect, burdened with a great responsibility, deeply flawed -- but it is ultimately irreplaceable.
October 9, 2005 |
DURING the all-too-brief time it ran -- from Nov. 18, 1985, to Dec. 31, 1995 -- "Calvin and Hobbes" was simultaneously the most old-fashioned and the most innovative comic strip in newspapers. Its creator, Bill Watterson, returned to the principles of polished draftsmanship, visual imagination and character-driven humor that have been the source of comic strips' popularity since their inception in the 1890s.