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December 30, 1997 | JAMES RISEN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A spy is a fabulist, a spinner of false tales, a maker of unreal worlds. A spy is a seducer of reckless hearts and broken souls, and a voyeur of the carnage left behind. A spy is not true. But Gennadiy Vasilenko and Jack Platt never lived strictly by the rules of their profession. Platt, of the CIA, and Vasilenko, of the KGB, were assigned to corrupt each other. Instead, they reached across the minefield of Cold War espionage to forge an extraordinary friendship.
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December 30, 1997 | JAMES RISEN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A spy is a fabulist, a spinner of false tales, a maker of unreal worlds. A spy is a seducer of reckless hearts and broken souls, and a voyeur of the carnage left behind. A spy is not true. But Gennadiy Vasilenko and Jack Platt never lived strictly by the rules of their profession. Platt, of the CIA, and Vasilenko, of the KGB, were assigned to corrupt each other. Instead, they reached across the minefield of Cold War espionage to forge an extraordinary friendship.
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July 28, 2011 | By Rebecca Keegan, Los Angeles Times
Polly Platt, the Oscar-nominated production designer of such films as "The Last Picture Show" and "Terms of Endearment" and producer of "Broadcast News" and "Say Anything," has died. She was 72. Platt died Wednesday of Lou Gehrig's disease at her home in Brooklyn, N.Y., according to her daughter, Antonia Bogdanovich. As a production designer, Platt was best known for creating the distinctive period sets on films directed by her former husband Peter Bogdanovich, including "The Last Picture Show" and "Paper Moon.
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October 19, 1989 | MIKE SPENCER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
It's 11 o'clock, Irvine. Do you know where your priorities are? A statistical earthquake--in the form of a survey on your children and their drinking habits--hit your community last week and caused barely a ripple. Where are the yellow ribbons? The bumper stickers? The mass rallies? The call to arms?
NEWS
June 28, 1990 | MIKE SPENCER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
All things--good, bad or otherwise--must come to an end. And so it is with Family Life, which makes its final appearance today. Going on to other things, however, does not mean we're abandoning the stands or the issues articulated in this space over the months.
NEWS
February 8, 1990 | MIKE SPENCER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Actress Drew Barrymore's story of pre-teen drugs and alcohol abuse, along with her latest attempt at recovery, has been well-documented. What isn't discussed is a family history that most probably destined her for this particularly ugly fate--a father and an aunt who made headlines themselves before their untimely deaths from abuse, and a grandfather, arguably the greatest actor of his generation, who died the same way.
NEWS
August 26, 1989 | MIKE SPENCER, Times Staff Writer
I have a friend who began a slide into heavy drug and alcohol abuse at the age of 10. At one point in his early teens, he fell into such paranoia that he spent much of his time in the closet with the door closed and the light off. "I tell you there's something wrong with that child," he overheard his mother tell his father one evening. "It's not normal to be sitting in the closet all the time." "Oh, leave him alone," replied the father.
BUSINESS
July 7, 1996 | BARBARA MARSH, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A year ago, the 31-year-old computer systems manager for a global drug company in Southern California felt crushing job pressures. He ran a department of 35, answered to bosses across several divisions and sometimes found himself working up to 48 hours without a break. "A major part of the system would crash and we'd be getting phone calls from literally everywhere, demanding systems be brought up," he said. "The pressure was just from everywhere."
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