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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 8, 2010 | By Abby Sewell, Los Angeles Times
Will Bronas lived a quiet life on a tree-lined street in Lakewood until the day sheriff's deputies from two states showed up at his door and took him away in handcuffs. Authorities say his real name is James Edward Sims, and he had been on the run since Jan. 18, 1981, when he allegedly shot and killed a man in Fort Myers, Fla. He had assumed the identity of Willis Bronas — who died in 1973 — and lived in Lakewood for 19 years before being arrested Friday. Sims, now 66, is accused of shooting 29-year-old Roy Radabaugh in the face in the parking lot of a bar after the men argued over an exotic dancer named Lafonda Dalton.
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ENTERTAINMENT
March 18, 2010 | By Steve Ryfle
For much of the 1950s and '60s, Sidney Poitier was the standard-bearer for all of black Hollywood, his stardom held aloft as a beacon of integration and progress. In reality, the movie industry remained largely segregated and out of step with the developments of the civil rights era; the Poitier mythology not only obscured this truth, but it also dwarfed the contributions of other African American actors, some of whom paved the way for Poitier's ascent. No one deserves more credit for presaging the stereotype-breaking characters that Poitier perfected than James Edwards, who, in 1949, shot from anonymity to stardom in producer Stanley Kramer's controversial, race-infused war melodrama, "Home of the Brave."
ENTERTAINMENT
March 18, 2010
James Edwards African American Hollywood Icon Pamala S. Deane McFarland: 228 pp., $45
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 28, 1997
A memorial service will be held Wednesday for James Edwards Sr., the Orange County theater magnate who died during the weekend after being pulled from the waters off his home on Newport Island. The service will begin 11 a.m. at St. Andrews Presbyterian Church at 600 St. Andrews Road in Newport Beach. Edwards will be buried later in the day after a family ceremony at a Newport Beach cemetery, said Don Barton, Edwards' grandson and a vice president with Edwards Theatres Circuit Inc.
BUSINESS
November 12, 1995 | GREG JOHNSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A towering construction crane is gradually chipping away at the postcard-perfect Pacific Ocean view from James Edwards Sr.'s corner office atop Edwards Cinema's flagship theater. Soon, the ocean's blue will be hidden by the new auditoriums now being added to the theater. But the chairman and founder of Edwards Theatres Circuit Inc. won't miss the view.
BUSINESS
November 5, 1995 | GREG JOHNSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
With each day, the towering construction crane gradually chips away at the postcard-perfect Pacific Ocean view from James Edwards Sr.'s corner office atop Edwards Cinema's flagship theater. Eventually, the ocean's blue will be hidden by the new auditoriums being added to the theater. But the chairman and founder of Edwards Theatres Circuit Inc. won't miss the view.
SPORTS
October 27, 1995 | Associated Press
The Bulls signed center James Edwards, an 18-year veteran who will turn 40 on Nov. 22. He has played 1,104 games with seven teams, averaging 13.0 points and 5.2 rebounds per game.
SPORTS
August 16, 1988
James Edwards, who played an important backup role at center for the Detroit Pistons in their drive to the NBA finals last season, has agreed to a new contract with the club. Terms were not announced, but team spokesman Matt Dobek said it was a multiyear contract. Edwards, 32, was acquired Feb. 24 from the Phoenix Suns.
SPORTS
August 4, 1991 | From Staff and Wire Reports
Detroit Piston center James Edwards signed a three-year, $4.5-million contract with an Italian A-1 League that will take him to Bologna if he is released from the final year of his existing contract. Edwards, 35, also must clear waivers in the NBA, which probably would happen because no teams are interested in him, his agent said. Edwards' contract for this season with the Pistons would be worth $933,000.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 18, 2010 | By Steve Ryfle
For much of the 1950s and '60s, Sidney Poitier was the standard-bearer for all of black Hollywood, his stardom held aloft as a beacon of integration and progress. In reality, the movie industry remained largely segregated and out of step with the developments of the civil rights era; the Poitier mythology not only obscured this truth, but it also dwarfed the contributions of other African American actors, some of whom paved the way for Poitier's ascent. No one deserves more credit for presaging the stereotype-breaking characters that Poitier perfected than James Edwards, who, in 1949, shot from anonymity to stardom in producer Stanley Kramer's controversial, race-infused war melodrama, "Home of the Brave."
BUSINESS
November 21, 2000 | LESLIE EARNEST, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The family that runs troubled Edwards Theatres Circuit Inc. will take another round of pay cuts and chop some relatives off the chain's payroll under an agreement approved Monday in Bankruptcy Court. Chief Executive James Edwards III, who took a pay cut of almost $1 million three months before the struggling cinema chain filed for bankruptcy protection in August, will see his pay drop $85,000 more to $490,000 on Feb. 23.
BUSINESS
November 21, 2000 | LESLIE EARNEST, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The family that runs troubled Edwards Theatres Circuit Inc. will take another round of pay cuts and chop some relatives off the chain's payroll under an agreement approved Monday in bankruptcy court. Chief Executive James Edwards III, who took a pay cut of almost $1 million three months before the Newport Beach cinema chain filed for bankruptcy protection in August, will see his pay drop another $85,000 to $490,000 on Feb. 23.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 1, 1997 | DAVID REYES, TIMES STAFF WRITER
More than 1,000 mourners attended funeral services Wednesday for James Edwards Sr., the 90-year-old theater chain founder who was eulogized for his business savvy and innovation that led him to found a company that operates more than 500 movie screens in California.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 28, 1997
A memorial service will be held Wednesday for James Edwards Sr., the Orange County theater magnate who died during the weekend after being pulled from the waters off his home on Newport Island. The service will begin 11 a.m. at St. Andrews Presbyterian Church at 600 St. Andrews Road in Newport Beach. Edwards will be buried later in the day after a family ceremony at a Newport Beach cemetery, said Don Barton, Edwards' grandson and a vice president with Edwards Theatres Circuit Inc.
NEWS
April 27, 1997 | GREG JOHNSON and PETER NOAH, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
James Edwards Sr., the theater magnate whose name has been synonymous with motion pictures for many Southern California moviegoers, died Saturday after being pulled from the waters off his home on Newport Island. Edwards, 90, apparently suffered a heart attack and fell into Newport Bay about 1 p.m. while tending to powerboats moored at his home, family members said.
BUSINESS
November 21, 2000 | LESLIE EARNEST, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The family that runs troubled Edwards Theatres Circuit Inc. will take another round of pay cuts and chop some relatives off the chain's payroll under an agreement approved Monday in Bankruptcy Court. Chief Executive James Edwards III, who took a pay cut of almost $1 million three months before the struggling cinema chain filed for bankruptcy protection in August, will see his pay drop $85,000 more to $490,000 on Feb. 23.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 29, 1996 | ZAN DUBIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
James Edwards Sr. had reason to be happy when he turned 90 last week. The 21-screen movie house he'd opened here the day before his 89th birthday--the biggest theater in Orange County--had grossed $21 million in 12 months, which was $1 million more than he'd projected and just $6 million less than it had cost him to build the place. Of the 50 theaters in America with 14 screens or more, receipts at Edwards' so-called Big One put it in the top 10.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 29, 1996 | ZAN DUBIN
Though Edwards' Big One in Irvine isn't showing as many art films as the cognoscenti might like, the number of art movies at other Edwards theaters in Orange County has increased in the past year or so. The Rancho Niguel in Laguna Niguel (where "The English Patient" is playing this week) has devoted one of its eight screens to the films. The theater didn't start out that way, but the clientele proved supportive. James Edwards can't explain why the arty crowd goes there.
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