June 28, 2012 |
Give Lana Del Rey this much credit: She knows how to get press. Yet her latest ploy -- playing the roles of Marilyn Monroe and Jacqueline Kennedy in the video for her song "National Anthem" -- is curiously naive. The clip reappropriates American symbols with the seeming belief that the visuals themselves will carry thesis-worthy meaning. But this is politics as accessory, which comes across especially slight during an election year, when artists regularly feel compelled to campaign and even those who are apolitical are granted a reprieve for speaking their mind. Along with rapper A$AP Rocky, Del Rey and director Anthony Mandler aim to provoke but instead play with our expectations.
April 24, 2012 |
OK, so Social Security is going to be in trouble in, oh, 2033. And Medicare? Uh oh, 2024. Hmmm. Let's see. That's close but probably OK on Social Security; not so good on Medicare (especially with my -- how to put this? -- non-vegan lifestyle). What? You weren't thinking the same thing? Tell me you didn't read The Times' article Tuesday and then do the math, trying to figure out if the two safety-net programs will be around long enough for you? Because that's what it's all about. Tea party types like to harrumph about the debt their kids and grandkids are going to have to shoulder.
March 27, 2012 |
A JetBlue flight from New York to Las Vegas landed unexpectedly in Amarillo, Texas, Tuesday morning after the co-pilot took over for the captain, who suffered a sudden "medical situation," a airline spokeswoman told The Times. "The pilot in command elected to divert to Amarillo, TX for a medical situation involving the Captain," the airline said in a statement. "Another Captain, traveling off duty, entered the flight deck prior to landing at Amarillo, and took over the duties of the ill crew member once on the ground.
March 8, 2012 |
Rick Santorum renewed his criticism of John F. Kennedy on Thursday night for saying during his 1960 campaign for the presidency that he believed “in an America where the separation of church and state is absolute.” “That's not America,” the Republican presidential hopeful told a crowd at an Alabama dinner banquet. “That's France. That's a naked public square where people of faith are out of bounds.” Santorum's remarks came as he and former House Speaker Newt Gingrich battle for the support of conservative evangelical Christians in the Alabama and Mississippi primaries Tuesday.
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March 4, 2012 |
Stan Stearns, 76, who took the iconic photograph of John F. KennedyJr. saluting his father's coffin during the slain president's 1963 funeral, died Friday of cancer at a hospice in Harwood, Md., said his son Jay. As a photographer for United Press International, Stearns was assigned to cover John F. Kennedy's funeral on Nov. 25, 1963. He was standing outside a Washington cathedral with about 70 photographers when he saw Jacqueline Kennedy lean down to whisper to her son, who turned 3 that day. The boy then stepped forward as the flag-draped coffin rolled by. "His hand went up, it went down; one exposure, that's all I got," Stearns told the Baltimore Sun in 1999.
February 2, 2012 |
Republicans look at Mitt Romney and see a future nominee or a Massachusetts moderate they can't support. Democrats see a formidable opponent with abundant vulnerabilities to exploit. For one group, though, Romney's candidacy represents a unique mix of hopes and fears, pride and apprehension. Leaders of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints have a lot riding on Romney's candidacy - which is one reason why, paradoxically, they have steered clear of anything that smacks of support for the man who could become the first Mormon presidential nominee of a major political party.
November 10, 2011
Chris Matthews, the fiery host of MSNBC's "Hardball," discusses his new book, "Jack Kennedy: Elusive Hero," with actor Richard Dreyfuss. A departure from Matthews' usual debate-heavy territory, the biography portrays the political leader as an ambassador for peace who was always at the forefront of civil liberties activism and debate. Temple Emanuel, 300 N. Clark Drive, Beverly Hills. 7:30 p.m. Thurs. $20. writersblocpresents.com.
October 25, 2011 |
American Airlines has found Jack the Cat , the pet that escaped its carrier at JFK Airport in August and became an overnight Facebook star, and reports that the pet is "healthy, safe and well. " "Jack was found in the customs room and was immediately taken by AA team members to the airport vet service, VetPort, where a microchip scan confirmed that the cat is indeed Jack," the airline announced Tuesday night on its Facebook page called AA's Search for Jack the Cat. The announcement was followed by this post on another Jack the Cat FB fan page with almost 16,000 followers: "The vet reported to Karen that he is dehydrated and has lost a good amount of weight, though she said that all things considered, he wasn't in bad shape.
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September 10, 2011 |
Cliff Robertson , who starred as John F. Kennedy in a 1963 World War II drama and later won an Academy Award for his portrayal of a mentally disabled bakery janitor in the movie "Charly," died Saturday, one day after his 88th birthday. Robertson, who also played a real-life role as the whistle-blower in the check-forging scandal of then-Columbia Pictures President David Begelman that rocked Hollywood in the late 1970s, died at Stony Brook University Medical Center on New York's Long Island, according to Evelyn Christel, his longtime personal secretary.
August 31, 2011 |
How is it Jack the Cat has become a Facebook phenom on a page that's only been up since Sunday? And American Airlines, which apparently lost the kenneled cat during the runup to Hurricane Irene, has put out an APB for Jack. The Facebook page Jack the Cat Is Lost in AA Baggage at JFK says the cat was being transported by air from New York to California last Thursday with owner Karen Pascoe. Jack and his buddy Barry (also a cat) were supposed to be loaded in a kennel on American Airlines Flight 177. But before Pascoe even boarded her flight, she got a call from the airline telling her that Jack had vanished in a baggage claim area.