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January 27, 2012
'Man on a Ledge' MPAA rating: PG-13 for violence and brief strong language Running time: 1 hour, 42 minutes Playing: In general release
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 26, 2013 | By Joseph Serna and Cindy Chang
A lifelong Raiders fan is crediting his training as a Marine for his life-saving reaction to a woman who jumped from a ledge at Oakland Coliseum over the weekend. Out of the hospital and recovering, Donnie Navidad, 61, told local media he felt obligated to try and catch the woman after she leapt from third-floor seating onto a second-floor concourse about 45 feet down. “When you react to something you react without any hesitation at all and you just do what you got to do,” Navidad told KTVU.
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ENTERTAINMENT
January 27, 2012 | By Betsy Sharkey, Los Angeles Times Film Critic
When a guy steps onto a narrow ledge, many stories above a messy bit of New York City asphalt, you figure it is someone in dire straights taking desperate measures. In "Man on a Ledge" that guy is an ex-cop, convicted felon and recent prison escapee played by Sam Worthington - a situation that is about as fraught as it gets. And yet, Worthington's Nick Cassidy doesn't seem all that frantic, in fact, except for a couple of deep breaths he barely breaks a sweat. I, on the other hand, was gripping anything in reach, palms dripping, thinking I might not have survived the effects had they been 3-D. Though there were other production sites, serious time was spent actually shooting on that 14-inch ledge wrapping the 21st floor of the Roosevelt Hotel to create the vicarious sensation of being there.
NATIONAL
July 24, 2013 | By Michael Muskal
It is a dangerous job requiring the skills of an acrobat with the desire to help people. He had done it dozens of times before, but this time a Las Vegas police officer's successful rescue of a stranded hiker cost him his life. When the alarm sounded Monday night about a hiker in danger, Las Vegas police officer David Vanbuskirk and his crew jumped into a helicopter and flew to a rocky ledge in an off-limits area near Mount Charleston northwest of the city. Vanbuskirk, a 13-year veteran of the department, donned his harness and went to work, officials said at an emotional news conference on Tuesday.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 25, 2012 | By Mark Allen, as told to Jori Finkel
I've always been interested in ways that paintings function as anthropological evidence of moments in time, and I'm a fan of the Charles Mackay book from 1840 "Extraordinary Public Delusions and the Madness of Crowds," which traces the history of the Dutch tulip bubble. This painting precedes the collapse of the bubble; it's not a direct comment on tulip mania. But it's a moment when people get really excited about collecting tulips and they start seeking variations in the plant caused by the mosaic virus, which produced the variegated or striped tulips you can see in the painting.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 9, 2011 | By Susan Salter Reynolds, Special to the Los Angeles Times
The Turquoise Ledge Leslie Marmon Silko Viking: 319 pp., $25.95 Leslie Marmon Silko writes in the language of the spirit ? reading her words as she constructs a portrait of herself for this memoir is not only like being inside her head, it is like eavesdropping on her silent conversations with her gods. Silko was born in 1948 in Albuquerque and grew up on the edge of the Laguna Pueblo reservation in north central New Mexico. She is part Laguna Pueblo, part Cherokee, part Mexican and part Anglo.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 24, 1986 | THOMAS OMESTAD, Times Staff Writer
Los Angeles police rescued a man threatening to jump from the ledge of a bank building 20 stories above Ventura Boulevard in Encino Thursday, ending a real-life drama that closed the San Fernando Valley's busiest street during afternoon rush-hour traffic. The man was later identified by police as James Pastorella, 24, a welder from Sherman Oaks. He was taken to Olive View Medical Center in Sylmar for psychiatric evaluation.
BUSINESS
January 27, 2012 | By Ben Fritz, Los Angeles Times
Liam Neeson's new action-adventure thriller looks to have the edge on what is likely to be a crowded movie weekend without a breakout hit. "The Grey,"starring Neeson, probably will take in $12 million to $14 million, according to people who have seen pre-release audience surveys. That should be good enough to beat two other new offerings, crime comedy "One for the Money,"starring Katherine Heigl, and thriller "Man on a Ledge," headlined by Sam Worthington. Both are expected to have soft openings of less than $10 million.
TRAVEL
September 6, 2009 | Richard Derk
The Ledge is stationary, but your knees might wobble. These four glass boxes, in the Willis Tower (Chicago's former Sears Tower), poke out from the 103rd floor, providing a unique and exhilarating viewing experience. Each box is made of clear glass -- three layers laminated together, for strength. The Ledge is included in the $14.95 price of a ticket to the tower's viewing deck. Lines vary, and half-hour waits and longer are common. But time on the top is unlimited, and even the elevator ride is fun. -- Richard Derk
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 16, 1998
I'm at a total loss to understand how one of the prime villains of the latter part of the 20th century, Augusto Pinochet, rates such sympathtic, weepy front-page treatment (March 11), except as being simply another indication of the utter dominance of our times by a corporate/military elite that too many blindly refuse to acknow- ledge. DUANE V. WALN Camarillo
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 25, 2012 | By Mark Allen, as told to Jori Finkel
I've always been interested in ways that paintings function as anthropological evidence of moments in time, and I'm a fan of the Charles Mackay book from 1840 "Extraordinary Public Delusions and the Madness of Crowds," which traces the history of the Dutch tulip bubble. This painting precedes the collapse of the bubble; it's not a direct comment on tulip mania. But it's a moment when people get really excited about collecting tulips and they start seeking variations in the plant caused by the mosaic virus, which produced the variegated or striped tulips you can see in the painting.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 27, 2012
'Man on a Ledge' MPAA rating: PG-13 for violence and brief strong language Running time: 1 hour, 42 minutes Playing: In general release
BUSINESS
January 27, 2012 | By Ben Fritz, Los Angeles Times
Liam Neeson's new action-adventure thriller looks to have the edge on what is likely to be a crowded movie weekend without a breakout hit. "The Grey,"starring Neeson, probably will take in $12 million to $14 million, according to people who have seen pre-release audience surveys. That should be good enough to beat two other new offerings, crime comedy "One for the Money,"starring Katherine Heigl, and thriller "Man on a Ledge," headlined by Sam Worthington. Both are expected to have soft openings of less than $10 million.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 27, 2012 | By Betsy Sharkey, Los Angeles Times Film Critic
When a guy steps onto a narrow ledge, many stories above a messy bit of New York City asphalt, you figure it is someone in dire straights taking desperate measures. In "Man on a Ledge" that guy is an ex-cop, convicted felon and recent prison escapee played by Sam Worthington - a situation that is about as fraught as it gets. And yet, Worthington's Nick Cassidy doesn't seem all that frantic, in fact, except for a couple of deep breaths he barely breaks a sweat. I, on the other hand, was gripping anything in reach, palms dripping, thinking I might not have survived the effects had they been 3-D. Though there were other production sites, serious time was spent actually shooting on that 14-inch ledge wrapping the 21st floor of the Roosevelt Hotel to create the vicarious sensation of being there.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 8, 2011 | By Kevin Thomas
At 10:30 one morning, hotel manager Gavin (Charlie Hunnam) steps out on to the ledge of a tall building facing an old church with a clock on its tower. He plans to jump before noon. Hollis (Terrence Howard), a policeman trained to deal with such situations, quickly discerns that Gavin is being forced to commit suicide. Drawing out Gavin triggers a series of flashbacks. Such is the promising premise of writer-director Matthew Chapman's "The Ledge," a film that's ultimately sabotaged by its own heavy-handed screenplay.
BUSINESS
February 17, 2011 | By W.J. Hennigan, Los Angeles Times
A pocket-size drone dubbed the Nano Hummingbird for the way it flaps its tiny robotic wings has been developed for the Pentagon by a Monrovia company as a mini-spy plane capable of maneuvering on the battlefield and in urban areas. The battery-powered drone was built by AeroVironment Inc. for the Pentagon's research arm as part of a series of experiments in nanotechnology. The little flying machine is built to look like a bird for potential use in spy missions. The results of a five-year effort to develop the drone are being announced Thursday by the company and the Pentagon's Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 21, 1986
There must be two Huntington Beach Police Departments. One I do not have firsthand knowledge of, I only read about it during the Labor Day weekend riots. According to published reports of the holiday incident, the department personnel lacked restraint, good judgment and on-site decision-making manpower. The second department, the one I observed on Monday, Sept. 8, proved quite the opposite. Instead of being outnumbered by taunting thousands, they had the drop on an isolated figure who appeared ready to jump from the Beach Boulevard overpass of the 405 Freeway onto the morning rush-hour traffic below.
NATIONAL
July 24, 2013 | By Michael Muskal
It is a dangerous job requiring the skills of an acrobat with the desire to help people. He had done it dozens of times before, but this time a Las Vegas police officer's successful rescue of a stranded hiker cost him his life. When the alarm sounded Monday night about a hiker in danger, Las Vegas police officer David Vanbuskirk and his crew jumped into a helicopter and flew to a rocky ledge in an off-limits area near Mount Charleston northwest of the city. Vanbuskirk, a 13-year veteran of the department, donned his harness and went to work, officials said at an emotional news conference on Tuesday.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 27, 2011 | By John Horn, Los Angeles Times
It takes a lot of faith to make an independent film. This year, independent films are showing a lot of faith. Among the roughly 120 features playing at this year's Sundance Film Festival, a surprisingly large number use faith ? and specifically Christianity ? as either a critical narrative fulcrum or a key expositional backdrop. And the dramas do not always take a neutral stance. Kevin Smith's gothic horror story "Red State" targets a violently homophobic pastor modeled on the real-life, gay-bashing Baptist Fred Phelps.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 9, 2011 | By Susan Salter Reynolds, Special to the Los Angeles Times
The Turquoise Ledge Leslie Marmon Silko Viking: 319 pp., $25.95 Leslie Marmon Silko writes in the language of the spirit ? reading her words as she constructs a portrait of herself for this memoir is not only like being inside her head, it is like eavesdropping on her silent conversations with her gods. Silko was born in 1948 in Albuquerque and grew up on the edge of the Laguna Pueblo reservation in north central New Mexico. She is part Laguna Pueblo, part Cherokee, part Mexican and part Anglo.
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