May 22, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - In a contentious climax Wednesday to a series of congressional hearings, Lois Lerner, a key IRS manager, invoked her right to not testify about the agency's targeting of conservative groups, igniting howls from Republicans and sparking a threat to bring her back for another round. Deprived of a crucial witness, members of Congress from both parties alternately grilled and scolded former Commissioner Douglas Shulman about the Internal Revenue Service's improper screening of conservative groups applying for tax-exempt status.
May 21, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - As the Internal Revenue Service's last two directors struggled to provide answers Tuesday about the agency's improper scrutiny of conservative groups, a lawyer for another key IRS official said she would invoke the 5th Amendment rather than answer questions about the screening and why she didn't tell Congress about it. Lois Lerner, director of exempt organizations for the IRS, will assert her right against self-incrimination during her...
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January 12, 2013 |
Gerda Lerner spent her 18th birthday in a Nazi prison in Vienna and feared that birthday would be her last. Her jailers meant to starve her, but her cellmates - two gentile women imprisoned for their anti-fascist views - shared their rations and kept her strong. "They taught me how to survive," Lerner reflected decades later about the women who fed her until she was freed. "Everything I needed to get through the rest of my life I learned in jail in those six weeks. " Her memories of oppression and the crucial bonds with other women shaped the life she created in America, where she became a leader of a new field of history.
September 6, 2011 |
On the outskirts of Sofia, the capital of Bulgaria, a 75-acre former communist-era studio will soon draw a contingent of Hollywood heavies including Sylvester Stallone, Mickey Rourke, Bruce Willis and former California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger. The testosterone-heavy ensemble will gather at Nu Boyana Film Studios on Sept. 19 to begin filming the second installment of "The Expendables," the hit movie about an elite group of mercenaries that garnered $275 million at the box office last year.
October 31, 2010 |
The gig: Producer and financier Avi Lerner has been a fixture on the low-budget independent movie scene for decades and claims involvement in more than 350 films ? many that landed directly on video-store shelves. With his crop of white hair and equally thick Israeli accent, Lerner is known as a producer of testosterone-fueled action pictures who recently has invested in more high-profile titles such as the recent hit "The Expendables," starring and directed by Sylvester Stallone.
August 26, 2010 |
The Mods & Rockers Film Festival returns to the American Cinematheque's Egyptian and Aero theaters for its 12th annual outing, this year celebrating the work of Oscar-winning documentarian Murray Lerner ("From Mao to Mozart: Isaac Stern in China"). Opening the four-day retrospective Thursday evening at the Egyptian is a 40th anniversary salute to the 1970 Isle of Wight Festival, the largest rock fest of that era and site of the last major performances by Jimi Hendrix and Jim Morrison.