March 30, 2008 |
At the L.A. Conservation Corps luncheon on March 19, 1. Jake Gyllenhaal supplied the "Aw!" factor when he showed up -- on crutches, no less -- to surprise scholarship recipient Oscar Mejia, who helped him research his upcoming role in "Brothers." During Mejia's speech, the formerly at-risk 20-year-old revealed his dream to work in Sacramento someday. Hint, hint, Maria! The ever-obliging 2. Governator's wife, Maria Shriver, offered to put in a good word. The rest of the scholars hopped onstage at the Los Angeles Historic Park as their names were read by Wilmer Valderrama and 3. Xzibit, who arrived early and stayed late to sign autographs and pose for photos with the amped-up kids.
December 18, 2007 |
President Bush said Monday that the nation's economy was troubled by "storm clouds and concerns" but asserted that its fundamental elements remained strong. With the stock market acting like a yo-yo, the Federal Reserve working to stave off recession and the administration promoting a plan to aid homeowners with escalating mortgage payments, the president looked to the past to calm fears about the future.
December 6, 2006
Re "Fundraising beat goes on for Gov.," Dec. 3 Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger said he is going to build a stronger, unified California. I have an idea for a great start. Go ahead and raise the same amount of money it would take to finance the inaugural ceremony that the governor has envisioned. But instead of actually having a Hollywood production and grand luncheon, give the money to support California residents in need. Of course, you need to let the donors know your intentions -- any other pretense would be dishonest.
October 21, 2006 |
Television's so-called network chiefs did lunch in Beverly Hills, and perhaps like so many other afternoon meals in this town much was said, but much more was left unsaid. The Thursday lunch held at the Regent Beverly Wilshire Hotel followed the bad news over that morning's breakfast, which reported that NBC Universal was cutting roughly 5% of its work force and will largely turn over its 8 p.m. time slot to reality programming and game shows.
May 9, 2004 |
In 1863, Edouard Manet shocked his Parisian audience by painting a naked woman boldly staring out of a picture while sitting on the grass with fully clothed men. The provocative subject matter and loose brushwork were far too modern for the conservative tastes of the time.
February 29, 2004
That traffic jam on Sunset Boulevard in Holmby Hills the other day wasn't due to a presidential motorcade. It was a due to a prospective-first-lady luncheon. About 175 women responded to an invitation for lunch Wednesday with Teresa Heinz Kerry, wife of Democratic presidential candidate Sen. John F. Kerry. "People were lining up down Sunset to turn onto my street, and I forgot to tell the neighbors," said hostess Cynthia Yorkin, wife of producer Bud Yorkin.
November 16, 2003 |
The tall broad-shouldered woman was not amused by the afternoon's turn of events for two reasons, neither of which involved the tiny Band-Aid on her nose. Number one: Famed dermatologist Dr. Arnold Klein was very late to speak to her guests, the well-kept ladies in pastels who sat in a private dining room at Spago finishing up their warm Valrhona chocolate souffle cake. Number two: Klein had invited a friend and a reporter to "drop in" on his Oct. 22 lecture to the Music Center L.A. Alive!
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August 14, 2003 |
For his first visit to Orange County in a year, President Bush will fly to the Los Alamitos air base this evening, spend the night at an undisclosed location and attend a luncheon in Irvine to raise reelection money. Police said the president's visit to the Hyatt Regency Irvine about noontime Friday may disrupt traffic. Those doing business in the Park Plaza complex at Main Street and Union will face street closures and checkpoints.
March 30, 2003 |
March 29, 1933, was an eventful day for George Bernard Shaw and his wife, Charlotte. The small airplane that flew them from Northern California to Los Angeles became fogbound and made an emergency landing on the beach near Malibu. The two septuagenarians hitched a ride from a passing UCLA student and reached the MGM studio in time for its boss, Louis B. Mayer, to give them a tour. Reporters turned out in droves.