January 12, 1986
The last raspberry of 1985 goes to the Los Angeles film critics who voted "Brazil" best picture of the year. It's a malicious film with hardly an ounce of human understanding, or worse, entertainment value. If I was Universal, I wouldn't want to release it, either. KEVIN IRVINE Los Angeles
March 10, 2007
Although I agree completely with Larry Stewart's assessment of Trevor Denman as an outstanding race caller, we old-timers know that there is only one track announcer who belongs in the same category as Vin Scully, Chick Hearn, and Bob Miller -- and that would be the longtime voice of Santa Anita, Joe Hernandez. Joe began his career at Santa Anita in 1934 and compiled a streak of 15,587 races called before his death from heart failure while in the middle of a race in 1972. Although his calls of Seabiscuit's Santa Anita Handicap wins are legendary, I always think back to his calls of the ultimate come-from-behind router, a mediocre horse named Malicious.
May 28, 2010 |
If Bob Burns is correct, terrorists may betray themselves someday by jiggling on a Nintendo Wii balance board, blinking too fast, curling a lip like Elvis — or doing nothing at all. Burns and his team of scientists are researching whether video game boards, biometric sensors and other high-tech devices can be used to detect distinct nonverbal cues from people who harbor "mal-intent," or malicious intent. "We're looking pre-event," said Burns, the No. 2 at the Homeland Security Advanced Research Project Agency, a counterpart of the fabled Pentagon agency that developed Stealth aircraft and the Internet.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 9, 1992
The never-ending stupidity of bureaucrats in general and the Los Angeles Unified School District in particular sets my teeth on edge. The recorded list of fires, vandalism, trashing and malicious destruction in our school system is beyond outrageous. The Sun Valley Junior High School fire is another sickening example of the shortsighted, callous disregard for the taxpayer's money. Estimated loss--$350,000. It has been suggested to the school district time after time that they keep janitorial personnel on school premises overnight.
November 29, 2013 |
As I sat down to write this piece about the UCLA-USC rivalry from the UCLA perspective, I was given word that the L.A. Times had not yet found anyone from USC to write on their behalf. This led me to two natural conclusions. The first: the USC population could be afraid of their chances on Saturday. The second: The Times might have had a hard time finding a USC graduate that actually knows how to spell and form sentences and stuff like that. More than likely it's a combination of the two. Of course, I'm kidding. USC has a great football team that is very competitive. And I'm sure that the L.A. Times could find at least five graduates who know how to spell and form sentences (they probably learned in high school)
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 7, 1999 |
The annals of child kidnapping are replete with heartbreaking tragedies, but probably none have been quite as bizarre as the crime that first mesmerized, then convulsed, Los Angeles more than 70 years ago. By the time it was over, it would involve not only an apparent abduction, but also impersonation, police coercion, false imprisonment, psychiatric abuse and--this being Los Angeles--a court fight that stretched on for more than a decade.