December 30, 2011 |
Their time together was so brief. Michelle Mitchell was at a sober-living home here, trying to halt a two decade-cycle of crack cocaine and prostitution. Her daughter Miracle, a bundle of energy in pink Velcro sneakers, tornadoed through the kitchen. A curvy woman with a dusting of freckles, Mitchell bear-hugged the 5-year-old. Studying Miracle was like peering into a mirror: same brown eyes, mahogany skin, wide smile. A teasing nature that belied a childhood full of indignities.
February 13, 2014 |
"Winter's Tale" is so obviously a passion project, so much a labor of love for industry veteran Akiva Goldsman, that you'd like to be able to say it's a complete success. It isn't, but the parts that do succeed, especially the fervor between stars Colin Farrell and Jessica Brown Findlay, provide such lush, emotional magic that unabashed romantics will be pleased. Co-produced, written and directed by Goldsman, "Winter's Tale" has been drastically pared from Mark Helprin's nearly 700-page 1983 literary blockbuster.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 2, 1985
I really enjoyed Ginsburg's clever little satire. Although I must admit it had me going at first. What a really clever guy! Started out as a total wimp, but with five different kinds of chemical warfare canisters in his hands, he became the virtual "Rambo" of the garage jungle! I was especially impressed, in Jerry's little send-up, by the subtle way he appeals to our cultural hubris: All of life's problems--except our nationwide system of Love Canals--can be easily and quickly resolved by squirting a bunch of chemicals around.
March 14, 2014 |
Two weeks ago, Walter Williams, 78, was pronounced dead at his home in Lexington, Miss. A day later, he seemingly came back to life, a situation that officials quickly dubbed a miracle. Williams, father of 11, grandfather of 15, and great-grandfather of six, is now dead again and this time, seemingly for eternity. “They came and got him again around 4:15 a.m.,” Williams' nephew, Eddie Hester, told TV station WAPT. “I think he's gone this time.” Holmes County Coroner Dexter Howard, who had originally pronounced Williams dead, said he died at his home in Lexington around 1 a.m. Thursday.
February 19, 1989
As I read the story about record catches of tuna by San Pedro fishermen ("A Season of Plenty," Jan. 31), I wondered how many thousands of porpoises were sacrificed for this commercial "miracle." HEATHER GOULET Los Angeles
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 24, 1992 |
To her parents, she's "our miracle baby." She sits atop a Space Age highchair. She breathes through a tube in her throat. And on her stomach, she sports an Ace bandage, wrapped snugly around a ball about the size of a cantaloupe. It's there to encircle the ball-like membrane that contains her liver, stomach and intestines. The miracle is that Jessica Marie Beacom, born a year ago Thursday with a usually terminal abdominal defect called omphalocele, is alive.
January 24, 2008
Re: "Mel Brooks: That Voodoo That He Does So Well," [Jan. 17]: Brooks did spoofs of every genre of movie -- musical, western, science fiction, you name it. The only movie he didn't do is a Christmas movie. He could have had a field day with "Miracle on 34th Street," "It's a Wonderful Life," "A Christmas Carol" and all the rest combined. Grace Hampton Burbank
July 10, 1988
There is no disputing economic reality. During the past several years America has prospered, enjoying a revitalized economy, a reduction in both inflation and unemployment, and sustained growth. The Reagan Administration claims its policies have fueled America's economic engine to new heights. The question then remains why a whole segment of the American population, especially women, have not responded favorably to the Reagan economic miracle, and Bush in particular. Perhaps the answer to this question is that most female Americans don't see the Reagan-Bush economic miracle as a miracle at all, they see it as an economic sham.