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In 1969, five young British comedians and one young American animator came together to make a television show. Without much of an idea of what they were going to do, they were given a series by the BBC to do it in, and after hunting around for a name -- "Owl-Stretching Time" and "A Horse, a Spoon, and a Basin" having been bruited and vetoed -- they settled on "Monty Python's Flying Circus." The 40th anniversary of this event is being marked by an excellent six-hour documentary series, "Monty Python: Almost the Truth (The Lawyer's Cut)
June 14, 2013 | By Robert Faturechi
He's not naked, and he's back on the ground. Turns out a man who climbed an electrical tower in North Hollywood on Friday was not nude, as initially reported by the Los Angeles Police Department, just shirtless. And after several hours, he agreed to come down. Los Angeles police Det. Gus Villanueva said two LAPD SWAT officers were lifted by a crane to where the man was on the tower. After they offered him a blanket, he agreed to come down. Though not hurt, the man is in police custody over what, for now, is being called misdemeanor trespassing, Villanueva said.
January 16, 2011 | By Hector Becerra and Tony Barboza, Los Angeles Times
The Los Angeles Police Department on Saturday said that two officers involved in the fatal shooting of a former college football player in Playa Vista were "fighting for their lives" in the moments before one of them discharged his weapon. The statement about the shooting of Reginald Doucet Jr., who was unarmed and naked when he encountered police Friday morning, came as a prominent civil rights activist questioned why officers couldn't have used non-lethal means to subdue him and called on LAPD Chief Charlie Beck to review the department's training and tactics in dealing with unarmed suspects.
December 24, 2011 | By Joel Rubin, Los Angeles Times
A Los Angeles police officer was justified in fatally shooting a naked, combative man, the Los Angeles Police Commission has ruled. The unanimous decision by the civilian board, which judges whether serious uses of force by Los Angeles Police Department officers are reasonable, closes the department's internal investigation into the dramatic, controversial confrontation, which drew media scrutiny and angry protests from the dead man's family and...
September 22, 1988 | JOHN J. GOLDMAN, Times Staff Writer
A deranged man ripped off his clothes Wednesday night, entered St. Patrick's Cathedral and beat an elderly usher to death with a heavy iron prayer stand before being shot to death by a police officer. Panic filled the huge Fifth Avenue cathedral, a New York City landmark that draws thousands of tourists, as the man struck worshipers.
February 16, 2009 | Christine Hanley
A man who authorities say was running naked through the streets of Lakewood died after Los Angeles County sheriff's deputies used pepper spray and Tasers to subdue him, officials said Sunday. Deputies responded to a disturbance call on Silva Street about 10:15 p.m. Saturday when they encountered him. The man, whose name was not released, was irrational and belligerent and advanced on deputies in a threatening manner as they tried to calm him down, said Deputy Richard Li, a Sheriff's Department spokesman.
People are complaining about a new cover up at the Metropolitan Transportation Authority. This one involves a mural that has been covered up at the transit agency's new Union Station headquarters because of employee complaints about its depiction of a naked man. "You can't really see anything. . . . I guess you can see his rear end," said an agency spokeswoman.
October 2, 2005 | Sam Howe Verhovek, Times Staff Writer
Stuart Smailes was a jolly, potbellied man, proudly gay, with a walrus mustache and a passion for Broadway shows, merry-go-rounds and calliopes, his friends say. But most of all, he was an art buff -- so much of a buff that he left a $1-million bequest for a fountain sculpture to the city of Seattle, with an unusual stipulation: It had to include a naked man. "He was adamant that he wanted the nude figure," said one of his best friends, Tom Luhnow. "Stu loved classical sculptures of nude males.
November 14, 1999
In "Carmen's Bold Role Reversal" (Nov. 7), Jordan Levin did not tell us if, like in his "Giselle," Mats Ek's "Carmen" will subject us to ugly decor, minimal choreography and absurd costuming--and, let us not forget, to a totally naked man prancing about to close the show? I would love to revisit the dancers from Lyon, but Mats Ek gives me the heebie-jeebies. G.J. DESSORNES Thousand Oaks
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