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November 29, 2012
Martin Richards Stage producer and philanthropist Martin Richards, 80, a prominent stage producer who won an Oscar for producing the 2002 film "Chicago" decades after bringing it to Broadway, died Monday after a battle with cancer, said his publicist, Judy Jacksina. Plays and musicals he produced over several decades won 36 Tonys. They include the 1978 musical "On the Twentieth Century"; Stephen Sondheim's "Sweeney Todd" in 1979 and the 2005 revival; Tommy Tune's "Grand Hotel" in 1989; the 1984 "La Cage Aux Folles" and 2004 revival; and "The Will Rogers Follies," which debuted in 1991.
February 19, 2010
A memorial service for television producer and executive David Gerber, who died Jan. 2 at age 86, will be held Tuesday morning at 20th Century Fox Studios' Darryl F. Zanuck Theatre. Anyone interested in attending must call the studio at (866) 922-8923 by Sunday.
January 23, 2012 | Chris Dufresne
During a six-decade career, Joe Paterno transformed sleepy Penn State University into a national football power, creating a legacy that no one thought could be beaten — or tarnished. But the Ivy League-educated coach who demanded that his players excel in the classroom as well as on the field and was revered by generations of fans, was, in the end, forced out amid a scandal that broke hearts and stoked fierce national debate. Three months after Penn State's board of trustees fired him after the arrest of former defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky on multiple felony counts of sexually abusing boys, Paterno died Sunday in State College, Pa. He was 85 and had been diagnosed with lung cancer in November, just days after his abrupt dismissal.
December 18, 2010
MacKenzie "Mack" Miller, 89, a Hall of Fame thoroughbred trainer who won the Kentucky Derby with Sea Hero, died Dec. 10 at the University of Kentucky Markey Cancer Center hospice unit in Lexington after suffering a stroke. Miller, then 71, was working for philanthropist Paul Mellon's Rokeby Stable in 1993 when Sea Hero and jockey Jerry Bailey overcame 12-1 odds to win the derby. The horse was fifth in the Preakness and seventh in the Belmont. "I really never thought I'd win a Derby," Miller said afterward.
August 18, 2006 | Nick Schou, NICK SCHOU is an editor for OC Weekly. His book, "Kill the Messenger: How the CIA's Crack-Cocaine Controversy Destroyed Journalist Gary Webb," will be published in October.
TEN YEARS AGO today, one of the most controversial news articles of the 1990s quietly appeared on the front page of the San Jose Mercury News. Titled "Dark Alliance," the headline ran beneath the provocative image of a man smoking crack -- superimposed on the official seal of the CIA. The three-part series by reporter Gary Webb linked the CIA and Nicaragua's Contras to the crack cocaine epidemic that ripped through South Los Angeles in the 1980s.
Banking away from the freeways toward the seashore, Laguna Canyon Road fairly sings of the beauty, escape and fun ahead. It skims past a shallow lagoon, then sweeps by towering eucalyptus trees and cattle grazing on hillsides. The road spills out onto Coast Highway and Main Beach, where on a warm fall day the carefree and the bronzed play volleyball and bask in the sunshine.
November 8, 2013 | By Nardine Saad
Scott Disick's mother, Bonnie Disick, died Oct. 28 after a long illness, according to recent reports. She was 63. The cause of death was unclear. The "Keeping Up With the Kardashians" star, 30, who is boyfriend to eldest sister Kourtney Kardashian, 34, reportedly flew from L.A. to New York with his girlfriend to attend his mother's Oct. 30 wake, according to E! News , Us Weekly and People . PHOTOS: Meet the Kardashians Radar Online, which first reported the story, quoted a source as saying that Disick was "devastated" by the loss because he "was very close to his mother.
February 13, 2014 | By Patrick Kevin Day
Bill Murray talked to Charlie Rose for the full hour of Rose's PBS program this week. Like most interviews with the great Murray, it was full of great, candid insight and this time, Rose even got Murray to reveal what he was planning to say for his Oscar acceptance speech. You may recall Murray received his first and only Oscar nomination in 2004 for playing the lead opposite Scarlett Johansson in Sofia Coppola's "Lost in Translation. " However, he lost out to Sean Penn, who starred in "Mystic River.
March 14, 2013 | By David Ng
Sybil Christopher, who died last week in New York at 83, was a noted theater producer and the founder of Arthur, a Manhattan hot spot that attracted a ritzy celebrity clientele during the 1960s. Even if she hadn't become famous as the first wife, and later, ex-wife, of actor Richard Burton, Christopher would still have occupied an important seat in New York high society and culture. "She was very hands on -- as hands on a mother as she was a producer. " said Kate Burton, her eldest daughter.
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