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July 21, 2010 | Eric Sondheimer
Will Oliver has the perfect name for the lead character in his own adventure novel. The story revolves around a 17-year-old boy who entered high school wanting to try everything, and he has followed his intrepid spirit so passionately that his football coach at North Hollywood Harvard-Westlake, Vic Eumont, says "the kid is amazing." There's only 24 hours in a day, but Oliver finds ways — and time — to live his life beyond the most imaginative of teenage audacity.
April 26, 2014 | By Meredith Blake
NEW YORK - John Oliver will have the crab cakes - but that's all, thanks. In a private dining room at HBO's plush headquarters overlooking Bryant Park in midtown Manhattan, a waitress in a crisp black uniform asks the 37-year-old comedian if he'd like anything else - perhaps some soup or salad? He declines with a polite insistence that suggests he's not quite used to all the luxurious trappings. Then, as soon as the waitress leaves the room, he launches into a riff about possibly sinister deeds going on behind the scenes at HBO. "I don't know what happens here," he says, "This is, like, unsettlingly nice.
November 7, 1986 | John Spano
Superior Court Judge Jerrold S. Oliver has been named judge of the year by the California Trial Lawyers Assn. Oliver, 60, is supervising judge of the civil jury panel of the Superior Court. The association presents the award each year to recognize outstanding service by a trial judge, said Gary M. Paul, chairman of the association's state convention, which runs Thursday through Sunday at the Newport Beach Marriott Hotel. Oliver of La Habra is a 1956 graduate of the USC Law School.
April 26, 2014 | By Matt Cooper
Customized TV Listings are available here: Click here to download TV listings for the week of April 27 - May 3, 2014 in PDF format This week's TV Movies SUNDAY Tweens and pre-tweens can get an eyeful and an earful of their favorite performers at the "2014 Radio Disney Music Awards. " 8 p.m. Disney Channel Mariel Hemingway, granddaughter of literary lion Ernest Hemingway, tells of her famous family's troubled history in "Running From Crazy.
March 24, 1985 | GORDON EDES, Times Staff Writer
Normally, the word location belongs to the lexicon of the pitcher. It is in the interests of location that here at Dodgertown, pitchers work at the "Strings," roped-off areas that leave no doubt where the strike zone is. But Al Oliver has made location a hitter's term, too. He has an 11-game hitting streak, and his two hits Saturday in the Dodgers' 5-1 loss to Baltimore raised his average to .425. Oliver says he has usually hit this way but that the difference this spring is location.
California Youth Theatre's big, ambitious production of Lionel Bart's "Oliver!," at Pan Pacific Park, presented by Plaza Entertainment, had its ups and downs at last weekend's gala opening. Among the downs: a sound system that crackled and faded in and out for a time and unwieldy set changes.
Vanessa Mudd, widow of multimillionaire Henry T. Mudd, testified Thursday in Superior Court that she telephoned one of her husband's many mistresses and left a message asking how the mistress could take legal action against her husband when he had been so kind to her. The widow said she protested that her husband cried when he heard of the action. "I also said I hoped she never got a decent night's sleep for as long as she lived," Vanessa Mudd said, her voice breaking with emotion.
August 14, 1986
Federal Trade Commission Chairman Daniel Oliver charged that government rules are the principal antagonist to competition, which he termed "one of the linchpins of a free society." In general, Oliver said, competition is the best way to allocate society's resources for maximum consumer welfare. Restraints on competition misallocate resources, he said, and the main source of such restraints is government. Oliver said he will support modifying or vacating past FTC orders that restrain
June 9, 1991
Just so no one gets any romantic notions about the guy who has been called "Fagin" because he is accused of recruiting young boys into a theft ring: Forget that lovable old rascal Fagin in the cute musical "Oliver!" In Charles Dickens' novel "Oliver Twist," Fagin is a despicable, sleazy Semitic stereotype who is imprisoned and hanged. TOM BURNS, Acton
November 27, 2005 | Veronica Chater, Veronica Chater is a freelance writer based in Berkeley and a frequent contributor to Public Radio International's "This American Life."
Daniel, my 11-year-old son, recently looked up from his half-eaten chicken leg. "Meat is murder," he declared. "From this day on, I will no longer eat it." Daniel's younger brothers, Cameron and Kyle, stopped chewing and stared at their plates. I stopped chewing. My husband John stopped chewing. "Are you serious?" I asked. Daniel leveled his dark blue eyes at me. "Deadly." So it finally happened. My oldest child had declared his first moral-political cause.
April 24, 2014 | By Joe Flint
After the coffee. Before figuring out what to delete from my DVR. The Skinny: The Redskins 2014 schedule came out Wednesday. For the next 4-1/2 months, I can look at it and dream of a 14-2 season. Come September, reality will set in. Thursday's headlines include William Hurt pulling out of the movie "Midnight Rider" and concerns about the FCC's plans for new net neutrality rules . Also, John Oliver gets ready to launch his new HBO show. Daily Dose: A memorial for Lucy Hood, the president of the Television Academy who died this month of cancer, will be held Friday at 4 p.m. at Leonard H. Goldenson Theatre at the Academy's North Hollywood headquarters.
April 23, 2014 | By Patrick Kevin Day
When John Oliver left "The Daily Show" in December to launch a new weekly show on HBO, host Jon Stewart surprised him with a video tribute to his 7-1/2 years on the Comedy Central show. Overcome with emotion, Oliver broke down in tears and gave Stewart a very heartfelt hug by way of departure. Many fans at the time were charmed by this genuine display of emotion. But Oliver's friends back in England hated it. In advance of the premiere of his new HBO show, "Last Week Tonight With John Oliver," the comedian appeared on "The Tonight Show," where host Jimmy Fallon quizzed him about his on-air sobbing.
April 16, 2014 | By Joe Flint
After the coffee. Before losing the jet lag. The Skinny: I've watched the first four episodes of FX's "Fargo" and can recommend it. Now I want to see the movie again. Seems like Tuesday was light on hard news but we scraped together a Fix for you nonetheless. Today's stories include the latest on L.A. film production and NBC's efforts to build a digital programming space. Also, Oliver North gets to put his experience to work for FX's Cold War drama "The Americans. " Daily Dose: The Washington Post said Comcast's acquisition of Time Warner Cable should be approved by regulators.
February 12, 2014 | By Yvonne Villarreal
John Oliver admirers, take note: HBO has finally confirmed the title and launch date of the former "Daily Show" correspondent's new show. "Last Week Tonight with John Oliver" will make its debut April 27 at 11 p.m. PDT. The series, which was announced last November, takes a satirical look at the week in news -- sort of similar to the mimicking his former boss Jon Stewart is known for, but not exactly, Oliver stressed when addressing reporters in...
January 25, 2014 | By David Pierson
ARTOIS, Calif. - Nestled in a corner of the Sacramento Valley known for its rice, almonds and walnuts, densely packed rows of manicured olive trees stretch toward the horizon. This 1,700-acre spread is the domain of California Olive Ranch, an upstart company with big ambitions. The U.S. is the world's No. 3 consumer of olive oil, drizzling 293,000 metric tons of the stuff over salads and pizzas last year. Yet almost every drop was produced overseas in countries including Spain, Italy and Greece.
January 10, 2014 | By Jessica Gelt
John Oliver would like nothing more than to watch Sarah Palin "spoon little flakes of cornflakes into a bowl. " Told that the doyenne of far-right Republican politics would be hosting a media breakfast at the Langham Huntington Hotel in Pasadena as part of the Television Critics Assn. media tour, Oliver said he was seriously considering staying the night. "Sarah Palin at a breakfast bar, I think my life could just be over at that point," he said. "There is a significant voice in my head that says, 'Check in and go to breakfast.' I'm sure she does a heavy breakfast with loads of moose-based bagels.
July 20, 1997
For his article "Stranger Than Truth! Hey, You Could Look It Up," Lew Sichelman apparently looked up some of his facts in the wrong place. The Winchester Mystery House was built by Sarah Winchester, but she was not married to Oliver Winchester (my great-great- great-grandfather); she was married to his son, William. Also, our family genealogy states that Oliver died in December of 1880 (not 1886) and William died two months after his father. CHARLES WINCHESTER HOBLITZELLE Los Angeles
February 14, 1992
As a Democrat, I have had a hard time deciding which candidate to support. After reading the profile on Hillary Clinton ("Toughing It Out," January 29), my mind is made up. Hillary Clinton for President. FLOYD A. OLIVER Los Angeles
January 10, 2014 | By S. Irene Virbila
Forget about all the butter we Americans are supposed to be consuming, I'm deep into olive oil practically every meal, lavishing a slab of grilled country bread with the intensely fruity Tuscan oil and sopping up every bit of the remains on my plate. This is from my annual shipment of olio nuovo (new oil) from the Rare Wine Co. in Sonoma. The color is an iridescent jade-chartreuse,  gorgeous to behold. This is olive oil more as food than condiment. I float a thread on winter minestrone or pasta fagioli, eat halved avocados with a drizzle of the oil, dip artichoke leaves in a little dish of olio nuovo . I get my fix every year from the Rare Wine Co., which has been bringing in a selection of new oils from Tuscany for almost 20 years now. This year, after tasting the new oils in November, Rare Wine founder Mannie Berk chose oils from half a dozen wine estates in Tuscany.
December 20, 2013 | By Patrick Kevin Day
It's a rare thing to see a comedian get turned into a blubbering mess of tears on national TV, but that's exactly what happened Thursday night as "The Daily Show" bid farewell to one of their own. Longtime correspondent (and recent fill-in host) John Oliver left the show this week to start his own comedy show on HBO. And as a way of sending him off in style, Stewart faked Oliver into thinking he was doing a comedy bit on nuts left around Buckingham Palace for the queen to snack on and then pulled a switcheroo and presented him with a "greatest hits" tribute.
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