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December 15, 2010 |
Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa reached outside his usual City Hall circle to fill the top job at the Department of Water and Power, selecting a Seattle-based consultant with 30 years of industry experience to run the turbulent utility. If confirmed by the City Council, Ron Nichols, managing director of the energy practice of Navigant Consulting Inc., would become the sixth general manager to lead the nation's largest municipally owned utility since Villaraigosa took office in 2005.
May 13, 2013 |
For more than seven years, when her husband Howard was chief executive officer of Barney's New York starting in 2001, Sharon Socol was his "plus one" at all manner of fashion events, from runway shows to fancy dinners and glitzy parties. A self-described "fashion outsider," Socol began photographing the people and events -- "My camera is a protective shield which permits me to enter safely into a world I find both fascinating and frightening," she writes in an essay contained in her new book, which arose from her work during those years.
April 12, 1987
In his snide and condescending review of Dean Koontz's "Watchers" (The Book Review, March 8), Paul Wilner correctly describes Einstein as a dog with human intelligence. However, he identifies The Outsider as "a hybrid canine breed" and states that "the two are to be a sort of Good Dog, Bad Dog team." A simple reading of the novel shows that The Outsider is not a hybrid dog but a genetically engineered creature whose biological basis is a baboon. If Wilner cannot correctly comprehend such surface details as description, how are we to take seriously his larger analysis?
May 23, 2011 |
To hear Newt Gingrich tell it, in terms of his presidential campaign, last week’s ceaseless tumult over the Medicare issue, which saw him publicly condemned by several prominent members of his own party, turned out to be a net plus. Gingrich said the row showed everyday voters in Iowa and elsewhere that if he has riled the Washington establishment—media included—then he must be doing something right. “I’m the people’s candidate,” the former House speaker said at a Monday morning breakfast at a Washington hotel hosted by the Christian Science Monitor, “not the capital’s candidate.” At 67, Gingrich, who has worked in D.C. as a legislator, business consultant, policy theorist, and author for the better part of 30 years, says he’s running as an outsider. “I’m not a Washington figure despite the time I’ve been here,” he told reporters, not long after noting he had cast 7,300 votes as a member of Congress.
February 6, 2014 |
Liam Neeson has proved of late how entertainingly potent the one-tough-middle-aged-SOB-against-impossible-odds movie can be. But there's not a lot to be - ahem - "Taken" by, however, in the lo-fi imitation thriller "The Outsider," which stars British slab Craig Fairbrass as Lex, a private security mercenary stationed in Afghanistan who hotfoots it to Los Angeles to investigate the supposed death of his estranged daughter. With all signs pointing to a weaselly, well-protected high-tech firm magnate (James Caan)
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 19, 2011 |
When Gary Phillips returns to his old South L.A. neighborhood, it's with an old movie playing in his head. The soundtrack is Sly and the Family Stone, and Funkadelic. The cast includes lots of African American kids like him, in 1960s and '70s hairstyles, with Phillips riding a Stingray bike his "pop" bought for him over at the nearby Sears. He pedals over to South Broadway and the local store, Whitehead's, which is run by a white man with white hair named Whitehead. "He hired local kids to work behind the counter and was a really cool cat," Phillips told me. All this was 40 years ago. It goes without saying that the South-Central of old is only a memory now. Phillips, a detective writer and community activist, moved out in 1987.