February 22, 1989 |
When it happened, more than 19 years ago, it was a shock. And, in a way, it's still a shock. Sonny Liston dead? How could it be? He was a mountain, a guy who had muscles in his ears. He had a left hook that could take down buildings. Before his two questionable performances against Cassius Clay-Muhammad Ali, he was generally perceived as indestructible.
December 12, 1997 |
I got on the water at Irvine Lake last week just before the storm hit. The west shore was lined with fishermen, the air was full of birds. An osprey swooped down on the rippling surface and flew off into the gloomy sky clutching a silvery trout, with other ospreys in frenzied pursuit. It was indeed prime time for a little fishing, for man and bird of prey, as activity within the waterways always seems to perk up in the hours leading to a storm.
March 11, 2012 |
Airline overhead bins, increasingly stuffed to capacity, are getting bigger. But the big surprise may be that the airlines offering larger bins are not sticking passengers with new fees to use the extra space. At least not yet. Oversized bins can be found on many of American Airlines' new Boeing 737-800s, which were deployed starting in May with a new interior design. The new overhead bins pivot down and out and can hold up to 48 more bags per flight than standard bins. Starting in April, United Airlines plans to replace the bin doors on 152 planes with new doors that curve out, providing more interior space.
December 16, 2006 |
The screams were louder than the aircraft engines when more than 80 mice began falling on Saudi passengers' heads and scurrying between their feet. Al Hayat newspaper said the mice escaped from the bag of a traveler on the domestic Saudi Arabian Airlines flight. The bag's owner was questioned after the plane landed with more than 100 two-legged passengers.
December 10, 1996 |
Just two months ago, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Chairman Frank Mancuso, Kirk Kerkorian and Seven Network's Kerry Stokes were popping open champagne during a ceremony marking the $1.3-billion, management-led buyout of the venerable Hollywood studio backed by the reclusive Las Vegas billionaire and Australian broadcaster. Now, with reality setting in, the fizz may be fizzling.
September 13, 1990 |
The easiest and most economical way to enlarge a room is with mirrors. They can give the illusion of opening up a wall, a ceiling, an alcove or wherever. Costwise, this beats remodeling. These mirrors aren't the kind that come in frames, but those that permanently cover large areas. Some excellent prices are offered at Decorator's Choice, a 15-year-old company that knows how to cut a mean deal.
August 2, 2002 |
When a set of pre-shooting guidelines a director came up with for his actors turns out to be cleverer, better written and of considerable more interest than the finished film, that's a bad sign. A very bad sign. The guidelines came to light because of how director Steven Soderbergh shot "Full Frontal." Needing, he's told interviewers, a change of pace from recent logistics-heavy studio films such as "Ocean's Eleven," Soderbergh wanted his next film to be as close to the bone as possible.
August 19, 1990 |
FarWest Savings had long been a good investment for the Belzberg brothers of Canada--Samuel, Hyman and William. Acquiring FarWest in 1974 gave the Belzbergs a foothold in the United States. Then, using the Newport Beach thrift and First City Financial Corp. Ltd. in Vancouver, Canada, they became among the most feared corporate raiders and takeover strategists on the U.S. scene during the 1980s. Often acting as greenmailers, their hostile bids made them millions of dollars. But today, their U.S.
August 31, 2008 |
The 25 best L.A. films of the last 25 years "Los ANGELES isn't a real city," people have said, "it just plays one on camera." It was a clever line once upon a time, but all that has changed. Los Angeles is the most complicated community in America -- make no mistake, it is a community -- and over the last 25 years, it has been both celebrated and savaged on the big screen with amazing efficacy. Damaged souls and flawless weather, canyon love and beach city menace, homeboys and credit card girls, freeways and fedoras, power lines and palm trees . . . again and again, moviegoers all over the world have sat in the dark and stared up at our Los Angeles, even if it was one populated by corrupt cops or a jabbering cartoon rabbit.
July 19, 1992 |
Will Grimsley covered nine Summer Olympics and six Winter Games for The Associated Press, including the 1972 Munich Games in which 11 members of the Israeli team were killed in a terror attack. For a weary, slumbering newsman, the frantic knock on the steel door of room 4-B on the second floor of the Olympic press dormitory had the impact of a thunderclap. "The office said to get over to the Village right away," blurted a breathless messenger.