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May 12, 2005 | Lili Singer
A striking photograph of golden currant (Ribes aureum), a favorite of wildlife and gardeners, greets visitors to the no-frills web page for this region-specific hotline, the area's first to offer free advice on gardening with California's diverse native plants. By telephone or e-mail, a live person based at Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden in Claremont will answer questions -- in detail -- on plant selection, planting and maintenance.
The anonymous note had been hand-delivered to the production office, though no one knew when or by whom. It read: "Shoot Butch and knock off the swearing or she'll end up in the unemployment line I guarantee." The threat was directed at Sharon Gless, who was then starring in the TV series "Cagney & Lacey." The actress had for years received unwelcome attention from disturbed fans, including a young woman who in 1990 barricaded herself inside Gless' home with a rifle and 500 rounds of ammunition.
April 16, 2005 | David Rensin, Special to The Times
In pursuit of the American dream, or just a regular paycheck, everyone has to start somewhere -- usually at the bottom. In "Chore Whore," a novel about the agony of a personal assistant to Hollywood celebrities, Corki Brown is pretty much where she started 20 years earlier. If you can believe it -- and I can't -- she juggles as many as 20 clients at $60 an hour, and each acts as if she works only for them. Now, after all these years, her employers are using her less. For one boss, money's tight.
February 2, 2006 | Sam Howe Verhovek, Times Staff Writer
As a middling player in the world of professional bodybuilding, Craig Titus stood out more for his snarling bad-boy image than for the few awards he garnered for his chiseled physique. "I'm like a Rottweiler in a land of golden retrievers," he told a Florida newspaper five years ago. But whatever act Titus may have cultivated in his competitions, he now stands accused, along with his bodybuilder wife, of a real-life gruesome killing.
May 25, 2004 | James Rainey, Times Staff Writer
Marvin Nicholson Jr. is sitting on the beige carpet in the beige hallway of a motel outside of town here, late on another endless day on the campaign trail. It's several cigarettes and beers past midnight, as it often seems to be, when the question arises: How does it feel to move from golf caddie and windsurfing shop "dude" to personal assistant to the man who might become president? Nicholson hesitates.
March 22, 1995 | DANIEL AKST, Daniel Akst, a Los Angeles writer, is a former assistant business editor for technology at The Times
Information about personal finance abounds in cyberspace. It's all over CompuServe, America Online and Prodigy. But many on-line denizens don't realize the extent to which it's busting out on the Internet as well. The other day, for instance, I was wondering whether closed-end municipal bond funds might still be a good deal, so I posted that question to misc.invest.funds.
Jaromir Ledecky sits in Room 427 in Sibley Memorial Hospital. With him is Alexia James, who bathes him, helps him from the bed to the chair, takes his blood pressure. If anything goes wrong, she's there to alert the nurse. Ledecky, who is recovering from a leg operation, hired James, a certified nursing assistant, or "sitter," at his own expense--as he did when he underwent a heart operation at Washington Hospital Center, and when he had surgery in Baltimore.
March 14, 2010 | By Scott Martelle
There are a lot of reasons why Laura Skandera Trombley spent 16 years working on a book about a woman whom generations of Mark Twain biographers dismissed as inconsequential to his life. But the biggest catalyst was the 450-page elephant in the room -- a manuscript Twain wrote in his final years savaging the reputation of his former personal assistant, Isabel Van Kleek Lyon. That manuscript, never published but well known to Twain scholars, had little in common with "The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn" and the other books that made Twain one of the nation's first celebrities.
November 9, 2001 | Reuters
Palm Inc. Thursday said Chief Executive Carl Yankowski resigned, following a tumultuous year in which the once highflying maker of pocket-sized computers saw its market share chipped away by competitors and its stock price fall 91%. In the surprise announcement, Santa Clara, Calif.-based Palm, which dominates the hand-held market, said board Chairman Eric Benhamou will act as CEO until a successor is named.
October 16, 2005 | David Colker, Times Staff Writer
The two personal digital assistants from Palm Inc. that debuted last week -- the Z22 and the TX -- could be among the last of their kind. PDAs started out as a nerd craze in the mid-1990s and then gained mainstream acceptance for their ability to hold thousands of addresses and appointments in a pocket-sized gadget. But they have been on the decline recently, with sales down 20% last year to 2.7 million units, according to research firm NPD Group.
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