March 18, 1991 |
Shy, soft-spoken pop singer Janet Jackson accepted the Starlight Foundation's Humanitarian Award Saturday night, saying, "For me to be involved in a program honoring children is a special privilege. . . . I derive strength from the courage of the children." Jackson, other honorees and a handful of celebrities were at the Century Plaza for a 5 1/2-hour black-tie benefit for the international foundation, which grants wishes to critically, chronically and terminally ill children.
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November 17, 1991 |
When last we saw the husband-and-wife writing team of Darren Block and Kathryn Nemesh, they were panhandling on a Century City street, holding a sign asking for $1 million to transform their script into a movie. That was in August. Hooked by the gimmick, a Hollywood producer looked at the script, loved it and showed it to a director, who also was wild about it.
November 19, 1998 |
Will Smith, Rosie O'Donnell and Katie Couric are among a host of celebrities who are lending their names and artistic drawings this holiday season to a nonprofit organization that aids hospitalized children. The celebrities, whose ranks include David Duchovny, Tea Leoni and Garth Brooks, created their own holiday greeting cards and donated them for sale to the Starlight Children's Foundation. What the cards lack in artistic sophistication (hey, they're celebrities, not painters, remember?
December 14, 2008
Re "Reengineering the cardboard box," Column One, Dec. 10 The EDAR mobile shelter is a godsend to the homeless. Kudos to Peter Samuelson, a true humanitarian who cares about his downtrodden fellow. As for the potential for cities banning their use, perhaps city councils can designate certain areas of their cities as EDAR-friendly, where the homeless could camp for the night. This would provide safety in numbers for the homeless and make them less susceptible to being robbed, attacked or otherwise put in harm's way. Allen P. Wilkinson Whittier -- Sadly, American society has come to the point at which we celebrate the invention of cardboard houses.
April 15, 1998
I was astounded to see your article on Oscar Wilde, in which Merlin Holland [Wilde's grandson] says several completely untrue things about our new film, "Wilde" ("On the Wilde Side," March 22). It is absolutely untrue that the film leaves the viewer with any impression that Bosie [Lord Alfred Douglas] and Oscar ended up together. I quote verbatim the card at the end of the film: "Oscar and Bosie parted after three months. Imprisonment had ruined Oscar's health. He spent his last days in Paris, living in a cheap hotel.
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August 7, 2011 |
For foster children, the prospect of ever completing college is remote: 24% of the general population will someday wear a university cap and gown, but fewer than 3% of all foster children ever earn a degree. But a privately funded pilot program at UCLA hopes to improve the odds. The First Star UCLA Bruin Guardian Scholars Summer Academy is a 5 1/2-week program that sponsors and fundraisers hope will one day develop into a year-round boarding school for college-bound foster children in Los Angeles County.