CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 7, 2008 |
In the courtyard of a low-slung convalescent hospital west of USC, Gertrude Baines was inaugurated Sunday into one of the world's most exclusive sororities. She turned 114 years old. There was cake. Singing. Proclamations. Superlatives. Because only two other people in the world are 114. There is no one older.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 12, 2002 |
Hope this doesn't throw cold water on the romance: The Los Alamitos News-Enterprise's police log reported that "a woman was pounding on her boyfriend's front door with a lawn sprinkler." From Russia with menu concerns: "I've been entertaining a friend from Moscow who informed me that virtually her whole concept of L.A. has come from reading your Only in L.A. column in her homeland (through the Internet)!" says writer Tom Greene of L.A.
October 17, 1999
I suggest that a "defining moment" ("Life Outside the Lines," Oct. 3) should be revolutionary and not evolutionary, and should have an influence through the end of the millennium. Here are a few suggestions: Art: The work of Piet Mondrian, which demonstrated that art didn't have to be about anything. Abstraction was stuck at the Cubists until Mondrian exhibited totally abstract work. Jazz: Dave Brubeck's album "Take 5" freed composers from the classical time signatures and introduced 5/4 and 9/8. TV: I yield to those who nominate "All in the Family."
September 12, 2003 |
Aaron Sorkin is turning his attention from the Oval Office to the tube. Sorkin, the Emmy award-winning creator of NBC's "The West Wing," who left the series in May, is writing a screenplay about Philo T. Farnsworth, the "Father of Television," and has plans to write a play and create another television series. The writer/producer discussed his current and future endeavors during an appearance Wednesday before a packed auditorium at the Museum of Television & Radio in Beverly Hills.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 12, 2002 |
I shouldn't have allowed Labor Day to pass without noting that Alice Broude recently celebrated her 50th year as a waitress at the Redwood Saloon on 2nd Street near The Times. During a ceremony in her honor, she was asked to sing something. She answered: "I've got two songs in mind, 'We've Only Just Begun' and 'Take This Job and Shove It.' But I can't decide which one, so I better not sing at all." Saloon attendance: When I ran into Alice, she said, "Steve! You never come in anymore."
April 29, 1990 |
Bruce R. Barnson is an ample, suspender-wearing educator with unfashionably long sideburns and a beguiling belief that politics is too important to be left to adults. For nearly a decade, the elementary school principal has urged his 11- and 12-year-old charges to get down and dirty in state politics. Come up with an idea to benefit the commonweal, Barnson tells them, then lobby relentlessly to ram it through the Legislature.
April 7, 2014 |
WASHINGTON - The U.S. Capitol, home to inspiring statues of Andrew Jackson, Sam Houston, Ronald Reagan. And Lucille Ball? A group seeking to increase the number of women represented in the Capitol's collection of statues includes the red-headed comedian on a list of California women who should be considered for Washington's version of a national hall of fame. Since 1864, each state has been authorized to place statues of two of its distinguished deceased citizens in the Capitol.
January 25, 1988 |
"Television" reminds you of television. It promises a lot and delivers far less. That verdict is based on the initial three segments of the eight-part PBS series premiering tonight (8 p.m. on Channels 28, 58 and 15, 9 p.m. on Channel 50, 10 p.m. on Channel 24). A co-production of KCET Channel 28 and WNET in New York, the eight hours were inspired by and utilize a 13-hour series by Britain's Granada Television, also titled "Television."