February 16, 1998 |
President Clinton's national security advisor dismissed suggestions that the administration got involved in the Church of Scientology's disputes with Germany to influence Scientologist John Travolta's film portrayal of a Clintonesque president. "The only thing I was trying to get was an autograph for one of my kids, but other than that I had no ulterior motive," Samuel R.
September 14, 2009 |
Go ahead, hit me with all the Tipper Gore jokes you want, but I'm beginning to think that U.S. political news, like rap music, needs a parental warning notification. Every few years or so, we have a collective paroxysm over the bad behavior of this or that group of public figures. We fret over what the antics of sports stars or celebrities teach our children. Whether they're taking illegal steroids or partying without their knickers, we hope and pray that the kids won't mimic them.
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March 26, 1998 |
I've covered some unusual pet stories, ranging from a woman who performed mouth-to-beak resuscitation on her drowned parakeet to an iguana who could eat popcorn while standing on its hind feet. But when a lost flamingos poster arrived in my mail (see photo), I was suspicious. And it turned out to be a hoax, as I learned when I called the Manhattan Beach number on the flier. Resident (or victim) Dave Leahy wanted it made clear that he had nothing to do with the notices.
July 19, 1996 |
It wasn't enough that Mike Nichols had pledged $1.5 million of his own money in a bidding war for the film rights to the best-selling "Primary Colors," a roman a clef based on Bill Clinton's 1992 presidential campaign. The Oscar-winning director also had to "audition"--that is, present his vision of the film to "Anonymous," the phantom author of the book.
August 2, 2009 |
If you were a teenager in the 1980s, you probably wore a Swatch or two or five. And since this decade's designers have been rehashing '80s fashion trends (shoulder-padded blazers, baggy "boyfriend" jeans and wide belts), the timing is right for the Swiss watchmaker to make its resurgence. Swatch, which made the late graffiti artist Keith Haring a household name, again looks to the street for its latest artistic collaboration this summer.
July 18, 1996 |
Ending a mystery but opening a new set of questions that roiled the worlds of publishing and journalism, Joe Klein, the Newsweek political writer and CBS commentator, confessed Wednesday that he was the anonymous author of the best-selling novel "Primary Colors" and that he had publicly lied about it. "There were times when I've had to lie to protect a source, and I put this in that category," Klein said at a Manhattan news conference in which he admitted having written the book.
January 25, 2011 |
Just as there are said to be no atheists in foxholes, the truth is that there are few true cynics in American politics. The style of our professional politics ? never mind the party ? suggests otherwise, but the fact is that even though those who make the electing of our lawmakers their vocation wear a protective carapace of indifference, get three inches under that hardened skin and you will find somebody who took up the work because they believed in something or someone ? whether it's Franklin Roosevelt, Ronald Reagan, the labor movement or limited government.
August 27, 1996 |
The Southland's Danza Floricanto/USA turned the norms of folklorico programming inside out during its cheerfully subversive 20th anniversary performance at the John Anson Ford Amphitheatre on Sunday afternoon. Where nearly every other company uses Jalisco fiesta dancing as its finale, Floricanto's "El Encanto de Jalisco" opened the program.