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January 29, 2014 |
A veteran educator with experience in California and Texas was named Wednesday as president of California State University Long Beach. Jane Close Conoley, 66, is currently serving as dean of the Gevirtz Graduate School of Education at the University of California Santa Barbara. She will succeed F. King Alexander who left in June to become president and chancellor of Louisiana State University. Her appointment was announced at a meeting of the Board of Trustees in Long Beach. Conoley will be the seventh president at the 65-year-old campus and its first female leader.
January 25, 2014 |
In the midst of television's last golden age, a creepy and effective telling of the infamous Lizzie Borden case blew out the walls of both the TV movie and the historical crime drama. "The Legend of Lizzie Borden" starred Elizabeth Montgomery, who in 1975 was firmly entrenched in American hearts as the sweet-faced, nose-twitching Samantha Stephens from "Bewitched. " To see her as a grimly corseted spinster sweltering under the heat of a New England summer and her family's penny-pinching morality was shocking enough.
January 9, 2014 |
"The Truth About Emanuel" isn't that she murdered her mother, as she claims in the film's opening voice-over - a literary monologue that strikes too coarse a tone for the psychological nuances to come. Rather, her mom died in childbirth, adding a sad and bitter layer to her birthday cake each year. As the 18th anniversary approaches, and with an eager new stepmom in the house, Emanuel (Kaya Scodelario) takes unusual interest in the boho woman who moves in next door and bears a striking resemblance to her own mother.
November 26, 2013 |
With the passing of the 50th anniversary of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy last week, and the accompanying fusillade of documentaries purporting to prove there was a conspiracy behind it, we might expect (and hope) that cabalistic conjecturing will wane until the next big anniversary. Don't count on it. A poll this month found that 61% of Americans who responded still believe that JFK was the victim of a conspiracy, despite the fact that the preponderance of evidence points to Lee Harvey Oswald as the lone assassin.
November 24, 2013 |
With the holiday season gearing up, more than a few of us will be hosting a festive dinner party, buffet or potluck. As pleasant as any holiday event may be, it seems like the moment someone rings the dinner bell, an otherwise civil gathering can turn into a stampede as guests mob the food table. Much as I like to keep my buffets casual and free-form, there are a few rules I always follow to keep the meal organized. Call it a little "buffet psychology. " Here are some tips: 1. Organize the food layout, with a definite beginning and ending.
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November 21, 2013 |
A professor of psychology was taken into custody Thursday after her bail was revoked in an 18-year-old case in which she is accused of helping set up the slaying of a man she said raped her when she was a college sophomore. Norma Patricia Esparza, 39, was taken from an Orange County courtroom in handcuffs after being allowed to briefly hug her husband. Prosecutors say Esparza, a Pomona College student at the time, and a group that included her ex-boyfriend went to a Santa Ana bar in April 1995 so she could point out her alleged rapist.