CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 17, 2012 |
The victim of a reported kidnapping died Thursday after her alleged abductor crashed the sport utility vehicle he was driving head-on into another vehicle in Westlake as he was trying to flee police, authorities said. Police were alerted to the kidnapping shortly after 8 a.m. when witnesses reported a woman inside a GMC Yukon frantically waving for help near the intersection of 6th Street and Westlake Avenue, said Cmdr. Andy Smith of the Los Angeles Police Department. Patrol officers spotted the SUV, which was being driven by a man. He pulled a U-turn in front of them and fled, Smith said.
June 14, 2010 |
There are infinite variations on the California Dream, but most Angelenos would probably agree that fame, fortune, sunny skies, golden statuettes and prime real estate are key ingredients. They'd also likely agree that the dream's shadow side only makes it that much more alluring. With her second novel, "This Is Where We Live" (Spiegel & Grau: 324 pp., $25), Janelle Brown follows one young married couple's quest for their own glittering place in the sun, from the giddy brushes with the big time to the desperate decisions they face when the dark clouds of reality start rolling in. Part social satire, part melodrama, part intimate domestic portrait, the book, due out Tuesday, feels like a natural follow-up to Brown's bestselling 2008 debut, "All We Ever Wanted Was Everything," which was set amid the crumbling edifice of a different — though equally evocative — version of the dream: one of Silicon Valley McMansions, country clubs and billion-dollar IPOs.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 12, 2010 |
The chaotic, potentially dangerous ending to a high-speed car chase last week has raised questions among high-ranking Los Angeles Police Department officials over the tactics and force several officers used to apprehend the driver. Tonsha Wilcher, 39, walked into the lobby of the LAPD's Southwest Area station about 2 p.m. Aug. 5, threatened to kill the officers working at the front desk and then fled in his car, according to an LAPD account of the incident. A wild pursuit ensued, with Wilcher racing recklessly through residential streets in South Los Angeles.
June 5, 1989 |
The Pursuit of Happiness is no revolutionary rock band, but it is one worth rallying around for listeners who think that a catchy melody and a hammering beat is a pop fan's inalienable right. The strength of the Canadian band's show on Saturday at the Coach House in San Juan Capistrano was its ability to send time and again a capsule of captivating melody into orbit on the shoulders of a booster-rocket instrumental surge. But by overplaying its strength, TPOH turned it into a flaw.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 2, 2009 |
Los Angeles County's top prosecutor responded Thursday to criticism from Roman Polanski's supporters over his office's pursuit of the case, saying fugitives must be brought to justice and that the famed director committed a crime. "It's about completing justice," Dist. Atty. Steve Cooley said. "Justice is not complete when someone leaves the jurisdiction of the court." Cooley took issue with attempts to minimize Polanski's admission that he had sex with a 13-year-old girl, particularly movie mogul Harvey Weinstein's recent description of the offense as a "so-called crime."
November 17, 1996
Wendy Kaminer's reflection on satisfaction ("The Inner You," Oct. 13) sees Thomas Jefferson "enshrining the pursuit of happiness as a national entitlement" in the same manner, one must suppose, as Social Security and Medicare have been so enshrined. Jefferson would be aghast. He saw the pursuit of happiness not as an entitlement but as an inviolable individual right. Kaminer further states that Jefferson's point of view was that the purpose of education is "self-government, not self-esteem."
November 16, 1990 |
Five people were in custody today after a 90-minute, 125-mile pursuit that began near the U.S.-Mexican border south of San Diego and ended on the outskirts of Los Angeles. The fleeing auto was clocked at speeds of 95 m.p.h. to 125 m.p.h. during most of the chase, the California Highway Patrol said. There were no injuries, although the chase caused an accident on Interstate 5 in Orange County. The pursuit began about 4:30 a.m.
August 29, 1987 |
American Rebecca Twigg-Whitehead recaptured the individual pursuit title Friday night in the World Cycling Championships. Whitehead, world champion in the event in 1982, '84 and '85, beat arch-rival Jeannie Longo of France in the final with a time of 3 minutes 41.14 seconds. Longo was timed in 3:44.00. Another American, Mindy Mayfield, won the bronze medal.
December 17, 1986 |
The most uncommon aspect of Simon Gray's extraordinary play "The Common Pursuit" is its unabashed, faintly anachronistic pursuit of literacy. We are so bombarded by electronic images and so mired in monosyllabic exchanges that the power that springs from a play steeped in intelligence and real language becomes thoroughly intoxicating. And that's just one of "The Common Pursuit's" many virtues. How about discernible structure? Wit?
June 5, 1989 |
The Pursuit of Happiness is no revolutionary rock band, but it is one worth rallying around for listeners who think that a catchy melody and a hammering beat is a pop fan's inalienable right. The strength of the Canadian band's show Saturday night at the Coach House in San Juan Capistrano was its ability, time and again, to send a capsule of captivating melody into orbit on the shoulders of a booster-rocket instrumental surge. Yet, by overplaying its strength, the band turned it into a flaw.