November 1, 2009 |
Ben Foster is standing on a boulder in a field in Armenia. That's not some trendy new Zen practice and he's not shooting a scene (although he's there working on "Here," his next film); he's just trying to manage some decent cell reception. Normally soft-spoken, he gamely shouts into the wind about his turn as an Army casualty notification officer in Oren Moverman's "The Messenger." "If you can remove the filter of war, it's about feelings we all have -- falling in love with someone in a difficult situation; we've all experienced loss; we will make the phone call to loved ones and have to break the news.
October 15, 2002
Regarding the Oct. 10 letter proposing "fingerprinting" of guns by the markings they make on bullets and shell casings: This would not work. A few seconds with a file will change the profile any barrel puts on a bullet. Not only that, rifling marks change with wear and time. Dream on about catching terrorists by destroying American rights. Chris Keller Alhambra
April 10, 2004
The Times reports that "UCLA will run basically the same version of Dorrell's West Coast offense that it used last season, [although] much of the terminology has changed." That made me think of a joke: A guy goes to the refrigerator and takes the milk out. It's gone bad. He puts it back, saying, "Maybe it'll be better tomorrow." Oh, how I miss Bob Toledo. Ken Haymaker Woodland Hills
February 1, 1986
Thank you, Chicago Bears. You gave us a 300-pound offensive back who runs for touchdowns, a quarterback who wears gloves indoors, a Hall of Fame running back who is not concerned with personal statistics, a defense that puts eight barking men on the line, a Super Bowl victory when you were supposed to, and a coach who directed you to come out throwing in the second half with a 20-point lead. Best of all, you put a spark of life to what had been one of the most predictable and boring events ever devised--professional football.
July 12, 2006 |
A new bill of rights for California car buyers provides grace periods for used-car purchases, caps dealer compensation on loans and features other provisions that are some of the strongest consumer protections in the country, according to state legislators and consumer advocates. The law, which went into effect July 1, applies to motor vehicles bought in California from a dealer for personal, family or household use.
December 2, 2001 |
Mrs. Liu could have had three daughters by now. But the shame and legal costs would have been unbearable, so she gave her second daughter away at birth and aborted a third when an ultrasound scan showed that fetus, too, was female. In 1949, the Communist Party took power promising to end centuries of degradation for China's women. Yet hundreds of thousands of unwanted baby girls are abandoned, aborted and even killed each year. For poor, rural families, the choice is as stark as it is cruel.