December 22, 2012
Re "Senators say Bin Laden film is off base," Dec. 20 The trailers for "Zero Dark Thirty" tell us we will see the "real" story of Osama bin Laden's killing and that the film is "based on firsthand accounts of actual events. " Audiences are led to believe that what they are seeing did take place and is not cinematic license. I fully agree with the three senators: Clarification is in order on torture and Bin Laden's death. Lloyd Fradkin Newhall ALSO: Letters: Action on guns can't wait Letters: Which path on immigration?
November 26, 2012 |
Though most of the early coverage of the collapse of the Twinkie Empire focused on the immediate story of the role of the workers' union in bringing about the bankruptcy of Hostess, it now seems there may have been more to the situation. My colleague Michael Hiltzik dug through the corporation's bankruptcy filings and in a Business section analysis Sunday argued that the collapse of the snack food empire was more the result of long-term incompetency by management. “Let's get a few things clear," he wrote.
November 16, 2012 |
"The Dog Whisperer" Cesar Millan is usually focused on rehabbing canines -- but he's now revealing some work he had to do on himself following a suicide attempt in 2010. In February of that year, he lost his top dog, Daddy, to cancer after 16 years as a team. A month later, Millan's wife told him she wanted a divorce after 16 years of marriage. The combined blow knocked him for a loop, he shares in "Cesar Millan: The Real Story," a documentary on Nat Geo Wild. In May 2010, he attempted suicide via drug overdose, winding up unconscious and hospitalized, he said.
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October 11, 2012 |
I was drinking at King Eddy's, the skid row dive that's being made over into a hipster bar, when I overheard people say that a web of old bootlegger tunnels lay under downtown. A labyrinth, running from the old speakeasy beneath King Eddy's to Pershing Square and points beyond - even San Pedro? They had me at "tunnel. " I had to know more. The Los Angeles Department of Public Works didn't know about the tunnels. Map librarian Glen Creason of the Central Library told me that they were never mapped, for obvious reasons.
July 9, 2012 |
We're circling the sidewalks around Chicago's Wrigley Field on a recent summer night, the Cubs out of town (perhaps banished, perhaps disowned), and I'm explaining to my 9-year-old how the very best ballparks have their own recognizable sets of acoustics. The murmur of Wrigley is different from the strumming of Fenway, I tell him, which are both different from baseball's other vintage opera house, Dodger Stadium. "They are as different," I tell him, "as root beer and wine.
May 13, 2012 |
The Hero's Guide to Saving Your Kingdom A Novel Christopher Healy HarperCollins: 432 pp., $16.99, ages 8 and up Whether it's Cinderella or Snow White, Rapunzel or Sleeping Beauty, princes play a key role in the happily ever afters of fairy tales. But what happens once these dashing young lads have swooped in to save their distressed damsels? What if, as Christopher Healy theorizes with his cheeky middle-grade debut, these princes turned out to be insufferable losers?