January 15, 1995 |
At this time last year, when Aaron Bacon was 16, his young life was in tumult, though it was still a life. A funny, endearing kid for most of his privileged childhood, Aaron had changed, within a matter of months, into a testy, withdrawn stranger. A gifted kid who had loved to write poetry in a lyrical mode, he was ditching school and lying about it. As his grades slipped, his writing lost its literary luster. More and more, his poems read like death-rock lyrics from the backs of old vinyl-album covers.
March 6, 1989 |
Mary Beth Whitehead-Gould, four months pregnant with her fifth child, throws up in the bathroom as the sun goes down. "Morning sickness, day and night, with all my babies," she says when she's finished. "It's a cross I have to bear." Her fourth child, 9-month-old Austin, crawls on the kitchen floor with the Shetland sheep dogs. Her first child, 14-year-old Ryan, skateboards in the street outside.
October 28, 1993 |
Think back on all the ghost stories you have heard. The common denominator is that almost all are cobwebbed with history--wan women in Edwardian dress, gnarled gentlemen in frock coats. At some point in the future we should be hearing about spooks in Spandex, no? Since violent death and ghosts are linked in the collective psyche like kids and candy, like the pit and the pendulum, we visited homes where recent slayings happened in search of emergent legends.
February 7, 2013 |
The “Friends” gang might have painted the walls a cheery yellow and brought in lots of candy-colored furniture. The “Gossip Girl” brats would have made fun of anyone poor enough to live there, and Carrie probably would have been too horrified to allow her “Sex and the City” Manolos to touch the scratched floors. But the unrenovated Brooklyn brownstone where TV's modern-day Sherlock Holmes rests his head and solves some of the Big Apple's twistiest crimes hits some amusing -- and timely -- decorating notes.
February 9, 2004 |
The kindergartens are shuttered now, the young families mostly a memory. Along the rolling paths of this once-lively farming community, the prevailing hush gives way now and then to the hum of motorized carts favored by some of the oldest residents, who carved a collective home here nearly 60 years ago. The factory where the kibbutz used to build electric fans is silent except for the flapping of rafter birds. The community can no longer sustain itself on dairy cows, chickens and crops.
April 26, 1992 |
Instead of the love of her children, Hannah Nash has a condominium. It's a very nice condominium, worth maybe a million, more or less, depending on the real estate market. The condo and some other choice property are probably the closest she has to family after her self-declared Byzantine struggle with her two sons over the family's multimillion-dollar real-estate holdings. From all indications, the sons would agree. Located on the 14th floor in one of those West L. A.
March 27, 1994 |
THE BOY IS 4 YEARS OLD. WEARING A BLUE SWEAT SHIRT, BAGGY jeans and a look of solitary awe, he wanders through the Sunday afternoon tumult of the La Mesa State Penitentiary, a raucous Tijuana dreamscape. The boy passes taco stands in the central plaza, a makeshift video arcade and a general store with a hand-painted 7-Eleven sign. He gets a pat on the head from one of the scruffy tattooed men crouched in a predatory daze around the basketball court.
April 21, 1994 |
Betty Grable slept there. And, as legend has it, so did Mickey Rooney, Harry James and dozens of other stars from the 1940s, '50s and '60s. The Cockatoo Inn in Hawthorne used to be a gathering place for the elite of Los Angeles. Today, the hotel is trying to rebound after two decades of decline that drove away much of its clientele.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 16, 1987
Gov. George Deukmejian has appointed a Van Nuys real-estate broker to the 51st District Agriculture Assn., which administers the San Fernando Valley Fair, the governor's office announced. Helen R. Gabriel, 67, a Republican, was appointed to fill the seat of John A. Steel of Sylmar, who resigned. Gabriel has been in the real-estate business in the Valley since 1959, according to the governor's office. Her term will expire in 1989.