CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 11, 1985 |
An Orange County electronics manufacturer pleaded innocent Monday to federal charges of illegally exporting nuclear triggering devices called krytrons to Israel. Richard Kelly Smyth, accused of violating the Arms Control Act, entered the plea before U.S. District Judge Pamela Ann Rymer, who set a trial date of Aug. 12. Smyth, 55, of Huntington Beach, is accused of illegally exporting 800 krytrons to Israel.
December 10, 2006
General Motors Corp. Chief Executive Rick Wagoner says his company has started development of a so-called plug-in hybrid power system and plans to roll it out as soon as battery technology permits ("Taking hybrids to next level," Nov. 30). Funny how just a few years ago battery technology permitted GM to build pure electrics such as the EV1 with a 100-mile range. Yet now it seems battery technology is not good enough for plug-in-hybrids, which may go only 30 miles in electric mode.
July 24, 2001 |
A U.S. citizen convicted of selling nuclear arms parts to Israel has been arrested in Spain after 16 years on the run, police said Monday. Richard Kelly Smith, 71, escaped before being sentenced in the U.S. on 15 counts of exporting nuclear arms technology and 15 counts of falsification of documents. He was picked up two weeks ago in Malaga on the Costa del Sol in southern Spain, where he had been living since 1985, police said. Spain's High Court will now consider whether to extradite him.
August 18, 1996 |
Northern Ireland fugitive James Joseph Smyth was moved Saturday from a federal prison in Northern California amid speculation he was extradited to Britain, his attorney and supporters said. The San Francisco chapter of the Irish American Unity Conference, a group that has been supporting Smyth, released a statement saying Smyth was extradited. "The long fight of Irish nationalist Jimmy Smyth to avoid extradition . . . ended in failure Saturday," the group said.
May 18, 2008 |
OBSESSIVE "Donnie Darko"-philes (or, we suppose, fans of "Southland Tales" too) who keep up with writer-director Richard Kelly's blog saw this little update on production of his new Cameron Diaz-James Marsden nail-biter, "The Box": "The last few months have been an amazing time for us on the editing of 'The Box.' We're starting to work with a very famous band who is honoring us with being the first filmmakers they've ever scored a film with....
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 27, 2001 |
An electronics engineer pleaded not guilty Monday to federal charges that he illegally sold an Israeli company more than 800 miniature devices that can be used to trigger nuclear weapons. Richard Kelly Smyth, 72, formerly of Huntington Beach, was extradited two weeks ago from Spain, where he had lived for 16 years as a fugitive, authorities said.
October 14, 2005 |
Consumer alert: The people who made "Domino" actually created a flow chart and put it on the front cover of their scripts to enable them to keep track of what the press material delicately calls the film's "many characters and their interwoven relationships." No plans have been announced to hand out that chart at a theater near you, and that's a shame.
September 20, 2009 |
For whatever his character flaws -- unrepentant narcissism, alcohol abuse, casual misogyny -- lack of confidence has never been a problem for Tucker Max. Just about everything the Florida-born Duke Law School grad has done to distinguish himself has fairly reeked of cocksurety. He became a minor media sensation in his mid-20s for www.tuckermax.com, the blog he started in 2002 to chronicle his hard-core partying and post-college sexcapades. Max's tales of drinking himself into blackouts, humiliating friends and insulting women, intermingled with vivid accounts of his sexual conquests won him legions of college-age admirers as well as the attention of Hollywood TV executives who began working with Max to develop a series envisioned as "Sex and the City" for guys.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 16, 1994 |
An Orange County development firm said Tuesday it is willing to spend as much as $10 million to clean up a former oil field waste dump near Oxnard Shores in exchange for permission to build a 411-unit waterfront housing subdivision. But the proposal by North Shore Properties of Newport Beach must first clear numerous hurdles, including an ongoing investigation by the U. S. Environmental Protection Agency of possible toxic contamination at the site.