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.
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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.
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....
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April 20, 2007 |
NEAR the 18th hole of the Bighorn golf course in Palm Desert, publishing tycoon Duane Hagadone laid out his vision for a dream home to his architect. It would be set high on the bald mountain rising near the green yet be so inconspicuous that he'd have to point it out even to golf buddies.
March 7, 1985 |
You won't find a single picture of Rocky Dennis in any of the publicity packages for "Mask" (Friday, at the Cinerama Dome and Avco Center Cinema), a trick that capitalizes upon his looks and teases the audience with them in the same way that "Elephant Man" sensationalized our first glimpse of the grotesquely afflicted John Merrick. However, director Peter Bogdanovich's approach to his singular young hero is forthright--it's one of his film's great strengths.
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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.
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.