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November 20, 2005 | By Rick Cleveland, Special to The Times
When I was a kid, I lied a lot. Lying, for me, was easier than learning to tie my shoes. I could tell lies like my best friend, Dave, could eat French fries — by the fistful. When I was in junior high school, I used to cut class and take the bus downtown to watch movies in the big, old, rat-infested theaters. If you were a kid you could get into R-rated movies, no problem, as long as you paid. My classmates liked to hear my renditions of those movies, in all their gory detail. "Deliverance," "The Godfather" and "Walking Tall" went over especially well.
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November 20, 2005 | By Rick Cleveland, Special to The Times
When I was a kid, I lied a lot. Lying, for me, was easier than learning to tie my shoes. I could tell lies like my best friend, Dave, could eat French fries — by the fistful. When I was in junior high school, I used to cut class and take the bus downtown to watch movies in the big, old, rat-infested theaters. If you were a kid you could get into R-rated movies, no problem, as long as you paid. My classmates liked to hear my renditions of those movies, in all their gory detail. "Deliverance," "The Godfather" and "Walking Tall" went over especially well.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 1, 1999
Re "2 Teens Killed in Plane Accident," Oct. 17: It is extremely saddening when two youths die in such a tragic and horrendous way. And for no reason. I have a 16-year-old. His driver's license is restricted by all the new laws designed to keep him and everyone else safe. We license, restrict, regulate and monitor nearly everything. Why not parenting and responsibility? RICK CLEVELAND Anaheim
OPINION
September 8, 2002
Re "Let's End the Embarrassment of Low Voting Rates," Commentary, Aug. 29: Letting someone cast a vote based on a last-minute decision to get involved is wrong. Many of these voters would be less informed. Some last-second sound bite encouraged them to vote! Voting and being involved is not some impulse buying decision. It is the responsibility of citizenship. Citizen participation is a cornerstone of our democracy. When this country was founded, only free white men of property had the right to vote.
NEWS
June 23, 2002
Re "Cleanup Time for Ralphs," editorial, June 13: I agree that Ralphs should do what it agreed to do as far as switching some of its trucks from diesel fuel to cleaner-burning natural gas. However, when the economic equation radically changes, business should be allowed flexibility. "Yard goats," the smaller trucks used inside distribution centers, do not pollute to the same extent that road units do, and converting them is really a joke. In regard to converting "older trucks with 100,000 miles": A truck is built to run 500,000 miles before touching the engine.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 20, 1998 | PHILIP BRANDES
Flashback! Remember those '60s head shop posters depicting the "American Gothic" couple as marijuana farmers? The concept has been stretched to full-length dimensions in "Home Grown," a joint venture of sorts between the Echo Theater Company and its Showtime Networks sponsor at the Ventura Court Theatre. Set in present-day Ohio, Rick Cleveland's comedy centers on a farm family's novel solution to its financial woes--switching production to America's leading "cash crop."
ENTERTAINMENT
September 11, 2000
Here are the winners of the 52nd nighttime Emmy Awards, as announced Sunday by the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. They cover programs aired between June 1, 1999, and May 31, 2000. Programs Comedy series: "Will & Grace," NBC. Drama series: "The West Wing," NBC. Miniseries: "The Corner," HBO. Movie: "Oprah Winfrey Presents: Tuesdays With Morrie," ABC. Variety, music or comedy series: "Late Show With David Letterman," CBS.
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September 11, 2005 | Don Shirley
WHEN audiences leave the Geffen Playhouse in mid-November, they'll be sizing up how John Goodman fared as Big Daddy in the Gil Cates production of "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof." But there's another surefire topic of conversation: the theater's new look. Thanks to a $17-million renovation, the Westwood venue named for Hollywood mogul David Geffen promises better seats, sightlines and acoustics, larger restrooms -- and no more steps at the entrance to the auditorium.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 8, 2009 | Susan King
What a difference a year makes. The Writers Guild of America gathered in pure celebration Saturday night to hand out its top awards -- with key feature prizes going to the critical darling "Slumdog Millionaire" and the biographical drama "Milk." The scene was in sharp contrast to last year's event, at which the honors were doled out during a break in strike talks.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 31, 1999
When neighbors don't keep up their property, unrest can rule the subdivision. Complaints can range from the sniffing of homeowners over a choice of paint colors to more serious grievances that result in city sanctions arising from unsafe or unsanitary conditions. In Anaheim, some people who looked to break through bureaucratic conflict have made a difference. The outcome stands as an example for other neighborhoods.
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October 26, 1999 | JUDY SILBER, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
An Anaheim man facing jail time because of his unkempt lawn got some unexpected help over the weekend as people who had learned of his plight stopped by to clean, paint and fix up. Rick Cleveland of Anaheim, who helped coordinate the weekend's activities, said about 10 people came from as far away as Downey and Long Beach to help Raman Patel, 59, get his yard in order. Patel's garage, which Cleveland said was stained with motor oil, got a coat of paint, as did the fence.
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