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ENTERTAINMENT
October 20, 1997
It has been 34 years since a bomb ripped through the basement of the Sixteenth Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, Ala., killing four girls as they attended Sunday school. The blast that murdered Addie Mae Collins, 14; Carol Denise McNair, 11; Cynthia Wesley, 14; and Carole Rosamond Robertson, 14, not only devastated four families but etched a defining moment in the American civil rights movement.
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ENTERTAINMENT
October 16, 1996 | SHAUNA SNOW
STAGE A 'Sisterella' Dozen: Pasadena Playhouse's hit musical "Sisterella" received 12 nominations for this year's NAACP theater awards, more than any other show. Runners-up were "Kiss of the Spider Woman" and "Seven Guitars," with 10 each. In the "local" categories for smaller theaters, four productions shared the lead, with eight nominations each: "Anny Mae and Asbury," "Dinah Was," "I Am a Man" and "The Chest." Winners will be announced Nov.
NEWS
July 22, 2001 | SUSAN KING, TIMES STAFF WRITER
It seems only fitting that the creator of NBC's new sketch comedy series "The Downer Channel" is having a bad day. "I am now on a holiday in Connecticut," Michael Halpern says with a sigh, during a recent phone interview. "I am so miserable about my e-mail situation and I seem not to be able to find a new solution. I can't get into the e-mail. I am using a friend's computer because my modem can't find the dial tone. It's overwhelming."
ENTERTAINMENT
August 27, 1993 | JANE HALL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The executive producers of "The Late Show with David Letterman" had a surprise visitor recently: Jay Leno. Leno, in town for a publicity photo shoot, decided to drop in on the Letterman show at its new digs, the Ed Sullivan Theatre on Broadway.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 13, 1987 | ANTHONY PERRY, Times Staff Writer
Even before the San Dieguito school board decides on a proposed code of conduct for all students, the district's two main high schools have cracked down on off-campus misconduct by athletes. Torrey Pines High School has amended its athletic handbook to warn that students are accountable for their behavior "on and off the field, in and out of the season." Two athletes, the team mascot and a cheerleader have been suspended from extracurricular activities for drinking.
NEWS
February 2, 1997 | STEVEN LINAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Sunday "The Great Escapes of World War II" / 5 and 9 p.m. A&E Talk about your great getaways. The first part of this two-hour documentary recounts a real-life run for freedom among 600 prisoners who forged false papers, manufactured bogus uniforms and simultaneously dug three long tunnels named Tom, Dick and Harry in 1944. Six survivors discuss their experiences during the program, which also recalls clandestine Resistance missions carried out in occupied Europe solely by the light of the moon.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 21, 2013 | By Meredith Blake
If the rumors are true and “The Tonight Show” is set to return to its ancestral  home at 30 Rockefeller Plaza with Jimmy Fallon as host, the move would be a boon for New York City - and maybe even the aging late-night genre itself. A relocation to the East Coast could also signal an effort by NBC to revitalize the “Tonight Show” brand, still the premier franchise in late-night but now seen as stagnant and too safe. “From '54 to '72, 'The Tonight Show' had the flavor and the feel of New York City,” said Ron Simon, curator of the Paley Center for Media in New York City.  “New York was at one point something that executives once shied away from, but with 'Seinfeld,' 'Louie,' 'Sex and the City,' New York is thought of in a different way. The New York spirit is obviously something people have a craving for, whether it's Jon Stewart or 'SNL.'” PHOTOS: Classic 'Tonight Show' moments Los Angeles offers proximity to celebrities and the entertainment business as a whole, but that can come at a creative cost, say some observers.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 20, 2001 | VERNE GAY, NEWSDAY
Summer should be the time for throw-it-against-the-wall -and-see-if-it-sticks gonzo experiments on network TV. In theory, anyway. Find the next "Survivor" or "Millionaire" and--presto!--prime time as we know it changes forever, for better or worse. The drill by TV nabobs should be this: Find something that is so wacky or groundbreaking that audiences are forced to turn their weary eyes to the tube. It doesn't always happen that way, though.
NEWS
March 17, 1995 | SUSAN JAQUES, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Five-year-old Jackie Hoffman carefully hands her drawing of a woman's torso to the most discerning critic possible--older sister Nicole. Moments later, she is paid the ultimate compliment: "Jackie, this is real art." With 200 other children, the sisters create works of art each week at the Monart school in Santa Monica. There, 4-year-olds learn representational drawing and students 8 and older sketch the human body by observing a live model.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 12, 1993 | RICK DU BROW
How does a network say goodby to a star who has brought it big profits and prestige for 11 years but now is going to work for the competition after a heated public breakup? In short, will NBC and David Letterman--who has often needled the network and is moving to CBS this summer--have a gracious parting? Will NBC, which has virtually stopped promoting Letterman, show some class with a few gestures of gratitude? Or is it more like: Here's your hat, what's your hurry?
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