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July 26, 1998 | Robert Hofler, Robert Hofler is an editor for Variety in Los Angeles
Maybe it's in the genes. Minnie Driver's sister, Kate, is just as outspoken--in her own behind-the-scenes kind of way--as her famous actress sibling. "Minnie's opened herself up to situations where she should never have gotten herself," Kate says straight out. Is she talking about her sister's tabloid blowout with former boyfriend Matt Damon or perhaps Driver's disclosure to the press that the "Hard Rain" crew had turned the set's water tank into a mega-urinal? Whatever.
April 23, 2014 | By Tiffany Hsu
Same clown, new clothes: Is that the main takeaway of McDonald's newest makeover of its brand ambassador Ronald McDonald? On Wednesday, the Oak Brook, Ill., fast-food giant unveiled a new look for the redheaded clown and announced he'd be featured on McDonald's social media accounts. Gone are the lumpy yellow jumpsuit and Where's Waldo-esque sleeves. In its place is something a Weasley twin might wear -- mustard cargo pants and a red-and-white striped rugby shirt. For “special occasions,” there's a bow tie and a red blazer festooned with golden arches and Ron's signature.
May 15, 1995
I say to militias everywhere: "America, love it or leave it." RONALD A. REIS Calabasas
April 15, 2014 | Patt Morrison
George Steffes was a boy standing on Wilshire Boulevard when Dwight D. Eisenhower rolled by in a motorcade, and he was mightily impressed. But that's not what got him into politics. He went to 5 o'clock Mass one day in 1966 and ran into an acquaintance who was working on Ronald Reagan's gubernatorial campaign. Steffes volunteered. He went to Sacramento as Reagan's legislative aide and has been there ever since. He helped to found the first multi-person lobbying firm in Sacramento, Capitol Partners, where he's now “senior advisor,” no longer running the firm day to day. Almost 50 years in Sacramento have given him a long view of its roller-coaster politicking, including low points like the recent indictment of state Sen. Leland Yee. The ride has left him a bit queasy.
March 23, 1986
A 20,690-square-foot industrial building at 966 Buenos Avenue in San Diego has been sold for $1.15 million to Ronald and Robert Brady, trustees.
March 4, 2001
Re "36 Steps for Those Without the Wisdom to Know the Difference," by Patti Davis, Commentary, Feb. 28: Dear Patti: You may continue to shoot yourself in the foot if you must, but please don't shoot others. The desire to atone for one's mistakes should never come at the expense of another. Instead, I would like to suggest to you that you address George, who seems to want to emulate both Ronald's personality and policies. I can assure you that while Ronald's personality was charming, his policies hurt my family much more than Bill and Hillary's imperfections.
January 3, 1985
The news media find it necessary to always identify Michael Reagan as the adopted son of President Reagan. It seems to me that this fact is less relevant than that Nancy is wife No. 2. I have yet to see "Nancy Reagan, second wife of President Ronald Reagan." Let's be fair. WILMA SPEARS STELLA Whittier
December 25, 1987
Were you here, Mikhail, for commerce and trade, For pacts and promises never before made? We need no agreements, complicated or fancy, We'll take you and Raisa for Ronald and Nancy. And to prove to your people the trust on our part, We'll even be willing to include Gary Hart. HELEN HOWARD El Toro
June 9, 1989
Ronald A. Forbess and N. Bruce Kramer have been appointed vice presidents in Hughes Aircraft's Industrial Electronics Group, Torrance. Forbess, 52, is manager of the group's electron dynamics division. Kramer, 52, is division manager of the microwave products division.
July 25, 2009 | Times Wire Reports
Police have found about 150 dead dogs packed in freezers in the basement of a house littered with feces and trash where more than 110 live dogs, mostly Chihuahuas, were rescued this week. Dearborn Police Chief Ronald Haddad said the 56-year-old man found Wednesday in the suburban Detroit home may have been living with an increasing number of dogs for three or four years.
March 27, 2014 | By Ricardo Lopez
Taco Bell is leaving no doubt that it's going after McDonald's.  Commercials began airing Thursday promoting Taco Bell's new breakfast menu featuring - Ronald McDonald. Make that nearly two dozen of them. Don't expect them to look like a certain red-haired clown, though. The Ronald McDonalds featured in the ads are everyday men - including a father and son - with the same name.  "My name is Ronald McDonald," said the man from Kane, Penn., who later said he loved the "new A.M. Crunchwrap.
March 2, 2014 | By Patrick McGreevy
SACRAMENTO - State Sen. Ronald S. Calderon said Sunday that he was taking a paid leave of absence while he fights federal corruptions charges, costing the Senate Democrats their supermajority and potentially affecting their ability to pass some of their priority bills for months. The Democrat from Montebello was charged last week with accepting nearly $100,000 in bribes as well as gourmet meals and high-priced golf games in exchange for actions on legislation. Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg (D-Sacramento)
March 2, 2014 | By Patrick McGreevy
SACRAMENTO - State Sen. Ronald S. Calderon said he is taking a paid leave of absence while he fights federal corruption charges, a departure that will cost Senate Democrats in the Legislature their supermajority and endanger some policy priorities of Democratic lawmakers and Gov. Jerry Brown. Calderon made the request Sunday evening, and it was granted by Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg (D-Sacramento). "I will be seeking a voluntary leave of absence," Calderon said in a statement.
February 25, 2014 | By Patrick McGreevy
SACRAMENTO - Democratic state Sen. Roderick Wright on Tuesday was granted a paid leave of absence from his position as he awaits sentencing in May on eight felony counts of perjury and voter fraud, leaving the Democratic supermajority no votes to spare in the upper house. Wright's decision could hasten Senate action against Sen. Ronald S. Calderon (D-Montebello), who was indicted last week on 24 federal counts involving the acceptance of nearly $100,000 in bribes in exchange for influencing legislation.
February 22, 2014 | By Chris Megerian and Melanie Mason
SACRAMENTO - For a while it looked like the state Legislature was shedding its reputation as a political punching bag, its ratings in public opinion polls climbing out of the cellar as the budget crisis eased and the economy began to recover. Then federal authorities announced criminal charges against state Sen. Ronald S. Calderon (D-Montebello) and his brother Tom Calderon, a former lawmaker, on Friday. The senator is accused of fraud, money laundering and taking nearly $100,000 in bribes in return for pushing to expand tax credits for the film industry and opposing certain workers' compensation legislation.
February 21, 2014 | By Scott Glover and Hector Becerra
State Sen. Ronald S. Calderon hopped on a Las Vegas-bound plane last spring for a meeting with an independent film executive and one of the man's investors. But the appointment at the Bellagio hotel took an immediate unexpected turn for the Southern California lawmaker, according to court records. The businessmen Calderon expected to meet were actually FBI agents with an unsettling message: He was under investigation for public corruption, and he could either cooperate with authorities or face the consequences.
August 9, 1997
Sports on television reached a new low today [Aug. 3]. Besides having the most honor graduates from the School of Boring Sport Cliches as announcers, Fox Sports West must win the title of money grubber of the year for superimposing commercial messages on the playing court during the Martina Hingis-Monica Seles tennis match. It was disrupting, distracting and tacky. The mind boggles contemplating how far they will go with this practice. RONALD DE RUYTER Palmdale
October 24, 1999
Mr. Berdan's otherwise fascinating article about a little-known place ("Spice by the Sea," Sept. 19) is marred in paragraph two by a misstatement. The Portuguese did not "leave peaceably" in 1961. Antonio de Oliveira Salazar, the dictator of Portugal, ordered armed resistance to any Indian incursion, and the fact that little blood was shed in the Indian invasion doesn't make for leaving peaceably. RONALD S. THOMSON Los Angeles
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