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March 13, 2007
Re "L.A. Zoo to retire elephant to animal sanctuary," March 12 I am 12 years old, and I'm so happy the zoo is going to retire Ruby to a place where she can move around, go swimming and play with other elephants. I love elephants, but that doesn't mean that I think they should be in zoos and circuses just so I can see them. They are so smart, and they don't want to be in a cage anymore than a person does. MEGAN O'CONNOR Saugus
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 28, 2013 | David Colker
On Nov. 23, 1963, the day after President Kennedy was shot, NBC News producer and director Frederic Rheinstein was in a remote broadcast truck outside Dallas' city hall with his crew. Suddenly, a stranger poked his head through an open window. "He caused me to look up because in putting his head through the window he put aside a curtain allowing light into the otherwise darkened truck," Rheinstein later said in testimony before the Warren Commission, which looked into the assassination.
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ENTERTAINMENT
July 21, 2009 | ROBERT LLOYD, TELEVISION CRITIC
Back in the year 1970, which is to the year 2009 as 1931 was to 1970, a young man named David Cassidy starred with his stepmother, Shirley Jones, in a show called "The Partridge Family," about a family pop band and its multicolored, refitted school bus. "I Think I Love You" was its actual top 40 radio hit. Cassidy went on to become a bona fide teen idol, followed by his half brother Shaun, who also became an actor and then a TV writer and producer ("American Gothic," "Cold Case," "Roar").
TRAVEL
September 15, 2013 | By Katherine Calos
My happy place isn't really a place but a state of mind that can appear in lots of places. It's that moment of bliss when you turn off other worries and embrace where you are. In the U.S. Virgin Islands, it was the moment I decided there was nothing I could do to make a taxi appear at the Trunk Bay snorkeling trail on St. John. I exhaled and sat down at a picnic table. A local man nodded approvingly, "That's right, don't worry. " And then a taxi magically appeared, so I didn't miss the last ferry after all. In South Africa, it was lunch overlooking the penguin colony at Simon's Town.
NEWS
August 3, 1997 | Kevin Thomas
This 1993 release, from filmmaker Victor Nunez, is an intimate, low-key film as endearing and staunch as its heroine. A warm, perceptive depiction of everyday life, "Ruby" illuminates the inner being of a seemingly ordinary young woman in the process of creating a life for herself. It reveals the courage it takes to strike out on one's own and take charge of one's destiny. It marks the screen debut of Ashley Judd (pictured with Todd Field) (Bravo Sunday at 9 a.m. and 7:05 p.m.)
OPINION
November 27, 2006
Re "L.A. Zoo is still undecided on elephant's future," Nov. 22 Why is it that L.A. Zoo Director John Lewis says he wants what's best for Ruby the elephant but keeps her in solitary confinement in a small, inadequate space at the zoo where no one ever sees her? She doesn't even have the company of other elephants, which is vital for her emotional well-being. What's best for this 45-year-old gal is to be able to roam freely on acres of soft, rolling hills at the Performing Animal Welfare Society sanctuary in Northern California.
NEWS
August 7, 1992 | MAX JACOBSON, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
The '40s diner made a big comeback during the '80s, when the fountain drinks, sloppy burgers and other vernacular foods of a more inno cent time became virtual icons. Dozens of nearly identical retro-diners sprang up, as if stamped out by some giant, old-fashioned cookie cutter. Ruby's, a chain based in Orange County, has been one of the most successful purveyors of this sort of culinary nostalgia.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 11, 2012 | By Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times Film Critic
To say that "Middle of Nowhere," winner of Sundance's coveted directing award for writer-director Ava DuVernay, sheds long-overdue light on infrequently explored aspects of African American life is true as far as it goes, but it doesn't go far enough. For the truth is that it is uncommon to see serious adult dramas this moving and accomplished, so attuned to real people and their complex, recognizable emotions, no matter the racial makeup of the characters involved. So though it echoes the films of Charles Burnett, the plays of August Wilson and "A Raisin in the Sun," at its heart "Middle of Nowhere" is old-school, character-driven narrative at its most quietly effective.
OPINION
November 21, 2004
Re "Her Trunk All Packed, Ruby Is Coming Home," Nov. 14: That people believe there is anything entertaining or educational about looking at wild animals locked up in prisons shows how much we're still in the Dark Ages. The entertaining and educational thing that could come out of this heartbreaking situation would be to send Ruby and Gita together to a sanctuary. Myriam Alaux Portland, Ore.
MAGAZINE
May 5, 2002
Leslee Komaiko's article about a local hat store ("The Interfaith Appeal of a Fine Hat," Metropolis, April 7) brought back a sweet, nostalgic memory of the year 1945. Returning home to Brooklyn after serving 28 months in China, Burma and India, my new husband excitedly donned his old zoot suit and, with great anticipation, made a mad dash to Ruby's to purchase the perfect fedora. A zoot suit, a new bride, a black overcoat, gray suede gloves and a custom-made Ruby's hat. It was as good as it got!
FOOD
June 8, 2013 | By Noelle Carter, Los Angeles Times
Dear SOS: I'm not a big drinker, but there's a cocktail that Akasha Restaurant in Culver City makes that could make me a convert. It's called a Ruby Red Mojito, made with pink grapefruit juice. I've tried versions at other restaurants, but they're not as good as Akasha's. I'd love to serve this to friends on game night and would be delighted if you could get Akasha to give you its recipe. Katherine Fleischmann Valley Glen Dear Katherine: Bright and refreshing, Akasha's mojito combines fresh grapefruit juice with lime, rum, a touch of agave syrup for sweetness and club soda for a little fizz.
SPORTS
June 2, 2013 | Los Angeles Times
Chino High won its second consecutive Southern Section softball championship Saturday in Irvine after defeating Lakewood, 4-0, in the Division 2 final. Miranda Viramontes threw a one-hitter, striking out eight. Ruby Barroso hit a home run. In Division 4, Hemet defeated Santa Monica, 16-2. Jade Gandara led a 20-hit attack with four hits for the Bulldogs. In the Division 6 final, shortstop Monique Landini of Burbank Bell-Jeff hit two home runs in an 8-4 victory over San Pedro Mary Star.
NEWS
February 19, 2013 | By Susan Denley
Katy Perry is sporting a heart-shaped ruby ring on her finger, a gift from beau John Mayer. The ring set off a flurry of speculation that it was an engagement ring. But relax, everyone. It was a Valentine's Day gift, according to the jeweler who made it. [People] Blackeyed Peas frontwoman Fergie seems to be expecting a baby with husband Josh Duhamel, according to a tweet. That may be why she's recently been seen at public events wearing looser-than-normal (for her) clothing. Or she might just be getting a kitten.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 24, 2013 | By Margaret Gray
There may be people in L.A. who would find Ruby Wax's one-woman show, "Ruby Wax: Out of Her Mind," now at the Broad Stage's Edye Second Space, inaccessible. For example, those emotionally stable, positive thinkers who have never had a moment's self-doubt, much less stayed in bed for days at a stretch or considered walking into traffic. Or the no-nonsense type who would advise a depressed friend to "perk up. " But if L.A. contains such people -- and a survey of drivers at peak traffic hours might not turn up many -- I don't want to meet them.
BUSINESS
January 13, 2013 | By Christine Mai-Duc, Los Angeles Times
The gig: As founder and chief executive of Ruby Restaurant Group, Doug Cavanaugh oversees a chain of 37 Ruby's Diner restaurants in six states, including eateries at five airports. His first Ruby's Diner, which opened in 1982, was a renovated bait shop on Balboa Pier in Newport Beach that had been slated for demolition. The Irvine company celebrated its 30-year anniversary in December. Hometown boy: Cavanaugh, 56, was born and raised in Los Angeles, where he lived until he was 12, before moving to Tustin, where his mother still lives in his childhood home.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 27, 2012 | By Noel Murray, Los Angeles Times
Polisse MPI, $24.98 Inspired by real child protection unit cases that French writer-director-actress Maïwenn either observed or researched, the docudrama follows a group of cops who investigate child abusers and molesters. The subject matter is bleak, but Maïwenn's approach to the material is smart and sensitive, showing how these officers, men and women, work diligently and carefully, trying to exact the truth about crimes when the victims often can't adequately explain what happened to them.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 11, 2012 | By Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times Film Critic
To say that "Middle of Nowhere," winner of Sundance's coveted directing award for writer-director Ava DuVernay, sheds long-overdue light on infrequently explored aspects of African American life is true as far as it goes, but it doesn't go far enough. For the truth is that it is uncommon to see serious adult dramas this moving and accomplished, so attuned to real people and their complex, recognizable emotions, no matter the racial makeup of the characters involved. So though it echoes the films of Charles Burnett, the plays of August Wilson and "A Raisin in the Sun," at its heart "Middle of Nowhere" is old-school, character-driven narrative at its most quietly effective.
NEWS
October 4, 2012 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Travel & Deal blogger, This post has been corrected. See the note below for details.
The ruby slippers are taking off, and not by a click of the heel either. A pair of the iconic shoes worn by Judy Garland in the 1939 film "The Wizard of Oz" will leave the Smithsonian for the first time to be displayed in London in an exhibition titled "Hollywood Costume. " The shoes usually live at the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History in Washington, D.C., but will be on loan for four weeks to the Victoria & Albert Museum . There they will be on display alongside Scarlett O'Hara's green "curtain" dress from "Gone With the Wind" (1939)
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