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November 24, 2012 | By Liesl Bradner
"You live as long as you dance" was a mantra Rudolf Nureyev practiced throughout his celebrated career. January is the 20th anniversary of the great Russian dancer's death at age 54, and the De Young Museum in San Francisco is marking that with the chance to study and contemplate the life and legacy of one of ballet's biggest pop stars in "Rudolf Nureyev: A Life in Dance. " The exhibition features photographs, videos and other ephemera, but the stars of the show are 70 exquisite costumes from the ballets Nureyev danced in and choreographed, including "Swan Lake," "The Nutcracker" and "Romeo and Juliet.
National swim team coaches from the United States, Hong Kong and Australia suspect the Chinese women's team of using steroids in the wake of China's world-best performances during last month's Asian Games. Richard Quick, coach of the U.S. national team and Stanford women's team, said he felt obligated to speak out after the Chinese produced three times that rank No. 1 in the world this year and three others that are No. 2 during the competition at Beijing.
February 22, 2012 | By Amy Hubbard
Heinrich Rudolf Hertz -- who, like Van Gogh and Mozart, was a rare genius not fully appreciated during his lifetime -- is honored with a Google Doodle today, his 155th birthday. And perhaps the reason the German physicist wasn't valued for his work was that no one at that point was smart enough to do so. Even Hertz didn't get it. The German physicist, who was the first to broadcast and receive radio waves, did not realize at the time the broader implications of his work -- which laid the groundwork for the invention of the wireless telegraph, radio and TV. GALLERY: Evolution of the doodle "I do not think that the wireless waves I have discovered will have any practical application," Hertz once wrote , according to Scotland's University of St. Andrews.
September 23, 1995
Sir Rudolph Peierls, 88, whose work on nuclear fission contributed to the development of the first atomic bomb. In 1940, the German-born Peierls and Austrian-born Otto Frisch were working at the University of Birmingham in central England. The prevailing scientific view was that uranium was the most likely element for an atomic bomb, but that making one was impossible because the amount of fissionable material needed was so enormous.
Rudolf Ising, one of Walt Disney's original artists but better known for creating animation studios than animated characters, is dead. The co-founder (with the late Hugh Harman) of the prolific Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies cartoon factories was 88 when he died Saturday in Newport Beach where he had retired in the 1970s. Ising's beginnings in animation dated to his youth in Kansas City, Mo., when he answered a newspaper advertisement for a cartoonist in the early 1920s.
August 14, 1988
Your story is headed: "An Operatic Decline." I call it "A Journalistic Decline"--a respected newspaper stooping to the level of a scurrilous scandal sheet. Sir Rudolf's illness and mental decline are a personal tragedy, but there is nothing "ignoble" about it. This is not investigative reporting, of which The Times has given us many brilliant and beneficial examples, but snooping of the lowest kind. Ignoble, indeed! THEODORE FRONT Los Angeles
December 5, 1988
Prince Ludwig Rudolf of Hanover, 32, great-grandson of Germany's last emperor, Kaiser Wilhelm II. He took his life last Monday after his wife died of an apparent drug overdose, police said in Linz, Austria. Isabelle of Hanover, 26, was found dead by her husband at Gmunden, a lakeside resort in upper Austria. A security police spokesman, who asked not to be identified, said the Austrian-born woman died of lung and brain edema. He said her death was probably caused by a drug overdose.
November 16, 1986 | Associated Press
Rudolf Schock, one of postwar Germany's best-known opera singers who also performed frequently abroad, died Thursday at the age of 71, a police spokesman said. A son-in-law found the tenor singer's body in his Dueren home, said the spokesman. Born in Duisburg on Sept. 4, 1915, Schock made his debut at age 18 with the opera house of that Ruhr Valley city.
July 24, 1994
Rudolf Firkusny, 82, a Czech-born pianist who championed the music of his native land during a 44-year, self-imposed exile to protest communism. Firkusny, who taught at the Juilliard School of Music, brought exposure to the works of Czech composers, including Smetana, Dvorak and Martinu. He performed with major orchestras around the world, led by some of the century's greatest conductors. In May, 1990, he ended his exile by performing in Prague to acknowledge the return of democracy.
December 11, 2011
Of course Los Angeles residents have every right and reason to be outraged about former Housing Authority chief Rudolf Montiel being paid nearly $1.2 million to just go away. Outrage is warranted, as well, over the lavish spending by agency officials to travel around the country, to take limousine rides and to eat and drink high on the hog, as reported by KCET-TV's "SoCal Connected. " In the scheme of things, though, the most important question left unanswered is not how much money Housing Authority officials spent on themselves or bestowed on Montiel that could and should have been spent housing people in need.
December 4, 2011 | By David Zahniser and Jessica Garrison, Los Angeles Times
Rudolf Montiel seemed remarkably sanguine last spring, sitting in a meeting room at the Los Angeles Housing Authority headquarters as he was publicly castigated by tenants just before being fired as the head of the largest public housing operation west of the Mississippi. He even smiled slightly as he threaded his way through an angry crowd. Before he stepped into the elevator, Montiel coolly suggested that his ouster had "an air of retribution and retaliation. " Montiel may have had reason to smile.
August 5, 2011 | Kim Willsher, Special to the Los Angeles Times
Reporting from Paris -- Rudolf Brazda, one of the last known survivors of Nazi Germany's persecution of gays who later called his three years in a concentration camp a descent into hell, has died. He was 98. A German gay rights group said Brazda died Wednesday, but it did not provide details. Brazda was among thousands of gay men deported to the death camps during World War II because of their sexual orientation. Adolf Hitler's Nazis saw homosexuals as an aberration and a threat to the Aryan race.
March 22, 2011 | By Jessica Garrison, Los Angeles Times
Los Angeles' housing authority board voted Monday evening to fire the agency's chief executive, Rudolf Montiel. The move comes less than six months after Montiel faced the wrath of city leaders when his agency tried to evict nine tenants who had protested housing authority policies at Montiel's Rancho Cucamonga home. At the time, City Council members called Montiel "childlike" and accused him of acting like "Big Brother. " The eviction notices were later rescinded. Montiel has headed the agency ?
December 31, 2010 | By David Zahniser and Jessica Garrison, Los Angeles Times
Seeking to end a long-simmering dispute with tenant advocacy groups, officials with the Los Angeles housing authority said Thursday that they had agreed to rescind eviction notices sent to a group of renters who picketed the Rancho Cucamonga home of a top executive three months ago. The authority's seven-member board approved an agreement that would require the agency to cover the lawyers' fees for 11 targeted tenants and purchase computers for...
November 11, 2010 | By David Zahniser and Jessica Garrison, Los Angeles Times
Los Angeles' public housing agency moved to evict nine tenants last week after they protested at the Rancho Cucamonga home of the agency's top executive. The action so outraged members of the City Council that on Wednesday they ordered the Housing Authority to immediately halt the action. They accused agency head Rudolf Montiel, who receives nearly $450,000 in salary and benefits, of being "childlike" and of acting like "Big Brother. " Council members voted unanimously to ask the state attorney general to investigate Montiel's actions, prompting cheers from a crowd of angry tenants who had packed the chamber to tell their stories.
March 31, 2000 | From Associated Press
Former President Rudolf Kirchschlaeger, who fathered the deal that led to Austria's independence after 10 years of occupation following World War II, died of a heart attack Thursday, the president's office said. He was 85. Kirchschlaeger represented his country during the Austrian Neutrality Pact negotiations in 1955, which led to the pullout of Allied and Soviet troops. He served as president from 1974 to 1986. Kirchschlaeger was born March 20, 1915, in Upper Austria to a working-class family.
July 1, 2010
Paul Johnson Longtime L.A. traffic reporter Paul Johnson, 75, a longtime Los Angeles traffic reporter who worked at KNBC-TV Channel 4 for 22 years and was known for his signature phrase "Buckle up, be careful out there," died Tuesday at his home in Orange Park Acres, the TV station announced. Johnson had not appeared on the "Today in L.A." morning show since undergoing surgery for a brain tumor in January. Johnson's baritone voice delivered reports on traffic snarls, and the popular reporter always finished with "Buckle up, be careful out there."
February 13, 2010 | By Harriet Ryan
For a man who didn't set foot out of his house Friday, Roman Polanski had an eventful day. His new film, "The Ghost Writer," a political thriller with a glamorous Hollywood cast, debuted at the Berlin Film Festival. And his legal battle to avoid returning to the U.S. got a boost when a Swiss official said extradition proceedings stemming from his three-decade-old child sex case were on indefinite hold. Polanski, 76, remained under house arrest, his round-the-clock presence in his Gstaad ski chalet secured by an ankle bracelet and $4.5-million bond.
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