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March 11, 2014 | By Saba Hamedy, This post has been corrected. See the note below for details.
It's a man's world -- or at least that's the way it appears on screen. According to a report released Tuesday by San Diego State University film professor Martha Lauzen, the top 100 grossing films of 2013 were overwhelmingly male. Just 15% of protagonists, 29% of major characters and 30% of all speaking characters were female. The study looked at more than 2,300 characters in the 2013 films, and the lack of female representation -- on screen and behind the scenes -- has not substantially improved, said Lauzen, who serves as executive director of the SDSU Center for the Study of Women in Television and Film.
January 10, 2014 | By Saba Hamedy
Former South Boston crime boss James "Whitey" Bulger was transferred to a high-security federal penitentiary in Arizona as the Boston Globe revealed an emotional exchange of prison love letters between Bulger and the woman with whom he lived in hiding for years. Bulger, 84, is at USP Tucson, according to the Federal Bureau of Prisons website . The facility holds 1,700 male inmates -- 1,552 in a high-security lockup and 148 in an adjacent minimum-security satellite camp, the bureau's website says.
March 3, 2014 | By Saba Hamedy
“All right, all right, all right.” These words from the 1993 film “Dazed and Confused” put Matthew McConaughey on the map as an actor -- and returned Sunday night as he  took the stage to accept his best actor Oscar for “Dallas Buyers Club.” After thanking the motion picture academy -- “all 6,000 members," fellow nominees and “Dallas Buyers Club's” director and cast members -- a humbled McConaughey listed the three things he...
November 14, 1994 | J. E. MITCHELL
Kuwait's ambassador to the United States will visit Ventura County on Saturday to meet with Port Hueneme-based Seabees who served in the Persian Gulf War and local business people whose companies do business with the tiny Arab emirate. Mohammed Sabah Al-Salim Al-Sabah will be the guest of the Ventura County World Affairs Council at the North Ranch Country Club in Thousand Oaks, said Cindy Cooke, the council's executive director.
April 7, 2003 | From Times Wire Reports
Kuwait has called an emergency meeting of fellow Arab states in the Persian Gulf region to discuss missile attacks from Iraq, diplomats said. Sheik Sabah al Ahmed al Jabbar al Sabah, the foreign minister, told the Kuwait News Agency that arrangements were underway for a Gulf Cooperation Council meeting in Kuwait today. He did not elaborate, but a Saudi diplomat in Riyadh said foreign ministers will discuss Iraq's targeting of Kuwait with missiles. At least 17 have been fired since the war began.
March 1, 1999 | From Times Wire Reports
Under light rain and an overcast sky, retired Gen. Norman H. Schwarzkopf and Kuwait's ambassador to the United States placed a wreath to honor the U.S. soldiers who died in connection with the Persian Gulf War. The ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery marked the eighth anniversary of the war's end. During Desert Storm, the 43-day war that included a sustained bombing attack and a 100-hour ground campaign, 147 Americans died in action.
April 15, 1988 | United Press International
Kuwait's crown prince and prime minister, Sheik Saad al Abdullah al Sabah, and sheiks from the ruling Sabah family led hundreds of mourners Thursday at the funerals of two Kuwaitis slain by the hijackers of a Kuwait Airways jumbo jet. Cabinet ministers, government officials, sobbing relatives and friends of the two dead men took part in the funeral procession.
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