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December 21, 2010 | By Amy Kaufman, Los Angeles Times
On the set of "True Grit," the new Coen brothers western, Hailee Steinfeld established a crafty money-making scheme. Surrounded by a cast and crew of adults, the then 13-year-old created a "swear jar. " Every time someone uttered the f-word, she'd collect $5 from the perpetrator; other bad words were worth a buck. As a trade-off, she had to pay up 50 cents if she said "like. " Her total haul ? $350 ? was impressive. Many teenage girls would head straight to the mall and spend the dough on lip gloss, an iPod or a new wardrobe from Forever 21. Not Steinfeld.
April 15, 2014 | By Andrew Khouri
Most Californians can't afford their rent. The state's affordability crisis has worsened since the recession, as soaring home prices and rents outpace job and income growth. Meanwhile, government funds to combat the problem have evaporated. Local redevelopment agencies once generated roughly $1 billion annually for below-market housing across California, but the roughly 400 agencies closed in 2012 to ease a state budget crisis. In addition, almost $5 billion from state below-market housing bonds, approved by voters last decade, is nearly gone.
August 8, 1985
The Sheriff's Department has taken into custody two men suspected of stealing more than $80,000 worth of riding saddles in Orange and Los Angeles counties over the last six months. Randy Dee Heffley, 23, and Paul Gerard Bauman, 22, were taken into custody about 5 p.m. Tuesday in Riverside County, said Sheriff's Lt. Dick Olson. The two were booked on charges of conspiracy and possessing stolen property, Olson said. Neither man has a permanent address.
March 10, 2014 | By Lisa Dillman
CALGARY, Canada - The Saddledome, along with its ever-changing corporate names, was almost like a second home for goalie Martin Jones in his formative hockey years. His junior team, the Calgary Hitmen, shared the building with the NHL's Calgary Flames, and back in those days, Darryl Sutter happened to be the Flames' general manager. On Monday, Jones and Sutter returned to beat the Flames as the Kings won their eighth straight game, surviving a late scare when Calgary scored twice in the last 4 minutes 31 seconds.
Like the sight of a horse in the middle of the city, Galdino Gomez's saddle shop takes one aback. In it, time has stood still. Gomez makes saddles here one at a time, by hand, each designed precisely for its rider's needs, fitted to both the person who will sit in it and, often, the horse on which it will rest. His methods, in a culture of mass-produced goods, are increasingly rare--even in the down-to-earth world of horses and riders.
March 15, 1987
Mel Brooks need not worry about what the critics say ("Back on the Launch Pad," by Patrick Goldstein, March 8). With a "Drewish Princess" and "Pizza the Hut," he undoubtably has once again raised comedy to the level that few others have--pure enjoyment. As an usher during high school, I saw "Blazing Saddles" more than 175 times, and to this day I still laugh out loud whenever I see it. Brooks has indeed left his mark on comedy. Long live Sheriff Bart, Lillie von Shtupp, Mongo, et al. MARK J. LEVY North Hollywood
Bringing Home the Gold While some of our million-dollar babies were slam-dunking gold medals in Barcelona, Ian Rawlinson of North Hollywood was getting some of his own in another venue. Rawlinson, who marches to a different drummer, won his gold at the Glengarry Highland Games in Maxville, Ontario, Canada, site of his North American championship. He won two more gold medals at the recent Big Bear Games which, incidentally, culminated with an earthquake.
June 21, 1987 | Leonard Klady
They always get their man but, according to Cpl. Pierre Belanger, spokesmountie for the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, the movies rarely get anything right about the force: "Our stereotype hasn't changed since the days of 'Rose Marie,' " he said, referring to the 1936 film that starred Nelson Eddy and Jeanette MacDonald. Latest perpetrator: Paramount's "The Untouchables," in which Prohibition Era cops join forces with the RCMP to foil rum runners at the border.
August 16, 1992
Your article was good, but it neglected to mention Eastwood's film "Tightrope," one of my favorites. His character's relationship with his daughters (one of whom is played by his real-life daughter, Alison) is very tender and realistic. Good movies! TINA RIPLEY Laguna Niguel
December 12, 1993
It took too long to "Return to Lonesome Dove" (CBS). Ruthie Maron, Newport Beach Grab a New Photo, KABC For weeks now we have been watching KABC news showing the goings-on of Michael Jackson. Being in the news so often, it is hard to believe that KABC has no other photos of him except the vulgar, disgusting film clip of Jackson on stage, gyrating and grabbing his crotch. Give us a break, for gosh sakes. Mrs. Yolande D'Andrea, Anaheim Couch for Limbaugh Rush Limbaugh's vitriolic, wholesale indictment of the entire honored profession of psychology and psychiatry (KCOP, Nov. 18)
February 6, 2014 | By S. Irene Virbila
This is the season for wild birds and boar, for elk and all manner of game. Some is flown in from Scotland or Texas or New Zealand. And not every chef or restaurant indulges, so when they do, be ready to take advantage. It's easy to see chefs' fascination with exotic birds and animals. Game's flavor is deep and true. It also takes real skill to cook without drying it out and a keen sense of what flavors to pair with it. And since the supply is sporadic and as certain game comes in out of season, chefs have to be flexible.
December 14, 2013 | By Ben Bolch
Question for wannabe NBA general managers: If you had a chance to add an inefficient scorer who plays passable defense while possessing one of the league's worst contracts, you'd pass, right? Pete D'Alessandro wouldn't. The new Sacramento Kings general manager couldn't resist the allure of Rudy Gay, who scores points galore but needs a lot of shots to do so. His player efficiency rating was 116th in the NBA at the time of the seven-player trade between the Kings and Toronto Raptors, which cost the Kings a lot more than starting point guard Greivis Vasquez and a passel of nobodies.
October 26, 2013 | Bill Dwyre
Most people think next weekend's horse racing extravaganza at Santa Anita is the Breeders' Cup. It's actually the Mike and Gary Show. They are Mike Smith and Gary Stevens, the Peyton Manning and Tom Brady of their sport. They are long in experience and tooth, star jockeys who have been around ... and around ... and around. Each has won more than 5,000 races and millions of dollars in racing purses. Each has won each Triple Crown race at least once, Stevens three times each. Stevens has won eight Breeders' Cup races, Smith has the record with 17. Each has been inducted into racing's Hall of Fame, Stevens in 1997 and Smith in 2003.
October 12, 2013 | By Martha Groves
In a quainter age, before Lamborghinis and Ferraris with big horsepower under the hood ripped along Rodeo Drive, the Beverly Hills thoroughfare featured … actual horsepower. For four decades starting in 1924, riders in boots and jodhpurs clip-clopped on a bridle path that extended along the Rodeo median north of the city's commercial zone to Sunset Boulevard and then on Sunset between the city's eastern and western limits. Early photos show equestrians ambling under a rustic wooden archway reading "Ye Bridle Path from Beverly Hills to Sea and Mountains.
September 29, 2013 | By Julie Cart
The second phase of the BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill trial begins Monday in New Orleans, restarting a legal juggernaut that could saddle the energy giant with the largest environmental penalty in U.S. history, determine the future health of the Gulf of Mexico and calculate, finally, the amount of crude oil that spewed from the crippled well. The case - which involves a phalanx of federal and state prosecutors, attorneys for several multinational companies, and highly complex engineering testimony - has been droning on with little fanfare since February.
June 7, 2013 | Chris Dufresne
The comeback of Gary Stevens was never intended for a real Triple Crown race aboard a horse named Oxbow. No preconceived game plan put him in the winner's circle at the Preakness last month, much less on his way to Saturday's Belmont Stakes. Stevens' comeback was supposed to be fictional, made for TV, on an HBO series called "Luck. " His redemption was coming through his portrayal of Ronnie Jenkins, the Jack Daniels-drinking jockey character executive producer David Milch based on Stevens, who retired in 2005 after a Hall of Fame career.
July 6, 1990 | THE FASHION STAFF
Designer Calvin Klein and his wife Kelly joined the horsy set several years ago and now, unfortunately, he's earned his spurs and then some. Klein was thrown from a horse at a Long Island stable on Wednesday and suffered several broken ribs, a bruised lung and several cuts on his head. He is resting in good condition at a Manhattan hospital where he will stay for about a week. Klein spokesman Paul Wilmot said he has talked with the designer by telephone.
May 8, 2013 | By Lee Romney, Los Angeles Times
OAKLAND - State and regional transportation officials announced plans Wednesday for a retrofit to the new eastern span of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge that will cost up to $10 million and effectively do the job of nearly 100 massive bolts that failed earlier this year. Questions remain, however, about whether the world's largest single-tower, self-anchored suspension span will open on Labor Day weekend as planned. The new span will replace the one that partially collapsed in the 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake.
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