May 16, 2013 |
Just two days before "Arrested Development" would release its first new episodes in seven years, creator Mitchell Hurwitz called David Cross with a frantic request: Could the actor do a quick reshoot? Cross, however, was sporting a full, dyed beard for another project and looked nothing like his "Arrested" character. No matter, Hurwitz told him, "We'll figure it out. " The next day the actor found himself on a hastily arranged set, filling in a gap on the series that would premiere in Hollywood the following day. "It's crazy!"
May 9, 2013 |
By the time Anchee Min made it to America in 1984, she was "considered a 'cooked seed' - no chance to sprout. " As she explains in her new memoir, "I was 27 years old and life had ended for me in China. I was Madame Mao's trash, which meant I wasn't worth spit. " Min's unforgettable first book, "Red Azalea" (published in 1994), chronicled the hardships of her childhood during China's Great Proletarian Cultural Revolution. In the simple, straightforward declarative sentences of someone new to the language, she wrote about how her teacher parents - considered "bourgeois sympathizers" requiring reeducation - were sent to work in factories, and how she, at 17, was sent to a farm labor camp.
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April 24, 2013 |
A $4.2-million settlement between the city and two women mistakenly shot by Los Angeles Police Department officers will hopefully close a chapter on the Christopher Dorner story, officials said. The money would compensate a mother and daughter who were shot by police in February during the manhunt for Dorner, an ex-LAPD officer who authorities say was hunting officers and their families. The settlement announced Tuesday was remarkably speedy compared with other LAPD civil lawsuits, which can take years to be resolved.
April 19, 2013 |
Today, 19 months after her death, we may finally have a good idea of what killed Paula Rojeski. According to a lawsuit and public autopsy records, the causes included her doing business with the 1-800-GET-THIN folks and the slicing of her aorta during weight-loss surgery at one of their affiliated surgical centers. There was also regulatory indifference on a truly majestic scale. Rojeski, 55, died Sept. 8, 2011, shortly after surgery to implant a Lap-Band at Valley Surgical Center in West Hills, which her family's lawyer says is affiliated with 1-800-GET-THIN and the two brothers behind it, Julian and Michael Omidi.
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March 27, 2013 |
The mood was electric that crisp, clear February day as couples lined up at San Francisco City Hall to be among the first to get licenses for same-sex marriages in California. Nine tortuous years followed: The state high court halted and invalidated the San Francisco licenses, then later ruled gays and lesbians could marry. Some 18,000 couples rushed to do so before voters put a stop to the ceremonies by passing Proposition 8 in 2008. Then a federal judge and an appeals court threw that ballot initiative out. On Tuesday, the two sides rested.
March 18, 2013 |
- NFL owners will kick off their annual meetings Monday at the Arizona Biltmore and discuss all sorts of issues, including player health and safety, possible rule changes and new business opportunities. And, yes, the ongoing saga of Los Angeles without an NFL team will come up. Eighteen years have passed since the Raiders and Rams pulled up stakes and bid adieu, leaving the nation's second-largest market vacant and triggering dozens of plans - some creative, but all ultimately fruitless - to fix the relationship.