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November 12, 1996 | DENISE MARIE SIINO, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Thud. Westminster Police Detective Mike Proctor drops a 3-inch-thick binder on the table of a cramped interrogation room. "This is Sandra's file," he says. "She has been stalked by the same person for over 17 years." Sandra is not an actress or any type of public figure. Her case, though, became one of the earliest to be prosecuted under California's anti-stalking legislation. "Celebrities are not the only people to be stalked," says Proctor, Orange County's foremost specialist on stalking.
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April 22, 2014 | By Carolyn Kellogg
With her latest "Have You Seen Marie?," Sandra Cisneros has written a picture book for adults (and kids too). It's not what readers expected from Cisneros, who leaped onto the literary scene in 1984 with "The House on Mango Street" and continued with an acclaimed literary career. Her 1991 collection, "Woman Hollering Creek and Other Stories," was a finalist for the L.A. Times Book Prize; her many awards include a MacArthur "Genius" Fellowship. Creating an illustrated book, she tells the L.A. Times' Hector Tobar, was a little like working on a film.
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August 23, 2012 | By Sheri Linden
Ghastly events unfold in the taut and unsettling "Compliance," propelled by a logic so twisted it feels like the premise of a psychological experiment. Wielding only a prepaid phone, an aberrant compulsion and a false identity, a man holds a group of strangers in his sway by remote control, with devastating results. Writer-director Craig Zobel has shaped his material not as a shocker but as a clear-eyed exploration of some of the darkest, and most garden-variety, mysteries of human behavior.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 26, 2014 | By Oliver Gettell
Sandra Bullock is poised to take home an astronomical paycheck for her work on the space epic "Gravity," one that could top $70 million, according to the Hollywood Reporter. Bullock's deal with Warner Bros. calls for her to make $20 million upfront, says THR , along with 15% of the studio's share of theatrical revenue and a cut from home video, TV and ancillary sources. So far "Gravity" has earned more than $700 million at the worldwide box office, and it's expected to surpass the $750-million mark.
SPORTS
June 5, 1996 | MICHAEL LAZARUS
Alfonso Durazo didn't have many chances to see his daughter, Sandra, play for the Kennedy High softball team this season. His job at United Parcel Service precluded him from attending most of the Golden Cougars' mid-afternoon games. So he had to be content watching videotape after videotape of Sandra overwhelming the competition. Durazo has led a group of talented underclassmen to Kennedy's greatest softball success in more than a decade.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 18, 1996 | Dana Parsons
Career criminal Richard Cooper came to Municipal Court in Fullerton Friday with one last deal in mind. When you're facing 783 years to life, dealing is all you've got left. To Cooper, his plan made perfect sense: a 44-year-old welder who likes armed robbery better, he would plead guilty at his preliminary hearing to the 29 felonies against him. His plea would spare the county the expense of trying him and free up police or his victims from having to testify.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 31, 1993 | ALAN ABRAHAMSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Kitty Menendez, who over the years was needy, pathetic, athletic, disorganized, suspicious and spacey, "all kinds of contradictory things," simply seemed strange three weeks before her sons killed her, a former neighbor testified Monday. Called by the defense as Lyle and Erik Menendez's murder trial resumed after a four-day recess, Alicia Hercz said Kitty Menendez "kept staring" into space when they met Aug. 1, 1989, at the Menendez home in Beverly Hills.
NEWS
March 10, 1990 | DOUGLAS JEHL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A government test has determined that a red dye used in many lipsticks is a powerful herbicide capable of killing marijuana plants, prompting some Bush Administration officials to propose using the dye in an airborne offensive against domestic marijuana cultivation.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 30, 1999 | BRIAN LOWRY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Home Box Office collected the most honors at Saturday's nighttime Emmy Awards presentation in Pasadena, including multiple statuettes for dramatic series "The Sopranos" and its movies "The Rat Pack" and "Winchell." Saturday's nontelevised event encompassed more than 50 categories, primarily in technical areas such as cinematography, editing and sound. An additional 27 awards, recognizing programs and performers, will be presented Sept. 12 and televised on Fox.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 9, 2002 | RICHARD FAUSSET, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Jovita Marquez and Virginia Villa were among the thousands of Southern California Latinos drawn to La Luz de Oro Corp., whose name means "The Light of Gold." At the company's festive sales rallies--marathon sessions mixing evangelism with secular promises of money, cars and homes--the two women were told they could realize their financial dreams if they invested in the telecommunications company, followed its rules and held on to their faith. But faith has given way to anger.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 13, 2014 | By Glenn Whipp
Sandra Bullock has been teasing Alfonso Cuarón for the last four months about his penchant for enjoying a cup of warm green tea while she was crammed uncomfortably for hours in a 9-by-9-foot black box during the making of "Gravity. " Now, two hours before the recent Directors Guild of America Awards - an honor Cuarón would win - the Oscar-nominated actress offers a variation of the routine when he good-naturedly complains about having to change into a tuxedo for the event. "Yeah, you guys have it so hard," she tells him. "For women, you're cattle.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 10, 2014 | By Oliver Gettell
As is usually the case, the mood was a convivial one at this year's Academy Award nominees luncheon, which throws together big-name stars and directors as well as animators, musicians, editors and other fellow contenders for Oscar gold. But the lighthearted mood didn't prevent some nominees from getting a bit serious while talking to the assembled reporters backstage. In particular, "12 Years a Slave" director Steve McQueen, "Gravity" star Sandra Bullock, and "American Hustle" director and co-writer David O. Russell made the case for what one might call grown-up movies - films that aren't afraid of examining weighty subjects or doing things differently than moviegoers might be accustomed to. McQueen, for example, was asked about overcoming his film's reputation for being difficult to watch, even though it has been critically acclaimed.
NEWS
February 5, 2014 | By Seema Mehta
Democratic attorney and activist Sandra Fluke has decided against running for retiring Rep. Henry A. Waxman's congressional seat, instead planning a bid for the state Senate. “I am extremely moved by the outpouring of local and national support I have received since I announced that I was considering running for office. My entire career has been devoted to the public interest, whether representing victims of human trafficking or advocating for working families,” Fluke said late Tuesday night.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 5, 2014 | By James Barragan
Leonard Alex Dominguez struggled with drugs for much of his life. It landed him in jail again and again. But after submitting a DNA sample to a federal database during a prison stint for marijuana possession in 2005, a darker side surfaced when Dominguez was linked two years later to the cold case killing of Sandra Phillips, a West Los Angeles woman who was found strangled in her apartment in 1979. On Wednesday, nearly 35 years after the dead woman was found face-down in her bedroom, Dominguez was sentenced to 15 years to life for the 33-year-old's murder.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 16, 2014 | By Chris Lee
Sandra Bullock, nominated for an Oscar for her lead performance in "Gravity," said Thursday morning that she had every intention of taking a break from acting when director Alfonso Cauron approached her about the role. Bullock spoke with The Times about her first nomination since her Oscar win for “The Blind Side”: The Times: It's always nice to wake up to good news instead of what's on the news. Bullock: I'm in my kitchen trying to pull together lunch for a 4-year-old [laughs]
ENTERTAINMENT
January 9, 2014 | By Oliver Gettell
"Gravity" star Sandra Bullock had a big night Wednesday at the People's Choice Awards in Los Angeles, snagging four prizes and emerging as the evening's top winner. Bullock, who in addition to her role in the sci-fi spectacle also starred in the buddy-cop comedy "The Heat," was named favorite movie actress, favorite dramatic movie actress and favorite comedic movie actress at the annual fan-voted event. She and "Gravity" co-star George Clooney also won favorite movie duo (beating out her second nomination in that category for her work alongside Melissa McCarthy in "The Heat")
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 17, 1994
The Medical Board of California licenses physicians and other medical professionals. It also investigates complaints about medical treatment and issues disciplinary actions. The most serious penalties include license revocation, suspension and probation. These are the Los Angeles County medical professionals subject to serious disciplinary actions between Nov. 1, 1993, and Jan. 31, 1994, according to medical board documents. Final actions are published only after all appeals are exhausted.
SPORTS
December 13, 1988 | DAVID G. SAVAGE, Times Staff Writer
The Supreme Court, in a key ruling supporting the enforcement powers of the National Collegiate Athletic Assn., ruled Monday that the organization may force Nevada Las Vegas to suspend its highly successful basketball coach, Jerry Tarkanian, for recruiting violations and other irregularities. On a 5-4 vote, the high court said that the NCAA does not have to follow the same constitutional guidelines that cover government agencies in investigating violations of regulations.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 11, 2013 | By Mark Olsen
The best actress category went largely as expected when the Screen Actors Guild Awards nominations were announced Wednesday. The category is heavy on veterans, with a mix of prior nominees and winners, and looks to include the names likely to be mentioned most during the rest of this awards season. Making the cut were Cate Blanchett for “Blue Jasmine,” Sandra Bullock for “Gravity,” Meryl Streep for “August: Osage County,” Emma Thompson for “Saving Mr. Banks” and Judi Dench for “Philomena.” With Blanchett the youngest among them at 44, the five nominees have eight SAG awards and eight Oscars between them.
NEWS
December 11, 2013 | By L.A. at Home staff
Our scouting for this gift guide recently brought us to that L.A. haven for the handmade, Freehand Gallery. That's where we came upon the porcelain wine cups of Ojai ceramist Sandra Torres. The artist said she likes porcelain because it's "the thinnest of its expressions. " To create vessels that are at once delicate yet tough, Torres uses a slipcasting process. She pours her material into delicate molds, then later manipulates the wet clay so each piece carries the presence of the artist's hands.
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