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September 7, 2003 | Sallie Hofmeister
A new feature is emerging on the media landscape: NBC Universal. At risk of being marginalized by a host of industry behemoths, NBC last week struck a tentative deal to merge its operations with Vivendi Universal's entertainment properties, thus catapulting itself into the ranks of those giants. Critics decry the proposed marriage between the General Electric Co.-owned network and the Universal empire as another blow to media diversity.
March 24, 2001
Yes, the Academy Awards show can be "disgusting," as pundit Trey Parker says in "Still Fabulous or Now Faded" (March 23). The show can also be vulgar, juvenile and embarrassing, just like Parker and [Matt] Stone's "South Park." I have a message for Parker and Stone: Loosen up. Your show and the Academy Awards broadcast aren't two sides of the same coin; they occupy the same side of the coin. And bag the holier-than-thou attitude. You think you [were disrespectful to] the academy by wearing dresses?
March 6, 2005
In a recent profile of actress Faye Dunaway ["Takes One to Know One..." Feb. 27], Maria Elena Fernandez writes that "Dunaway took a sip of her tea, which she was drinking without milk because she forgot her food scale." Ms. Fernandez, you are a terrible tease. For how long has Ms. Dunaway been traveling with a food scale? Does she just whip it out and put it on the table, or does she kind of hide it underneath, perhaps balancing it on her hand? Does it require assembly? Has anyone French ever shouted at her upon seeing it?
Conditions are nearly ideal as John Fales heads briskly out the front door with his butterfly net and a worn green canvas bag slung over his shoulder. It's 75 degrees on a mostly sunny afternoon in the early fall. A gentle breeze ripples the waters of Chesapeake Bay, a short walk from Fales' home at Plum Point in Calvert County, Md. Fales records the temperature from a gauge atop a pole in his yard and writes down the time. Ready now, he scans the shrubs in his yard and the sky overhead.
November 14, 2010 | By Judi Dash, Special to the Los Angeles Times
Balanzza pioneered digital luggage scales that strap to bag handles, then when hoisted, register and lock in the weight on a backlit LCD screen. The new Balanzza Mini version ($24.85) is just 5 inches long and weighs only about 3 ounces. But it can measure weights up to 100 pounds. It runs on two included watch batteries. Info: Magellan's (800) 962-4943
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