CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 15, 1989 |
Under rows of harsh fluorescent lights, they sit at folding tables, hunched over boards covered with small, square tiles. The room is silent as 10 pairs of players sweat it out in a battle of wits, probing their minds for obscure words and letter combinations. They're playing Scrabble, but this is not exactly the game that many people remember playing with their grandmothers over pound cake and iced tea on Sunday afternoons.
November 5, 2004 |
Never at a loss for words, Eric Chaikin and Julian Petrillo's witty and intelligent documentary, "Word Wars: Tiles and Tribulations on the Scrabble Circuit," follows four unconventional players as they work toward the 2002 national championships in San Diego: * Matt Graham, the No. 7-ranked Scrabble player in the country, is a manic New York-based stand-up comic who takes vitamin supplements and other "smart drugs" in an effort to boost his brainpower. * The No. 13-ranked "G.I."
July 12, 1994 |
Mattel Inc. has apparently won the battle with rival Hasbro Co. for J.S. Spear & Sons, the British company that owns the overseas rights to the popular Scrabble board game. El Segundo-based Mattel, the world's largest toy maker, said Monday that it got "irrevocable commitments" for 51% of the British company's shares, following acceptance of Mattel's offer by Spear's board.
January 20, 1994 |
When the keen observer gets three Christmas presents that are all basically for the same purpose, he can't help but detect an implied message. When the gifts come from people very important in the observer's life, the message is magnified, often displayed in bright neon, and demands reflection.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 7, 1985 |
To Marilyn Kennedy, the families of men and women accused and convicted of crimes are "the unknown victims of crime." "In the first place, you go through the same emotions as when you have a death in the family," Kennedy said. "Shock that this can happen to your family. Denial for the same reasons. Anger that it's happened to you. Anger at the person who it's happened to for causing you that pain.
April 3, 2012 |
Most mornings, when the slanted dawn light hits the nearby Tower Palace luxury high-rises, Cho Su-ja can't help but stare, struck by their grandeur. The 72-year-old grandmother lives in a two-room shack with plastic flooring, sandwiched between other shacks built from planks of wood, corrugated tin, castoff door frames and bamboo screens, like a jumble of shipwrecks. But Cho doesn't envy her wealthy neighbors, not one bit. She's proud to be one of the original inhabitants of Guyrong village, a ramshackle shantytown sprawling alongside the exclusive Gangnam area, the highest-priced real estate in South Korea.
November 21, 1996 |
Marketing a successful board game that features "Space Jam" stars Michael Jordan and Bugs Bunny would seem to be child's play. Yet, even with an assist from Warner Bros.' heavily promoted movie, the new board game from Playmates Toys Inc.--its first venture into the $374-million board game niche--is far from a slam-dunk. The Costa Mesa-based company faces cutthroat competition at every turn from market giants such as Parker Bros. and Milton Bradley.
October 31, 1999 |
This was the way to look at things from a different side. My boyfriend, Rich, and I take frequent day trips to Big Bear Lake, with its rental speedboats, bustling village and chairlifts that whisk lazy mountain bikers like us to the top of mountains. But on a Sunday drive around the lake last summer, we came upon a house on the north shore with a sprawling porch overlooking a yard so green that it glowed in the afternoon sun.
August 17, 1986 |
A harried corporate lawyer who hates to shop was delighted recently to discover that his landlord at the Koll Center office building in Irvine had provided an easy way for him to obtain a birthday present for his girlfriend. He summoned the building concierge, who an hour later returned with a pearl necklace at "just the right price" in exchange for a $25 errand fee. And like clockwork every Monday morning, the president of Irvine-based National Education Corp.
June 22, 2008 |
Here, based on my own adventures and conversations with several experts, are 14 things to know about vacation rentals. -- Christopher Reynolds 1. Know whom to call when the AC breaks down: Get your host's cellphone number -- and his handyman's. Sure, it's nice if your host leaves behind some ideas of local attractions and restaurants, but chances are you've covered a lot of that ground with your own research.