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April 18, 2013 | By Debra Prinzing
Architect John Frane saw plenty of promise in the Venice Beach shoe box, a 1930s bungalow Spanish-ized with interior doorway arches, a tiled parapet and swirled metalwork on the windows and fence. "Ugly duckling is a good way to describe it," Frane said of the house, painted beige with maroon trim when he bought it in 2011 and, more important, hemmed in by apartments on all four sides. "The house has an urban side, and the big backyard had been paved over, but I saw it as potentially being a great private space.
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ENTERTAINMENT
April 9, 2014 | Susan Straight
What does it take to be a writer: A room of one's own? A weakness for words? To celebrate the Festival of Books, we asked five celebrated authors to recall a turning point in their evolution as writers. First up is Susan Straight, recipient of the Los Angeles Times Book Prizes' 2013 Robert Kirsch Award for lifetime achievement. I wrote the stories in my first book by hand, in these places: at the counter of the Mobil station where I worked in 1979, between customers, eating beef jerky and stale cashews out of the nut mix no one ever bought from the cloudy glass compartments beneath my notebook; sitting on a huge rock at the beach in Rosarito, Mexico, in 1983 after my husband fell asleep in the tiny hotel where we spent our two-night honeymoon, writing in my notebook; sitting at a card table in married student housing in 1984 in Amherst with the small blue Smith-Corona my mother had given me for high school graduation; in a pale green 1980-something Fiat with brakes that went out all the time, upon which occasion my husband would have me sit in the driver's seat and pump the brakes while he was underneath the car in the gravel driveway of our house back in Riverside in 1988, and I held a notebook and pen, writing.
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NEWS
February 17, 2014 | By Christi Parsons
RANCHO MIRAGE, Calif. - President Obama squeezed in one last round of golf on Monday before wrapping up his secluded Presidents Day weekend and heading back to Washington. Obama made no public appearances for three full days while hosting his three closest high school buddies at a sun-splashed private estate that has become one of his favorite getaway destinations. The president also spent part of the weekend consulting with National Security Advisor Susan Rice, who was along on the trip to attend the president's Friday night meeting with the king of Jordan concerning the crisis in Syria and Middle East peace negotiations.
NEWS
February 17, 2014 | By Christi Parsons
RANCHO MIRAGE, Calif. - President Obama squeezed in one last round of golf on Monday before wrapping up his secluded Presidents Day weekend and heading back to Washington. Obama made no public appearances for three full days while hosting his three closest high school buddies at a sun-splashed private estate that has become one of his favorite getaway destinations. The president also spent part of the weekend consulting with National Security Advisor Susan Rice, who was along on the trip to attend the president's Friday night meeting with the king of Jordan concerning the crisis in Syria and Middle East peace negotiations.
NEWS
June 13, 1985 | Associated Press
Karen Ann Quinlan's parents said Wednesday that they were at peace because their daughter "died in a natural state," in her mother's arms, preserving to the end the dignity won for her in a landmark court case. The family went into seclusion after Miss Quinlan's death at 31-- ending a decade in a coma--again brought attention to their successful fight to remove her from a respirator. "Please let us mourn in peace," Julia Quinlan said in a brief interview at the family's home Wednesday morning.
NEWS
November 4, 1986 | From Times Wire Services
The bodies of the former wife and only son of the Democratic candidate for state attorney general were found 12 hours before the polls opened today, and police said the woman killed the boy and herself. Saundra Butterworth, 43, ex-wife of candidate Bob Butterworth, called police in what they described as a hysterical state from a telephone booth on a downtown street Monday evening. When officers arrived after tracing the call, they found the body of 16-year-old Robert Butterworth Jr.
NEWS
December 15, 1987 | United Press International
Former Democratic Gov. Reubin O. Askew announced his candidacy Monday for the Senate seat of Lawton Chiles. Askew, 59, an Orlando lawyer, emerged from a weekend of seclusion with his wife, Donna Lou, and close friends to confirm he will run for the Senate to replace Chiles, a Democrat, who announced his retirement last week. Rep. Daniel A. Mica (D-Fla.) has also announced his candidacy. Rep. Connie Mack is the only announced Republican candidate.
NEWS
March 27, 1988 | JULIA DOLAN, Associated Press
Hildegard Smith doesn't remember the 30-odd years she spent raising her family in this rural county seat. Friends say the 50-year-old mother of five knows that the people gathered at her bedside are her children, but only because they have told her so. She believes Richard Smith when he tells her he is her husband, but cannot conjure up memories of their years together or the plans they made to retire soon to Florida.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 18, 1997 | JANE HULSE, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Like millions of others, Glenda Jackson was caught up in the television coverage of people grieving over Princess Diana's death. But in Jackson's case, mourning is a kind of hobby. Jackson, who gives historic tours for the city of Ventura, is hooked on Victorian mourning traditions. She will lead a walking tour Saturday that delves into these grim, 19th-century customs and also highlights Victorian clothing, architecture and history. Her "Victorian Secrets" tour runs from 1 to 3 p.m.
OPINION
December 16, 2001 | CHARLES LINDHOLM, Charles Lindholm is a professor of anthropology at Boston University and author, most recently, of "The Islamic Middle East: An Historical Anthropology."
Some years ago, when my wife and I were conducting ethnographic research in a village in northwestern Pakistan, I watched a little girl get beaten by her brother while the children's mother, sitting nearby, laughed. Later that night, the boy was slapped hard by his father, but not for beating his sister. The slap came because the boy looked away when his father spoke to him. The father was absent during the day and came home secretly after dark, because, if seen, he would likely be shot by his cousin, whose brother he had killed in a fight a few years earlier.
NEWS
April 18, 2013 | By Debra Prinzing
Architect John Frane saw plenty of promise in the Venice Beach shoe box, a 1930s bungalow Spanish-ized with interior doorway arches, a tiled parapet and swirled metalwork on the windows and fence. "Ugly duckling is a good way to describe it," Frane said of the house, painted beige with maroon trim when he bought it in 2011 and, more important, hemmed in by apartments on all four sides. "The house has an urban side, and the big backyard had been paved over, but I saw it as potentially being a great private space.
BUSINESS
October 31, 2010 | By Mary Forgione
Crank up the music all you want, no one will care. This house high above Studio City in the Hollywood Hills offers more privacy than you can shake a glow stick at. For starters, it shares a gated roadway with just two other homes. Then there's the tennis court on an adjacent lot that provides a buffer from everything ? except maybe deer and raccoons. "It's completely secluded," says owner Julie Gallo, a film producer. "You can have the loudest parties possible and you won't get in trouble.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 24, 2009 | Holly Myers
"As a result of a terrible experimental grey magik experiment gone wrong, Mystr S. Mole, once a famed omni-media mekka bottle-bot, un-requited rock star and amateur thought-experiment physicist was stricken with an insidious incurable fatal disease that will leave him little more than a throbbing paralyzed husk -- kept alive by machines -- a brain in a jar . . . " So begins the tale of NewJack Rasputin, alter ego to multimedia artist Tucker Stilley,...
WORLD
March 15, 2009 | Laura King
Pakistani authorities today placed opposition leader Nawaz Sharif under house arrest, a day after putting the armed forces on alert amid an escalating power struggle with former allies. U.S. diplomatic efforts to defuse the political crisis intensified as the Pakistani government pledged anew to block a massive opposition rally in the capital on Monday.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 16, 2009 | Louis Sahagun
Despite a three-month investigation that has taken police into the underworld of the chronically homeless, homicide detectives said they do not have any suspects or a motive in the November slayings of five people at an encampment in the shadow of two Long Beach freeways.
NATIONAL
November 10, 2008 | TIMES WIRE REPORTS
Two white supremacists accused of plotting to assassinate Barack Obama are on lockdown in their Tennessee jail cell for their protection. The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reported that Daniel Cowart, 20, and Paul Schlesseman, 18, were separated from other inmates at the request of federal authorities. The men have pleaded not guilty to weapons charges and threatening a presidential candidate.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 24, 2009 | Holly Myers
"As a result of a terrible experimental grey magik experiment gone wrong, Mystr S. Mole, once a famed omni-media mekka bottle-bot, un-requited rock star and amateur thought-experiment physicist was stricken with an insidious incurable fatal disease that will leave him little more than a throbbing paralyzed husk -- kept alive by machines -- a brain in a jar . . . " So begins the tale of NewJack Rasputin, alter ego to multimedia artist Tucker Stilley,...
NEWS
November 21, 2013 | By Patt Morrison
The three gunshots fired in Dallas 50 years ago meant a presidential legacy unfulfilled - and a personal life unresolved. The sorry mess of sexual exploits that President John F. Kennedy left behind took years to emerge. The supporting cast was vast, and I knew one of them, a woman who was, next to Marilyn Monroe, the most famous one, though not by her choice. Judith Campbell Exner was the first of JFK's lovers to be publicly identified, and so she was pilloried by a public furious at learning that at least one wing of Camelot had more in common with the Playboy Club.
HOME & GARDEN
September 27, 2008
IT'S SATURDAY night, and Jennifer Culp and husband John Hoffman have ventured out for movies at ArcLight, dinner at Katsuya and drinks at Eva Longoria Parker's sexy hot spot, Beso. But when they get home to their 1,450-square-foot loft at the Broadway Hollywood, the focus shifts from experiencing the city to escaping it.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 2, 2007 | Scott Timberg, Times Staff Writer
They wait like pilgrims, queuing silently, bearing volumes for inscription and awaiting a chance to touch the hem of his garment. They're not Franciscans approaching Assisi but earnest readers rushing bookstores and cultural temples for word -- wisdom, solace, salvation? -- from on high. Or turning on the TV, opening a newspaper, for insight from their favorite authors. But what if the creator won't come down from the mountain, won't comment on the reasons for his creation?
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