September 4, 2013 |
The California Republican Party, long given up for dead, is showing surprising signs of life. The last two decades have marked a slow, steady decline for a party that once yielded such national figures as Earl Warren, Richard Nixon and Ronald Reagan. Its registration rolls have fallen substantially. Worse is the recent record of statewide futility, a nearly unbroken skein of losses save for the 2003 election of Arnold Schwarzenegger under extraordinary circumstances (a snap recall vote)
June 8, 2011
A roundup of entertainment headlines for Wednesday: Meredith Vieira signed off from "Today" for the final time. ( Today ) After three seasons, Laurence Fishburne has had enough "CSI. " ( Los Angeles Times ) Is Jennifer Love Hewitt really the worst actress of all time? The critics on Rotten Tomatoes seem to think so. ( Los Angeles Times ) Eminem has decided to take on Lady Gaga and Justin Bieber in his new single. Why not throw Jennifer Love Hewitt in there too?
December 1, 2011 |
Republican presidential contender Newt Gingrich, whose plan to give permanent residency to illegal immigrants has angered some conservatives, signed a pledge Thursday to build a double fence along the U.S.-Mexico border by the end of 2013. The former House speaker is on a two-campaign visit to Iowa, which will open the voting in the 2012 GOP contest next month and where anti-immigrant sentiment is intense. "We haven't been able to build a fence on the border because we have not been a serious country," said Gingrich, as he prepared to sign the pledge following a morning speech to employees at Nationwide Insurance in Des Moines.
July 1, 2011 |
One of Hollywood's most powerful producers has found a new studio home. Oscar-winning producer Scott Rudin has signed a three-year deal with Sony Pictures that gives the studio right of first refusal on all of his projects in exchange for funding overhead costs for the producer and his staff. It has been widely expected in Hollywood that Rudin would sign a nonexclusive arrangement with Sony, as he has recently worked on a number of high-profile projects at the studio, including last year's "The Social Network," which was nominated for a best-picture Oscar.
March 7, 2012 |
Peyton Manning is much more than a typical NFL player. He's also a shrewd businessman who one day could wind up owning a team. Surely, he wants to take his time to evaluate the opportunities in front of him, and to leverage one team against another to get the best deal (with the most guaranteed money.) So it's likely that he won't rush into any decision. Still, he's been in the same offense for all 14 years of his career, so it behooves him to move quickly enough to get the jump on a new system and new personnel.
July 15, 2010 |
Paul Pierce never planned to leave Boston when he opted out of the final year of his contract. He just wanted to help the Celtics find him some teammates. "I never thought once about leaving the Celtics," Pierce said Thursday when the team announced he had signed a four-year deal. "I wanted this team to get better, knowing we didn't win a championship. … Also, I wanted to ensure that I had a chance to retire as a Celtic." Since losing the NBA finals in seven games to the Los Angeles Lakers, Boston re-signed Ray Allen , who will be 35 on Tuesday, to a two-year contract and gave free agent center-forward Jermaine O'Neal , 31, a two-year deal.
October 20, 2011
Having collaborated with the writer and historian Tariq Ali on the documentaries "South of the Border" and "The Untold History of the United States," the iconoclastic filmmaker Oliver Stone will discuss and sign the new book that also resulted from their time together, "On History: Tariq Ali and Oliver Stone in Conversation. " Book Soup, 8818 W. Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood. 5 p.m. Sat. (310) 659-3110. http://www.booksoup.com.
November 15, 2010 |
Hiroki Kuroda said he didn't have to listen to any other offers. He was told the Dodgers wanted him back. That was all he had to know to decide where he would play next season. Kuroda re-signed with the Dodgers on Monday evening, passing a physical to make official a one-year, $12-million deal. "The fact that they felt they needed me made me happy," said Kuroda, who completed a three-year, $35.3-million contract this year. Kuroda said other major league clubs informed him of their interest in him, but that he agreed to a deal with the Dodgers before any of them made an offer.
December 12, 2012 |
California has launched a mass media campaign to raise awareness about suicide prevention, officials announced Wednesday. The bilingual campaign , called Know the Signs , will include television, print, online and radio ads on how to recognize warning signs and how to help those at risk. The media outreach is part of a broader, $30-million suicide prevention effort in California that began last year and will continue through June 2014. Friends and relatives play an important role in preventing suicide by noticing changes and providing reassurance that help is available, according to mental health officials.
July 11, 2004
The campaign for president may have hit a new low. First my "John Kerry for President" signs that I placed on the back hill of my property were stolen. After replacing them, the signs were torn down. Now my neighbor has had his Kerry sign defaced with a Bush/Cheney sticker. If we want to bring honor and integrity back to the White House, we need a change, and we need it now. And we need those lawbreaking, unpatriotic folks who walk my neighborhood to calm down and settle in, for Kerry and Edwards soon will be our leaders for good.