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May 26, 1991
In your May 19 profile of Wesley Snipes, "Yeah, It's Sweet. . . ," by Hilary De Vries, race was more of a topic than Snipes' acting ability. But this is cool. This is status quo. In America--if you're black--your profession is always incidental (unless, of course, you're an athlete). By contrast, the Bruce Willis interview was totally different. He talked about his work. ROSEMARY C. WATSON Los Angeles
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April 4, 2014 | By Oliver Gettell
Who did they get this time? That's the principal source of interest in "The Expendables 3," as it is for each new installment of the Sylvester Stallone-anchored all-star shoot-'em-up franchise uniting action heroes past and present. The new "Expendables 3" trailer, which you can watch above, seems to acknowledge this, functioning as little more than a roll call with explosions mixed in, set to a stomping classic-rock soundtrack. To answer the question: They got Harrison Ford, Antonio Banderas, Wesley Snipes, Kelsey Grammer and Mel Gibson.
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ENTERTAINMENT
March 5, 2010 | By Steven Zeitchik >>>
When most of us last saw Wesley Snipes, he wasn't in his usual position as a hero on a movie screen. Instead, he was inhabiting a far less savory role, starring as both a news headline and late-night punch line. Back in 2006, Snipes was brought up on enough tax-related charges to keep a fleet of IRS agents busy for years: conspiracy to defraud the U.S. government, aiding and abetting the making of a fraudulent claim for payment and willfully failing to file a number of tax returns.
SPORTS
August 17, 2013 | By Diane Pucin
They weren't looking for fame. When Brian Collins, a Ball State freshman doing a little college telecast, lost his place, lost his head, lost his thought process and said, "Boom goes the dynamite" during an Indiana Pacers clip in 2005, he had no idea it would become a YouTube sensation, get more than a million hits and cost him dates. When Mallory Holtman and teammate Liz Wallace of Central Washington carried Western Oregon's Sara Tucholsky around the bases after she tore an anterior cruciate ligament rounding first base during a home run trot, Holtman never expected to be on a billboard for an insurance company's "Responsibility Project.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 4, 2008 | From the Associated Press
Wesley Snipes will be allowed to leave the United States to work on two movies while his lawyers appeal his tax convictions. Federal judge William Terrell Hodges approved the actor's motion this week to travel to London for post-production work on "Gallowwalker" and to Bangkok to film "Chasing the Dragon." A jury convicted the action star in February of three counts of willfully failing to file his income taxes. The 45-year-old Snipes, star of the "Blade" trilogy, "White Men Can't Jump" and "Jungle Fever" among other films, has appealed the convictions and his three-year prison sentence to the 11th Circuit Court in Atlanta.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 25, 2008 | Andrea Chang and Tiffany Hsu, Times Staff Writers
Actor Wesley Snipes, star of such action movies as the "Blade" trilogy, was sentenced to three years in prison Thursday for failing to file income tax returns for three years. U.S. District Judge William Terrell Hodges handed out the maximum penalty under law, brushing aside dozens of letters from family members and friends -- including fellow actors Woody Harrelson and Denzel Washington -- attesting to Snipes' good character and asking for leniency. Snipes was found guilty of the misdemeanors in February but acquitted of five other charges, including two felonies of tax fraud and conspiracy.
SPORTS
September 19, 2009 | KURT STREETER
For Rick Neuheisel and one of his assistant coaches, Saturday won't be remembered just for the game between UCLA and Kansas State, it'll be remembered for a reunion few would have thought possible only a few years back. "It's going to be amazing," says the UCLA coach. "It's just gonna warm my heart." "I can't wait," adds Darren Witcher, the Bruins' head of player development. "As much as I'm looking forward to this game, I just want to see our guy." "Our guy" plays in royal purple and now resides in Manhattan, Kan. "Our guy" is wire-thin and whippet-fast.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 14, 1995 | LYNN SMITH, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Not perhaps the first movie you'd think of as family fare, "To Wong Foo" attracted a sizable group of children to a recent screening, most of whom expected some standard yuks over men dressing up in women's clothing. Instead, they got something of an education about the distinction between transsexuals, transvestites and drag queens (the latter being "gay men with way too much fashion sense for one gender"), a detailed look at the trappings of gender disguise and a gentle message abouttolerance.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 8, 2004
Buried at the end of Lorenza Munoz's lengthy piece on the decline of Wesley Snipes' career ("A Star Cools Down," Aug. 1) is this piece of information: Snipes earned an estimated $12 million for his latest movie, "Blade: Trinity." May we all have such lucrative fading careers. J. R. Aibel Los Angeles
ENTERTAINMENT
December 10, 2000
Susan King neglected to mention a modern-day director who has used a pretty impressive group of stock players in his films ("They're Company Men and Women," Nov. 26). That director would be one Spike Lee. The stock players are: Ossie Davis and Ruby Dee, Giancarlo Esposito, Samuel L. Jackson, Bill Nunn, Wesley Snipes, John and Nicholas Turturro, and Denzel Washington. Films they appeared in: "School Daze," "Do the Right Thing," "Mo' Better Blues," "Jungle Fever," "Malcolm X," "He Got Game."
NATIONAL
June 27, 2013 | By Jim Puzzanghera, Washington Bureau
WASHINGTON - A House committee inquiry into the targeting of political groups by the Internal Revenue Service devolved into partisan finger-pointing Thursday as the controversy expanded to allegations that progressive groups were flagged as well as tea party organizations. Republicans criticized the acting IRS commissioner, Daniel Werfel, for his handling of an internal review into the issue as he faced lawmakers for the first time since taking the job last month. They said Werfel failed to interview key current and former IRS officials before issuing a report this week that found no evidence that agency employees intentionally did anything wrong or were directed by the White House.
SCIENCE
June 18, 2013 | By Brad Balukjian
Cool things are found in caves: stalagmites, Christian Bale , Goonies and now a new species of assassin bug that snipes spiders, according to a new study . The labyrinth bug, named for its cave habitat ( and not the David Bowie movie ), was formally described last week in the journal Zootaxa. These spindly killers use their spiny front legs to seize small insects and other prey, and then pierce their catch with a sword-like snout in order to suck up its juices.   The new species ( Phasmatocoris labyrinthicus )
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 14, 2013 | By James Rainey, Los Angeles Times
Wendy Greuel and Eric Garcetti ventured into school district politics Tuesday, lending support to non-controversial actions and mostly taking a respite from their recent sniping in the Los Angeles mayoral contest. A week before voters go to the polls, Greuel addressed the Los Angeles Unified School District board, coming out in favor of a program that provides students breakfast in classrooms and for discontinuing a policy of suspending students for "willful defiance. " The school board, as expected, approved both items.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 10, 2013 | By James Rainey and David Zahniser, Los Angeles Times
Candidates Eric Garcetti and Wendy Greuel prepared for a Thursday night debate - their first since the two emerged as finalists to be the next mayor of Los Angeles - by renewing their sniping over who would be most beholden to public employee unions. Wednesday afternoon's tit-for-tat came as Garcetti stood with the top three also-rans from the first round of voting last month who now support him for mayor, and as Greuel campaigned with school board member Monica Garcia. The two candidates also traded barbs about who is ducking face-to-face showdowns leading into the May 21 election to determine who will replace Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, who is leaving office after two terms.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 5, 2013 | By Christie D'Zurilla
Wesley Snipes has been released from prison and transferred into a house-arrest situation. The "Blade" and "White Men Can't Jump" actor got out of the federal pen on Tuesday, TMZ reported , after serving the bulk of a three-year sentence for failing to file tax returns in 1999, 2000 and 2001, during which time he earned $40 million. Snipes was convicted in 2008 in Florida, but fought his sentence vigorously right up until the week or so before he went behind bars in Pennsylvania on Dec. 9, 2010.
SPORTS
August 7, 2012 | Bill Plaschke
LONDON — In the end, the most hyped Olympian was also the most alone. Lolo Jones finished the 100-meter hurdles in a desperate lunge, stood by the finish line staring up at an Olympic Stadium scoreboard that registered a fourth-place finish and then slowly walked away. She didn't stick around to congratulate the two medal-winning Americans, both of whom had questioned her enormous pre-race publicity. She didn't hang out to schmooze with fans who have increasingly questioned her sincerity.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 2, 1995
I found the conflicting assessments of "To Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything! Julie Newmar" by Michael Kearns and Donald MacKechnie to be so very male (" 'Julie Newmar': Disguised Gay-Bashing or Artful Story?" Calendar, Sept. 25). Since the film was also reviewed by your male film critic Kenneth Turan, perhaps what we need is a female perspective. Kearns wondered how Wesley Snipes and "Today" show host Bryant Gumbel, on whose show Snipes appeared, "would respond to a white actor, pulling out all the stereotypes, pretending to be African American."
ENTERTAINMENT
October 8, 2005 | From Associated Press
A paternity lawsuit against Wesley Snipes was dismissed after a DNA test determined that another man was the father. New York Family Court Judge Mary Bednar dismissed the lawsuit Thursday. It was filed in 2002 by a woman identified by one of Snipes' lawyers as Lanise Pettis. The woman, who didn't attend the brief proceeding, alleged she had sex with Snipes in a Chicago crack house and that he was the father of her 3-year-old son. From Associated Press
OPINION
August 6, 2012 | Jim Newton
There is a serious conversation worth having about term limits and the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors. Supporters of the limits - currently three terms of four years each - argue that they are necessary because once supervisors are in office, they're impervious to challenge. Their districts are too big, scrutiny too light, their ability to raise money too great. Critics say term limits deprive voters of choice, imbue the bureaucracy with too much power and ensure that the government is run by inexperienced leaders.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 1, 2012 | By Chris Megerian, Los Angeles Times
Reporting from Sacramento -- State lawmakers moved to avoid a cash crunch Tuesday as the controller warned that California could be in the red by early March. A lag in revenue and higher-than-expected spending mean the state needs to scrape together more than $3 billion to stay in the black and keep a comfortable cash reserve, the controller said. A legislative committee advanced a bill that would expand the state's ability to borrow from dedicated funds to cover daily expenses, while Gov. Jerry Brown's administration planned to tap universities and take other measures to help plug the gap. The hunt for cash came on a busy day in the Capitol that included a step to ask voters to ease the state's controversial three-strikes law. The Assembly approved a bill to authorize a ballot measure on the issue for November 2014, but the legislation faces an uncertain future in the Senate.
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