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January 3, 1989 | MICHAEL GRANBERRY, Times Staff Writer
December was a big month for neon nostalgia in San Diego. Shortly after 5 p.m. Dec. 19, the famous Frank the Trainman sign lit up on Park Boulevard, near where Washington and Normal streets converge with El Cajon Boulevard. A few nights earlier, as if to herald the re-emergence of her brother the Trainman, the equally famous 50-foot-high majorette--which once anchored the entrance to the old Campus Drive-In--was turned on as the centerpiece of a flashy new theater complex.
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April 8, 2013 | By Kimi Yoshino
Former First Lady Nancy Reagan said she is "terribly saddened" by the death of former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher and described her as a "true champion of freedom and democracy. " In a statement released Monday, Nancy Reagan acknowledged the "very special relationship" between Thatcher and her husband, the late President Ronald Reagan. Their relationship was developed "as leaders of their respective countries during one of the most difficult and pivotal periods in modern history," the statement said.
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June 18, 2001 | KATHLEEN KELLEHER, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Before she married, journalist Iris Krasnow saw a psychic because although she was certain she'd found her soul mate, he didn't appear to have realized it yet. (The psychic told her she was her own soul mate and to stop looking for one.) " 'Soul mate' is a dangerous concept because this magical, mystical sustained high and romance doesn't exist in long-term marriage," said Krasnow, a professor of journalism at American University who interviewed dozens of married people for her book.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 1, 2012 | By Robert Abele
Fragile and romantic, the well-acted Belgian coming-of-age drama "North Sea Texas" depicts the tentative steps from friendship to love that consume a lonely 14-year-old boy in a small coastal town. Gay, introverted and neglected by his accordion-playing barfly of a single mom, Pim (Jelle Florizoone) takes comfort in private rituals (drawing, washing himself, dressing up) and a box of collected objects that pertain to his crush: outgoing neighbor boy Gino (Mathias Vergels) who's a few years older.
NEWS
September 28, 1989 | GARY DORSEY, The Hartford Courant
Hailey Otis loves Frederick Merrill. She describes the feeling as a compulsion that overtook her this summer after Merrill escaped from a Toronto jail. As his life was dramatically reconstructed for national television audiences, and as newspapers reported his escape, Otis came to believe that she and Merrill were soul mates: She, an unemployed Toronto free-lance artist; he, an alleged rapist. "I would watch the proceedings every night on television," she said. "I knew our destinies would meet."
NATIONAL
September 1, 2004 | Richard T. Cooper and Mary Curtius, Times Staff Writers
For weeks, amid growing fears that Iran was secretly developing nuclear weapons, Condoleezza Rice's National Security Council staff hammered out a tougher, more aggressive stance for U.S. delegates to take at an international meeting later this month in Vienna. All year long, European allies had insisted on go-slow diplomacy to give Iran more time to comply with international rules. Now, the United States had to send a message that the clock was running down.
BOOKS
March 27, 1994 | Michael S. Kimmel, Michael S. Kimmel, a sociology professor at the State University of New York at Stony Brook, is the author of the forthcoming "Manhood: The American Quest" (HarperCollins)
Thomas Moore rides the crest of the New Age's second wave. There's nothing glamorous or seductive in his books, no channelers with crystals counting up past lives, no mythopoeic male drummers off bonding in the woods, no Birkenstock-footed purveyors of herbal elixirs as conduits to cosmic consciousness. Moore promises less--much less. His books may tap into that same hunger for meaning, but his table is set with much simpler fare. His recipe for soul food offers contemporary seekers a turn inward, a groping toward something deeper and more authentic, a way to ground experience in ways less tangible and material, and yet deeply fulfilling and satisfying.
OPINION
December 26, 1999
Re "Vermont Court Backs Equal Rights for Gay Couples," Dec. 21: Observing the marriages of our parents and siblings taught us a quick path to happiness: Find your soul mate, treat him or her like gold and make a life together. As a gay couple in a committed monogamous relationship, we are each other's soul mates. Each day, we strive to treat one another with the same dignity and respect with which our parents and siblings treat their spouses. Our lives together are as fulfilling as we had hoped, and we would get married in a minute.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 19, 2009 | Associated Press
Friday marked the final flicker of CBS' "Guiding Light," as that venerable daytime drama logged its farewell hour after 72 years on the air. The last episode took an upbeat, life-affirming tone, complete with a scene that gathered many of the characters at a picnic in the park on a beautiful day. And the closing moments sealed the future of the show's signature on-and-off-again supercouple: Reva (Kim Zimmer, who created the role in 1983) and Josh (Robert Newman, who started on the show in 1981)
NEWS
July 1, 1990
The point of Edward Iwata's article describing the feud between Asian-American writers Maxine Hong Kingston and Frank Chin ("Word Warriors," June 24) was well-taken. It struck me as a fitting parallel to the overwhelming alienation that dominates the power struggle between the sexes in our society today. As a writer, I can appreciate the courage and dedication both authors share to commit their visions to paper. Both have been willing to face and rename the ghosts and demons of their Chinese souls.
SPORTS
July 12, 2010 | Bill Plaschke
We are baseball. We are Jackie Robinson sprinting through an overgrown sandlot in Pasadena. We are Walter Johnson stalking through a dreary oil field in Olinda. We are Eddie Murray and Ozzie Smith fighting through the clutter to discover greatness in south Los Angeles. At the same high school. On the same team. We are Don Drysdale and Robin Yount playing in San Fernando Valley towns separated by 11 miles, Bob Lemon and Tony Gwynn playing for Long Beach high schools separated by five minutes.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 28, 2009 | Robert Faturechi
Yom Kippur, the holiest and most somber day of the Jewish calendar, is a time for repentance, traditionally reserved for fasting and intense prayer. But scores of Iranian American Jews in Los Angeles, many of whom congregate in just a handful of synagogues across the city, aren't just looking for forgiveness on the Day of Atonement. They're looking for love. Facing enormous pressure from their families to marry within the community, many of these young people -- and their matchmaking relatives -- say they use the day to scope out potential romantic interests and tap into vast social networks to get the scoop on prospective candidates.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 19, 2009 | Associated Press
Friday marked the final flicker of CBS' "Guiding Light," as that venerable daytime drama logged its farewell hour after 72 years on the air. The last episode took an upbeat, life-affirming tone, complete with a scene that gathered many of the characters at a picnic in the park on a beautiful day. And the closing moments sealed the future of the show's signature on-and-off-again supercouple: Reva (Kim Zimmer, who created the role in 1983) and Josh (Robert Newman, who started on the show in 1981)
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 4, 2009 | SANDY BANKS
I suppose a woman could take some comfort from the predicament of the governor of South Carolina, who vanished last week for a secret tryst in Argentina with his lover. For once, a married politician's sexual transgression didn't involve hookers, sex tapes, young interns, homosexual confessions or anonymous encounters in bathroom stalls.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 18, 2009 | Richard Rushfield
In its eight seasons, most of "American Idol's" 90-some alumni have gravitated toward solo careers, trying to capitalize on the name recognition the show brought them. One recent contestant's journey is about to take a different turn, however, when she gives up her solo status to join a rock band. Carly Smithson, "American Idol" Season 7's intense Irish rocker, is scheduled to announce Monday that she will become the lead singer of the Fallen, a group led by three former members of Evanescence.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 2, 2008 | Joe Mozingo
"Well, it's dinnertime at the amazing Miss Weird's Place," Pamela Griffin wrote her husband, Robert, one night in 1986, sitting alone at her kitchen table with leftovers. "Tonight we have the famous incredible squash concoction -- or soon-to-be-famous, maybe -- smothered with hickory-smoked cheese." Pam loved narrating the quirks of her days to Robert.
BOOKS
May 8, 1994
Regarding the excellent critique by Michael S. Kimmel in his review (March 27) of Thomas Moore's two books, "Care of the Soul" and "Soul Mates"; If several years in a monastery qualifies anyone to be a theologian, it accounts for Moore's skimming the surface with his observations about soul values, characteristics and desires. In downgrading the use of the mind and the intellect, Moore is denying one of the greatest gifts possessed by man. Not that mind alone can move us forward but a spirit of inquiry and a willingness to entertain other concepts may lead us into the promised land.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 30, 1998 | JACK MATHEWS, FOR THE TIMES
Novelist Russell Banks, filmmaker Paul Schrader and small-town New England cop Wade Whitehouse are soul mates in a tortured hell on Earth. Each of these middle-aged men is haunted--in ways either real or imagined, physical or psychological--by violence, and each has devoted much of his life to trying to fathom his relationship with his father.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 5, 2007 | Robert Lloyd, Times Staff Writer
Reality, or its shadow, is everywhere these days. Where the documentary film was just a few decades ago a form practiced only by a few maverick, even avant-garde specialists, it is now -- if you count television, in all its myriad channels -- what accounts overwhelmingly for the bulk of filmmaking.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 12, 2007 | Peter Y. Hong, Times Staff Writer
Bruce Cutler planned to maul the prosecution. The acclaimed New York defense lawyer expected to fight like an escaped animal from the Bronx Zoo to keep legendary record producer Phil Spector out of prison, as he had done three times for the late mob boss John Gotti. But for the last four weeks, Cutler has sat silently as other attorneys took on Spector's murder defense. Instead of a courtroom predator, Cutler has been like an expensive statue adorning the defense table.
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