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May 22, 1988 | Leonard Klady \f7
You might expect fans of Madonna to storm the stage at one of her concerts . . . but during a performance of "Speed-the-Plow" on Broadway? It happened on Friday the 13th: Madonna was on stage doing her regular turn as a temp secretary in the David Mamet play about Morality Hollywood-style when a stranger approached her from the wings. Madonna froze, said a member of the audience, but co-stars Ron Silver and Joe Mantagna remained heroically professional.
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October 26, 2013
Mary Finch Hoyt Press secretary to Rosalynn Carter Mary Finch Hoyt, 89, White House press secretary to former First Lady Rosalynn Carter, died Oct. 17 in Washington, according to Carter's spokeswoman Deanna Congileo. She had cancer, the Washington Post reported, citing her family. Carter said that Hoyt was a "trusted adviser and loyal friend who served the nation with honor and distinction. " During the 1968 presidential campaign, Hoyt served as press secretary to Jane Muskie, wife of Democratic vice-presidential candidate Edmund Muskie, and in 1972, she served in the same role for Eleanor McGovern, wife of Democratic presidential nominee George McGovern.
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June 21, 2000 | MICHAEL PHILLIPS, TIMES THEATER CRITIC
On the stage of a dilapidated Broadway theater, two actors tie up a drama critic and threaten to kill him. There are worse setups for revenge comedy, even if the premise recalls a few other titles, among them the 1973 Vincent Price critics-must-die gore fest "Theater of Blood."
SPORTS
September 17, 2009 | MIKE DiGIOVANNA
It was a scene the Angels have become all too familiar with, one that makes their stomachs turn and their temples throb. It played out again Wednesday night, the Boston Red Sox celebrating a wild and wacky 9-8 walk-off victory over the Angels with another group hug in the middle of the Fenway Park field, which has become a burial grounds for Angels pennant hopes. The Red Sox clinched division-series wins over the Angels in similar fashion in 2004 and 2008, and the fact that this one came after what the Angels felt were two blown calls by the umpires in a fateful ninth inning merely added to their frustration.
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April 6, 1986 | PATRICK MOTT
What would more than four out of 10 people rather do than speak in front of a group? For starters, die. They would also, according to a survey conducted by the London Sunday Times, rather be plagued by bugs or insects, suffer financial crises, risk drowning in deep water or be felled by illness. The survey asked 3,000 Americans what they feared most, and speaking before a group was No. 1 on the list.
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February 14, 1990 | ALAN ABRAHAMSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A former San Diego Municipal Court judge who resigned from the bench because of intense "stage fright" has been awarded a disability pension currently worth $56,002 a year, court records reveal. Former Judge Joseph K. Davis, 44, will receive the retirement pension for the rest of his life. The amount of the pension is keyed to the annual salary paid an active Municipal Court judge, so as the salary goes up, so will the pension.
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February 14, 1990 | ALAN ABRAHAMSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A former San Diego municipal judge who resigned from the bench because of intense "stage fright" has been awarded a disability pension now worth $56,002 a year, court records reveal. Former Judge Joseph K. Davis, 44, will receive the retirement pension for the rest of his life. The amount of the pension is keyed to the annual salary paid an active municipal judge, so that, as the salary goes up, so will the pension.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 9, 1988 | Chris Pasles
Pianist Charles Rosen has made a reputation as an interpreter of Bach and contemporary music and as the author of authoritative books such as "The Classical Style." Now Rosen, 50, seems bent on establishing himself as an interpreter of the Romantic era. "People expected me to play Beethoven, and I did. . . . But I always played Chopin anyway, and I keep picking up pieces," Rosen said in a recent phone interview from Oxford University, England, where this year he is a George Eastman professor.
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March 14, 1995 | SCOTT HARRIS
One day last week, a boy named Mark came home from school and told his mother the big news of the day. " 'They called me into the principal's office,' " Sandra Ortiz remembered her 7-year-old son telling her. " 'My legs were shaking.' " Mark wasn't in trouble. He was being honored.
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February 23, 1990
Just a bleeding-heart minute, now. I'm not paying taxes to give a 44-year-old lawyer a $50,000 annual disability pension because of "stage fright." If Joseph Davis didn't like being a judge (Part A, Feb. 14), he should have found some other line of work. Are we going to give a pension to the coal miner who suffers from claustrophobia? To the pilot-aspirant washing out of the Air Force Academy because his eyesight fails? To the telephone lineman who develops vertigo? To the doctor who becomes nauseated by the sight of blood?
WORLD
August 31, 2005 | Borzou Daragahi, Times Staff Writer
As Mohammed Ahmad Younis puts it, he's little more than a 26-year-old loser, a failed artist, son and boyfriend unable to accomplish anything worthwhile in his life. In hopes of changing that, one day this month he put on a pair of sunglasses, fake-leather jeans, platform shoes, blue contact lenses and a black "Star Trek" T-shirt, and became a contestant on "Iraq Star," the local version of "American Idol."
SPORTS
August 3, 2003 | From Associated Press
The Red Sox may have fired Dan Duquette, but the team's former general manager has waltzed into a new league still trying to overpower Boston's age-old rival. This time, instead of going after the Yankees on the ball field, Duquette is doing it with a song-and-dance number as the manager of the Washington Senators in a local production of "Damn Yankees," the 1955 Broadway musical. "This is my first try at anything in the theater," Duquette said.
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May 20, 2001
Stephen Farber uses the sublime Alfred Hitchcock to illustrate how "With a Friend Like Harry" is a classic model of suspense ("Variations on an Always Tense Theme," May 13). Its beauty lies in its simplicity and the following of formal genre conventions and rules. However, I must disagree on his assessment of "Memento," and I think Hitchcock would too. Following in the literary footsteps of Edgar Allan Poe and Arthur Conan Doyle, Hitchcock established many of the cinematic rules for suspense thrillers.
NEWS
December 12, 2000 | Norman Kempster
History will recall Monday's hearing as the U.S. Supreme Court's most direct intervention in the process of choosing a president. But for Joseph P. Klock, who argued the case on behalf of the Florida secretary of state, the day likely will be recalled for something far more personal-the ultimate lawyer's nightmare. Klock, a bit player in the legal drama that matched lawyers for Vice President Al Gore and Texas Gov. George W.
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June 21, 2000 | MICHAEL PHILLIPS, TIMES THEATER CRITIC
On the stage of a dilapidated Broadway theater, two actors tie up a drama critic and threaten to kill him. There are worse setups for revenge comedy, even if the premise recalls a few other titles, among them the 1973 Vincent Price critics-must-die gore fest "Theater of Blood."
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October 14, 1999 | TODD EVERETT, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
With Halloween just about upon us, it's time for some serious scariness. Henry James' frightening short story, "The Turn of the Screw," has been adapted into a satisfying stage play by Jeffrey Hatcher. The Santa Paula Theater Center has come up with an imaginative production directed by Taylor Kasch, starring Christine Zirbel and Jeff G. Rack.
NEWS
December 12, 2000 | Norman Kempster
History will recall Monday's hearing as the U.S. Supreme Court's most direct intervention in the process of choosing a president. But for Joseph P. Klock, who argued the case on behalf of the Florida secretary of state, the day likely will be recalled for something far more personal-the ultimate lawyer's nightmare. Klock, a bit player in the legal drama that matched lawyers for Vice President Al Gore and Texas Gov. George W.
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August 7, 1999 | GEOFF BOUCHER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Like ashes, the fallout from the fires and riots of Woodstock 99 are settling throughout the concert world and no one is more aware of the potentially smothering effects than the organizers of the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival in Indio. Tickets go on sale today for the Oct. 9-10 show, which will feature Beck, Tool, Rage Against the Machine, Morrissey and five dozen other acts. It will be the first major U.S.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 19, 1998 | David Gritten
Hatty Jones, a 10-year-old English girl with a round, expressive face and big brown eyes, stars as Madeline, the smallest of the "12 little girls in two straight lines." She had virtually no experience before landing this major role, but attends a drama school, the Arts Academy and lives in Muswell Hill, north London. She joined The Times and her co-star, Frances McDormand, for dessert and a three-way conversation. Question: You went to New York for the premiere. What did you think of it?
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