September 12, 2013 |
As a child growing up in Houston, David Roussève spent most of his Sundays attending an African American Roman Catholic church. Though determined to be a model altar boy, he questioned the definition of sin. "I certainly wasn't in touch then with my own sexuality," says the now 53-year-old choreographer, who came out as a gay man in his mid-20s to his family. "But I knew for a fact there were people in that congregation who were having sex and who weren't married, and it didn't seem right that all these people were going to hell.
February 11, 2011 |
It's not exactly young love, but some might find it romantic. On Valentine's Day, an aging Lothario that has been flitting from beauty to beauty through the solar system will make his final stop, taking pictures of a battered dowager to send to the folks back home before disappearing forever. The Stardust spacecraft, which has already taken images of asteroid Annefrank and captured interstellar dust from comet Wild 2, on Monday night will swing by comet Tempel 1. There, it will take new pictures of the devastation wrought on the comet by NASA's 2005 Deep Impact mission.
September 9, 2009
Vegas development: An article in Monday's Section A about the economic hardships facing the Las Vegas Strip reported that Boyd Gaming Corp. acquired and imploded the Stardust hotel, and then broke ground in 2007 on Echelon, a luxury resort. The article should have mentioned that Boyd purchased the Stardust in 1985.
April 24, 2011 |
Comet Tempel 1 has received more attention than any other comet in the universe -- at least as far as we know! Comets are part of our solar system, but we don't see them very often. Lots of comets hang out (with Pluto) beyond the orbit of Neptune. This region is called the Kuiper (KY-per) Belt. Many more comets (maybe a trillion!) live much, much farther away in another region of the solar system called the Oort Cloud. Comets seem to be mostly ice with rocks and dirt mixed in. As a comet approaches the Sun, it gets warmed up and some of the ice boils off, taking some of the dust with it. This material forms a cloud -- a coma -- around the comet nucleus.
December 22, 1991
I was ready to pass right over yet another article on the annoying baby boom generation. Then I noticed that, having been born in 1963, I was included among this pathetic mob. Boomers were born into the richest country ever when it was at the pinnacle of its power, and what does the next generation get? Dan Quayle, a neutered Democratic Party and an endless stream of annoying television and classic rock revivals. I am not stardust or golden and, quite frankly, I'm sick of hearing about the garden.
May 2, 1993
I was very interested reading "For This Guy, Club Hopping's a Job" (L.A. Stories, April 20) about (Los Angeles Fire Department) inspector Alan Higginbotham and what he does to keep people safe. I am Irish. Reading the article brought very vivid and sad memories of an incident that occurred in Dublin on Feb. 13, 1981, when approximately 48 young people lost their lives and others were badly scarred in a fire at the Stardust nightclub. The main reason these people died was that the majority of the fire exits were locked with chains for fear of trespassers entering the club.