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September 9, 2008 | From Times Wire Reports
Alaska Sen. Ted Stevens didn't report gifts of a $3,200 stained glass window and a $2,695 massage chair from his friends on Senate records, and described a $1,000 sled dog as a $250 gift, federal prosecutors said in court papers. Stevens, the Senate's longest-serving Republican, is accused of lying on his Senate forms about hundreds of thousands of dollars in home renovations and other gifts. His trial is to begin later this month.
April 24, 2014 | By John Horn
NEW YORK - As parents of young girls and as two of Hollywood's most prolific producers, Kathy Kennedy and Frank Marshall believed that "Columbine," journalist Dave Cullen's exhaustive investigation of the 1999 school massacre, contained compelling and often untold stories that needed to be shared with a larger audience. So when the book was published five years ago, the producers of "Lincoln" and "The Bourne Identity" purchased its rights, hoping to turn "Columbine" into a feature directed by "The Social Network's" David Fincher.
October 11, 2008 | From Times Wire Reports
Former Secretary of State Colin Powell called Alaska Sen. Ted Stevens' word "sterling" at the senator's corruption trial. Federal prosecutors have accused Stevens of lying on Senate documents about more than $250,000 in renovations to his Alaska cabin and other gifts from Bill J. Allen, former head of the oil services company VECO Corp. Powell testified Friday that he's known Stevens well for 25 years. The former Army general and chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff says there has never been any suggestion that Stevens "would do anything that was improper."
April 24, 2014 | By Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times Film Critic
It sounds contrived, and it is. It sounds like a bit of a stunt, and it is that too. It may even sound boring, but that it is not. In fact, whip-smart filmmaking by writer-director Steven Knight and his team combined with Tom Hardy's mesmerizing acting make the micro-budgeted British independent "Locke" more minute-to-minute involving than this year's more costly extravaganzas. Though a dozen actors are listed in "Locke's" credits, Hardy is the only one who appears on screen in this real-time drama that unfolds inside a moving BMW during the 85 minutes it takes construction foreman Ivan Locke to make a nighttime drive from Birmingham to London.
November 13, 2008 | Times Wire Reports
Republican Sen. Ted Stevens fell behind by 814 votes as ballot counting resumed, and Republican Don Young won reelection to his 19th House term. In the Senate race, Democrat Mark Begich, the two-term mayor of Anchorage, began the day trailing by more than 3,200 votes. Tens of thousands of ballots remain to be counted, with the latest tally 132,196 to 131,382. A final count in the Senate race is not expected before next week. Last month, a federal jury convicted Stevens of lying on Senate disclosure forms.
April 15, 2009 | TIMES WIRE REPORTS
Former Alaska Sen. Ted Stevens turned down a plea offer that would have spared him a corruption trial and the possibility of imprisonment, according to newly released transcripts of conversations between attorneys and the judge. Stevens pleaded not guilty. He was convicted, but the conviction was voided because of alleged prosecutorial misconduct.
May 1, 2001
We now have a real Texas bull in the China shop! BRYAN W. STEVENS Chino Hills
March 11, 1989
Until Stevens threatens murder in his songs, let me hear him sing. AUDREY STEMPEL Los Angeles
October 30, 1990
An Oceanside woman testified Monday that she heard Alan (Buzzard) Stevens remark, "I'm running out of places to hide the bodies" soon after he allegedly killed a prostitute in 1988. Lori Ferguson was presented as a witness for the prosecution as the murder trial of Stevens, 48, of San Marcos, winds down in San Diego Superior Court. Closing arguments are scheduled for today, and the jury could begin deliberations this afternoon.
November 25, 1989
To members of the sports media reporting the Clippers-Cavaliers trade: Thank you for not making any references to Harper's Ferry. R. STEVENS, Santa Barbara
April 22, 2014 | By Oliver Gettell
Another day, another potential Steven Spielberg movie. As a number of competing projects and producers vie for the director's attention to be his next film, Spielberg has added a Cold War thriller starring Tom Hanks to his ever-expanding list of candidates, according to the Hollywood Reporter . The yet untitled film written by Matt Charman would tell the true story of James Donovan (Hanks), an American attorney who was enlisted by the CIA to slip behind the Iron Curtain and negotiate the release of downed U-2 spy plane pilot Gary Powers.
April 18, 2014 | By Oliver Gettell
As Steven Spielberg continues to take his time pondering his follow-up to 2012's "Lincoln," the director has added another movie project to his plate, the religious drama "The Kidnapping of Edgardo Mortara," according to a Variety report. Spielberg plans to produce and may direct "Edgardo Mortara," which would be a co-production between DreamWorks and the Weinstein Co., but it will not be his next project, the report says . Based on David Kertzer's nonfiction book, the film will tell the true story of an Italian Jewish boy who in 1858 was taken from his parents by authorities in the Papal States and raised as a Catholic; he later became an Augustinian priest.  Tony Kushner, who wrote the screenplays for Spielberg's previous historical dramas "Lincoln" and "Munich," is in the early stages of adapting the book.  BEST MOVIES OF 2013: Turan  |  Sharkey  |  Olsen News of the project once again raises the question of when Spielberg will get back behind the camera, and for which film.
April 16, 2014 | By David Ng
Steven Soderbergh made his New York debut as a stage director on Tuesday with the official opening of "The Library," a school-shooting drama starring Chloe Grace Moretz, at the Public Theater in New York. Penned by frequent Soderbergh collaborator Scott Z. Burns, "The Library" had been in previews since March 25. The play is scheduled to run at the Public through April 27. Moretz plays a student who survives a deadly shooting at her high school and then struggles to tell her story to her parents and the authorities.
April 14, 2014 | By Eric Sondheimer
 At tiny Multnomah University in Portland, Ore., former Valencia guard Steven Sansone has been firing away from three-point range in large numbers. He made 157 threes in his junior season out of 423 attempts. He averaged 21.2 points. At Valencia in 2010, he averaged five points a game as a backup to now Boston College guard Lonnie Jackson. Here's the link to a story on Sansone.  
April 12, 2014 | By Elaine Woo, Los Angeles Times
Gregory White Smith, a Harvard-trained lawyer, businessman, philanthropist and Pulitzer Prize-winning biographer who raised hackles in the art world with an intensely psychological examination of the life and work of Jackson Pollock, has died. He was 62. Smith died Thursday at his home in Aiken, S.C., of a rare brain tumor diagnosed nearly 40 years ago, said his spouse and co-author Steven Naifeh. Naifeh and Smith won the Pulitzer Prize in biography for "Jackson Pollock: An American Saga," which was published in 1990 and spurred the 2000 movie "Pollock" starring Ed Harris.
April 11, 2014 | By Randy Lewis
BROOKLYN, N.Y. - The man formerly known as Cat Stevens quietly walked on stage at the Barclays Center arena to be honored at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's 2014 induction ceremony. Now known as Yusuf, the singer-songwriter of 1970s folk-rock hits such as "Wild World" and "Moonshadow" converted to Islam and turned his back on pop music stardom at the end of the decade. Thursday during the ceremony, Yusuf re-entered that fray after being introduced by Art Garfunkel. PHOTOS: Rock Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony 2014 The 65-year-old, dressed in a crisp gray suit over a yellow T-shirt, drew surprised laughs from the crowd when he thanked Rock Hall voters for electing "someone who doesn't drink, doesn't do drugs, doesn't throw television sets out of hotel rooms and only sleeps with his wife....
September 18, 1987 | Associated Press
Legislation to change the wording of the Pledge of Allegiance to include a reference to the Constitution was introduced Thursday in the Senate by Sen. Ted Stevens (R-Alaska). "The Constitution is the foundation of our government, our economic system and our society, and yet we fail to recognize it in our Pledge of Allegiance," Stevens said. The senator would add the words "and the Constitution" after the words "under God," which were added by Congress in 1954.
March 24, 2014 | By Lauren Beale
Steven Seagal has listed his ranch in Northern California for sale at $12 million. Called Lava Lakes Nature Preserve, the 4,400-acre working cattle ranch sits in Shasta Valley with views of Mt. Shasta. The acreage includes seven lakes, meadowland, a 14,000-square-foot log home, a 4,200-square-foot house, a guesthouse, barns and corrals. The main house has high ceilings, 11 bathrooms, 12 bathrooms and off-the-grid capability. The smaller home has five bedrooms and three bathrooms.
March 2, 2014 | By Todd Martens
Steven Price, who brought an experimental edge to the sound of "Gravity," Alfonso Cuarón's 3-D outer space disaster film, won the Oscar for original score. Full of tension and a mixture of orchestral and digital sounds, Price's score serve as one of the film's characters -- the never-ending galaxy that is the film's setting.  "Every element was manipulated through a synthesizer so that you're never sure what's organic and what's electronic," Price recently told The Times . "We were very keen to avoid the conventions of a typical action score.
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