January 25, 2014 |
I never saw her face. She was always moving too fast. I knew her only for her shiny helmet, blond ponytail, oversized basketball jersey and dumb guts. She would fly past me on her skateboard as I drove up my hilly street in La Cañada. She was sometimes on her back, usually in a crouch, always teetering on the edge. It was a narrow road, lined with thick trees, sometimes crowded with SUVs. She couldn't have been more than 12 years old. It was a miracle she didn't end up in my windshield.
January 25, 2014
The "Out Here" editorial Wednesday by Carla Hall on Farhad Alexander-Alizadeh - the 57-year-old man parked in an RV in front of her Brentwood condo building - and residents' efforts to have his vehicle removed from their street spurred some readers to share their own interactions with the homeless. They expressed heartfelt concern, proposed solutions and even told of some efforts underway to help Alexander-Alizadeh. In short, they wrote of the homeless as actual people who deserve our help, not as nuisances to be shooed away somewhere else.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 24, 2014 |
He'd lived for at least a decade on a grimy sidewalk in an industrial area of South Los Angeles, just off Western Avenue. To passers-by he might have seemed like an ugly symbol of urban blight - unkempt, unfriendly and surrounded by trash-filled shopping carts. But to people who knew him, Chester Willis was a neighborhood treasure; a homeless man who kept the block swept clean, fed wild birds, tended stray cats and corralled abandoned dogs. When Willis, 57, died of a heart attack last week, dozens of people turned out for a curbside tribute.
January 21, 2014 |
"The Wolf of Wall Street" director Martin Scorsese and star Leonardo DiCaprio will both have the chance to claim their very own Academy Award for best picture at this year's ceremony. On Tuesday, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced that it had determined the four producers who will represent the film in its bid for the Oscars' top prize: Scorsese, DiCaprio, Joey McFarland and Emma Tillinger Koskoff. PHOTOS: Oscars 2014 top nominees When the film was nominated for last Sunday's Producers Guild Awards, neither Scorsese nor DiCaprio was among the individual nominees.
January 18, 2014 |
The memoir "12 Years A Slave" was published in 1853, a year after Harriet Beecher Stowe's classic, "Uncle Tom's Cabin. " Now Solomon Northup's personal narrative is a bestseller - 161 years after it first came out - through a tie-in to the celebrated movie version of his memoir. And it is likely to get a big boost from the many Oscar nominations the film received this week. The antebellum drama is one of several films this year that have given their namesake books a second life.
January 18, 2014 |
Emmy Award-winning director Robert Butler was looking over his list of credits recently in preparation for the UCLA Film & Television Archive's "Evening With Robert Butler" celebration Thursday at the Billy Wilder Theater. "I won't be coy," confessed the 86-year-old Butler. "I looked at the list and was staggered. I never really totaled them up. " FOR THE RECORD: Robert Butler: An article in the Calendar section elsewhere in this edition about TV director Robert Butler says that UCLA Film & Television Archive's "An Evening With Robert Butler" will be Jan. 23 at the Billy Wilder Theater.
January 17, 2014 |
In Long Hill Township, N.J., authorities have used just about everything - divers, K-9 units, helicopters, all-terrain vehicles and scores of volunteers on horseback and on foot - to search for David Bird. The Wall Street Journal reporter, 55, who covers energy markets, hasn't been seen since Jan. 11, when he left home for a short walk. He was wearing a red jacket, bluejeans and sneakers, and left without his cellphone or his medication, which he is required to take twice a day. "This has really got everybody very concerned,: said the Rev. Victoria McGrath of All Saints Episcopal Church, where a prayer vigil for Bird earlier this week ended with the crowd singing, "He's got David Bird in his hands.
January 17, 2014 |
Among the biggest mysteries before Thursday morning's Oscar nominations announcement was just how much, if at all, the film academy would embrace "The Wolf of Wall Street. " The film has been dogged by controversy since it began screening for audiences in early December, and its brash depictions of sex, drugs, greed and lifestyle excess were thought by some to be too rough for academy voters. Those concerns were put to rest when the film was nominated for best picture, along with nods for Martin Scorsese for director, Leonardo DiCaprio for lead actor, Jonah Hill for supporting actor and Terence Winter for adapted screenplay.
January 16, 2014 |
NEW YORK -- Citigroup Inc.'s profit jumped in the fourth quarter but fell short of Wall Street hopes for a stronger turnaround for the New York-based financial giant. Citi said it earned $2.7 billion, or 85 cents a share, in the last quarter, up from $1.2 billion, or 38 cents, from the same period the prior year. Wall Street analysts had expected Citi to earn 95 cents a share in the fourth quarter, according to Thomson Reuters. PHOTOS: Federal Reserve chairs through the years Citi's stock slumped in early trading on Thursday.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 15, 2014 |
A 28-year-old man allegedly seen on video dragging a puppy on a leash has been charged with two counts of felony animal cruelty, Los Angeles police said Wednesday. Video images and witness statements show that Dossey James repeatedly dragged the bleeding puppy on the street and a sidewalk because the animal refused to walk, according to the Los Angeles Police Department. Department officials said people increasingly are using smart phones to record acts of animal cruelty.