CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 30, 2008 |
Stephen David Royds, the high-living drug dealer who kept his girlfriend's corpse frozen in a 2-by-3-foot plastic bin at the Fairmont Newport Beach hotel for as long as a year, pleaded guilty Monday to drug charges and was sentenced to four years in prison. Royds' plea at the Harbor Justice Center in Newport Beach closes the criminal case against him and leaves unresolved -- perhaps forever -- the question of why Monique Felicia Trepp, 33, a former stripper and waitress, was stashed in dry ice in the posh hotel room she shared with Royds.
April 29, 2012 |
Year-round schooling. Baby boomers date-nighting. Insatiable appetites DVRing, VODemanding, online streaming. March madness game changing ("Hunger Games," not basketball, $358 million and counting). A short way to say popcorn is not just for summer anymore. Moviegoers - young (the summer staple) and old (increasingly coming back to the five-and-dime, Jimmy Dean…) - want a constant flow. The idea that audiences are more intrigued, or less pressed in the summertime, or that there are movie mood swings tied to weather patterns anymore is just downright silly.
November 29, 2012 |
"Magic Mike" charmed the pants off audiences, and its star, Matthew McConaughey, collected some of the best notices of his career as stripper elder statesman Dallas. Reviews of the revue found Britain's the Guardian comparing his performance to Oscar-winning turns as an MC by Gig Young ("They Shoot Horses, Don't They?") and Joel Grey ("Cabaret"), and a breathless - perhaps panting - tribute in the Washington Post called him the best thing about the movie. But the tanned and ripped stud who drove audiences and some critics into fits of lust is not the man who sits down at a table at L'Ermitage.
May 24, 2013 |
"Can you give mommy a cue? Are you hungry?" 21-year-old Alexis Neiers cooed to her crying newborn in the middle of a faux-upscale Calabasas restaurant last week. "When she puts her hands in her mouth, she's hungry. Right now, she's just tired. Maybe a little constipated. " None of the other diners paid much attention to Neiers - former reality TV star, recovering addict and convicted felon - as she pulled her daughter, Harper, to her breast and began to feed the 3-week-old. It was a moment of utter normalcy for Neiers, who shot to notoriety in 2009 when she was arrested and charged with being a part of a group of celebrity-obsessed young burglary suspects that came to be known as the "Bling Ring.
September 24, 1995 |
Every Saturday night for years, rock 'n' roll blared from the outdoor speakers on the balcony of Charlie Minor's rented Malibu beach house. Until the frosty hours of the next morning, scores of beautiful bikini-clad women, music executives and celebrities checked in to enjoy Minor's food, drinks and hospitality, their limos swallowing up dozens of parking spots along Pacific Coast Highway.
August 16, 2013 |
METAIRIE, La. - In the summer of 1992, an aspiring filmmaker named Craig Borten drove from Los Angeles to Dallas to see a man named Ron Woodroof. Borten was just a few years out of Syracuse University and didn't know what kind of movies he wanted to make, or if he wanted to make them at all. But he'd read about Woodroof, a fast-living - and, as it happened, deeply homophobic - straight electrician and rodeo habitue who had been diagnosed with AIDS in 1986. First out of self-preservation and then as a grudging crusade, Woodroof began smuggling unapproved drugs from Mexico and other countries, prolonging his life and the lives of thousands of others.
May 26, 1985 |
School officials were not amused when a male stripper broke into a routine at Grand Prairie High School's graduation ceremony. The dancer wound up in jail, and irate school officials vowed to track down the students who hired him and press charges. As Principal Phil Farris was about to begin handing out diplomas at a ceremony late last week, a young man in a suit interrupted to say he had a "special honorary award" for Vice Principal Dorothy Newton.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 9, 1999
The four young men lounging at the Spearmint Rhino nightclub thought it would be easy to tip the exotic dancers with counterfeit $100 bills. It turned out to be more difficult than they thought, police said. One of the dancers is a stripper by night and bank teller by day. Authorities arrested four men this week after the dancer told them she had spotted the generous tips as fake.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 6, 1996 |
Complaints about the recent establishment of agencies that provide or arrange adult entertainment have prompted the City Council to adopt an ordinance designed to better monitor the businesses. In the past 18 months, two "booking agencies," which hire or provide strippers for individuals or groups, have opened in Tustin, city officials said, and another has expressed interest in locating there.