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April 16, 2012 | By Rene Lynch
Swans have a seemingly placid demeanor, and their monogamous mating habits have long made them a symbol of lasting love. But the creatures -- generally snowy white, with long graceful necks and a black "mask" around their eyes -- are territorial and can be quite aggressive when threatened. This aggression makes them good at driving off geese; it can also lead to tragedy. Anthony Hensley was a 37-year-old married father of two who worked for a company that uses dogs and swans to shoo pesky geese from properties in the area. Hensley had taken to a kayak Sunday morning to check on the swans in a Des Plaines-area pond when one of the larger birds turned on him, the Chicago Sun-Times reported . Cook County sheriff's investigators believe Hensley either got too close to the swan or the swan's nesting area, the Sun-Times said.
March 21, 2014 | By John Horn
NEW YORK - It was easy to get lost on Darren Aronofsky's ark. Inside a converted Brooklyn armory in late 2012, Aronofsky was shooting "Noah" on a massive vessel that matched the biblical dimensions of the boat, its rough beams lashed together and the hull sealed with pitch. In every corner of the three-story structure rested packs of ersatz animals - insects on one level, snakes and turtles in another corner and, around the bend, lions quite literally lying with lambs. "Animals are fragile.
April 21, 1989 | From Times wire service s
Two Western Michigan University football players were suspended from school and face criminal charges accusing them of twisting the head off a swan on campus. The suspensions, including forbidding them from playing football games this fall, were ordered Thursday at university administrative hearings, said WMU spokesman Michael Mathews. Bradley Willis, 19, a 200-pound linebacker from Rossville, Ill., and Paul Johnson, a 231-pound defensive tackle from Rockford, Ill., pleaded not guilty in 9th District Court in Kalamazoo to misdemeanor charges of killing a protected waterfowl.
March 20, 2014 | By Robert Abele
Sensitively observed, the indie drama "A Birder's Guide to Everything" concerns a gangly 15-year-old birder prodigy named David (Kodi Smit-McPhee) with a timely distraction on the eve of his widower father (James Le Gros) marrying his girlfriend: the sighting of a supposedly extinct duck unseen since the 19th century. Spurred by a local ornithology legend (a sublimely eccentric Ben Kingsley) to find it before it migrates, David, his Young Birders Society chums (Alex Wolff, Michael Chen)
June 28, 2007 | Robyn Norwood, Times Staff Writer
Maria Sharapova probably never had an ugly-duckling moment in her life, but she is getting a lot of attention at Wimbledon for the fluttering white tennis dress she describes as "Swan Lake-inspired." Sharapova sounded slightly less elegant after learning a hawk is kept at the All England Club to control pigeons. "A hawk?" she said. "Does the hawk usually bite the swan? I don't know, does it? Jesus, I might have to cut those pleats away."
February 21, 2010 | By Randy Lewis
Producer Rick Rubin took up a seat on a sofa on the patio of his expansive Malibu home overlooking the Pacific, emanating both gravity and joy while discussing his extraordinary decade-long relationship with Johnny Cash. It was the first full day of sun after yet another round of thunderstorms had pounded the Southland, a fitting parting of the clouds on the day Rubin spoke about one of the titans of 20th century music in the final years of his life. The final entry in their series of studio albums arrives Tuesday, "American VI: Ain't No Grave," yet despite the nod to mortality in the title, an acknowledgment of the closeness of death that runs through most of the album's 10 songs, Rubin insists that it wasn't created as Cash's swan song.
July 8, 2012 | By Jeff VanderMeer, Special to the Los Angeles Times
2312 A Novel Kim Stanley Robinson Orbit: 576 pp., $25.99 As the author of the "Mars" trilogy, among other novels, Kim Stanley Robinson has established a superlative reputation for science fictional extrapolation. In his vibrant, often moving new novel, "2312," Robinson's extrapolation is hard-wired to a truly affecting personal love story. By the year of the book's title, humankind has (just barely) survived global warming, in part because of terra-forming technologies that have made possible the colonization of Mars, Mercury and Venus.
November 15, 2008
Tyrone Power: An article in Friday's Calendar section about Tyrone Power referred to one of his films as "The Black Pirate." The correct title is "The Black Swan."
April 25, 1986 | JACK HAWN
With a gun-packing bodyguard running interference, three bubbly, almost identically dressed sisters moved briskly down a hotel corridor and entered an elevator on the 29th floor of the Las Vegas Hilton. As the elevator filled, heads turned, mouths agape. "Triplets?" one woman asked, a question undoubtedly shared by others. "No, but that makes me feel good," said Christine McGuire, a great-grandmother. "I'm the oldest (57)."
September 22, 1985
I am glad I can't afford a decorator (Leslie Zinberg), after having seen the home of Barbara Corday and Barney Rosenzweig July 28 (Sitting Pretty: Every Seat Is the Best in the House). Those silly little vases on the mantel look as though a 3-year-old child had placed them there. Apparently, the decorator doesn't know anything about scale. The swan on the table in the breakfast room should be smaller or removed altogether. It makes the orange-crate-label picture look like a postage stamp.
February 21, 2014 | By Charles Fleming
This is a very pleasant urban oasis in the midst of what is, for many Angelenos, a freeway flyover zone in South El Monte. This section of Whittier Narrows Recreation Area features several lakes, abundant waterfowl, picnic tables, public restrooms and well-tended walking and jogging trails. INTERACTIVE MAP: Whittier Narrows Recreation Area 1. Start at Parking Lot D, off Santa Anita Avenue, and head north in the county park, following the paved path with the lake on your left.
February 4, 2014 | By Jim Peltz
Rapper 50 Cent, who caused a minor sensation at last year's Daytona 500 with his awkward attempt to kiss Fox reporter Erin Andrews, is back with NASCAR in a more conventional way. Swan Racing, a team that fields two cars in NASCAR's premier Sprint Cup Series, said Tuesday that it has a new associate sponsor in SMS Audio, a maker of headphones and other audio gear owned by Curtis "50 Cent" Jackson III. The team, whose drivers are Cole Whitt and...
November 7, 2013 | By Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times Film Critic
To see "The Wind Rises" is to simultaneously marvel at the work of a master and regret that this film is likely his last. Japan's Hayao Miyazaki, perhaps the world's preeminent animator, beloved for "My Neighbor Totoro" and an Oscar winner for "Spirited Away," has announced his retirement. If he holds to that, it's fitting that this final film, inspired by but not limited to the life of brilliant aircraft designer Jiro Horikoshi, is quintessentially his: stunningly beautiful and completely idiosyncratic.
June 7, 2013 | By Kate Linthicum and Emily Alpert, Los Angeles Times
Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa took over downtown's Grand Park on Friday night for a boisterous block party that was largely about celebrating him. On a giant podium erected on the steps of City Hall, a group of elected officials stood and praised Villaraigosa, who steps down this month after serving two terms as mayor. "American Idol" host Ryan Seacrest called him a dear friend "who loves Los Angeles. " Former President Bill Clinton, a longtime political ally, said "he's a good-looking guy" who made the city safer and greener.
April 5, 2013 | By Shannon Ryan
Ask Louisville Coach Rick Pitino or Syracuse's Jim Boeheim about Madison Square Garden or Big East Conference founder Dave Gavitt. Even the tight-lipped Boeheim becomes sentimental and is apt to weave a story about a Big East classic. "I would have been happy if someone said, 'Coach, you're going to coach Syracuse and be in this league 10 years,'" Boeheim said. "'We'll give you 10 pretty good years, but that's it.' I'd have said, 'OK, I'll take it,' right then. It just has been unbelievable.
April 4, 2013 | By David Ng
New York theater institutions don't come much feistier or more dynamic than Elaine Stritch. The tart-tongued, 88-year-old force of nature -- whose stage career includes memorable collaborations with Stephen Sondheim and Edward Albee -- kicked off her farewell series of cabaret performances this week at the Cafe Carlyle. Stritch announced last month that she would be retiring from the stage and moving back to her native Michigan. The actress cited her failing health for her decision.
April 17, 1989 | From Times staff and wire service reports
Newport Beach attorney Dana Reed announced this morning that he will run for county Supervisor Thomas F. Riley's seat in the 5th District if the former Marine brigadier general does not seek reelection in June, 1990. Reed joins Costa Mesa Mayor Peter Buffa and Irvine Ranch Water District President Peer Swan as announced candidates for Riley's seat. Like Reed, both Buffa and Swan have indicated that they will not enter the race if the 76-year-old Riley decides to run again. Riley, whose health is a major question mark, has declined to discuss his future political plans.
December 27, 1992
In an otherwise fine review of "Huxley and God" (Nov. 22), Charles Marowitz sold Aldous Huxley short by indicating that high ideas and highbrow friends "prevented him from enjoying junk food, junk ideas and junk people." Leaving aside food, Huxley's amused interest in such things was acute and witty. This was an intellectual who chose to experience much of his first psychedelic "trip" at a junk-filled drugstore, who savored the nuances of California's cultural-crap spree in his novel "After Many a Summer Dies the Swan," and who married his second wife at a drive-in chapel in Las Vegas, partly for the kitschy kick of it. Though often appalled, Huxley's lofty mind enjoyed slumming on earth.
March 7, 2013 | By David Ng and Khristina Narizhnaya, Los Angeles Times
MOSCOW - The acid attack on Bolshoi Ballet artistic director Sergei Filin was shocking when it happened and turned even more bizarre when police said it elicited a confession from a Bolshoi dancer known for playing the Evil Genius in one of the most beloved ballets of all, "Swan Lake. " Details came to light early Wednesday when Bolshoi soloist Pavel Dmitrichenko confessed to organizing the January attack, and police announced two other men confessed to carrying it out. "I organized the attack, but not to the extent of the damage that happened," Dmitrichenko said to Russia's Channel One. The dancer planned the assault for "personal resentment related to his work," the police said, according to reports in the Russian media.
February 7, 2013 | By Sheri Linden
A vibe in no particular search of a plot, "A Glimpse Inside the Mind of Charles Swan III" channels '70s mellow and '30s style through a prism of California dreamin'. In this Charlie Sheen vehicle, the fizzy mood and visuals are often, well, winning. For his second stint in the feature director's chair (after 2001's "CQ"), Roman Coppola has fashioned a noodling indulgence that's alternately freewheeling and dead in the water. The on-screen action never matters or fully engages, but for Sheen fans who are tracking his ongoing image rehabilitation, and those willing to go with the cinematic flow, the self-conscious exercise in low-budget dress-up offers some rewards.
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