February 10, 2010
Assembling a movie is a bit like emergency room triage: Some scenes survive no matter what, a few hang on for dear life, while others are pronounced dead on arrival. It's that middle category -- one day the footage is in the cut, the next day it's out -- that can dictate how well a film turns out. The five filmmakers nominated for this year's best director Oscar gathered for the Envelope Roundtable last month to discuss the complex process of moviemaking -- an often forthright conversation about the forces that can bring movies together and also tear them apart.
May 17, 2008 |
Dr. Huang Dong has slept maybe three hours in the last three days. There is no time to rest when hundreds of earthquake victims are still making their way to the small city hospital where Huang works. The building that was 903 Hospital remains upright, but unsafe. Patients must receive treatment outdoors, where a tent city of tarps draped over hospital beds serves as an open-air triage center. "I have never seen this much trauma, this many people screaming in pain," said Huang, 30.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 17, 2007 |
When you take a close-up look at the red ink gushing from the state Capitol, it becomes a very ugly sight. For starters, the problem is worse than first thought. Nonpartisan Legislative Analyst Elizabeth G. Hill last month projected a nearly $10-billion deficit spread over the current and next fiscal years. Then last week, reports leaked that the Schwarzenegger administration, with updated numbers, is projecting a $14-billion deficit. Actually, it's $14.5 billion.
September 24, 2007
The closure of Martin Luther King Jr.-Harbor Hospital's emergency room means that millions of dollars in state funds spent directly on healthcare in South Los Angeles could be snapped up by hospitals in other parts of California. Residents, through no fault of their own, would be hit twice -- first, by the county's inability to keep their hospital operating competently, and now, by the diversion of more than $100 million in healthcare funding. Sen. Sheila Kuehl (D-Santa Monica), Sen.
June 12, 2006 |
Peter Reynaud is a guy who likes to be in the thick of it. Shunning a conventional practice after medical school, he worked in New York public hospitals in Spanish Harlem. He immunized babies in Chiapas, Mexico, and then treated bacterial skin disease in Guinea. After agreeing to go to the Democratic Republic of Congo for the aid group Doctors Without Borders, he was vacationing at his brother's place in New Orleans when Hurricane Katrina hit.
May 3, 2006 |
Dennis and Ken Ortiz are in the business of disaster. The Ortiz brothers, both captains for the Los Angeles County Fire Department, run a small business that provides tools emergency crews can use to turn chaos into order. "What's bad for everybody else is good for our business," said Dennis, the older of the brothers and co-founder of Pomona-based Disaster Management Systems Inc.