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April 1, 2003
Re "On Oscar Night, a Kiss Is More Than Just a Kiss," by Drew Limsky, Commentary, March 28: Lighten up! Adrien Brody's gesture was the highlight of the show and surely not meant as a diminution of Halle Berry. I choose to believe he would have done the same no matter the presenter's racial origins or beauty quotient. Please allow the man the exuberance of a moment he earned through hard work and dedication to his craft. Eloise Harris Villa Park Note to Limsky and to Wilda L. White (letter, Calendar, March 29)
May 29, 2010 | By Richard Stayton
What went down behind those corrugated steel walls of Dennis Hopper's Venice fortress as he lay dying at age 74? He was divorcing his fifth wife after 18 years together, obtaining an "emergency restraining order" to keep her at a 10-foot distance. They battled over his valuable artworks. She also filed complaints about him keeping marijuana joints throughout his compound, ready to provide quick relief from pain, and loaded guns in strategic locations, ready to provide quick resolutions.
She was the most notorious mother-in-law in Ventura County history. Elizabeth Ann Duncan was her name, but she became known simply as Ma Duncan. And it was 34 years ago today that the state of California executed the matronly, gray-haired woman for hiring two drifters to kill her pregnant daughter-in-law.
August 26, 1992 | ROBERT BARKER
There's never been an airplane quite like the P-38 Lightning. Just ask Huntington Harbour resident Richard E. Willsie, who made a narrow escape from German soldiers in one of the twin-engine, twin-fuselage planes in one of the remarkable exploits of World War II. Willsie, 71, will be on hand Friday when a bronze replica of one of the war's most versatile fighter planes is unveiled Friday at the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colo.
Many Americans still remember the harrowing ordeal of U.S. soldiers captured by the Japanese early in World War II--the grueling Bataan Death March in the Philippines, the execution of Army pilots in Japan. But the British and Commonwealth Allies had more prisoners of war taken by the Japanese, who were equally cruel to soldiers who surrendered in Singapore, Hong Kong and other Far East outposts.
August 19, 2012 | By Liesl Bradner
Long known for being genteel and charmingly indifferent to headline news, the New Yorker in recent years has earned a reputation of skewering political and cultural figures with its cover art. Barry Blitt's infamous 2008 Barack and Michelle Obama fist bump cover poking fun at the perception of the then-presidential candidate, for instance, spawned countless satiric imitations. With "Blown Covers: New Yorker Covers You Were Never Meant to See" (Abrams), art director Fran├žoise Mouly gives readers a behind-the-scenes look at the selection process.
March 4, 1988
American voters are sometimes strangely tolerant of sins and shortcomings in their political leaders. Who can ever forget the spectacle of Boston voters donating their nickels and dimes to help pay the fine lodged against their legendary mayor, James Michael Curley, after he was convicted of fraud? Or of former Rep. Adam Clayton Powell twice winning reelection from Harlem despite a House committee's finding that he misused public funds?
March 28, 1995
Re "Iwo Jima: Commemorating the Past While Ignoring its True Meaning," Opinion, March 19: The commemoration on Iwo Jima did not ignore the true meaning of the past, or the sacrifices that were made by the individuals who commemorated the battle that took place there. The historical significance of the Pacific war may be lost on many of today's generation, but not because a handful veterans met to remember what occurred 50 years ago. The commemoration was for the veterans of both sides.
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