CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 21, 2010 |
Helen Chaplin, a sprightly senior executive at the Regent Beverly Wilshire Hotel for more than 40 years who won the hearts of European royalty, heads of state, political pundits and A-list celebrities by attending to their whims as guests, has died. She was 97. FOR THE RECORD: Helen Chaplin obituary: A news obituary of hotel executive Helen Chaplin in Tuesday's LATExtra section quoted Bill Wilkinson, the former president of Ayala Hotels who hired Chaplin to work at the Checkers Hotel in downtown Los Angeles, but failed to note that Wilkinson died in July.
October 16, 2010 |
? Helen Folasade Adu, a.k.a. pop soul chanteuse Sade, had been a complete vegetarian for nine years when she spotted some lambs on her farm in England. "I hate to say this," she intones in the warm, husky voice beloved by her fans for the last 25 years, "but when I saw these lambs gamboling through the field and I started to salivate and I thought I should get to the tandoori shop quick before I pull a leg off one of the lambs. It's weird. I just thought the natural thing to do right now was to eat meat.
August 19, 2010
An appellate court judge once likened Gregory Taylor, a homeless man who was sentenced to 25 years to life in prison for trying to break into a church food kitchen because he was hungry, to Jean Valjean, the hero of Victor Hugo's " Les Miserables. " It was an apt comparison. Taylor, who was finally ordered released Monday by a Los Angeles County Superior Court judge, is a symbol of everything that's wrong with California's three-strikes law — just as Hugo intended Valjean to represent what was wrong with post-Revolutionary France.
February 17, 2009 |
A British anti-terrorism law that could prevent tourists or others from taking pictures of police and troops took effect, prompting about 200 photographers to protest. Although the measure aims to prevent reconnaissance shots, photographers say it could be misused at a whim to stop any pictures from being taken -- especially images involving police abuse and demonstrations. Photographers who refuse to stop taking pictures after a warning could face up to 10 years in prison or unspecified fines.
June 15, 2008 |
Roger Thomas has what many people would consider a dream job: jetting across the globe in search of the finest furnishings and antiques and then buying whatever strikes his fancy -- using someone else's money. That someone else is Steve Wynn, who in 1998 set the standard for luxury in Las Vegas with the opening of Bellagio. A decade later, he's still raising the bar with Wynn Las Vegas, which opened in 2005, and an adjoining new hotel -- Encore -- which will welcome its first guests in December.
April 19, 2008 |
Pope Benedict XVI on Friday called for collective diplomacy, and not "the decisions of a few," to resolve conflicts and said human rights had to be based on "unchanging justice" and not the legal whims of the day. Going before a special session of the United Nations, the pope also made a plea for religious freedom as a universal right.