CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 9, 2012 |
The governing board of the Los Angeles Community College District voted Wednesday to sever ties, at least temporarily, with an Irvine contractor accused of submitting fraudulent claims on construction projects at two campuses and performing substandard work at one of them. FTR International will be barred from doing business with the district for five years after the Board of Trustees agreed with the findings of a hearing committee that the firm misrepresented work on its $48-million contract to build the Allied Health and Science Center at Los Angeles Valley College and the Health and PE Center at Los Angeles Mission College.
November 28, 2013 |
Russian President Vladimir Putin paid a visit to Sochi on Thursday and proclaimed that organizers are ready to host the 2014 Winter Olympics. Pretty much. "Almost everything has been done," Putin told the Ria Novosti news service. "But when I say 'almost' I mean some things still need to be polished.” Among the facilities requiring more attention is the 40,000-seat Fisht Olympic Stadium, which will be the site for the opening and closing ceremonies. "Some of the equipment should be installed and additional preparation work should be finished,” Putin said.
June 10, 2012 |
Philip K. Dickwas an incredibly prolific author, publishing 44 novels and more than 120 short stories before his death at age 53. Here are some ways to tackle his body of work: Where to start: "The Man in the High Castle" (1962) is an alternative history in which the Axis powers have won World War II and includes a book, banned in America, that posits an alternative history in which Hitler lost. The novel won a Hugo Award and, like much of Dick's work, plays with perception and competing realities.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 21, 2012 |
A Los Angeles County Superior Court judge Friday called a police officer's decision to work on a movie about the so-called bling ring "stupid," but refused to dismiss charges against one of three defendants in the case. Judge Larry P. Fidler said LAPD Officer Brett Goodkin's decision to serve as a technical advisor on Sofia Coppola's docudrama "The Bling Ring" while still assigned to the case had harmed the prosecution of the defendants charged with burglarizing the homes of Paris Hilton and Lindsay Lohan.
June 11, 2010 |
Fear, as defined in the bawdy and surprisingly trenchant new documentary, "Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work," is a blank calendar. There is a riff to do on the terror she finds in all those little empty squares. But by then you know it's no laughing matter. Work is life; not working might as well be death. With a mix of moments like that — as poignantly revealing as they are entertaining — along with TV clips, many of them classics, and months spent following the comic through the long days and nights of her 75th year, filmmakers Ricki Stern and Annie Sundberg have managed to capture the "Can we talk?"
November 26, 2012
If you missed Monday's Google+ Hangout, "NFL Slam with Mark and Sam", you missed a good one. Mark Thompson and Sam Farmer tackle a host of topics, one of the more intriguing ones being whether Oregon Coach Chip Kelly's up-tempo offense can work in the NFL. Farmer told Thompson that he has his doubts. With the following questions to be answere: How do you protect the quarterback? The quarterback is much more exposed in Kelly's type of system, particularly when he's carrying the ball.
October 5, 2012 |
If there were ever a genre referred to as "film maudit hot mess," movies so irrepressibly wrong as to be irresistibly right, the work of Lee Daniels would be filed on that shelf. Not many filmmakers would follow a success like "Precious: Based on the Novel 'Push' by Sapphire," a film that was nominated for six Academy Awards and won two, with "The Paperboy," a movie already notorious for a jaw-dropping scene involving Nicole Kidman, Zac Efron and a jellyfish sting. That's not even the wildest thing in Daniels' interpretation of Pete Dexter's 1995 novel, brought to the screen as an overheated Southern thriller cross-wired with a melodramatic coming-of-age story underlined by an obsession with sex, race and violence.
November 24, 2012 |
Mark Dutcher's work is nothing if not lived in. Made with humble materials and straightforward techniques, his paintings and sculptures are messy, fervent and unpretentious. They're covered in fingerprints and other blemishes; any mistakes that he's made are left pointedly intact. They're works that never let you forget they were made by another human being, which is just as Dutcher intends it. "Even if I had lots of money and could fabricate something perfectly," he says, "I don't think I would be obsessed with perfection.
October 3, 2012 |
In describing the economic hardships under President Obama's stewardship, Mitt Romney asserted that 23 million people are out of work or have stopped looking for work. But that's stretching the truth. To get at that figure, Romney lumped together three groups of people: the unemployed; those working part-time jobs who want full-time work; and people who are out of work and have stopped looking for jobs for various reasons. Here's how the Bureau of Labor Statistics broke down those numbers for August, the most recent month available: There were 12.5 million people officially unemployed, and this is the figure that is used to make up the jobless figure, most recently 8.1%.
May 22, 2011 |
Dear Students, I taught my first freshman composition class more than 40 years ago. Your class is my last. We began the semester with 36 students. I predicted on the first day that I would probably wind up giving grades to half that many. Had I been more strict about dropping people whose attendance was erratic and whose assignments weren't coming in, I would have been right. But I let lots of students slide. I didn't drop people who weren't showing up, nor did I drop the people who weren't doing the work.