November 8, 2004
Item one on Page B6, Nov. 5: Former San Bernardino Sheriff Floyd Tidwell, under color of authority, steals as many as 523 guns and prosecutors agreed to reduce the charges from a felony to a misdemeanor if he cooperated in helping them find the guns. Item two on the same page (In Brief): A bird smuggler could get 18 months in prison for bringing 125 birds into this country. Don't ya just love our system? Let's see ... 523 guns versus 125 birds ... only our fair and just system can come up with this.
June 16, 2007
WITH " 'Sopranos': What Was That All About?" [June 11], Mary McNamara mirrors society's need for instant gratification, raising doubt we deserved this Emmy winner at all. In a loose-end-knitting episode slowly building exquisite tension, creator David Chase offered fans the classic "Lady or the Tiger," i.e., viewer, choose your ending. STUART WEISS Beverly Hills I'M OK with how "The Sopranos" ended, and here's why: David Chase is the writer. The writer is "the decider."
April 20, 2008 |
Kenny Chesney must have gotten word about the Malibu dress code: It's baseball caps, dude, not cowboy hats. What other possible explanation is there for the country music legend to have bought a house in the Carbon Canyon neighborhood for $7.4 million in February and then promptly re-listed it for sale at $7.95 million? The home, which was listed at $7.5 million when Chesney bought it a nanosecond ago, has expansive ocean views.
July 23, 1989 |
REMEMBERING HER DAYS AS A young girl--"No one would have accused me of being a happy child"--Leslie Abramson has an enduring memory of her favorite means of escape. After school, at the corner luncheonette, she'd buy button candies and chocolate marshmallow twists (two for a nickel) and spend hours at the comic-book racks, reading. Mad magazine was good for a giggle. But it was the spooky stuff, the horror comics like "Tales From the Crypt," that she really loved. And hated, too.
July 20, 2008 |
Craig Johnson comes as advertised. Standing outside the Autry National Center on a boiling summer afternoon, the Wyoming-based crime novelist is decked out in a long-sleeve shirt made of heavy cotton, scuffed brown boots and a 10-gallon hat that provides shade, but not nearly enough. Spotting his interlocutor, Johnson sticks out his hand and delivers a booming "How ya doin'?!"
June 10, 1990 |
The 3-D Film Festival, originally due to end Thursday at the Vagabond Theater, has been extended through Sept. 6. Thereafter, the producers hope to continue showing such pictures at the venue indefinitely, making the Vagabond perhaps the first, full-time 3-D film theater anywhere.
June 11, 2002 |
The nuclear terror thriller "The Sum of All Fears" remained the top-grossing movie for a second week, with $19.2 million in ticket sales. Opening strong in second place was "Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood," with $16.2 million. "Bad Company," another film about the threat of a nuclear device, grossed $11 million in its debut. *--* Weekend Box Office Movie Three-day gross/ Screens/ Average Weeks in Release (Studio Total (millions) ) 1 "The Sum of All Fears" $19.2 3,218 2 (Paramo $62.
July 24, 1988 |
Apparently U-2 can't figure out what to do with its new album. The upcoming record was initially conceived as a live double album, largely made up of songs recorded during its 1987 tour, plus a couple of new studio tracks. However, the band has emerged from the studio with at least a dozen new songs. What to do? The tentative plan calls for a double album, with one side of live hits, one with new material.