October 23, 2013 |
A thick, unrelenting heat permeated the Louisiana sets of "12 Years a Slave" - 100-degree-plus temperatures so intense they stifled breath. The moment a scene wrapped, cast and crew would take refuge in air-conditioned cars parked nearby. One member of the ensemble, however, stayed outdoors: Lupita Nyong'o, a 30-year-old newcomer who plays Patsey, the favorite slave of a sadistic plantation master. "In that kind of condition, we all wanted to find even the tiniest comfort we could get," recalled Chiwetel Ejiofor, the lead actor in the movie about a free Northerner who is abducted and sold into slavery in the South.
April 12, 1989
The Navy issued a public denial stating it had never received any medical evidence suggesting sailors who served aboard nuclear missile submarines were more likely to contract cancer. Responding to a report Monday in the trade publication Navy News and Undersea Technology alleging increased risk, the Navy released a 140-page statistical study by the Yale School of Medicine that tracked both the in-service and post-service death rates for nuclear submariners. The study, conducted at a cost of $600,000, was originally completed in August, 1985, and then updated and revised in April, 1987.
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April 10, 2014 |
Mary Cheever, an accomplished author and poet best known as the enduring spouse and widow of John Cheever, has died, after surviving by decades a husband who used their lonely but lasting marriage as an inspiration for some of his most memorable stories. She was 95. She had been battling pneumonia and died Monday night at her colonial-style manor in Ossining, N.Y., her daughter, Susan Cheever , said. The home served as a well-publicized backdrop to John Cheever's facade as the gentleman scribe of "The Swimmer" and "The Five-Forty-Eight.
July 23, 2013 |
Women are less likely than men in high-status jobs to be given flexible work schedules to pursue career-development opportunities, according to a recent Yale study. The study , published in the July issue of the Journal of Social Issues, found that managers were more likely to grant men flexible working schedules. Researchers asked managers how they would act if men and women of varying ranks asked for different schedules. The workers represented employees in high-status managerial positions or lower-status hourly positions, researchers said. Photos: Wall Street rogues: Infamous corporate villains Managers were also told the reason for the schedule change request -- either for childcare or to take professional development courses. The results were clear: Employers favored giving men more flexible schedules.
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February 22, 1986 |
J. Hillis Miller, a literary critic whose work has been praised as brilliant but denounced by some as deliberately obscure, will leave Yale University to join UC Irvine on July 1, University of California President David Gardner announced Friday. The appointment is considered an academic coup for UCI, said Murray Krieger, who began UCI's critical theory program. "It is a terrible loss for Yale but an absolute breakthrough for Irvine," said Krieger, who was instrumental in recruiting Miller.
December 16, 1989 |
A year ago, Raymond J. Barry submitted his play "Once in Doubt" to the Los Angeles Theatre Center--and it was rejected. "They thought the non-sequitur scenes like me jumping on the light-bulb glass saying, 'I wish something exciting would happen,' wouldn't work," says the Obie-winning actor. "The literary critic wrote a scathing review." Undeterred, Barry bowed the play last January at the Cast Theatre, followed by a summer run at the People's Light in Pennsylvania. Suddenly, the show was hot.