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Sam Gideon Anson

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On the third day of our sail crossing, from Bonaire in the Dutch Antilles to Santiago de Cuba, the wind died. It had been falling off all the previous afternoon and night, from 20 knots to 12, 10 and then 5 by dawn, the sails -- jib, main and mizzen......

MOVIN' ON UP

photo by Debra DiPaoloA FEW MONTHS AFTER LEE BACA TOOK OFFICE AS SHERIFF OF LOS ANGELES COUNTY, HE moved up to a tony San Marino address. He left behind the Pasadena bachelor's condo he'd been living in since his 1994 divorce and bought a rambling Mediterranean-style home for himself and......
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Epical, Eh?

FANS OF RECENT NEWFOUNDLAND-set novels (think Annie Proulx and Howard Norman) will recognize and perhaps warm to the picaresque assemblage of characters that populate the latest literary rendition of life on The Rock, The Colony of Unrequited Dreams. Eccentrics, drunks, dreamers, con men and crazies of various stripes make their......

Matt Fong is no Boxer

As their candidate works a room of film-industry conservatives at the Beverly Hills Hotel, Matt Fong's handlers, puffing away on cigarettes on the patio outside, are feeling optimistic - cautiously so, because everything about the Fong campaign is cautious, but optimistic nonetheless. It's less than three weeks before the election,......

CNN Cops Out

After catching flak from the entire military-industrial complex for its groundbreaking story on Operation Tailwind - and then cravenly caving in with a groveling mea culpa (whatever happened to "We stand by our story"?) - CNN's flagship newsmagazine show, NewsStand, has apparently decided on a change in strategy. For the......

Valley Split

It's Wednesday afternoon, eight days after election day, and City Councilman Richard Alarcon's campaign team is camped out in the gray hallways of the County Registrar-Recorder's Office in Norwalk, trying to stay loose. As election workers verify the final ballots from the 20th Senate District race, their candidate is clinging......

Valley Split

It's Wednesday afternoon, eight days after election day, and City Councilman Richard Alarcon's campaign team is camped out in the gray hallways of the County Registrar-Recorder's Office in Norwalk, trying to stay loose. As election workers verify the final ballots from the 20th Senate District race, their candidate is clinging......

A Valley Campaign (About) Race

It’s the most potent dynamic in the most hotly contested legislative primary battle in the state, but almost no one wants to talk about it — not on the record, leastways. The candidates — former Assemblyman Richard Katz and Los Angeles City Councilman Richard Alarcon — have declared it a......

Footloose in Westwood

Westwood still can’t dance — not legally anyhow. And prospects for ending the dancing ban dimmed last week when Councilman Mike Feuer came out against an application by Duet Nightclub and Restaurant for the neighborhood’s first dance permit in years. For longtime residents Duet’s nightclub operation evoked fears that the......

Westwood Can’t Dance

The ghost of Karen Toshima is still haunting Westwood Village. Some 10 years after the young woman from Long Beach was gunned down in the crossfire of two rival gangs on a crowded Westwood sidewalk, Toshima’s murder remains a powerful touchstone among Village residents and merchants. Today, Toshima’s ghost is......
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