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Persian Love

In Tehran, the graffiti appeared on a wall near the university: "Andy." Authorities scrubbed it away; it reappeared a day later. This went on for some time, and the phantom scribbler was never apprehended. So the wall was torn down. Young women in Tehran, on their way to forbidden private......

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......

Immigrants Rounded Up

INS Commissioner Doris Meissner boarded a plane to Mexico last April to personally deliver a message: There would be no mass deportations or roundups back in the United States. Addressing reporters who gathered to hear what assurances she had given a group of high-ranking Mexican government officials, Meissner emphasized, "We......

How To Rob a Drug Dealer

The night is soft like velvet, smog lifting after a hot day. The sound of engines and horns muffled by residential streets that barely separate the crumbling two-story Victorian from downtown traffic. Andrew and his crew gather outside, just out of sight. They’re all wearing sneakers, dark pants and LAPD......

A Matter of Life or Death

SAN RAFAEL — In firm, measured tones, the attorney for convicted murderer Horace Edwards Kelly told a Marin County jury this week that his client has a "broken brain" that has left him cut off from reality and therefore unable to be legally executed. The trial to determine whether Kelly......

Strata Blaster

The El Niño rains of a few days before, Rob Bronstein realized that February morning, had loosened the odd-looking rock from the hillside and sent it crashing to the edge of the old Mount Washington fire road, where his dog Keesha now sniffed it curiously. Although the dog quickly dismissed......
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Music Reviews – Apr 22, 1998

POP PSYCHOLOGY: NICK LOWE'S BETTER TOMORROW NICK LOWE Dig My Mood (Upstart/Rounder) In nearly three decades of rocking, writing and producing, there’s very little that Nick Lowe hasn’t done. Launching the careers of Elvis Costello and the Pretenders (to name a few) and, a generation later, giving John Hiatt a......
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Days of Plunder

When film producer Don Simpson died of heart failure in 1996 at the age of 52, no one was particularly surprised. As one of Hollywood’s most successful filmmakers as well as its most notorious bad boy, Simpson lived a life that begged an early death. Stories of his exploits were......

Dog Fight

The white hound dog with pale tan spots and a pink nose leaps joyfully against the fence in cage 27 of the East Valley Shelter. His excitement fills the narrow kennel, barking nonstop, ears flying, tail swinging. Each jump leaves a smear of pale brown paste on the mesh —......

Cinephobia

  I have been trying to get a picture that is worth reviewing, for the last two weeks, and hereby throw in the towel. — Otis Ferguson The New Republic, 1935   The postwar renaissance of cinema, which reached its height roughly between 1958 and 1964, has in the past......