Three charts that help explain why tomorrow’s Apple announcement is such a big deal.
The Ravens made the announcement on Twitter today, hours after TMZ released a video purportedly showing the star running back punching his then-fiance in the face in a casino elevator.
The Times’ obituary of Joan Rivers, who died Thursday at age 81, leads with a crucial moment in her career.
In 1986, Joan Rivers made a fateful call to her mentor Johnny Carson.
Rivers, the brassy comic with the thick New York accent who had made “Can we talk?” her catchphrase, told the all-powerful host of NBC’s “The Tonight Show” that she was giving up a role as his handpicked heir to do her own show on Fox.
It was, depending on how one looked at it, a bold bid for bigger stardom — or a stunning act of betrayal. Carson’s reaction was unambiguous. According to Rivers, he hung up on her — twice — and never spoke to her again in the remaining 19 years of his life.
The Times’ report from 1986 (Rivers Set to Host Late-Night Show on Murdoch’s Independent Network) recounts those events a little differently, through a slightly more circumspect spokesman.
While Carson had no immediate comment on Rivers’ move, a spokesman for Carson said that the late-night talk-show king “was shocked and surprised to learn of it through a press release.” Rivers, at the press conference, said that she had placed two calls to Carson and that neither was returned.
The spokesman, Jim Mahoney, said that Rivers had been negotiating with Carson’s production company for a new contract and that when she appeared on the show last week “not a word was said” about her plans to work elsewhere.
"It came as a real surprise. It’s an unusual way to to business, to say the least," Mahoney added.
More on Rivers: Joan Rivers | 1933 - 2014
Photo: Fox Chairman Barry Diller with Joan Rivers at a press conference. Published in The Times May 7, 1986. Credit: Con Keyes / Los Angeles Times
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Photo: Genaro Molina / Los Angeles Times
A Great Dane in Oregon has fully recovered after having 43 ½ socks surgically removed from its stomach.
Perhaps even more astonishing: This is coming to light because the dog’s story was submitted to a “They Ate WHAT?” contest for veterinary hospitals, and it came in third. First place went to a clinic that treated a frog that had eaten more than 30 small rocks. (The frog also recovered.) You can see X-rays of the other winning entrants, and honorable mentions (including a bearded dragon that ate a small toy banana), at Veterinary Practice News.
Photos: DoveLewis Emergency Animal Hospital
With three plane diversions in nine days caused by passenger fights over shrinking legroom, here’s a look at the airlines with the most and least legroom in economy. Spirit Airlines has the least legroom in the industry — and the highest profit margin.
That’s when Claude Monet put brush to canvas to depict a hazy sunrise seen from his hotel room in Le Havre, France, according to the conclusion of a physicist who used astronomy, tide tables, weather reports, maps and historical photos in his calculation.
A video purporting to show the killing of American freelance journalist Steven J. Sotloff by the militant group Islamic State was posted on the Internet today.
"There must have been 50,000 marchers" in the 1937 Labor Day parade in downtown Los Angeles, according to Secretary J. W. Buzzell of Central Labor Council.
For years, major parades were held in downtown L.A. to mark the holiday. See some of them here, and read more about 1937’s celebration.
Photo: Los Angeles Times archive / UCLA
On this Labor Day, columnist Jim Newton gives an assessment of L.A.’s economic outlook.
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