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  • Are older directors still making vital movies?

    Do movie directors, like fine wines, get better with age? That may sound like a frivolous question, but it has long been debated by critics as they weigh the relative merits of fiery young upstarts versus wise old veterans. The question takes on renewed relevance with the release of "Blue Jasmine," the latest movie from 77-year-old writer-director Woody Allen.
  • Compton fires new Councilman Galvan's aide, who has a criminal record

    Compton fires new Councilman Galvan's aide, who has a criminal record
    Compton's city manager has fired an aide to new City Councilman Isaac Galvan who had past convictions for political misconduct. City Manager Harold Duffey confirmed Friday that he had fired Angel Gonzalez, who was hired as Galvan's council liaison on...

    Chris Brown hit-and-run charge dismissed

    Singer Chris Brown is off the hook in his misdemeanor hit-and-run case, after a judge dismissed the charge, noting that a "civil compromise" had been reached. Brown came to an agreement with the woman whose car he struck in Toluca Lake last May,...

    No ifs, ands or butts

    State litter-law amendment was long overdue Friday's print column Photo by Antonio Perez, Chicago Tribune Whenever I start to feel sorry for cigarette smokers — addicted social pariahs who pay exorbitant taxes to feed their ruinous cravings —...

    Police Files

    Costa Mesa 19th Street: Someone drunk in public was reported in the 600 block at 2:50 p.m. Friday. 17th Street: Petty theft was reported in the 200 block at 4:20 p.m. Friday. Newport Boulevard: Possession of dangerous drugs was reported in the 1800...