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  • Cartoonist captures comics

    By Jay Firestone

    March 27, 2008 | 6:00 pm

    The deep-wrinkled smile of Mel Brooks, the sadly nervous stare of Woody Allen and the loud-mouthed plasticity of Joan Rivers -- Drew Friedman doesn't just paint these icons, he captures their wit, charm and the poignancy of their careers.

    "The history of their lives is written on...

  • Mom and daughter climb ev’ry mountain

    By Dan Goldberg

    March 20, 2008 | 6:00 pm

    For Cheryl and Nikki Bart, ain't no mountain high enough.

    Seven years after their first adventure in Nepal, the Barts are heading back to Katmandu this week in an attempt to become the first mother-daughter team to conquer Everest.

    If they manage to reach the roof of the world, the...

  • Bruin coach is ready for March Madness

    By Carin Davis

    March 13, 2008 | 6:00 pm

    Growing up, Scott Garson's Calabasas family loved two things: Judaism and basketball. His mother, Corinne, was president of the Woodland Hills Reform congregation Kol Tikvah, while his father, Lee, is a UCLA alum who coaches youth basketball. So it's no surprise that Garson is a...
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  • Final Frontier calls to Nimoy

    By Josh Richman

    March 7, 2008 | 5:00 pm

    The new "Star Trek" film's trailer shows a vast shipyard where the U.S.S. Enterprise is under construction, as a voice intones that famous phrase, "Space, the final frontier . . ."

    Ah, that deep, rich voice. It's unmistakable. Spock is back.

    In 2002, Leonard Nimoy, now 76, said he...

  • Shmuley Update 2008:  Now he’s fixing the ‘Broken Male’

    By Josh Lipowsky

    February 28, 2008 | 5:00 pm

    The American male is broken and the only way to fix him is to redefine what makes him a success, Rabbi Shmuley Boteach says, adding that the American male is made to feel like a failure and always in competition with those around him.

    "You're trained to look behind you to see who's...

  • Scrolls for sale

    By Julie G Fax

    February 22, 2008 | 12:00 pm

    The calligraphy on the coffee-colored parchment is crisp and clear, with delicately ascending crowns adorning the Hebrew letters. But rather than being unfurled on a bima and read by a proud bar mitzvah boy, this water-stained fragment of a Torah scroll from Turkey -- thought to be...
  • How the West was funny

    By Tom Tugend

    February 14, 2008 | 5:00 pm

    We haven't kept up with Ari Sandel since the nice Jewish boy from Calabasas came out of nowhere last year to win an Oscar for his hilarious short film "West Bank Story."

    Sandel, now a mature 33, shot the film about rival Israeli and Palestinian falafel stand owners while a student at...

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