Wall built to dull noise of drilling

first_imgARCADIA – A temporary soundwall has been erected at Baldwin Avenue and Colorado Boulevard to dull the sounds of drilling for nearby residents. Crews are working around the clock to build a new domestic water well, which will help sustain a water system to better accommodate city residents, according to Ken Herman, spokesman for the Arcadia Public Works Department. The wall will remain in place through April, he said. The entire well project – including landscaping – will be completed by April 2008, Herman said. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! For more information, call the city Public Works Department at (626) 256-6654. – From staff reportslast_img read more

Gay TV writers share stage

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECasino Insider: Here’s a look at San Manuel’s new high limit rooms, Asian restaurant While “Daniel” drew fire from Christian conservatives more because it featured a pill-popping Episcopal priest (Aidan Quinn) who has regular conversations with an on-screen Jesus, Kenny complained that in attacking the show, opponents made an issue of his sexuality. “If it was a straight guy writing about Jesus, they would have had less ammo,” said Kenny. “Sometimes controversy helps, but in this case, it didn’t help.” Some NBC affiliates yanked the show before NBC officially pulled the plug or never aired it at all. The network attributed the early cancellation to the ratings and not the controversy, which also included nearly all major advertisers bailing out on the show and a national boycott from the American Family Association. Chuck Ranberg, who was a writer and producer on “Frasier,” had a far different experience when he launched the short-lived ABC comedy “It’s All Relative” in 2003 featuring two gay dads who repeatedly clash with the boisterous parents of their daughter’s fiance. There were no boycotts, no lost advertisers but ultimately, there were no ratings. When “Desperate Housewives” creator Marc Cherry pitched his show to ABC a few years back, there weren’t any gay characters in it. But Cherry had always planned to have teenage sociopath Andrew Van De Kamp be gay and waited until the show was a ratings smash to avoid any sponsor defections and controversy. “Ratings are a really nice thing,” Cherry said this week. “I revealed he was a sociopath first, then I revealed he was gay. (Andrew) is perhaps the most empowered gay teen in the history of television. He’s gay and he doesn’t care.” Cherry was among the openly gay and lesbian television writers who participated in a Writers Guild of America panel Tuesday night, sharing their mixed experiences in Hollywood trying to create gay characters for their shows. Jack Kenny, creator of NBC’s short-lived “The Book of Daniel,” said his controversial show, which also included a young gay male character, was yanked off the air after just four episodes (six were shot in all) after being relegated to a Friday night time slot where it suffered low ratings. “We could have used a little controversy,” said Ranberg. “We were really under the radar.” Toni Graphia, a writer for the Sci-Fi Channel hit “Battlestar Galactica,” said that sometimes the resistance to gay and lesbian characters comes not just from the broadcast and cable networks or advertisers. When Graphia suggested a lesbian story line for the HBO series “Carnivale,” which chronicled the lives of a group of traveling circus performers in the 1930s, she said she was met with “some homophobia in my own writers room.” “It was like this big wall of resistance,” she said. “This actually got said to me: ‘Back in the ’30s, they didn’t have lesbians.’ I mean, we had midgets making love and all these crazy things!” All of the panelists are openly gay and opinions differed on what kind of impact that has on a career. “I don’t think we’ll ever know,” said Bob Lowry, creator of the Showtime series “Huff.” “I’d like to think no because I’m out everywhere. I think it might matter though.” James Duff, a director and writer of the TNT drama “The Closer,” said he believes acceptance of openly gay writers can change with the times, for good or bad. “We’re in a time where it’s OK and what they are looking for is really good shows because television has become a very competitive place,” Duff said. “You have to be able to tell a story, and if you can do that, I think they don’t care at all.” But Chris Alberghini, executive producer of the upcoming Tori Spelling comedy “So NoTORIous” on VH1, had a different view. “If you are gay, you can be typecast as a certain kind of writer,” Alberghini said. “They just don’t think of you for a certain kind of project. I think it can make a big difference.” For Graphia, participating in the WGA panel was the first time she had been out in such a public way. She received a prolonged ovation from the audience for taking that step Tuesday night and had only just begun to think about what impact it might have. “I’m not out, so when they asked me, my first response was, how did you get my name?” she said. “My friends said, ‘This is the year to be gay with ‘Brokeback Mountain’ and all. If you were ever going to do it, now is the time.’ The secret is out. If you invite me back next year, I’ll be able to tell you if I was discriminated against.” Greg Hernandez, (818) 713-3758 greg.hernandez@dailynews.com 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Czech Airlines has launched new flights to destina

first_imgCzech Airlines has launched new flights to destinations in eastern Europe as part of its 2009-10 winter schedule.It has increased its number of flights to Moscow to three per day, while a fourth is commencing as part of a codeshare agreement with Russian carrier Aeroflot.Elsewhere, flights to Yekaterinburg, Rostov-on-Don and Minsk are increasing in frequency, as are routes to Tbilisi and Yerevan.During the busy festive session, Czech is also increasing its number of flights to Beirut, Barcelona, Bologna and Ljubljana.In terms of its charter operations, the airline is offering brand new destinations by beginning routes to the Colombian island of San Andres and Liberia in north-west Costa Rica.The winter schedule, which took effect on October 25th, will remain operational until March 27th.During the period, Czech Airlines will operate flights to 138 destinations in 46 countries around the world.Last month, the carrier agreed to enter into a codeshare agreement with China Eastern Airlines on the route between Frankfurt and Shanghai.ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map RelatedCzech Airlines announces new scheduleCzech Airlines has announced that it will be adding new European flights to its winter scheduleCzech Airlines’ flights to New York to be taken over by DeltaCzech Airlines’ flights to New York to be taken over by DeltaBmibaby will introduce new flights to PragueCheap flights carrier bmibaby will launch new flights to Prague from East Midlands Airport as part of its winter schedule.last_img read more