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November 4, 2012 | Times staff reports
Lawrence Ramer, a Los Angeles businessman and philanthropist who served for a decade as president and chairman of the Center Theater Group overseeing the Mark Taper Forum and the Ahmanson Theatre at the downtown Music Center, has died. He was 84. Ramer died of cancer Friday at his home in Los Angeles, according to family spokeswoman Sallie Olmsted. Ramer was president of the board of directors of the Center Theater Group from 1987 to 1997. During his tenure, the acclaimed Andrew Lloyd Webber musical "The Phantom of the Opera" began its four-year run at the Ahmanson in 1989.
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SPORTS
October 1, 2012 | By Mike DiGiovanna
The New York Yankees, $210-million payroll and all, found themselves in a fight for their playoff lives Sunday. They rallied from a four-run fifth-inning deficit for a 9-6 victory over Toronto that kept them tied with Baltimore atop the American League East with three games to go. Robinson Cano's two-run double keyed a three-run seventh inning that tied the score, 5-5, Derek Jeter capped a two-run eighth with a run-scoring single, and New York pulled...
ENTERTAINMENT
September 29, 2012 | By Dennis Lim
Before his ascension to Oscar-sanctioned respectability with "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button" and "The Social Network," David Fincher was a cult filmmaker par excellence. "Se7en" (1995) and "Fight Club" (1999) quickly entered the fanboy pantheon, but it was the thriller he made in between, "The Game" (1997), that is perhaps most overdue for reappraisal. Widely dismissed (and not without reason) as a gimmicky prank at the time of its release, Fincher's third feature has just been issued on DVD and Blu-ray by the Criterion Collection.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 20, 2012 | By Diana Marcum, Los Angeles Times
She could speak only with her eyes. But Lia Lee's life bridged worlds and changed American medicine. Lia, the subject of Anne Fadiman's 1997 book "The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down," died Aug. 31 in Sacramento at the age of 30, after living decades longer than doctors said was possible. The immediate cause was pneumonia, although it was epilepsy and sepsis, a toxic reaction to infection, that had left her in a vegetative state for much of her life. "Medicine couldn't have kept her alive.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 28, 2012 | By Ben Fritz
Lucasfilm and 20th Century Fox are taking a page out of the successful 1997 re-release of the original "Star Wars" trilogy as they prepare for a 3-D launch of two more movies from the space saga next year. "Star Wars: Attack of the Clones" and "Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith," the fifth and sixth movies in George Lucas' science-fiction franchise -- but the second and third chronologically -- will be released in 3-D on Sept. 20, 2013 and Oct. 11, 2013, respectively. Lucasfilm announced the news on its Facebook page Monday.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 7, 2012 | By Maura Dolan, Los Angeles Times
A federal judge has ruled that a Modesto man convicted of setting a fire that killed his tenant and her two children has shown "actual innocence" and may now challenge his conviction on other grounds. Chief U.S. District Judge Anthony W. Ishii upheld the findings of a magistrate who examined the evidence against George Souliotes, 72, and concluded that no reasonable juror would have convicted him given the state of the evidence today. But the court's finding will not necessarily free Souliotes, convicted of setting a 1997 fire in a rental home he owned.
SPORTS
May 24, 2012
Left-handed complements A look at some of baseball's best left-handed trios of starters: 2003 Oakland Athletics Mark Mulder; 15-9; 3.13 Barry Zito; 14-12; 3.30 Ted Lilly; 12-10; 4.34 1997 Seattle Mariners Randy Johnson; 20-4; 2.28 Jeff Fassero; 16-9; 3.61 Jamie Moyer; 17-5; 3.86 1993 Atlanta Braves Tom Glavine; 22-6; 3.20 Steve Avery; 18-6; 2.94...
SPORTS
April 21, 2012 | By Ben Bolch, Los Angeles Times
She has become every bit as much a fixture in the playoffs as Kobe Bryant, Marv Albert's signature "Yesss!" call and a first-round flameout by the Portland Trail Blazers. So what if she wears perfume and at times fixes her hair in a ponytail. Violet Palmer has made it in a man's game, and she's not going anywhere. The NBA's only female referee has worked the playoffs six years running, and though the league will not publicly divulge its assignments for the first-round series that start Saturday, there's no reason to think Palmer won't be blowing her whistle into next month.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 29, 2012 | By Maura Dolan, Los Angeles Times
In a case that has highlighted the perils of forensic science, a federal magistrate is expected to rule soon on whether a man convicted of a triple murder arson may be innocent. During a three-day hearing ordered by a federal appeals court, U.S. Magistrate Michael J. Seng heard evidence last week that suggested George Souliotes, 71, may have been wrongly convicted of setting a fire in a Modesto rental home he owned that killed three tenants: Michelle Jones, 31; and her children, Daniel Jones Jr., 8; and Amanda, 3. Jones' husband was not at home during the fire.
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January 9, 2012 | By Jim Puzzanghera, Los Angeles Times
Reporting from Washington -- Tony Blankley, who gained notoriety as press secretary for Newt Gingrich during the Republican takeover of Congress in the 1990s and later as a conservative commentator on radio and television, has died. He was 63. The British-born Blankley, who was a child actor while growing up in Los Angeles, died Saturday at Sibley Memorial Hospital in Washington, said his wife, Lynda Davis. He had stomach cancer. With his British accent, eclectic tastes and sharp tongue, Blankley turned his stint with Gingrich from 1990 to 1997 into a career as a commentator.
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