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January 1, 2005
The following new laws take effect Jan. 1 unless otherwise indicated. .50-caliber rifles: Sale of the heavy, long-range weapons, used mostly by target shooters, is banned in California. Ban supporters argued that the weapons, capable of hitting hovering helicopters, could be used by terrorists. AB 50 by Assemblyman Paul Koretz (D-West Hollywood).
January 24, 2005 | Elizabeth Mehren and Geraldine Baum, Times Staff Writers
A powerful blizzard crashed with all its fury Sunday on New England, shutting airports, closing highways, flooding streets in coastal communities, knocking out power and dumping what in some areas appeared to be a record 24-hour snowfall. The storm was accompanied by howling, hurricane-force winds that caused whiteout conditions and left snowdrifts that resembled frozen dunes. Ocean waves 30 feet high rolled over seawalls.
December 25, 2005 | Tom Petruno, Times Staff Writer
It's a tough call separating the financial market highlights of 2005 from the lowlights. They often were one and the same. Where to start? Maybe Jim Cramer throwing a chair across the CNBC studio? The sound of millions of hands slapping anguished foreheads as Google Inc. shares topped $200, then $300, then $400? D'oh!
September 14, 2005 | Booth Moore, Times Staff Writer
After Marc Jacobs' groundbreaking, darkly romantic fall collection, all eyes were on him this week as everyone wondered: What will he do next? Leading up to Monday night, many fashion insiders were also making side bets on how late things would start after last season's show was delayed an hour and a half, prompting an apology on the designer's website. Jacobs did not disappoint.
December 26, 2004 | Mike Boehm; Don Shirley
Michael Ritchie Artistic director Center Theatre Group's new artistic director (as of Jan. 1) will be hard to avoid in 2005. Everyone in the Los Angeles theatrical world and many theater mavens elsewhere will sift his selection of productions for 2005-06 and his appointments of personnel for clues as to where he'll take the city's flagship theater company as it changes captains for the first time in its nearly 40-year history.
December 18, 2005 | LEWIS SEGAL
DANCE in Southern California had its share of milestones in 2005. Three contenders announced their intention to create world-class ballet companies in the Southland -- none more promising than Ethan Stiefel, the new artistic director of Ballet Pacifica. The Dance at the Music Center series presented its first dauntingly expensive, top-of-the-line international ensemble: Russia's superb Kirov Ballet. And two television networks discovered how dance could serve the needs of reality TV through L.A.
December 4, 2005 | David L. Ulin
"BEST books" lists have always seemed, to me, unnecessarily hierarchical, inimical to the way literature works. What are the best books, and how do we determine them? No, reading is a fluid activity, one in which we are often moved for reasons beyond logic -- reasons that have less to do with our brains than with our hearts. With this in mind, Book Review's editors are taking a more subjective approach to our year-end issue.
January 16, 2005 | Susan King
Will SMITH has kicked alien butt in "Independence Day," in both of the "Men in Black" films and in "I, Robot." He pretended to be Sidney Poitier's son in "Six Degrees of Separation" and received an Oscar nomination for best actor as legendary boxer Muhammad Ali in the biopic "Ali." But while Smith has infused most of his characters with an acerbic sense of humor, he had never done a romantic film comedy until "Hitch," opening Feb. 11.
December 18, 2005 | CHRISTOPHER KNIGHT
THE year 2005 was the best of art times, and it was the worst of art times. * The UCLA Hammer Museum offered an invigorating survey of new art that crystallized an emerging sensibility among younger artists, braced against the feeling of dissolution so prevalent now. "Thing: New Sculpture From Los Angeles" was a rarity -- a fresh and meaningful overview.
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