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ENTERTAINMENT
July 26, 2012 | By David Ng
Franz West, the Austrian artist known for his innovative sculptures and installations, has died at 65. West died in Vienna on Wednesday following a long illness, according to reports. West's sculptural creations were both playful and serious, accessible and yet intellectually challenging. During his career, West mounted shows at major museums around the world. A retrospective exhibition of his work organized by the Baltimore Museum of Art came to the Los Angeles County Museum of Art in 2009.
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ENTERTAINMENT
November 13, 2012 | By Deborah Vankin
Award-winning playwright Tarell Alvin McCraney will direct a new -- and drastically different -- version of Shakespeare's "Antony and Cleopatra. " McCraney's adaptation explores colonialism and racial politics set against the Haitian Revolution in the 1700s. The production is a collaboration among the Royal Shakespeare Company in England, Miami's GableStage and New York's Public Theater. It will premiere November 2013 at the Royal Shakespeare Company's Stratford-upon-Avon home, before playing Stateside at GableStage in January 2014 and then the Public Theater in late January 2014.
SPORTS
March 19, 2014 | By Houston Mitchell
Think he will enter the Billion-Dollar Bracket Challenge? President Barack Obama has chosen Michigan State to win the NCAA men's basketball championship over Louisville. The president filled out his bracket during a segment aired on ESPN on Wednesday. Joining Michigan State and Louisville in his Final Four are Florida and Arizona. PLAY ALONG: Build your own NCAA bracket Obama has filled out a bracket and made it public every year since he took office. He has chosen the correct winner only once, when he picked North Carolina in 2009.
BUSINESS
January 9, 2012 | By Lauren Beale, Los Angeles Times
Former model Nicole Murphy and football analyst Michael Strahan have listed their house in a gated community in Brentwood at $6.95 million. Designed for entertaining, the contemporary Mediterranean features two dens, a wet bar, a theater room, a wine cellar, an elevator, six bedrooms and eight bathrooms in 9,200 square feet. The master suite includes a sitting area, fireplace, dual bathrooms, dual closets and a balcony. A deck overlooks the swimming pool, spa and yard. Murphy, 43, was married to comedian Eddie Murphy from 1993 to 2006.
BUSINESS
February 19, 2009 | Jerry Hirsch
The slowing economy is spawning store closures and layoffs in Southern California's typically solid grocery industry. On Friday, Albertsons will shut the first four of nine stores closing between now and April 9. About a dozen workers are losing their jobs, and the chain is working to reassign hundreds more to other stores. Ralphs is demoting more than 150 meat cutters to clerks, slashing their pay by more than a third to $13.47 an hour.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 17, 2010 | By Robert Lloyd, Los Angeles Times Television Critic
That necessity is the mother of invention is nowhere more evident than in science fiction, where invention regularly breaks the bounds of what's possible in order to accomplish what's necessary. ( If we reverse the polarity on the atomic thruster terminals, Captain, maybe we can get this microwave oven started again .) In the case of the long-running sci-fi adventure series " Doctor Who," a cult hit here and a national phenomenon at home in the U.K., the practical matter of replacing the lead actor inspired what has become the hallmark of the series, and of the character: The Doctor dies, then regenerates: the same man but different; a different man, but the same.
NATIONAL
January 16, 2010 | By Nicole Santa Cruz
Wrestling with a multibillion-dollar budget deficit, Arizona decided Friday to close nearly all of its state parks, including the famed Tombstone Courthouse and Yuma Territorial Prison. The State Parks Board unanimously voted to close 13 parks by June 3. Eight others had already been closed, and the decision would leave nine open -- but only if the board can raise $3 million this year. The action represents the largest closure of state parks in the nation, although several other states are considering similar moves.
BUSINESS
November 14, 2012 | By Jerry Hirsch
Toyota Motor Corp. announced two safety recalls for its flagship Prius hybrid. The automaker said the steering intermediate extension shafts in 670,000 Prius cars sold in the U.S. need to be inspected and in some cases replaced. And 350,000 of those hybrids also will have to have their electric water pumps replaced. Toyota will recall another 2 million vehicles worldwide, including the Prius and the Corolla, to fix the same problems.   The gas-sipping Prius has become an important vehicle for Toyota, giving the company a reputation for producing fuel-efficient, green vehicles and quietly becoming one of the best sellers in the automaker's lineup.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 19, 2013 | By David Zahniser
The Los Angeles City Council approved major changes Tuesday to a harbor construction project whose has cost doubled in four years, with lawmakers criticizing port executives for failing to consult the council sooner. Councilman Joe Buscaino, whose district includes the port, said he was "blindsided" by the rising cost of the TraPac container terminal project in Wilmington, which has soared to $510 million from $245 million in 2009. Councilman Mike Bonin said he and his colleagues should have been included in the port's decision to convert the terminal to an automated crane system, a move that triggered a major portion of the cost overruns.
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