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March 3, 2014 | By Randy Lewis
On one level, it was no surprise that veteran record company executive Gil Friesen was drawn to the theme of "20 Feet From Stardom," the film about backup singers that won the Oscar for documentary feature Sunday night. Friesen, longtime president of A&M Records, was at a performance by Leonard Cohen in Las Vegas several years ago when he got the idea to explore the question of why support singers who, although tremendously talented, never became stars in their own right. There was a parallel in his own life: Friesen himself was a different breed than high-profile record label heads like Clive Davis, Berry Gordy and Ahmet Ertegun.
March 2, 2014 | By Stuart Pfeifer
Newport Beach home builder William Lyon Homes has a history almost as interesting as its founder and namesake. William Lyon flew combat missions in the Korean War, commanded the Air Force Reserve and was chief executive and chairman of AirCal in the 1980s before selling the regional airline to American Airlines. Known as "the General," Lyon was a key player in the post-war Southern California housing boom. He got his start in home building in 1954 with Luxury Homes, a company he launched to build homes for military veterans.
February 28, 2014 | By S. Irene Virbila
For the last few years, Stolpman Vineyards in the new Ballard Canyon American Viticultural Area in Santa Barbara County has produced a wine called La Cuadrilla for "the crew. " Its crew works full time under the direction of winemaker Sashi Moorman and vineyard manager Ruben Solorzano. Each year, the crew works an experimental cuadra or block, which rotates throughout the ranch. The grapes from that cuadra are used to make La Cuadrilla, so the blend is slightly different each year.
February 27, 2014 | By Steve Waters
PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. - When Rory McIlroy teed off Thursday afternoon in the first round of the Honda Classic, he wasn't thinking about his victory here in 2012. He also wasn't thinking about last year, when he walked off the Champion Course at PGA National Resort & Spa midway through his second round. He was focused on playing the 18 holes ahead of him and he played them better than anyone, putting together a bogey-free, seven-under-par 63. "It's a new tournament," McIlroy said.
February 25, 2014 | By Jessica Garrison and Chris Megerian
The handgun that GOP assemblyman and gubernatorial candidate Tim Donnelly attempted to take through airport security in 2012 was not registered to him, according to a police report reviewed by The Times. Donnelly told officers who questioned him that he had bought it five years before and never registered it in his name. The San Bernardino County lawmaker and gun-rights advocate pleaded no contest to misdemeanor charges of carrying a loaded firearm in public without a concealed weapons permit and possessing a gun in an airport.
February 24, 2014 | By Richard Winton
Actress Amanda Bynes was convicted Monday of reckless driving in April 2012 when she crashed into an L.A. County sheriff's deputy's cruiser. Her no-contest plea was entered by her attorney, Richard Hutton, a renowned expert on driving-under-the-influence cases. Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Edward Moreton sentenced the "She's the Man" star to three years of probation and three months of alcohol education classes, said Jane Robison, an L.A. County district attorney's spokeswoman.
February 19, 2014 | By Jerry Hirsch
Shares of Tesla Motors Inc. soared Wednesday after the electric car company slashed its losses and issued an upbeat outlook for this year. Tesla shares jumped to a record $216.95, a 12% gain, after the automaker released its fourth-quarter and annual financial results after the stock market closed. Investors focused on Tesla's calculation that it earned $46 million, or 33 cents a share, in the latest quarter, after making special adjustments to account for the deferred profit from automotive leases and other factors.
February 19, 2014 | By S. Irene Virbila
From the legendary Quintarelli estate in Valpolicella, here's a lovely and surprising white wine scented with white peaches and lime. With its minerality and bright acidity, this could be the Veneto's analogue to Grüner Veltliner. Perfect for impressing a wine geek. It's terrific with oysters and chilled shrimp, and a great choice with a frittata or omelet. It works with asparagus too. And, of course, it would be ideal with sushi and Thai food. Region: Valpolicella, Veneto, Italy Price: $38 to $40 Style: Crisp and minerally What it goes with: Chilled shellfish, omelet and frittata, sushi, Thai food Where to find it: John and Pete's Fine Wines & Spirits in West Hollywood, (310)
February 16, 2014 | Bill Dwyre
The stars aligned just a bit more perfectly Sunday at Riviera Country Club. A golf tournament of considerable stature got a champion of the same. When Bubba Watson walked up the 18th fairway, clearly in charge in the Northern Trust Open, the figurative embrace he received from the gallery circling the green in one of the finest natural sports amphitheaters there is, he brought a sense of deserving. Riviera, with lore that includes the Hogans, Palmers, Sneads, Couples and a Tom Watson, deserved another Watson.
February 13, 2014 | By Corina Knoll
A 40-year-old Los Angeles police officer charged with lying under oath during his testimony in a drug possession case five years ago was convicted Thursday at his retrial. Manuel Ortiz was first put on trial in 2012 along with two former Los Angeles police officers accused of writing false reports and perjury. Prosecutors said that a grainy black-and-white surveillance video - that ended up leading to the drug case's dismissal - contradicted what they said on the stand. Evan Samuel and Richard Amio were convicted and sentenced to community labor and probation, but the jury was hung 11 to 1 in favor of guilt when it came to Ortiz.
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