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February 11, 2014 | By Ben Bolch
The oldest player in the NBA isn't worried about staying in front of quicker counterparts or piling up assists or leading his team to the playoffs. Steve Nash just wants his body to cooperate so he can get through a game. It was too much to ask again Tuesday night, the Lakers point guard departing prematurely because of discomfort in his leg and back. He was done at halftime after 17 unremarkable minutes, leading one to wonder just how many are left on the odometer of a 40-year-old who continues to creak his way toward the Hall of Fame.
February 9, 2014 | By Patrick J. McDonnell
HOMS, Syria - The international community is lauding a United Nations-brokered deal to provide relief to Homs' long-blockaded Old City, but the aid plan is far from universally welcome in this battle-scarred and profoundly divided city. The relief effort has stirred deep animosities among many government supporters, who view it as a sellout to opposition forces - "terrorists," in official terms - hunkered down in the ruins of the Old City. "This is basically giving the terrorists food and medicine and letting them go free," said Rihab Ismael, a dairy worker who lives in the Zahra district, a sniper-plagued zone less than a mile from what remains of the rebel-controlled Old City.
February 8, 2014 | By Booth Moore, Los Angeles Times Fashion Critic
NEW YORK -- I had high hopes for the Duggal Greenhouse at the Brooklyn Navy Yard, the venue to which Alexander Wang dragged the fashion crowd for his fall 2014 show on Saturday night. A greenhouse on the water seemed to suggest glass windows, a glittering skyline -- something cool. But no, it was a black box. A black box that took an hour to get to, complete with snarled traffic and tested tempers. But Wang is his generation's Marc Jacobs, and he wields enough power to make us all cross rivers.
February 8, 2014 | By Mikael Wood
Toni Braxton and Kenny Edmonds have history together as soul-music hit makers, which in the record industry is usually reason enough to rejoin forces. In the 1990s he wrote and produced large chunks of her first two albums, both blockbusters with combined sales of more than 16 million copies; the discs spawned five top 10 singles, including "You're Makin' Me High" and "Breathe Again," and earned three Grammy Awards for female R&B vocal performance. So although their careers later diverged - Braxton took up with other collaborators and began acting, while Edmonds (known as Babyface)
February 6, 2014 | By Betsy Sharkey, Los Angeles Times Film Critic
The excellent new drama "In Bloom," Georgia's Oscar entry in the foreign-language category, has the heartbreak and hope of a country slipped inside a coming-of age-story of two 14-year-old girls. The 1990s, in the wake of the collapse of the Soviet Union, were a potent and chaotic time in Georgia, one that filmmaker Nana Ekvtimishvili remembers as shaping her attitudes about women's roles in an evolving society. She wrote her own childhood into Eka's (Lika Babluani) and Natia's (Mariam Bokeria)
February 3, 2014 | Tony Perry
Neil Morgan, noted journalist, author and civic force in San Diego for more than six decades, has died. He was 89. Morgan died Saturday at his home in La Jolla after a long illness, including respiratory distress, according to his wife, travel writer Judith Morgan. With his column, first in the San Diego Daily Journal and later the San Diego Evening Tribune, Morgan chronicled the city's coming-of-age beginning after World War II. Among American cities, few were transformed by the war more than San Diego, Morgan often noted.
February 3, 2014 | By August Brown
The most important thing I've ever learned about music writing came out of the mouth of Philip Seymour Hoffman in "Almost Famous. " As the scabrous rock critic Lester Bangs, Hoffman plays the part with a perfect mix of grumpiness and unkillable enthusiasm for what great music writing -- and music -- can tell us about ourselves. As he talks the young turk William Miller (played by Patrick Fugit) through his big Rolling Stone assignment, Hoffman's Bangs is a compass guiding Miller on the wildest ride of his life.
January 31, 2014 | By Eryn Brown
Influenza-related illness has killed 147 Californians under age 65 this season, including 17 people in Los Angeles County and one in Long Beach, state health officials have confirmed. The toll is unusually high: At the same point last year, only 14 people in that age group had died of the flu, Dr. James Watt of the California Department of Public Health told reporters Friday. Throughout the entire 2012-2013 flu season, the state logged just 106 confirmed deaths. The new fatalities are a sign that this year's flu season continues to be especially severe, even as some indicators of influenza activity, such as hospitalizations for flu-related illness, seem to be plateauing in L.A. County, California and elsewhere across the U.S. "Unfortunately, one of the things we always say about influenza is that it's unpredictable," said Watt, chief of the public health department's Division of Communicable Disease Control.
January 26, 2014 | By Emily Foxhall
For any social group, with age often comes prestige. At the Newport Harbor Yacht Club - the oldest yacht club in Newport Beach - it also brings a crumbling building. For at least a decade, a club committee has tried to find a way to address the issues that arise with a facility that is about as old as the 98-year-old club itself. The proposed solution is to replace the existing two-story building with a new structure - one that looks nearly the same but larger. The Planning Commission approved the new project last week.
January 25, 2014 | By Jeffrey Fleishman
The lines crease and arc, deeper they have grown, spooling out from lips, chin and eyes, which glimmer like blue flames in a vigil. The face is a map, a diary; a rough terrain once smooth, showing its courage in its frailties. It is still handsome - age can thieve only so much - but it makes you think of him many years ago in the roles of Gatsby, the Sundance Kid and the all too-content Hubbell Gardiner. Robert Redford started so young, so perfect, an impossible mirror. But age has crept upon him. In his new film "All Is Lost," Redford's buffeted face needs no syllables to articulate the fate of Our Man, a lone sailor adrift on a broken boat.
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