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June 17, 2011 | By Robert Abele
Gangster clichés fly like submachine gun bullets in the Italian crime biopic "Angel of Evil," a restless and hollow rundown of '70s criminal Renato Vallanzasca (Kim Rossi Stuart). The Milan mobster robbed, kidnapped and terrorized with a pitiless conviction ("I was born to be a thief," his narration tells us), which earned him a media-friendly cult status all over Italy. But even sporting a centralized figure drawn from a real-life, seesaw reign of lawlessness, notoriety and multiple incarcerations — keeping track of the different prison settings alone is its own story-comprehension battle — director/co-writer Michele Placido prefers quick-n-easy bites of rock-scored ruthlessness and gang-loyalty sentimentality.
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April 28, 2014 | By Mike DiGiovanna
KEY MOMENT: The Angels were in position to hand Yankees starter Masahiro Tanaka his first loss since Aug. 19, 2012, and end his 31-game win streak dating back to Japan. But Garrett Richards' two-seam fastball to Mark Teixeira didn't sink, and a pitch the right-hander called the "one mistake I made" was crushed for a solo homer into the second deck in right field, tying the score, 2-2, in the seventh inning. AT THE PLATE: The Angels scored in the fourth on Erick Aybar's double, Ian Stewart's hit by pitch, Chris Iannetta's walk and J.B. Shuck's run-scoring fielder's choice.
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February 19, 2010 | By Kate Linthicum
One day last week officer Al Polehonki took his police cruiser out for a garden tour of Los Feliz. He was looking for a toxic plant called angel's trumpet, a plant common in Southern California that is known for its large, flared flowers that Polehonki described as looking "like lilies with long necks." Each time he spotted the plant in front of a house, he got out, knocked on the door and asked whoever answered: Do you know that kids pick these flowers and chew them to get high?
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April 27, 2014 | By Mike DiGiovanna, This post has been updated. See the note below for details
NEW YORK - The Angels promoted one of their top relief-pitching prospects to the big leagues Sunday, calling up right-hander Mike Morin, 22, from triple-A Salt Lake and optioning outfielder Brennan Boesch to triple A. Morin, who is scheduled to arrive in Yankee Stadium by game time, began the season at double-A Arkansas, where he did not allow an earned run in five innings of five games. He was promoted to triple A on April 16, and in four games for Salt Lake, he gave up four earned runs in three innings.
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April 10, 2013 | By Nardine Saad
Miranda Kerr isn't getting her Victoria's Secret Angel wings clipped any time soon, despite reports circulating Wednesday. Kerr's $1-million, three-year contract with the lingerie company reportedly "was not renewed" because of her "difficult reputation" and because she "wasn't a big seller," Us Weekly said . However, Victoria's Secret officials deflated those rumors. And we're still scratching our halos over what actually comprises said "difficult reputation"... PHOTOS: Victoria's Secret Fashion Show 2012 "Miranda Kerr is one of the best models in the history of the business - and easily one of the most popular," president and chief marketing officer Ed Razek said in a statement via People.
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July 11, 2009 | MIKE DiGIOVANNA
On the same day they lost the heart of their order, No. 3 hitter Torii Hunter and cleanup batter Vladimir Guerrero, to the disabled list, the Angels showed they still have a pulse. Facing a club that had won 13 of 15 games, the Angels rode three-run home runs by Kendry Morales and No. 9 batter Erick Aybar to a 10-6 victory over the New York Yankees on Friday night.
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September 20, 2009 | By Nick Owchar
I heard this anecdote somewhere: Though there were 10 people in his group (including himself and guides), a mountain climber counted 11 people as the climbing party made its ascent. At base camp, he counted again and found there were 10. Who was that 11th person? What the climber experienced is familiar terrain in the Bible (where there are plenty of unexpected encounters with strangers who mysteriously vanish), and it's probably an experience familiar to anyone who has felt an unexplained, consoling "presence" -- there's no better word for it -- during a time of great need: at a dying family member's bedside or during a crisis.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 10, 2012 | By Nita Lelyveld, Los Angeles Times
Brandon Ty Garner died on the day he was born: July 1, 2011. He came into the world at 24 weeks, 5 days. His lungs hadn't developed. He lived for six hours. Very few people ever saw him. Nearly a year and a half later, his parents remain swaddled in grief. They visit his grave twice a week, even though it's an hour's drive from their Menifee home, and decorate it for each holiday he cannot share with them. Full coverage: City Beat Recently they put up a small Christmas tree, full of colorful lights and ornaments.
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April 17, 1989
Bert Blyleven, who beat the Oakland Athletics, 7-1, on a four-hitter last Tuesday, is The Times' Orange County edition Angel of the Week. En route to his first victory as an Angel, Blyleven took a two-hit shutout into the ninth inning. He struck out five. The Times will donate $200 in Blyleven's name to the Boys and Girls Clubs of Orange County.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 21, 2000
Re "Man Kills Girlfriend, Himself on Busy Street," Aug. 16: I had the pleasure of meeting Diane Cortez five years ago. She helped me recover from foot surgery. When I read about her tragic death I was reduced to tears. Diane made every visit a joy. Always smiling, laughing and beaming like sunshine. She loved her job and loved talking about her wonderful kids. However, even five years ago she mentioned her difficult and problematic relationship with her boyfriend. I can only hope this tragedy helps other women realize the dangers of domestic violence and get help.
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April 27, 2014 | By Mike DiGiovanna
NEW YORK - A potential make-or-break trip to Detroit, Washington and New York did not make or break the Angels, whose slip-through-the-fingers 3-2 loss in Yankee Stadium on Sunday night left them with a 4-5 record on the challenging nine-game swing. But could it define them? The Angels are 11-13 and 3 1/2 games back in the American League West, hardly a torrid start but an improvement over last April, when they were 9-15 and 6 1/2 games back through 24 games. BOX SCORE: N.Y. Yankees 3, Angels 2 Though they lost cleanup batter Josh Hamilton to a thumb injury on April 8 and leadoff man Kole Calhoun to an ankle sprain on April 15, the Angels lead the major leagues with 37 homers, and they began Sunday ranked second in the AL in runs (128)
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April 27, 2014 | By Rick Schultz
There was a sense of occasion at the Alex Theater in Glendale on Saturday night when Jeffrey Kahane led the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra in works by Hannah Lash, Chopin and Haydn. The day before, Kahane announced he would be leaving his post after the 2016-17 season, making his run as music director an even 20 years, the longest in the ensemble's history. The farewells began after intermission when the orchestra's executive director, Rachel Fine, announced that at the end of his tenure he would be named the orchestra's first conductor laureate.
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April 26, 2014 | By Bill Shaikin
You're the mayor. A guy walks into City Hall and offers to spend half a billion bucks to revitalize property owned by the city, at no cost to the city. What do you say? If you're Anaheim Mayor Tom Tait, you call it a taxpayer giveaway. This is not a knock at Tait. This is a tip of the cap toward a mayor who has been so incredibly successful in framing the debate surrounding the Angels' stadium lease negotiations that the process has ground to a dead halt. It has been six months since the Anaheim City Council voted to approve the framework of a deal designed to keep the Angels in town for the long term, and to determine how to cover the estimated $150 million needed to keep Angel Stadium up and running for the long term.
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April 26, 2014 | By Yvonne Villarreal
His is a name that has appeared in this publication's pages hundreds of times - as an author and as a subject. It's a name that calls up notions of the Latino struggle for civil rights and the radical Chicano movement in Los Angeles. It's also a name that initially made filmmaker Phillip Rodriguez groan when someone suggested the life behind the name as a subject for his next documentary. The legacy of former Los Angeles Times reporter and columnist Ruben Salazar has reached folklore heights since the journalist's suspicious death in 1970 at age 42. And therein lies Rodriguez's point of contention.
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April 25, 2014 | By Mike DiGiovanna
NEW YORK -- Ernesto Frieri is out as the Angels' closer for now. Manager Mike Scioscia, as expected, said veteran right-hander Joe Smith will assume the ninth-inning relief role beginning with Friday night's game against the New York Yankees, and the struggling Frieri will pitch in lower-leverage situations. “We want to get Ernie off of that treadmill and let him get an inning or two where he can try to make some adjustments,” Scioscia said. “Historically, Ernie has responded well to this.
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April 25, 2014 | By Mike DiGiovanna
AT THE PLATE: Erick Aybar, who tweaked his stance last Monday so he is more upright in the box, had four hits and four runs. With 11 hits in 17 at-bats in four games, he has raised his average from .175 to .275. Howie Kendrick, who had three hits and scored three runs, is hitting .425 (17 for 40) in his last nine games. Since the start of 2006, Kendrick's .357 mark (74 for 207) against the Yankees is the best among players with at least 200 at-bats against them. Hank Conger had two run-scoring doubles and an RBI single.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 23, 1997
I read with some amusement the largely negative comments concerning the Angels' new "look" for 1997 ("New Angel Uniform Is an Error, Fans Say," Feb. 16). I mean, they're not that bad. I think they're a step backward from the classical style of the last few years, but they'd be seen as a major improvement over the bland "plain wrap" uniforms of the '70s and '80s. I got a great chuckle out of the fan from Yorba Linda who was glad she was a Padre fan, because the San Diego franchise would never foist such a thing on their fans.
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April 25, 2014 | By Mike DiGiovanna
NEW YORK - The Angels did not require the services of a closer Friday night. An offense that administered a rare beatdown of starter Hiroki Kuroda and pounded reliever Bruce Billings into submission in a 13-1 shellacking of the New York Yankees - the largest-ever margin of victory for the Angels in Yankee Stadium - made sure of that. The Angels crushed four home runs - a two-run shot to center field by Ian Stewart, a solo shot to left by Albert Pujols, a three-run shot to right-center by Erick Aybar and a solo shot to left by Collin Cowgill - to increase their major league-leading total to 35. With five more games this month, the Angels have broken the franchise record of 34 homers in April, set in 2000.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 25, 2014 | By Oliver Gettell
Most film productions tend to spend a lot of time shooting a relatively narrow range of subject matter. "One Day on Earth" takes a slightly different approach. "Think globally, film locally" could be the motto for "Earth," a crowd-sourced film project originally founded to document a single 24-hour period with video snapshots from around the world. After holding three such events since 2010, the project's creators are now zooming in further with "Your Day. Your City. Your Future," a similar 24-hour collaboration that will take place across 11 American urban centers, including Los Angeles, and explore the issues and cultures poised to define cities over the next 20 years.
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