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November 6, 2013 | Chris Erskine
Dick Butkus is ducking me. Won't return my calls, my e-mails. Butkus. The name's Lithuanian, you know - a verb, a proper noun, an act of war. You don't say it, you bark it. Like a big, flatulent truck backfiring up a hill. "But-cuss," the man himself says on his answering machine. One word, But-cuss, then a beeeeep, as if he's verbally rung your bell. He was always, even when things were going very well, frosted about mundane things, no patience with life's little inanities, which is how he probably now regards me. Back in the '60s, Butkus invented the concussion.
October 31, 2013 | By Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times Film Critic
"The Square" bears witness to history in an articulate, thoughtful and intensely dramatic way. A compelling inside look at the cascading series of revolutions and counter-revolutions that have shaken Egypt since the beginning of 2011, it wouldn't exist except for the passion and determination of filmmaker Jehane Noujaim. An accomplished documentary director whose credits include "Control Room" and "," Noujaim was raised in Egypt and the United States, and her family lives 10 minutes from Cairo's Tahrir Square, the film's namesake.
October 30, 2013 | By Jason Wells
The 150-pound black bear that evaded police in Granada Hills for roughly 12 hours Tuesday before its capture was able to do so despite being hit with four tranquilizer darts, a state wildlife official said. The bear, which scurried from a school, across several yards and into a golf course Tuesday morning, was under brief observation before being released deep into Los Padres National Forest on Wednesday, said Andrew Hughan, a spokesman for the California Department of Fish and Wildlife.
October 29, 2013 | By Ari Bloomekatz and Joseph Serna
A black bear spotted in a tree at a Granada Hills school Tuesday barreled from yard to yard, took a breather on the the front steps of a church, and scurried onto a golf course past onlookers as it evaded capture. The bear's odyssey began about 7 a.m. after it was spotted at the North Valley Charter Academy campus on Rinaldi Street. The bear climbed a tree at the rear of the campus, where it remained as students were escorted inside the school.  The chase began after a low-flying helicopter spooked the bear out of the tree.
October 29, 2013 | By Times Staff Writers
A black bear that evaded authorities in Granada Hills was tranquilized Tuesday evening after a daylong search. The bear was loaded into the back of pickup truck after being captured near a golf course by officers with the state Department of Fish and Wildlife and Los Angeles Police Department, according to television news footage. Earlier Tuesday, the bear was spotted in a tree at a Granada Hills school, ran from yard to yard, took a breather on the the front steps of a church and scurried onto a golf course past onlookers.
October 27, 2013 | By Tom Standage
Today it's easy to assume that social media platforms are a recent development, a phenomenon unique to the Internet age. But the exchange of media along social networks of friends and acquaintances is in fact much older than Facebook, Twitter or MySpace. Consider the situation in the late Roman republic, in the 1st century BC. At the time there were no printing presses and no paper. Instead, information circulated among the intermarried families of the Roman elite through the exchange of papyrus rolls.
October 26, 2013 | By Hailey Branson-Potts
CONCHO, Okla. - Darren Black Bear and Jason Pickel hadn't even planned to send invitations to their upcoming wedding. They're small-town people, they said, and planned an intimate, no-frills celebration of their love. "I intended to tell people, 'Hey, we're getting married. Come on down and have dinner,'" Pickel said, laughing. Then, during an interview in his Oklahoma City apartment, his cellphone vibrated: yet another media request. And then came another. Since word about their upcoming nuptials spread, Pickel and Black Bear have been thrust into the spotlight over one of the most hot-button issues in this state.
October 24, 2013 | By Kate Mather
A black bear wandered alarmingly close to the 210 Freeway in Pasadena on Thursday as wildlife officials and other authorities tried to tranquilize it and take it back into the forest. The bear -- estimated to be 3 years old and weigh 275 pounds -- was first reported about 3:30 p.m. near Cleveland Elementary School at 524 Palisades St., California Fish and Wildlife spokesman Andrew Hughan said. Television footage showed the bear going through yards and the Brookside Golf Course as it wandered closer to the freeway.
October 24, 2013 | By Chris Foster
California has shared two conference football championships since 1960. Its basketball team has won one title during that time. Now the Bears sit atop the Pac-12 Conference schools in the least desirable standings. Golden Bears athletes have the worst graduation rates in both sports, according to an NCAA report released Thursday. The Bears graduated only 44% of its football players who came to school from 2003-06. Only 38% of its basketball players had earned a degree in that time.
October 22, 2013 | By Jim Peltz
It's not enough that Shawn Langdon is having a breakout year in the premier top-fuel class of NHRA drag racing. He's after his first series title as well. The native of Mira Loma in Riverside County holds an 83-point lead in the championship standings over Doug Kalitta with two events left: in Las Vegas this weekend and in Pomona for the season finale Nov. 7-10. Spencer Massey is third, 86 points behind Langdon. Now in his fifth season driving 300-mph dragsters, Langdon has earned a series-high six victories in the National Hot Rod Assn.'s elite Mello Yello Series this year.
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