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September 20, 2009
It's not always easy to identify the tentacles that are strangling California and keeping it from fulfilling its promise for 38 million residents. Who wrecked our public school system, which was once the envy of the world? Who ruined the nation's premier network of highways, the most ambitious and reliable water delivery system, the best state parks? Who killed the spirit of opportunity and innovation that once made California the headquarters for banks and oil companies, for makers of surfboards and electric guitars, for computers and communications?
April 5, 2014 | By Richard Fausset
TAPACHULA, Mexico - The last time Norman Varela made an unauthorized crossing into Mexico, he was headed to the United States, in search of a job, riding atop the infamous northbound freight train known as La Bestia - the Beast. Mexican policemen robbed the Honduran of his savings en route, he said. Later, on the night of Oct. 29, 2005, a rumor spread that more bad men were coming. As Varela made his escape, he ducked under a freight car. It rolled over his right leg, severing it at the knee.
January 6, 1990
Re "Fans Accept Turn of Events on 'Beauty, Beast' ": I was inaccurately quoted in the Dec. 14 article. I did not make any criticism of the television series "Beauty and the Beast." I was mortified to read what I supposedly said and devastated to think that the show's fans, actors, writers, producers, etc., read the article and believe I could criticize the show or the character Vincent in this or any manner. I spoke with your reporter after the two-hour season premiere movie, and my answer to her first question, "What did you think?"
January 19, 2014 | By Mike Bresnahan
  TORONTO - Imagine how much happier the Lakers would be if they played in the Eastern Conference. No severe losing streaks. Fewer excruciating nights on defense. More victories. If only. But so far they're taking advantage of six consecutive games against the East, beating the Toronto Raptors, 112-106, Sunday at Air Canada Centre. Their winning streak stands at two after they also beat Boston, and they've won consecutive games for the first time in almost a month (Dec.
November 9, 2012 | By Yvonne Villarreal
The CW has given rookie fantasy crime drama "Beauty and the Beast" a full-season order. The series, a revamp of the 1980s CBS drama of the same name, is pulling in decent numbers for the network with "The Vampire Diaries" as its lead-in, averaging 2.4 million viewers and a 1.3 rating among women 18-34. The Thursday drama, which stars Kristin Kreuk ("Smallville") and Jay Ryan ("Terra Nova"), is the second of the network's three freshman series to get a full-season order, joining "Arrow.
January 15, 2009 | MARY McNAMARA
If there is a cop-drama cliche writers Vincent Angell and William L. Rotko overlooked while creating the first two episodes of A&E's "The Beast," we can be fairly certain they will nail it in Episode 3.
February 24, 2013 | By Amy Kaufman
Though there was much anticipation about what 9-year-old lead actress nominee Quvenzhane Wallis would wear on the Oscars red carpet Sunday, there was arguably as much intrigue about which puppy-dog purse she would select. She showed off her latest canine accesssory, which was decked out in a tiara, tutu and Swarovski crystals. Asked where she keeps all the purses back home in Louisiana, she said they're all tucked away in her room. And would she ever bring one to school? "Heck no!"
October 13, 2002 | Kenneth Turan
A remarkable print of Jean Cocteau's 1946 Beauty and the Beast, struck in France for the 100th anniversary of cinema, has reached this country. Writer-director Cocteau's "Beauty" gets its strength from the restraint of his version. "Children believe what we tell them," he writes in the film's prologue. "I ask of you a little of this childlike simplicity." It will be richly rewarded. * Nuart Theater, 11272 Santa Monica Blvd., West L.A. Through Thursday. (310) 478-6379.
Playing Lucasfilm Games' frantic, twisted "Nightshift" is like living a Howie Mandel comedy routine. The result is a dizzy, wonderful, nonviolent arcade game. As Lucas' special effects company, Industrial Light & Magic, gave life to the originals, "Nightshift's" Industrial Might & Logic produces toys called Baby Vader, Obi-Wan Jr. and Mini-Threepio. The toys are produced from a 15-story machine called the BEAST (Bingham's Environmentally Active Solution for Toys).
October 11, 2012 | By Mary McNamara, Los Angeles Times Television Critic
It may simply be a matter of extreme self-correction, but as women's roles on television finally grow a bit more diverse and less stereotypical, men are increasingly squeezed into a few narrow boxes: child-man, anguished hero and monster. The "Twilight"-inspired obsession with ravening predators and the women who love them grows more unsettling with every passing year - the thrill of surrendering one's heart to a man who must continually fight his rage-filled blood-thirst is far too close to the pattern of domestic abuse for comfort, even if the man in question is a glittering vampire or the regretful product of a military experiment gone wrong.
November 19, 2013 | By Susan King
From its earliest days, cinema has borrowed heavily from the world of magic. Illusion, after all, is part of the moviegoing experience - the phrase "the magic of movies" is both literally and figuratively true. This week the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will explore cinematic feats of prestidigitation. "Like Magic" will investigate movies' roots in historical stage magic and sleight of hand from the early fanciful "trick" films of pioneers such Georges Méliès to computer-generated visual effects.
November 6, 2013 | By Amy Hubbard
Kentucky cross-country athlete Codie Thacker was told at a recent meet she had to wear bib number 666. So, she decided not to race. And that gives her something in common with Ronald Reagan (see below). Thacker told local NBC affiliate LEX 18 she had trained for Saturday's race for months.  But she could not bring herself to put on that number. She felt it put her relationship with God at risk . Some background: The number 666 is the biblical mark of the beast.  In the book of Revelation, two beasts arise -- the first a seven-headed beast from the sea. It's this monster whose number must be imprinted on everyone's right hand or forehead.
October 19, 2013 | Louis Sahagun
It was billed as a mobile art project designed to enhance appreciation for the Los Angeles Aqueduct on its 100th birthday and for the equine forces that helped build it: On Friday, 100 mules set out on a 240-mile plod from the eastern Sierra to the City of Angels. But in a region that is famous for offering pack mule excursions into the alpine wilderness, many residents and merchants in the Owens Valley communities straddling U.S. 395 viewed the parade as little more than a curiosity.
September 27, 2013 | By August Brown
There are all sorts of great rock 'n' roll movies: straight concert docs ("The Last Waltz," "Gimme Shelter"), road sagas ("Don't Look Back," "Dig!") and fictional films ("A Hard Day's Night," "Quadrophenia"). So what is this weird beast "Metallica Through the Never"? It's two-thirds orthodox concert flick, one-third wordless sci-fi fright show. For America's biggest metal band, it's an ambitious but garbled attempt to stir up new evil. Director Nimród Antal ("Kontroll," "Predators")
September 17, 2013 | By Daniel Miller
Warner Bros. and J.K. Rowling's new film series -- based on a fictional textbook that the author wrote to accompany her "Harry Potter" novels -- is expected to do big business for the Burbank movie studio. The Sept. 12 announcement that Warner Bros. would turn "Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them" into a franchise was also huge news for Stan Goldin, the owner of Whimsic Alley, a Miracle Mile specialty shop that sells "Harry Potter" merchandise, books and costumes. Goldin expects to see a surge in business around the release of the first "Fantastic Beasts" movie.
September 5, 2013 | By Rene Lynch
Whew! The "MasterChef" finale came mighty close to including the most reviled competitor in show history. Instead, the final two competitors standing will include the second- most disliked competitor of the season, Natasha Crnjac, a 26-year-old homemaker from San Diego. Now, Natasha will face off with Luca Manfe, a 31-year-old restaurant manager from New York City, he with the charming accent and the never-give-up story line. His first stab at "MasterChef" was a failure, but he came back for more and fought his way into the finale by absorbing every polishing note the judges hand him. But will it be enough to pull past Natasha, whose multicultural background has seemingly given her the dazzling ability to cook across an array of cuisines -- while teetering on stilettos?
October 2, 2002
BY SONIA NAZARIO, TIMES STAFF WRITER TIMES PHOTOGRAPHS BY DON BARTLETTI nrique wades chest-deep across a river. He is 5 feet tall, stoop-shouldered and cannot swim. The logo on his cap boasts hollowly, "No Fear. " The river, the Rio Suchiate, forms the border. Behind him is Guatemala. Ahead is Mexico, with its southernmost state of Chiapas. "Ahora nos enfrentamos a la bestia," immigrants say when they enter Chiapas. "Now we face the beast. " Painfully, Enrique, 17, has learned a lot about "the beast.
June 29, 2013 | By Matt Cooper
Customized TV Listings are available here: Click here to download TV listings for the week of June 30 - July 6, 2013 in PDF format This week's TV Movies       SUNDAY Former "American Idol" judges and best-friends-for-never Mariah Carey and Nicki Minaj are among the performers slated for the "BET Awards 2013. " Let's hope their paths don't cross backstage. 6 p.m. BET "Secrets of Henry VIII's Palace" tours London's Hampton Court, the finely appointed former residence of that portliest of Tudor monarchs.
June 17, 2013 | By Christie DZurilla
Pauley Perrette was honored Saturday night by the Greater Los Angeles Zoo Assn. as part of its 43rd annual Beastly Ball fundraiser among the animals, under the stars. The "NCIS" star, pictured above with a hedgehog that's even cuter than her costar Mark Harmon, did a meet-and-greet at the evening's pre-party soiree before being honored with the Tom Mankiewicz Leadership Award.  Perrette, affiliated with myriad nonprofits including Habitat for Humanity, the NOH8 Campaign and, helped create the "Meet the Keepers” video presentation now playing at the Elephants of Asia exhibit, in addition to other work for the zoo. She tweeted pics from the event, including one of her with a snake and another with longtime L.A. Zoo supporter Betty White.
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