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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?
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ENTERTAINMENT
April 15, 2014 | By Todd Martens
Rock 'n' roll has a way of romanticizing the tortured and the libertines, especially ones with a little poetry in them. Singer Greg Dulli, whose band Afghan Whigs returns Tuesday with its first new album in 16 years, "Do to the Beast," clearly has a cultural standing to uphold. Booked for this month's Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival, the indie rock veterans are the festival's older, musically adventurous misanthropes, but misanthropes nevertheless. Yet his reignited passion to get the old band back together came from an unlikely place.  Last year Dulli was unexpectedly asked if the Afghan Whigs would appear with Usher at the South by Southwest music festival and conference in Austin, Texas.  PHOTOS: Coachella Day 1  |  Day 2  |  Day 3 "We had 48 hours to put together a show with someone we had never met," said Dulli, 48. "I had only spoken to him on the phone.
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ENTERTAINMENT
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?"
NEWS
April 9, 2014 | By Jay Jones
It will be man versus beast when many of the nation's best bull riders gather in Las Vegas on April 19. Starting at 8 p.m. that day, 24 cowboys will compete for $30,000 in prize money during the Tuff Hedeman Shootout (named for four-time world champion Tuff Hedeman) at Las Vegas' South Point Arena . During three rounds of competition, riders will try to stay atop angry bulls for eight seconds. Prize money will also be awarded to the owners of the bulls most capable of quickly tossing their riders to the ground.
ENTERTAINMENT
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
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!"
ENTERTAINMENT
March 27, 2014 | By Hector Tobar
As even the most casual student of American history knows, Theodore Roosevelt was a larger-than-life figure. Besides being our 26th president, he was an outdoorsman, an explorer, a historian and a war hero. T.R.'s adventures on the campaign trail, the battlefield and on African safaris have served as material for many works of fiction and nonfiction. In "Roosevelt's Beast," the novelist Louis Bayard takes on one of his lesser-known exploits - his 1914 expedition to map a Brazilian rain forest waterway with an appropriately harrowing and mythical name, "the River of Doubt.
ENTERTAINMENT
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 20, 1991 | JEANE deCOSTER and DAVID CROOK, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
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).
WORLD
April 5, 2014 | By Richard Fausset
A group of Honduran men who lost limbs during their transit through Mexico on the train known as La Bestia (the Beast) have been granted permission to travel to the Mexican capital to protest the treatment of migrants bound for the U.S., the group's president said Saturday. The men had entered Mexico illegally through Guatemala in late March. They had been asking the Mexican government to let them travel to Mexico City with letters that would instruct immigration officials not to deport them during that journey.
WORLD
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 27, 2014 | By Hector Tobar
As even the most casual student of American history knows, Theodore Roosevelt was a larger-than-life figure. Besides being our 26th president, he was an outdoorsman, an explorer, a historian and a war hero. T.R.'s adventures on the campaign trail, the battlefield and on African safaris have served as material for many works of fiction and nonfiction. In "Roosevelt's Beast," the novelist Louis Bayard takes on one of his lesser-known exploits - his 1914 expedition to map a Brazilian rain forest waterway with an appropriately harrowing and mythical name, "the River of Doubt.
SPORTS
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
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.
NEWS
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
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")
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