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November 1, 2010 | Bill Dwyre
This is Zenyatta's weekend. She is the belle of the ball. People who, a month ago, didn't know she existed know now. Sports Illustrated recently told her life story, from baby skin rash to afternoon Guinness. Sunday night, she got a spot on "60 Minutes," where they just couldn't resist the line "There's something Zen about Zenyatta. " This weekend's Breeders' Cup at Churchill Downs has 14 huge horse races. The 13 preceding Zenyatta's run in the $5-million Classic, each with a rich purse and featuring the finest thoroughbreds in the world in their respective divisions, might as well be off-Broadway plays.
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ENTERTAINMENT
April 24, 2014 | By Joe Flint
After the coffee. Before figuring out what to delete from my DVR. The Skinny: The Redskins 2014 schedule came out Wednesday. For the next 4-1/2 months, I can look at it and dream of a 14-2 season. Come September, reality will set in. Thursday's headlines include William Hurt pulling out of the movie "Midnight Rider" and concerns about the FCC's plans for new net neutrality rules . Also, John Oliver gets ready to launch his new HBO show. Daily Dose: A memorial for Lucy Hood, the president of the Television Academy who died this month of cancer, will be held Friday at 4 p.m. at Leonard H. Goldenson Theatre at the Academy's North Hollywood headquarters.
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NATIONAL
September 2, 2012 | By Seema Mehta, Los Angeles Times
CHARLOTTE, N.C. - As the Democratic National Convention prepares to open, Antonio Villaraigosa, chairman of the gathering, is in a frenzy. He is surveying preparations at the Time Warner Cable Arena, doing a string of media interviews with reporters from around the nation, and hosting gatherings like Saturday's private dinner at the hip Osso restaurant, where young Democratic activists clamored for photographs with the Los Angeles mayor and top...
SPORTS
April 18, 2014 | By Bill Shaikin
KEY MOMENT: In the blooper reels, this one will live on. The Diamondbacks had the potential winning run on third base in the ninth inning, and Dodgers catcher Tim Federowicz stood up for the intentional walk. But reliever Chris Withrow threw the ball over the head of a catcher standing up - yes, a wild pitch on an intentional walk. That would have been the play that cost the Dodgers the game, had Juan Uribe not forced extra innings with a home run in the bottom of the ninth. Instead, Aaron Hill's two-run single off Chris Perez in the 12th inning won the game for Arizona.
BUSINESS
February 10, 2012 | By Deborah Netburn
Not one, but two, projects posted on the crowd-sourced funding website broke the $1 million barrier on Thursday, kicking the previous record of $942,579 to the curb. And even crazier? One of those projects - a new game by game designer Tim Schafer and Double Fine Productions - earned $1 million in less than 24 hours. A minute-by-minute post on the Kickstarter blog describing Kickstarter's big day in giddy detail shows the whole Kickstarter staff staring at a large screen hovering above their office, thumbs placed on Champagne corks to pop the bubbly the second the million dollar pledge for Double Fine's game came in, which it did at 6:41 p.m. EST. In the words of the Kickstarter blogger, “YES!
TRAVEL
August 16, 2009
"Off to See the Wizard," by Jay Jones [Aug. 9], was fantastic. He referred to Jerry Maren, one of the surviving Munchkins. My son and I were privileged to meet Jerry and his wife in July 2005. He told us "Judy [Garland] made it a point every morning prior to filming to make sure all the little people had everything they needed to be comfortable and if they didn't, she made sure they got what they needed." Bill Spitalnick Newport Beach
WORLD
March 13, 2009 | Megan K. Stack
First Georgia mocked Russia's powerful prime minister. The Russians themselves caused the next scandal, making the nationalistic faux pas of picking a Ukrainian woman to represent them. And then, just when Moscow had seemed to run out of post-Soviet squabbles, the gay community promised to pile yet another contretemps onto this spring's Eurovision Song Contest.
SPORTS
September 16, 1998
There will be no scoreboard watching tonight. The Angels and Texas Rangers, who have not been separated by more than 3 1/2 games since June 3, square off at the Ballpark in Arlington for the first of five games in eight days that will likely determine the American League West championship. If the real games are as compelling as the mind games leading up to the series, it should be an interesting week. "Nobody thinks we're going to win, so why should there be any pressure on us?"
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 5, 1990 | ADRIANNE GOODMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Ryan Bardet, 6, was tickled Tuesday morning to awaken at dawn for the start of his first-grade year at Loma Vista Elementary School in Ventura. In fact, his mother, Linda, tickled his ribs to rouse him from his bed--not that Ryan wasn't eager to get going with his career as a student. "I'm happy to be here," said Ryan, grinning as he sat in a circle of students on the floor of teacher Jo Nash's room during a get-acquainted break.
SPORTS
November 7, 1994 | TIM KAWAKAMI, TIMES STAFF WRITER
They sifted through history Sunday, with a clap of thunder still echoing in their ears. What has George Foreman wrought? Nothing less than a moment the sports world will forever use as a historical flashpoint, according to many who witnessed his startling one-punch 10th-round knockout of Michael Moorer on Saturday night. Like Bobby Thomson's pennant-winning home run or Willie Mays' World Series catch or the U.S.
SPORTS
November 20, 2013 | Bill Dwyre
There is a leftover tidbit to this year's World Series Game 3, when umpire Jim Joyce called obstruction at third base to end the game and send the Boston Red Sox to defeat. When Joyce's father died in 2009, among the things buried with him was a Red Sox cap. "He was flipping over in his grave when I made that call," Joyce says. There are umpires and there is Jim Joyce. He doesn't want to be special, other than to have people know he does a good job. But a triangle of fate and circumstance has singled him out. Oct. 26, 2013, St. Louis, World Series Game 3 The Cardinals and Red Sox were tied in the ninth inning, 4-4, when Boston catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia rose from tagging out Yadier Molina at the plate to see Allen Craig running toward third base.
SPORTS
October 14, 2013 | Bill Plaschke
More than two hours before Monday's first pitch, amid the early stirrings of a stadium on the brink, two men made a single quiet decision. They each announced it alone. They each spoke while wincing in pain. There were no fans around to cheer it. There were no teammates nearby to inspire it. Yet it was a decision that altered legacies, energized a city and perhaps even saved a season. In the Dodgers' dugout, Hanley Ramirez announced he was going to play Game 3 of the National League Championship Series against the St. Louis Cardinals with a broken left rib. "This is no time to lay down right now," said Ramirez.
BUSINESS
February 26, 2013 | By Chris O'Brien
In my story Tuesday about TED , one of the speakers I interviewed in advance of her talk was Nilofer Merchant, a Silicon Valley corporate strategist. On Tuesday, Merchant had her big moment on the stage to give her three-minute talk. The topic: "Sitting is the smoking of our generation. " "What you're doing right now, this very moment, is killing you," she told the thousands of TED attendees seated in the Long Beach Convention Center. "Sitting is so incredibly prevalent, we don't even question it. Sitting has become the smoking of our generation.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 28, 2013 | By Steven Zeitchik
Tommy Lee Jones had the flu and didn't show up to the Screen Actors Guild Awards at the Shrine Auditorium on Sunday night. He should have tanked up on Emergen-C and made the trip. Jones won the male actor in a supporting role prize for playing an abolitionist lawmaker in “Lincoln,” allowing the oft-terse actor to somehow be even less loquacious. In a show with few notable stage moments, perhaps the most conspicuous speech was the one Jones didn't give. The absence made for an awkward moment near the top of the SAG Awards, and it wasn't the only eyebrow-raiser of the TBS broadcast.
NEWS
December 5, 2012 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Travel & Deal blogger
The Moment sounds like a name someone in a movie would make up for a hotel. But it's the real name of a small boutique hotel scheduled to open early next year that's part of that new Hollywood that keeps springing up from old haunts. The Moment , which is scheduled to open Feb. 1, is an old hotel that's been gutted and remade into a small hotel with 39 rooms and one suite. (If you go there now, you'll still see construction fencing, a spokesman tells me by email.) It used to be the unremarkable Sunset Inn & Suites at 7370 Sunset Blvd., across the street from the Hollywood Guitar Center.
SPORTS
October 30, 2012 | Bill Dwyre
Santa Anita's Great Race Place, with lots of workers and media on hand Monday, was abuzz. Down the street a couple of blocks, having lunch and itching to get to this weekend's Breeders' Cup, jockey Mike Smith was aglow. "Boy, I'm mounted well," he said. They will run six Breeders' Cup races Friday and nine more Saturday, with a total purse of $25.5 million. Like the money, story lines will be in abundance. Smith is best positioned to be a main character. It isn't just that he will ride in eight races, or that any of several rides could produce a treasured jockey record.
FOOD
April 19, 2006 | Russ Parsons, Times Staff Writer
SEAFOOD lovers who have been following the news know that it's probably going to be a long spring. Salmon, the king of the season's fish, is missing in action and its prices are likely to stay high through the summer. But as momma used to say, there's never a door that closes without a window opening somewhere else. This season's silver lining is Pacific halibut, which, thanks to that shortage might finally get its moment in the spotlight. And halibut is a fish with charms all its own.
BUSINESS
February 26, 2013 | By Chris O'Brien
In my story Tuesday about TED , one of the speakers I interviewed in advance of her talk was Nilofer Merchant, a Silicon Valley corporate strategist. On Tuesday, Merchant had her big moment on the stage to give her three-minute talk. The topic: "Sitting is the smoking of our generation. " "What you're doing right now, this very moment, is killing you," she told the thousands of TED attendees seated in the Long Beach Convention Center. "Sitting is so incredibly prevalent, we don't even question it. Sitting has become the smoking of our generation.
NATIONAL
September 2, 2012 | By Seema Mehta, Los Angeles Times
CHARLOTTE, N.C. - As the Democratic National Convention prepares to open, Antonio Villaraigosa, chairman of the gathering, is in a frenzy. He is surveying preparations at the Time Warner Cable Arena, doing a string of media interviews with reporters from around the nation, and hosting gatherings like Saturday's private dinner at the hip Osso restaurant, where young Democratic activists clamored for photographs with the Los Angeles mayor and top...
NATIONAL
July 17, 2012 | By Amy Hubbard
NASA has less than three weeks before the space agency tries to land the Curiosity rover on Mars, but there's still time for problems. Just as scientists attempt to pinpoint a landing on alien soil from millions and millions of miles away, a wrench has been thrown in the works.  This was the plan: Have the Odyssey spacecraft, now making its way around the Red Planet, sync up with sister spacecraft the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter. The craft would align above the landing site, just as the rover was making its tricky landing in Mars' Gale Crater.
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