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SPORTS
February 1, 2013 | Bill Plaschke
NEW ORLEANS — He's a real person. He's not some cartoon giant being dragged out of a cold fog by Sandra Bullock in a scene that made America cry. He's a real football player. He's not just some lost soul in oversized pads requiring an on-field pep talk from Bullock before blocking someone in a scene that made America cheer. When Michael Oher sat down at a ballroom table Thursday with bright eyes, firm handshake and thoughtful answers, one could immediately understand his dislike for the incessant rewinding of a scarred and distant childhood.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 31, 2013 | By James Rainey, Los Angeles Times
Weeks of genteel discourse between two leading contenders for mayor of Los Angeles dissolved Thursday as City Councilman Eric Garcetti accused Controller Wendy Greuel of using "fake projections" and "flim-flam" to inflate how much her audits could benefit the city treasury. Greuel shot back that Garcetti was "clowning around with the numbers" while he "turned a blind eye to waste, fraud and abuse" at City Hall. The attacks came days before mail-in voting begins in the March 5 primary election, as both candidates continued to focus more on their past records in city government than how they would make the tough decisions the next mayor is likely to face on employee pay, pensions and health benefits.
SPORTS
January 30, 2013 | By Houston Mitchell
If you happen to see Baltimore Ravens offensive tackle Michael Oher in the next few weeks, do him a favor. Don't mention how much you enjoyed "The Blind Side. " “I'm tired of the movie. I'm here to play football,” Oher said Wednesday in New Orleans, where he is preparing for the Super Bowl. "Football is what got me here and the movie, it wasn't me. I always knew how to play football growing up. It was different personalities, stuff like that. Playing football is what got me to this point.” "The Blind Side" is the movie that dramatized Oher's life growing up and won a best actress Academy Award for Sandra Bullock.
SPORTS
January 11, 2013 | Bill Dwyre
E.J. Scott makes his way through life with a swagger and a white cane. He is not an athlete in the traditional sense of those whose exploits appear on these pages. But what he achieved recently is Blake Griffin-esque. He rose above the rest and completed the ultimate slam dunk. Scott has lost all but 15% of his sight to a disease called choroideremia. His peripheral vision is all but gone. Normal sunlight is extremely painful. He was diagnosed when he was 27; he is 37 now, and his vision continues to erode.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 8, 2013
The Blind Donkey Where: 53 E. Union St., Pasadena When: 4 p.m. to 2 a.m. daily Price: Whiskey, $5 to $48; burgers, sandwiches, snacks, $3 to $10 Info: (626) 792-1833; http://www.theblinddonkey.com
ENTERTAINMENT
January 8, 2013 | By Jessica Gelt, Los Angeles Times
The Enabler has been fixating on love. What is it? How to find it? What feeds it? The answer to this last question, she is quite certain, is whiskey. Which is why on a recent evening she found herself contemplatively sipping a glass of 127-proof Four Roses cask strength single barrel bourbon at Pasadena's new whiskey bar, the Blind Donkey. The Blind Donkey is the work of the beer-minded men behind Verdugo Bar, the Surly Goat and the Little Bear, and as such it exudes a pleasing masculinity.
NEWS
January 7, 2013 | By Jessica Gelt
The Enabler has been fixating on love. What is it? How to find it? What feeds it? The answer to this last question, she is quite certain, is whiskey. Which is why on a recent evening she found herself contemplatively sipping a glass of 127-proof Four Roses cask strength single barrel bourbon at Pasadena's new whiskey bar, the Blind Donkey. The Blind Donkey is the work of the beer-minded men behind Verdugo Bar, the Surly Goat and the Little Bear, and as such it exudes a pleasing masculinity.
BUSINESS
December 25, 2012 | By Shan Li, Los Angeles Times
The tipsy crowd leaned in to take a gander at contestant No. 1: Natalie Novoa was sporting a flashing Christmas sweater bedazzled with pompoms, sequins and a stuffed gingerbread man. With Christmas fast approaching, she twirled on a chair showing off her forest green pullover as it twinkled red, blue and green - lighting up the dark Silver Lake bar. She was vying with four other holiday-hued patrons this week for the coveted title of "ugliest holiday...
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 16, 2012 | By Bob Pool, Los Angeles Times
When is Edgar likely to return to his Palmdale home to live out the remaining 25 or so years of his life? Quoth the Raven, "Nevermore. " At least that's what state and federal wildlife officials have told Debby Porter about the future of the black raven named after poet Edgar Allan Poe that she raised by hand at her Antelope Valley home. Wildlife officials say Porter violated the Migratory Bird Treaty Act of 1918 by keeping Edgar and 20 other blind or injured crows and ravens in elaborate aviaries inside and behind her house.
NATIONAL
December 13, 2012 | By David Horsey
This week's Newsweek magazine features a couple of essays -- one about Jesus and one about climate change -- that demonstrate the difference between simple faith in the unknowable and blind faith that denies scientific fact. An article by Bart D. Ehrman, professor of religious studies at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, discusses things that people believe about the birth of Christ that are actually not in the Bible. For instance, despite what the Christmas carols say, nowhere in the holy book does it mention an ox and ass beside the manger or the exact number of wise men following the star (a star that seems to be operating contrary to the laws of physics, by the way)
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