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September 20, 2009 | Richard Rayner, Rayner is the author, most recently, of "A Bright and Guilty Place" and writes the Paperback Writers column, which appears monthly at latimes.com/books.
Blood's a Rover A Novel James Ellroy Alfred A. Knopf: 648 pp., $28.95 Here's the new James Ellroy. You pretty much know what you're going to get. Bucketloads of conspiracy theory and 600-plus pages of stripped-down prose strafing you like a machine gun. The book is long, as usual, the sentences short, as ever: "He was a sergeant on the Vegas PD. He was married. He had a chemistry degree. His father was a big Mormon fat cat. Wayne Senior was jungled up all over the nut Right.
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ENTERTAINMENT
October 31, 2013 | By Gary Goldstein
The South Korean psychological thriller "Blood and Ties" asks provocative questions: What if you suddenly suspected your beloved father of being a long-sought kidnapper and murderer? And what if the statute of limitations on that heinous crime was days away from running out - with the perpetrator finally on the cusp of permanent freedom? The answers, concocted by writer Sun-Hwa Bin (from a story by Jin-Pyo Park), spin out amid such a compelling, satisfyingly twisty tale it's easy to forgive the movie's sometimes overly convenient plotting and occasional dips into melodrama.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 21, 2013 | By Mikael Wood
Last week, the British style magazine Dazed & Confused quoted Devonté Hynes as saying that none of the songs he'd apparently been asked to write for Britney Spears' upcoming album had made the cut. Too bad. As demonstrated by his recent work with Sky Ferreira, Solange and the English girl group MKS -- all of whom have moved through a number of styles on their way to music they present as truth -- Hynes the collaborator specializes in facilitating self-discovery...
NEWS
September 1, 2011 | By Jeannine Stein, Los Angeles Times / For the Booster Shots blog
The humble potato, much maligned lately, might have shot at redemption. A study finds that purple spuds might help obese and overweight people lower their blood pressure. The small crossover study, presented recently at the national meeting and exposition of the American Chemical Society in Denver, focused on 18 overweight or obese people who had high blood pressure.  They ate six to eight small microwaved purple potatoes with skins (or biscuits containing an corresponding amount of potato starch)
NEWS
February 9, 2012 | By Chris Erskine, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
A new blood clot study finds that flying economy class is not any riskier than first class , as sometimes thought, but sitting by the window seems to play a role, because it makes people less likely to leave their seats. Still, even on long flights (four hours or more) the risk for most people is extremely low, an American College of Chest Physicians' committee reported. For details, go to http://www.chestjournal.org . . . . Salt Lake City retail shopping scene undergoes a major upgrade March 22 with the opening of City Creek Center , a shopping and dining destination downtown.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 16, 2010 | By Corina Knoll, Los Angeles Times
A trail of blood leading from a McDonald's restaurant to a private home resulted in the discovery of an underground "fight club" and the arrest of a San Gabriel man early Saturday morning, according to authorities. Richard Nguyen, 24, was booked on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon and ordered held on $30,000 bail after an incident at a home in the 500 block of Darlington Street, in an unincorporated area of Los Angeles County just east of Montebello, authorities said. County sheriff's deputies said a private sport-fighting event was being held at the home when "a dispute broke out among some of the participants" and Nguyen allegedly stabbed two men with a knife.
WORLD
March 17, 2014 | By Robyn Dixon, This post has been corrected. See the note at the bottom for details.
JOHANNESBURG, South Africa -- Police photographs show unexplained drops of blood on the wall above the left-hand bedside table and bed headboard and on the duvet in the main bedroom of South African Olympic athlete Oscar Pistorius, according to evidence at his trial Monday. The blood spatters appear to have been some distance from the trail of blood leading from the bathroom out into the hall, left when Pistorius carried his dying girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp, down stairs from the bathroom where he shot her. Pistorius has pleaded not guilty to Steenkamp's murder.
WORLD
October 7, 2013 | By Richard Fausset
MEXICO CITY - Doctors plan to operate on Argentine President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner on Tuesday morning to remove blood that has collected outside of her brain, the apparent result of a fall the 60-year-old leader took in August, officials said. Fernandez was admitted to a Buenos Aires hospital Monday after complaining the day before about a “tingling” sensation in her left arm, and after experts determined a “slight loss of muscle strength” in the limb, according to a statement released by doctors at the Favaloro Foundation hospital.
NEWS
February 27, 1991
The desire to aid the war in the Persian Gulf has prompted so many blood donations on the homefront that now there is a MINOR GLUT IN CALIFORNIA. Some blood banks are taking donations by appointment only. And banks around the state are beginning to take pledges rather than blood since donated blood has a shelf life of only 42 days.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 27, 2010 | By Irene Lacher, Special to the Los Angeles Times
Whether they loved it or loathed it, critics appear to agree on one thing about Martin McDonagh's black comedy "The Lieutenant of Inishmore," the Mark Taper Forum's current offering: It's the goriest play they've ever seen. The Times' Charles McNulty wrote about "violence, torture and a tidal wave of bloodshed." The word "carnage" pops up often in reviews. As Center Theatre Group Artistic Director Michael Ritchie wrote of his first reaction to the Broadway production of "Inishmore": "I literally remember thinking, '…you are NOT going to do that… you're not really going to do what I think you are about to… are you?
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