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April 18, 2014 | By Darcey Steinke
When his mother begins getting serious about her new boyfriend, 15-year-old Miles Adler-Hart does what any good citizen of L.A. would do: He hires a private detective. "Casebook," the sixth novel by Mona Simpson, focuses on divorce and its aftermath through the eyes of Miles, who himself is a budding expert in espionage. The book opens with him at 9 lying in wait under his parents' bed gazing up at the box springs' "gray dust towers, in globular, fantastic formations. " He hopes to find out if he'll be allowed to watch the TV show "Survivor," but he learns much more than he bargained for. His father admits his attraction to other women, and his mother reveals that she is deeply unhappy.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 17, 2014 | By Steve Chawkins
John Claerhout, a former Boy Scouts of America executive known for his finesse at fundraising and his promotion of scouting programs for thousands of inner-city Los Angeles teenagers, has died in a Northridge hospital. He was 85. Claerhout underwent quadruple bypass surgery two weeks before his April 4 death from complications of pneumonia, said his son Kevyn Claerhout. Claerhout was a masterful networker who recruited a stream of local and national celebrities for gala dinners benefiting the Scouts.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 15, 2014 | By Gary Goldstein
Take off your thinking cap and simply enjoy the mini-pleasures of "Antboy. " This fantastical story of 12-year-old Pelle (Oscar Dietz), who goes from zero to superhero after being bitten by a genetically modified ant, should delight kids and adults alike. The film - a Danish import that has been wisely, if not quite seamlessly, dubbed into English to accommodate younger viewers - starts with the unpopular Pelle considering himself more "invisible man" than nerd. (That latter distinction is saved for bespectacled comic-book fan Wilhelm, played by Samuel Ting Graf.)
ENTERTAINMENT
April 15, 2014 | Robert Lloyd, Los Angeles Times Television Critic
Ken Burns' new documentary, "The Address," which premieres Tuesday on PBS, is not at all what we have come to think of as a Ken Burns film. There are no celebrity voices reading documents of the dead; no narrator reading the words of Geoffrey C. Ward; no team of experts to elucidate the American past or an American pastime; no Buck O'Neil to bring back a world lost, but remembered. No "Ken Burns Effect," for that matter, the signature, all-but-patented, slow, close caress of old photographs that has taken his name.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 15, 2014 | By Hector Tobar
There's something delightfully strange and counterintuitive about the way time operates in the opening chapters of Michael Lewis' new book, "Flash Boys: A Wall Street Revolt. " Lewis describes a new kind of Wall Street gold rush. In the entirely automated, pre- and post-crash stock market of the first two decades of the 21st century, human traders have become superfluous. Stocks are bought and sold inside computers, and a new brand of high-frequency trader is making a fortune thanks to a precious new commodity - speed.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 15, 2014 | By Lee Romney
SAN FRANCISCO -- Chinatown figure Raymond "Shrimp Boy" Chow pleaded not guilty Tuesday in federal court here in connection with a sweeping corruption probe that also ensnared state Sen. Leland Yee. Chow, who heads a Chinatown organization called the Chee Kung Tong, was charged with eight counts of money laundering, one count of conspiracy to sell stolen liquor and one count of trafficking in illegal cigarettes. Federal prosecutors say Chow, a felon with a criminal history that includes racketeering, is running a front for organized crime.
SPORTS
April 15, 2014 | By Eric Sondheimer
 After winning state championships in boys' and girls' basketball and winning the state Division II football bowl game, Chaminade has added a state title in boys' fencing and a third-place finish in girls.  Matt Carter and Jacob Lind led the boys' team to victory. Eric.sondheimer@latimes.com  
SPORTS
April 14, 2014 | By Eric Sondheimer
 At tiny Multnomah University in Portland, Ore., former Valencia guard Steven Sansone has been firing away from three-point range in large numbers. He made 157 threes in his junior season out of 423 attempts. He averaged 21.2 points. At Valencia in 2010, he averaged five points a game as a backup to now Boston College guard Lonnie Jackson. Here's the link to a story on Sansone.   Eric.sondheimer@latimes.com  
ENTERTAINMENT
April 14, 2014 | By Nardine Saad
Backstreet Boys heartthrob Nick Carter is a married man: He said "I do" over the weekend. The former boy bander, 34, who launched countless teen-girl crushes circa 2000, wed girlfriend Lauren Kitt on Saturday, he confirmed on Twitter late Sunday. "Happiest day of my life 4-12-2014 I married my best friend and woman of my dreams. Lauren Kitt Carter honeymoon time!" he wrote . PHOTOS: Celebrity weddings & engagements of 2014 If Kitt doesn't have a colorfully scrawled "Mrs.
SPORTS
April 13, 2014 | By Eric Sondheimer
 Chris Sandifer of Taft, headed to UTEP, received MVP honors on Saturday after scoring 27 points to help the West defeat the East, 128-125, in the Battle of the Valley at Valley College. Larry Bush of Calabasas added 25. Eric Patten of Crescenta Valley scored 23 points for the East and Brandon Boyd of Alemany had 20 points. Boyd was named MVP for the East team. Eric.sondheimer@latimes.com  
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