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July 16, 2013 | By Carol J. Williams
He was notorious for an assassination method known as “ the cookout ” - stuffing his victim into a barrel, dousing him with gasoline and roasting him alive. Miguel Angel Treviño Morales, the Zeta drug cartel commander arrested Monday by the Mexican navy, also burnished his reputation for cruelty with massacres of migrants, 72 in one incident three years ago in Tamaulipas state and 192 more a year later. In his 2011 book “ The Takedown ,” about atrocities committed by drug lords and organized crime captains, author Jeffrey Robinson quotes witnesses as recalling how Treviño enjoyed driving around his Nuevo Laredo turf and deploying his hit men with orders to "kill this one and kill that one. " He once had his driver veer from the roadway to run over a dog, Robinson wrote.
July 1, 2013 | By Geoffrey Mohan
It was small, as wildfires go -- maybe twice the size of Elysian Park surrounding Dodger Stadium. But the Yarnell Hill fire near Prescott, Ariz., claimed 19 lives, a testimony to the brutal physics of wildfire. “People seem to think fire is sort of an everywhere, all-at-once kind of thing,” said Richard Minnich, a fire ecologist at UC Riverside. “It's a flame line; that's all it is. There's only just a narrow belt of flames and ahead of it is the unburned vegetation and behind it is the burned vegetation.
June 20, 2013 | By Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times Film Critic
Note to self after watching "Somm": That nice person who helps you decide what wine to choose at an upscale restaurant just might be a little bit crazy. That is one of the messages of this glib but ultimately engaging documentary about the folks who not only become sommeliers but also expend the extraordinary effort necessary to become master sommeliers by passing an exam so rigorous it makes grown men weep. As written and directed by Jason Wise, "Somm" follows four individuals as they prepare to take the test that fewer than 200 people have passed in the more than 40 years since it was first given in the U.K. PHOTOS: Summer Sneaks 2013 The exam has three parts, all flowing from the basic job of the sommelier, which is to help patrons match the wine they choose to the food they've selected.
June 13, 2013 | By Meg James
Ken Solomon, chief executive of the small Tennis Channel, regrets the 4 a.m. email blast he sent staff members of the Santa Monica-based network. Solomon composed the email last month from his Paris hotel room, hours after the Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia delivered a crushing blow against the independent Tennis Channel in a long-running legal dispute with cable giant Comcast Corp. The three judges who heard the case sided with Comcast. In a lengthy rant, Solomon compared Comcast to a "brutal captor" that committed a sexual assault on the Tennis Channel for nearly a decade.
May 31, 2013
Join actor David Morrissey and Times staff writer Glenn Whipp at noon PDT today for a live video chat about Morrissey's turn as the Governor on the AMC hit television series "The Walking Dead. " Fans of Robert Kirkman's comic book had long been anticipating the introduction of the iconic bad-guy character, the Governor, to the series, and, judging from this year's ratings, they weren't disappointed. "We were looking for a talented actor who could play a lot of nuance,” showrunner Glen Mazzara said of casting Morrissey, a Liverpool native best known for his turn in the British miniseries “State of Play” and the noir-inflected “Red Riding” murder mystery film trilogy.
May 30, 2013 | By Samantha Schaefer and Richard Winton
The husband of a woman who was fatally mauled by a pack of pit bulls said he is haunted by the "brutality" of the attack and hopes the murder charge sends a message to owners of vicious dogs. “There's no way I can get the brutality of this out of my head," said Ben Devitt, 65. "And the fact that there's animals out there roaming around with that kind of killer instinct, it's just kind of something I can't shake.” Devitt said he lives three blocks from Alex Johnson, 29, who was charged with murder in the May 9 attack that killed Pamela Devitt, his wife of 43 years.
May 29, 2013 | By Greg Braxton and Yvonne Villarreal
OWN's first scripted drama, Tyler Perry's "The Have and the Have Nots," got off to a great start among viewers, scoring record ratings, but was blasted by some critics. The creative marriage between Perry and Oprah Winfrey -- at least for now -- seems to be a match made in ratings heaven for Winfrey's OWN. Tuesday's back-to-back episodes of “The Haves and the Have Nots” were the network's highest-rated premiere “ever,” according to a release from OWN. The 9 p.m. airing delivered 1.77 million viewers (1.57 million of them women age 25-54)
May 24, 2013 | By Chris Lee, Los Angeles Times
If Michelle Rodriguez and Gina Carano share a single regret, it's having not risked spinal injury together to film a key sequence for the thriller "Fast & Furious 6" last year. The action actresses get downright aw-shucks-y - wistful, even - discussing the missed opportunity to careen over a handrail locked in combat and tumble down a grotty stairwell in London's Underground: one of the most over-the-top scenes from one of this summer's most hotly awaited movies, which hits theaters late Thursday.
May 16, 2013 | By Alexandra Zavis and Nabih Bulos
New video surfaced on the Internet on Thursday purporting to show Syrian rebel fighters killing 11 prisoners they accused of taking part in massacres by forces loyal to President Bashar Assad. It was the latest of many grisly videos that have spotlighted the growing sectarianism and brutality on both sides of a conflict that has killed at least 80,000 people since 2011, according to new United Nations estimates. Another video circulating on the Internet appears to show a Syrian rebel commander mutilating the corpse of a dead soldier while shouting sectarian insults, drawing condemnation this week from New York-based Human Rights Watch.
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