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September 30, 2013 | Ben Bolch
The pleasantries quickly gave way to a more sobering discussion when Doc Rivers first met with Chris Paul. Topics of conversation did not include Paul's six All-Star game appearances, his unmatched ability to close out games or his status as possibly the best point guard in the NBA. "He pretty much told me I wasn't anything," Paul said Monday during the Clippers' annual media day. "He told me I hadn't done anything, and he was right. " PHOTOS: Clippers media day Welcome to life with the league's most painfully sincere coach.
September 20, 2013 | Sandy Banks
It's like AA without the rambling speeches, stale coffee or stink of cigarettes. You can show up in the middle of the night, without leaving your bed. It's no wonder self-help "communities" online are shoving conventional in-person support groups to the sidelines. They offer more than 24-seven advice; they can be an encouraging counterpoint to the prevailing narrative of Internet cruelty and faceless online bullies. I discovered that this summer, when my daughter downloaded an app that might, in the long run, save her life.
September 6, 2013 | By John Horn
TELLURIDE, Colo. - Many sequences in Steve McQueen's new movie, "12 Years a Slave" - the true story of a free black man kidnapped in 1841 and sold to Southern plantation owners - were emotionally exhausting to film. But the British director didn't fully appreciate how wrenching the shoot was for his actors until he was in the editing room, scrutinizing the footage of a rape scene. Michael Fassbender, playing a particularly despicable slave owner named Edwin Epps, was violating his most prized cotton-picking possession, Patsey, played by newcomer Lupita Nyong'o.
August 14, 2013 | By Chuck Schilken
A day after he defended Geno Smith against criticism from the rookie quarterback's former West Virginia teammates, New York Jets Coach Rex Ryan had some criticism for Smith himself. Only it wasn't a personal attack like the ones from the Mountaineers who questioned their ex-quarterback's leadership abilities. Ryan was simply giving an honest assessment of Smith's performance at Jets practice Wednesday. “It was brutal," Ryan said . "It was Geno's worst day. " Ryan probably isn't going to get an argument from anyone, even Smith, who threw four interceptions, including three during 11-on-11 team drills.
August 9, 2013 | From Fox 40 Sacramento
More than a year after a 13-year-old girl was found brutally beaten and stabbed to death in a Sacramento park, authorities said they have arrested a man in connection to her death. Sacramento County sheriff's detectives announced Thursday that DNA evidence led them to arrest Ryan Douglas Roberts, 23, on suspicion of killing Jessica Funk-Haslam, who was found dead March 6, 2012, from a stab wound, blunt-force trauma and asphyxia. Authorities said he wasn't even on their radar until DNA collected at the scene matched his. “We knew pretty early on we had a foreign DNA sample there and it was our obligation, obviously, to figure out who it belonged to,” said Det. Tony Turnbull.
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.
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