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March 20, 2014 | Times Staff and Wire Reports
Lawrence E. Walsh, a former federal judge and Wall Street lawyer who spent a frustrating seven years as the independent counsel investigating misconduct by Reagan administration officials in the Iran-Contra affair, died Wednesday at his home in Oklahoma City after a short illness, his family said. He was 102. Walsh undertook the controversial job when he was 75 and semi-retired from a career that began in the mid-1930s, when he prosecuted racketeering in New York City. The Republican later was appointed to the federal bench, served as president of the American Bar Assn., and was No. 2 in President Eisenhower's Justice Department before spending two decades with the powerful law firm of Davis, Polk & Wardwell.
March 17, 2014 | By Oliver Gettell
The late fashion designer and model L'Wren Scott, who was found dead in an apparent suicide Monday, was best known for her work on the runway, and for her long romantic relationship with rock star Mick Jagger. Over the course of her career, though, Scott also served as a stylist to the stars and designed costumes for a handful of Hollywood movies. Scott was in her late 40s at the time of her death. Here's a look at her five most memorable films. "Diabolique" (1996): Scott served as the costume designer on this Jeremiah S. Chechik-directed thriller starring Sharon Stone as the mistress of a cruel headmaster (Chazz Palminteri)
March 16, 2014 | By Ronald D. White
Adina Jones has spent years immersed in logistics such as financial tracking, transportation organization, nutritional direction and healthcare supervision. In other words, Jones is a mom. And until shortly before her 14-year marriage ended last year, Jones was a full-time caregiver for her three daughters. "I wanted to give them the best start I could," Jones, 40, said of her career hiatus, which began in 2006. "I wanted to be there for them in all ways. " Now, Jones is trying to reenter the traditional workforce and finding it tough.
March 15, 2014 | By Alicia Banks
Jenny Gonzalez checked for signs of epipodium, tentacles resembling swaying wet noodles, on the green abalones in her South Gate classroom the other day. "That's what I was looking for," Jenny, 13, said of a small, light-colored abalone. "When you see the epipodium, that means they're happy. " That's one thing students at South Gate Middle School are learning about green abalones. The students have cared for three of the snail-like marine creatures since January. Although the activity has been in place at the school for three years, this is the first time teacher Violeta Llamas' "Explorations in Science" students participated.
March 15, 2014 | By Don Heckman
Med Flory, an alto saxophonist and founder of the Grammy-winning jazz group Supersax in addition to being an actor who appeared on numerous TV series, has died. He was 87. His son, Rex, who cared for his father during several years of heart maladies, reported that Flory died Wednesday at his home in North Hollywood. Flory had not been professionally active over the last few years, a shift from the busy demands of a career stretching over six decades. One of Hollywood's most unusual hyphenates, he was successful in two creatively demanding arenas.
March 13, 2014 | By Helene Elliott
After more than two decades as the analyst on Kings telecasts, Jim Fox is probably better known for his fine work in breaking down plays and providing context over the air than he is for his 10-year playing career with the Kings. “I do run into a lot of people who don't know that I played. And they watch me on TV. But I'm used to it by now,” he said. “When Wayne Gretzky came, that's when the spotlight shone on the Kings and I was part of that for a year or two. In all honesty, you go back to Canada and people are there all the time with hockey cards, even today.
March 12, 2014 | By Broderick Turner
Blake Griffin looked at the Staples Center crowd and clapped his hands. Then Griffin pumped his fist toward his teammates, drawing a smile from Chris Paul. After the game was over, after the Clippers had defeated the Golden State Warriors, 111-98, Griffin and Paul gathered together with their starting teammates on the court for a hug. While Griffin produced 30 points and 15 rebounds, he also reached a milestone. BOX SCORE: Clippers 111, Warriors 98 And after the Clippers evened the season series at 2-2 against the Warriors, Paul went back onto the court to shoot after nearly producing a triple-double.
March 9, 2014 | By Mike Bresnahan
It's a little unclear what happened the past week to the Lakers. Probably best to just recap: They beat Portland, lost to New Orleans, the Clippers and Denver by a combined 63 points, and then beat Oklahoma City. What? It made no sense but became official after the Lakers beat the Thunder, 114-110, Sunday at Staples Center. BOX SCORE: Lakers 114, Oklahoma City Thunder 110 They delivered their second head-scratcher in seven days as Jodie Meeks outscored Kevin Durant and the worst team in the Western Conference beat the team that was tied atop it. So the Lakers were good enough to win at playoff-bound Portland, which had happened only seven times in 32 regular-season tries since Kobe Bryant was a rookie, and strong enough to hold off Durant and his very talented friends Sunday.
March 9, 2014 | By Kevin Baxter
PHOENIX  - There's a massive painting hanging in a hallway of Dan Haren's home in Irvine that shows the pitcher, mid-windup, in the uniforms of the first four major league teams for which he played. It was meant to be a memento of an All-Star career. But it was outdated shortly after the paint dried. "Little did I know," said Haren, who has pitched for two more teams since hanging the artwork in his home two seasons ago. This spring he's wearing the blue script of the Dodgers, who signed him to a one-year, $10-million free-agent contract in November.
March 8, 2014 | By Susan King
Someone once told Kurt Russell that his acting career "looks like it was handled by a drunk driver. " And Russell's reply? "I said I can't deny that," he said, laughing. But the boyishly handsome 63-year-old Russell, whom most baby boomers first saw as Jungle Boy on a 1965 episode of "Gilligan's Island," may be selling himself a bit short. His choices might not fit the straight and narrow, but many of his parts over the years have been memorable. PHOTOS: Behind-the-scenes Classic Hollywood He was a heartthrob star at Disney more than 40 years ago in such films as 1969's "The Computer Wore Tennis Shoes.
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