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October 12, 2013 | By Robert Hilburn
Johnny Cash's life in the 1960s is mostly remembered as a time of glorious achievement - from the landmark prison albums at Folsom and San Quentin to the launch of the ABC-TV series featuring such guests as Bob Dylan and the Doors that led to his becoming a giant figure in popular culture, a symbol to millions, no less, of the best of American social values. But Cash also experienced excruciatingly dark times in the decade, fueled by drugs and guilt over the breakup of his marriage.
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April 27, 2014 | By Mark Gevisser
In South Africa today, as the country celebrates the 20th anniversary of its democracy and prepares for elections, two deeply flawed folk heroes - one venal, the other violent - have commandeered the headlines. The president, Jacob Zuma, was recently found by the Public Protector, an independent constitutional body, to have misappropriated $20 million to upgrade his private home. And Oscar Pistorius, a double amputee who awed the world with his speed running on prosthetic legs, is being tried for murder in the killing of his girlfriend.
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ENTERTAINMENT
September 5, 2010 | By Scott Collins, Los Angeles Times
For a guy who has outlaw biker gangs rumbling around in his head, Kurt Sutter is fairly …. well, "nice" doesn't seem the right word, but he's literate and reflective and usually quite reasonable. The times when he gets riled up, though, are what everyone talks about. Then the ponytailed, tattooed, 46-year-old creator and executive producer of FX's hit drama "Sons of Anarchy" — the network's highest-rated series ever, which begins its third season on Sept. 7 — can be as rude and abrasive as they come.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 26, 2014 | By Yvonne Villarreal
His is a name that has appeared in this publication's pages hundreds of times - as an author and as a subject. It's a name that calls up notions of the Latino struggle for civil rights and the radical Chicano movement in Los Angeles. It's also a name that initially made filmmaker Phillip Rodriguez groan when someone suggested the life behind the name as a subject for his next documentary. The legacy of former Los Angeles Times reporter and columnist Ruben Salazar has reached folklore heights since the journalist's suspicious death in 1970 at age 42. And therein lies Rodriguez's point of contention.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 19, 2010 | By Harriet Ryan and Adam Tschorn
When a reality show about the Kardashian sisters of Calabasas debuted in fall 2007, most people had never heard of the family and what was known could scarcely be considered positive. Their late father, a lawyer, helped O.J. Simpson win acquittal at his murder trial; middle daughter Kim palled around nightclubs with Paris Hilton; and a graphic sex tape featuring the brunet and a former boyfriend ended up in the hands of a porn distributor. Two and a half years later, the Kardashians are an inescapable cultural and commercial force.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 22, 2012 | By Amy Hubbard
The holidays provide an opportunity for comedians and other celebrities to let loose their funny on social media. In honor of Thanksgiving 2012, here are Ministry of Gossip's hand-picked top 10 Turkey Day celebrity tweets: -- "Happy Thanksgiving, everybody! I'm grateful for each & every one of the 3,354,714 of you. (Except @KrazyMike15)" --  Rainn Wilson ("The Office," "Super," "Juno") -- "I bet those pilgrims didn't shower before Thanksgiving dinner either. " -- Jim Gaffigan ("My Boys," "It's Kind of a Funny Story")
ENTERTAINMENT
April 29, 2013 | By Christie DZurilla
Jason Aldean has filed for divorce, kicking last week's news of separation from his wife up a notch. "This is a really tough time for my entire family," the country singer told Us Weekly in a statement about the divorce, noting that he and Jessica Ussery had been together since they were teenagers - he's 36 now - and had had ups and downs along the way. They would have been married 12 years in August. "I've learned that everyone always rushes to judgement when they hear news like this," he told the mag . "That's really hard because no one knows anything about our relationship but us. I understand that because of my job, I have to go through a lot of this in the public eye, but for my girls' sake I really wish people would give us some level of privacy and at the very least be respectful of them.
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August 12, 2010
A Short History of Celebrity Fred Inglis Princeton University Press: 312 pp., $29.95
IMAGE
October 23, 2011 | By Melissa Magsaysay, Los Angeles Times
Celebrity clothing brands have become a ubiquitous force in fashion, but this wasn't always the case. A decade ago, attaching a famous name to a mass-market brand was still fairly rare and was seen by some as a last alternative when movie scripts and TV offers slowed down. But now it's not only acceptable, it's almost expected. Some celebrities are serious about fashion, such as designer-actresses Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen, whose multiple lines include the Row and Elizabeth and James, and singer-actor Justin Timberlake, who has William Rast.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 11, 2013 | By Andrew Blankstein
The Los Angeles Police Department announced Thursday that it would take the unusual step of no longer issuing press releases or immediately confirming instances of celebrity "swatting," saying intense media coverage seems to be fueling more incidents. Cmdr. Andrew Smith, who oversees the LAPD Media Relations Section, said the procedural change keeping celebrity swatting calls a secret, was necessary because of concerns about the privacy of the victims as well as the belief that publicizing such incidents targeting individual celebrities was emboldening copycats.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 23, 2014 | By Saba Hamedy
Tumultuous marriages, father-son relationships and film censorship are just three of the themes explored in the 12 Iranian films featured at this year's UCLA Celebration of Iranian Cinema. Beginning Thursday, the series will show the films at the Billy Wilder Theater at the Hammer Museum in Westwood Village through May 14. Four of the screenings will be accompanied by Q&As with the movies' directors. Iranian cinema is "one of the most exciting on Earth," said Paul Malcolm, programmer at UCLA's Film & Television Archive, which presents more than 200 professionally curated public screenings each year.
SPORTS
April 22, 2014 | By Mike DiGiovanna
WASHINGTON  - It was a majestic blast, exploding off the bat as if shot from a cannon, and as the ball arced its way toward the outer reaches of Nationals Park, it looked as if it might put a dent in the Capitol dome beyond the left-field wall. Albert Pujols doesn't hit many cheap home runs, and there was no doubt the shot the Angels slugger launched in the fifth inning of Tuesday night's 7-2 win over the Washington Nationals would make history. Some 18,000 men have played major league baseball since 1876, and only 26 of them have hit 500 home runs.
WORLD
April 22, 2014 | By Carol J. Williams
For anyone who blinked and missed Russian President Vladimir Putin's swift seizure and annexation of Ukraine's Crimea region, there's now a giant silver coin celebrating the Kremlin leader for bringing the territory "back home. " The coins issued by the Art Grani foundry in the Russian city of Chelyabinsk feature Putin's bas relief image on one side and a map of the Crimean peninsula on the other. "Crimea's reunification with Russia was a historic event which we decided to embody in a souvenir collection of coins,” Vladimir Vasyukhin, director of the Ural Mountains foundry, told the Itar-Tass news agency.
SPORTS
April 21, 2014 | By Gary Klein
A celebration of life gathering for Lonnie White, a former USC football player and Los Angeles Times sportswriter, will be held Saturday at noon in the Founder's Room of USC's Galen Center. White died March 29 . He was 49. White played receiver and also was a special-teams player at USC from 1982 to 1986. His 716 yards in kick-off return yardage was a school season record that stood until 2010. White worked for The Times from 1987 to 2008. He covered the Clippers, Kings, NFL, UCLA football, USC basketball and high school sports and was a general-assignment reporter.
WORLD
April 18, 2014 | By Maher Abukhater
JERUSALEM - Thousands of Christian pilgrims from all over the world filled the narrow streets of the Old City of Jerusalem on Good Friday to celebrate on the site they believe Jesus was crucified and buried over 2,000 years ago. The pilgrims gathered near the fourth station on Via Dolorosa, the street down which Jesus is believed to have walked on the way to his Crucifixion. Then they followed his path through that narrow alley toward the Church of the Holy Sepulcher, where they believe Jesus was crucified and buried.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 16, 2014 | By Ryan Faughnder
ABC's "Celebrity Wife Swap" probably wishes it could trade in the ratings for its third season premiere. According to early numbers from Nielsen, the Tuesday 10 p.m. reality show earned a rating of 1.0 among key 18- to- 49-year-olds and 3.1 million viewers overall for the episode that featured a spouse-switch between Daniel Baldwin and Jermaine Jackson. In the advertiser-coveted demographic, it was down by more than half from last year's season opener (which aired at 8 p.m.) for the lowest "Wife Swap" or "Celebrity Wife Swap" premiere rating ever.   The better news for ABC came from "Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
SCIENCE
February 24, 2014 | By Monte Morin
Anthropologists and psychologists called it the "magical law of contagion," or the belief that a person's essence can be transmitted through objects they have touched. In the 1920s, anthropologist James Frazer suggested the belief was common to "savage and barbarous society. " But, in a study published Monday in the journal PNAS, Yale University researchers argue that such magical thinking is alive and well here in the United States. To prove their hypothesis, study authors analyzed several high-profile celebrity auctions: the estate of President John F. Kennedy and Jacqueline Onassis; the estate of actress Marilyn Monroe and the estate of convicted swindler Bernard Madoff and his wife Ruth Madoff.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 22, 2011 | By Matt Donnelly, Special to the Los Angeles Times
Celebrities spend a lot of time in bars and restaurants, and many of them seem compelled to eventually own one. Drawing a crowd is certainly easier with a big name attached, but why would a famous actor or musician want the hassle? Tax write-off? Vanity project? Most likely, hospitality is in the DNA of any great entertainer. "For people in the industry, a big part of the draw is working with creative minds, so an obvious perk is enjoying that off the clock. Think back to the Rat Pack — the idea of powerhouses in a protected space at a table for drinks and great food.
NEWS
April 16, 2014 | By Booth Moore, Los Angeles Times Fashion Critic
Bastille rockin' the stage, Solange at the turntable, a caviar bar on ice and a Jeff Koons on the lawn. Jimmy Choo knows how to party alright. And party the brand did on Tuesday night in L.A. when creative director Sandra Choi hosted a launch for the new, tomboyish rock 'n' roll-themed CHOO.08 collection and newly redesigned Rodeo Drive store. The bash was held at the Beverly Hills Mid-Century home of Eugenio Lopez Alonso, the international art patron who recently sponsored the opening of the new Museo Jumex contemporary art museum in Mexico City.
WORLD
April 15, 2014 | By Steven Borowiec
SEOUL -- North Korea on Tuesday celebrated the birthday of its founder, Kim Il Sung, with current leader Kim Jong Un reportedly paying respects at his grandfather's mausoleum amid efforts to more closely associate him with the late leader's legacy. Kim Il Sung would have turned 102 this year, and his birthday, known as the Day of the Sun, is a major holiday in North Korea. Since his death in 1994, the day has been celebrated with pageantry and displays of military hardware in the capital, Pyongyang.
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