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February 15, 2014 | By Bill Shaikin
Win the Masters, and the perks go beyond the green jacket and a spot in the field for life. Win the Masters, and you get to select the menu for the Champions Dinner the following year. The menu choice would be more than trivial for Charlie Beljan. "I still can't stand food," he said Saturday after shooting a three-under-par 68 at Riviera Country Club. "I'm waiting for somebody to put out a pill I can swallow, and that will take care of it. " Beljan is tied for second place at the Northern Trust Open, two shots behind William McGirt, who is at 12-under 201. The tournament concludes Sunday, with McGirt looking for what would be the first PGA Tour victory of his career.
February 13, 2014 | By Patrick Kevin Day
Bill Murray talked to Charlie Rose for the full hour of Rose's PBS program this week. Like most interviews with the great Murray, it was full of great, candid insight and this time, Rose even got Murray to reveal what he was planning to say for his Oscar acceptance speech. You may recall Murray received his first and only Oscar nomination in 2004 for playing the lead opposite Scarlett Johansson in Sofia Coppola's "Lost in Translation. " However, he lost out to Sean Penn, who starred in "Mystic River.
February 13, 2014 | From staff reports
Each year, the Northern Trust Open awards an exemption to a player in the name of Charlie Sifford, who broke the PGA Tour's color barrier in the early 1960s and won the 1969 Los Angeles Open at Rancho Park. Harold Varner III, a regular on the minor league tour, was the recipient this year, and the 23-year-old played well Thursday in only his second PGA Tour start. He shot a two-under 69 and is three shots off the lead. He also showed a sense of humor, if not a gift for gab. During a post-round media session, he was asked what he could say about himself.
February 9, 2014 | By Philip Hersh
SOCHI, Russia - Julia Lipnitskaia found the perfect way to cap what her singles performance meant Sunday. She put on the Russia baseball cap someone had thrown onto the ice after she finished. It was not apparel figure skaters are accustomed to wearing. It was a fitting way to symbolize the idea of team at the sport's first team competition in Olympic history. With Russian President Vladimir Putin among the spectators at the Iceberg Palace, Lipnitskaia's free-skate victory meant Russia had clinched the gold medal even before the ice dancers completed the four-discipline event.
February 6, 2014 | By Joel Rubin
The decision to return eight Los Angeles police officers involved in a controversial shooting to full duty sparked an unusual public spat between the police chief and his civilian boss Thursday. In a department-wide message sent Wednesday, Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck announced the seven patrol officers and a sergeant will be retrained and then allowed to resume their regular duties. For the last year, the officers have been kept off the streets on desk assignments as department officials investigated the shooting, in which the officers fired more than 100 rounds after mistaking two women in a pickup truck for fugitive Christopher Dorner.
February 4, 2014 | By Hector Tobar
A 34,000-word novella that Charlie Chaplin wrote in the late 1940s is being published for the first time by a film institute in Italy. The book was the basis of his last great film, “Limelight.” The manuscript of “Footlights” was discovered in the Chaplin archive at the Cineteca di Bologna in Italy, the BBC reports . It serves as a kind of prequel to the story of “Limelight,” the 1952 autobiographical film that was the last that...
January 30, 2014 | By Gary Goldstein
After the jaw-dropping plane crash sequence in the superb 2012 thriller "Flight," the action in the intimate docudrama "Charlie Victor Romeo," which brings to life - almost verbatim - the black-box transcripts from six actual aviation emergencies from the 1980s and '90s, can't help but pale in comparison. That said, this forceful adaptation of the popular 1999 stage play created by Robert Berger, Patrick Daniels and Irving Gregory (they're also credited with the screenplay and perform here)
January 27, 2014 | By Andrew Tangel and Chris O'Brien
NEW YORK - The federal government has arrested one of the biggest names in the bitcoin community in the latest crackdown on digital currencies and their illicit use. Charlie Shrem, chief executive of digital currency exchange BitInstant, stands accused with a Florida man of laundering money through a notorious drug-trafficking website. Shrem is also vice chairman of the Bitcoin Foundation, a nonprofit group aimed at promoting the digital currency. He and codefendant Robert M. Faiella of Cape Coral, Fla., are accused of selling more than $1 million worth of bitcoins to people attempting to buy and sell illegal drugs on the Silk Road website, which the FBI shut down in October.
January 24, 2014 | By Susan King
Cinema was just emerging from its infancy when Charlie Chaplin created his comic character the Tramp a century ago. With his bowler hat, baggy pants, endearing little mustache, exaggerated shuffling walk and cane, the Little Tramp was an instant star. "The cinema was not yet 20 years old when he made the first Tramp film," said documentarian/film preservationist Serge Bromberg, whose Paris-based Lobster Films teamed with Flicker Alley three years ago to restore and release the "Chaplin at Keystone" DVD set. "What is so amazing is that 100 years later, he remains the absolute icon for cinema.
December 19, 2013 | By Robert Lloyd, Los Angeles Times Television Critic
The greatest of all holiday specials, "A Charlie Brown Christmas," is on ABC at 8 tonight (Thursday). (It's also available to stream free via Hulu.) I wrote about it a few years back and, unable to say it any better, regift that review to you here. "A Charlie Brown Christmas" makes its yearly visit this week, in all its gorgeous melancholy. One of the first and still relatively few holiday perennials created by television, it remains, after nearly 50 years, as fresh as snowfall.
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