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August 30, 2012 | Helene Elliott
One game away from September and it's still impossible to tell if the Dodgers are a bunch of high-priced talented players thrown together during a frenzied shopping spree, or if they have the makings of a cohesive team. One game away from September and 30 games from the end of the season and the Dodgers are at a low point. They stood 41/2 games behind the division-leading San Francisco Giants after their 2-0 loss to the Arizona Diamondbacks on Thursday, and although they're still in the cluster of four teams jockeying for the wild-card spot, is that all that $260 million can buy these days?
August 21, 2012 | By Betsy Sharkey, Los Angeles Times Film Critic
"Hit & Run," the low-budget, lowbrow car chase comedy starring Dax Shepard, Kristen Bell, Bradley Cooper and Tom Arnold, is a strange, but strangely entertaining combo of drag racing machismo, slapstick silliness, raunchy riffs, politically incorrect rants and sweet nothings. Revving up its R-rated engines, then detouring for relationship repairs, the sincere and the absurd work in fits and starts. Though "Hit & Run" isn't consistent enough to put it in the league with car chase/rocky relationship classics like Robert De Niro and Charles Grodin's "Midnight Run," it's certainly a contender in this summer's guilty pleasure race.
July 28, 2012 | By Kim Christensen, Los Angeles Times
Half of the felony charges stemming from a 2008 lab accident that killed UCLA research assistant Sheri Sangji were dropped Friday when the University of California regents agreed to follow comprehensive safety measures and endow a $500,000 scholarship in her name. "The regents acknowledge and accept responsibility for the conditions under which the laboratory operated on Dec. 29, 2008," the agreement read in part, referring to the date that Sangji, 23, suffered fatal burns. Charges remain against her supervisor, chemistry professor Patrick Harran.
July 27, 2012 | By Kim Christensen, Los Angeles Times
Criminal proceedings against UCLA chemistry professor Patrick Harran took a bizarre turn Thursday when the defense alleged in court papers that the state's chief investigator in the accidental death of a lab worker committed murder as a teenager in 1985. The investigator, Brian Baudendistel, denied it. "It's not true," he told The Times earlier this week. "Look, it's not me. " Baudendistel, a senior special investigator for the California Division of Occupational Safety and Health, was instrumental in building the criminal case against Harran and UCLA with a 95-page report that blamed both in the death of 23-year-old Sheharbano "Sheri" Sangji.
July 7, 2012 | By Ben Bolch
Steve Nash can be tough on coaches. Scheming to stop his relentless pick-and-roll game often leaves even the best tacticians futilely scribbling on whiteboards. "The agony he caused before games, during games and after games trying out how to figure out how you were going to do it better ... " former New York Knicks and Houston Rockets coach Jeff Van Gundy said, his voice trailing off, "He's taken years off coaches' lives. " The newest Laker has also left heartache in his wake.
June 12, 2012 | By Matt Donnelly
Sweet and sought after, young Hollywood stars Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone are speaking out about their chemistry - onscreen, that is, in "The Amazing Spider-Man . " While the two keep a low profile in their personal relationship (sparked last June), the actors bring some theatrical heat as lovebirds Gwen Stacy and Peter Parker. "We got on really well as people, in between [takes]," Garfield told MTV News. "That was the fun stuff. In between, we'd just mess around, and I felt, 'Ah, this is different.'" Garfield expressed relief that Stone decided to take the role, saying that his scenes with the "Crazy Stupid Love" actress were his favorite to shoot (watch the interview below)
June 2, 2012 | By Mary McNamara, Los Angeles Times Television Critic
If the success of History's recent miniseries "Hatfields & McCoys" is any indication, it's still tough to beat a good tale from the frontier. Whether emanating from an iPhone or a 90-inch flat screen, there's something about hoofbeats stirring up mountainous mulch and men in big hats meting out justice that twangs the American heartstrings deep and true. Though set in the modern west, A&E's new law enforcement drama "Longmire" hits many of the same notes. A place of flat plains edged with pine-crowded mountains, Absaroka County, Wyoming, still answers to its sheriff, one Walt Longmire (Robert Taylor)
April 20, 2012 | Bill Dwyre
Too much of a good thing is not a good thing. Too much hot fudge can spoil the sundae. A current case in point is your Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. We have been giddy since owner Arte Moreno and his TV partners bought Albert Pujols and C.J. Wilson. Baseball fans and sportswriters love to win World Series on paper, and these two seemed to put the Angels under the bright lights in late October. But did they? Pujols is not the problem. Waiting for his first homer as an Angel is a sideshow.
March 12, 2012 | By Shari Roan, Los Angeles Times / For the Booster Shots blog
The world's largest natural products convention, a celebration of all things healthy and eco-friendly, was being held at the Anaheim Convention Center Saturday when F. Sherwood Rowland, 84, died at his home in Corona del Mar. It's not much of a stretch to say that Rowland, 84, helped spawn the industry that drew more than 60,000 people and 2,000 exhibitors. In 1973, the UC Irvine chemistry professor and a young researcher on his team, Mario Molina, discovered that manmade chemicals called chlorofluorocarbons destroyed the Earth's fragile and vital ozone layer.
March 12, 2012 | By Shari Roan, Los Angeles Times
F. Sherwood Rowland, the UC Irvine chemistry professor who warned the world that man-made chemicals could erode the ozone layer, has died. He was 84. Rowland, known as Sherry, died Saturday at his home in Corona del Mar of complications from Parkinson's disease, the university announced. In 1995, Rowland was one of three people awarded the Nobel Prize in chemistry for his work explaining how chlorofluorocarbons, ubiquitous substances once used in an array of products from spray deodorant to industrial solvents, could destroy the ozone layer, the protective atmospheric blanket that screens out many of the sun's harmful ultraviolet rays.
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