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March 6, 2014 | By Hector Tobar
Walter Kirn's new profile of the serial liar and convicted murderer known as "Clark Rockefeller" is no ordinary work of true crime and literary journalism. "Blood Will Out: The True Story of a Murder, a Mystery, and a Masquerade" is the chronicle of Kirn's ill-fated friendship with the con man. And it's surely one of most honest, compelling and strangest books about the relationship between a writer and his subject ever penned by an American scribe. Kirn is a magazine writer and author of novels such as "Up in the Air" and "Thumbsucker.
March 2, 2014 | Eric Sondheimer
Lights, camera, action! It's time for some arbitration hardball. Attorneys representing four private schools and the CIF Southern Section will gather Tuesday and Wednesday to present their arguments as part of a binding arbitration hearing to determine whether Ventura St. Bonaventure, Westlake Village Oaks Christian, La Verne Damien and Glendora St. Lucy's will have to switch sports leagues in the fall. It's similar to one of those Major League Baseball arbitration hearings, in which the team and the player each submit a contract figure and the arbitrator chooses one. In this case, each school will present its arguments, the Southern Section will present its response and the arbitrator will make a decision within a week.
February 26, 2014
Re "Arizona bill under fire from business," Feb. 23 What an amazing revelation: Four Roman Catholic bishops in Arizona are asking the faithful to support legislation that will give business owners the right to refuse service to customers who happen to be gay. Obviously these bishops did not read Pope Francis' "who am I to judge" memo. That, or perhaps they yearn for the days when business owners routinely refused to serve Americans of color as well as Catholics and Jews. In those days, property owners often included racial and religious covenants in their deeds to prevent their property from ever being sold to Americans of color or to Catholics or Jews.
February 25, 2014 | By Lauren Beale
Christian Audigier has listed a house in the Windsor Square area for sale at $3.199 million or for lease at $25,000 a month. The English Tudor, built in 1925, blends old world character outside with chic modern interiors. The 5,330 square feet of living space features countless chandeliers, formal living and dining rooms, a gym, five bedrooms and four bathrooms. A two-story house at the rear has its own kitchen. The grounds are surrounded by hedges and include a swimming pool with a spa, lawn, decks and patios.
February 25, 2014 | By Robert Lloyd, Los Angeles Times Television Critic
In "Mind Games," a new ABC drama-with-comedy premiering Tuesday, Steve Zahn and Christian Slater play brothers setting themselves up in the manipulation business. "We change people's minds without them knowing we did it," is how brother Clark Edwards (Zahn) describes their work, which takes "little observations" about human behavior "that had just been lying around in academic journals" and turns them into "powerful tools" to achieve desired outcomes. There is reference also to Jedi mind tricks.
February 25, 2014 | By Tony Perry
VISTA -- Tim Lambesis, lead singer for the Christian-themed band As I Lay Dying, pleaded guilty Tuesday to trying to hire a hit man to kill his estranged wife, who had filed for divorce. Lambesis, 32, a resident of Carlsbad, faces a possible nine years in prison for soliciting a murder when sentenced May 2, according to prosecutors in the Superior Court case. In divorce papers, his wife alleged that he had become emotionally distant, was preoccupied with bodybuilding and touring, and spent money irresponsibly, including on numerous tattoos.
February 23, 2014 | By Kurt Streeter
Chelsea McInturff and Samantha Curley were eager for a public conversation about film, gay sexuality and Christian life, but they weren't sure whether it was the right time - or the right place. They stood nervously inside an auditorium at Pasadena's evangelical Fuller Theological Seminary last spring, worried the drama they were about to screen - - about a teen coming out as lesbian - would end up offending an audience of students and professors who didn't necessarily approve of its story line.
February 17, 2014 | By Michael McGough
There's a fair amount of snark online Monday about Jamie Coots , the Pentecostal pastor and reality-TV star who was fatally bitten by a snake he was handling in over-literal adherence to Luke 10:19. ("Behold, I give unto you power to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy: and nothing shall by any means hurt you.”) An atheist website offered this tasteless observation: “Pentecostal preachers are among the most poisonous creatures on Earth, but every once in while they bump into things even more venomous.” But even fellow Christians are finding fault with Coot for misinterpreting Scripture or presuming to test God. A friend of mine suggested that the biblical injunction that inspired Coot to handle a serpent should be properly read to mean that if a believer happens to come across a snake, God will step in, but that doesn't mean you should seek out the critters.
February 12, 2014 | By Stacy St. Clair
SOCHI, Russia - When he anchors the final leg in the team relay Thursday, American luger Christian Niccum will most likely be taking his final run. After more than two decades of hurling himself down an icy track at speeds topping 80 mph, Niccum intends to retire from the sport and build a more conventional life for his wife and three children. The three-time Olympian says he wants to get a traditional job, one that allows him to support his family instead of the other way around.
February 8, 2014 | By Eric Sondheimer
 Alemany fans should have been in the audience at Village Christian on Saturday night. They would have enjoyed the third quarter, when former Alemany players Bear Henderson and Bennie Boatwright combined to score all 18 of Village Christian's points in a nonleague battle against Sylmar. In the end, the duo was too much. Henderson finished with 25 points and Boatwright had 21 points and 18 rebounds in an 80-73 victory. If there were a three-point shooting contest, Boatwright, a junior, would win going away.
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