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April 2, 2006 | Debra J. Miller, Debra J. Miller teaches English at a private high school in Los Angeles.
On Thursday, Oct. 8, 1964, the day the police decided my mother killed my father, I woke up late, the kind of late that snaps you out of your favorite dream, the one where you're wrapped in the arms of your favorite TV hunk--mine was Dr. Kildare--and he's just about to . . . when bang your unconscious tells you the sun is out, the lights are on all over the house and you're going to be late for school because nobody got you out of bed. We were a family of five. I was 14 and the oldest.
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April 18, 2014 | By Paige St. John
This post has been updated. See the note below for details. SACRAMENTO -- Gov. Jerry Brown's office announced pardons of 63 criminals on Friday, tying the clemency decisions to Good Friday. They follow 314 pardons released at Christmas and Easter since Brown resumed office in 2011. The list includes Clark Guest, who was 38 when convicted of stealing from his landlord in the 1990s to support a drug addiction. Guest now supervises drug addiction clinics for the San Luis Obispo courts, the very same program he went through as an offender and that he credits for saving his life then.
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April 22, 2011 | By Robert Faturechi, Los Angeles Times
The process was routine. L.A. County Sheriff's homicide investigator Kevin Lloyd was flipping through snapshots of tattooed gang members. Then one caught his attention. Inked on the pudgy chest of a young Pico Rivera gangster who had been picked up and released on a minor offense was the scene of a 2004 liquor store slaying that had stumped Lloyd for more than four years. Each key detail was right there: the Christmas lights that lined the roof of the liquor store where 23-year-old John Juarez was gunned down, the direction his body fell, the bowed street lamp across the way and the street sign — all under the chilling banner of RIVERA KILLS, a reference to the gang Rivera-13.
SPORTS
April 12, 2014 | By Chris Foster
Most UCLA football fans would say, "Who?" when asked to point out Sam Handler . That doesn't mean they haven't noticed him. Handler, the walk-on receiver who had Fabio -like hair, was easy to spot. Those locks earned him the nickname "Sunshine. " He has been harder to pick out this spring. Handler shed the hair for charity this past Christmas, donating it to Locks of Love, a nonprofit organization that provides hairpieces to financially disadvantaged people younger than 21 who had long-term hair loss because of medical treatments.
NEWS
December 23, 1988 | NEIL FEINEMAN
If the men in your life are into outdoor sports, Christmas gift-giving just got easier. Until recently, says Douglas Brooks, author of "Going Solo: The Art of Personal Training" (Power Books, 1988), exercise fashion was limited to uniforms. But "uniforms don't flatter or make anyone feel special." And most people don't feel good about working out until they look good. For that reason, he continues, men involved in outdoor sports are now eager to make a fashion statement.
HOME & GARDEN
November 28, 2009 | Chris Erskine
A few days before Thanksgiving, my wife actually tried to brine me. She filled the tub with water and salt and soaked me like a bird. Every few hours, she'd come in and flip me around. Fortunately, soccer was over and I didn't have that much else to do. "You'll be more tender," she explained. "Probably not," I warned. "It works with Butterballs," Posh said. "Well, I'm not him." I'm telling you, these moms -- you've got to watch them. There's no telling what they'll try next.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 11, 1986
I always thought that Christmas has something to do with the birth of Jesus Christ, but after watching all the Christmas commercials I realize I must be very, very wrong. DAVID BOOTHBY Los Angeles
OPINION
December 6, 2012
Re "Santa Monica Nativity scenes to move to private land," Dec. 4 Attorney William J. Becker Jr.'s dissatisfaction with the relocation of the Santa Monica Nativity scene to easily accessible private land not far from the disputed location proves that his interest is not in ensuring that people will be able to view it if they choose, but in forcing his beliefs on others. Christmas is a strange time of year; otherwise reasonable people become bullies who believe everyone should enthusiastically celebrate their holiday.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 3, 2011
'A Princess for Christmas' Where: Hallmark When: 8 and 10 p.m. Saturday Rating: Not rated
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February 4, 2014 | Elaine Woo
More than five decades ago, Arthur Rankin Jr., a producer-director working in stop-motion animation, had an idea to develop a family-oriented TV special around a popular Christmas song. He hoped a network would like it enough to run it two or three times. But when "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer" aired in 1964, he and partner Jules Bass found they had a blockbuster - one that launched them into TV history as pioneers of the animated holiday special. Fifty years later, "Rudolph," with its catchy tunes and charmingly misfit characters, remains the longest-running Christmas TV special, "one of only four 1960s Christmas specials still being telecast," according to the Archive of American Television . The others are "A Charlie Brown Christmas," "How the Grinch Stole Christmas" and another Rankin-Bass creation, "Frosty the Snowman.
BUSINESS
January 31, 2014 | By Tiffany Hsu
If there was a winner among the piles of gifts given to children this Christmas, Barbie certainly wasn't it. The fashion doll - possibly the best-known player in Mattel Inc.'s stable of products - endured a 13% sales slide during the company's fourth quarter. "We just didn't sell enough Barbie dolls," Mattel Chief Executive Bryan G. Stockton said Friday in a conference call with analysts. Several other brands from the El Segundo toy maker also fared poorly. Fisher-Price, whose lineup focuses on infants and young children, also suffered a 13% revenue plunge.
BUSINESS
January 27, 2014 | By Chris O'Brien
Apple reports earnings Monday after the stock markets close, and as usual every word and number will be scrutinized for clues that will lead to sweeping judgments about the company's health or decline.  But in the myriad earnings data points released, one figure will be particularly interesting to see: iPad sales.  Last fall, after releasing the new iPad Air and the iPad mini with Retina display, Chief Executive Tim Cook declared: "It's going...
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January 21, 2014 | By Ruben Vives
A mobile home fire Monday in Long Beach was ignited by a Christmas tree, officials said, displacing a family of four who was being assisted by the Red Cross. Long Beach firefighters responded around 8:23 p.m. to a call of a mobile home on fire in the 6400 block of Atlantic Avenue, with possible victims trapped inside. The first firefighters on the scene found a mobile home with heavy smoke and fire showing on all sides, according to a statement from the Long Beach Fire Department.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 21, 2014 | By Ryan Faughnder
Winter did wonders again for KOST-FM (103.5) as listeners' appetite for holiday-themed music bouyed the station to the top of the local radio ratings for the second straight month.  Numbers released Tuesday by Arbitron showed that playlists with Christmas classics were a big draw for the station that switches to holiday programming every year. The adult contemporary station grew its share of the Los Angeles-Orange County audience to 10.4% for the period that ran Dec. 5 to Jan. 1 -- up from 6.3% the previous month.
BUSINESS
December 30, 2013 | By Salvador Rodriguez
When it comes to app downloads, no day is more important than Christmas. Each year, millions of new tablets and smartphones are given as gifts, which means users turn on their gadgets and quickly start downloading apps, making Dec. 25 a gold rush for software developers. But the growth rate for Christmas Day app downloads is slowing, according to Flurry , an analytics and advertising firm. Although Christmas 2013 saw a record-breaking level of app downloads, overall app downloads increased by 11% from a year earlier.
BUSINESS
December 27, 2013 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Every quarter Google has a larger mobile market share than Apple, but when it comes to shopping online, iOS users outspent Android users with sales five times higher on Christmas Day. Apple iOS users accounted for 23% of total U.S. online sales, according to analytics data from IBM . Meanwhile, Google Android accounted for 4.6%. Apple's mobile users not only accounted for more sales, but they also spent more than their Android counterparts every time they made a purchase.
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December 27, 2013 | By Ari Bloomekatz
A man was found dead in a Compton parking lot on Christmas Day, his body riddled with bullets, authorities said. Deputies with the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department heard gunfire in the area near the 700 block of West Laurel Street just before 9 p.m. on Wednesday and drove in that direction.  "When they reached the location, they found the victim, lying in the parking lot suffering from gunshot wounds," according to a release from the...
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