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August 20, 2011
'Circle of Animals/Zodiac Heads' Where: Outdoors in the main courtyard at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, 5905 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles When: Through February Admission: Free Information: lacma.org or (323) 857-6000
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 29, 2014 | By Anthony York
SACRAMENTO - Nancy McFadden begins most mornings on a conference call with other members of Gov. Jerry Brown's inner circle, the governor occasionally chiming in from the background. When Brown took office, the gathering, led by his wife, Anne Gust Brown, included compatriots plucked from different eras of his five decades in politics - his first tour as governor, the stint as Oakland's mayor, four years as state attorney general. Aside from Gust Brown, McFadden is the only remaining member of the original group.
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ENTERTAINMENT
September 7, 2002
In Monday's "Counterpunch" column ("Circling Wagons in Defense of Alien 'Crop' Theory," Sept. 2), Suzanne Taylor puts forth citation-free hand-waving to assert that crop circles are an "otherworldly phenomenon" and that "to close one's eyes to overwhelming evidence that indicates the formations are outside human bounds is something else again." What overwhelms me is how Taylor, who purports to be dedicated to furthering "humanity's oneness," can have so little respect, appreciation and knowledge of those human bounds, which include art, architectural wonders, amazing scientific discoveries and our footprints on the moon.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 29, 2014 | By Martha Groves
It was moving day Saturday in Santa Monica - for a historic 19th century "shotgun house" that narrowly escaped demolition and will become the Santa Monica Conservancy's headquarters. Regarded as the last such intact structure in the coastal city, the skinny abode has been weakened by time and weather during 12 years in storage at Santa Monica Airport and the parking lot of a former lumber yard that is now a construction staging area for the Expo Line light rail. Just before 8 a.m., workers from American Heavy Moving & Rigging of Chino hitched a flatbed trailer carrying the house to a truck in the lot on Colorado Avenue.
NATIONAL
July 20, 2012 | By Jenny Deam
AURORA, Colo. - As Joel Wheelersberg tells it, he might have been the last person to get a ticket for the screening of the new Batman movie in Theater 8, the screening room next door to Theater 9, where a gunman opened fire  early Friday. His brother was visiting Colorado from South Lake Tahoe, Calif., and Wheelersberg pleaded with the ticket-seller when told the screening of “The Dark Knight Rises” was sold out. He got two tickets. Like others in Theater 8, he heard the popping sounds coming from Theater 9 next door and assumed it was a special effect.
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October 3, 2013 | By Carolyn Kellogg
From "Brave New World" to "The Hunger Games," dystopian fiction generally presents a closed, ostensibly perfect society from the point of view of the outsider who doesn't fit in. The less-often told story is what it's like to be part of the crowd. Who accepts the words of the powerful? What kind of person would that be? Someone like Mae Holland, the main character in Dave Eggers' new near-future novel, "The Circle. " As a believer, her motivations are sometimes just beyond Eggers' reach; what's more important is the role she plays as a functionary in an online company ravenous for data, with ambitions for tracking people that could make the National Security Agency quail.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 29, 1987 | Associated Press
The first major loan exhibition in America of the drawings of Raphael and his school will open at the Pierpont Morgan Library in October. The exhibition, "Raphael and His Circle," will be shown Oct. 9-Jan. 3. The exhibition will consist of about 90 drawings by the 16th-Century Italian painter and his immediate followers. The library says a group of more than 40 sheets by Raphael "documents virtually every important phase of his career and includes many of his most celebrated drawings."
SPORTS
November 29, 2013 | Bill Dwyre
The game of football has evolved over the years with different formations. We've had the single-wing, the split-T, the wildcat. Now, we have a new one. The concussion circle. The only player involved in this formation is the poor guy on the ground in the middle. The others are medical personnel, who are asking questions, checking eyeballs and taking the helmet away. There were three NFL games on Thanksgiving Day. We expected the usual amount of violent head-smacking. We weren't disappointed.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 26, 1986 | BARRY M. HORSTMAN, Times Staff Writer
Like most politicians, San Diego City Councilman Bill Cleator and former Councilwoman Maureen F. O'Connor have an inner circle of confidants that they use as a sounding board for key decisions in their mayoral campaigns and a range of other matters. Cleator, for example, has what he sometimes jokingly refers to as his "Point Loma Mafia," a collection of boyhood friends who now are among the movers and shakers of San Diego's business and social circles.
NEWS
July 11, 2013 | By Isabella Alsobrook
In California, artichokes are seasonal during spring but they also pop up again in early fall. Grapefruits, although considered a winter fruit, are available during the spring and summer too. Apricots are better in early summer but pears are better in late summer, or is it the other way around? And what about asparagus? Thankfully, you don't have to memorize any of this. Save yourself the headache with the Southern California Local Foods Wheel . The Local Foods Wheel , created by Jessica Prentice , Sarah Klein and Maggie Gosselin, is a nifty little resource, perfect for anyone interested in local food.
BUSINESS
March 21, 2014 | By Marc Lifsher
SACRAMENTO - A member of Gov. Jerry Brown's inner circle and a veteran labor union lobbyist has been recruited to run California's troubled Employment Development Department. Patrick William Henning has been serving as the governor's chief deputy appointments secretary since 2011. Now he faces a bigger challenge: turning around a massive 8,800-person bureaucracy that runs the state's unemployment and disability insurance programs and labor statistics services. The vast department also collects a variety of payroll taxes, making it one of the largest tax collection agencies in the nation.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 11, 2014 | By Abby Sewell and Paul Pringle
A federal grand jury in Washington took testimony last year about then-U.S. Labor Secretary Hilda Solis' role in a 2012 fundraiser for President Obama's reelection, according to a woman who said she appeared before the panel. Whittier resident Rebecca Zapanta, who is prominent in Latino political and philanthropic circles, told The Times she was summoned to testify in June about telephone conversations she had with Solis, now a leading candidate for an open seat on the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 21, 2014 | By Mark Olsen
It's easy to feel a certain fatigue as awards season drags along, with even the most dedicated Oscar-ologists tiring of talking about the same boiled-down pool of a few films. So this may be just the time to turn to the lesser-known quarters of the Oscar ballot, such as the relatively obscure corners of the foreign language film category. It is widely anticipated that the prize will go to either Italy's "The Great Beauty," which picked up similar prizes at the Golden Globes and BAFTAs, or Denmark's "The Hunt," which stars actor Mads Mikkelsen, currently seen on the U.S. television show "Hannibal.
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February 14, 2014 | By Reed Johnson, Los Angeles Times
When children of famous parents succeed, they're not infrequently suspected of taking shortcuts or gaining special favors. To Maria Rita, it seemed at times that the opposite was true. "People got really aggressive when I started to sing professionally," says Rita, who'll perform on Valentine's night at Walt Disney Concert Hall, speaking by phone from a Chicago tour stop. "It wasn't the majority of the people, but that was the feeling that was there - 'Who does she think she is?'" The quick answer is that the Brazilian singer is a multiple Latin Grammy Award-winning artist who caresses songs with playful intelligence and an unhurried, blues-infused soprano.
SPORTS
February 8, 2014 | By Jim Peltz
Ron Capps awoke Saturday and promptly saw his phone was "lit up" with calls and text messages, he said. "I thought maybe something bad had happened. " What had happened the day before certainly wasn't good. A day earlier, the 7,000-horsepower engine on Capps' 300-mph NHRA funny car had exploded near the finish line at Auto Club Raceway in Pomona. Pieces of the engine flew off, as did the top of the car's carbon-fiber body, leaving a shaken Capps exposed as the car rolled to a stop.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 2, 2014 | By Noel Murray
Dallas Buyers Club Universal, $29.98; Blu-ray, $34.98 Available on VOD beginning Tuesday As the Oscars approach, some of this year's big contenders are starting to show up on home video, including this best picture based on the true story of self-medicating Texas AIDS patient Ron Woodroof, who started slinging drugs not approved by the Food and Drug Administration to people who were similarly suffering. As both a drama and a period piece (set in the mid-1980s), "Dallas Buyers Club" tries too hard to be a crowd-pleaser, to make the audience feel superior to the doctors and bigots who stood in the way of Ron and his customers.
OPINION
September 10, 2012 | By Paul H. Robinson
It can sometimes take a tragedy to reveal a truth. Who does not remember where they were on Sept. 11 when they heard that the towers had come down? But terrible times also can provide insight that might otherwise never come. In 2001, I was teaching in Chicago. My main break from work was frequent participation in a daily pickup soccer game that I stumbled onto soon after arriving in town. It was a virtual United Nations, with players from Argentina, Russia, Germany, Iran, Italy, Turkey, Georgia, Brazil, Poland, Korea, China and Mexico.
NATIONAL
November 29, 2013 | By Matt Pearce
There it was, just sitting in the Sheyenne River - a perfect circle of ice, about 50 feet in diameter, gently rotating in the water. George Loegering's discovery of the huge ice disk last Saturday has been a big hit over the Web after his video of the phenomenon went viral. "It's an amazing wonder," Loegering, 73, of Casselton, N.D., said in the video, which was reproduced by the Associated Press. "I don't have a clue how it did it, but that thing is rotating, as you can see. " A National Weather Service hydrologist and a weather service meteorologist told the Associated Press that the ice circle could be attributed to the cold, dense air that collected over North Dakota last week - nothing nefarious.
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January 28, 2014 | By David Ng
The Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle has announced its award nominations for 2013, and leading the pack are the recent revivals of the musicals "Dreamgirls" by the DOMA Theatre Co. and "The Fantasticks" at South Coast Repertory, with six nominations each, followed by the play "The Nether," produced by Center Theatre Group, with five nominations.  This year's awards are scheduled to be handed out March 17 at a ceremony at the Colony Theatre in...
ENTERTAINMENT
January 13, 2014 | By Carolyn Kellogg
The board of the National Book Critics Circle announced the finalists for its 2013 awards Monday. There are five finalists each in six categories: autobiography, biography, criticism, fiction, nonfiction and poetry. The NBCC announced the recipients of three additional awards. The John Leonard Prize for First book, awarded for the first time, goes to Antony Marra for his novel "A Constellation of Vital Phenomena. " The winner of the 2013 Nona Balakian Citation for Excellence in Reviewing goes to critic Katherine A. Powers.
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