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April 10, 2013 | By Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times Film Critic
There may be no more famous stunt in all of silent film than Harold Lloyd hanging from the hands of a huge clock overlooking downtown Los Angeles in 1923's "Safety Last!" Though his star has eclipsed a bit, Lloyd has always been considered one of the great silent clown triumvirate along with Charlie Chaplin and Buster Keaton. On April 18, in honor of the film's 90th anniversary, it will be possible to see a brand-new digital transfer of that celebrated film at 7:30 p.m. at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, part of Film Independent's screening series there.
April 8, 2013 | By Joseph Serna and Shelby Grad
Wind gusts topping 70 mph were recorded Monday afternoon as Southern California was buffeted by a major Santa Ana wind event. The National Weather Service said the high winds were causing dust storms and had created zero-visibility conditions in some desert areas. In Lancaster, winds were clocked at 70 mph amid a sand storm. In Imperial County, a 73 mph gust was reported. Scattered power outages were also reported. A high-wind advisory is in effect across Los Angeles and the San Gabriel Valley, where gusts could peak at 45 mph, said weather service meteorologist Andrew Rorke.
April 4, 2013 | By Rick Rojas, Kate Mather and Irfan Khan
As the hours stretch on in the search for a missing hiker in Trabuco Canyon, officials said finding the girl's friend alive the night before has given them a renewed sense of optimism. The search for Kyndall Jack, 18, is now in its fourth day, with scores of rescuers scouring the area on the ground and overhead, deploying helicopters and search dogs in the canyons of south Orange County. "The clock is obviously ticking -- she's been out there a long time," Orange County sheriff's Lt. Jason Park said, adding that with the mild weather conditions and her fitness and health level, "it's pretty promising.
March 22, 2013 | Bill Plaschke
AUSTIN, Texas -- It wasn't so much a goodbye wave as a slap in the face. After 10 years of professionally serving a university he loved, Ben Howland was ushered out with two hours of everything he hated. Selfish shots. Lazy defense. Blank stares. In what was probably Howland's final game as a UCLA basketball coach after a decade of giving the program class and dignity and three Final Four appearances, his players gave him nothing. IN-DEPTH: Shabazz Muhammad's father planned to mint NBA millionaire In what was probably his last stand, he was crushed.
March 11, 2013 | By Diane Pucin, Los Angeles Times
Time. It's a topic that doesn't much affect Roger Federer. The owner of 17 major titles and the defending champion of the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells never wastes time. He certainly didn't on Monday, taking only 61 minutes to defeat Ivan Dodig of Croatia, 6-3, 6-1, in the third round at Indian Wells Tennis Garden. Federer doesn't fiddle with his clothing or walk in dizzying circles after a tense point. Whether he hits a swift winning shot after a short rally or mishits a losing shot after running and running during a long point, Federer just moves ahead.
March 3, 2013 | By Eric Pincus
Lakers 99 - Hawks 98 (Final) The Lakers won a close one at Staples Center on Sunday night against the Atlanta Hawks. Kobe Bryant hit a layup with nine seconds on the clock to put the Lakers up 99-98. The Hawks had one final chance to win the game but Josh Smith turned it over under his own basket and time expired. Bryant scored the Lakers' final six points, finishing with 34 on the night while shooting 13-27 (48.2%) from the field. The Lakers shot 48.7% from the field as a team but turned the ball over 21 times.
February 23, 2013 | By Rebecca Keegan, Los Angeles Times
Amid the whir of drills and the odor of wet paint, the stage floor at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood yawned open Friday morning to reveal a 341/2 -foot-deep chasm. "Everybody in the house, please be aware I'm opening the hole!" a worker yelled from the precipice of the pit, a space designed by the Dolby's former tenants, the acrobatic theater troupe Cirque du Soleil, to deliver props and performers to the middle of a show with particular drama and efficiency. The occasion for the spectacle is preparation for the Academy Awards, which is shaping up to be one of the most logistically complex Oscar shows ever, involving multiple singing and dancing casts, extensive use of the potentially dangerous stage lifts and an appearance by a debauched digital teddy bear.
February 17, 2013 | By Richard Verrier, Los Angeles Times
Before climbing the scaffold, Heidi Pascoe checked the wind - throwing a handful of dirt into the air to see how hard it was blowing. Pascoe, satisfied that conditions were safe, weighed her options. Should she do a backfall (falling backward), a header (rolling over) or a suicide (landing on her back)? She settled on the header, then climbed 40 feet, hand over hand, to a small platform overlooking rooftops in the Sylmar neighborhood and the San Gabriel Mountains in the distance.
January 28, 2013 | By Carolyn Kellogg
This post has been updated. Please see below for details. The California Institute of the Arts launched its literary journal Black Clock in 2004 with pieces by some of the best writers of the moment: David Foster Wallace, Jonathan Lethem, Aimee Bender and Rick Moody. There were, of course, others -- that's what a good literary journal does, combine boldface literary names with new writers just finding their voices. One of those is CalArts MFA grad Grace Krilanovich, who was later named one of the National Book Foundation's 5 Under 35 for her debut novel "The Orange Eats Creeps.
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