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October 30, 2013 | By S. Irene Virbila
The French newspaper Le Monde reports a new homegrown term for binge drinking: beuverie express . According to the French daily, binge drinking is defined as downing four or five glasses in less than two hours. Always on the lookout against Americanisms and slang encroaching in their language, the French have announced their equivalent for binge drinking in a official bulletin from . As of the 28th of July, beuverie express becomes part of the vocabulary for health and social medicine, defined as “massive absorption of alcohol, generally in a group, with the object of provoking drunkeness in a minimum of time.
October 17, 2013 | By Nardine Saad
Details of Prince George's christening have emerged. The son of Britain's Prince William and his wife, Catherine, the former Kate Middleton, will be christened at the Chapel Royal at St. James Palace on Oct. 23, with the third in line to the throne just over 3 months old.  The private ceremony, which will be conducted by the Archbishop of Canterbury, will take place at 3 p.m. and will be about 45 minutes long, according to Kensington Palace....
October 10, 2013 | By Betsy Sharkey, Los Angeles Times Film Critic
There is a distinctive intimacy to a handwritten letter between friends. You can feel the emotion behind the stroke of the pen, layers of meaning in the choice of a word. Put the letter writers in a room together and there is both comfort and disquiet, as if the other knows, perhaps, too much. "Shepard & Dark," a candid new documentary, captures that dichotomy as it riffles through the long correspondence and relationship between playwright-actor Sam Shepard and his close friend, Johnny Dark, a man of odd-jobs, intelligence and the kind of curated obscurity of someone fascinated by, but not envious of, the fame.
October 4, 2013 | By Chris Barton
Matana Roberts does not make easy listening music. Although in mainstream culture jazz is frequently relegated to an awards show backdrop or an oh-so-spooky bit of shading for pay-cable political dramas, the music remains a springboard into avant-garde expression for this Chicago-born saxophonist, who explores both personal and social history on "Coin Coin Chapter Two: Mississippi Moonchile. " A challenging, engrossing listen that follows her ambitious "Chapter One" from 2011, this 49-minute piece (broken into 18 seamless tracks)
June 25, 2013 | By Meredith Blake
The man who introduced “truthiness” to the lexicon has a new word for us all: “truthinews.”   As defined by Stephen Colbert, “truthinews” is the practice, increasingly prevalent on cable news, of telling viewers what they want to hear and reporting their opinions back to them as fact.   The segment was inspired by the revelation that, according to testimony from a self-described conservative Republican employee of the Internal Revenue Service , Tea Party groups were not targeted for political reasons and that there was no evidence of White House involvement -- which, of course, didn't jibe with Colbert's view of the president.
May 27, 2013 | By Jim Hogan
My son, Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Donald J. Hogan, was killed in Helmand province in August 2009. In the days and weeks that followed, my wife, Carla, and I spent a lot of time with the 100 or so Marines who served with him. We asked them what they needed most, and the answer was unexpected. Infantry members spend all their time on their feet. They have no laundry facilities, so they wash their socks in irrigation canals and air-dry them. But the sand and grit make them unusable again within a couple of days.
May 26, 2013 | By Nita Lelyveld
Some places you know you won't see the likes of again. Presto Magic in Long Beach is one such place. The magic shop feels like a holdover from an earlier era. It has been around more than three decades. The long, narrow store is crowded with wonders -- shelf after shelf piled with box upon box. Blooming bouquets, flying coins, soft coins -- the stuff of young magicians' dreams. But Presto Magic is closing Friday. The rent is too high, says the shop's 81-year-old owner, Fredric "Presto" Broder, who is tired of worrying about what he says is the largest remaining magic shop on the West Coast.
March 7, 2013 | By Hector Tobar, Los Angeles Times
The starting point for Marisa Silver's new novel, "Mary Coin," was a moment of genius that unfolded on a California roadside more than 70 years ago. Just outside the coastal valley town of Nipomo in 1936, photographer Dorothea Lange spotted a migrant farmworker family sitting in a tent off U.S. Highway 101. After a few minutes of conversation, Lange snapped six shots of a mother and her children. The sixth became the defining American photograph of the Great Depression. Silver, a writer with a sharp eye for the visual (she began her artistic career as a filmmaker)
March 3, 2013 | By Mike Bresnahan
Metta World Peace is averaging 1 1/2 assists a game, but the one he had over the weekend was eagerly scooped up by Lakers teammate Dwight Howard. While World Peace fought his own battle against flagrant fouls, as in the many called against him, he suggested the NBA wasn't protecting Howard from a slew of hard fouls. Howard's response? Hey, thanks. "I don't want a backlash of people thinking I'm trying to cry about stuff, but most of the injuries, or all of the injuries, that I've had the past couple of years have come from fouls," he said in an interview Sunday.
February 23, 2013 | By Catharine M. Hamm, Los Angeles Times Travel editor
Why is it a good idea to go to London in February? If you're not a frequent flier, can you still play the mileage game? And when is it a mistake to be focused on the price? Those are some of the questions that will be answered today and Sunday at the L.A. Times Travel Show at a panel titled “More For Your Money: Budget Tips for Savvy Travelers.” As moderator of the panel (and as a very budget-minded traveler), I'm lucky to have my dream team of bottom-line guys:  John DiScala, a.k.a.
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