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January 16, 2014 | By Charles McNulty, Los Angeles Times Theater Critic
Aristotle placed spectacle near the bottom of his list of tragedy's essentials, and anyone who ventures to see "An Iliad" at the Broad Stage will agree that special effects aren't needed to bring to the stage Homer's deathless epic in all its agonizing, heroic glory. The set is largely bare, save for some scattered props and backstage equipment that never let us forget we are in a theater. The cast consists of one actor, Denis O'Hare. Little did we know from his Tony-winning turn as the gay baseball fanatic in Richard Greenberg's "Take Me Out" that he harbors legions of legendary Greeks, Trojans and immortal deities within himself.
January 5, 2014 | By Cindy Carcamo
TUCSON - A federal judge has given opponents of Arizona's sweeping anti-illegal-immigration law access to emails, letters and memos between supporters of SB 1070 and legislators to see whether there are racial overtones in the messages. In December, U.S. District Judge Susan Bolton in Phoenix rejected arguments made by two of the law's supporters, who maintained that communications sent to lawmakers who created and supported SB 1070 were confidential. Challengers to SB 1070 called Bolton's ruling a victory because their lawsuit was based partly on allegations that legislators meant to discriminate against Latinos and other people of color.
January 3, 2014 | By Steven Zeitchik
Every award season brings the movie that everyone loves, the film that's so likable it's impossible not to like. Which always makes some people not like it. Quickly filling that role this year is John Lee Hancock's "Saving Mr. Banks," the P.L. Travers biopic-cum-"Mary Poppins" creation story, that spoonful of sugar about the making of "Spoonful of Sugar. " As you probably know, the film centers on the real-life Travers (Emma Thompson), who, after years of resisting Hollywood overtures to turn her book series into a film, grudgingly heads to Tinseltown.
January 1, 2014 | By Tim Traeger
A mixed-use project featuring a five-screen Laemmle theater in Glendale appears to be moving forward with the City Council's recent approval of a development agreement. The four-story project will include 42 apartments above 6,000 square feet of commercial space on the ground level. In a 4-1 vote in December, the City Council approved a multi-agency agreement between the city, L.A. County and the Glendale Community College District to move the Laemmle Lofts project closer to approval.
December 28, 2013 | By Chris Foster
EL PASO - UCLA All-American linebacker Anthony Barr has a different idea of "fun. " This week that describes going up against Virginia Tech quarterback Logan Thomas , a 6-foot-6, 260-pound senior in the Hyundai Sun Bowl on Tuesday. Asked whether he ever had to tackle someone so big, Barr said, "I don't think so, but it'll be fun. " The Bruins are hoping Barr has a rollicking good time. Thomas is the key to the Hokies' offense, UCLA defensive coordinator Lou Spanos said, much in the same way that quarterback Brett Hundley makes the Bruins' offense tick.
December 26, 2013 | By Ari Bloomekatz
A brush fire burning near the Santa Susana pass in the Simi Valley area was 20% contained Thursday morning, but crews will still have to contend with strong winds and dry conditions in order to finish putting out the flames. The fire broke out Thursday evening near Lilac Lane and Santa Susana Pass Road, according to the Ventura County Sheriff's Department. Crews from the Los Angeles Fire Department were called to help at around 10:40 p.m., but they have since returned, said Katherine Main of the department.  The Sheriff's Department said full containment of the fire is expected by 6 p.m. Thursday and that some road closures were still in effect including: Santa Susana Pass Road between Box Canyon and Rocky Peak roads and the Rocky Peak Road exits from the 118 Freeway are closed in both directions.
December 22, 2013 | By Abby Sewell
A devastating wildfire that burned more than 900 acres in Big Sur has been fully contained, fire officials said Sunday. The Pfeiffer fire started last Monday and burned 917 acres, destroying 34 homes and four outbuildings, the U.S. Forest Service reported. Full containment was declared Saturday but crews remained on scene to mop up Sunday. Members of the close-knit Big Sur community came together to house and gather donations for those who fled the fire. Residents of the Clear Ridge, Middle Ridge and Front Hill areas were allowed to return home Saturday.
December 20, 2013 | By David Wharton
Two downhill skiers at a World Cup event in Italy this week are testing a jacket that has air bags that deploy in violent falls. The Italian manufacturer Dainese developed the protective garment for winter sports and motorcycle riding. It has air bags embedded in the chest, abdomen and back areas. Werner Heel of Italy and Jan Hudec of Canada wore the jackets during training runs in Val Gardena this week, according to the Associated Press. International Ski Federation officials have been working with Dainese to develop a system that will deploy the air bags at a point where racers can no longer control their falls.
December 20, 2013 | By Jason Wells
A wildfire in Big Sur that has burned more than 900 acres and destroyed two dozen homes is nearly contained, with crews aided by a short burst of wintry weather on Thursday. The Pfeiffer fire was 88% contained by Thursday night after having burned 937 acres, according to the  U.S. Forest Service. Full containment of the blaze, which started overnight Monday  near Pfeiffer Ridge in the Monterey Ranger District of Los Padres National Forest, was expected Friday. With more than 1,000 firefighters getting a better grip on the blaze, many were being sent back home, local media reported.
December 19, 2013 | By Ari Bloomekatz and Robert J. Lopez
A wildfire raging in the Big Sur area has grown to 917 acres, but more than 1,000 firefighters on scene have the blaze 79% contained, the U.S. Forest Service said Thursday. Crews, struggling with difficult terrain, had managed to increase containment from 74% the day before, aided by cooler temperatures and higher humidity brought on by a recent weather system. The Forest Service said that crews made progress overnight strengthening containment lines "in all areas of the fire.
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