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January 31, 2012 | By Seema Mehta
Newt Gingrich, facing a double-digit loss to rival Mitt Romney that some predict will doom his presidential bid, sought to turn the results of Tuesday's critical Florida primary into a victory, arguing that the contest is now defined as between himself and the former Massachusetts governor. "Florida did something very important coming on top of South Carolina. It is now clear this will be a two-person race between the conservative leader Newt Gingrich and the Massachusetts moderate," Gingrich told a few hundred people in a half-empty ballroom here.
February 4, 2014 | By Mark Kellam
A Doritos commercial starring and cowritten by a Burbank resident was a cowinner of an annual contest sponsored by the snack company and it aired during the Super Bowl on Sunday. The ad follows a boy who has created a time machine as he tricks a neighbor, played by Burbank resident Daved Wilkins, into entering the contraption in a ploy to steal his Doritos. When the machine "takes off" using simple maneuvers created by the boy, Wilkins believe he's being transported into the future, the Burbank Leader reported . Wilkins worked on the 30-second spot with two longtime friends Ryan Thomas Andersen and Raj Suri, both of whom live in Phoenix.
December 13, 2013 | By Alicia Banks
A mother who got into a fight with two special education teachers at a Los Angeles middle school was sentenced Friday to 180 days in jail, authorities said. Kiki Lolita Fowler, 34, pleaded no contest to one count of battery on a school employee in the March incident at John Muir Middle School. She will serve 180 days in jail, serve three years of formal probation and one year of anger management sessions. As part of her probation, the court ordered Fowler to stay away from both teachers and the South L.A. school grounds.
November 26, 2012 | By Michael Muskal
A Florida man who collapsed after winning a bug-eating contest accidentally choked to death on the cockroaches he gobbled down, the Broward County Medical Examiner's Office announced Monday. Edward Archbold, 32, of West Palm Beach won the eating contest at the Ben Siegel Reptile Store in Deerfield Beach on Oct. 6. He then began to retch violently and collapsed, raising questions about how he died and whether he had been poisoned by what he had eaten. In a posting on its website, the medical examiner's office said the death was accidental and ruled out poisoning.
August 29, 2012 | By David Ng
Plácido Domingo will create his 140th operatic role when he debuts next month in Verdi's "The Two Foscari" at Los Angeles Opera. To note the occasion, the company is hosting a Twitter contest in which it will give away a performance package that includes two orchestra tickets. L.A. Opera is asking contestants to tweet a description of an operatic character that Domingo has played using 140 characters or less. Entries must include the hashtag #PD140.   The winning contestant, decided by L.A. Opera, will win two orchestra tickets for opening night, a pair of backstage passes to meet the cast and a pair of tickets for the opening-night party.
June 18, 2013 | By Julie Makinen
SHANGHAI - When you're competing for a role in a Hollywood blockbuster against 70,000 other people, the gloves have to come off. Or in Ludi Lin's case, on. Given the chance for some major media exposure at the Shanghai International Film Festival, the muscular 28-year-old fledgling actor didn't hesitate. He donned a gray tank top, a jaunty charcoal vest - and a matching pair of stretchy, long fingerless gloves that stopped halfway between his elbow and his armpit. Left bare: just his rounded deltoids and bulging biceps and triceps.
August 28, 2011 | By Steve Chawkins, Los Angeles Times
In yet another sign of hard times, officials are looking to a contest sponsored by Coca-Cola for funds to keep a popular coastal park open. Without $500,000 to replace an aging sewer line, McGrath State Beach, a camping spot just down the coast from Ventura Harbor, will shut down after Labor Day . With less than two weeks left and no check in hand, local and state officials on Friday urged people to head for ...
September 1, 2012 | By Randall Roberts, Times Pop Music Critic
In anticipation of this weekend's indie and punk rock FYF Festival, event promoters Sean Carlson and Phil Hoelting had an idea for a contest. It involved cassette tapes, the anachronistic music medium thought to have died in the late 1990s.  In honor of the creative, personal means in which music obsessives used to share new sounds before the rise of mp3s, iTunes, Spotify and the world of drag-and-drop music mixes, the two decided to offer a...
July 30, 2013 | By Andrew Blankstein
A veteran Los Angeles police officer pleaded no contest to sexually molesting one girl and attempting to molest a second after luring them to his home, authorities said Tuesday. Miguel Angel Schiappapietra Jr., 28, pleaded no contest in a downtown courtroom to two felonies--one count of a lewd act on a child under 14 years of age and one count of an attempted lewd act on a child under 14 years of age. The officer is due back in court Sept. 6  and is expected to be sentenced by Judge Michael Abzug to three years in state prison and ordered to register as a sex offender.
December 16, 2013 | By Deborah Netburn
Psychedelic. Spooky. Hairy. Gorgeous. The winners of the 2013 Olympus BioScapes Digital Imaging Competition have just been announced, and they are awesome. You can see the top 10 winning images in the gallery above. Taking first place is the freaky and fascinating Day-Glo image of the humped bladderwort, a floating carnivorous plant that thrives on every continent in the world except for Antarctica. In the winning image above, you are not looking at the entire plant, but rather its microscopic trap, where it digests its prey.  The humped bladderwort (best name for anything ever)
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