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March 7, 2014 | By Lance Pugmire
Mexican star Saul "Canelo" Alvarez didn't just have to look at himself in the mirror after suffering his first professional loss in a boxing ring last September. He had to peer into the eyes of his people, hear their complaints, appreciate the concerns of those irked because he didn't expend more energy and risk more in the fight of his young life against Floyd Mayweather Jr. "I tried to get him up against the ropes, tried to pound him," Alvarez, 23, said through an interpreter of his majority-decision loss to the unbeaten Mayweather.
March 7, 2014 | By Kate Mather, Ari Bloomekatz and Joseph Serna
The Los Angeles police officer who died after his patrol car collided with a truck in Beverly Hills on Friday morning was a training officer, department officials said. The officer from the Los Angeles Police Department's Hollywood Division was training a female probationary officer who was critically injured in the crash, said LAPD Cmdr. Andrew Smith. The names of the officers have not been released, pending notification of family. LAPD Chief Charlie Beck was en route to the hospital where the female officer was taken, Smith said.
March 6, 2014 | by Scott Collins
HBO is a great place to create a TV show - if you're a white guy. So says a new report by Huffington Post TV critic Maureen Ryan, who argues that the premium cable channel - home of such acclaimed series as "True Detective," "Game of Thrones" and "Boardwalk Empire" - is almost exclusively the province of white male writer-producers. Or, as the story refers to such people, "narrative architects. " "Guess how many women or people of color have been a creator or narrative architect on a one-hour HBO drama or miniseries since 2008 (the year after 'The Sopranos' ended)
March 6, 2014 | By Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times Film Critic
Wes Anderson sweats the details. All of them, all the time, to an extent that can be maddening. But not in "The Grand Budapest Hotel," where the writer-director's familiar style blends with a group of unexpected factors to create a magnificently cockeyed entertainment. With credits including "Moonrise Kingdom," "The Darjeeling Limited" and the stop-motion animation "Fantastic Mr. Fox," Anderson works so assiduously to create obsessively detailed on-screen worlds that the effect has sometimes been hermetic, even stifling.
March 5, 2014 | By Mark Swed, Los Angeles Times Music Critic
The Los Angeles Philharmonic TchaikovskyFest - 15 all-Tchaikovsky concerts in 11 days featuring the L.A. Philharmonic, the Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra of Venezuela and YOLA (Youth Orchestra of Los Angeles) - ended with a sensational performance of the "1812 Overture. " A humongous orchestra made up of 159 members of the L.A. Phil and Bolívars playing side by side crowded the Walt Disney Concert Hall stage Sunday. Every note sounded rapt. For the famous celebratory finish, bells pealed gloriously; timpani and bass drums were whacked as though they needed their living daylights beaten out of them and trumpets stationed in the organ loft blazed in golden sonic glory.
March 4, 2014 | By Abby Sewell and Eryn Brown
Los Angeles County supervisors ordered an audit Tuesday of how the county's Public Health Department investigates complaints about health and safety issues at nursing homes. Members of the county board sharply criticized health officials over a report that complaints were not always thoroughly investigated. An investigation by Kaiser Health News found that public health officials told inspectors to close certain cases without fully investigating them in an effort to reduce a backlog.
March 3, 2014 | By Michael McGough
SB 1062 , the Arizona bill that would have made it easier to discriminate against gays and lesbians (and other people), was vetoed last week by Gov. Jan Brewer. But some social conservatives won't let the subject go. They're making two (related) arguments: that critics of the bill who denounced it as “anti-gay” hadn't really read the legislation and that, if they had, they would have realized that it was simply a state variation on the Religious Freedom Restoration Act overwhelmingly passed by Congress in 1993 and signed by President Clinton.
March 3, 2014 | By Mary McNamara, Los Angeles Times Television Critic
For those of us grown weary of the tortured white male detectives/criminals who occupy so much prime television real estate, "Those Who Kill," which premieres Monday on A&E, offers some small comfort. Not only is the tortured detective lead a woman, she's played by Chloë Sevigny, a performer of inevitable creativity and fearlessness. Here, she's Catherine Jensen, a new but fiercely brilliant homicide detective in the great city of Pittsburgh. Adapted by Glen Morgan ("The River," "The X-Files")
March 2, 2014 | By Robert Lloyd, Los Angeles Times Television Critic
The Academy Awards - Oscar to his friends - are upon us. The whole world is watching, as the kids used to say back in the Days of Rage, or pretending not to watch but watching out of the corner of its eye, or not watching but getting the news all the same. It is undeniably the case that people who make movies, and the movies themselves, will be praised and prized and patted on the back, backed by the institutional weight of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences - a celebration, seen around the world, of the signal art form of our time, except (you may also have heard)
March 2, 2014 | By Carla Rivera
They are called "student success fees" and they offer the promise of more classes and programs and improved graduation rates for thousands of California State University students. But critics say they are a thinly veiled attempt to shift more education costs to students - without increasing tuition. Campuses in Fullerton, Dominguez Hills, Fresno and San Diego all are considering these charges, ranging from $200 to $500 per semester. If approved, those Cal State campuses will join others in the East Bay, Long Beach, Los Angeles, Northridge, Pomona, San Bernardino, San Jose, San Luis Obispo and San Marcos, which already are charging such fees.
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