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January 25, 2014 | By Mary McNamara, Los Angeles Times Television Critic
In the midst of television's last golden age, a creepy and effective telling of the infamous Lizzie Borden case blew out the walls of both the TV movie and the historical crime drama. "The Legend of Lizzie Borden" starred Elizabeth Montgomery, who in 1975 was firmly entrenched in American hearts as the sweet-faced, nose-twitching Samantha Stephens from "Bewitched. " To see her as a grimly corseted spinster sweltering under the heat of a New England summer and her family's penny-pinching morality was shocking enough.
January 19, 2014 | By Matt Pearce
An off-and-on customer of OfficeMax, Mike Seay has gotten the office supply company's junk mail for years. But the mail that the grieving Lindenhurst, Ill., father said he got from OfficeMax last week was different. It was addressed to "Mike Seay, Daughter Killed in Car Crash. " Strange as that sounds, the mail reached the right guy. Seay's daughter Ashley, 17, was killed in a car crash with her boyfriend last year. OfficeMax somehow knew. And in a world where bits of personal data are mined from customers and silently sold off and shuffled among corporations, Seay appears to be the victim of some marketing gone horribly wrong.
January 18, 2014 | By David G. Savage and Maura Dolan
WASHINGTON - The California-based 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals is known for progressive rulings that champion individual rights over government and corporations, but when it comes to show business, the "Hollywood Circuit" - as it has been dubbed - stands accused of routinely siding with the home-turf entertainment industry. Judges famously sided with film studios in the early 1980s when the studios sued Sony for infringing their copyrights by selling the Betamax video recorders.
January 9, 2014 | By Annlee Ellingson
"The Truth About Emanuel" isn't that she murdered her mother, as she claims in the film's opening voice-over - a literary monologue that strikes too coarse a tone for the psychological nuances to come. Rather, her mom died in childbirth, adding a sad and bitter layer to her birthday cake each year. As the 18th anniversary approaches, and with an eager new stepmom in the house, Emanuel (Kaya Scodelario) takes unusual interest in the boho woman who moves in next door and bears a striking resemblance to her own mother.
January 8, 2014 | By The Times editorial board
In one of the many news reports about Liz Cheney's decision to end her bid for the U.S. Senate, Gov. Matt Mead was quoted as saying, "Name recognition and dynasties - that just doesn't fly in Wyoming. " He was trying to explain why the 47-year-old former State Department official, who also happens to be the daughter of Dick Cheney (a member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Wyoming for six terms before becoming vice president), didn't catch fire with local voters. Mead's implication was that Wyoming voters think for themselves and aren't swayed by such trivial concerns as family lineage.
January 8, 2014 | By Ruben Vives
A 68-year-old man was arrested Tuesday on suspicion of fatally stabbing his daughter-in-law, Arcadia police said. Li Zhu was booked on suspicion of murder and remains in custody in lieu of $1-million bail, according to the Arcadia Police Department.  About 8:25 a.m. Tuesday, police received a report of a woman not breathing at an apartment complex in the 900 block of Arcadia Avenue. When they arrived, they found 41-year-old Xiaolin Li inside an apartment, suffering from multiple stab wounds, police said.
December 24, 2013 | By Cathleen Decker
The daughter of incoming New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said Tuesday that she had suffered from clinical depression for years and, until recent therapy, abused alcohol and marijuana. Chiara de Blasio, 19, said that she was going public with the personal information in hopes of supporting others who were struggling. “Removing substances from my life, it's opened so many doors for me,” she said in a video posted on YouTube . “I was actually able to participate in my dad's campaign and that was like the greatest thing ever and now I'm doing well in school and actually getting to explore things that aren't just partying.
December 21, 2013 | Steve Lopez
Liza Bercovici suspected something was up when a student at Gabriella Charter School approached her last week and said, "Happy birthday tomorrow, Miss Liza. " So it was not a surprise the next day when the school's 400-plus students sang "Happy Birthday" to her at morning assembly. Bercovici sighed in appreciation, and when urged to make a speech, she stood humbly before the small sea of students gathered on the playground of the Echo Park school she'd founded. "I think everybody here knows that this school was started out of my love for my daughter, whose name was Gabriella," Bercovici said.
December 19, 2013 | By Rick Rojas
A Riverside County jury decided Thursday that a man should face the death penalty for killing his 2-month-old daughter in Desert Hot Springs and leaving her remains in an Arkansas storage unit, prosecutors said. Jason Michael Hann, 39, was convicted by a jury Tuesday of one count of first-degree murder and another of assault on a child resulting in death, according to a statement from the Riverside County district attorney's office. Jurors also found true the special circumstances allegation of a previous murder conviction, which prompted the district attorney to seek the death penalty.
December 17, 2013 | By Robert J. Lopez
A father was found guilty Tuesday of the 2001 murder of his 2-month-old daughter in Riverside County. Her remains were later found in a plastic container at an Arkansas storage unit, authorities said. Vermont resident Jason Michael Hann, 38, was living in Desert Hot Springs when he killed his daughter, the Riverside County district attorney's office said.  The infant's remains were found in 2002 after Hann and co-defendant Krissy Lynn Werntz failed to pay the storage bill and the container was cleaned out, according to authorities.  Authorities said Werntz has been charged in the murder of the girl, who was her daughter.
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