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July 10, 2012 | By Meredith Blake
It's been a big week for R&B star Frank Ocean. On Wednesday, he posted a letter to his Tumblr account in which he described falling in love with another man. Though he stopped short of labeling himself as either “gay” or “bisexual,” the admission was widely heralded as a huge step forward for hip-hop . Monday on “Late Night With Jimmy Fallon,” Ocean had a coming-out of another kind: his first television performance....
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NEWS
March 27, 2014 | By Jay Jones
TV personality and model Holly Madison recently helped welcome Sprinkles, the Beverly Hills-based cupcake bakery, to Las Vegas. Sporting a new, reddish-brown hair color--she used to be a blonde-- Holly Madison  made the first withdrawal from Sprinkles ' unique ATM. It dispenses cupcakes instead of cash. Madison first tried a cupcake in vanilla, her favorite flavor. She later ordered more items to take home: mini-cupcakes for her daughter, Rainbow, as well as dog-friendly cupcakes for the family pets.
SPORTS
February 17, 2014 | By Eric Sondheimer
 Welcome to college baseball, Nick Suniga. The former Alemany pitcher didn't flinch when brought in from the bullpen on Sunday for Cal Poly San Luis Obispo with the bases loaded and none out in the sixth inning against Kansas State. The freshman got a strikeout, fielder's choice and strike out to escape the inning. Here's the link to video of Suniga's performance.   Eric.sondheimer@latimes.com  
SPORTS
August 24, 2009 | Associated Press
St. Louis 5, at San Diego 2: John Smoltz had a brilliant debut with the St. Louis Cardinals, striking out a season-high nine -- including seven straight -- and holding San Diego to three hits over five scoreless innings. at Colorado 4, San Francisco 2: Ubaldo Jimenez threw eight strong innings, outpitching Tim Lincecum. Arizona 7, at Houston 5: Ryan Roberts had four hits to help the Diamondbacks end a seven-game skid. Cincinnati 4, at Pittsburgh 1: The Reds ended the Pirates' five-game winning streak.
HEALTH
March 7, 2012 | By Dylan Hernandez
John Blake, the head of communications for the Texas Rangers, worked for the Boston Red Sox when Daisuke Matsuzaka pitched his first spring training game for them in 2007. Looking around the packed press box at Peoria Stadium on Wednesday, Blake said, "There's more interest for this game than there was for Matsuzaka's first game. " Yu Darvish, the Rangers' high-priced import from Japan, will make his Cactus League debut against the San Diego Padres at 1 p.m. Three television stations will simultaneously broadcast the game live in Japan.
AUTOS
March 11, 2013 | By David Undercoffler
While the full-size Range Rover may be the unofficial minivan of Beverly Hills, maker Land Rover says the smaller Range Rover Sport is the darling of New York. Seeking to reinforce the Big Apple's love, Land Rover announced Monday the all-new Sport would debut at the N.Y. International Auto Show later in March. The Range Rover Sport will be the second generation of the midsize SUV from Land Rover. It follows the Range Rover and the compact Evoque to market and will likely feature many of its sibling's design characteristics.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 9, 2012 | By Julie Makinen
“Flight,” starring Denzel Washington as a pilot who saves almost all his passengers after a nearly miraculous crash landing, will be the closing night film at the New York Film Festival, organizers announced Thursday. Directed by Robert Zemeckis, the Paramount Pictures film's supporting cast includes Melissa Leo, Kelly Reilly, John Goodman and Don Cheadle. It will screen at the New York festival on Oct. 14, and open in general release Nov. 2. “Flight” marks Zemeckis' return to directing live-action films after a number of years on animated projects like “Mars Needs Moms” and “Polar Express.”  Previously, Zemeckis had hits with films including “Cast Away,” “Forrest Gump” and “Back to the Future.”  The New York Film Festival runs Sept.
SPORTS
October 10, 2013 | By Eric Sondheimer
 As if being 5-0 and ranked No. 1 in Southern California by The Times isn't impressive enough, St. John Bosco will get a little bit better on Friday night for its Trinity League opener against Santa Margarita with the availability of 6-foot-4, 305-pound junior offensive lineman Zachary Robertson. He has offers from USC and UCLA. He sat out the first five games of the season after transferring from Mayfair. Now he's eligible to join an offensive line that already features 350-pound Damien Mama.
AUTOS
November 16, 2012 | By David Undercoffler
Toyota will be making big news at the Los Angeles Auto Show this month with a world debut of the 2013 RAV4 crossover sport-utility vehicle. Looking to whet the public's appetite before the full details on the vehicle are released, Toyota has produced a slick video teasing the fourth-generation SUV. Featuring some smooth jazz music over quick cuts of the silhouetted RAV4, the video makes clear that Toyota is hoping to position the new RAV4 as...
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 1, 2012 | By Gerrick D. Kennedy
Nearly eight months after Melanie Amaro was crowned the inaugural winner of the U.S. version of “The X-Factor,” the powerhouse diva-in-training has issued her debut single, “Don't Fail Me Now.” Let's start with the good. Amaro's delivery -- much like her weekly performances on the competition under Simon Cowell's tutelage -- is flawless. The not so great? Well, everything else. The single, written by Livvi Franc (Britney Spears, Kelly Clarkson) and produced by urban pop heavyweight Rodney "Darkchild" Jerkins, is a complete misfire for a debut -- especially when listeners haven't seen or heard Amaro since January and other finalists have already made splashes.
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