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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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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.
NEWS
August 8, 2011 | By Brady MacDonald, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
The Swarm winged coaster at the United Kingdom's Thorpe Park will take riders through post-apocalyptic scenes of war and destruction when the $29.5 million ride opens in spring 2012. > Photos: The Swarm coaster at Thorpe Park The Bolliger & Mabillard Wing Rider would be the second coaster of its kind in the world following the 2011 debut of Raptor at Italy's Gardaland . Billed as the U.K.'s first winged coaster with riders sitting on either side of the track in a "winged" formation, Swarm has salivating fans eagerly waiting to see if the cutting edge ride is also the U.K.'s first fourth dimension coaster featuring rotating seats (like Six Flags Magic Mountain's X2)
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  
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.
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...
AUTOS
December 4, 2012 | By David Undercoffler
Despite the fact that the Los Angeles Auto Show is still in full swing, Lexus is looking to make a little news at the next auto show in the circuit. The company announced Tuesday that its all-new 2014 IS sedan will make its world debut at the 2013 Detroit Auto Show on Jan. 15. It will be the third generation of the car; the current version is a bit long in the tooth, having been with us since 2006. The IS is the smallest sedan from the Toyota's luxury division, and counts as competitors other rear-wheel drive sport sedans such as BMW's 3-Series and Mercedes' C-Class.
SPORTS
August 9, 2013 | By Dan Loumena
Brian Banks, who is fighting for a job with the Atlanta Falcons, said his debut in a preaseason game on Thursday night against the Cincinnati Bengals "was better than any roller-coaster ride you can ever get on. " Banks, a 28-year-old from Long Beach Poly High, should know about roller-coaster rides. He was a rising gridiron star before he was falsely accused of rape when he was 16, eventually being convicted and imprisoned for five years. He was released last year when his conviction was overturned after his accuser recanted her story.
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