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February 14, 2014 | By Mark Swed, Los Angeles Times Music Critic
We cannot escape Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky. On Thursday, Gustavo Dudamel and the Los Angeles Philharmonic, with help from the Símon Bolívar Symphony Orchestra of Venezuela, begin an 11-day TchaikovskyFest at Walt Disney Concert Hall that will include the Russian composer's six symphonies along with other orchestral and chamber works. But unlike other festivals - and especially the Mahler Project, Dudamel's concentrated traversal through nine symphonies with the L.A. Phil and his Bolívars two years ago - the TchaikovskyFest has no musical frame.
February 14, 2014 | By Nardine Saad
Kendall Jenner, the second-youngest sister in the extended Kardashian clan, walked the esteemed Marc Jacobs runway show Thursday in a sheer knit blouse that showed her nipples, and fans can't seem to handle it. On the other hand, the 18-year-old model's famous family beamed with pride about her Fashion Week achievement, with her mother, Kris Jenner, gushing and calling her "amazing" and half-sister Khloe Kardashian saying she  "killed it"...
February 14, 2014 | By Mery Mogollon and Chris Kraul, This post has been corrected. Please see the For the Record and note at bottom.
CARACAS, Venezuela -- Facing criticism in social media for his appearance with President Nicolas Maduro on the day that violent clashes across Venezuela left three dead, Los Angeles Philharmonic music director Gustavo Dudamel has defended his appearance, saying he and colleagues stand for “peace, love and unity.” Dudamel directed the Youth Orchestra of Lara on Wednesday with Maduro in attendance, the same day that violence between student demonstrators...
February 13, 2014 | By Michael McGough
Sen. Elizabeth Warren's populist crusade has a new objective: preventing “a corporate capture of the federal courts.” The Massachusetts Democrat and progressive heroine graciously concedes that “there are some really talented judges who came from the private sector.” But she insists that “it matters that someone has represented people other than corporate clients, that they've had real experience with people who can't afford lawyers, that...
February 12, 2014 | By Jeff Gottlieb
  Prosecutors have offered five former Bell City Council members a sentencing deal if they agree to plead guilty to corruption charges, according to a source familiar with the case. In exchange for their guilty pleas -- which would avoid a second trial -- prosecutors would agree to a maximum prison sentence of four years, sources said. With time off for good behavior, four years behind bars really means two years. Superior Court Judge Kathleen Kennedy could also sentence the defendants to a sentence as lenient as probation.
February 11, 2014 | By Abby Sewell
Los Angeles County supervisors are considering an overhaul of the county's system for defending juveniles accused of crimes. Under-age criminal defendants who can't afford a lawyer are generally represented by someone from the county public defender's office. But when that office is already representing another defendant in the case or a special circumstance arises, lawyers from a separate panel step in to remove the potential conflict of interest. Advocates argue that the switch creates another problem: The private lawyers the county contracts with for these cases, known as panel attorneys, are paid less - a flat rate of $319 to $345 per case - and may not represent their clients as vigorously.
February 10, 2014 | By John Cherwa
SOCHI, Russia  - In a bit of a shocker on the first day of men's curling, defending gold medalist Canada lost to Switzerland, 5-4, on Monday. Canada won its other game but struggled to defeat Germany, 11-8. Canada was considered the heavy favorite to win this tournament. The only country to win both its games was Sweden, beating Switzerland, 7-5, and Britain, 8-4. The U.S. opened play with a 7-4 loss to Norway. In other games, China beat Denmark, 7-4, and Denmark beat Russia, 11-10.
February 9, 2014 | Lisa Dillman
Hannah Kearney's voice was breaking and there was no doubt her heart was doing the same when she struggled to keep her composure in the interview room. One volunteer scurried to get Kearney a bottle of water and a tissue to blot her tears. What the moguls specialist wanted most to happen, however, wasn't to be on Saturday. "Right now, I would like very much to ski again," Kearney said. "I think instead I will try my absolute best to let it go. I think it will help my happiness levels moving forward.
February 8, 2014 | By Amro Hassan
CAIRO -- The retrial of former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak resumed Saturday, but was briefly interrupted when the toppled leader reported feeling low blood pressure and medics were called in to assist. Mubarak, along with his two sons, former interior minister Habib El Adly and six security officers stand accused in the death of protesters during January 2011 demonstrations. The court hearing, which journalists and television cameras were barred from attending by a court order citing “national security,” was the second of four sessions where Judge Mahmoud El Rashidi is listening to testimony.
February 7, 2014 | Stacy St. Clair
It's hard to imagine Hannah Kearney being nervous about a moguls competition. The reigning Olympic gold medalist has dominated the freestyle sport for four years, winning 27 of 37 World Cup events and maintaining a tight grasp on her No. 1 ranking. Yet there she was Thursday morning, feeling uneasy about the qualification round later that evening. "I woke up and felt disgustingly nervous and kind of off my game. It all disappeared as soon as I got to the top of the moguls course," Kearney said.
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