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December 30, 2009
'The Loss of a Teardrop Diamond' MPAA rating: PG-13 for some sexuality and drug content Running time: 1 hour, 42 minutes Playing: In selected theaters
April 14, 2014 | By Margaret Gray
According to Jared Diamond, the Pulitzer Prize-winning writer ("The World Until Yesterday," "Collapse," "Guns, Germs, and Steel") who spoke to Patt Morrison about his work Sunday, Americans shouldn't waste time worrying about statistically rare crises like terrorism or plane crashes. "I've already done the most dangerous thing I'm going to do all day -- taken a shower," he said at the Festival of Books in his strong New England accent. Lest people conclude that he was irrationally obsessive, Diamond laid out the statistics: "I'm 76 years old. Life expectancy for a man is 91 years.
August 11, 2012
Re "Celebrated composer, showman," Obituary, Aug. 8 The sad passing of movie and stage composer Marvin Hamlisch brought to mind the time I met him. He was a huge fan of the New York Yankees, and in 1989 he and I were two of 78 "campers" who attended the team's fantasy baseball camp in Florida. Hamlisch was a wonderful person whose musical genius clearly outweighed his skills on the diamond. Whenever a ball was hit to him in the outfield, we'd yell, "Marvin, be careful of your fingers!"
April 5, 2014 | By Kevin Baxter
Juergen Klinsmann hasn't made many missteps in his 2 1/2 years of coach of the U.S. national team. Still it was hard not to question last week's decision to jettison Martin Vasquez, his longtime right-hand man, and replace him with Tab Ramos and former German national team coach Berti Vogts. Sacking your top assistant two months before the World Cup is a little like a presidential candidate dumping his running mate after the convention. So was it an act of panic or prescience? It's too early to tell.
October 10, 2013 | By Amina Khan
Diamonds are forever, unless you're on Saturn or Jupiter. Loads of the super-hard precious stones may be floating among the gas giants' fluid layers and melted into liquid further into their depths, say a pair of planetary scientists. The research, being presented at the Division for Planetary Sciences conference this week in Denver, sprang from very humble beginnings - soot in Saturn's atmosphere, said Kevin Baines, a planetary scientist at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and one of the work's coauthors.
September 4, 2013 | By Robert J. Lopez
A former reserve deputy with the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department was charged with mail fraud after he allegedly stole a diamond that he was supposed to have sold for a Texas couple, the FBI said Wednesday night. Billy Lulo, 47, a veteran reserve officer was fired by the department Wednesday after he was arrested by federal agents in connection with the theft of the diamond, which was valued $500,000 to $1 million, according to authorities. Public records show that Lulo owns a jewelry store called Global Rings on Hill Street in Los Angeles' Jewelry District.
November 12, 2012 | By Emily Alpert
When diamond fields were discovered in eastern Zimbabwe six years ago, the revelation raised hope that the gems could change the economic fortunes of the impoverished country. Instead, the prized stones have been looted from the Marange fields to enrich elites and criminals, “perhaps the biggest plunder of diamonds since Cecil Rhodes,” a new report asserts. Under the watch of Mining Minister Obert Mpofu, hundreds of millions of dollars that could have gone to the state treasury have evaporated, said Partnership Africa Canada, a watchdog group based in Ottawa.
August 2, 2012 | by Carolyn kellogg
Presumed Republican candidate Mitt Romney's international tour was marked by missteps. One speech he gave at a fundraiser in Jerusalem was controversial for the figures he cited about the economic disparities between Israel and the Palestinians, and also for the conclusions he made about what that said about their cultures. And now, the author of one of the books he referenced in that speech is speaking out. Jared Diamond, author of the Pulitzer Prize winning book "Guns, Germs and Steel," says Romney "misrepresented my views.
May 2, 2011 | Karen Voight, Good Form
After a workout, here's a great way to stretch your back and gluteal muscles. If you have sensitive knees and tight hips, sitting on a yoga block will raise you a few inches off the floor and make it easier to bend forward. Sit upright on the floor or on a yoga block (as shown). Bend your knees and bring the soles of your feet together, with your knees opening out to the sides. Inhale and sit up tall with your chest lifted and your shoulders relaxed down and away from your ears. Grasp your hands around your feet and press your heels together.
October 23, 2013 | By Susan Denley
Kanye West and Kim Kardashian are officially engaged and Kardashian has a 15-carat diamond to prove it. [Los Angeles Times] Elle has drawn some flak for wrapping zaftig actress Melissa McCarthy in a bulky coat on one of the four alternate covers of its November Women in Hollywood issue. But McCarthy, who looks beautifully glamorous in the shot, told E! she is the one who wanted to wear the Marina Rinaldi coat because she lives in California and was sick of summer. [E!] McCarthy was honored at Elle's annual Women in Hollywood party in Beverly Hills on Monday along with Marion Cotillard, Nancy Meyers, Shailene Woodley, Naomie Harris, Reese Witherspoon and Eva Marie Saint.
March 25, 2014 | By Adam Tschorn
A collection of jewelry once owned by the late Eydie Gorme that is headed to the auction block in New York City next month will be previewed locally -- for one day only -- this Sunday. The March 30 preview at Sotheby's Los Angeles marks the public unveiling of the auction-bound lot, which is  set to go under the gavel in New York on April 29. If you know anything about Gorme -- beyond the fact that she was a singer -- it's probably that she was half of the vocal duo Steve & Eydie.
March 21, 2014 | By Kate Mather
An off-duty Los Angeles police officer was arrested early Friday on suspicion of driving under the influence after he allegedly crashed his car into a McDonald's drive-through in Diamond Bar, officials said. Jonathan Chel, 29, of Fullerton, was exiting the eastbound 60 Freeway at Golden Springs Drive about 1:15 a.m. when his Mazda 3 veered off the exit ramp, according to a California Highway Patrol report. The vehicle crossed over to an on-ramp before it "launched" across a 50-foot gulf, coming to rest in the drive-through at Golden Springs and Brea Boulevard, the CHP said.
March 12, 2014 | By Eric Sondheimer
 Diamond Bar has named Marcus Hughes, a prep football coach from New York, as its new coach, according to the San Gabriel Valley Tribune .  
March 6, 2014 | By Ruben Vives
A 43-year-old former middle school teacher was found guilty this week of committing lewd acts against a student and possession of child pornography, prosecutors said. Steven Andrews -- a former teacher at Lorbeer Middle School in Diamond Bar -- was convicted Wednesday of 17 felony counts: six counts of unlawful sexual intercourse with a minor, two counts of oral copulation of a person under 16, five counts of sexual penetration by a foreign object, three counts of lewd act upon a child and one count of possession or control of child pornography, according to the Los Angeles County district attorney's office.
February 22, 2014 | By Eric Sondheimer
It was a partylike atmosphere on Saturday morning at Sherman Oaks Notre Dame, where the Knights unveiled their new $3-million baseball stadium and had a special guest, Neil Diamond, on hand to sing "Sweet Caroline. " There were celebrities everywhere. Pete Rose and Reggie Smith were there. Larry King, whose son is a freshman on the baseball team, was shaking hands and allowing lots of people to shoot selfies. Hollywood director Dennis Dugan, who helped design the stadium and asked Diamond, his good friend, to sing, was beaming with pride.
February 14, 2014 | By David L. Ulin, Los Angeles Times Book Critic
How is it possible that, until this week, I had never read Anita Loos' “Gentlemen Prefer Blondes”? Certainly, I've seen the Howard Hawks film. The book, however, managed to elude me -- until a new edition (W.W. Norton, $13.95) featuring a nuanced introduction by Jenny McPhee landed on my desk, just in time for Valentine's Day. If you're among the uninitiated, as I was, “Gentlemen Prefer Blondes” is a perfect read for this most saccharine of holidays: a cynical knife blade of a novel, barely 130 pages, that puts the lie to romance.
March 15, 1992
Three cheers to Hilburn for a respectable and fair piece on Diamond. While it was insightful, I could only wish that more depth existed to the article. Though weigh that against the digs and gibes that could have been made, and I can appreciate the brevity. What I will never appreciate is why the industry refuses to discuss why Diamond isn't being voted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Looking only at a small sample of the songs on Hilburn's list, it's clear that Diamond has earned the right to sit among rock music's greatest.
September 29, 1985
There are certainly times when getting a loan is a useful stratagem, but the case cited in S. J. Diamond's "For What It's Worth" column ("Credit or Cash? The Difference Can Add Up," Sept. 23) is not one of them. In this case, since poor advice is being offered to people who might suffer from following it, it seems appropriate to provide a demurrer. In brief, Geoffrey Keppel of Berkeley concluded that buying a car on time was better than paying cash for it and Diamond agreed with him. The conclusion reached is simply not correct, at least under the conditions described.
February 13, 2014 | By Joseph Serna and Matt Stevens
At least 17 people reported a car heading the wrong way on two freeways before a head-on collision in Diamond Bar that killed six, the California Highway Patrol said Thursday. CHP officials said the 911 callers reported seeing the vehicle on the 57 and 60 freeways early Sunday morning. Police said witnesses told them the car driven by Olivia Carolee Culbreath appeared to be going more than 100 mph. "They were describing the vehicle, saying it was going the wrong way at a high rate of speed," CHP Officer Rodrigo Jimenez said.
February 9, 2014 | By Matt Stevens, Angel Jennings and Rick Rojas
A suspected drunk driver traveling in the wrong direction on the 60 Freeway in Diamond Bar is being blamed for a crash early Sunday that killed six people and left the driver in critical condition, authorities said. Olivia Carolee Culbreath, 21, was heading east on the westbound 60 Freeway about 4:40 a.m. when her red 2013 Chevrolet Camaro and a red Ford Explorer collided head on, authorities said. Witnesses said the Camaro was traveling more than 100 miles an hour. At least three women and a man were ejected from their vehicles, said California Highway Patrol spokesman Rodrigo Jimenez.
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