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January 16, 2014 | By Randall Roberts, Los Angeles Times Pop Music Critic
Throughout the history of Southern California rock, two bands have loomed largest in America's popular imagination: the Beach Boys and the Eagles.  While the Beach Boys presented a more wholesome lifestyle involving fun (fun, fun), surfing, and chasing girls, the Eagles sold more records, attracted more groupies, preferred dusk to midday and smoked more pot. Or, as Glenn Frey said during the Eagles' return to the Forum on Wednesday: "The Beach Boys were pioneers. The Eagles were settlers.
January 15, 2014 | By Walter Hamilton
Move over Silver Lake and Los Feliz. Eagle Rock has the buzz this year, according to a new report. Eagle Rock was named the second “hottest” neighborhood in the United States by real estate brokerage firm Redfin. The list measures “the greatest growth in popularity over the last four months” based on page views and Realtor comments, according to Redfin. PHOTOS: Richest and poorest cities in America This list is composed of lesser-known neighborhoods with easy commutes to nearby cities.
January 10, 2014 | Eric Sondheimer
It's called Mission League madness, where in prep basketball, anything can happen. And on Friday night, No. 2-ranked Los Angeles Loyola was left stunned and badly beaten in a 73-61 home-court loss to West Hills Chaminade. Loyola had been 14-0 and owned an 80-60 victory over Chaminade in a tournament final during the opening week of the season in early December. But the Eagles (13-1) came out with matchup zone defense that saw 6-foot-10 Trevor Stanback and 6-8 Jack Williams pull down rebound after rebound following many missed Cub shots.
January 6, 2014 | Chris Erskine
A mere three hours separate Auburn from Florida State. But where the Auburn folks come in with their iPhones and expensive sweaters, the Florida State fans show up all chicken-fried - big hair, big personalities. You know you're a Florida State fan, the saying goes, if your wife ever got her hairdo caught in a ceiling fan. No school should be summed up by its football fans. USC, by all estimates, is a pretty sophisticated place, though you'd never conclude that from walking through campus on game day. Jim Morrison and Faye Dunaway attended Florida State, for instance, so there's a disconnect right there.
January 3, 2014 | By Sam Farmer
  It took awhile, but Coach Chip Kelly found his quarterback. Nick Foles started 10 games for Philadelphia this season, throwing 27 touchdowns and just two interceptions being intercepted just twice. Now, he faces a vastly improved New Orleans defense, whose front four has have applied heavy pressure to opposing passers. Foles and Saints quarterback Drew Brees attended the same high school in Austin, Texas, although the 34-year-old Brees is 10 years older. Despite winning seven of their final eight games, the Eagles would have missed the playoffs had they not beaten Dallas in a winner-take-all finale for the NFC East crown.
January 2, 2014 | By Lisa Boone
Acorn owners Maggie Lobl, Erin Tanaka and Laura Tanaka said they wanted to open a home and garden boutique in Eagle Rock because of Colorado Boulevard's amiable vibe. “It's so friendly here,” Lobl said. “People really walk in this neighborhood and favor local indie shops.” Indeed, earlier this week, repeat visitors from the neighborhood stopped in to shop for gifts and peruse the sunny, welcoming space. Packed with terrariums, planters, books and ceramics, the former paintball supply store features a refreshing variety of accessories that won't break the bank: graphic Pehr tea towels ($13.50)
December 29, 2013 | Sam Farmer
Welcome to Stunned Diego. Not even the most optimistic of Chargers could have realistically predicted what unfolded Sunday, the final day of the NFL regular season, when left-for-dead San Diego somehow found its way into the playoffs. A month ago, the Chargers were 5-7 and roundly written off. Then came a four-game winning streak culminated by a season sweep of the Chiefs. "It's been an unreal ride this year," Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers said in a postgame interview with CBS, his voice cracking.
December 28, 2013 | By John M. Glionna
SALT LAKE CITY - Buz Marthaler felt the once-proud aerial predator fall limp in his arms, and the veteran animal caretaker knew he was facing a mystery unlike any in his career. Bald eagles are dying in Utah - 20 in the last few weeks alone - and nobody can figure out why. Hundreds of the majestic birds - many with wing spans of 7 feet or more - migrate here each winter, gathering along the Great Salt Lake and feasting on carp and other fish that swim in the nearby freshwater bays.
December 23, 2013 | By Chuck Schilken
As a Philadelphia Eagles cheerleader from 2007 through 2010, Rachel Washburn spent a lot of time on the sidelines at Lincoln Financial Field during NFL games. On Sunday night, three years after leaving the squad to join the Army, 1st Lt. Washburn came full circle, returning to the field where she once led cheers to receive the team's Hometown Hero award during the Eagles' 54-11 victory over the Chicago Bears. “I'm incredibly excited and humbled by it,” Washburn said. “I always thought that was such a wonderful thing that the Eagles did -- that every game they chose somebody to showcase what they had done for every single person in that stadium.
December 22, 2013 | By L.A. at Home staff
Fans of handmade design who fear the window has closed on ordering from Etsy or other online sources, you have hope: The push to add more original artisan goods to store shelves means you just might be able to find the work of folks such as Melissa Tolar and Jonathan Ballak in a last-minute run to brick-and-mortar boutiques. Working under the name A Question of Eagles , Tolar and Ballak have a line of gift-able ceramics, quilts and jewelry. We first saw their work at the Eastside Handmade pop-up, but their website also lists Los Angeles and San Francisco stores that carry their work.
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