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March 31, 2013 | By Nicole Sperling
The box office for the 2013 Easter weekend was carried on the brawny shoulders of Dwayne Johnson, Bruce Willis and Channing Tatum. "G.I. Joe: Retaliation" handily won the weekend with a three-day gross of $41.2 million and a total four-day take of $51.7 million, according to an estimate from distributor Paramount Pictures. Also aiding the weekend's totals was the animated family-friendly film "The Croods," from Dreamworks Animation, which pulled in $26.5 million in its second weekend in release.
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April 18, 2014 | By Todd Martens
And on this week's episode of the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival ... As attendees happily filed into the Empire Polo Club in Indio on Friday for the second and final weekend of the Goldenvoice-promoted Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival, there were a few cliff-hangers left over from last weekend. Among them: Will Pharrell Williams bring out another all-star parade of guest stars? Will every artist on Saturday be in a significantly better mood without the threat of a dust storm?
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April 7, 2012 | By Kim Geiger
President Obama reflected on his Christian beliefs in his weekly address, wishing all Americans “a weekend filled with joy and reflection, focused on the things that matter most.” In an address focused entirely on the holidays of Passover and Easter, Obama said "for me, and for countless other Christians, Easter weekend is a time to reflect and rejoice. " “These holidays have their roots in miracles that took place thousands of years ago,” he said. “They connect us to our past and give us strength as we face the future.  And they remind us of the common thread of humanity that connects us all.” Obama broadened his message to include believers and non-believers alike.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 31, 2013 | By Nicole Sperling
The box office for the 2013 Easter weekend was carried on the brawny shoulders of Dwayne Johnson, Bruce Willis and Channing Tatum. "G.I. Joe: Retaliation" handily won the weekend with a three-day gross of $41.2 million and a total four-day take of $51.7 million, according to an estimate from distributor Paramount Pictures. Also aiding the weekend's totals was the animated family-friendly film "The Croods," from Dreamworks Animation, which pulled in $26.5 million in its second weekend in release.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 22, 2000 | TONY LYSTRA
Easter egg hunters and those who attend outdoor church services will be greeted by mostly clear skies and mild temperatures for Sunday's Easter holiday, according to the National Weather Service. After morning fog and low clouds, skies are expected to clear today and Sunday with highs in the low to mid-70s, said Stuart Seto, a weather specialist with the agency. The forecast calls for no weekend rain. The National Weather Service predicts overnight lows to linger around 50 until Tuesday.
NEWS
March 30, 1986 | From Times Wire Services
Egg hunts, fashion parades, horse races, beach parties and appeals for the needy marked the beginning of the Easter weekend. Most of the nation basked in spring sunshine Saturday, as temperatures soared into the 80s in most regions. "It's beautiful weather," said New York City Parks Commissioner Henry Stern at the Easter Egg Rolling Contest in Central Park. "There's over 100,000 people in various events all around the park--runners, hundreds of kids, walkers, bikers, boaters."
NEWS
April 5, 1985 | TED THACKREY JR., Times Staff Writer
Moist marine air kept Southern California cool and partly cloudy Thursday, but the National Weather Service predicted bright sunshine for the Easter weekend. Increasing atmospheric pressure over Utah and Nevada, forecasters explained, should bring a partial return of the Santa Ana conditions that offered a spring preview of summer earlier this week.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 13, 1995 | STEVE SCHEIBAL
Orange County can expect patchy fog and clouds the rest of this week and a chilly, breezy Easter weekend as a cold front moves into the county, meteorologists said. The front is part of a storm system moving into Northern California, and it could bring some rain to the county on Saturday, said Curtis Brack, a meteorologist for WeatherData, which provides forecasts for The Times. "This is a fairly cool storm system for this time of year," Brack said.
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March 28, 2005 | From a Times Staff Writer
A surge of Easter weekend violence, including a double homicide Sunday night, left at least four Los Angeles County residents dead and two others critically injured, authorities said. Detectives were collecting evidence late Sunday at a home on Weidner Street in Pacoima where two men, ages 29 and 35, were found dead about 7:30 p.m. after neighbors reported hearing gunshots. The victims apparently were killed during a domestic dispute, and officers had identified a possible suspect, said Sgt.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 9, 1992 | RICHARD SIMON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The question seemed simple enough. When was the last weekend that no one was killed in South-Central Los Angeles? When the police could not immediately supply an answer, that was enough for the Rev. E. V. Hill, pastor of Mt. Zion Missionary Baptist Church, who led community leaders Wednesday in kicking off a campaign for a "no-killing" Easter weekend. Standing in front of an empty coffin, Hill lamented, "We have too many of these being sold in our community."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 30, 2013 | By Rosanna Xia
Hundreds of homeless and poor children and their families began Easter weekend with a traditional service at the Fred Jordan Mission on skid row. The service was to be followed by a barbecue brunch, face painting, an ice cream social and other holiday activities. Mission staff and and a team of volunteers were assisting with the service and brunch. Hundreds of Easter baskets were filled for the event. One young volunteer made more than 1,000 scarves and stuffed bunnies to give out to mothers and children.
NEWS
March 15, 2013 | By Jay Jones
Amid stirring surroundings and breathtaking views, the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific in Honolulu will hold its annual Easter sunrise service March 31. It's one of a variety of Easter weekend activities -   religious and secular - on Oahu. The military park, located on 116 acres inside the crater of the now extinct Punchbowl volcano, is the final resting place of more than 13,000 American soldiers and sailors who died during World War II. Roughly 5 million visitors a year come to the cemetery to pay their respects and to enjoy the inspiring views from the rim of the crater.
SPORTS
April 10, 2012 | By Jim Peltz
After an idle Easter weekend, motor racing around the world gets back into gear this weekend from Long Beach to Shanghai. The Izod IndyCar Series returns to Southern California for the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach on Sunday, which is run on 1.97 miles of the city's seaside streets. The series' drivers include reigning series champion Dario Franchitti, three-time Indianapolis 500 winner Helio Castroneves, former Formula One driver Rubens Barrichello and defending Long Beach winner Mike Conway.
NEWS
April 7, 2012 | By Kim Geiger
President Obama reflected on his Christian beliefs in his weekly address, wishing all Americans “a weekend filled with joy and reflection, focused on the things that matter most.” In an address focused entirely on the holidays of Passover and Easter, Obama said "for me, and for countless other Christians, Easter weekend is a time to reflect and rejoice. " “These holidays have their roots in miracles that took place thousands of years ago,” he said. “They connect us to our past and give us strength as we face the future.  And they remind us of the common thread of humanity that connects us all.” Obama broadened his message to include believers and non-believers alike.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 28, 2005 | From a Times Staff Writer
A surge of Easter weekend violence, including a double homicide Sunday night, left at least four Los Angeles County residents dead and two others critically injured, authorities said. Detectives were collecting evidence late Sunday at a home on Weidner Street in Pacoima where two men, ages 29 and 35, were found dead about 7:30 p.m. after neighbors reported hearing gunshots. The victims apparently were killed during a domestic dispute, and officers had identified a possible suspect, said Sgt.
BUSINESS
April 12, 2001 | LIDA POLETZ, REUTERS
Europe's common currency fell sharply Wednesday but later rebounded after the European Central Bank defied expectations and held interest rates steady. The euro initially tumbled to one-week lows, extending declines made a day earlier, after the ECB announced that it kept euro zone rates unchanged at 4.75%. The ECB is the only major central bank that has not cut rates in response to the looming global economic slowdown, and most analysts had expected a modest quarter-point cut.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 4, 1999 | ALLISON COHEN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Unusual cold and high winds marred the first day of Easter weekend Saturday, especially for three Vista men who were knocked off their small motorboat in high surf off Dana Point's Salt Creek Beach. Gusts along the shore and inland to Santa Ana hit 20 to 25 mph, officials said, and waves reached three feet by afternoon, prompting yellow hazard flags and a small-craft advisory. By nightfall, a gale-force wind warning was issued, indicating winds over 50 mph along the coast were possible.
BOOKS
January 28, 1990 | Andre Dubus III, Dubus is the author of "The Cage Keeper and Other Stories" (E.P. Dutton and New American Library.) and
In 1979, Robert Penn Warren judged the Walt Whitman Award for the Academy of American Poets and declared David Bottoms that year's winner for his collection of poems, "Shooting Rats at the Bibb County Dump." "In Bottoms' vision the actual world is not transformed but illuminated," Warren said, "and in his language the tang of actuality whets his compelling rhythms." Fitting words to describe Bottoms' poetry, and they can be used to describe his fiction as well.
NEWS
April 27, 2000 | From Times Wire Reports
Feminist author Germaine Greer was held hostage over Easter weekend by a female student who broke into her home, Essex police said. Police received a call shortly after 10 p.m. Monday complaining of an intruder at Greer's isolated mansion in Great Chesterford in southern England. Karen Burke, 19, of Bath was arrested at the mansion and charged with assault and unlawful imprisonment, an official said. Greer reportedly was badly shaken but was not injured during the incident.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 24, 2000 | From Associated Press
The submarine flick "U-571" surfaced as the new box-office leader in its opening weekend, sending another military drama sinking into third place, according to studio estimates Sunday. "U-571," a World War II yarn starring Matthew McConaughey and Harvey Keitel, took in $20.3 million for the weekend. Its success helped push "Rules of Engagement," the military court drama starring Samuel L. Jackson and Tommy Lee Jones, down two slots with $8 million after two weeks as the No. 1 movie.
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