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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.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 31, 2013 | By Tony Perry
LA MESA, Calif. -- And there he was: the Easter Bunny riding a shiny red motorcycle westbound on Interstate 8 along this San Diego suburb. California Highway Patrol Officer Adam Griffiths spotted the bunny on Saturday. White furry suit: good. Pink ears: good. Floppy white feet: good. White gloves: good. No helmet: not good. Griffiths flicked on his red light and ordered the motorcyle rider to pull over. The bunny had an explanation: I'm on my way to an Easter charitable event and this is my costume, he said.
NATIONAL
March 31, 2013 | By Matt Pearce
He was the leader of a movement that inspired the downtrodden all across the land, but not the one whom some expected to grace Easter Sunday's Google doodle. On Sunday, Google's doodle over its search bar featured a beatific portrait of Mexican American labor icon Cesar E. Chavez -- rather than a celebration of Easter, the day Jesus rose from the grave. That riled some Christians and Easter fans for what they perceived as a slight. (See a selection of tweets below.) Chavez, who died in 1993, would have been 86 on Sunday.
WORLD
March 31, 2013 | By Henry Chu
LONDON - In the first Easter message of his pontificate, Pope Francis appealed to Christians and others Sunday to turn “war into peace” in parts of the world caught in seemingly intractable conflict, from the Middle East to the Korean peninsula. The first pontiff from the Americas expressed concern for victims of those crises, asking “how much suffering” would have to be endured before the bloodshed in Syria ceased, praying for reconciliation between North and South Korea, and condemning violence in parts of Africa.
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.
FOOD
March 30, 2013 | Russ Parsons
What do you do with all of those leftover eggs? Cobb salad? Deviled eggs? Too obvious. Here are four ways to cook with hard-boiled eggs that you might not have thought of. -- Egg salad with capers and celery: Chop the eggs, add sliced celery, a little minced red onion and drained capers and bind everything with mayonnaise. Garnish with celery leaves. -- Sauce gribiche: Don't try to say it; just make it. Combine minced shallots, capers and cornichons. Make a vinaigrette with olive oil and a bit of Dijon mustard and add that.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 30, 2013 | By Rosanna Xia
Still deciding where to celebrate Easter Sunday? Here are some places Angelenos are expected to be en masse: Easter at the Hollywood Bowl is free to the public and will feature an address by Francis Chan, author of "Crazy Love. " “Whether you are simply curious about faith or a longtime follower of Jesus, Easter at the Bowl will leave you filled with life and an unshakable hope!” organizers said on the event website. The bowl service hosted by Bel Air Presbyterian Church and the Christian Assembly Church begins at 11 a.m. Sunday.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 30, 2013 | By Paige St. John
Gov. Jerry Brown on Saturday continued a pattern of pardons tied to Christian religious days, granting clemency to 65 convicted criminals, including a Los Angeles man who spent 15 years in prison for a 1977 murder conviction. Brown's pardon of Robert Phillip Brown provided no details of the convict's crime, nor his case for clemency, other than to say the man had obtained a Superior Court order last year testifying that since release from prison, "he has lived an honest and upright life, exhibited good moral character, and conducted himself as a law-abiding citizen.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 29, 2013 | By Cindy Chang
Easter Sunday will be cloudy with possibly a few sprinkles, but forecasters have toned down their predictions of a rainy holiday. The storm system moving through Southern California is not carrying as much moisture as initially thought, said National Weather Service meteorologist Kathy Hoxsie. The chance of rain on Sunday has been revised down to 20% from earlier forecasts of 30% to 50%. No rain is in the forecast for Monday. If it does rain, expect only a light drizzle. “People should be aware that they could get some sprinkles here and there, but I wouldn't cancel anything,” Hoxsie said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 29, 2013 | By KTLA
Thousands of meals, Easter baskets and shoes will be handed out on Good Friday at the Los Angeles Mission on skid row. A special Easter dinner will be served starting at 11 a.m. at the L.A. Mission, at 5th and Wall streets. Celebrities, local leaders and other volunteers will help serve about 3,500 meals, KTLA-TV reported. More than 1,000 hand-packed Easter baskets will be handed out to kids, and adults will receive hygiene kits. Foot washing, which has spiritual and practical significance, will be provided by the Los Angeles Christian Health Centers.
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