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September 17, 2009 | Mark Medina
Who knew a rejection to join the fantasy team of ESPN's Bill Simmons and Matthew Berry would lead to a full-length musical? That's exactly what happened to David Ingber, whose show, "Fantasy Football: The Musical," opens Oct. 1 at the New York Musical Theater Festival. He originally pitched the idea to Simmons and Berry when they were fielding applications last year to join their basketball fantasy league. Upon being rejected, Ingber followed through with his project. The musical is set in 1991 and features Simmons and Berry inventing fantasy football.
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April 11, 2014 | By Diana Wagman
Reading is such an improbable idea -- a miracle, really. Yet simple squiggles on a page, arranged just so, can convey ideas that change the way we think or introduce to us characters we love for a lifetime. In celebration of reading -- and of this weekend's Los Angeles Times Festival of Books -- we asked four readers (who also happen to be writers) to celebrate books that mattered in their lives. In 1975, when I was young, I went to hear James Baldwin speak. Afterward, I waited in a long line and finally got to stand before him. I told him that his book "Giovanni's Room" had made me want to be a writer.
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ENTERTAINMENT
September 11, 2009 | Robert Abele
If you've seen Patton Oswalt do stand-up, it's clear that he understands obsession. Easily cranked up about a wide variety of personal passions -- comic books, film noir, molecular gastronomy -- his act riffs on the hilarities of fanboy excitement and its emotional corollary: mercury-spiking indignation. Only an avowed foodie could fume so brilliantly (and famously) on KFC's everything-lumped-together menu option, which he memorably termed a "failure pile in a sadness bowl." That the 40-year-old comedian can currently be seen playing a lonely, easily peeved, rabid New York Giants buff in the independent film "Big Fan" isn't lost on a supergeek like himself.
BUSINESS
April 10, 2014 | By Lauren Beale
Joining this spring's bumper crop of L.A.-area mega estates for sale is Liongate, entering the fray priced at $65 million. Other Westside contenders include the $135-million Beverly House, Jamie McCourt's $55-million home and Tom Brady and Gisele Bundchen's $50-million moated residence. Although two lion statues still stand at one of the gates, the reworked 1938 mansion in Bel-Air has dropped the plural from its former Lionsgate name. Singer Kenny Rogers, who sold the estate in 1983 for $5.8 million, is credited with placing the lions outside the gate.
NEWS
June 7, 1989 | From Times wire service s
Former Rep. Dan Lungren, an outspoken but pragmatic conservative who failed to win the Legislature's approval to succeed the late Jesse Unruh as state treasurer last year, today entered the race for the 1990 Republican nomination for attorney general. The 42-year-old Lungren is the first Republican to formally declare his candidacy for California's top law enforcement post, which incumbent John K. Van de Kamp is giving up to seek the Democratic nomination for governor. Two district attorneys, Ira Reiner of Los Angeles and Arlo Smith of San Francisco, are seeking the Democratic nomination.
SPORTS
April 14, 1989 | From Times staff and wire service reports
Mary Slaney, the world record-holder in the women's mile and the American record-holder at all track distances from 800 meters to 10,000 meters, has entered the L'eggs Mini Marathon, organizers announced today. The 10-kilometer (6.2-mile) race for women only will be held June 24 in Central Park and is expected to attract a field of more than 9,000. Last year, Slaney finished fourth. "This year, I'm running to win," she said. In 1988, Slaney made the U.S. Olympic team in the 1,500 meters and 3,000 meters.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 15, 2009 | PATRICK GOLDSTEIN
If there were ever a movie that shouldn't end up making as much as $190 million around the world, it is "The Final Destination," a homely horror thriller that is the fourth and least-loved film in New Line's low-budget "Final Destination" horror franchise. The first three movies, released from 2000 to 2006, were modest successes, each one earning around $50 million in the U.S. and only slightly more overseas. It's a sign of the franchise's below-the-radar consistency that "FD3," released in 2006, had virtually the same exact box-office numbers as the original film, earning $54 million domestically and $58.7 million overseas.
BUSINESS
October 20, 2009 | Associated Press
Target Corp. has leaped into an online price war on books expected to be top sellers. The discounter said Monday that it would offer some of this season's most anticipated book titles at $8.99, with free shipping, matching moves by Walmart.com and Amazon.com. Minneapolis-based Target said the price applied to preorders on Target.com of such books as "Breathless" by Dean Koontz and "Under the Dome" by Stephen King. The battle started Thursday, when Wal-Mart Stores Inc. said its website would charge just $10, with free shipping, for various upcoming hardcover releases.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 5, 2009 | Seema Mehta
Republican businesswoman Carly Fiorina formally entered the race for U.S. Senate on Wednesday, issuing a blistering critique of Democratic incumbent Barbara Boxer even as she tried to blunt her own primary challenge from the right. Before a small gathering of supporters in a Garden Grove warehouse, Fiorina said her business acumen and real-world experience make her the only viable Republican candidate in the 2010 contest. She mocked Boxer for writing three pieces of legislation during her 17-year tenure and for spending the summer on a book tour instead of meeting with voters at town halls.
OPINION
March 18, 2005
Re "Angelides Enters Race for Governor in '06," March 16: Was the story on Phil Angelides' run against Arnold continued on the Obituary page on purpose? David Reid Hollywood
SPORTS
April 5, 2014 | By Jim Peltz
Michelle Wie is among the best-known figures in American golf, yet she has never won an LPGA Tour event in the United States. The former teenage phenom does have two LPGA victories but they came in Mexico (in 2009) and Canada (2010). Now the 24-year-old Wie, playing some of her best golf in years, is in position to win the Kraft Nabisco Championship in Rancho Mirage, one of the LPGA's major events. Wie and 19-year-old Lexi Thompson will enter Sunday's final round as the tournament's co-leaders at 10-under-par 206. "I'm really excited that I have a good chance," Wie said.
OPINION
March 30, 2014 | By Emily Koss
"Emily, would you please put a bowl of water on the floor so I can drink like a dog?" It was a sweet and funny request, and I was happy to do it. But it was also a reminder, once again, that I work for a 4-year-old. You've probably heard about the vast array of problems facing my generation as we graduate and attempt to enter the job market. As a 24-year-old recent college grad, I can tell you that what you've been hearing is true. I graduated last May with unpaid internships waiting for me in Mexico, Spain and Nicaragua.
WORLD
March 28, 2014 | By Patrick J. McDonnell
HOMS, Syria - On the ragged fringes of the Old City, aid workers, clerics and government troops stood vigil, awaiting a U.N. convoy evacuating women, children and the aged from the besieged ancient quarter of a town known to many as ground zero in the Syrian civil war. But the buses disgorged a very different class of passengers: scores of young men, haggard and sallow-faced, blankets draped over their shoulders and fear evident in their eyes....
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 20, 2014 | By Richard Marosi
California has emerged as the major gateway for methamphetamine into the country, with Mexican organized crime groups smuggling an estimated 70% of the U.S. supply through state border crossings, according to a report released Thursday by state Atty. Gen. Kamala D. Harris. The 98-page report on trends in transnational organized crime also cites maritime smuggling, money laundering and criminal alliances between Mexican drug cartels and Southern California gangs as growing public safety threats.
SPORTS
March 19, 2014 | By Chris Foster
Like the rest of his teammates, UCLA guard Norman Powell is eager to begin play in the NCAA tournament, where the Bruins will play Tulsa on Friday in San Diego. "We're focused, everyone is talking about this, everyone is eager to go out there and play," Powell said. "This team has put the work in and we're happy to see the work paid off. " A year ago, in their last NCAA tournament moment, the Bruins lost their opening game, 83-63, to Minnesota at the end of a season of turmoil.
NATIONAL
March 17, 2014 | By David Zucchino
FT. BRAGG, N.C. - Two former lovers faced off a few paces apart in a military courtroom Monday, avoiding eye contact as a judge heard conflicting narratives about a tumultuous and illicit affair between two officers of very different rank and stature. Army Brig. Gen. Jeffrey A. Sinclair, wearing jump boots and a dress blue uniform with a white star on each shoulder, pleaded guilty to mistreating his mistress, a subordinate officer under his command. He told a military judge in a halting voice that he deceived the woman, a captain, during their three-year affair, causing her "emotional harm and suffering.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 19, 1996
As the facts come out, the killing of Jane Carver of Fountain Valley is downright chilling. She was apparently in the wrong place at the wrong time, the mistaken victim of a hit man. This incident dramatically and tragically shows how tenuous our lives are and how much fate enters into it. We think we are in control of our lives, but we really aren't. KENNETH L. ZIMMERMAN Huntington Beach
OPINION
December 27, 2005
Re "Youth Sues for Right Not to Stand, Recite Pledge," Dec. 23 So a 17-year-old boy refuses to stand for the Pledge of Allegiance. Does he know that standing is a sign of respect? He can refuse to say the pledge, but he should show respect. When this case goes to court, will he refuse to stand when the judge enters the courtroom? Or will his attorney tell him to stand in respect? We all must show respect for others, and sometimes this means standing. SUZANNE BRUGMAN Whittier
WORLD
March 16, 2014 | By Patrick J. McDonnell and Nabih Bulos
BEIRUT - Syrian forces have overrun a strategic rebel stronghold close to the Lebanese border, the military said Sunday, in the latest battlefield victory for the government of President Bashar Assad. The official news service reported that Syrian troops were in "full control" of Yabroud, a longtime rebel bastion and key logistics base for opposition supplies and insurgents entering Syria from Lebanese territory. Aiding Syrian troops in the battle were militiamen from Hezbollah, the Lebanese group that has dispatched units to fight alongside Assad's forces.
OPINION
March 14, 2014 | By The Times editorial board
Until about three years ago, federal agents annually intercepted some 8,000 unaccompanied minors entering the United States illegally. By last year, the number had jumped to nearly 26,000. This year's projection: As many as 60,000 youngsters may attempt to cross into this country without parents or papers. This surge of under-age humanity presents two problems. First is understanding the forces propelling it, which experts say include narco-trafficking, Central American gang violence and abusive homes.
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