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November 14, 2010 | By Valerie J. Nelson, Los Angeles Times
For a man preoccupied with all things Tolkien, his name appeared invented: Glen Howard GoodKnight II. But it was authentic, down to the unexpected capital "K" that stands sentry like a castle in Middle-earth. In 1967, he was a history major at Cal State L.A. when he organized a lighthearted picnic in Highland Park as a tribute to Bilbo and Frodo, two central characters in J.R. Tolkien's "The Lord of the Rings. " The event led GoodKnight to found the Mythopoeic Society, which is devoted to the serious study of Tolkien and other fantasy and mythological literature.
March 26, 2014 | By Nardine Saad
Alyson Hannigan's life after "How I Met Your Mother" has the redheaded star crafting and cursing the addictive visual discovery site Pinterest. The star of the popular CBS comedy appeared on "Jimmy Kimmel Live" on Tuesday ahead of her show's series finale next Monday to discuss her upcoming project -- wait for it -- her 5-year-old daughter Satyana's birthday party this weekend. "When did it change? Because when I was a kid, when I went to birthday parties I didn't get a present," the actress vented.
February 26, 2008 | From Times Wire Reports
An Austrian tourist died after being bitten by a shark while diving near the Bahamas in waters that had been baited with bloody fish parts to attract the predators. Markus Groh, 49, a Vienna lawyer and diving enthusiast, was on a commercial dive trip when he was bitten about 50 miles off the coast of Fort Lauderdale. Groh was airlifted to a hospital where he died.
March 10, 2014 | By Steve Appleford
AUSTIN, Texas - Edward Snowden brought no bombshells when he arrived to an excited round of applause Monday, his stubbled face relaxed as it was beamed in from across the continents for a "virtual conversation" about the vulnerability of personal data. His presence was event enough. Public appearances by the former National Security Agency contractor and U.S. exile are rare, and this one was beamed in from an undisclosed location in Russia via several online proxies for his own security, a bit of technological cloak-and-dagger that could only add to his mystique for the three roomfuls of international tech specialists struggling to hear his words in video that was choppy and often inaudible.
October 18, 2012
Get your art on at the biannual Brewery Art Walk, which is held in what is being dubbed the "world's largest art complex. " With more than 100 artists in residence, this massive former beer brewing company complex offers something for every genre of art enthusiast, as well as plenty of entertainment and refreshments. The Brewery, 2100 N. Main St., L.A. Free. 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sat. and Sun.
November 30, 1998
The article about the off-roaders at Glamis sand dunes area (Nov. 26) lacks balance in the way that it portrays the off-road enthusiast. It would have us all believe that the average off-road enthusiast is a drunk, suicidal maniac, hellbent for leather, etc. The majority of people who gather at Glamis are family and multifamily groups with people of all ages. I have been riding and racing motorcycles in the Southern California desert for 18 years and have never been witness to the carnage described.
November 28, 2012 | By Charles Fleming
Two of the great European motorcycle collections will go under the gavel in February at the Grand Palais in Paris. To be sold are the Garelli Grand Prix Collection and a private stock of 55 machines belonging to a late French enthusiast. The Garelli collection contains two dozen classic racers from the famed Italian manufacturer, among them world-record holders ridden by racing legends like Ernesto Gnesa, Tazio Nuvolari and Achille Varzi. The private French collection includes European and American marques, highlights being a pair of postwar Terrots, and a pair of early Magnat Debons.
July 12, 2000
Regarding "Cruise, They Said," by Lynn O'Dell (June 21): I read the article about cruising and car clubs with great interest, and when finished, I was left with a nagging question: I wondered how you had managed to talk about street rods, Miatas and other neat vehicles and the clubs associated with them, and neglected to even mention the car that started the whole thing. In 1953 a phenomenon began that today includes hundreds of clubs and thousands of members with national and international affiliations.
Despite protests from skateboarders, the City Council on Monday banned the sport entirely from the city's boardwalk to avoid more collisions--and more lawsuits. "We are trying to make it possible to accommodate an impossible situation on that sidewalk," Councilwoman Ruthelyn Plummer said. "I'm sorry, but the skateboards are just one more burden on the sidewalk."
Los Angeles Police Officer Henry J. Cousine--a police ring on his finger, an LAPD tattoo on his leg and battle scars on his body--says the officers accused of beating Rodney G. King swung their batons like "little girls." Then he ticks off some of his own episodes of violence during a decade as a beat cop: three fights and three shootings. "You get in my face, I'm going to fight back," Cousine said. "You swing at me, I'm going to knock you off your feet. And you pull a gun, I'll kill you."
March 8, 2014 | By Robert Lloyd, Los Angeles Times Television Critic
It has been at least a while, and possibly in the whole recorded history of the medium, that a blockbuster science series has aired on conventional broadcast television. But there is no time like the present, whether or not such a thing as the present actually exists. Sunday, which as I write these words is still in what we think of as "the future," will see the welcome premiere of Fox's "Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey," Neil deGrasse Tyson's pumped up remake of and homage to Carl Sagan's beloved "Cosmos: A Personal Voyage," which aired over PBS in 1980 - an eternity in terms of special effects.
January 13, 2014 | By Stacey Leasca
This week, Colorado replaced mile marker 420 after it was repeatedly stolen following the state's legalization of marijuana. Why? Could be because 420 is pop-culture code for cannabis. The Colorado Department of Transportation assumed it was being lifted by “weed enthusiasts,” according to NBC News. To combat further theft, the department altered the sign to “MILE 419.99.” The reasons behind 420's association with pot are relatively unknown, short of a few theories involving 1970s California hippie kids.
December 13, 2013 | By Michael Mello
SONOITA, Ariz. - Images of emerald grape leaves waving in the summer breeze usually don't fill the pages of Arizona tourism brochures and magazines. Still, they're becoming a more common sight as Arizona's young wine industry grows. That's right: Wine is made in Arizona. I had the same reaction when friends told me about Sonoita, a tiny crossroads about an hour southeast of Tucson, in the southeastern corner of the state brimming with young fields of Mourvèdre and Tempranillo.
December 6, 2013 | By Jerry Hirsch
Ford Motor Co. provided the first look at the sixth-generation Mustang in a six-city global tour Thursday, a move to get the maximum exposure for the 50th-anniversary model of the sports coupe. Few cars are as firmly planted in automotive culture. The Mustang has 5 million Facebook fans -- on par with a Hollywood celebrity -- and just about everyone over the age of 25 either has either owned one or had a friend or family member who did. It's also one of the most popular rental cars.
December 4, 2013 | By Samantha Schaefer
Thousands of car enthusiasts and fans of “Fast and Furious” star Paul Walker are expected to gather in remembrance of the actor and his friend Roger Rodas on Sunday at the site where the men died in a fiery crash. Thousands of people have RSVP'd for the meetup, which is scheduled to take place from noon to 5 p.m. on Sunday, at the crash site on Hercules Street in Valencia. The Facebook event , created by SoCal Car Meets, said the memorial is meant for fans and was not organized by them.
December 2, 2013 | By Kate Mather, James Rainey and Richard Winton
On weekends or late at night, the whine of high-performance engines echoes across an industrial park and nearby hills in Santa Clarita. In daylight, dramatic skid marks on the mostly unlined roadway are evidence of racing and burnouts. Speed aficionados know the spot well, on the far side of the 5 Freeway from the Magic Mountain theme park. They come to try their hand at "drifting," over-steering so that the tail ends of their Nissans and Mitsubishis slide and shimmy through a spot called Hercules Curve.
Outrigger clubs from Santa Barbara to San Diego are expected to compete in a rigorous, open water race from Dana Point to Laguna Beach and back. The 20-mile, outrigger canoe race marks the 30th annual competition sponsored by the Dana Outrigger Club. About 600 competitors are expected. Coordination is crucial in such a strenuous race. Teams are made up of nine paddlers: Six crew members paddle while three rest, then rotate every 20 to 25 minutes.
August 11, 1989 | DAVE HALL
To the average sports fan, it's not exactly Koufax and Drysdale returning to Chavez Ravine. But on the beach, the names Selznick and Vogelsang and Von Hagen and Menges also conjure visions of heroic summers long ago. They played volleyball. They were kings of the beach before the tour went pro and the "beach" was extended to Phoenix and Milwaukee and Boulder, Colo. Before light beer and cable television.
November 2, 2013 | By Jen Leo
This app lets you create your own Instagram-like travel journal. Name: Spottly Available for: iPhone and iPad What it does: Uses your smartphone and desktop photos and your own notes to make personal travel bucket lists. Lazy? You can use photos from the Internet or re-post other people's notes. Cost: Free What's hot: I loved browsing the "Featured" section and found restaurant after restaurant that I wanted to try in foreign destinations whose names I couldn't pronounce, much less read (Asian characters are in play here)
October 13, 2013 | By Matt Stevens
Santa Monica will regulate the use of its public parks for fitness classes and charge fees to trainers after complaints from some residents that their space has become overrun by athletic enthusiasts. In a 5-1 vote last week, the City Council set restrictions on which parks can be used for training, when they can be used, how many students can participate in a class and what kind of equipment is allowed. The council also established permit fees and an additional flat fee to be paid by trainers, which varies based on the size of their classes.
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