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November 5, 2009 | Patrick Kevin Day
A love for the horror films of the late 1970s and early 1980s fueled writer-director Ti West's precise re-creation of the period in his film "The House of the Devil." But he started with a very odd detail. "The first thing [production designer Jade Healy and I] planned on was using the Coke cups that say Coke really big on the side," he said. The memory of the Coke cups played large in West's self-professed photographic memory of the era, which he bolstered by making extensive lists of items he remembered from his youth.
April 8, 2014 | By Mike Bresnahan
It could always be worse. The Lakers could have been pounded into a sad corner of team history with Dwight Howard in Houston's lineup. So they got hit with the next worst thing, losing to the Rockets without the injured Howard, 145-130, and clinching their most miserable win-loss record since moving to Los Angeles in 1960. With four games to go, the Lakers (25-53) already outdid the 1974-75 team that went 30-52. The Lakers keep seeking stability, a main reason team executives Jim Buss and Mitch Kupchak recently sat down with Kobe Bryant for a clear-the-air meeting, The Times has learned.
March 23, 2013 | By Mike DiGiovanna
TEMPE, Ariz.  -- The Angels can score in bunches, as they showed again Friday, when they amassed nine runs for the second straight game. The question is, will they have enough pitching to win high-scoring games? They didn't in Friday's 13-9 loss to Kansas City, when C.J. Wilson was rocked for eight runs and eight hits in 2 2/3 innings, and they didn't in Thursday night's 10-9 loss to Texas, when Jerome Williams couldn't make it out of the second inning. The Angels have a 7.26 earned-run average in 25 spring games - a full run worse than any team in baseball - and of their five starters, only Joe Blanton has had a decent spring.
April 2, 2014 | By Mike Bresnahan
SACRAMENTO - Pau Gasol's vertigo came back with a vengeance and Chris Kaman's right calf wouldn't cooperate. It was almost time for assistant coaches Kurt Rambis and Mark Madsen to suit up for the Lakers. "Only if they let me wear the short shorts," Rambis said beforehand and, yeah, that wasn't really possible. So the Lakers plowed ahead with nine players and lost to the equally awful Sacramento Kings, 107-102, on Wednesday at Sleep Train Arena. The Lakers (25-50)
April 27, 2013 | By Kevin Baxter
Former Dodgers and Angels are playing roles for teams all around the major leagues. Times staff writer Kevin Baxter ranks the teams and provides updates on them. (Statistics through Friday's games. Last week's rankings in parentheses): 1. TEXAS Ex-Dodgers Adrian Beltre (four HRs), Derek Lowe (1-0 in five games) making contributions. (7) 2. ATLANTA Former Dodger Reed Johnson hitting .250 off the Braves' bench. (1) 3. ST. LOUIS Dodgers helped St. Louis to a title when they sent Rafael Furcal there in 2011.
February 26, 2010 | Eric Sondheimer
Pitchers Name; School; Cl; Comment Cody Buckel; Royal; senior. Pepperdine signee doesn't make mistakes. Dylan Covey; Maranatha; senior. Could be top 10 draft pick in June. Ryon Healy; Crespi; senior. Oregon signee was 11-0 with 1.81 ERA. .Henry Owens; Edison; Junior Went 10-1 with 0.98 ERA as a sophomore Aaron Sanchez; Barstow; senior. Oregon signee was AFLAC Al-American. Peter Tago; Dana Hills; senior. UCLA commit is pro prospect.
August 21, 2012 | By Mike DiGiovanna
BOSTON — Mike Butcher is under fire for the first time in six years as pitching coach, the Angels struggling to the point where many fans are calling for Butcher to be dumped the way hitting coach Mickey Hatcher was in May. Butcher, whose staffs have excelled for most of his tenure in Anaheim, hasn't retreated into a corner and gone into a rope-a-dope. Asked about the criticism before Tuesday night's game at Fenway Park, Butcher came out swinging. "I'm not going to defend my job, because I know how good I am," he said.
May 27, 2012 | By Steve Dilbeck, This post has been updated. See the note below for details.
Nathan Eovaldi appears headed back to the Dodgers to make at least one start for left-hander Ted Lilly. Lilly was off to a brilliant start this season, going 6-1 with a 1.79 earned-run average in his seven starts before getting knocked around for eight runs in 3 1/3 innings in Arizona on Wednesday during his eighth start. The Dodgers would not confirm that he was injured, but Lilly is not expected to make his next scheduled start Tuesday against the Brewers. [ Updated, 9:01 p.m., May 27 : Chattanooga pitching coach Chuck Crim later confirmed to The Times' Kevin Baxter that Eovaldi is headed to Los Angeles and said he was told the right-hander would take Lilly's place in the rotation.]
February 16, 1997
Re: "Clash Couture," (Style, Dec. 22): Sorry, I can't appreciate it. I guess I was brought up in an era that was just too clash conscious. Dick Hirsch Silverado
December 6, 1992
Commendations to KCOP for airing National Geographic's "Superliners: Twilight of an Era" (Oct. 18). It covered a period when the only way to Europe was by sea. Frank Argall, Sherman Oaks
April 2, 2014 | By Eric Sondheimer
 Huntington Beach High has been waiting patiently for the arrival of Hagen Danner, one of the stars from the 2011 Little League World Series championship team. Now that he's a freshman, Danner is living up to the hype. So what if Edison players were yelling from the dugout in the seventh inning with the bases loaded and two outs on Wednesday trying to pressure the 15-year-old pitcher who's already committed to UCLA. "The kid has pitched in front of the world," Huntington Beach Coach Benji Medure said.
March 22, 2014 | By Mike DiGiovanna
PHOENIX  - The Angels and Milwaukee Brewers did not use instant replay in Saturday's exhibition game in Maryvale Park, but Joe Blanton did, which is not necessarily a good thing for the veteran right-hander. Blanton, in what may have been his last chance to win a spot on the Angels' pitching staff, was tagged for four earned runs and six hits, including a home run, in 41/3 innings, striking out three and walking four, a near carbon copy of many of his starts from 2013, when he went 2-14 with a 6.04 earned-run average.
March 22, 2014 | By Ralph Vartabedian
In a Louisiana swamp several miles upriver from the Gulf of Mexico, about 3,000 construction workers are building a massive industrial facility to liquefy natural gas, preparing for a new era when the U.S. will begin exporting energy around the globe. The $12-billion project is one of the largest single industrial investments in the nation, part of a massive transformation of the energy sector that has led to a boom in drilling, transportation and refining from coast to coast. Five years ago, the idea of exporting U.S. gas and oil was not only unheard of, but, in the case of most U.S. crude oil, illegal.
March 21, 2014 | By Scott Martelle
Early in his new history of humanity's embrace of nuclear energy and radiation, Craig Nelson writes about the impoverished 19-year-old Manya Sklowdowska and her lover, Casimir Zorawski, the eldest child in a wealthy Polish farming family for whom she worked as a nanny. His parents rejected the girl as below their station. The college-student son acquiesced, married someone else and went on to become a "well-regarded mathematician in Poland. " The jilted Manya became Marie Curie. The story of the star-crossed lovers and the unforeseen consequences of a single decision dovetail nicely with the sweep of our engagement with nuclear science.
March 15, 2014 | By Lauren Beale
If Leonardo DiCaprio needs to take a breather after his hard-fought Oscar battle, he can retreat to the Palm Springs estate he recently bought for $5.23 million. Set on 1.3 acres in the Old Las Palmas neighborhood, the renovated 1963 estate designed by architect Donald Wexler was once owned by Dinah Shore , the big band-era singer, television show host and avid golfer who died in 1994. The 7,022-square-foot Modernist showplace has floor-to-ceiling glass walls, wooden ceilings, a massive stone fireplace and a sunken bar in the living room.
March 15, 2014 | By Susan King
Robert Wagner is in a reflective mood. "Movies last forever," noted the veteran actor ("Broken Lance," "The Pink Panther," the "Austin Powers" series),  but the Hollywood he once knew has all but disappeared. "I turned around, and it was all gone," Wagner, 84, said recently in Beverly Hills. Known as R.J. to his friends and colleagues, he's dapper, charming, handsome and very much cut from the same cloth as the suave characters he played in the TV series "It Takes a Thief" and "Hart to Hart," in which he and Stefanie Powers played a wealthy crime-solving couple.
October 5, 2002 | Bill Shaikin
ANGELS' JARROD WASHBURN (0-0, 5.14 ERA in playoffs) vs. YANKEES' DAVID WELLS (19-7, 3.75 ERA in season) Edison Field, 1 p.m. TV--Channel 11. Radio--KLAC (570), XPRS (1090). Update--Washburn will start on three days' rest for the second time this season; he pitched eight shutout innings at Oakland on three days' rest last month. He started the first game of this series and received no decision, pitching seven innings and giving up four runs, all on home runs--solo shots by Derek Jeter and Rondell White and a two-run homer by Jason Giambi.
May 19, 1997 | BOB NIGHTENGALE
DODGERS' RAMON MARTINEZ (3-2, 3.79 ERA) vs. EXPOS' JEFF JUDEN (3-0, 4.58 ERA) Olympic Stadium, Montreal, 10:30 a.m. PDT Radio--KABC (790 AM), KWKW (1330 AM). * UPDATE: Martinez is off to a slow start, but the Dodgers have gone 7-2 in the nine games he has started. The Dodgers were shut out the only two times they have lost in Martinez's starts. Martinez, the only Dodger starter with an earned-run average higher than 3.00, has a 7.36 ERA in his last four starts.
March 10, 2014 | By Steven Zeitchik
At first blush, “300: Rise of an Empire” managed a nice success this weekend. It took in $45 million, enough for the top spot at the box office and a plethora of “conquering” puns that inevitably followed. The Noam Murro movie, starring Sullivan Stapleton and Eva Green, is also conforming to the Hollywood formula of built-for-international product of tallying two-thirds of its sales overseas (pretty much exactly at 66%-34%). But things may not be nearly as rosy for the swords-and-sandals sequel or the genre it represents.
February 27, 2014 | By Alana Semuels
KANSAS CITY, Kan. - At Noble Prentis Elementary School, a classroom is crammed with 31 students and all their backpacks and books. Last year, the fifth-grade class had just 17 students, but a teaching position was cut when the school ran short of money. The school nurse, who comes in only twice a week, freezes kitchen sponges to use as ice packs because her budget is too small for her to buy any. Schools have always had to fight for more funding, but Noble Prentis' problems were exacerbated during the recession when state budget cuts left schools, like many other public services, foundering.
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