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August 11, 1985
Thanks a lot for nothing, KHJ-TV, for airing the dull, boring "Those Amazing Animals" in place of the exciting "Voyagers." A bad mistake. Sarita Sarnobat, Diamond Bar
April 4, 2014 | Bill Plaschke
Vin Scully, marching to the middle of the field to throw out the ceremonial first pitch in all his red-roaring glory, was on time. Yasiel Puig was not. Sandy Koufax, sprinting out of the dugout to home plate to catch that pitch amid shrieks of surprise, was on time. Yasiel Puig was not. The best of Dodgers history and majesty showed up as scheduled Friday in what should have been a glorious 53rd home opener at Dodger Stadium. If only their most exciting young player of the present had shown this game the same respect.
August 23, 1992
Heilbrun emerges as a fine role model for women over 50. She is courageous and knows that the later years offer exciting opportunities for those brave enough to take advantage of them. DIANE KOVACS Los Angeles
March 27, 2014 | By Betsy Sharkey, Los Angeles Times Film Critic
There is a scene midway through Gareth Evans' action-crime thriller "The Raid 2" that exemplifies the excruciating and exhilarating experience of this gripping paean to the ballet, brutality and blood that courses through martial arts films. The players are not the key ones, but the action is exquisite as two attractive 20-ish Indonesian assassins, a brother-sister team, identify their target in a subway car. Amid tight space and other passengers, Hammer Girl, a mesmerizing Julie Estelle, her long hair swinging in time with the claw hammers she wields, approaches the prey; her brother, Baseball Bat Man (Very Tri Yulisman)
January 9, 1988
Here's an idea for keeping the Rose Bowl competitive in the future: Send the champion of the Big Ten to face the second-best team in the Pac-10. It worked great this year. The game was far more exciting than the slaughter we are used to seeing. MARCO A. ANGULO Montebello
October 26, 1985
I'm really sick of these so-called Dodger fans continuing to second-guess Tommy Lasorda's decision to pitch to Jack Clark. Speaking as one of the 55,000 in the stadium that afternoon, I know that we were all on our feet chanting: "One more out! One more out!" clearly impatient to win the game, knowing full well that even the best hitters pop up more often than they hit home runs. The fact that we saw the game, as well as the season, disappear over the left-field wall takes nothing away from what was indeed the most exciting game of the year and one of the most exciting seasons in Los Angeles Dodger history.
February 7, 2008
First, a really bad Germs bio-pic, followed by three 50-year-olds and a TV actor impersonating the dead lead singer playing live as the band ["With Shane West, 'New' Germs Spreading," Dec. 27]. It sounds a lot more like "Punk'd" than punk to me. The "new" Germs are the complete antithesis of what was exhilarating and exciting about punk, circa 1977. Nicole Panter Twentynine Palms Panter managed the Germs from 1977-80.
December 21, 1991
As a Laker fan of 25 years, having attended hundreds of games and watched or listened to thousands more on TV or radio, I seriously doubt if the majority of fans would agree with Mark Barnett of Temecula, who would rather have the Lakers lose, 120-115, than win, 85-80. Mr. Barnett might enjoy a season as a Denver Nugget fan, but I wouldn't. Incidentally, losing teams seldom generate the income necessary to support "exciting" players. S. DENNIS FOSTER Rialto
April 25, 2008 | Dawn C. Chmielewski, Times Staff Writer
When a 15-year-old girl flashes a hint of her green bra in a playfully naughty photo on the Internet, hardly anyone -- aside from perhaps her parents -- blinks. But when the teen is Miley Cyrus, the face of the billion-dollar "Hannah Montana" Disney Channel franchise, everyone stares. The provocative images risk tainting the squeaky-clean image that's made her a hero for young girls. Disney Channel has emerged as a powerful creative engine for the Walt Disney Co.
Mitchell can't stop washing his hands. Philip has trouble keeping his clothes on--even in cold weather. And Luke goes everywhere with a pair of men's bikini underpants around his neck. Bizarre behavior? Maybe by adult standards, but not for little kids. For 4-year-old Philip, 2-year-old Luke and 3-year-old Mitchell, it's just a part of growing up. Parents may be worried when children's habits mimic frightening adult disorders, but the experts say: Relax.
March 20, 2014 | By Jason Song and Larry Gordon
Students at UC Irvine say they are excited about having President Obama speak at their commencement this year after the news was announced Thursday. “I feel it to be a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity,” said Alex Liao, an international studies major who is scheduled to graduate. The president will deliver the address at Irvine's 50th anniversary ceremony in June. Liao had been worried there would be only one large ceremony that would deprive students of the chance to walk across the stage and receive their diplomas, but having Obama and smaller ceremonies was the “optimal solution,” he said.
March 17, 2014 | By David Wharton
Most college fans would be hard-pressed to tell you anything about the Eastern Kentucky basketball team. The school from just south of Lexington has no All-Americans on its roster. The coach isn't famous and the fight song isn't particularly catchy. But when the NCAA tournament begins later this week, don't be surprised if people start paying attention to - and rooting for - the Colonels. The reason is simple. As forward Deverin Muff says: "They want to see us upset a big school.
March 3, 2014 | By Lance Pugmire
Juan Manuel Marquez's promoter in Mexico said Monday that the fighter was pleased with terms for a May 17 fight against Mike Alvarado at the Forum, and has had a change of heart and is open to a fifth fight against Manny Pacquiao. Marquez (55-7-1, 40 knockouts) told promoter Fernando Beltran he wants to share the Alvarado offer with his wife, and trainer “Nacho” Beristain, to get their input, then will meet again with Beltran on Thursday in Mexico City. The 40-year-old Marquez, who last fought and lost a split decision to Timothy Bradley in October in Las Vegas, previously said he wasn't interested in a fifth fight against Pacquiao, who fights for Bradley's World Boxing Organization welterweight belt April 12 at MGM Grand in Las Vegas.
February 28, 2014 | By Ricardo Lopez
Dennis V. Arriola, the son of Mexican immigrants who first settled in a trailer home in Compton, has been named chief executive of Southern California Gas Co. The 53-year-old becomes the company's first Latino chief executive, taking the helm of the largest natural-gas distribution firm in the country. Arriola will oversee a utility that had $364 million in earnings last year, up from $289 million in 2012. The company, a subsidiary of Sempra Energy, serves nearly 21 million customers through 5.8 million meters at homes and businesses.
February 14, 2014 | By Christie D'Zurilla
Eva Amurri Martino, the actress daughter of Susan Sarandon, is pregnant with her first child! “Having a family has always been a priority for us both and we couldn't be happier!,” the couple said in confirming the news to People . The baby's daddy is husband Kyle Martino, a former soccer star who married his gal in October 2011, with Sarandon and former partner Tim Robbins hosting the occasion. "Ecstatic bout the new addition to our tribe," Sarandon said on Twitter , posting a link to People's they're-expecting story.
February 14, 2014 | By Meredith Blake
NEW YORK - Outside Studio 6B at 30 Rockefeller Plaza, the once and future home of "The Tonight Show," the smell of fresh paint and sawdust fills the air. Visitors to one of the last tapings of "Late Night With Jimmy Fallon" are led up a back staircase by an NBC page, winding carefully past dusty drop cloths and dumpsters piled with construction waste. FOR THE RECORD: Jimmy Fallon: A Feb. 16 article about new "Tonight Show" host Jimmy Fallon said that the program was returning to the same NBC New York studio where it resided for its first 15 years before Johnny Carson took the show to Burbank.
July 2, 2007 | Mike Hiserman, Times Staff Writer
As some of the top swimmers in the world gathered at the Santa Clara International Invitational over the weekend, the hot topic was a woman whose best days -- competing in the pool anyway -- are probably behind her. Amanda Beard's Playboy pictorial was all the rage. Asked whether she would consider posing nude, Leisel Jones of Australia, world champion in the breast stroke, laughed and told Times reporter Lisa Dillman, "I don't think I have the body for it. She's got the looks; she can do it."
After every Roller Hockey International game, hundreds of kids are allowed to lug hockey sticks, roller pucks and caps into the locker room in search of their favorite players' autographs. No one can say RHI, Ltd., doesn't know its fan base. Those little-known signatures may not be worth a lot at a sports memorabilia show, but they mean something to the youngsters who seek them. And their value is even more apparent to RHI, which stages its third annual all-star game at the Pond at 7 tonight.
January 28, 2014 | By Eric Sondheimer
Lyle Lin, a 6-foot-2, 200-pound sophomore catcher from Taiwan, will become eligible at JSerra in April, and by then he could be ready to make an impact. Coach Brett Kay said, "He is just learning but can flat out play. " Besides learning English, Lin is picking up hitting and catching skills. And he might get a look on the mound, too.  
January 24, 2014 | By Lisa Dillman and Lance Pugmire
Ducks Coach Bruce Boudreau played his outdoor hockey under the lights, Kings Coach Darryl Sutter under the stars. Growing up in Finland, Ducks center Saku Koivu played not on Golden Pond, but on frozen swamps. Kings center Mike Richards spent almost every winter day skating up and down the outdoor community center rink run by his parents in Kenora, Ontario. No matter if they were from Canada or Europe, in an urban center or a rural area, their shared childhood experience was outdoor hockey.
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