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September 25, 2013 | By Glenn Whipp
The invitation to Tuesday night's special screening of Alexander Payne's new movie, "Nebraska," came from Will Forte, whose surprise casting provides just one of the film's many unexpected pleasures. And Forte was taking his hosting duties seriously, welcoming friends and guests to United Talent Agency's pristine screening room, offering a few introductory remarks ("Oh ... I was told you were allowed to record it ... wait, now I'm being told ... ") and even directing people to the bathroom during a pleasant, low-key reception following the film.
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AUTOS
October 12, 2013 | By David Undercoffler
Compact cars are like toasters. Almost everyone, at some point, has owned one. They do their job without drama. Only rarely do they burn you. Automakers have traditionally played it safe in this segment, the automotive equivalent of selling appliances: The products are designed for a simple task, without much thought to style or fun. Compacts are often a buyer's introduction to a brand. The cars' size, price and practicality appeals to a wide swath of customers, whom automakers hope to hook for more expensive purchases throughout their lifetimes.
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SPORTS
November 20, 2011 | Eric Sondheimer
Thirty-five years ago, when I had just graduated from high school and was starting out in journalism, one of my first assignments was covering City Section cross-country. I had to copy the names of the top three finishers in each league race and write a short story about what happened. Even then, I was curious about these crazy high school kids who ran 50 to 60 miles a week, didn't receive much attention but loved the challenge. So there I was last week at the City finals at Pierce College, looking for a little inspiration.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 25, 2013 | By Glenn Whipp
The invitation to Tuesday night's special screening of Alexander Payne's new movie, "Nebraska," came from Will Forte, whose surprise casting provides just one of the film's many unexpected pleasures. And Forte was taking his hosting duties seriously, welcoming friends and guests to United Talent Agency's pristine screening room, offering a few introductory remarks ("Oh ... I was told you were allowed to record it ... wait, now I'm being told ... ") and even directing people to the bathroom during a pleasant, low-key reception following the film.
OPINION
July 25, 2005
AUTOMOTIVE TECHNOLOGY reaches new heights all the time, yet the fuel economy standard for passenger cars -- 27.5 miles per gallon -- is the same as it was 30 years ago. Backward as that is, congressional negotiators hammering out the woeful energy bill have killed two amendments that would have required a measly one extra mile per gallon each year over several years. Existing technology could bring auto fuel economy close to 45 mpg on average.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 26, 1999
An exceptional situation demands an exceptional response from the Federal Aviation Administration. The National Transportation Safety Board has confirmed what was long suspected about the Boeing 737, the world's most commonly used airliner. A valve in the rudder control system can malfunction and cause the rudder to steer the plane in the direction opposite of the pilot's command. This very rare occurrence involves the vertical tail section, which guides the plane right or left.
NEWS
March 3, 1991 | CHRISTINA V. GODBEY
Sherry Reynolds is putting her best foot forward and running in today's Los Angeles Marathon to raise funds for the American Red Cross. Reynolds, director of financial development for the Santa Monica Red Cross, was inspired to participate when her husband ran in the marathon three years ago. "I was on the sidelines, and I just became hooked," she said. "With my husband's encouragement and support, I began to train for my first marathon nearly two years ago."
SPORTS
January 16, 2005 | Eric Stephens;Lonnie White, From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Before playing Big West Conference rival Utah State on Saturday, several Cal State Northridge players arrived earlier than usual to work on their perimeter shooting. The extra practice helped because the Matadors made eight of 17 three-point baskets to help them defeat the visiting Aggies, 70-67, in front of 1,189 at Northridge. Coming in, Northridge had made only 29.6% of its three-pointers in 14 games.
SPORTS
June 8, 1996 | JOHN ORTEGA
One of the greatest distance-running seasons by a U.S. high school girl will end today when Kim Mortensen of Thousand Oaks High runs in the mile in the International Prep Invitational in Elmhurst, Ill. Mortensen, who set a national high school record of 9 minutes 48.59 seconds in the 3,200 meters in the Southern Section Masters Meet two weeks ago, appears to have an excellent chance to qualify for the U.S. team that will compete in August in the World Junior Championships in Sydney, Australia.
SPORTS
January 16, 2012 | Bill Plaschke
The giant black metal gate slams shut, click, locked, leaving the scrubbed faces of the Sacred Heart High basketball players alone with the weathered streets of Lincoln Heights. The girls collectively sigh. They shake away the worry that stretches from the bob in their ponytails to the dirt on their sneakers. They begin their daily journey. For the next 15 minutes or so, covering a mile that feels like a marathon, the 10 players will walk or jog through a neighborhood that will stare and scowl.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 10, 2013 | By Dianne de Guzman
Although it's Mother's Day this weekend, some small recognition does need to go out to some fathers out there who go the extra mile, including wearing their daughter's child-sized backpack around town so she doesn't have to. Photographer Candice C. Montgomery caught this special moment between a man and his daughter on the Metro Red Line with her Canon 40D. Each week, we're featuring photos of Southern California submitted by readers....
SPORTS
October 17, 2012 | By Paul Sullivan
DETROIT - The legend of Justin Verlander keeps growing as Detroit's postseason rolls on. The Tigers' ace put on a masterful performance Tuesday night at Comerica Park, leading Detroit to a 2-1 victory over the New York Yankees and putting them one win away from the World Series. "It's great to be up 3-0, but against this lineup, against this team, you never know," Verlander said. "Never take anything for granted in this postseason. We've seen some crazy games. " Max Scherzer faces CC Sabathia on Wednesday night in the possible clincher.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 7, 2012 | By John Horn, Nicole Sperling and Mark Olsen, Los Angeles Times
TELLURIDE, Colo. - You can't blame writer-director Ariel Vromen for not knowing what time it is. Soon after the world premiere of his crime drama "The Iceman" last week at the Venice Film Festival, the filmmaker traveled for nearly 24 hours - flying from Venice to Frankfurt to Chicago to Denver to Montrose, Colo., then driving two hours on vertiginous roads - to reach the Telluride Film Festival, for another screening of his movie. Despite a five o'clock shadow and a giddy manner attesting to his trek of 6,000 miles, the filmmaker confessed to little weariness.
SPORTS
January 16, 2012 | Bill Plaschke
The giant black metal gate slams shut, click, locked, leaving the scrubbed faces of the Sacred Heart High basketball players alone with the weathered streets of Lincoln Heights. The girls collectively sigh. They shake away the worry that stretches from the bob in their ponytails to the dirt on their sneakers. They begin their daily journey. For the next 15 minutes or so, covering a mile that feels like a marathon, the 10 players will walk or jog through a neighborhood that will stare and scowl.
NEWS
December 16, 2011 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Travel & Deal blogger
My e-mailbox is exploding with deals from hotels and travel companies guaranteed to ratchet up the jolly factor this holiday season. Except one. Custom Hotel near LAX seeks people with "the most deflated of Christmas spirits, i.e., those who are 'over it' and just need a little escape. " Post a no-ho-ho tale on the hotel's Facebook page by Dec. 25 and you might snag a $12 hotel room. (As of Thursday, Custom had 10 more rooms to give away.) Winners from the previous day's entries are announced around 6 p.m. PST each day, and vouchers for $12 rooms are good through the end of March.
SPORTS
November 20, 2011 | Eric Sondheimer
Thirty-five years ago, when I had just graduated from high school and was starting out in journalism, one of my first assignments was covering City Section cross-country. I had to copy the names of the top three finishers in each league race and write a short story about what happened. Even then, I was curious about these crazy high school kids who ran 50 to 60 miles a week, didn't receive much attention but loved the challenge. So there I was last week at the City finals at Pierce College, looking for a little inspiration.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 19, 1995 | ANDREW D. BLECHMAN
Oxnard resident Betty Jimenez left for a three-week stay in the Caribbean on Monday night, but she didn't even pack a bathing suit. Instead, the 62-year-old Red Cross volunteer packed a flashlight and extra batteries. "I brought some laundry detergent, too, in case I get a moment's break," said Jimenez, who expects to work 12- to 14-hour days helping victims of Hurricane Marilyn. Jimenez will run an emergency care center in Puerto Rico or one of the U.
SPORTS
November 6, 2011 | By Ben Bolch
Watching the Gerhart boys play football used to be as easy as heading over to Norco High. Toby was the star running back, Garth the starting center and Coltin the ball boy who hung on his brothers' every play. Orchestrating it all was Todd, their father and Norco's coach. And there in the stands was Lori, all those Friday nights in the fall spent cheering her husband and sons. But times change even in the place known as Horsetown U.S.A., where equestrian trails still line a side on busy streets and hitching posts remain outside stores and restaurants.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 18, 2010 | By Alexandra Zavis, Los Angeles Times
Watching helplessly as a desperate crowd gathered around his truck in Haiti earlier this month, Fernando Pullum began to fear he had made a terrible mistake. The Los Angeles musician and educator had gone there to take food to orphans left homeless by the devastating earthquake. But all he saw were menacing-looking men. "They looked like the Sopranos," Pullum said. "I'm thinking maybe we got shown some bogus pictures of orphans and we just got suckered into driving all this way to bring food to these adults."
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