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April 18, 2013 | By Jamie Simons
Raising a child is like doing a puzzle in the dark. You get two pieces together and think, "Finally, I know what to do," not realizing there are a hundred more pieces scattered across the room. For the parent of a special needs child, that puzzle has a thousand pieces flung across a minefield. I know. My husband and I have been navigating that field for the last 11 years. If you were to meet my daughter today, at age 12, you would probably find her delightful. She's smart, polite, funny, creative and fun. But it wasn't always this way. When she was a toddler, we watched in horror as she banged her head against the wall, coated her skin with ice cream just for the sensation and had trouble navigating different surfaces without falling.
April 5, 2013 | By Louis Sahagun and Joseph Serna
Three retired judges will determine who gets the $1-million Christopher Dorner reward, the Los Angeles Police Department said Friday. People have until April 19 to claim their portion of the money. The reward - a collection of smaller donations from about a dozen agencies, groups and individuals - was initially offered for Dorner's “capture and conviction.” However, that's “irrelevant” under the new criteria, according to new reward guidelines, because Dorner was chased into a cabin in Big Bear, where he eventually shot himself.
March 3, 2013 | By David Wharton
The frozen fields of Wyoming came first. Long before the championship trophies. Before the glitz and glamour. Jerry Buss was still a teenager, digging ditches beside his stepfather, when he dreamed of bigger things. It was youthful ambition - a hunger for excitement - that led him to Southern California, where he amassed a fortune in real estate, traded it all to buy the Lakers, then became the man who transformed pro basketball from sport into spectacle. "I really tried to create a Laker image, a distinct identity," he said years later.
February 18, 2013 | By David Wharton
Jerry Buss, the longtime owner of the Lakers whose penchant for showmanship helped turn the game of basketball into “Showtime” and who led the team to 10 NBA championships, died Monday. He was 80. A self-made millionaire who built his fortune in real estate, Buss bought the Lakers in 1979. He charted his successful course with marquee players Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Magic Johnson, Kobe Bryant and Shaquille O'Neal, Hall of Fame coaches Pat Riley and Phil Jackson, celebrities sitting courtside and Laker Girls dancing during timeouts.
January 20, 2013 | By Steven Zeitchik
PARK CITY, Utah - The Baltimore Ravens finally got over the hump and won an AFC championship, but it was a sports victory of a different sort that filled the air Sunday afternoon at the Sundance Film Festival. “Linsanity,” the documentary about the rise of unlikely NBA point guard Jeremy Lin, premiered in Park City to rousing response, easily making it one of the most crowd-pleasing documentaries to play the festival this year. Sports fans stood up and cheered, while a coach said he thought it should be mandatory viewing for high school athletes.
December 20, 2012 | By Mindy Farabee
With her searing portrayal of Anne, a former music teacher who must confront her mortality in painful increments in director Michael Haneke's bracingly unsentimental "Amour," 84-year-old Emmanuelle Riva has wowed critics. The idea of tackling such challenging material didn't faze Riva, who costars with another of France's top actors, Jean-Louis Trintignant. "I found myself racing onto set," she says, "so drawn was I to the character and the project we were engaged in. " The study of an elderly Parisian couple opened in the U.S. on Wednesday already one of 2012's most honored films, having racked up top prizes including the Cannes Palme d'Or, a near sweep of the European Film Awards and best picture of the year from the Los Angeles Film Critics Assn.
December 1, 2012 | By Noel Murray
Beasts of the Southern Wild 20th Century Fox, $29.98; Blu-ray, $39.99 Available on VOD beginning Dec. 4 Part gritty social realism and part fevered post-apocalyptic fantasy, Benh Zeitlin's film is undoubtedly something extraordinary. The grade-school-aged Quvenzhané Wallis stars as Hushpuppy, a girl who lives with her oft-absent father in a water-bound region of Louisiana populated by a mix of people who work the land and teach their kids about the coming floods and the giant, hairy boar-type creatures who will arrive in their wake.
November 28, 2012 | By Melissa Healy, Los Angeles Times, For the Booster Shots blog
At the time of his death of an aortic aneurysm at age 76, Albert Einstein's brain was no bigger, and weighed no more, than the brain of an average older male. But beneath that unique organ's external folds and fissures, our universe was re-conceived. So not surprisingly, when photographs of Einstein's postmortem brain unexpectedly came to light recently, scientists were keen to find evidence of the genius that lay within. The result is a remarkably detailed look at the surface of Einstein's brain, published recently in the journal Brain.
November 24, 2012 | Steve Lopez
Rodney and Renee Brooks live near 101st and Central Avenue in Watts, and it was in that house - a modest two-story, brown stucco cube - that they raised six extraordinary children. Jason is at Harvard, working on a PhD in education. Veronica went to Columbia for a master's in finance. Amanda graduated from Boston College and is in a master's program at Hunter College. Virginia is studying for a master's at Southern Methodist while working 60 hours a week in three jobs.
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