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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 10, 2013 | By Elaine Woo
What do Richard Feynman , Willie Nelson, Frank Zappa and Boris Yeltsin have in common? The answer was embodied in a radiant, round-faced Siberian singer named Kongar-ol Ondar, whose voice was unlike any in the western world. Ondar was a master of throat singing, a vocal style native to his small Russian republic of Tuva. He mesmerized audiences with his ability to produce two or more notes simultaneously - a low, steady drone overlaid with higher pitched tones that to the unaccustomed ear sounded like a radio gone haywire.
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WORLD
July 15, 2013 | By Edmund Sanders
JERUSALEM - In an acceleration of its controversial crackdown on African asylum seekers, Israel has begun sending Eritrean refugees back to their restive homeland, where they face uncertain and potentially perilous futures. The first planeload of 14 Eritreans left Israel over the weekend and the government is expected to repatriate about 200 more in the coming days, according to refugee-rights groups. After receiving a flood of about 60,000 African refugees over the last seven years, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu declared the influx a threat to the country's security and Jewish character.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 20, 2013 | By Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times Film Critic
Note to self after watching "Somm": That nice person who helps you decide what wine to choose at an upscale restaurant just might be a little bit crazy. That is one of the messages of this glib but ultimately engaging documentary about the folks who not only become sommeliers but also expend the extraordinary effort necessary to become master sommeliers by passing an exam so rigorous it makes grown men weep. As written and directed by Jason Wise, "Somm" follows four individuals as they prepare to take the test that fewer than 200 people have passed in the more than 40 years since it was first given in the U.K. PHOTOS: Summer Sneaks 2013 The exam has three parts, all flowing from the basic job of the sommelier, which is to help patrons match the wine they choose to the food they've selected.
NATIONAL
April 21, 2013 | By Alana Semuels and Devin Kelly, Los Angeles Times
By 6 p.m. Friday, Watertown Police Chief Edward Deveau was discouraged. Six of his officers had battled heavily armed Boston Marathon bombing suspects early that morning. None of the six were hurt, but one suspect got away. Authorities had spent all day scouring 20 blocks of Watertown for 19-year old Dzhokhar Tsarnaev. Nothing. Figuring they couldn't keep the town locked down any longer, police told the public they were free to leave their homes. Some of Deveau's officers started to head home.
OPINION
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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.
SPORTS
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
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.
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