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January 29, 2013 | By Christie D'Zurilla
For years, rumor had it that Bobby Brown had introduced Whitney Houston to drugs - but Michael Houston, one of the singer's two older brothers, has revealed to Oprah Winfrey that the real story was quite different. It's a story that has Michael Houston "living, but not alive" since his younger sister's death almost a year ago. "I feel responsible for what I let go so far," he told Oprah in a Monday interview on OWN that primarily featured mother Cissy Houston, who has a new tell-all memoir out. In that book, Cissy says she didn't understand her children doing drugs then, and she doesn't understand it now. Said Michael Houston, "We were always, you know, being together most of the time, and her following behind me -- I taught her to drive.
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ENTERTAINMENT
March 1, 2013 | By Christie D'Zurilla
Bonnie Franklin, star of TV's "One Day at a Time," died Friday at her home in Los Angeles, suffering complications from the pancreatic cancer she had revealed in September. The actress was 69. Later Friday, her sitcom daughters shared their thoughts online. Valerie Bertinelli, who played the younger of divorced mom Ann Romano's kids on the long-running show, said simply on Twitter, "My heart is breaking. " She included a snapshot of herself with Franklin. She continued on her website . "Bonnie has always been one of the most important women in my life and was a second mother to me," Bertinelli wrote.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 30, 2012 | By Christie D'Zurilla
Francesca Eastwood, daughter of Clint Eastwood and actress Frances Fisher, was named Miss Golden Globe 2013 by the Hollywood Foreign Press Assn. on Thursday night at an event in West Hollywood. The 19-year-old, who'll help out during the Jan. 13 ceremony, follows in the footsteps of other celeb kids who've filled the role, including recent choices Rumer Willis, Gia Mantegna, Lorraine Nicholson, Lily Costner and Mavis Spencer, daughter of Alfre Woodard. Last year's pick was Rainey Qualley, daughter of Andie McDowell.
BUSINESS
October 2, 2012 | Michael Hiltzik
Who's the most influential billionaire business figure in national politics? If you answered one of the Koch brothers (Charles or David) or George Soros, you're wearing your partisan blinders. The former are known for their devotion to conservative causes, the latter to liberal. In either case, you're wrong. The most influential billionaire in America is Peter G. Peterson. The son of Greek immigrants, Peterson, 86, served as Commerce secretary under President Nixon, then became chairman and chief executive of Lehman Bros.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 25, 2012 | By Christie D'Zurilla
Sarah Michelle Gellar and Freddie Prinze Jr. are parents of a new baby boy. The couple "are thrilled to announce that they welcomed a baby son into the world this past week," her rep told Us Weekly on Monday. Gellar (she's been Prinze since 2007, actually) may have played two sisters on her most recent series, "Ringer," but it's a brother and sister she and her husband have brought into the world -- and wee Charlotte Grace "is very excited to be a big sister," the rep said.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 4, 2013 | By Daniel Miller
Whimsic Alley, the Miracle Mile shop that sells "Harry Potter" merchandise and was sued by Warner Bros. for trademark infringement, has reached a settlement with the studio that will allow the store to remain open, owner Stanley Goldin told The Times in an email. In March, Warner Bros., the distributor of the "Harry Potter" movies and since 1998 the owner of the bulk of the "Potter" trademarks, targeted the shop with a lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court in Los Angeles that some fans feared would force the store to close.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 5, 2013 | By Christie D'Zurilla
Wesley Snipes has been released from prison and transferred into a house-arrest situation. The "Blade" and "White Men Can't Jump" actor got out of the federal pen on Tuesday, TMZ reported , after serving the bulk of a three-year sentence for failing to file tax returns in 1999, 2000 and 2001, during which time he earned $40 million. Snipes was convicted in 2008 in Florida, but fought his sentence vigorously right up until the week or so before he went behind bars in Pennsylvania on Dec. 9, 2010.
NEWS
August 27, 2013 | By Jeff Spurrier
For most garden plants, flowering is a sign of renewed life. That's not the case with the succulent blue agave ( Agave tequilana ). Like other agaves, tequilana flowers only at the end of the plant's life. A 15-foot  asparagus-like stalk emerges from the center, sending out puffballs of flowers at the top. The mother plant then dies, but not before producing pups at its perimeter. Most blue agaves never get to that stage, however. The sugar-rich sap that develops prior to flowering can be fermented into the alcoholic drink called pulque; the heart, or pina, is used in the production of tequila.
BUSINESS
November 20, 2010 | Michael Hiltzik
In these troubled economic times, it's not hard to understand why people might want to protect their life savings by purchasing a hard asset like gold or silver. At least, that's the pitch of Monex, the big Newport Beach investment firm, which bills itself as "America's trusted name in precious metals investments" and assures clients that it's "committed to customer service. " So let's take a look at the experiences of some customers who say their trust in Monex was misplaced.
BUSINESS
June 15, 2012 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Twenty-five years ago Friday, Steve Wilhite invented the GIF file format and bestowed upon the world the perfect vehicle for some of the best memes ever created. It's more than a picture but not quite a video, but so often, it's just perfect -- especially with the rise of Tumblr. But what Wilhite also did when he invented the format for CompuServe back in June 15, 1987, was begin one of the most hotly debated arguments of all (Internet) history: Is GIF pronounced like "gif" as in the first three letters of "gift" or "jif" as in the peanut butter . It's an argument that's raged across the Internet on forums , has Web pages dedicated to it and is even addressed by Wikipedia . So which is it?
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