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ENTERTAINMENT
January 28, 2014 | By Randy Lewis
This post has been updated. See note below for details. Emmylou Harris, Vince Gill, Heart and Jason Mraz will appear together on March 4 as the annual All For the Hall benefit concert returns to Los Angeles to raise funds for Nashville's Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum. Actress Rita Wilson will host this year. This marks the 10th year of the event which brings together country, rock and pop musicians to raise money to help sustain the hall of fame and museum's operations.
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ENTERTAINMENT
January 28, 2014 | By Chris Lee, Los Angeles Times
To the pop cognoscenti, the French dance-music duo Daft Punk exists as an ideal, modern musicdom's most consistent, influential, enigmatic trailblazer, in addition to being crowned the major winner of the 2014 Grammy Awards by scoring record of the year and album of the year trophies. But to another section of the population - those willfully ignorant of this year's Coachella lineup, for instance - the question Sunday might have been: Who were those masked robots? Thanks to Daft Punk's abiding silence at the awards podium, its members' identities obscured by futuristic helmets straight out of Isaac Asimov's imagination - not to mention the mystique cultivated by remaining off camera for more than half of their performance of the ubiquitous "Get Lucky" with Nile Rodgers, Pharrell Williams and Stevie Wonder - the French duo spoke volumes about their selective embrace of the celebrity spotlight.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 27, 2014 | By Patrick Kevin Day
"Everybody Loves Raymond" ended in 2005, but the love persists. This spring, the Ray Romano sitcom will be inducted into the National Assn. of Broadcasters Broadcasting Hall of Fame at the NAB Show Television Luncheon on April 7. Series stars Ray Romano, Patricia Heaton, Doris Roberts, Brad Garrett and Monica Horan are expected to join series creator Phil Rosenthal for the induction ceremony at the luncheon in Las Vegas. Peter Boyle, who played Romano's father in the series, died in 2006.
SPORTS
January 24, 2014 | By Houston Mitchell
After the Baseball Hall of Fame inductees are announced each year, one of the fun things to do is figure out which team logo will appear on each inductees Hall of Fame plaque. Probably few would have guessed the choice made by Greg Maddux and Tony La Russa, two of this year's inductees: They will not have a team logo on the cap on their plaques. La Russa managed the Chicago White Sox, Oakland A's and St. Louis Cardinals. Most predicted he would choose the Cardinals. On Thursday, La Russa announced his reasoning for no logo: "The Chicago White Sox gave me my start in the game as a big league manager for my first eight seasons in my 33-year managerial career.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 20, 2014 | By Hailey Branson-Potts
From the very beginning, Colorado Boulevard was all about the car. Pasadena residents so loved their Ford Model Ts that in 1915 the city was said to have the highest rate of automobile ownership in the world. Colorado was a leg in the famed Route 66 and evolved along with the car culture, with roadside businesses giving way to bigger department stores and eventually to shopping centers. But these days, officials want to tame the famed street. Pasadena is considering plans to narrow portions of Colorado by as much as two lanes and use that space to widen sidewalks and create tiny parks with seating and greenery.
SPORTS
January 16, 2014 | By Mike James
Magic Johnson has never been reluctant to give his opinion on how the Lakers are playing, and Wednesday he said the problems on the court can be traced to the owner's office. Johnson, whose Hall of Fame playing career included five NBA titles in 13 seasons with the Lakers, says owner Jim Buss needs to take a few pages from the book written by his father, Jerry Buss , who made the Lakers one of the most successful and entertaining franchises in professional sports. "This is what happens when you make the wrong decisions, two coaching wrong decisions, giving Steve Nash that deal, it's backfired," Johnson said during a meeting at The Times between Dodgers officials and Times writers and editors.
SPORTS
January 16, 2014 | By Kevin Baxter
Former national team stars Brian McBride, Clint Mathis, Briana Scurry and Kristine Lilly and Galaxy President Chris Klein, a 13-year Major League Soccer veteran, are among the 27 players on the ballot for the National Soccer Hall of Fame's class of 2014. To be eligible for induction on the players' ballot, nominees must be retired for at least three years but no more than 10. They also must have played in 20 international games for the U.S. or played at least five seasons in an American first-division professional league, making at least one all-league or all-star team.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 16, 2014 | By David Colker
Ruth Duccini - who was just over 4 feet tall as an adult - went from Midwestern small-town life to being part of a troupe known and beloved by millions of people worldwide: She was one of the 124 Munchkins who appeared in the 1939 MGM classic musical "The Wizard of Oz. " But as much as she enjoyed making the film, she said it had become painful to watch. "Most of the people [in the film] that I knew are gone already," she told the Baltimore Sun in 2006, "and it makes you kind of sad when you see them.
SPORTS
January 13, 2014 | By Kevin Baxter
Baseball was drained of its charm and innocence long ago, when it went from being a kids' game to the multibillion-dollar enterprise we know as Baseball Inc. Now the sad spectacle involving Alex Rodriguez and his former drug dealer, Tony Bosch, is robbing the sport of what remains of its heart and soul. Actually "sport" may no longer be the right word, since it implies there is a winner and a loser. Clearly there are no winners in a process that involves liars, drug cheats, death threats, clandestine payments, blood drawn in the bathroom stall of a South Florida nightclub and more shady characters than an episode of "The Sopranos.
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