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May 12, 2007
Grady Little said Wilson Betemit has "hit rock bottom." Well, that is the only thing he has hit lately. Little is a genius. It took him only 29 games, a .125 batting average and 18 strikeouts to figure this out. GAYLE WHITE Palm Desert
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July 30, 2013 | By Adam Tschorn
Marilyn Monroe, who shuffled off this mortal coil Aug. 5, 1962, is being remembered in a three-day series of events involving the Hollywood Museum on Saturday through Monday. Events on tap include a Saturday meet-and-greet from  1 to 3 p.m. at the museum with collectors Greg Schreiner, president of the Marilyn Remembered fan club and Scott Fortner, president of the Marilyn fan club. On Sunday from 1 to 3 p.m., the museum hosts a series of book signings that include Lois Banner (author of “Marilyn: The Passion and the Paradox”)
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SPORTS
September 26, 2012 | By Mike DiGiovanna
The strikeouts were great for Angels right-hander Zack Greinke on Tuesday night, 13 of them in five innings, including four in the fourth and one with the bases loaded to end the fifth against the Seattle Mariners. One problem: It took 110 pitches, five short of his 115-pitch cap, to rack up those strikeouts, and Greinke had to turn the game over in the sixth inning to a less-than-trustworthy bullpen that leads the American League with 22 blown saves. There was a near meltdown by left-hander Scott Downs, who gave up three runs in the seventh, but relievers Kevin Jepsen and Ernesto Frieri held on to preserve a 5-4 victory that kept the Angels two games behind Oakland for the second wild-card spot with eight games left.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 9, 2013 | By Mark Olsen
With countless books, films, re-issues, compilations and the like, it would be easy to assume there are no new stories to be told about the Beatles. The documentary “Good Ol' Freda,” which has its world premiere Saturday at the South by Southwest film festival, finds a previously unheard-from eyewitness to the entire history of the band. Freda Kelly was a secretary for the band and ran their official fan club for more than 10 years. Only 17 when she started working for the band, at first she made the fan club address her home address in Liverpool.
FOOD
January 21, 1998
We're delighted with Charles Perry's "rotten" experiment ("What Rot!" Jan. 14). Take good care of Pigpen--he's already our favorite. N. HAUGARD E. DURKEE Escondido
ENTERTAINMENT
November 14, 2007 | From the Associated Press
Thousands of "Hannah Montana" fans who couldn't get concert tickets are suing the teen performer's fan club over memberships they claim were supposed to give them priority for seats. The lawsuit was filed on behalf of a New Jersey woman and anyone else who joined the Miley Cyrus Fan Club based on its promise that joining would make it easier to get concert tickets from the teen star's website.
SPORTS
July 3, 2012 | By Jim Peltz
The realization of what had just happened didn't immediately sink in for Tony Gwynn Jr. It wasn't until Gwynn was back on the Dodgers bench, after he had struck out against Cincinnati Reds closer Aroldis Chapman on Monday night, that Gwynn thought about the pitch that narrowly missed his hand and struck the knob of his bat instead. "If that ball hits my hand, my hand is shattered at 101 mph," Gwynn said Tuesday. "I just thought, thank you God for not letting that ball hit my hand.
NEWS
March 22, 1990
I really enjoy (Joe Bell's) columns in the Life section of The Times. (His) liberal outlook on life is refreshing; my Democratic vote gets swallowed up every two years, but after 30 years in Orange County I can cope. The fact that I am forming an Annie Sprinkle fan club and plan to be President has no bearing on my praise for you and your work. Keep up the good work and I might arrange a spot for you in "Annie's" fan club. Jack McGinley, Westminster
SPORTS
April 19, 1997
For all you guys thinking of joining the PGA Tour and making lots of money over the next 25 years: Keep your day job! DIRCK Z. MEENGS Costa Mesa
SPORTS
June 12, 1988 | MICHIO YOSHIDA, Associated Press
The Yomiuri Giants have had so much success as a baseball team the past 52 years that they now have a cheerleading squad--to root against them. More than 150 anti-Giants baseball fans have formed a club to rail against the team at games, urging players to be less diligent, maybe miss a few fly balls here and there, so the team doesn't dominate the sport. "I was a Giants fan when I was a young boy," said Mineyoshi Eto, 49, who organized the Association for Anti-Giants People.
WORLD
February 5, 2013 | By Barbara Demick, Los Angeles Times
BEIJING - Xi Jinping has a secret admirer and Chinese are yearning to find out who he (or she) is. Since Xi was named Communist Party general secretary in November, a mysterious blogger has been chronicling his every move. There are photographs of Xi on his computer, Xi at a vegetable market, Xi serving meals to the poor, Xi napping on a bus. Not the most scintillating coverage, but it is remarkable in China, where the movements of the leadership are choreographed down to the last handshake and released only to the tightly controlled state media.
SPORTS
September 26, 2012 | By Mike DiGiovanna
The strikeouts were great for Angels right-hander Zack Greinke on Tuesday night, 13 of them in five innings, including four in the fourth and one with the bases loaded to end the fifth against the Seattle Mariners. One problem: It took 110 pitches, five short of his 115-pitch cap, to rack up those strikeouts, and Greinke had to turn the game over in the sixth inning to a less-than-trustworthy bullpen that leads the American League with 22 blown saves. There was a near meltdown by left-hander Scott Downs, who gave up three runs in the seventh, but relievers Kevin Jepsen and Ernesto Frieri held on to preserve a 5-4 victory that kept the Angels two games behind Oakland for the second wild-card spot with eight games left.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 21, 2012
•"I went into a lingerie department one day and I said to the lady, 'I'd like to see something in a bra,' and she said, 'I bet you would!'" :: •"I love to go to the doctor. Where else would a man look at me and say, 'Take off your clothes'?" :: •"Would you believe that I once entered a beauty contest? I must have been out of my mind. I not only came in last, I got 361 get-well cards. " :: •"Think of me as a sex symbol for the men who don't give a damn.
NEWS
August 16, 2012 | By Leon Logothetis
“No one can whistle a symphony.” H. E. Luccock I'm usually the one stranded on the side of the road, but not this time. We - Steve Priovolos, my co-driver, and I  - were driving down a Mongolian dirt track that masquerades as a main road, and I was reminded that I am not the only chap who has a love-hate relationship with his car on this Mongol Rally , the 10,000-mile road trip from Britain to Ulan Bator, Mongolia. As I've mentioned - numerous times - my knowledge of cars is limited to turning the engine on and turning the engine off. Yet on this day, I found myself coming to the rescue of a Mongolian family stranded in the scorching heat of the Gobi desert.
NEWS
August 6, 2012 | By Lisa Dillman
LONDON -- Morrissey, the former frontman for the Smiths, is a little cross these days. What else is new? Veteran observers of the often-controversial singer are well accustomed to his rants on politics and various music-industry feuds, including one truly bizarre riff on Elton John. Come to think it, he might be well-positioned as a talk-show host, well equipped at repackaging rage. Right now, Morrissey is a man with a serious thorn in his side: the Olympics. The Guardian newspaper managed to to get a copy of a recent angry letter from the singer, addressed to his fan club: "I am unable to watch the Olympics due to the blustering jingoism that drenches the event.
NEWS
July 31, 2012 | By Adam Tschorn
Since my article about the enduring appeal of Marilyn Monroe appeared in Sunday's Image section, I've received several emails about upcoming events scheduled on or around Aug. 5, which marks the 50 th anniversary of her passing. Meet and greet The Hollywood Museum , which already has an extensive Marilyn Monroe memorabilia collection on exhibit through Sept. 2, (one of our compatriots shares the details here ), is hosting a meet and greet with two men whose collections are on exhibit: Greg Schreiner (president of the Marilyn Remembered fan club)
NEWS
August 28, 2000 | BOOTH MOORE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
It's been a long, hot summer, so it's no wonder paper fans have become the promotional party favors of choice lately. LA Weekly advertised its daily convention coverage on donkey-shaped fans mailed to clients and the media. And guests lucky enough to get into Maxim magazine's party at the Friendly Farmer's Daughter's Motor Inn earlier this month cooled their jets with freebie fans depicting the magazine's fictional presidential candidate, Andrij Witiuk.
SPORTS
July 28, 2012 | By Ben Bolch
Never let it be said that Dodgers fans don't support a loser. The franchise averaged 43,979 spectators in the last full season that it posted a losing record (2010), 7,743 more than it did in the last one it had a winning record (2011). Of course, the severe beating of Bryan Stow in a Dodger Stadium parking lot and the ensuing implosion of Frank McCourt's tenure as owner might have had something to do with the team's drop-off at the turnstiles last year. But the Dodgers are one of 10 major league teams to have averaged more fans the last time they lost more games than they did when they finished on the preferred side of .500.
SPORTS
July 25, 2012 | Chris Erskine
Hanging with my homies at a Galaxy game — or are they hooligans? That's what I'm here to find out. To be specific, I am with the L.A.-based fan club of Tottenham Hotspur of the English Premier League, a boisterous but likable bunch of chaps with British accents and David Letterman hairlines. Most are transplants from across the pond, which leaves you thankful — after a few beers — that there is indeed a pond (I now think of it as more of a moat). Thanks to transplants like them, and the global spread of pro sports in general, U.S. interest in the Premier League seems to grow every year.
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