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January 31, 2014 | By Eryn Brown
Influenza-related illness has killed 147 Californians under age 65 this season, including 17 people in Los Angeles County and one in Long Beach, state health officials have confirmed. The toll is unusually high: At the same point last year, only 14 people in that age group had died of the flu, Dr. James Watt of the California Department of Public Health told reporters Friday. Throughout the entire 2012-2013 flu season, the state logged just 106 confirmed deaths. The new fatalities are a sign that this year's flu season continues to be especially severe, even as some indicators of influenza activity, such as hospitalizations for flu-related illness, seem to be plateauing in L.A. County, California and elsewhere across the U.S. "Unfortunately, one of the things we always say about influenza is that it's unpredictable," said Watt, chief of the public health department's Division of Communicable Disease Control.
January 27, 2014 | By Mark Swed, Los Angeles Times Music Critic
In Karlheinz Stockhausen's wondrous, strange "Stimmung," six singers sit in a circle, produce otherworldly harmonics, evoke the names of Aztec gods, intone an eccentric hallelujah chorus and interrupt transcendental meditation reciting texts with graphic sexual imagery. There was nothing like it when the visionary German composer wrote "Stimmung" (which translates as tuning and is similar to the word for voice) holed up in a cabin with his new wife in Connecticut the winter of 1968. There is now, and that is only because "Stimmung" was, and remains, a phenomenon.
January 26, 2014 | By Anh Do
Dung Pham knows only one way to survive the loss of his 23-year-old daughter, Kim, who died last week after she was severely beaten outside a Santa Ana nightclub. "All I can do is practice to forget," Pham, 60, said of his youngest child. "Forget the memories. Forget the big moments. Forget everything. Only then would we suffer less. " Police said Kim Pham was attacked in the predawn hours of Jan. 18 as she stood in line outside The Crosby club. She was still unconscious when officers arrived.
January 25, 2014 | By Anh Do and Christopher Goffard
She was beaten and stomped to death in the early morning hours outside a Santa Ana nightclub amid a group of fellow Vietnamese Americans. Some of her friends may have seen who knocked the 23-year-old Huntington Beach woman to the ground or who kicked her in the head as a crowd encircled them. Some may hold the clues that could bring Kim Pham's killers to justice. But as Santa Ana police detectives try to make sense of the melee that led to her death, the investigation is running into a wall of silence.
January 24, 2014 | By Broderick Turner
CHICAGO - Now that Clippers center DeAndre Jordan has become the NBA's leading rebounder, he has noticed teams playing him differently in an effort to keep him off the glass. "I see a lot of face-guarding," Jordan said. "Or I may get an offensive rebound and the coach would take that person out and put somebody else in. He'll be like, 'Coach said you can't get any rebounds.' So I'm like, 'Cool.' Then I want to try to get all of them. But sometimes there are two, three people trying to box me out, but that'll just free somebody else up. " Jordan had 12 rebounds Friday in a 112-95 victory over Chicago and is averaging a league-best 13.9 per game.
January 24, 2014 | By Mary Forgione, Daily Deal and Travel Blogger
If you missed out on going to the Sundance Film Festival this year, maybe Grumpy Cat can help. The online female feline phenom will appear Saturday in "furr-son," as the hype goes, at the L.A. stop of the Internet Cat Video Festival's world tour. You heard right. No indie film debuts or buzz about "Mad Men" actress Elisabeth Moss, this festival is all feline all the time. Along with Grumpy Cat (whose real name is Tardar Sauce), the fest features 85 pieces of cat-centric heaven, from seconds-long Vine videos to short films.
January 20, 2014 | By David Zahniser
With the next Los Angeles municipal election more than a year away, more than a dozen people have already stepped forward to compete for seats held by two of City Hall's most prominent political veterans: Councilmen Bernard C. Parks and Tom LaBonge. Political aides, activists, attorneys and one medical marijuana dispensary owner have filed the paperwork to raise money in the 2015 campaign to replace LaBonge and Parks, who are leaving after decades of public service in an array of city posts.
January 16, 2014 | By Gary Goldstein
In the contrived and predictable yet fairly tense "Reasonable Doubt," Dominic Cooper ("The History Boys," "Mamma Mia") plays scrappy Chicago District Atty. Mitch Brockden, a rising star with a strong conviction record, a pretty wife (Erin Karpluk) and a newborn daughter. So, with much to lose, it's no great surprise (OK, in the real world it might be) when Mitch flees a fatal hit-and-run that occurs while he's driving drunk. Soon after, though, auto mechanic Clinton Davis (Samuel L. Jackson)
January 16, 2014 | By Steven Zeitchik
It can feel like a lifetime ago that the world was transfixed by the Harding-Kerrigan figure-skating scandal -- you know, Tonya, Nancy and, of course, Gillooly, one-word signifiers for the bizarre winter soap opera that preceded the 1994 Lillehammer Olympics. Memories of that time come rushing back, though, on seeing Nanette Burstein's new documentary, "The Price of Gold," a thorough look at the tale of revenge and redemption from the dawn of the modern celebrity age. Burstein's film -- produced as part of ESPN's "30 for 30" series and airing Thursday night on the network -- aims to shed new light on the tabloid-friendly tale, which began 20 years ago this month.
January 10, 2014 | By Walter Hamilton and Ricardo Lopez
The data breach at Target Corp. is dramatically larger than first estimated, affecting as many as 110 million consumers and deepening a public relations nightmare for the beleaguered retailer. The Minneapolis company said Friday that the personal information of as many as 70 million people - including names, addresses, emails and phone numbers - was stolen during the year-end holiday shopping season. That is in addition to the 40 million customers that Target originally said were hit by the cyberattack.
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