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SPORTS
March 12, 2014 | By Eric Pincus
Kobe Bryant has a new commercial spot for his latest Nike signature shoes, featuring the "Kobe light bulb. " Bryant's fictional light bulb, with filament in the form of the veteran guard's logo, is described as both unbreakable and capable of ending global warming. The ad is used to plug Bryant's "Kobe 9 Collection," which is billed as "the best collection since the invention of the collection. " The Lakers' all-star guard recently released a similar spot with a customized " Kobe piano . " Bryant is currently sidelined with a knee injury, with little chance to return with just over a month remaining in the regular season.
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SPORTS
March 9, 2014 | By Gary Klein
More than 25,000 participants are expected to compete Sunday in the 29th annual L.A. Marathon. Defending men's champion Erick Mose of Kenya is among 16 competitors in the elite men's field. Ethiopia's Amane Gobena, who finished second in 2009, is among 10 elite women's competitors. Winners of the men's and women's races each receive $25,000. A $50,000 "challenge" bonus also will be awarded to the first runner to cross the finish line. The women will start 17 minutes 41 seconds ahead of the men, nearly a minute less than the 18:35 advantage of last year, when Belarus' Aleksandra Duliba finished 2:09 ahead of Mose.
BUSINESS
March 8, 2014 | By Lauren Beale
A children's bunk room that sleeps 12, maids quarters and a guesthouse mean there's plenty of room for the ski crowd at this three-story retreat on a wooded lot in the San Bernardino Mountains. The lodge-like living room, with soaring ceilings and wooden beams, centers on an oversized stone fireplace. Location: 160 Cedar Ridge Drive, Lake Arrowhead 92352 Asking price: $7.499 million Year built: 1996 House size: Nine bedrooms, 11 bathrooms, 17,000 square feet Lot size: Four acres Features: Paneled office, den with bar, elevator, library, two-island kitchen, breakfast nook, gym, indoor spa and sauna, wine cellar and tasting room, terraces, attached garage space for six vehicles, outdoor kitchen About the area: Last year, 534 single-family homes sold in the 92352 ZIP Code at a median price of $285,000, according to DataQuick.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 8, 2014 | By Mary McNamara, Los Angeles Times Television Critic
Horton Foote's "The Trip to Bountiful" is a deceptively small story. An elderly woman named Carrie Watts, living a stifling and increasingly marginalized existence with her son and daughter-in-law, is determined to return to her tiny hometown in the South. And so one day she does, escaping the bonds of age and family to board a bus headed toward Bountiful, Texas. There are few roles available to women of a certain age, fewer still that allow such performers to wield the subtle but symphonic skills that can only be acquired through a lifetime of fine acting.
BUSINESS
March 8, 2014 | By Lauren Beale
Jared Padalecki, who stars on the long-running CW series "Supernatural," has recorded a very down-to-earth house sale in the San Fernando Valley for $2.4 million. The 1924 Spanish-style home, featuring vaulted beam ceilings and stained glass, has been fully renovated. A rough-hewn wooden door serves as the house's portal, so to speak. The 3,818 square feet of space inside includes a massive arch-topped window, a glass-enclosed library/office, a family/game room, four bedrooms and five bathrooms.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 5, 2014 | By Christine Mai-Duc
A campaign mailer that arrived in thousands of Long Beach homes Tuesday had all the trappings of a political blockbuster - the face and endorsement of Gov. Jerry Brown on one side, a quote from a local business owner, and a photo of a glittering waterfront skyline on the other, with the words "Getting things done for Long Beach. " There was just one problem for Assemblywoman Bonnie Lowenthal, a 40-year Long Beach resident who is running for mayor. The skyline photo is of San Diego, featuring the distinctive One America Plaza overlooking the harbor and a Navy vessel hugging the shoreline.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 5, 2014 | By Esmeralda Bermudez
Rosa Quirino liked to perform with leather huaraches on her feet and a shawl criss-crossed over her chest, in a nod to Pancho Villa. When men teased her as she sang, she would tell them: "Gentlemen, we are working. " Then, she'd pull out her gun. The year was 1903, and Doña Rosa, a mariachi from Mexico who began playing violin at age 13, was a rare sight. Her story and others are being featured in an exhibit this month at the San Gabriel Mission Playhouse. The show covers more than a century of history surrounding female mariachis: ladies who found success - starring on television, scoring sponsors and performing internationally - at a time when the Mexican music genre was ruled entirely by men. "They were seen, they were heard, they performed in front of thousands of people," said Leonor Xochitl Perez, the exhibit's organizer.
NEWS
March 5, 2014 | By David A. Keeps
For those who have always wanted to see David Hasselhoff's house, Lifetime has a series for you. In conjunction with Beverly Hills-based Julien's Auctions, the network will debut "Celebrity Home Raiders" on Thursday at 10 p.m. The premise couldn't be simpler: Stars put personal belongings up for sale, with proceeds going to the charity of their choosing. Here's the twist: While the host, Kit Hoover from "Access Hollywood," gets the celebrities to put a dollar value on their memorabilia, Julien's co-owners Darren Julien and Martin Nolan roam through the residence looking for goodies.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 3, 2014 | By Randy Lewis
On one level, it was no surprise that veteran record company executive Gil Friesen was drawn to the theme of "20 Feet From Stardom," the film about backup singers that won the Oscar for documentary feature Sunday night. Friesen, longtime president of A&M Records, was at a performance by Leonard Cohen in Las Vegas several years ago when he got the idea to explore the question of why support singers who, although tremendously talented, never became stars in their own right. There was a parallel in his own life: Friesen himself was a different breed than high-profile record label heads like Clive Davis, Berry Gordy and Ahmet Ertegun.
NEWS
March 2, 2014 | By Booth Moore, Los Angeles Times Fashion Critic
PARIS --  For their Kenzo collection shown Sunday at Paris Fashion Week, Carol Lim and Humberto Leon were inspired by "Mulholland Drive" director David Lynch, with whom they collaborated on the music and set. (Apparently, there was a film backdrop, too, though most people couldn't see it from their seats.) But the reference was more about pushing the limits into something "wild and weird," as the show notes said, than it was anything too Lynch literal. And it added up to the best Kenzo collection yet from the design duo who also founded the Opening Ceremony stores and collection.
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