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ENTERTAINMENT
June 10, 2013 | By Mike Boehm
Southern California-raised Sean Chen, at 24 the first American to make the finals of the quadrennial Van Cliburn International Piano Competition since 1997, won the third place "crystal award" Sunday. As the 17-day competition ended at Bass Performance Hall in Fort Worth, Texas, the six finalists played concertos accompanied by the Fort Worth Symphony led by Leonard Slatkin. Vadym Kholodenko, 26, of the Ukraine won the gold medal -- worth $50,000. Chen and the silver medalist, Beatrice Rana of Italy, each will get a $20,000 prize.
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ENTERTAINMENT
June 6, 2013 | By Mike Boehm
Sean Chen first met the Southern California music public in 2002, when the New West Symphony tapped him as one of its “Discovery Artists,” a program that paired precocious teens with the orchestra's professional players in an annual concert for general audiences. A feature story in The Times reported that the then-13-year-old from Oak Park in Ventura County “likes to draw and build model cars but makes time to practice the piano 1 1/2 hours a day.” The practice hours have mounted since then, as Chen moved on to Oak Park High School, then the Juilliard School, and now Yale.
SPORTS
May 30, 2013 | Eric Sondheimer
For 10 high school baseball teams, this weekend's championship games at Dodger Stadium must feel like Christmas morning. The anticipation could be felt after players won their semifinal games. Austin Olivas, a left-handed starting pitcher for Huntington Beach Marina, said: "Just thinking about it, it's amazing. I've been playing with most of these kids since I was 10 years old. To have this opportunity to go out there with them is amazing. Clayton Kershaw is my favorite player.
SPORTS
May 17, 2013 | By Lance Pugmire
Ducks Coach Bruce Boudreau was named Friday as one of three finalists for the NHL's Jack Adams Award, honoring the league's coach of the year. “Bruce and his staff have done a terrific job leading our team," Ducks General Manager Bob Murray said. "We have a hardworking group that was prepared to play and meet the challenge of a short regular season, which is a credit to our coaching staff and the players. This is certainly a deserved honor.” Joel Quenneville, who guided the Chicago Blackhawks to the NHL's best regular-season record, and the Ottawa Senators' Paul MacLean, whose team navigated a slew of key injuries, are the other finalists.
SPORTS
May 12, 2013 | By Kevin Baxter
Alexander Soto, a 14-year-old forward from Elizabeth, N.J., won Major League Soccer's Sueño MLS youth talent search Sunday, becoming the youngest winner in the competition's eight-year history. Luis Aranzazu, a 17-year-old from Pembroke Pines, Fla., was selected top goalkeeper. Both players, discovered at open tryouts with MLS team D.C. United, have been invited to join an MLS club Academy Team.  “I'm very proud and will keep chasing my dream of becoming a professional soccer player,” Soto said.
SPORTS
May 8, 2013 | By Gary Klein
Former USC football player Khaled Holmes is a finalist for Sports Illustrated's award for college athlete of the year. Holmes, profiled last October in The Times, earned an undergraduate degree in classics and a masters in communication management. The 6-foot-4, 305-pound center was selected by the Indianapolis Colts in the fourth round of last month's NFL draft. Sports Illustrated will choose two athletes -- one female and one male -- as winners May 22 and feature them in the magazine's May 27 issue.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 26, 2013 | By Deborah Vankin
The Tate Britain announced its four finalists Thursday for the 2013 Turner Prize. Among them is Lynette Yiadom-Boakye, the first black woman to be named a finalist for the Tate's modern art prize. The prestigious - and often controversial - annual award is given to UK-born or -based artists who are under 50 for an "outstanding exhibition or other presentation of their work in the 12 months preceding. " A prize of £25,000 (about $38,600) goes to the winner. The remaining three finalists receive £5,000 (about $7,700)
NATIONAL
April 15, 2013 | Times staff and wire reports
The South Florida Sun Sentinel was awarded the prestigious Pulitzer Prize for public service journalism Monday for its investigation of off-duty police officers who endangered the lives of citizens by speeding. The newspaper, owned by Tribune Co., started its investigation after an off-duty Miami police officer was pulled over by a Florida state trooper for driving 120 mph in fall 2011. The resulting three-part series, "Above the Law," found that accidents caused by officers driving at high speeds - in many cases when off duty - caused at least 320 crashes since 2004, killing or maiming 21 people.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 10, 2013 | By James Rainey and David Zahniser, Los Angeles Times
Candidates Eric Garcetti and Wendy Greuel prepared for a Thursday night debate - their first since the two emerged as finalists to be the next mayor of Los Angeles - by renewing their sniping over who would be most beholden to public employee unions. Wednesday afternoon's tit-for-tat came as Garcetti stood with the top three also-rans from the first round of voting last month who now support him for mayor, and as Greuel campaigned with school board member Monica Garcia. The two candidates also traded barbs about who is ducking face-to-face showdowns leading into the May 21 election to determine who will replace Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, who is leaving office after two terms.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 10, 2013 | By Carolyn Kellogg
The 10 fiction finalists and six poetry finalists in the running for the 2013 Best Translated Book Award were announced Wednesday. The books were originally published in 11 languages, and were narrowed down from a longlist announced in March. The finalists include a Nobel Prize winner -- Herta Muller -- and a number of authors less well-known in the U.S. One of the goals of the prize is to bring more attention to works in translation, which are sometimes overlooked by American readers.
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