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ENTERTAINMENT
September 15, 2008 | Harriet Ryan, Times Staff Writer
The callers are usually nervous, cagey about their identities and vague when it comes to facts, but to the porn companies on the other end of the telephone, their message is easy to decipher: I know of a celebrity sex tape and I want money. "Not a week goes by that we don't get at least five calls," said Steven Hirsch, the co-chairman of Vivid Entertainment Group, the country's leading adult film producer. Actor Verne Troyer's summer-long legal battle over a sex tape put a spotlight on the market.
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NATIONAL
August 3, 2008 | Nicholas Riccardi, Times Staff Writer
His new campaign ad mocks Barack Obama for being a celebrity, but John McCain spent his weekend meeting with an unusual range of celebs himself. On Friday night he stopped by a free concert in Panama City, Fla., given by country singer John Rich, who unveiled his new song, "Raising McCain," as the Republican presidential candidate's Straight Talk Express pulled up. Today the Arizona senator is expected to meet with Frederick W. and Kimberly Kagan, inside-the-Beltway neoconservative luminaries.
SPORTS
July 30, 2008 | From the Associated Press
SAN DIEGO -- Doug Davis gave up a single with two out in the seventh inning to break up his bid for a perfect game and the Arizona Diamondbacks beat the San Diego Padres, 3-0, Tuesday night. The Padres had not come close to reaching base against Davis through 6 2/3 innings before Brian Giles hit a line drive to center field on a 2-and-2 pitch. Davis (4-5), who underwent surgery in April for thyroid cancer, combined with two relievers on a two-hitter.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 12, 2008 | Kate Aurthur, Times Staff Writer
The Season 2 finale of "Brothers & Sisters" added another layer of meaning to the show's title: Two characters in the ABC drama recently thought to be brother and sister shared a romantic kiss in Sunday night's episode. A DNA test had revealed in previous weeks that they -- Justin (Dave Annable) and Rebecca (Emily VanCamp) -- were not biologically related. But by then, they had grown close as siblings: Rebecca was brought into the Walker family when they thought she was their long-lost sister, the product of an affair between their late father and Rebecca's mother.
BUSINESS
May 3, 2008 | Joseph Menn and Jessica Guynn, Times Staff Writers
After months of posturing by both sides, technology titans Yahoo Inc. and Microsoft Corp. have suspended their tough talk and have entered serious negotiations on a deal to unite against Internet search king Google Inc., people briefed on the talks said Friday. Microsoft, which had been threatening to abandon a bid now valued at about $42 billion, instead offered to pay billions of dollars more for the company, those people said.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 26, 2008 | Mary McNamara, Times Television Critic
Well, now we know what the writers of "Grey's Anatomy" were doing during the strike, when they weren't walking the picket lines, of course. They were watching "House." Thursday night marked the first new episode of "Grey's" in many, many months. Not content with beating a fellow medical drama out of the post-strike box by a few days -- the first new "House" airs Monday -- show runner Shonda Rhimes seems to be poking gentle fun at, and paying homage to, the strange powers of rivals at Fox. First there was the residents' contest, in which Meredith (Ellen Pompeo)
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 8, 2008 | Paul Pringle and Catherine Saillant, Times Staff Writers
For teens living in a shelter for abused and neglected children, school can provide a daily dose of normalcy, a place to fit in, a chance to be just another kid. It didn't turn out that way for Lawrence King. According to the few students who befriended him, Larry, 15 years old and openly gay, found no refuge from his tormentors at E.O. Green Junior High School. Not in the classroom, the quad, the cafeteria.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 25, 2008 | Jay A. Fernandez
Tinseltown is adorned with many a unique and sparkly success story. But how Minneapolis stripper Brook Busey became Oscar-winning Hollywood screenwriter Diablo Cody has to be this year's shiniest. The following is a recap of how one sassy lady with a marquee-ready pen name, a raunchy back story, an original creative voice and a funny, moving screenplay called "Juno" made her way from the Skyway Lounge to the Kodak Theatre. (Some quotes are from September 2006.) -- Jay A.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 14, 2007 | STEVE HARVEY
A 50ish visitor to a Laguna Hills hospital seemed to be flirting with every woman on the floor. He boarded an elevator and found himself standing next to a young woman in surgical garb. "Are you a nurse?" the flirt asked, smiling. "No, I'm a doctor," she said. "What kind of doctor?" he asked. "Gastroenterologist," the doctor said. "Don't turn your back to me." The flirt, his smile gone, was silent for the rest of the ride. Ho! Ho! Horror!
FOOD
September 26, 2007 | Jenn Garbee, Special to The Times
THEIR names read like a lineup of bygone movies: La Pigalle, Ginger Douro, Rio Bourriquot. But they're some of the latest cocktails from Los Angeles mixologists. The featured ingredient? Ginger. Ginger is suddenly making an appearance on cocktail menus all over town. It's ginger martinis at Literati II on the Westside, fizzy guava juice and ginger cocktails at the Foundry on Melrose in Hollywood or white Port steeped with peeled fresh ginger in Port-and-tonic refreshers at Il Grano in West L.A.
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