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ENTERTAINMENT
November 6, 2012 | By Allyssa Lee
The big to-do on this seventh week on “Dancing With the Stars: All-Stars” was the introduction of the Dance Fusions, in which each couple mixed two different ballroom styles with one song. According to the judges, the biggest challenge would be to maintain the character of the dance. The pro has his/her work cut out for him/her, because they have to come up with a strategy that suits each celebrity's style. Mostly, Len wanted to see decent amounts of both dances: “To win something special, you've got to do something special.” To give us a taste of the routines to come, Henry Byalikov from the Troupe choreographed a crisp and clean mutant super-dance hybrid for the Troupe and that featured Anna Trebunskaya, Louis Van Amstel, Tristan MacManus(!
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BUSINESS
October 18, 2012 | By David Undercoffler, Los Angeles Times
If you're an avid cyclist and are considering the 2013 Ford Fusion as your next car, it looks like you'll want to invest in a roof-mounted bike rack. We discovered this while trying to attach a rear-mounted bike rack to the car this week. As you'll see in the photos, the design of the Fusion's rear end presents two issues that make hanging your bike off the back a bad idea. The first issue is the bumper design of the Fusion doesn't provide an ample lip to hold the rack securely.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 27, 2012 | Rosanna Xia
Plumes of smoke from roasting lamb skewers curl into the night air. Crowds jostle past fermented tofu stands and vats of curry fish balls. "Xia bing'er! Xia bing'er!" one vendor sings in the high, lilting dialect of Beijing. "Shrimp pancakes!" David Fung, a new Houston Rockets hat on his head, slides through the Asian night market in Pasadena with his brother, Andrew. "Dude, this is like the 626 Olympics," he says, weaving to the beat of Rihanna and YG. The two are swept up in the moment and start belting out a version of their viral YouTube rap about the 626 - the area code of much of the San Gabriel Valley.
SCIENCE
August 21, 2012 | By Thomas H. Maugh II
For the first time, astronomers have seen evidence of an aging star consuming its own planet. Such events are not uncommon as aging stars expand in size, engulfing nearby planets. But the events happen relatively quickly on a cosmological time scale and it is considered unlikely for one to be observed directly. The star in question is known as a red giant. Such stars begin with a mass about the same as that of the Earth's sun. As they age, the hydrogen fusion reactions in their core become less efficient and most of the fusion is transferred to the outer shell of gases.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 13, 2012 | By Thomas H. Maugh II, Special to The Times
Martin Fleischmann and Stanley Pons thought they were going to change the energy world forever. On March 23, 1989, they announced at a news conference at the University of Utah that they had discovered a tabletop process for producing nuclear fusion at room temperatures. This so-called cold fusion, they said, would provide a clean, renewable, limitless source of cheap energy that could free the United States from its dependence on foreign oil. The pair garnered headlines around the world, and literally hundreds of scientists, both professional and amateur, tried to replicate what appeared to be a simple process.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 22, 2012 | By Weston Phippen, Los Angeles Times
To the little girl, going to work with her father felt like visiting a petting zoo, with chickens, ducks, doves and rabbits in cages in the back of the shop. Even as she fed the animals, she knew about the other part of Al Salam Polleria. The part with things like the boiler, the de-featherer and the cutting station. "But I guess, yeah, if you think of it as a butcher shop then that might be weird," said Iman Elrabat-Gabr, now 37. "But the memories I have of it are not a butcher shop, more of a farm.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 14, 2012 | By Laura Bleiberg, Special to the Los Angeles Times
An unexpected downpour will dampen, but not diminish, great artists. That was the case Thursday night when Grand Performances presented Guadalajara's 10-year-old experimental dance ensemble, Pájaro de Nube, at the intimate Marina Pavilion outdoor water garden downtown. Then again, the brief rainstorm was entirely suitable to the mystical, hour-long work "Stones of Water" ("Piedras de Agua"), conceived and co-directed by choreographer Beatriz Garcia and composer Marcos Garcia.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 13, 2012 | By Scott Timberg, Special to the Los Angeles Times
Like jazz itself, the drummer Lumar LeBlanc was born in the city of New Orleans. And like a lot of musicians there, he played in the traditional brass-band style that originated in the 1920s and '30s, favoring familiar marches and ballads. "Like 'When the Saints Go Marching In' and '(What a) Wonderful World,'" LeBlanc says now. "But being young, we heard things on the radio, like Public Enemy and other rap music. We would sneak in some of these tunes. We found audiences were captivated by these funky beats and these newer sounds … played on a snare drum, a bass drum, a sousaphone, two trumpets, a saxophone and two trombones.
SPORTS
May 29, 2012 | By Kevin Baxter
When: 7. Where: Ventura College Sports Complex, Ventura. On the air: No broadcast. Update: The last time Chivas USA faced the Fusion was in a practice game in January - and the Fusion won, 1-0. This time the teams will be playing for real in a third-round matchup in the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup, the nation's oldest knockout soccer tournament. The Fusion, one of three amateur teams still alive in the tournament, is led by former Chivas midfielder Rodrigo Lopez.
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