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March 20, 2014 | By Robert Abele
Sensitively observed, the indie drama "A Birder's Guide to Everything" concerns a gangly 15-year-old birder prodigy named David (Kodi Smit-McPhee) with a timely distraction on the eve of his widower father (James Le Gros) marrying his girlfriend: the sighting of a supposedly extinct duck unseen since the 19th century. Spurred by a local ornithology legend (a sublimely eccentric Ben Kingsley) to find it before it migrates, David, his Young Birders Society chums (Alex Wolff, Michael Chen)
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March 19, 2014 | By Saba Hamedy
Tina Fey looks to be a less friendly face for the beloved Muppets in this weekend's sequel "Muppets Most Wanted," playing Siberian prison guard Nadya. But Fey said her role in the new film belies her feelings about the fuzzy creatures -- like many cast members, she has been a Muppets fan as both a kid and an adult. “I loved the last movie they did,” she told The Times, when asked what made her want to be part of the latest film. “I thought it was a great reboot of the traditional Muppets movies, they really captured the spirit.” “Muppets Most Wanted” picks up right where the 2011 film left off with the Muppets heading on a European tour.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 16, 2014 | By Rosanna Xia, This post has been corrected. See note below for details
Sheriff's homicide detectives are investigating a shooting in Norwalk that left one man dead early Sunday morning, authorities said. Deputies responded to multiple calls of gunshots about 1:40 a.m. Sunday in the 12000 block of Lowemont Street, said Lt. Jason Skeen of the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department. A man in his 20s was found on the sidewalk and pronounced dead at the scene, he said. The shooting is believed to be gang related, Skeen said, and sheriff's homicide and gang detectives are handling the investigation.
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March 14, 2014 | By Veronica Rocha
Two men were convicted this week in the 2008 murder of a Mongols Motorcycle Club member gunned down while riding on the 2 Freeway. Jurors on Wednesday found Richard Clayborne, 40, and Jose Gonzalez, 36, guilty of killing 30-year-old Venice resident Manuel Martin , who suffered a gunshot wound to his chest on Oct. 8, 2008, as he rode alongside another motorcyclist, authorities said. Clayborne and Gonzalez were also found guilty of trying to kill the other motorcyclist, Ronald Hamburg, said Ricardo Santiago, a spokesman for the Los Angeles County district attorney's office told the Glendale News-Press . HOMICIDE REPORT: A story for every victim Martin and Hamburg had been at a bar with Clayborne and Gonzalez before the shooting, authorities said.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 13, 2014 | By Betsy Sharkey, Los Angeles Times Film Critic
"Veronica Mars," the movie, is just so Veronica Mars. The teenage private eye from the 2004-07 TV series starring Kristen Bell has grown up. But like fans of the show, a.k.a. marshmallows, it is quickly clear that while Veronica may have left her life in Neptune, Calif., behind, she hasn't moved on. Director Rob Thomas, creator of the prime-time show, and series executive producer Diane Ruggiero, finally do what they refused to do when "Veronica Mars" was canceled in 2007 - deliver a script that ties up a lot of loose ends and opens up a new can of worms.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 2, 2014 | By Adolfo Flores
The fatal Saturday morning shooting of a man outside a Carson party is believed to be gang-related, authorities said. The slaying of the unidentified man took place in the 2700 block of East 220th Street about 3 a.m. Saturday, the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department said in a statement. Deputies responding to a 911 call of shots fired found the victim in front of the home with at least one gunshot wound. HOMICIDE REPORT: A story for every victim The man was taken to a hospital where he was pronounced dead, said Deputy Juanita Navarro-Suarez.
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February 27, 2014 | By Adolfo Flores
Detectives are searching for witnesses and suspects in a possible gang-related shooting death of a man in a South L.A. yard Wednesday evening. The man, described only as being in is his 40s, was fatally shot in the 10400 block of South Broadway Avenue at about 6:40 p.m., said LAPD Officer Bruce Borihanh. The man suffered at least one gunshot wound and was pronounced dead at the scene by paramedics. With no known witnesses to the Broadway-Manchester shooting, Borihanh said, detectives don't have any descriptions of possible suspects.
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February 27, 2014 | By Adolfo Flores and Joseph Serna
UC Santa Barbara police have released sketches of two men believed to have participated in the beating and gang rape of a female student early Sunday. Investigators believe there were at least three men involved in the attack, but so far have only been able to get two sketches based on information they received from the 19-year-old victim, said UC Santa Barbara Police Sgt. Robert Romero. The student told police she was approached by a group of men in Isla Vista between 12:30 a.m. and 4 a.m. Sunday.
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February 26, 2014 | By Joseph Serna
The Santa Barbara County Sheriff's volunteer search and rescue team helped canvas neighborhoods around UC Santa Barbara on Tuesday to help find information after a female student was gang raped. “We're looking at all potential areas in the immediate vicinity,” said department spokeswoman Kelly Hoover. Isla Vista, the unincorporated community next to UCSB where the gang rape occurred, is slightly larger than half a square mile but has some 23,000 residents. “It's very dense,” Hoover said.
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February 25, 2014 | By Joseph Serna
The second reported gang rape of a UC Santa Barbara student in as many months has shocked authorities in charge of patrolling an area not unaccustomed to sexual assaults. "We do have sexual assaults that happen, but something like this ... is horrendous," said UCSB Police Sgt. Robert Romero, whose department patrols  Isla Vista, a densely populated unincorporated community next to campus where the attack took place. Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office spokeswoman Kelly Hoover  estimated that more than 60% of Isla Vista's residents attend UCSB but the area swells on weekends with out-of-towners coming for parties.
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