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September 3, 2010 | By Michael Phillips, Tribune Newspapers critic
Warning: This is not a reliable review of "Going the Distance. " When it comes to contemporary American romantic comedy, my brain, heart and standards have been seriously compromised by "The Ugly Truth," "Did You Hear About the Morgans?", "The Bounty Hunter" and "The Back-up Plan" and many others. Too many others. The calculated sexual raunch (mostly verbal) in "Going the Distance" impedes on its hard-edged, soft-center charm, and it may be enough to throw various audience segments straight out of the thing.
September 2, 2010 | By Michael Ordoña, Special to the Los Angeles Times
Like many comic actors, when he doesn't have to be "on," Charlie Day can be almost unrecognizably normal. "People have to remember that we write and produce that television show, which is a pretty heavy workload," says the calm, bearded star of "It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia" and costar of the new romantic comedy "Going the Distance. " "So when I'm not playing a character that is huffing glue and eating cat food and sleeping in my long underwear with Danny DeVito [as on the show]
Win one for the fat man? Win one for the Holtzer? Could anyone have dreamed, even a month ago, that the 1996 college football season would come down to this? To a USC team turned upside-down by three consecutive defeats and speculation that its coach is about to be turned loose? To a Notre Dame team whose coach is walking away, virtually without explanation, from the sport's best job? Yet that's exactly how the script reads when Notre Dame (8-2) plays USC (5-6) tonight at a sold-out Coliseum.
February 28, 1988 | STEVE BEATTY
Wayne Branstetter did not know quite how to feel. For most Saturday's San Diego Section Masters wrestling meet, Branstetter, the Poway High School coach, said he felt like he was on top of the world. His team was cruising to its sixth Masters title in seven years. Guys who were not expected to be in the top four were winning. Seven Poway wrestlers made it to the finals. Poway had earned 187 1/2 points before the finals even started. But it did not receive one more point.
January 23, 2012 | By Garrett Therolf, Los Angeles Times
Philip Vannatter, the Los Angeles police detective who led the investigation of the 1994 slayings of Nicole Brown Simpson and Ronald Goldman, has died. Vannatter died of complications from cancer Friday in Santa Clarita, his wife, Rita, said. He was 70. "He was a real blue-collar detective," O.J. Simpson prosecutor Christopher Darden said in an emotional interview Sunday. "He did his job the best he could and he was a fine detective, one of the best. " Vannatter was among the first detectives to arrive at former football star Simpson's mansion in June 1994 after the stabbing deaths of Simpson's ex-wife, Nicole, and her friend, Goldman.
July 19, 2013 | By Eric Sondheimer
 Former El Toro pitcher Garrett Mundell, who will be a junior at Fresno State this fall, is having a terrific summer in the Alaska League. He's 5-1 with an 0.73 ERA playing for the Achorage Bucs.  
March 31, 1989
Oceanside High athlete Jerry Garrett has been ruled academically ineligible for the second time this school year and will no longer compete in track. Garrett, a star quarterback, was also ruled ineligible midway through last football season. Garrett ran the 100 meters, long jumped and anchored the 400 relay before leaving the track team.
November 23, 1996
So USC Athletic Director Mike Garrett says that it has always been the policy at USC to wait until the end of the playing season before evaluating a sports program. Unless, of course, that program is men's basketball and the coach is Charlie Parker, in which case you have no problem firing--beg pardon, evaluating--mid-season, right, Mike? JOSEPH CARLUCCI Encino
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