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February 6, 2014 | By Betsy Sharkey, Los Angeles Times Film Critic
The excellent new drama "In Bloom," Georgia's Oscar entry in the foreign-language category, has the heartbreak and hope of a country slipped inside a coming-of age-story of two 14-year-old girls. The 1990s, in the wake of the collapse of the Soviet Union, were a potent and chaotic time in Georgia, one that filmmaker Nana Ekvtimishvili remembers as shaping her attitudes about women's roles in an evolving society. She wrote her own childhood into Eka's (Lika Babluani) and Natia's (Mariam Bokeria)
February 6, 2014 | By Fiona Hill and Steven Pifer
Vladimir Putin has been on his best behavior as the Sochi Olympic Games approach. He has granted amnesty to prisoners and political opponents, downplayed Russia's anti-gay law, lifted a blanket prohibition on demonstrations at Sochi and acted the welcoming host. The Olympics are a showcase for Russia and for him personally. He wants nothing to spoil the Games. The Sochi Olympics will come and go, and the less kind, less gentle Putin will be back. He is likely to turn attention to Russia's neighbors that drew closer to the European Union last year - to punish them and to try to drag them back into Moscow's fold.
January 30, 2014 | By Lisa Mascaro and David Zucchino
ATLANTA - As Georgia nursed a hangover from a freak winter storm, Gov. Nathan Deal took responsibility Thursday for poor preparation that led to massive gridlock in and around Atlanta, forcing drivers to sleep in their cars overnight or abandon the vehicles along slick, snow-covered roads. Most schools and offices across the area remained closed because of icy roads. Uniformed state and local police escorted motorists back to hundreds of abandoned vehicles along the interstate system.
January 27, 2014 | By Michael McGough
Israel has many well-wishers in Congress, and on some matters - such as how best to pressure Iran not to develop nuclear weapons - those U.S. legislators are closer to Israel's position than to the Obama administration's. Another example: Congress passed a law ordering the State Department to allow U.S. citizens born in Israel to list their birthplace on their passports as “Jerusalem, Israel,” even though successive U.S. presidents have refused to recognize Jerusalem as part of Israel, believing that the status of the city must be decided in negotiations.
January 4, 2014 | Bill Plaschke
Just when this BCS national title game begins to sag under the grandiose weight of Heisman trophies and state attorneys and Southern football, Kid Miracle shows up. His name is Ricardo Louis. He is sitting in a quiet corner of a crowded Newport Beach ballroom. It is media day, yet only a couple of reporters have shown up to interview him. His soft voice is filled with wonder. His eyes occasionally redden with emotion. He is not the best player in this room. He is not even the best player at his table.
January 2, 2014 | By Gary Klein
Auburn quarterback Nick Marshall is probably best known for heaving the last-minute pass that was tipped by a Georgia defensive back and resulted in a game-winning touchdown for the Tigers. But Marshall's talents and contributions to Auburn's 12-1 season go far beyond that one play, and they will be on display Monday against Florida State in the Bowl Championship Series title game at the Rose Bowl. Marshall has rushed for 1,023 yards and 11 touchdowns and passed for 12 touchdowns, with five interceptions.
December 18, 2013 | By Ari Bloomekatz
Tuesday's much-anticipated Mega Millions jackpot, worth an estimated $636 million, will be split by the owners of two winning tickets -- one sold in San Jose, the other in Atlanta, lottery officials said Wednesday. In California, the winning ticket -- with numbers 8, 14, 17, 20, 39 and a Mega number of 7 -- was sold at Jenny's Gift Shop in San Jose, according to state Lottery spokesman Alex Traverso . The store will collect a $1-million retailer bonus, he said. RELATED: San Jose shop owner glad he sold winning Mega Millions ticket Twenty tickets were sold nationwide that matched five of six numbers, just missing the Mega, and are worth $1 million each, except for two in California that are worth $2.6 million each because of different rules.
December 4, 2013 | Richard Verrier
This post has been corrected . See the note at the bottom for details. Universal Pictures' decision Wednesday to shut down production of "Fast & Furious 7" following the death of star Paul Walker is a blow to Georgia's burgeoning film industry. "Fast & Furious 7" was among the biggest movies to date to film in Georgia, which has experienced a surge in production since 2008, when the state expanded its film tax credit from 15% to a maximum of 30%. The film tax credit was one of the chief draws for "Fast & Furious 7," which began production in Georgia on Sept.
November 24, 2013 | Chris Dufresne
The NFL Network aired a terrific documentary this week commemorating the 100-year anniversary of the forward pass. Georgia Southern obviously didn't watch it. In a game that would have made Darrell Royal and Woody Hayes proud, Georgia Southern of the Football Championship Subdivision not only shocked Florida, 26-20, the Eagles did it without completing a "forward" pass. Georgia Southern handed Southeastern Conference-power program Florida, arguably, its most embarrassing loss … ever?
November 23, 2013 | By Chris Dufresne
The NFL Channel aired a terrific documentary this week commemorating the 100-year anniversary of the forward pass. Georgia Southern didn't watch it. In a game that would have made Darrell Royal and Woody Hayes proud, Georgia Southern of the lower-level Football Championship Subdivision not only shocked Florida, 26-20, it did it without completing a pass. The Eagles (7-4) handed SEC-power program Florida arguably its most embarrassing loss in history. It was at home, in Gainesville, and it was gory-Gator awful.
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