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September 27, 2013
George Bignotti Chief mechanic for 7 Indy 500 winners George Bignotti, 97, who set a record as the chief mechanic for seven winners of the Indianapolis 500, died in his sleep of natural causes Fridayin Las Vegas, his daughter Mary Mendez said. As a mechanic, Bignotti won the Indy 500 with drivers A.J. Foyt in 1961 and 1964, Graham Hill in 1966, Al Unser in 1970 and 1971, Gordon Johncock in 1973 and Tom Sneva in 1983. Bignotti also holds the record for most wins overall in Indy-car history with more than 80 victories.
August 19, 2013 | By Elisabeth Donnelly
"Gilmore Girls" and "Parenthood" star Lauren Graham is writing a TV pilot based on her book "Someday, Someday, Maybe. " TheĀ ever-likable actress is writing the TV adaptation of her book about a struggling actress for the CW -- something of a return to the network whose relationship with Graham goes back to her leading role on "Gilmore Girls. " Graham will also be executive producing the series along with friend Ellen DeGeneres, who optioned the book through her A Very Good Production banner.
August 6, 2013 | By Jeffrey Fleishman
CAIRO -- Two senior Republican senators visiting Egypt on Tuesday urged the military-backed government to release jailed Muslim Brotherhood leaders and defuse political tensions between Islamists and the nation's largely secular security forces. Sens. John McCain (R-Ariz.) and Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) joined a number of international envoys seeking to end more than a month of deadly violence between backers of the interim government and Islamist supporters of former President Mohamed Morsi, who was overthrown in a coup last month.
July 30, 2013 | Staff and wire reports
Penn State's ex-president and two former top school administrators were ordered by a Harrisburg, Pa., judge Tuesday to stand trial on charges accusing them of a cover-up in the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse scandal. Prosecutors showed enough evidence during a two-day preliminary hearing to warrant a trial for ex-president Graham Spanier , former vice president Gary Schultz and ex-athletic director Tim Curley , District Judge William Wenner concluded. Wenner called it "a tragic day for Penn State University.
July 15, 2013 | By Mike Boehm
In the early 1900s, Alexander Graham Bell intensively researched ways to lift humans heavenward on kite-like flying machines. Now comes the decidedly earthbound postscript. The detailed archive that the telephone's inventor kept of his much later experiments in flight - more than 950 photographs and 217 pages of laboratory journals, many in Bell's own hand - was pulled back from the auction block at a hotel in Westlake Village on Wednesday, shortly before it was to go under the gavel.
July 10, 2013 | By Mike Boehm
This post has been corrected. Please see below for details. A historic archive documenting Alexander Graham Bell's attempt in the early 1900s to build a kite-like aircraft that would allow humans to fly was pulled back from an auctioneer's gavel in Westlake Village on Wednesday. The Smithsonian Institution and National Geographic Society joined Bell's heirs in challenging the archive's sale. They raised questions about whether the telephone inventor's family had voluntarily transferred the archive to a Smithsonian curator in the mid-1950s for his personal use. Profiles in History, a Calabasas auction house specializing in historical documents and Hollywood memorabilia, had estimated in the online auction catalog that the 217 pages of laboratory notes and more than 950 unpublished photographs documenting Bell's manned-flight experiments would fetch as much as $150,000 in the auction at the Hyatt Westlake Plaza hotel.
June 10, 2013 | By Kevin Baxter, Los Angeles Times
SEATTLEĀ  - Juergen Klinsmann went 23 months and 28 matches as coach of the U.S. national soccer team before starting the same lineup in consecutive games. The experiment didn't last long. Klinsmann, who lost midfielders Jermaine Jones and Graham Zusi in last week's win in Jamaica, will go back to the drawing board to find a starting 11 for Tuesday's World Cup qualifier against unbeaten Panama at CenturyLink Field (TV: Unimas, ESPN, 7 p.m.). Jones is out with a concussion, while Zusi is suspended a match after picking up two yellow cards.
May 15, 2013 | By Susan Denley
Los Angeles denim company THVM has a very colorful collaboration with artist William Lemon III set to go on sale starting Monday at Weltenbuerger . The unisex collection of tops and bottoms balance unique fit and brilliant prints, hand-painted on a stretch canvas fabric by Lemon. Pieces, priced $190 to $260, will be on sale at Weltenbuerger, 1764 N. Vermont Ave., Los Angeles. Events Heather Graham is to host Designers for a Cause, a shopping event to benefit the Cambodian Children's Fund , from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday at 7210 Beverly Blvd., Los Angeles.
April 21, 2013 | By Jim Peltz
Long gone are the days when A.J. Foyt, now 78, was making history as one of the world's most famous race-car drivers. But that didn't mean Foyt was done making history as a team owner. Takuma Sato, whom Foyt hired this year for his IndyCar race team, won the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach on Sunday to become the first Japanese driver to win an IndyCar event. It was the first victory in more than a decade for Foyt's one-car team, and Sato's first win in his 52 starts in the Izod IndyCar Series.
April 16, 2013 | By Mary Rourke, Special to the Los Angeles Times
George Beverly Shea, a gospel singer and songwriter who was a featured part of the Billy Graham crusades for more than 50 years, died Tuesday. He was 104. Shea, who received a lifetime achievement award at the 2011 Grammy Awards, died in Asheville, N.C., after a brief illness, spokesman Brent Rinehart of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Assn. told the Associated Press. "Bev" Shea became the soloist for the Billy Graham Evangelical Team in 1947, traveling the world with the famous preacher as part of his ongoing crusade.
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