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February 19, 2014 | By Robin Abcarian
Forget Barbie on the cover wrap of Sports Illustrated's 50th annual swimsuit issue.  My personal bathing suit hero is 27-year-old Lena Dunham, who has done more to improve the self-esteem of young women in her scant career than the iconic plastic doll has ever done, despite a 55-year career that has seen her transformed from princess into pilot, police officer, paleontologist and presidential candidate. In last Sunday's episode of “Girls,” Dunham's delightfully transgressive HBO series about an annoying quartet of self-involved, post-college adultlets, Dunham spent most of the 30-minute show, set in a resort town on Long Island's North Fork, in a green string bikini.
February 18, 2014 | Steve Chawkins
Mary Grace Canfield, a character actress best known as part of the daffy Ralph-and-Alf brother-sister carpenter team on the TV comedy "Green Acres," died Saturday in a Santa Barbara hospice. She was 89. The cause was lung cancer, her daughter Phoebe Alexiades said. On "Green Acres," Canfield was Ralph Monroe, who, with her brother Alf, was perennially working on the bedroom of a city slicker couple (Eddie Albert and Eva Gabor) at their newly acquired farm near Hooterville. She was a down-home gal in bib overalls and a white painter's cap worn backward, a funny, plain-spoken woman doing "man's work" before feminism made the term quaint.
February 17, 2014 | By Broderick Turner
Clippers shooting guard J.J. Redick won't play against the San Antonio Spurs on Tuesday night because of a sore right hip. Coach Doc Rivers said Willie Green “might be out too” for the San Antonio game because of a sore right hip. Redick missed the last four games before the All-Star break because of the hip injury. “J.J. is out [Tuesday] and probably at least until the Memphis game, too,” Rivers said. The Clippers play at Memphis on Friday night. Rivers said before the Clippers practiced Monday that Redick saw team physicians Monday, but “we don't know what the results are yet.” With two guards injured, Rivers said the plan is to sign another player to a 10-day contract, but he wouldn't say whether it would be Sasha Vujacic, whose 10-day contract with the Clippers expired last Thursday.
February 17, 2014 | Helene Elliott
SOCHI, Russia - Drew Doughty took a pass from Jeff Carter and was gone, dashing up the left side to score a spectacular goal that ended a tight, defense-dominated game. But not for the Kings. Given the green light by Team Canada Coach Mike Babcock to jump up and join the rush - or sometimes lead it - Doughty has been the sensation of the Sochi Olympic hockey tournament. He scored both goals in Canada's 2-1 overtime victory over Finland on Sunday and has four goals in three games, tops among defensemen.
February 17, 2014 | By David Keeps
In the Season 2 finale of Animal Planet's “Treehouse Masters” (airing 10 p.m. Friday and repeating the following week ), arboreal architect Pete Nelson branches out to build a two-story recording facility with guest quarters in a grove of cedars at Bear Creek Studio outside Seattle. “It had to have a great vibe, and Pete is all about vibe,” said owner Ryan Hadlock, who has recorded Eric Clapton, Foo Fighters and the Lumineers. The new treehouse studio was inaugurated by Cee Lo Green.
February 15, 2014 | By Nicole Sperling
PITTSBURGH - Most movie sets orbit around one key individual. Usually, it's the director or the star. Occasionally, it's a heavyweight producer. Seldom is it the writer of the movie's source material. But John Green is not just any writer. On a crisp day in early October as cameras rolled on Fox 2000's film adaptation of his 2012 novel "The Fault in Our Stars," a bestselling love story about two wry, cancer-stricken teenagers, the 36-year-old author was exerting a strong gravitational pull.
February 14, 2014 | By Michael Hiltzik
If you're keeping track of what so far has been the creeping acceptance and legalization of marijuana in the U.S., on Friday things took a huge leap forward. The U.S. Treasury issued guidelines stating, in effect, that it's legal for banks to provide financial services to marijuana-related businesses . That removes a huge impediment to the growth of the businesses, for up to now federal banking restrictions have forced them to operate in cash. The Obama administration plainly recognizes that with the sale or use of marijuana now legal in some form in 20 states and the District of Columbia, the old restrictions are anachronistic.
February 12, 2014 | By Patrick J. McDonnell
HOMS, Syria - They appeared like a defeated army, gray blankets draping their shoulders, baggy clothes flowing over withered frames, faces gaunt and exhausted. At least half a dozen had lost limbs; others arrived in wheelchairs and on stretchers. Some wore bloody bandages. Many dragged heavily on cigarettes, like condemned men savoring their last smokes. "We couldn't stand it in there anymore," said Wassim, 23, a scraggly survivor seated Wednesday with other men at a glass-topped round table in a once-elegant banquet hall here, now a tattered makeshift shelter on the edge of a war zone.
February 11, 2014 | By Matt Greene
The great part of watching the Olympics -- be it the Summer Games or Winter Games -- is that I find myself enjoying every event that is on at that exact time. Whether it's bobsledding, team ice dancing or the biathlon, I can't help but get hooked into watching because these athletes have been living every day of their lives for the last four years for this moment.   It's incredible. You can feel the passion and the excitement and, for a lot of the events, I find it hard not to root for everyone because as an athlete you know the sacrifices they have made to be on this stage and perform at this level.
February 4, 2014 | By Adam Tschorn
Despite fevered social media speculation to the contrary, the green velvet tuxedo that Ben Haggerty (the Macklemore half of Macklemore and Ryan Lewis) recently wore to the 56th Grammy Awards did not come from a thrift shop -- it was custom-made for the musician by fashion designer Logan Neitzel. Ever since the Grammy telecast we've been on the hunt to get the details about the eye-catching threads since it was one of our favorite classy but just-different-enough looks of the whole night.
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