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July 9, 2012 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Been inexplicably sneezing or feeling itchy recently? It could be an allergic reaction to that shiny new Canon EOS Rebel T4i camera you just bought. Canon just put out a notice telling owners of the recently released camera that some  of the units have been having chemical reactions that result in the grip changing colors and which could possibly lead to allergic reactions. The Japanese camera company says a number of units produced between late May and mid-June contained a slightly higher amount of rubber accelerator than normal.
April 24, 2014 | By Mark Olsen
It should be incredibly dull, just a man in his car on the phone. Yet the new British film "Locke" is gripping in its simplicity, wringing deep, suspenseful drama from a man making difficult decisions from which there will be no turning back. As he drives in his car while on the phone. Ivan Locke - played by Tom Hardy, the only character seen onscreen - is a construction site foreman who is preparing for the largest job of his career, as the next morning he is to oversee the pouring of a massive concrete foundation for a skyscraper.
March 18, 2007 | By Adam Tschorn, Times Staff Writer
Although growing a beard requires nothing beyond a Zen-like letting go of the daily shaving ritual, cultivating a proper handlebar requires a level of patience and skill worthy of a bonsai gardener. Here are a few pointers: 1. Put down the scissors and step away from the mirror. A proper handlebar requires upper lip hair that's long enough to properly "train," and any amount of pruning in the early stages is counterproductive. Expect this period to last six, itchy, socially uncomfortable weeks.
April 23, 2014 | By Dylan Hernandez
The Dodgers didn't make any errors behind Zack Greinke in their 5-2 victory Wednesday over the Philadelphia Phillies at Dodger Stadium. This was significant, considering how the Dodgers have played defense in the first three-plus weeks of the regular season. They have been one of the worst defensive teams in baseball. They entered the day with 22 errors, the second-most among the 30 teams in the majors. Their fielding percentage of .974 was third-worst. “We have to get better,” Hanley Ramirez said.
April 30, 2000
I'm an actor who moved from New York City to L.A. at about the same time as Holly Schroeder ("Is This Any Place to Stage a Life?" April 2). It always amazes me when actors move west and talk in fanciful phrases like "creativity is my quest" or "I always thought acting was cheaper than therapy." Get a grip! This is the City of Angels and here are the rules that you fly by: looks, marketability, bankability, who you know, and keep on fishing to the end. This is the big leagues. Don't show up here unless you're ready to play.
March 26, 2012 | By Mike DiGiovanna
Reporting from Tempe, Ariz. -- Garrett Richards' seemingly firm grip on the fifth rotation spot may have slipped a bit Monday, not so much because of the rookie right-hander's somewhat shaky performance in a 6-2 exhibition loss to the Colorado Rockies in Tempe Diablo Stadium. The bigger development, as it pertains to Richards, took place a few miles up the road in Phoenix, where Jerome Williams, Richards' primary competition for the job, finally returned after sitting out more than three weeks because of a left hamstring strain.
February 24, 1989 | SCOTT MILLER
Maybe if Oceanside High School hadn't treated the basketball as if it were a wet bar of soap, things would have gone better for the Pirates Thursday night at Madison. Maybe if a couple of their 25 turnovers wouldn't have turned into fourth-quarter slam dunks for Madison's Monte Bohannon and Brad Eaddy, Oceanside would be preparing for Saturday's San Diego Section quarterfinals.
March 22, 1998
Re Valley Briefing, "On Location," Feb. 15. Thank You! Star Waggons here, Star Waggons there Living in the Valley, I see them and stare. I understand acting, but the crew is a blur They have wonderful jobs, of that I am sure. Those titles express in mysterious prose Work so incredible that no one knows What is it a Gaffer, Grip, and Best Boy do? Who can I ask? Who will give me a clue? So no one explains until this morning, I see And finally feel someone has answered my plea!
November 28, 2012 | By Jim Peltz
Golf's rules-making boards, siding with Tiger Woods and others, on Wednesday proposed a change banning the growing use of "belly putting" in the game. Belly putting, also called "anchoring," is a method in which golfers use a long putter whose grip rests against the stomach or some other part of the body, giving them added stability as they putt. The U.S. Golf Assn. and its European counterpart, the Royal & Ancient, said the proposed rule would "prohibit strokes made with the club or a hand gripping the club held directly against the player's body.
June 26, 2008
Swing suggestions from some of Southern California's top professionals. Randy Chang PGA director of instruction, Arroyo Trabuco Golf Academy This will help you: The two things I'll tell everyone are: Hold your finish at the end of the swing, and maintain a constant grip pressure throughout the golf swing. That transition from the backswing to the forward swing is the most important move in golf. If your tempo is good, you keep your balance and you can put it all together, bring all your compensations together.
April 13, 2014 | By W.J. Hennigan
A high-stakes battle is underway in Washington over launching the U.S. government's most sophisticated national security satellites. Space entrepreneur Elon Musk is pitted against the nation's two largest weapons makers, Boeing Co. and Lockheed Martin Corp., in a fight for military contracts worth as much as $70 billion through 2030. For eight years, the Pentagon has paid Boeing and Lockheed - operating jointly as United Launch Alliance - to launch the government's pricey spy satellites without seeking competitive bids.
April 13, 2014 | By Laura King
TRIPOLI, Libya - Dragging deeply on a cigarette and swirling his espresso dregs, the curly-haired young militiaman offered up a vivid account of the battles he and fellow rebels waged to bring down dictator Moammar Kadafi - days of blazing bombardment, thirsty desert nights. Then he voiced his dismay at the chokehold those same armed groups now maintain on Libya. "We fought so hard to make a new country," said the 28-year-old of Libyan extraction who left Britain to join the revolution that swept this North African nation in 2011.
April 10, 2014 | By Gary Goldstein
An alternately delicate and brutal retelling of the memoir by former World War II British Army officer Eric Lomax, "The Railway Man" is an impressively crafted, skillfully acted, highly absorbing journey into a dark corner of world history. Colin Firth plays Lomax in 1980, more than 35 years after being tortured at a Japanese labor camp in Thailand. He learns that Takashi Nagase, the Japanese interpreter at the helm of that cruel, unforgettable punishment, is still alive. Lomax will eventually cross continents to confront his erstwhile captor and hopefully quell the post-traumatic stress disorder that has plagued the self-dubbed "railway enthusiast" for decades.
March 9, 2014 | By Henry Chu and Sergei L. Loiko
KIEV, Ukraine -- Leaders of Ukraine vowed Sunday not to cede any part of their nation's territory, even as Russia defended its virtual takeover of the disputed Crimean peninsula and signaled its willingness to act on the result of an upcoming secession vote there. Pro-Russian forces tightened their grip on Crimea by laying siege to the last military airfield under Ukrainian control there and trying to seize control of other military installations in the strategically important region, a Ukrainian defense spokesman said.
February 14, 2014 | By Michael Muskal and Richard Simon
WASHINGTON--Mother Nature had scant love for the eastern portion of the United States on Valentine's Day, continuing a streak of miserable and deadly weather that has turned much of the nation into a snowy, icy mess and caused a major pileup on the Pennsylvania Turnpike.  On Friday, one side of the Pennsylvania Turnpike outside Philadelphia, an area that got more than a foot of snow, was blocked by collisions that caused minor injuries. At least 16 motorists were injured, including five trauma victims, in a series of crashes involving dozens of vehicles on the Pennsylvania Turnpike that began just after 8 a.m. Friday. Traffic along the turnpike was backed up for miles, the Associated Press reported.
February 13, 2014 | By Richard Simon, Alana Semuels and Michael Muskal
WASHINGTON -- A full-blown nor'easter huffed and puffed its way through the mid-Atlantic region Thursday, shutting airports and government offices a day after the storm battered much of the Old South, leaving hundreds of thousands without electricity and many heeding warnings to stay home and avoid dangerous roads. Up to more than a foot of snow had fallen in parts of Virginia, Maryland and Pennsylvania and the storm was still packing plenty of power as it punched its way through the metropolitan New York area, heading toward New England.
April 4, 1999
Re "Sheriff Wants to Move Into Old Hall of Justice," March 30: Sheriff Lee Baca wants to move downtown. More precisely, he wants to spend $100 million to renovate the old Hall of Justice because he doesn't want county officers "to see [him] as being detached." Detached? What an ironic choice of words. The world is going virtual and our thoughtful sheriff wants to spend $100 million in county funds to be close to the action. Well, not quite. He expect to recover $80 million from federal taxpayers.
October 28, 2001
Re "Getting a Grip Is All We Can Do," by Norah Vincent, Commentary, Oct. 25: Surely you must be out of your minds in publishing this fear-inflaming piece. Does Vincent know something we don't but The Times does? "Al Qaeda has nothing to lose. We do. Game over." And, a ". . . nuclear threat more real and imminent. . . ." To put this commentary above the fold, presented without rebuttal, is to implicitly endorse its apocalyptic vision. Vincent and The Times want us all to get a grip by offering such unsupported musings and assessments?
January 30, 2014 | By Mark Swed, Los Angeles Times Music Critic
A screen for film or video projection has become a common occurrence at concerts, multimedia being a way of 21st century musical life. A floor lamp on the stage of Walt Disney Concert Hall on Tuesday night was, maybe, a curious homey touch, but hardly eccentric when a green umbrella is the trademark of the Los Angeles Philharmonic New Music Group. The lamp could even have been something stagehands forgot to throw away after the orchestra's last Green Umbrella extravaganza in November, a messily prop-crazed production of Frank Zappa's "200 Motels.
January 15, 2014 | By Robert J. Lopez
A winter heat wave continued across Southern California on Wednesday, setting or tying record temperatures for the day and creating extreme fire conditions across parched wildland areas. Point Mugu Naval Air Station, Fullerton and Camp Pendleton each topped out at 90 degrees, which were the highest temperatures in the nation, according to the National Weather Service. Downtown Los Angeles hit 85, tying a daily record set in 2009. Bob Hope Airport in Burbank recorded a high of 86 degrees, breaking by one degree a record for the day set in 1976.
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