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November 1, 2008 | Todd Martens
Bruce Springsteen chose Friday to unveil a Halloween-inspired blues rave-up, a song that came days after the artist announced he would not be able to have his annual Halloween display at his Rumson, N.J., mansion because the high volume of visitors caused too much disruption for the neighborhood. "If you grew up in Central or South Jersey you grew up with the 'Jersey Devil,' " Springsteen wrote on his website, brucespringsteen.net, where the song is available for a free download. "Here's a little musical Halloween treat.
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February 10, 2014 | By Paresh Dave
A man accused of opening fire on a rival gang member in the first shooting on the USC campus in decades was convicted Monday of four counts of attempted murder. Prosecutors argued that Brandon Spencer, 21, was seeking retaliation for his own gunshot wound -- suffered a year earlier -- when he shot at Geno Hall in October 2012. The shooting escalated from feuding on Twitter with Hall, the City Section high school football player of the year in 2009 . On Halloween night, among a crowd waiting to enter a party, Spencer shot six times in Hall's direction with a black revolver.
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July 6, 2008 | From Times Wire Services
Maui's big Halloween blast in Lahaina may shrink this year now that authorities have voted to deny permits for a costume contest, outdoor entertainment stages and craft, food and activity booths. The festivities, sometimes referred to as the "Mardi Gras of the Pacific," drew crowds of 20,000 people in previous years. Some residents complained that public drunkenness, lewd behavior and risque costumes insulted the legacy of the historic town, former capital of the islands.
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January 22, 2014 | By Paresh Dave
A man accused of opening fire outside a Halloween party at USC in 2012, wounding four people, was retaliating for his being shot by a rival gang member, a prosecutor said Wednesday on the first day of his trial. Brandon Spencer, 21, is charged with four counts of attempted murder in the shooting amid a large crowd of people waiting to enter a Halloween night party at the USC student center's ballroom. Spencer believed a Crips-affiliated gang member had been responsible for shooting him in the stomach, Los Angeles County Deputy Dist.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 22, 2009 | Kenneth Turan
Halloween's fans are legion, so its no wonder that local theaters can't wait until the 31st to celebrate the ghoulish holiday. On Sunday and Monday, the venerable New Beverly will show "Spine Tingler!," an excellent biopic on legendary horror-meister William Castle. And on Saturday, the historic Alex Theatre in Glendale will do more than just screen the 1963 classic "The Haunting," starring Claire Bloom and Julie Harris, at both 2 and 8 p.m. Before each screening, it will present Michael J. Kouri, described as the theater's "resident psychic medium," to talk about the place's haunted history.
HOME & GARDEN
October 10, 2009 | David A. Keeps
While the kids go door to door for sweets, some adults might celebrate Halloween with something a little stronger. Whip up a batch of bloody Marys or zombies, and you can deploy the frozen skulls and crossbones of the Bone Chillers ice cube trays, $9.95 each from Z Gallerie -- ideal for bartenders who like to take orders by asking, "What's your poison?" www.zgallerie.com. -- David A. Keeps
HOME & GARDEN
October 30, 2010
On Halloween, Heritage Square Museum will hold trick or treating for children ages 1 to 12 with a parent. Festivities run from 4 to 7 p.m. http://www.heritagesquare.org
NEWS
October 21, 2010
Halloween is upon us, which means it's time for the most ridiculously alarmist warnings from doctors, dentists and healthcare specialists about the evils of the holiday. You thought you and your kids were going to have a good time? Forget it. It's all gloom and doom. The second you step out your door or put one piece of candy in your mouth it's over. Got that? Over. Tooth decay, obesity and an airplane hangar full of germs are one Snickers away. Let's start with the news release we got from an orthodontist reminding us that October is National Orthodontic Health Month.
BUSINESS
October 30, 1997
Halloween, now a $2.5-billion industry, is increasingly filling the gap between the back-to-school and Christmas retail seasons. Retailers sell more candy before Halloween than for any other holiday. Some projections for this year: * About 65% of adults surveyed plan to participate in Halloween activities. * Halloween is second only to Christmas in terms of decorating, with 63% of adults planning to decorate their homes.
NEWS
July 31, 2012 | By Brady MacDonald, Los Angeles Times staff writer
Universal Studios Hollywood has announced plans for haunted attractions based on "The Walking Dead"  TV show, "Texas Chainsaw Massacre" flim and "Silent Hill" video game as well as shock rocker Alice Cooper and the La Llorona folk legend, while continuing to drop hints about more scare zones and shows for Halloween Horror Nights 2012. Photos: Halloween Horror Nights 2012 at Universal Studios Hollywood The Walking Dead maze will take visitors into a post-apocalyptic wasteland overrun by hordes of zombies.
SPORTS
December 24, 2013 | By Broderick Turner
OAKLAND -- Tis the season to be jolly? Not so much with the Clippers and Golden State Warriors. Though the Clippers will play the Warriors in Oakland on Christmas night, don't expect the teams to be full of good tidings toward each other because in the past year there has been more acrimony than kindness. The teams couldn't even hold chapel service together when the Clippers played host to the Warriors on Halloween Night at Staples Center. Golden State was angry, saying this violated the NBA custom of teams holding chapel service together, calling it a spiteful gesture by Los Angeles.
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November 15, 2013 | By Joseph Serna and Kate Linthicum
An investigation into how a man burned to death at West Hollywood's annual Halloween carnival has confirmed witness statements that he accidentally set himself ablaze while lighting a cigarette, the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department announced. Video from the event shows Gilbert Estrada, 51, engulfed in flames while some festival-goers continued to dance to electronic music and cheer. A department investigation revealed Estrada “attempted to light some type of cigarette and accidentally caught his costume on fire,” according to a statement released Thursday.
NEWS
November 13, 2013 | By Laura E. Davis
College student Leslie Barrett was diagnosed with Bell's palsy in August , but she didn't let the disease that's temporarily paralyzing her face ruin her Halloween. In fact, she used the holiday as a chance to help herself cope. A year after McKayla Maroney stood on the podium at the London Olympics with her now-famous "not impressed" look, Barrett decided to dress as the U.S. gymnast for Halloween. Maroney's facial expression, which she displayed after falling during the vault competition and winning the silver instead of the gold, garnered instant fame after a Tumblr was created in its honor . Even President Obama got in on the joke . After Halloween, Barrett posted a photo of herself alongside Maroney to Maroney's Facebook page , saying someone had pointed out that her face looked like Maroney's unimpressed expression.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 8, 2013 | By Patrick Kevin Day
It turns out we can thank Patrick Stewart's wife for the seemingly unending stream of joy that comes from the "X-Men" star's Twitter feed. The actor appeared on "The Daily Show With Jon Stewart" on Thursday and Jon couldn't wait to show the photo Patrick posted around Halloween time showing the former "Star Trek" star in a full lobster costume reclining in a bathtub. It turns out the costume was purchased by Patrick's wife, jazz singer Sunny Ozell. And it was definitely presented to him against his wishes.
NATIONAL
November 5, 2013 | By Matt Pearce
In the end, there was no gun, no violence, no shots fired, no victims, no angry manifesto -- just a massive police response and a big campus scare at Central Connecticut State University, all prompted by a student's Halloween costume on Monday. Senior David Kyem, 21, the son of a professor at the New Britain school just southwest of Hartford, apologized for the confusion, and said he was wearing his costume because he couldn't fit all of it into his backpack. He was dressed as Snake Eyes from the "G.I.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 5, 2013 | By Kate Linthicum and Samantha Schaefer, This post has been updated. See the note below for details.
Festival-goers can be seen on a video dancing to electronic music and cheering as a man becomes engulfed in flames during West Hollywood's annual Halloween carnival. Gilbert Estrada, 51, later died. The video posted on YouTube shows him lying unresponsive after the fire was extinguished. Detectives say it appears Estrada may have accidentally started the fire while trying to light a cigarette. As Estrada flails, some bystanders can be heard cheering. Others help put out the flames.
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October 31, 2013 | By Times Pop Music Staff
The scariest part about Halloween is having to put up with hearing "Monster Mash" a thousand times in a night. If you're looking for a tasteful soundtrack that still feels like the icy breath of the reaper tonight, Pop & Hiss is here to help.  Wolf Eyes, “Stabbed in the Face” There are songs that are about evil things, and then there are songs that just are evil. The Michigan-reared noise group Wolf Eyes makes tortured electronic shrieks that could double as the soundtrack to that video-missive-from-the-pit-of-hell in “Event Horizon.” “Stabbed in the Face” was their attempt at a pop single.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 5, 2013 | By Joseph Serna
Ten sex offenders were arrested for allegedly violating their parole on Halloween, the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department said. In an effort dubbed “Operation Boo,” the Sheriff's Department's Regional Sexual Assault Felony Enforcement team joined the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation on Halloween night and checked on 358 sex offenders to make sure they were staying away from trick-or-treaters and obeying their curfews,...
NEWS
November 4, 2013 | By Laura E. Davis
A Virginia mother whose son dressed as a member of the Ku Klux Klan for Halloween said she sees nothing wrong with the costume. In fact, it's something of a family tradition. Jessica Black is defending her 7-year-old son's costume, telling local television station WHSV that her brother also dressed as a Klansman "when he was in kindergarten and when he was 13. " She said the outfit was her son's idea. He told WHSV he saw the costume in the movie "Fried Green Tomatoes. " Black said she warned her son that "there's going to be people saying bad things about you when you do wear it," but she thinks there's nothing wrong with the KKK. "It's supposed to be white with white.
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