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November 11, 2013 | By Ben Bolch
The Minnesota Timberwolves found a way to take DeAndre Jordan out of the game. There was nothing they could do about Chris Paul and Jamal Crawford. With Crawford hitting shots from all over the court and Paul making a defiant defensive play on his way to another double-double, the Clippers held on for a 109-107 victory over the Timberwolves on Monday night at Staples Center. GAME SUMMARY: Clippers 109, Timberwolves 107 First they had to endure a hold-your-breath finish.
November 8, 2013 | By Kevin Baxter
When the Kings meet the Vancouver Canucks on Saturday at Staples Center, it will be the team's sixth look at a Pacific Division opponent in eight games. And so far Coach Darryl Sutter isn't sure he likes what he sees. "The division's tough, and every team's good," he said. "And we're trying to hang in there. " The Kings are fifth in the division, but with 20 points they have a better record than all but four teams in the Eastern Conference. "It is what it is," he said.
November 7, 2013 | By Sheri Linden
Down-and-out Nevada stars alongside two of the screen's best young character actors in "The Motel Life," a wintry story of life on the margins. The feature spikes its lonesome mood with shots of dry humor, animated sequences and flashbacks - at times overplaying its hand, even as Emile Hirsch and Stephen Dorff wordlessly convey all that needs to be said. They portray the Flannigan brothers, denizens of dive bars and cinder-block motels who have been on their own since they were kids.
November 6, 2013 | By Broderick Turner
ORLANDO - He talked about how the "basketball gods punished" his team, about how the Clippers were "very casual in our approach" to the game against the Orlando Magic and about how their steadfast belief that offense will cure all is "fool's gold. " That about covered it all for Coach Doc Rivers as he lamented the Clippers' 98-90 loss to a young Magic team Wednesday night at Amway Center. The Clippers fell behind by 19 points in the third quarter, but rallied to take a five-point lead in the fourth by finally playing some defense.
November 4, 2013 | By Michael Hiltzik
For anyone interested interested in the politics of left and right--and in political journalism as it is practiced at the highest level, Orwell's works are indispensable. This week, in the year marks the 110th anniversary of his birth, we present a personal list of his five greatest essays. "A Hanging" is one of Orwell's earliest essays, but already a demonstration of his superb and subtle craftsmanship. The piece, published in 1931 in John Middleton Murry's literary magazine The Adelphi under Orwell's real name, Eric Blair, was drawn from his experiences as a member of the Imperial Police from 1922 to 1927; whether it reports an actual event is uncertain, for Orwell himself sometimes called it "just a story.
October 23, 2013 | By Mary McNamara
Our long and desperate wait is over -- "Sherlock" will finally be back in action on PBS starting Jan. 19, sharing Sunday night with "Downton Abbey," which premieres Jan. 5.  Steven Moffat's and Mark Gatiss' highly acclaimed and thoroughly addictive modern-day reimagining of Arthur Conan Doyle's famous detective seemed to be on perpetual hiatus as Moffat coped with the 50-year anniversary of "Doctor Who" and the film careers of stars Benedict Cumberbatch...
October 18, 2013 | By Lisa Dillman
NASHVILLE - To even reach the highlight package known as the shootout - in which Anze Kopitar won it for the Kings in the third round - the Kings had to do some decidedly unglamorous and old-school work Thursday night. The Kings had to kill off a four-on-three in overtime against Nashville, which meant facing the weapon of defenseman Shea Weber's shot. They may not have emerged unscathed, but they survived and won, 2-1, in a shootout against the Predators at Bridgestone Arena, giving them three wins on this four-game trip and four out of five overall.
October 18, 2013 | Chris Erskine
Cemeteries have always intrigued me, since the time as a young boy when I ran across a freshly dug grave, two teenagers at the bottom of the pit, doing the things teenagers do when they get a little privacy. Since then, I always found cemeteries a little sexy. As kids, we always romped through the nearby graveyard as respectfully as a bunch of 10-year-olds could, chasing rabbits amid the tombstones, playing hide-and-seek. Always thought the spirits probably enjoyed our company, as much as we enjoyed the Huckleberry freedoms that a leafy old cemetery can offer.
October 16, 2013 | By John M. Glionna
POWELL, Wyo. - The autumn moon has taken its seat low in the evening sky as the cars arrive at Wyoming's last drive-in theater. Pokey Heny stands ready to indulge in another night of small-town sociability. At 52, the owner of the American Dream Drive-in leans out the snack bar door to collect a $15 per-vehicle entry fee. She greets people by their first names, telling a 4-year-old girl she likes her stuffed hippo, named Martha. Then a single mother and daughter roll up in an aging pickup.
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