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October 29, 2008 | Dawn C. Chmielewski and Meg James, Chmielewski and James are Times staff writers.
Worried by the worsening economy, Kristen Olson decided she'd better start saving money. She tallied her expenses and was walloped by sticker shock: She and her roommates were spending $900 a year for cable TV. "I'm not watching $900 worth of cable," said the 25-year-old advertising account coordinator, who lives in North Hollywood. She's trying to persuade her roommates to drop the service.
February 25, 2014 | By Mike Bresnahan
INDIANAPOLIS  - Count Kendall Marshall among those dragged down by the Lakers' woes. He was a surprisingly successful pick-up from the NBA's Development League, churning out double-digit assists almost immediately when signed in December. Now, though, the guard is like the rest of the Lakers. And he's not enjoying it. "It's not fun at all the way we're playing," said Marshall, scoreless with only four assists in the Lakers' 118-98 loss to the Indiana Pacers on Tuesday.
Can't stand your boring husband? Thinking of calling it quits? Well, you should have mustered the nerve to leave him well before this economic crisis. Now you might not be able to afford to live without him, literally. It's a well-known fact that financial woes are the biggest cause of marital spats. With the economy the way it is, you'd expect lots of husbands and wives to be at each other's throats. But the conventional wisdom is wrong.
December 23, 2013 | By Amro Hassan and Laura King
CAIRO - To many of those who took part in Egypt's 2011 uprising against Hosni Mubarak, the death of Bassem Mohsen epitomizes the revolution's dashed hopes. Mohsen, 25, was shot in the head last week during an antigovernment protest in his native city of Suez. On Sunday, his death was confirmed. On Monday, friends and family gathered outside the hospital where his body lay, waiting for official permission for an autopsy. The young activist was a veteran of protests against not only Mubarak, but also the military administration that followed, the Islamist rule of Mohamed Morsi and the current authoritarian-minded interim government.
June 5, 2010
'The Hard Times of RJ Berger' Where: MTV When: 11 p.m. Sunday Rating: TV-14 (may be unsuitable for children under the age of 14)
December 16, 2011 | By Jeannine Stein, Los Angeles Times / For the Booster Shots blog
During the holidays people can experience an enormous amount of stress, even more so these days with a bad economy thrown in. But a study finds that having some adverse experiences in the past may make you mentally tougher. A meta-analysis of studies that looked at how traumatic events affect mental health and well-being found a pattern: The number of adverse experiences may determine whether someone becomes more resilient and better able to handle what life throws at him or her. Those on opposite ends of the spectrum -- people who had no or few hardships or many adversities -- generally had worse coping skills than those who had some bad times, such as a serious illness or injury to themselves or a loved one, a death in the family or a divorce.
June 10, 1999
It gets harder and harder to do less and less. MILLIE STAUFFER Carpinteria
January 14, 2010 | By Denise Martin
Can a well-endowed teen make MTV hot again? The youth-obsessed cable network, seeking to stem a years-long ratings slide, thinks it has found just the thing to get back on track: "The Hard Times of RJ Berger," a scripted comedy about a boy with an, um, anatomical "gift." The show, billed as a cross between "The Wonder Years" and the R-rated comedy "Superbad," is a raunchy coming-of-age tale about a nerdy teen who achieves notoriety among his high school peers when they discover that he has a rather large penis.
June 1, 2009 | Paloma Esquivel
Janean Lindner wakes and watches her boys asleep in a sofa bed a few feet away. It's just after 7 on a Thursday in April. Janean, her husband, Stace, and three of their sons have been at the Ayres Suites in Mission Viejo for 16 nights and 17 days. Despite her efforts, the room is cluttered -- a computer, small television, skateboards, school projects. These are the things that remain. In the chaos of eviction, Janean became increasingly frantic and they lost nearly everything.
January 9, 2011 | By Randy Lewis, Los Angeles Times
During his three decades at the helm of Social Distortion, singer, guitarist and songwriter Mike Ness has repeatedly turned to the rich vein of his own hardscrabble life as a hell-raising teen and then a heroin-addicted rock musician. But in putting together the band's new "Hard Times and Nursery Rhymes" album, the Orange County punk band's first studio collection in six years, Ness seems to have reached the "enough about me" stage in his ongoing efforts to keep his long-running band supplied with fresh subject matter.
August 13, 2013 | By Carla Rivera
Artwork Jamal once remarked that he not only sang the blues, he lived the blues. Someday, his history of hard luck and ill health may be spun into verse. But the powerful, deep-voiced Los Angeles native will sing no more. Jamal, 47, died Aug. 6 from complications of diabetes, heart disease and other ailments, said his wife, Lida Parent-Harris. His promising younger years and subsequent mental and physical challenges were chronicled in 2011 in a front-page story by Times staff writer Esmeralda Bermudez, with an accompanying photo gallery . Arthur Detrich Harris III was adopted as a baby and raised by his mother and grandmother.
July 21, 2013
UNDERRATED 'The Moone Boy' : Proving that Netflix isn't the only digital "network" with exclusive programming, this Irish import airing on Hulu may be the strangest yet sweetest sitcom to hit airwaves in years. Centered around a young misfit growing up in late-'80s Ireland with a fully grown imaginary friend (played by series co-creator Chris O'Dowd), "The Moone Boy" carries a goofy yet sharply drawn honesty about childhood that's as funny as it is heartfelt. 'The Awakening' (2011)
June 11, 2013 | By Bob Pool
Back in the days of the jazz greats, when most of the downtown L.A. hotels were still segregated, the Dunbar Hotel was the place that rolled out the carpet for visiting African American musicians and the fans who flocked to see them. London Carter was among those who soaked up the lore of the South Central Avenue hotel, where Cab Calloway, Billie Holiday and Louis Armstrong once were guests and often played. But the Dunbar fell into decline and finally closed as a hotel in the mid-'70s.
January 11, 2013 | T.J. Simers
I came to Staples Center on Friday night pretty darn excited, the Lakers coming off two incredible moral victories and Magic Johnson and Jim Buss full of good cheer. Happy days are here again. Or, as Buss put it in a radio interview, "How can you not believe in this team?" Magic had said almost the same thing a few days earlier, pointing to the team's thrilling turnaround in playing "with passion" and holding Houston to 125 points. Then the Lakers almost beat San Antonio, and how cool is that, almost winning?
December 27, 2012 | By Joel Rubin, Los Angeles Times
Overall crime in Los Angeles fell for a 10th straight year in 2012, but small increases in petty thefts and homicide numbers again provoked the perennial question of how much longer the city's remarkable crime drop would continue. Overall, crime declined by about 2% in Los Angeles, fueled by drops in many serious crimes including robbery, assault and auto thefts, according to preliminary numbers collected by the Los Angeles Police Department. The decline was smaller than in previous years because of jumps in lower-level crimes such as thefts from vehicles and personal thefts.
December 11, 2012 | By Brendan Tapley
Maybe love means never having to say you're sorry, but what about when love isn't involved? Say, when you've described the president using a derogatory slur for someone with a mental disability, as Ann Coulter did in October. Or when you're the president and you use an expletive suggesting that your opponent is a liar, as Barack Obama did during the campaign. And, if one does decide to apologize for speech or behavior, what makes an apology genuine? Last month, after Cleveland Browns linebacker Tank Carder called a Twitter user a "faggot," he offered this: "I don't agree with being gay or lesbian at all, but [that]
September 22, 2012 | By Carla Rivera, Los Angeles Times
Marianet Tirado returned to Los Angeles Trade Tech community college this fall, optimistic that she would get into the classes she needs to transfer to a four-year university. Of the courses she wanted, only two had space left when she registered in May. She enrolled in those and "crashed" others. In one of those cases, she lucked out when the professor teaching a political science class admitted additional students. But she couldn't get into a biology class because she was too far down on the waiting list.
August 26, 2012 | By Diane Pucin
NEW YORK — This might be the year to expect some surprises at the U.S. Open. Play in the year's final tennis major begins Monday at 8 a.m. PDT, with defending women's champion Samantha Stosur getting the honor of opening on Arthur Ashe Stadium against Petra Martic of Croatia. And the first men on Ashe court will be third-seeded Andy Murray, the newly crowned Olympic champion, and Alex Bogomolov Jr., who once played as an American and now represents Russia. This summer has been jam-packed with the insertion of the Olympics into the short space between Wimbledon and the U.S. Open.
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