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September 17, 2013 | By Deborah Vankin
The in-progress museum known as the Broad opened its virtual “doors” Tuesday morning for a hard-hat tour of the Grand Avenue construction site - which, aside from its white honeycomb-like ceiling of skylights, looks basically like a concrete and steel construction site. The clanking of metal and screeches from buzz saws could be heard throughout the news conference, which included remarks from Eli Broad as well as remarks from Mayor Eric Garcetti, the  Broad's founding director Joanne Heyler and lead designer Elizabeth Diller, founding principal of Diller Scofidio + Renfro.
August 17, 2013 | By Steve Galluzzo
It wasn't a must-win situation and yet for the full 90 minutes the Galaxy played with the desperation and intensity of a team facing playoff elimination in Saturday night's Western Conference showdown with league-leading Real Salt Lake. The result was a 4-2 victory that boosted the reigning Major League Soccer champions from fifth to fourth place in the standings in front of a noisy 24,237 at StubHub Center in Carson. After scoring his 28th career regular-season goal in the 86th minute to complete his second hat trick of the season, Robbie Keane did a somersault and motioned to the fans, who gave him a standing ovation when he was subbed out during injury time.
August 7, 2013 | By Bob Pool
The man in the red coat and top hat strolling along Hollywood Boulevard had a few words of advice for the tourists from Texas. "When you get to Beverly Hills, it's Ro- day -o Drive," Gregg Donovan says. It's not some bull-riding event, so don't pronounce it that way, he tells them. Donovan should know. He spent 11 years as Beverly Hills' official greeter before being laid off as the recession deepened. These days he has traded Rodeo Drive for Hollywood Boulevard's Walk of Fame.
August 6, 2013 | By S. Irene Virbila
Every summer, I regret the loss of the Swedish restaurant Gustaf Anders in Costa Mesa and its annual crayfish festival. Not to mention the Princess cake draped in pale green marzipan.  It won't be the same, but here's the thing: It's just $9.99 per person. Kids 12 and under get in for $2.49. What is it? IKEA's kräftskiva -- an all-you-can-eat Swedish crayfish festival on Friday, Aug. 16.  Note that seating is limited, so if you plan on going, best to buy your tickets now at the closest IKEA store.
July 17, 2013 | Eric Sondheimer
There was primping, flirting, laughing, betting, drinking - and that was before the first race went off on opening day at Del Mar. In what has become the social event of the year in San Diego County, a crowd of 43,030, the largest to attend a horse race in California this year, showed up on Wednesday to create a party-like atmosphere complete with hats seemingly designed from an unknown civilization. "Oh my God. Look at this," one female track visitor said in awe of a hat that included an iron replica of the Eiffel Tower covered with flowers and feathers.
July 17, 2013 | By Eric Sondheimer
Opening day at Del Mar on Wednesday brought out more than just partygoers and horse racing fans. It's the day for the fabulous hat contest, and people showed up with their greatest imaginations on display on their heads. Hats with cherries, hats with eggs, hats with an Eiffel Tower welded to iron were among the spectacles. "It's a day to have fun," said one San Diego resident who brought her three grandchildren to the track with hats made from scratch. ALSO: Who will win the British Open?
July 15, 2013 | By Chuck Schilken
Pittsburgh Steelers Pro Bowl center Maurkice Pouncey apologized Monday after photos surfaced of him and his twin brother, Mike Pouncey of the Miami Dolphins, wearing caps in apparent support of murder suspect Aaron Hernandez, their former college teammate at Florida. "I fully recognize the seriousness of the situation involving my former teammate, and I regret that my actions appear to make light of that serious situation," he tweeted. "I apologize to anyone who was offended by my actions.
July 5, 2013 | By Heather Havrilesky
Most cultural critics have a natural appetite for controversy. But some subjects are so contentious that they strike fear in the most courageous writers. The nightmare scenario: Your editor calls you and says, "Kanye has a new song called 'Hitler's Shorty Wants a Corn Dog.' Can you analyze the intersection of racism, sexism, anti-Semitism and phallic meats-on-sticks? We need 800 words in 2 hours. " To pop cultural critic Chuck Klosterman, this nightmare is more like a daydream. In his new book, "I Wear the Black Hat: Grappling With Villains (Real and Imagined)
June 25, 2013 | By Adam Tschorn
The Headwear Association is planning to give away a whole lot of hats across the country this week as part of an awareness campaign about the damage the sun can cause to unprotected skin. As part of its annual Hat Day in the Sun, the trade group is set to distribute, free of charge, thousands of wide-brimmed, sun-protection hats on Wednesday in cities including New York, Boston and Boulder, Colo. A SoCal hat handout is scheduled for Friday at the Eagle Rock Farmers Market.  The free hats are being provided by Broner Hats, Dorfman-Pacific, Bollman Hat Co., Magid Hats, Wallaroo Hats, Korber Hats, F&M Hats and San Diego Hat Co. The group has also shared the following tips as to what makes a good sun hat: "Wide brims.
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