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August 1, 2010 | By Mike Mallory
"Twenty push-ups, let's go!" Coach Potter shouted. My arms already felt like I'd been lifting trucks, but when Coach tells you to push up, you push up. He's a nice guy, but he looks like the Terminator. All of us were groaning by the time we reached 20 and collapsed on the mats. "Fragadellic job, fellas!" Coach told us. None of us knew what fragadellic meant, but he said it whenever he was pleased, and we weren't going to argue. I had barely enough strength to change back into my school clothes.
April 24, 2014 | By Steven Borowiec, This post has been corrected. See the note at the bottom for details.
ANSAN, South Korea - Seniors from the high school that lost scores of students in last week's ferry sinking returned to class Thursday, a step toward resuming normal routines in the community that's become the focal point of South Korea's biggest maritime tragedy in decades. Of the 476 people aboard the Sewol when disaster struck on April 16, 340 were staff and students from Danwon High School. As of Thursday afternoon, a total of 171 people had been confirmed dead and 131 were still listed as missing.
January 5, 2010 | By Susan King
Vampires may be getting all the glory these days, but when it comes to day-in, day-out spooky family entertainment, it's hard to beat ghosts. The popularity of ghost and paranormal stories are nothing new -- from the King's ghost in Shakespeare's "Hamlet" to Charles Dickens' "A Christmas Carol" to the phenomenal box office last fall for "Paranormal Activity." But it's on the small screen that ghosts are most alive -- a staple of the medium, so to speak. The first two hours of CBS' Friday night lineup are devoted to "Ghost Whisperer," now in its fifth season, and "Medium," which joined the network last fall after five seasons on NBC. Both dramatic series revolve around women who can see dead people.
April 22, 2014 | By Barbara Demick
ANSAN, South Korea - For South Korea, a country that pulled itself out of abject poverty to become the world's 15th-largest economy, the most stinging accusation about last week's ferry sinking is that it looks like a Third-World disaster. While the captain escaped and the crew dithered and bickered with emergency officials, hundreds of passengers, most of them high school students, obediently remained in their cabins as the ferry rolled and slipped beneath the surface of the cold, gray sea. Mistake piled atop mistake turned a near-shore mishap into the nation's worst maritime disaster in decades.
October 25, 2009
"The Ghost Comes Calling" Betty Ren Wright Chad finds out there's a ghost haunting Shaky Acres. Every time Chad goes to sleep, the ghost haunts him. He tries to tell his dad, but his dad doesn't believe him. So Chad tries to get evidence. I thought this would be a regular ghost story, but it wasn't. If you like a ghost story, read this. Reviewed by Amadeus, 10 Third Street Elementary Los Angeles "The Monster's Ring" Bruce Coville A kid named Russell gets this ring from an old man. On Halloween, Russell tries to get revenge on Eddie because Eddie hurt Russell.
February 8, 2010 | By Ramin Mostaghim and Borzou Daragahi
The defendant met with his lawyer once for 15 minutes before he was sentenced to death and hanged. When the lawyer complained to authorities, they ignored her. When she tried to enter the courtroom where he was being tried, they threatened her with arrest. And when she spoke out publicly at what she described as a gross miscarriage of justice, they shut off her cellphone. "Unfortunately, despite repeated warnings, you have kept contacts with counter-revolutionary media and for two months from today your cellphone will be cut off," read a text message she received.
July 22, 2010 | By Steven Zeitchik, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
Walt Disney Pictures is going back to the theme park. The studio announced today that it was developing a new film based on its Haunted Mansion attraction, a live-action monster picture that uses characters and elements from the haunted house. Upping the news -- and intrigue -- level is the filmmaker taking it on: Genre auteur Guillermo del Toro will direct the film and co-write it with his "Don't Be Afraid of the Dark" co-scribe Matthew Robbins. Guillermo del toro The news quells, at least for the moment, speculation about Del Toro's next move after unexpectedly leaving "The Hobbit" last month, though it's still conceivable the director could take on another development project.
November 1, 2009 | Veronique de Turenne
Even after the costumes are worn, the candy collected and the ghoulish jack-o'-lantern has turned back into a pumpkin, Halloween doesn't have to be over -- if you are willing to be entertained by a good ghost story. Almost anywhere you look in Southern California, it seems, from private houses to public places, tales abound about the shades of the living walking among us. The spirits are benign for the most part, said Laurie Jacobson, a TV producer, historian and writer who specializes in the haunted side of Hollywood.
September 20, 2009 | John Horn
Steven Spielberg was certain his copy of "Paranormal Activity" was haunted. It was early 2008, and the director's DreamWorks studio was trying to decide whether it wanted to be a part of the micro-budgeted supernatural thriller. As the story goes, Spielberg had taken a "Paranormal Activity" DVD to his Pacific Palisades estate, and not long after he watched it, the door to his empty bedroom inexplicably locked from the inside, forcing him to summon a locksmith. While Spielberg didn't want the "Paranormal Activity" disc anywhere near his home -- he brought the movie back to DreamWorks in a garbage bag, colleagues say -- he very much shared his studio's enthusiasm for director Oren Peli's haunting story about the demonic invasion of a couple's suburban tract house.
August 31, 2008 | Steve Erickson, Special to The Times
THE POLITICAL storyteller envies the political reality of 2008. Compared with the gray mediocrities usually offered up by the Republican and Democratic parties for the presidency, John McCain and Barack Obama are true characters. The grizzled war hero who's been a fixture on the political landscape for a generation, the brilliant young street-organizer who comes out of nowhere to electrify the country -- these are archetypes that could populate the likes of "The Best Man," "Advise and Consent," "The Manchurian Candidate."
April 20, 2014 | By Paresh Dave
Ten years after Pat Tillman's death by friendly fire, it's still not certain who shot the NFL player-turned-Army-corporal in Afghanistan. But one of the three Army Rangers who opened fire says he can't shake the fact that he might be at fault. "It would be disingenuous for me to say there is no way my rounds didn't kill him, because my rounds very well could have,” Steven Elliott said in an interview with ESPN that aired Sunday. Elliott, discussing the incident in the media for the first time, said he has been able to cope with the April 22, 2004, tragedy because of therapy.
April 19, 2014 | By Mary McNamara, Los Angeles Times Television Critic
It seems strange to recall that just a few years ago, the scripted drama was on a death watch. Threatened by premium cable, falling ratings, reality television and the omnipotent menace of "the Internet," the hourlong nighttime drama seemed on the way of the variety show. Now, of course, everyone with a network is seeking to rebrand itself with some highly produced historical drama or another. "Salem," which debuts Sunday, is Tribune-owned WGN America's maiden voyage into the roiling waters of scripted drama.
April 4, 2014 | By Margaret Gray
I had never seen anything quite like it, and it grew on me slowly. But I can't stop thinking about, and humming snippets from, La Mirada Theatre's revival of “Floyd Collins,” the odd, haunting musical about the Kentucky cave explorer who got himself trapped underground in 1925. “The Ballad of Floyd Collins,” the gorgeous, melancholy folk song that opens the show (so authentic I was half-sure Bob Dylan covered it), sums up the story in two lines: “Went looking for his fortune under the ground.
March 31, 2014 | By Steve Chawkins
Mark Stock, a painter known for his evocative portraits of white-gloved butlers and sad, stylish women in slinky gowns, has died. He was 62. Stock, who died Wednesday at an Oakland hospital, had an enlarged heart, his publicist Charlotte Parker said. His most famous painting, "The Butler's in Love - Absinthe," a study of a butler scrutinizing a lipstick smear on an empty glass, inspired a short David Arquette film, "The Butler's in Love" (2008). It is one of more than 100 Stock paintings featuring butlers, often in poses suggesting suppressed longing or brooding disappointment.
March 26, 2014 | By Houston Mitchell
The NBA just found its perfect matchup for next Halloween: San Antonio at Golden State. Just don't expect Tim Duncan and Jeff Ayres to play, because they are convinced the hotel they stay at when they play the Warriors is haunted. The Spurs were in Oakland last weekend to play the Warriors and stayed at the Claremont Resort. According to local history, the Claremont Resort is haunted by a 6-year-old girl who died in the hotel. After checking in, Ayres and Duncan made their way to their respective rooms, which were next to each other.
March 14, 2014 | By Mary MacVean
When you shop for food, are you thinking of your devotion to the environment or to animal welfare? Do your primary concerns involve allergies or genetically modified (GMO) ingredients? Even as the federal government is working to simplify food labels, manufacturers and marketers are increasingly adding icons to appeal to shoppers' priorities. Those efforts were front and center at the mammoth Natural Products Expo West, held last week at the Anaheim Convention Center, where tens of thousands of convention-goers examined thousands of products, ranging from those invented in home kitchens to items produced by major companies.
October 27, 2009 | Catherine Saillant
In the eight years he has hosted the hippest haunted house in Simi Valley, Kyle Killips has dealt with his share of monsters, bloody ghouls and even a sadistic clown. But his scariest encounter occurred Oct. 16 when a city code enforcement officer posted a notice ordering him to tear down his 1,200-square-foot "Haunted Hills" maze in 72 hours or be fined. "We thought, 'That's it, it's over,' " said Killips, 37, whose day job is running the family's plastics company in Burbank.
April 8, 1997
Perhaps now is the time to insist that Carl Sagan's "The Demon-Haunted World" be required reading by everyone. FRANK J. ARNICH Camarillo
March 13, 2014 | By David Pagel
The dark side of childhood may not be something adults like to think about. But it takes haunting shape in Yoshitomo Nara's wide-ranging exhibition at Blum & Poe, its presence all the more potent for being subdued. In 11 new paintings, 10 recent sculptures and more than 200 drawings made over the last 30 years, Nara treats children as complex creatures whose inner lives are as rich as anyone's and far more mysterious than adults usually treat them. The 54-year-old artist's bronze sculptures are big lumpy heads.
March 13, 2014 | By Wendy Smith
It's almost impossible to put down Jean Hanff Korelitz's riveting new novel for the first 200 pages as it dismantles the comfortable existence of a couples therapist over the course of a few nightmarish weeks. We first meet Grace Reinhart Sachs ensconced in her office, being interviewed by a Vogue writer about her forthcoming book, "You Should Have Known. " This book-within-a-book argues that women get themselves into bad marriages by failing to see the clear signs that were there from the beginning about their spouses' failings.
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