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November 3, 2013 | By Eric Pincus
The Lakers have a chance to finish the first week of the season with a .500 record despite playing without Kobe Bryant (Achilles' tendon). After upsetting the Clippers on opening night, the Lakers were blown out by the Golden State Warriors on Wednesday. The Lakers had a chance to beat the San Antonio Spurs, who were playing without Tim Duncan, but lost in the closing minutes. The Atlanta Hawks (1-1) visit Staples Center on Sunday for their lone visit of the season. Key matchup Center-forward Al Horford is an Eastern Conference All-Star and a difficult matchup for the Lakers.
November 2, 2013 | By Mike Bresnahan
LAKERS VS. ATLANTA When: 6:30. Where: Staples Center. On the air: TV: TWC SportsNet, TWC Deportes; Radio: 710, 1330. Records: Lakers 1-2; Hawks 1-1. Record vs. Hawks (2012-13): 1-1. Update: The Lakers haven't lost at home to Atlanta since 2006. The Hawks made over their frontcourt during the off-season, adding former Utah forward Paul Millsap after losing Josh Smith to Detroit via free agency. Hawks point guard Jeff Teague is off to a hot start, averaging 20.5 points and 10.5 assists.
September 12, 2013 | By Annlee Ellingson
"Hawking" boasts that it tells its subject's story "in my own words. " Indeed, Stephen Finnigan's documentary on the personal life and professional work of English theoretical physicist and cosmologist Stephen Hawking is narrated in his familiar computerized voice. Trapped inside a body ravaged by amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), he operates his speech-generating device by twitching his cheek - a laborious process skipped over in this glossy, glowing portrait of the mind behind gravitational singularity theorems and Hawking radiation, which concedes that black holes emit particles.
September 8, 2013 | By Mark Z. Barabak
AURORA, Colo. - Nic Showalter and Richard Rutledge view the world across a wide gulf. Showalter, a Democrat, sees President Obama blocked at every turn by intransigent Republicans. Rutledge, a Republican, sees a swollen-headed president running roughshod over opponents. For that reason, both are glad Obama has sought congressional approval before attacking Syria. Showalter thinks it will hold Republican lawmakers accountable. Rutledge says it's the way checks and balances ought to work.
September 8, 2013 | By Eryn Brown
For many science fans, watching Stephen Hawking give a speech - perched on a stage, nearly motionless in his wheelchair, holding forth in the computerized voice that has become his trademark - is a rare treat.  At Caltech, where the physicist comes for regular extended visits, people line up for hours for a chance to get a ticket. Those who can't get admission to the lecture hall watch on screens set up outdoors, craning their necks for a glimpse of their hero. LA Times: Stephen Hawking speaks to Cedars-Sinai staff in 2013 Now readers everywhere can share a piece of that experience, as Hawking's new memoir - which expands on his popular talks - goes on sale Tuesday.
August 29, 2013 | By Sheri Linden
When a production benefits the Bulgarian economy as much as "Getaway" apparently did, it might seem mean-spirited to knock it. And when its wall-to-wall car stunts are the real, metal-on-metal deal, shot in the streets of the capital city, that's worth noting. But unless you're a demolition-derby fetishist or a connoisseur of vehicular mayhem, none of that will buy you a thrill in this video game posing as a movie, a preposterously plotted kidnapping story starring a high-performance Mustang.
June 20, 2013 | By F. Kathleen Foley
There's a solid play lurking under “Night Hawks,” Dennis A. Pratt and Robert Vincent O'Neil's world-premiere play at Crown City Theatre.  Despite unsuccessfully integrated supernatural elements and a predictable denouement, “Hawks” succeeds as a fun noir romp, crisply executed and diverting. Yet sans the Rod Serling-esque components sparsely sprinkled through the proceedings like three currants in an under-baked loaf, this could have been so much more. Set designer Madison Orgill's convincingly filthy diner (which looks as if it hasn't been cleaned in … shall we say, an eternity?
June 14, 2013 | By Deborah Vankin
Ethan Hawke has a taste for the macabre. More specifically: “Macbeth.” The actor will star as the king of Scotland in the Shakespeare tragedy at Lincoln Center this winter. Jack O'Brien, whom Hawke worked with on 2006/2007's "The Coast of Utopia" -- a role that earned him a Tony nomination -- will direct. The two also worked together on the 2003-04 Broadway staging of "Henry IV. " “Macbeth,” however, has long been on Hawke's wish list. “It's a part I've always wanted to play,” he said on the PBS series “Shakespeare Uncovered.” PHOTOS: Hollywood stars on stage “When you think of violent murders, brutal crimes, nightmarish horrors, you might think of the big city, you might think of Manhattan.
June 13, 2013 | By Sandra Hernandez
Efforts to gut a key provision of a bipartisan immigration bill failed Thursday, when an amendment by Sen. Charles Grassley (R-Iowa) stalled. Grassley's amendment would have required that border security benchmarks be met before immigrants who are in the country illegally can obtain legal status. Key Republican leaders have repeatedly criticized the bill  as too lax on border enforcement and demanded more funding for border patrol agents and technology, including drones, before they vote for the bill.
June 11, 2013 | By Jim Peltz
CHIVAS USA AT CAROLINA RAILHAWKS U.S. OPEN CUP TOURNAMENT When: 4:15 p.m. PDT. Where: WakeMed Soccer Park, Cary, N.C. On the air: TV: None; Radio: None. Update: This is the fourth round in the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup tournament that began with 68 professional and amateur teams. Chivas USA advanced to this round by defeating the L.A. Blues of the USL Pro, 2-1, on May 28. The RailHawks, a North American Soccer League club, reached the fourth round with a 2-0 win over the Galaxy on May 29. The winner of this game advances to the quarterfinals June 26 to play the winner of the Real Salt Lake-Charleston Battery game.
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