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January 3, 2010 | By Mark Lamster
Hearts of the City The Selected Writings of Herbert Muschamp Herbert Muschamp Alfred A. Knopf: 888 pp., $50 In December 1997, with the Getty Center finally set to open its expansive hilltop campus after more than a decade of frustration, Herbert Muschamp told readers of the New York Times that, at the very least, the museum could "take pride in arousing discontent." If that read like a backhanded compliment, it shouldn't have, given the source. "Conflict is the most important cultural product a city puts out," Muschamp would later write.
April 27, 2014 | Thomas Curwen
After the vigil, the remembrances, the tales of heroism recounted, what remains is the sorrow. On a blustery, bright morning in El Monte, the friends and family of Adrian Castro came together at the Church of the Nativity to say goodbye to the 19-year-old, who died earlier this month in a traffic accident in Northern California. "We are gathered today in grief and sadness for our brother, Adrian," said Father Beto Villalobos. Adrian, a senior at El Monte High School, had joined other students for a spring tour of Humboldt State University when their charter bus was struck by a FedEx truck on Interstate 5 north of Sacramento.
May 30, 2012 | By Charlotte Stoudt
Go ahead, wear your heart on your sleeve. That's the dress code of “Where the Great Ones Run,” Mark Roberts' sweet tale of fame and regret. A 99-seat “Crazy Heart,” this tender 80-minute dramedy has the makings of a mellow hit for Rogue Machine Theatre. Country music star Sonny Burl (Jeff Kober) has left a trail of human debris on his way to the top: estranged wife Marylou (Holly Fulger), who runs a truck stop in their Indiana hometown; feisty daughter Julie (Lily Holleman)
April 24, 2014 | By Sheri Linden
Nicole Teeny's first feature-length documentary unveils a little-known subculture, one that combines the Good Book with good old-fashioned competitiveness. But the National Bible Quiz Championship, with its teams of Scripture-spouting teens, isn't the main event in "Bible Quiz. " A smart, funny and disarming 17-year-old girl is the heart of this low-key charmer of a coming-of-age story. The intimate film, a prize winner at the Slamdance Film Festival, revolves around the experience of Mikayla Irle, a tomboyish 12th-grader with family troubles who finds a sense of belonging on a Bible Quiz team in Tacoma, Wash.
October 4, 2012 | By Nita Lelyveld, Los Angeles Times
How do you let Justin Bieber know you're there when you're in a crowd of thousands at the Staples Center? You ditch school early and persuade your mom or dad to leave work to drive you. You wear purple because purple is Justin's favorite color. You write SWAGGY in gold sparkle on your T-shirt because Swaggy is Justin's special, made-up word. On your left sneaker, in Puffy Paint, you draw a fat red heart. On your right sneaker, you put the silver initials JB. You stand in front of the arena's still-locked doors hours before you'll be let in. And you join other true Beliebers singing his songs -   "You are my love, you are my heart, and we will never, ever, ever, be apart" -  only you really mean it, and you know he'll know it as soon as he steps outside long enough to lock eyes with you. PHOTOS: Justin Bieber comes to the Staples Center You are 5 maybe, or 6 or 10 or even 17 - and you carry the sign you spent all weekend making that says that you are his "one less lonely girl.
February 14, 2012 | Nita Lelyveld, Los Angeles Times
I am in search of the King of Hearts. Day after day, I try to trace his meandering trail through the hills. Hansel dropped breadcrumbs to find his way back home. My mystery king scattered hearts to help his queen find him. They are strewn all over Beachwood Canyon in Hollywood, outlined in sunflower yellow and white paint. They're on curbs. They're on lampposts. They're on bus benches. They're on the beige telephone cross-connection boxes in front of quite a few Beachwood Drive apartment buildings.
February 9, 2013 | By Marisa Gerber
Friends, family and First Lady Michelle Obama gathered Saturday afternoon to remember Hadiya Pendleton, the 15-year-old Chicago majorette who was fatally shot a week after she performed at President Obama's inauguration. Hadiya -- who was shot in a park near her school in what police believe was a case of mistaken identity involving gangs -- was described by Rev. Michael Pfleger as an “innocent victim of gun violence.” Her killing, he said, raised a question: “When did we lose our soul?
March 22, 2013 | By Steve Dilbeck
And that's how an entire organization suddenly gasps for breath. Not exactly the way Yasiel Puig did Friday, but he was very much at the center of it all. Puig has been something beyond sensational in his first major league camp, but after the outfielder dived for Brandon Phillips' sinking liner in the top of the fifth inning Friday, he remained sprawled on the ground for several minutes. Hearts stopped throughout Camelback Ranch. Puig has been the phenom of phenoms this spring, batting .520, showing power and speed.
December 3, 2012 | By Jevon Phillips
Fairy tales continue to be woven together in "Once Upon a Time," and the "Queen of Hearts" episode ties those bonds stronger while baiting viewers with the promise of a magical gunfight in the Storybrooke corral as the inevitable Cora versus Regina battle looms. It's as good a place as any to have the midseason intermission. The show will not return until Jan. 6, but for now we'll concern ourselves with this last tale of 2012. We start with the resourceful, yet always manipulated Captain Hook in the past, still going after his "crocodile," Rumpelstiltskin.
January 30, 2006 | Janet Cromley, Times Staff Writer
EAT your fatty fish and hang on, if you wish, to that bottle of tasty fish oil -- but don't expect them to protect you from cancer. A new study says that foods and supplements containing omega-3 fatty acids do not offer such protection, dashing some earlier hints that they might.
April 24, 2014 | Mary McNamara
Very few shows could pull off a homage to the death of Philip Seymour Hoffman without seeming exploitative, sensational or culturally carnivorous. Only one could do it in the middle of an episode dealing with a bunch of missing anthrax and Garret Dillahunt as a dairy farmer. Two years ago, when CBS premiered the crime-procedural "Elementary," the decision to make Sherlock Holmes (played by Jonny Lee Miller) a modern-day recovering addict seemed equally canny and risky. Holmes is indeed literature's most famous and enduring druggie - in Nicholas Meyer's "Seven-Percent Solution" none other than Sigmund Freud helped him kick the coke habit.
April 23, 2014 | By Melissa Healy
Over a five-year period, a government-mandated tracking system in France showed that physicians in that country treated 1,979 patients for serious health problems associated with the use of marijuana, and nearly 2% of those encounters were with patients suffering from cardiovascular problems, including heart attack, cardiac arrhythmia and stroke, and circulation problems in the arms and legs. In roughly a quarter of those cases, the study found, the patient died. In the United States, when young and otherwise healthy patients show up in emergency departments with symptoms of heart attack, stroke, cardiomyopathy and cardiac arrhythmia, physicians have frequently noted in case reports that these unusual patients are regular marijuana users.
April 21, 2014 | By Gerrick D. Kennedy
Drake, Kendrick Lamar, Pharrell and Blake Shelton have been added to the bill at the inaugural iHeartRadio Music Awards. Clear Media and Entertainment announced the first slate of acts for the three-hour, fan-voted show early Monday. Also slated to hit the stage? Ariana Grande, Pitbull, Shakira, Thirty Seconds to Mars, Luke Bryan, Ed Sheeran and Arcade Fire, which just closed out the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival over the weekend. Acknowledging the array of music-centric award shows that vie to be the viral, more fun alternative to the prestigious Grammys, Clear Channel's telecast is promising a groundbreaking approach to the format.
April 13, 2014 | By Soumya Karlamangla
The globalization of food could really be called the "Los Angeles-ization" of food, according to a Sunday panel at the Festival of Books called "Are We What We Eat?: The Culture of Food. " Led by L.A. Times food critic Jonathan Gold, the panel, which included OC Weekly editor Gustavo Arellano and New Yorker staff writer Dana Goodyear, agreed that though it is often unrecognized, the culture of Los Angeles has for decades been leading the way in making foreign foods mainstream and broadening diners' horizons.
April 11, 2014 | Jonathan Gold
It has never been easier to eat high-end sushi than it is now in Los Angeles - to surrender two hours and half a month's rent to the choreographed roll of the waves. You can experience the masculine crispness of Mori or the postmodern wackiness of Wa; the gentle experimentation of Kiriko or the discofied modernism of Nobu Malibu; the gold leaf and truffle oil of Go's Mart or the intellectual approach of Kiyokawa. The idea of purist edomae sushi, or at least its rigor, is well-established here.
April 10, 2014 | By Gary Goldstein
Don't let the cheesy title deter you. "Cuban Fury" is a thoroughly engaging crowd-pleaser - sweet, quite amusing and even a tad inspiring. British funnyman Nick Frost ("Shaun of the Dead," "Hot Fuzz") makes for an especially root-worthy hero as Bruce Garrett, an earnest lathe salesman who reconnects with an old love: salsa dancing. Bruce may come off to friends and co-workers like a bit of a schlub; he's a self-described 2 on the 1-to-10 scale. But beneath that pudgy exterior lies the heart of a champion salsa dancer, which in fact he was as a kid until a humiliating incident dubbed "Sequingate" caused Bruce to burn his dancing shoes (literally)
April 5, 1990 | Associated Press
Former President Richard M. Nixon has a heart disturbance that is not life-threatening but is reducing his stamina, an aide said Wednesday. Nixon's doctors advised him to cancel his schedule for two weeks. The former President, 77, was not admitted to the hospital after the problem was discovered during an examination at Cornell University Medical College in New York City. He will recuperate at his home in Saddle River, N.J. Dr.
July 2, 2001 | From Times staff and wire reports
Texas researchers have found a protein that controls the development of the heart--a discovery that could contribute to novel methods of creating heart cells that, in turn, could be used in the treatment of various cardiac conditions. Dr. Eric Olson and his colleagues at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center report in the July issue of Cell that the protein myocardin is produced in cardiac muscle cells and turns on cardiac genes.
April 10, 2014 | By Todd Martens
With the induction ceremony for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame set for this evening in Brooklyn, music nostalgia is in full swing this week. The good ol' days of the '80s and '90s were celebrated Wednesday night on NBC's "The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon," where surviving Nirvana members Dave Grohl and Kris Noveselic reminisced about the band's sudden rise to fame and Stevie Nicks revived her smokey-cool duet with Tom Petty, "Stop Draggin' My...
April 9, 2014 | By Steven L. Spiegel
There's a new industry in Washington, Jerusalem and Ramallah. It's called Kerry-bashing: The secretary of State never should have tried to bring about an Israeli-Palestinian deal; he wasted too much time; he's too soft on the Israelis or Palestinians or both; he needs to get on to other issues. Why the criticism? John F. Kerry has brought the peace process back into focus, he's dragged both sides into talks even though they were loath to make concessions, and he has altered the dialogue and perhaps even attained some concessions behind the scenes.
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