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March 25, 2014 | By Houston Mitchell
You know a ball girl or ball boy has done a good job during a tennis match when you don't notice them. Lucky for one ball girl on Sunday, Grigor Dimitrov did notice her. Dimitrov, ranked 16th in the world, was competing in a first-set tiebreaker against Kei Nishikori at the Sony Open in Miami with temperature nearing 100 degrees and heavy humidity. Between points, he asked for a towel, but the ball girl did not respond. He asked again and the ball girl seemed to struggle to get a towel and hand it to him. Sensing she was struggling with the heat, Dimitrov gently escorted her off the court, holding her hand all the while, and made sure she received some medical attention.
March 23, 2014 | By Jen Leo
Whoever said you can't save both time and money hasn't tried this parking app. Name: ParkMe Parking Available for: Android, iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch What it does: Provides a "heat map" of real-time parking spaces in lots and garages that are available in 1,800 cities around the world. Sometimes you can pay in advance to reserve a spot. Cost: Free What's hot: Great for business and leisure travelers alike. The app and Web version ( )
March 22, 2014 | By Charles McNulty, Los Angeles Times Theater Critic
"The aim of the poet is to inform or delight, or to combine together … both pleasure and applicability to life. " These words of the Roman poet Horace remain encoded in our cultural DNA. Even after the artistic revolutions incited by the Romantics, the realists and the various rabble-rousing factions of the avant-garde, the expectation endures that art should instruct or entertain or, better still, do both at the same time. Horace hard-liners, a conservative crew who would rather be educated by artists than amused by them, would no doubt cast a disapproving eye on the Echo Theater Company's indecorous (though sensationally acted)
March 21, 2014 | By David Kelly
GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colo.  - Since moving to Colorado from Southern California three years ago, I've come to hate winter. Scalding baths, wool blankets, the dog snoozing on my feet - nothing takes the edge off the bitter cold. It lingers in the air, in the bones and, most of all, in the soul. Then a friend told me about a place three hours from Denver guaranteed to rocket my moribund core temperature through the roof. I set off on a dark January morning in a raging blizzard.
March 20, 2014 | By Catherine Saillant
In the first major debate of the campaign, four of the candidates vying to replace Zev Yaroslavsky on the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors faced off Thursday in a debate that focused mostly on fundraising. It was an opportunity for key contenders to begin shaping their messages and distinguishing themselves from rivals before an audience on the UCLA campus. And they didn't hold back. The candidates discussed how best to work with a new sheriff to fix the county's crowded jails and how they plan to appeal to voters in the San Fernando Valley, where half the votes lie. But the most heated exchange came as they discussed the effect of money in the campaign, and how dollars are being raised.
March 19, 2014 | By Amy Reiter
More matchups, more talent, more steals. The battle rounds continued on "The Voice" on Tuesday night as the coaches paired off members of their teams to go toe-to-toe in the ring. Some singers emerged victorious. Some went home disappointed. And one vocalist found herself snatched back from the brink and in the enviable position of selecting a brand new coach. Who doesn't love this stage of the competition? Shakira, working with guest mentor Miranda Lambert, kicked off the evening's battles by pairing pop rocker/camp leader Clarissa Serna, who spun four chairs during the blinds, with rock-singing office worker Jeremy Briggs, who had turned only two, assigning them Foreigner's "Cold as Ice. " Initially, the rockers seemed to struggle to find their groove, but when the time came, they delivered, leaving their coach with a tough call.
March 14, 2014 | By Ari Bloomekatz
Temperatures in some parts of Los Angeles County will still likely exceed 90 degrees this weekend, but it may not be quite as hot as meteorologists initially predicted. As David Sweet of the National Weather Service in Oxnard put: "Not quite as hot. Still pretty warm. " The coasts are forecast to have temperatures Saturday in the mid-70s, and from the low to mid-80s farther inland. In the valleys, temperatures in the low to mid-80s are expected. Photos: California's drought Sunday remains the hottest day in the forecast, with temperatures in the 70s at the beaches and in the 80s inland, Sweet said.
March 13, 2014 | By Ari Bloomekatz
Spring does not technically begin for at least another week, but summer-like weather is already headed to Los Angeles, with temperatures this weekend possibly beating 90 degrees in some areas. The weekend heat wave prompted forecasters to issue a heat advisory, warning the public to take precautions. After a relatively cool Thursday, with temperatures in the mid-60s to lower-70s, conditions are expected to start heating up, with highs on Saturday in the mid-80s in the valleys and from 75 to 80 degrees along the coasts.
March 13, 2014 | By Adam Tschorn
Forget for a minute that the collection Betsey Johnson sent down the catwalk here Wednesday night was the exact same one she had already shown at New York Fashion Week less than a month ago. Forget too that the show - scheduled for 8 p.m. -- didn't start until almost an hour and 45 minutes late. While we're at it, let's just go ahead and forget that the Style Fashion Week tent essentially sits on what's probably one of the least glamorous stretches of real estate in the city -- a parking garage roof within spitting distance of the freeway.
March 12, 2014 | By Ruben Vives
Gusty winds, low humidity and expected high temperatures Wednesday prompted the National Weather Service to issue a red flag warning from Ventura to Orange counties. The conditions were considered a “high fire weather concern," the weather service said. Forecasters said winds could reach up to 40 mph in mountain areas with gusts up to 65 mph later in the day. Isolated gusts up to 75 mph could blow over western peaks, forecasters said. Winds could reach up to 60 mph in the coastal foothills of the Santa Ana Mountains.
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