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September 21, 2012 | Jason Song, Los Angeles Times
It sat in a corner of my freezer for weeks, a reminder of my indecision. Or my lousy Spanish accent. I'd flown to La Paz, Mexico, earlier this year for a fishing trip with a friend. We'd been hunting a few times before and had always made it a point to eat whatever we brought back, and this trip was no different. In search of smaller species like dorado or mackerel that are relatively plentiful, we were supposed to go on a 20-foot craft that would stay relatively close to shore.
April 14, 2014 | By Jevon Phillips
In "The Jolly Roger, " Sunday's episode of "Once Upon a Time," the question of who is the most ruthless scourge of the fairy tale seven seas is answered, and our lovable Captain Hook comes out on top over Blackbeard. Yes, the heavy-eye-lined duo duels for controls of Hook's ship, while Ariel briefly swims back into our lives and Charming wins the popularity contest with Henry. So much fun, but Emma Swan and Regina Mills are all about business. Regina is going to begin teaching Emma magic.
October 9, 2006
I spent 10 years trying to understand, if not master, the "sweet science," long before there was boxercise, aerobic boxing and men who see boxing as a way to "disguise the fact that they are exercising" ["Out of the Office and Into the Ring," Oct. 2]. For five years, I drove to Bell, Calif., standing alongside Julio Cesar Chavez, arguably Mexico's best "pound for pound" pugilist, learning how to throw a jab and avoid a hook. I learned that -- and much more. What I also realized was that as a woman I had as much fun and gratification as any of the men -- something the article fails to mention.
April 2, 2014 | By Paresh Dave
Some residents of Newtown, Conn., where 20 first-graders and six adults were gunned down at an elementary school in December 2012, want the shooter's family home demolished and replaced by a park, according to a survey. The survey by the Newtown-Sandy Hook Community Foundation of about 1,600 residents found that the trauma of the tragedy remained a costly and complex condition to resolve for survivors, hundreds of first responders and the families of those killed by Adam Lanza.
March 19, 2013 | By Eric Pincus
The Lakers ran out of gas Monday night in their second of two back-to-back games, falling to the Suns, 99-76, in Phoenix. Good news for the Lakers: The Utah Jazz fell at home to a depleted New York Knicks team (90-83).  Even in defeat, the Lakers maintain a one-game advantage over the Jazz. With the Lakers off until Friday, they're guaranteed to gain a half game on either the seventh-place Houston Rockets or ninth-place Jazz. The two meet in Houston on Wednesday. The Lakers are now three games behind the sixth-place Golden State Warriors and one behind the Rockets.
December 28, 1991
Regarding "Hook": I can't think of a worse theme for a film than the need of yuppies to find the child within. All the yuppies I know, myself included, need to find the adult within. Steven Spielberg and his crew have missed the point of James M. Barrie's "Peter Pan." A man who misses his son's ballgame after promising to attend has not lost the child within, he is a child who has not learned to accept responsibilities like an adult. Children are born selfish; they learn to do things for others as part of the process of growing up. That's why Barrie called children "heartless."
July 16, 2007 | From Times Wire Reports
Love blossomed at a New York City murder trial last year between jurors Traci Nagy and Jonathan Cinkay. They picked up their marriage license last week, and Queens County Supreme Court Justice Daniel Lewis, who presided over the case, is to marry them next month, a newspaper reported. The two made goo-goo eyes on the first day, and fellow jurors encouraged Nagy, 36, to date Cinkay, 33.
October 11, 1986
All Ram fans deserve an apology from their smooth-talking leader, John Robinson. All last season, we were forced to endure his everlasting praise of too short, too slow and too inaccurate Dieter Brock while an obviously superior Jeff Kemp was tied to the pine. In his limited time, Kemp had shown a strong arm and excellent mobility but was never given a real shot at the starting position. The season ends, Kemp goes to San Francisco, while another over-the-hill project, Steve Bartkowski, is brought in. For an update, Kemp has played marvelously since Joe Montana's injury; the Rams continue to need an overhaul at their creaky quarterback post.
July 22, 1989 | STEVE HOCHMAN
"Home" was more or less the theme of Pere Ubu's concert Thursday at the Roxy. But given that it was Pere Ubu, the highly original and highly influential band that emerged out of Cleveland in the mid-'70s, this view of home had a slightly skewed perspective: "We spell it H-O-L-L-M-J," announced singer David Thomas cryptically. At this show, the Ubu domicile contained more than enough hooks to hang your hat on. Where Pere Ubu was once known for disjointed music, now the band sounds double-jointed, more than ever trading in memorable melodies and dynamic rhythms.
May 1, 1987 | EARL GUSTKEY, Times Staff Writer
If you're like me, you're a hopeless sports addict and more likely to remember how many home runs Willie Mays had in 1965--it was 52--than you are to have a balanced checkbook. You've seen some excitement in your life, and the images of some special moments remain fixed in memory, images with a special excitement. Flashbacks? All the time: --I'm stuck on the freeway and I'm thinking about Don Larsen's perfect game in the 1956 World Series.
March 18, 2014 | By Mary McNamara, Los Angeles Times Television Critic, Los Angeles Times Television Critic
Diva Rule No. 1: Know how to make a big entrance. Diva Rule No. 2: Know how to make a big exit. Diva Rule No. 3: Do these things as often as humanly possible. The return earlier this month of ABC's "Once Upon a Time" marked the end of the midseason premieres. By the end of the month, the premieres of the midseason replacements should also have concluded, giving us a few blessed weeks of "normal" television viewing before the actual season finales begin. If you're confused about the difference between a midseason premiere and a midseason replacement premiere, the answer is increasingly "not much.
March 9, 2014 | By Jevon Phillips
"Once Upon a Time" returns Sunday night, and Colin O'Donoghue's Captain Hook looks to play his part in helping overthrow the newest villain to threaten the Enchanted Forest. At the midseason finale, Peter Pan (Robbie Kay) was vanquished by Rumpelstiltskin (Robert Carlyle), at the cost of his own life (for now). Pan's machinations led to all of the characters from the Enchanted Forest having to return, while Emma Swan (Jennifer Morrison) and her son Henry ( Jared Gilmore) , had their memories wiped and settled down in New York.
March 7, 2014 | By David L. Ulin, Los Angeles Times Book Critic
I first learned the pleasure of Shakespearean insults in ninth grade, when I was assigned to read “Henry IV, Part I.” My teacher was a gifted man named Greg Lombardo who instilled in our class a sense of literature as provocative, pointed, even dangerous - something that lived and breathed and mattered and bled. For “Henry IV, Part I,” he focused on the humor, and encouraged us to stage an Elizabethan festival in class. We played music, had a feast and called each other the names we'd learned from Falstaff: “'Sblood, you starveling, you elfskin, you dried neat's tongue, you bull's pizzle, you stockfish!
March 6, 2014 | By Adam Tschorn
Suit-and-tie guys don't traditionally have a lot of real estate to accessorize -- the wrist, the lapel and occasionally the left breast pocket. That's why a recently launched collaboration between Cole Haan and Hook + Albert -- a la carte leather shoe tassels that quickly convert traditional loafers into nattily tasseled versions of same -- caught our attention. According to a company representative, Scarborough, Maine-based Cole Haan, a brand that's been making footwear and accessories as far back as 1928, approached the Hook + Albert folks (who brought the boutonniere business back to full bloom a few years back with their knit lapel flowers)
February 4, 2014 | By S. Irene Virbila
Crisp and nervy, this Txakolina from the Spanish Basque country has more depth than most and a welcome minerality. Scented with Key lime and jasmine, it ends on a slight bitter note, just enough to make you want to take another sip. A serious wine. Of course, it's a brilliant match with crudo or sushi, a chilled seafood platter or grilled fish. Have it with salt-cured anchovies drizzled with olive oil, which is what winemakers typically serve with their Txakolina in the tasting room.
January 16, 2014 | By Monte Morin
Electronic cigarettes are either a potent weapon in the war against tobacco, or they are an insidious menace that threatens to get kids hooked on nicotine and make smoking socially acceptable again. There are health experts who back each point of view. But they do agree that the empirical evidence that will tell them who is right will not be in for several years. "There are a few studies out there right now, but scientists like to have a gazillion," said Stanton Glantz, a professor of medicine and director of the Center for Tobacco Control at UC San Francisco.
May 1, 1986 | CHRIS DE LUCA
When Santana High's Mike Hook was 7 and looking for a position on his first Little League baseball team, his coaches shuffled him around the infield, the outfield and finally to the mound. "They put me on the mound and told me to throw to the catcher and see what happens," Hook said. What happened was that Hook threw harder than anyone else on the team. The 6-foot, 194-pound senior has depended on his overpowering fastball ever since.
February 16, 2000 | CHRIS ERSKINE
So here we are in the black hole between two seasons--football and baseball--left without our two favorite sports for a few long winter weeks, till pitchers and catchers report and the sun comes out again. "I need a hook," the boy says at the kitchen table, nearly passed out over his homework. "I need a hook," he grumbles again. He is writing an essay for school, and he needs a hook to snare readers, to grab them in the first few sentences and never let go. It's a significant part of his grade.
December 29, 2013 | By Martin Miller
During his working hours, John Sanders sports a Groucho Marx mustache that looks like it has been applied with an extra wide black marker. The actor portrays the dashing, malaprop-dropping, always-hopping villain Black Stache in "Peter and the Starcatcher," now on national tour at the Ahmanson Theatre through Jan. 12. The Tony Award-winning play presents the back story to the Peter Pan tale, but it also imagines how a foppishly dressed pirate came...
December 13, 2013 | By The Times editorial board
The killing last December of 20 children and six adults at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., was expected to finally change this country's apathy toward gun control. It seemed impossible, after so many 6- and 7-year-olds cowering in their classrooms were methodically shot and killed by a young man armed with a military-style semiautomatic weapon, that the nation's leaders would not begin to limit access to tools of mass murder. But it didn't happen. A year later, on the first anniversary of the Newtown massacre, reasonable gun control legislation has been blocked in Congress and it's still far too easy to acquire a weapon that can kill a dozen people in seconds.
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