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July 21, 2012 | By David Undercoffler, Los Angeles Times auto critic
The car: 2012 Icon FJ40 The power: 420 horsepower and 458 pound-feet of torque from a custom-spec 5.7-liter V-8 engine; four-speed automatic transmission with overdrive; part-time, shift-on-the-fly, four-wheel-drive. The photos: 2012 Icon FJ40 The bragging rights: One of the most expensive ways to climb walls in a hand-crafted vehicle. The price: The FJ40 starts at around $127,000. The model we tested was closer to $148,000. The details: Icon is a shop based in Chatsworth that builds three different custom vehicles by hand, to the tune of 18 to 20 sales a year, according to owner Jonathan Ward.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 12, 2014 | Steve Chawkins
Today, the image would have gone viral in an instant: The president of the United States, dripping wet in swim trunks before a throng of excited beachgoers, trading a look and a laugh with an attractive woman in a polka-dot bikini. But well before the Internet's relentless rationing of spontaneous fame, the 1962 photo of President Kennedy at Santa Monica's beach made quite a splash. For a Los Angeles woman named Eva Ban, its effect lasted a lifetime. Ban was the woman in the two-piece swimsuit, which was called a bikini in news accounts but was modest by today's standards.
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SPORTS
December 25, 2010 | Sam Farmer
When the New York Giants play at Green Bay on Sunday, temperatures are expected to dip into the low teens. Surely, somebody will refer to the "frozen tundra" of Lambeau Field. Funny thing about that phrase, though, is that Vince Lombardi didn't like it, and didn't want it used in the Packers' highlight films. It was coined by Steve Sabol, now president of NFL Films, and he used it in his script for the "Ice Bowl," the 1967 NFL championship game between the Packers and Dallas Cowboys.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 9, 2014 | By Robert J. Lopez
Former professional skateboarder and punk rock singer Duane Peters was sentenced Wednesday to five years' probation after pleading guilty to a domestic violence charge. Peters, 52, known as "The Master of Disaster," was charged in February with assaulting his girlfriend at their Long Beach home, the Los Angeles County district attorney's office said. An Orange County native, Peters  gained fame for helping pioneer radical skateboarding moves. He has been credited as among the first skaters to do a 360-degree loop, called “the loop of death,” and for inventing such tricks as “the Fake and Thruster” and “the Indy Air.” Peters embraced punk rock, and his skate-punk style had a strong influence on the skateboarding world.
AUTOS
November 5, 2013 | By David Undercoffler
$250,000 buys a lot exotic curb candy. This kind of cash will net a nice Lamborghini Gallardo. Perhaps an Aston Martin DB9 Volante. A Ferrari 458 Italia is even possible. Or, $250,000 can buy a hand-built pickup truck with gobs more exclusivity than these three, and a cloak of anonymity they don't offer. Icon, the Chatsworth-based shop known for custom replica Broncos, FJ Cruisers and CJ-style Jeeps, unveiled such a truck Tuesday at the 2013 SEMA show in Las Vegas. PHOTOS: Icon's new Thriftmaster pickup Dubbed the Thriftmaster, the truck is a modern -- and powerful -- interpretation of a postwar icon.
BUSINESS
October 31, 2012 | By W.J. Hennigan
LAS VEGAS -- Jonathan Ward, founder of ICON autos in Chatsworth, likes to take iconic utility vehicles and give it a new spin. The Toyota Land Cruiser . The Willys CJ3B . The Ford Bronco . On the latest project, the crew at ICON took on the 1965 Dodge crew cab. ICON unveiled a special one-off Power Wagon D200 Reformer at the Optima booth at the Specialty Equipment Market Assn. trade show in Las Vegas. Photos: Highlights from the 2012 SEMA Show Painted in glossy white with black accent, the truck has a new chassis and mechanical systems taken from a modern-day Dodge Ram 3500 series pickup.
OPINION
September 1, 2013
Re "Tower foes sue city, developer," Aug. 29 Several times a week I drive through the Cahuenga Pass toward Hollywood. Twice a week I take the shuttle bus to the Hollywood Bowl, and as we approach the 101 offramp at Cahuenga, I point out the Capitol Records building to fellow riders and ask them to envision it being dwarfed by two massive buildings surrounding it. They shake their heads. For most of my life, the Capitol Records building and the Hollywood sign have been icons for this area.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 25, 2011 | By Robert Lloyd, Los Angeles Times Television Critic
Felicia Day is a sort of famous person, by which I do not mean that she is moderately famous but that her fame is of a particular type. "People are very excited about meeting me, or they're absolutely confused," Day said one recent morning over breakfast by a pool at a hotel at which she was not a guest. "It's a very specific recognition factor. I actually like that. " Among other things, Day is an actress, a writer, a nerd world pin-up and an Internet icon. (The other things include, but are not limited to: violinist, singer, dancer, math major and college valedictorian — she is something of an overachiever.)
OPINION
June 27, 2009
Re "King of Pop is dead at 50," June 26 For a great many years, people have been making all sorts of snide remarks and nasty jokes about Michael Jackson. But suddenly, now that he's shockingly dead, he's become a great icon -- showered with tears and flowers. The turmoil in Iran, and Farrah Fawcett too, have been quickly pushed offstage. What's going on here? What would Jackson think if he could look down on all this sentimental commotion that belies the apparent disrespect he received for so long?
ENTERTAINMENT
April 7, 2008
Here's what readers had to say about Charlton Heston, Oscar-winning actor and unapologetic gun advocate, who died Saturday at 84: Another Hollywood great departs this world. I have always enjoyed his performances and especially his portrayal of Moses in "The Ten Commandments." God bless and comfort his family in their sorrow. -- Lee -- I did not agree with him politically, but he was a good mix of brass and class. This guy will never be replaced. Thanks for all your movies.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 7, 2014 | By Betsy Sharkey, Los Angeles Times Film Critic
There are many reasons to take a moment to mourn Mickey Rooney's passing over the weekend at the grand old age of 93. For me, it truly feels like the end of an era, a door closing on a golden age, when movies were the great escape. A major star in a time when the famous didn't seem so much like “us,” he did. His smile turned his face into a landscape where laughter roamed free. You got the sense that he would actually want us to say 'Hi,' if he were spotted on the street. It was a kind of easy-going sensibility that would mark his screen career, though by most accounts not his far more complicated real life.
BUSINESS
April 3, 2014 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Count Twitter as the latest company to jump on the emoji bandwagon. The microblogging service said it will now display the cartoon icons on its website. The San Francisco company made the announcement Wednesday afternoon in a tweet filled with a dozen of the playful icons. ¿¿¿¿ Twitter users love tweeting emoji from their phones - now you can view these emoji on web! #emojiparty ¿¿¿¿ ¿¿¿¿ ¿¿¿¿ ¿¿¿¿ ¿¿¿¿ ¿¿¿¿ ¿¿¿¿ ¿¿¿¿ ¿¿¿¿ ¿ - Twitter Support (@Support)
BUSINESS
March 26, 2014 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Apple said it is working to bring more racial diversity to its popular set of cartoon icons known as emoji. The Cupertino, Calif., tech company hopes to update its emoji icons so they are inclusive of more people, Apple said in a response to an email sent from MTV that was sent to Chief Executive Tim Cook. "There needs to be more diversity in the emoji character set, and we have been working closely with the Unicode Consortium in an effort to update the standard," said Katie Cotton, Apple's vice president of worldwide corporate communications, according to MTV .  VIDEO: Unboxing the HTC One (M8)
NEWS
March 25, 2014 | By Susan Denley
Rihanna has been selected to receive this year's Fashion Icon Award to be  presented June 2 by the Council of Fashion Designers of America. [The Cut] Fashion designer L'Wren Scott, who died in what police have ruled a suicide in New York City on March 17, is to be buried at Hollywood Forever Cemetery in L.A., Page Six reports. [Page Six] Scott, the longtime girlfriend of the Rolling Stones' Mick Jagger, was a favorite designer among Hollywood celebrities. On Saturday, Christina Hendricks honored Scott by wearing one of her dresses to a PaleyFest event for "Mad Men. " [People]
IMAGE
March 24, 2014 | By Adam Tschorn
Today it's rare to see a piece of celebrity-worn apparel - on screen or off - that can't be identified and even purchased with a few mouse clicks. From politician Sarah Palin's eyeglass frames (Kawasaki 704s) to film protagonist Jay Gatsby's bow tie (Brooks Bros.), the power of the Internet has made the world one great, big clickable catalog. But what if the jacket you covet was the one Amelia Earhart was wearing on her 1932 solo flight across the Atlantic? Or the dress of your dreams was last seen on Josephine Baker in a 1940 wartime photograph?
NATIONAL
March 24, 2014 | By Amy Hubbard
Dorothy Height, an icon for civil rights as well as women's rights, is celebrated with a Google doodle today on what would have been her 102nd birthday. If you said "Dorothy who?" this is for you.  Height stood on the same stage as Martin Luther King Jr. as he told of his dream, was often the lone woman at strategy sessions during the peak of the civil rights struggle, and for 40 years was " laser-focused " on advancing the rights of African American women. PHOTOS: Remembering the March on Washington But Height was " not nearly as well known as her male contemporaries," as her 2010 L.A. Times obituary notes.
IMAGE
November 24, 2013 | Booth Moore, Los Angeles Times Fashion Critic
Kerry Washington is everywhere. On the covers of magazines; live-tweeting her hit show, "Scandal," with her fans (who call themselves gladiators); hosting "Saturday Night Live"; and soon to be in ads for Neutrogena as the L.A.-based beauty company's new creative consultant. She's appealing all right, the enviable combination of smart and pretty with a can-do mentality to match that of her character on TV, Washington, D.C., crisis manager Olivia Pope. She's also an actress in the modern mold who knows that being a pro at the fashion game is a key to her success.
IMAGE
February 7, 2010 | By Julie Neigher
To set eyes on a photo by Lillian Bassman is mesmerizing. The image, usually that of a striking woman, hits with the force of an epiphany. Suddenly those heroin chic ad campaigns of the '90s seem shopworn and flat. And the clunkily posed spread in this month's glossy feels oh-so-forced. In the '50s and '60s, when Bassman clicked her shutter, she created a visual time capsule. One wonders, eyeing the elegant angle of a gloved arm or the mysterious tilt of a hat, "If I stare long enough at this picture, will I hear the rustle of taffeta and tulle swaying?
ENTERTAINMENT
March 12, 2014 | By Martin Miller
If there is such a thing as a comic antihero, Elder Cunningham in the highly acclaimed and wildly irreverent "The Book of Mormon" is it. Cody Jamison Strand portrays the character who is the kind of person - very clingy, prototypically schlubby and frequently less than truthful - that would have folks of all religious denominations unified in their haste to un-friend him on Facebook. And yet, Strand's character is able to harness those repellent qualities and humorously bring together Mormon missionaries and a small village in Northern Uganda - not only in their appreciation of each other, but for the universal role that storytelling and religion play as well.  PHOTOS: Best in theater 2013 | Charles McNulty The Tony-award winning musical is now on national tour at the Pantages Theatre through May 11. Below is an edited transcript of a conversation with Strand, 24, who also performed the role on Broadway.
BUSINESS
March 7, 2014 | By Soumya Karlamangla
With time running short to sign up for Obamacare, California officials have recruited labor activist Dolores Huerta to urge Latinos to get health insurance. The state's move comes amid struggles at enrolling Latinos, who represent about 60% of the state's uninsured population. Open enrollment under the Affordable Care Act ends March 31. Huerta is co-founder of the United Farm Workers union and worked for years alongside the late Cesar Chavez. She is featured in new radio and online ads for Covered California airing statewide.
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