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October 22, 2012 | By Eric Pincus
The Lakers recently cut two players (Ronnie Aguilar and Reeves Nelson) with more to come as the 18-man roster needs to be trimmed to at least 15 by opening night. Guard Chris Douglas-Roberts, a last-minute invite to camp, may have made enough of an impression on the Lakers to make the regular season roster. Douglas-Roberts spent last year overseas in Italy playing for Virtus Bologna. His recent interview with Mike Trudell, of Lakers.com , included a comment that caused a bit of a firestorm among the die-hard Italian basketball community: "We ate pasta every day. EVERY day. That's what it is over there.
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April 10, 2014 | By Susan King
Quincy Jones knew even at a young age that he wanted to compose film scores. "I used to go to movies for 11 cents," Jones said at his mansion nestled in the Bel-Air hills. "I used to play hooky in Seattle every day. I could tell if a movie was scored at 20th Century Fox with Alfred Newman or at Paramount with Victor Young. I could just feel it. " Jones, who studied with composers Nadia Boulanger and Olivier Messiaen in Paris in 1957, would become one of the top film composers in Hollywood by the 1960s.
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August 23, 2010 | By Steve Chawkins, Los Angeles Times
When Mike Maiorana was a boy during World War II, his family was like a lot of others in his Monterey neighborhood. In 1942, his mother was declared an "enemy alien," along with 600,000 other Italians and half a million Germans and Japanese who weren't U.S. citizens. More than once, men in suits searched the Maiorana house for guns, flashlights, cameras, shortwave radios — anything that could be used to signal the enemy. Like 10,000 others up and down the California coast, the family was suddenly forced to uproot.
SPORTS
April 1, 2014 | By Kevin Baxter
Italian soccer player Antonio Floro Flores already has three children. So, he figured, what's one more? Floro Flores, who plays for Serie A club Sassuolo, was so touched by the story of a baby left on a train near Naples that he contacted authorities and offered to adopt the boy after efforts to find the parents failed. Authorities say the boy was only three or four days old when he was found hidden in a bag placed under the seats of a train traveling from Naples to Avellino.
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October 11, 2013 | By Deborah Vankin
“I AM LA” could stand for many things -- for example, it could be the proud assertion of an Angeleno, invoking the city's strikingly diverse composition of ethnic cultures. This Saturday, the term “I AM LA” will resonate in Downtown L.A. as the abbreviation of the Italian American Museum of Los Angeles, which is hosting its fifth food and wine festival, “Taste of Italy.” The event is a fundraiser for the in-progress museum, which is nearing the end of a 20-year process working toward building a brick-and-mortar home for its collection.
WORLD
February 15, 2013 | By Henry Chu, Los Angeles Times
VATICAN CITY - He's God's own man, but Italians think he should be theirs too. Now, after a 35-year hiccup, they have a good shot at making that true again. As the derby begins to replace Pope Benedict XVI, who stunned the world this week by announcing his intention to retire at the end of the month, Italy is aiming to resume the line of homegrown pontiffs who reigned for more than 450 years until John Paul II, a Pole, came along in 1978. Italians figure high on the list of likely successors to the German-born Benedict and, by a wide margin, form the single largest national bloc - though far from a majority - among the cardinals who will choose the next occupant of St. Peter's throne.
WORLD
September 25, 2007 | From Times Wire Reports
At least nine kidnappers were killed when Italian commandos aided by other NATO forces and aircraft rescued two kidnapped Italian intelligence operatives in a daring ambush and gun battle. Although both the freed Italians were wounded, Italian Prime Minister Romano Prodi said the operation was a success. Defense Minister Arturo Parisi said Italian forces were aided in the rescue by British, German and U.S. forces.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 13, 1986
In response to Laheen Gallo's (second) letter of hatred of Italians, a hatred which I find more pathetic than pathological (Calendar Letters, July 6): I'm fully aware that we Italians haven't contributed a single thing to the rest of the world--specially your little world in . . . how do you call it? . . . Ontario, yes. I'm glad to find out that Thunderbird wine is far superior than a bolla, and that a Pinto is 10 times more reliable than a Maserati or Lamborghini. Not to mention films.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 29, 1996
Frank Del Olmo's article "Latinos Can Look to an Italian Legacy" (Commentary, Oct. 20) amused, surprised and worried this son of an immigrant Sicilian. I was amused that anyone would think the term "wop" stood for "without papers" since the Oxford English Dictionary gives the correct derivation as originating from the dialect word "guapo" meaning "handsome." I was surprised to learn that half of the 4 million Italians who migrated to the U.S. between 1880 and 1920 returned to Italy, since I and my friends had never heard of one doing so. Certainly Sicilians were unlikely to do so because of the danger stemming from the ever-present vendettas back home.
SPORTS
June 23, 1990
Who is American soccer forward Bruce Murray trying to kid? By The Times' own admission, the Italians played at the Americans' pedestrian level in their World Cup match. Obviously, the Italians were pressured by outside forces to let the United States save face, since it is hosting the next World Cup. Another romp would have ruined America's chances to fully cash in on the upcoming games. STEFANIA SAMMARTINO Apple Valley
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March 25, 2014 | By Eric Sondheimer
 Fairfax Coach Harvey Kitani is one of the most superstitious coaches around, so when something works once, he'll stick with it. His Fairfax team won a state title in 2004 when the Lions stayed at the Hyatt Hotel in Sacramento and had a big dinner the night before at Buca di Beppo restaurant. Kitani repeated the same routine in 2007, and the Lions won again. Fairfax didn't make it to this weekend's state finals in Sacramento, but he said an Italian family meal would be his recommendation.
WORLD
February 13, 2014 | By Tom Kington
ROME -- Italian Prime Minister Enrico Letta on Thursday announced his resignation after surrendering to a leadership challenge from a party colleague who is widely expected to become Italy's youngest-ever prime minister. The challenger, Matteo Renzi, 39, was overwhelmingly backed by the center-left Democratic Party after he demanded that a new government lead Italy out of a “quagmire.” For 10 months, Letta has led a shaky coalition government that has struggled largely without success to push through key reforms.
WORLD
February 11, 2014 | By Tom Kington and Richard A. Serrano
ROME - The FBI and Italian police said they had broken up a global heroin and cocaine trafficking ring Tuesday after stumbling upon a fledgling alliance between a Calabrian Mafia group and associates of New York's notorious Gambino crime family. Twenty-four arrests were made in Italy and the United States after a two-year operation that relied on both wiretaps and an American undercover agent named by investigators as "Jimmy," who is said to have infiltrated the Gambinos and fooled Italians into believing he was a heroin dealer.
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February 1, 2014 | By Mark Swed, Los Angeles Times Music Critic
Even for a city in which architectural surprise is no surprise, the Wilshire Boulevard Temple surprises. Do yourself a favor and step inside; the interior has just been magnificently restored. A radiant 1929 mural surrounds the domed synagogue, conveying Jewish history from biblical times to the arrival of Jews in the New World in vivid Hollywood-esque imagery. Commissioned by the Warner brothers, it defies an orthodox reading of the Second Commandment, which forbids graven images.
WORLD
January 31, 2014 | By Alexandra Zavis
Italian police found Amanda Knox's ex-boyfriend at a hotel near the Austrian border Friday after a court in Florence reversed their acquittal in the 2007 killing of her British roommate. Raffaele Sollecito told police that he drove into Austria "to rest" while the jury deliberated, but then returned to Italy, according to a report by the Italian news agency ANSA. He was found in Venzone, about 25 miles from the border. Sollecito's lawyer, Luca Maori, told ANSA that his client never considered fleeing the county and willingly went with police to turn in his passport, as required by the court.
WORLD
January 30, 2014 | By Tom Kington
FLORENCE, Italy - American student Amanda Knox and her former boyfriend were found guilty Thursday in the 2007 slaying of Knox's British roommate, as an Italian appeals court reversed the two defendants' 2011 acquittal. Judge Alessandro Nencini sentenced Knox to 28 years and six months in prison, more than the 26 years she received after being convicted in the first trial in 2009. The former boyfriend, Raffaele Sollecito, was sentenced to 25 years, the same sentence he received previously, and was instructed to hand over his passport and forbidden to leave the country pending confirmation of the decision by Italy's Supreme Court.
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August 3, 1987 | Associated Press
Four homemade bombs exploded at tourist hotels in the coastal cities of Sousse and Monastir, injuring 13 people, including seven Italians and four Britons, officials said today. Jeremy Larner, the British consul in Tunis, said the four British tourists were injured when a bomb went off about 11 p.m. Sunday in the bar of the Sahara Beach Hotel in Monastir, about 100 miles south of the capital. He said one British woman had a foot amputated and was hospitalized.
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December 20, 1986 | United Press International
Iran on Friday released six Italians who had been held at Tehran airport in apparent reprisal for the six-day detention of an Iranian freighter in the Italian port of Genoa, the Foreign Ministry announced. A spokesman said Iranian authorities permitted the Italians to leave the airport for the Italian Embassy in Tehran pending arrangement of a flight to Rome for Christmas vacations.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 27, 2014 | By Ari Bloomekatz
Attorneys for the family of an Italian honeymooner who was killed when a driver allegedly plowed into a crowd on the Venice boardwalk announced Monday that they have filed a claim for damages against the city of Los Angeles. "We believe this tragedy could have been avoided had the city acted in a timely manner," attorney Gregory L. Bentley said in a statement. He is representing of Alice Gruppioni, 32, who was allegedly run over by Nathan Louis Campbell, 38, on Aug. 3 as his car careened down the Venice beach boardwalk.
WORLD
January 15, 2014 | By Carol J. Williams
The International Olympic Committee official who supervised the 2006 Winter Games in Turin, Italy, criticized the United States on Wednesday for including openly gay athletes in its official delegation to Sochi, Russia, next month. IOC member Mario Pescante was quoted by Italian media as saying he considered it "absurd" that the U.S. government was sending openly homosexual representatives to the Feb. 7-23 Games, alluding to the Russian parliament's enactment of a law criminalizing homosexual "propaganda.
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