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December 19, 2009 | By Jack Leonard
A former security guard accused of fatally shooting an 18-year-old college student in a Palmdale parking lot nearly a decade ago was convicted of murder Friday, authorities said. The verdict caps a lengthy legal saga that began when Raymond Lee Jennings first reported finding Michelle O'Keefe's body during a routine patrol of the park-and-ride lot. Investigators found the victim, a student at Antelope Valley College, slumped in the front seat of her Ford Mustang. She had been shot four times in the chest and face.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 25, 2014
Dave Brockie Frontman for heavy metal GWAR Dave Brockie, 50, who as "Oderus Urungus" fronted the alien-costumed heavy metal band GWAR during graphic and fake-blood-soaked stage shows for more than three decades, was found dead Sunday evening at his home in Richmond, Va. Detectives currently don't suspect foul play, according to Richmond police spokeswoman Dionne Waugh, and the medical examiner's office will determine cause of...
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ENTERTAINMENT
October 14, 2010
BOOKS In a homage to the 1955 Six Gallery reading that put the San Francisco Renaissance on the map, Los Angeles-area poets will read their favorite poems at a one-night celebration of the Beat legacy, "Waiting for Jack. " Produced by Eve Brandstein, Michael C. Ford, Rex Weiner and John Densmore the readers will include John Harris, Bill Duke, Pegarty Long, Herbert T. Schmidt Jr., Doug Knott, Jerry Garcia, Sarah Maclay, Gail Wronsky, L.K. Thayer, Stephen J. Kalinich and S.A. Griffin, with works by Diane DiPrima, Gary Snyder, LeRoi Jones, Allen Ginsberg, Charles Bukowski and others.
TRAVEL
March 21, 2014 | By Pico Iyer
SAN FRANCISCO - To get to one of the spiritual centers of San Francisco - a perfect microcosm of the city of evergreen revolutions - turn left after the high-rising office buildings downtown, saunter past Francis Ford Coppola's emerald-shaded seven-story American Zoetrope mock pagoda and halt just past the spot where Columbus Avenue meets Jack Kerouac Alley. Or perhaps approach the official historical landmark by way of Grant Avenue, at the heart of San Francisco's Chinatown, wander past a long line of slightly kitschy tourist shops displaying quotes from Lao Tse and Jimi Hendrix and try to ignore the eco-conscious green Hello Kittys in store windows.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 11, 1996
Re "Jack Smith, Urbane and Wry Times Columnist, Dies," Jan. 10: Jack Smith was a gentle soul who wrote about life in an ever-changing city we know as Los Angeles. His humor and insightful look at our giant, little city was often the highlight of The Times. His philosophy about our town and our lives made me think of the Transcendentalist writers Emerson and Thoreau. Jack Smith was our transcendentalist. I will miss him. ESTHER J. BENJAMINS-GASS Los Angeles The Life & Style section on Mondays will be strangely vacant without Smith's column.
SPORTS
September 19, 2009
About 60 years ago, I saw Jack Kramer play Bobby Riggs at the Pan Pacific Auditorium in Los Angeles at the time professional tennis was just getting started. Kramer, the best player of his era, demolished Riggs in as dominant a performance as I have ever seen. Just as every big league ballplayer should include Marvin Miller in his nightly prayers, today's tennis millionaires owe an incalculable debt to Kramer. We should all go out to Los Serranos, hit one out of a bunker and bid a fond farewell to one of Southern California's true giants of the sports world.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 5, 1998
"Oscar Night Heroics and a Happy Ending," March 26. Jack Gies is a hero because he saved a couple from a fire. . . . A hero because he tried to put out the fire with a garden hose to save the couple's car. . . . A hero because even after all that, he still felt enough compassion to go back and give the couple his memento from the Oscar show, orchids. . . . A hero because he spotted the fire only by driving slowly through the quiet streets so as not to hit crossing opossums who venture out late at night.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 28, 1997
Re Arianna Huffington's March 23 Column Right suggestions for Jack Kemp's campaign in 2000: I think it is wrong for her to suggest that Jack Kemp tithe 10% of his hard-earned income to social causes. Here's a great American sports hero and self-made man, who struggles to get along among the "truly wealthy" on a couple of million per year. Should such socialistic liberal dogma be pursued we might be suggesting that the more comfortable among the GOP give enormous sums of money to such frivolous causes as so-called social problems, the vanishing middle class (who needs them?
ENTERTAINMENT
February 27, 2013 | By Nicole Sperling, Los Angeles Times
When screenwriter Darren Lemke first proposed the idea of contemporizing the Jack and the Beanstalk fairy tale with CG technology, it was 2005. Tim Burton had not yet jumped into the rabbit hole with "Alice in Wonderland. " Amanda Seyfried had yet to don the cape for "Red Riding Hood. " Snow White had no Huntsman. But due to development delays and changing technology, Warner Bros. and its New Line division didn't start production on "Jack the Giant Slayer" until early 2011. By that time, Disney's PG-rated "Alice" had earned more than $1 billion at the box office and the once-novel idea for "Jack" had some huge expectations to fulfill.
OPINION
October 25, 2009 | DOYLE McMANUS
My colleague, Jack Nelson, believed in old-fashioned virtues: Get your facts straight. Check them, and check them again. Don't be afraid to cross swords with the powerful. Above all, break news whenever you can. Jack, who died Wednesday at 80, played various roles during his 54-year career. He was a political analyst, a television pundit, a manager who led The Times' Washington bureau when it had more than 40 journalists. But he described himself first as a reporter, and that was the job he saw as most important to both the newspaper and the public it served.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 6, 2014 | By Meg James
Veteran publishing executive Jack Griffin has been named chief executive of the new Tribune Publishing Co., leading a group of eight newspapers including the Los Angeles Times and Chicago Tribune. The publishing chain is being spun off as a separately traded public company by Chicago-based Tribune Co., which plans to retain ownership of its TV stations and other properties. The separation is expected to happen this summer. Eddy Hartenstein, who has been publisher of The Times since August 2008, will become chairman of Tribune Publishing, a non-executive role.
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March 6, 2014 | By Meg James
Veteran publishing executive Jack Griffin has been named chief executive of the new Tribune Publishing Co., leading a group of eight newspapers including the Los Angeles Times and Chicago Tribune. The publishing chain is being spun off as a separately traded public company by Chicago-based Tribune Co., which plans to retain ownership of its TV stations and related broadcast properties. The separation is expected to happen by this summer. ON LOCATION: Where the cameras roll Eddy Hartenstein, who has been publisher of The Times since August 2008, will become chairman of Tribune Publishing, a non-executive role.
SPORTS
March 4, 2014 | By Eric Sondheimer
There were more than 20 pro scouts at O'Malley Family Field on Tuesday to watch the season debut of Harvard-Westlake pitcher Jack Flaherty and Westlake shortstop Luke Dykstra. Flaherty came through with an impressive performance, striking out 12, walking none and allowing two infield singles in six innings of Harvard-Westlake's 8-0 victory. Dykstra went hitless in two official at-bats. Sophomore Cameron Deere went three for three with two RBIs. Jackson Grayson and Michael Vokulich added two hits apiece.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 27, 2014 | By Betsy Sharkey, Los Angeles Times Film Critic
There are so many good reasons to bag "The Bag Man. " Where to begin? Director David Grovic, who co-wrote the mobster thriller with Paul Conway, seems to be inspired by the seedy crime-noir sensibility the Coen brothers brought to 1984's cult classic "Blood Simple" or Quentin Tarantino to the brilliant bruising of 1994's "Pulp Fiction. " The filmmaker is also confused by it apparently, because both aforementioned films have believable underpinnings and interesting characters who are put through their twisted paces by artists who actually have an endgame in mind.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 27, 2014 | By Hector Tobar
If you've raised kids in the last 15 years or so, you've probably taken a trip or two into the scary (but not overwhelmingly so) mind of the writer R.L. Stine. Stine's “Goosebumps” series is a collection of ghost and horror stories for young children. Since Stine published the first “Goosebumps” in 1992, it's become the first book series many parents purchase for their kids. Now “Goosebumps” is set for the silver screen, with Jack Black starring and a March 2016 release date.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 25, 2014 | By Elaine Woo
Who knows what danger lurks in your plumbing? If you grew up in Southern California after 1965 and watched any of the major TV channels, it's likely you know the answer: "Adee do!" Those words were drilled into pop-culture posterity by a series of campy commercials that played day and night for decades thanks to Jack Stephan, a flamboyant entrepreneur with a flair for marketing who founded two of the region's most heavily advertised plumbing companies. "He was the Cal Worthington of plumbing," Jack Stephan Jr. said of his father, who died of natural causes Saturday at Torrance Memorial Medical Center.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 7, 2010
'Casino Jack and the United States of Money' MPAA rating: R for some language Running time: 1 hour, 58 minutes Playing: In selected theaters
NEWS
October 28, 2011 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Travel & Deal blogger
Jack the Cat is back -- in the news. The ginger-colored cat found Tuesday at JFK Airport underwent surgery Thursday for a wound on his leg but remains fragile after weeks without regular food and water.  American Airlines, which lost the cat on Aug. 25, says it will pay Jack's veterinary bills and, if asked, transport for the cat and owner Karen Pascoe when Jack is able to travel. Spokesman Tim Smith says he doesn't know how much the care will cost. "We're just focusing now on helping to see that Jack gets back up to full health," he said.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 19, 2014
Not many artists can get their name placed before that of superstar rapper Kanye West on a festival lineup, but piano man Elton John has received top-billing for the 2014 edition of the  Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival . Other headliners at the four-day event in Manchester, Tenn., include Jack White, Lionel Ritchie, Vampire Weekend, the Avette Brothers and Phoenix. Set for the weekend of June 12-15, the festival features a cross-section of artists amid multiple genres. Unlike Southern California's Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival, Bonnaroo has relied slightly heavier on a selection of jam bands, roots artists and bluegrass acts.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 14, 2014 | By Jeffrey Fleishman
The parrot wasn't talking. "I'm teaching her to say, 'I miss Mace,"' said Mace Neufeld, who at 85 reckons the bird, whose name is Margie, will outlast him. With no words of affection forthcoming, Neufeld, a New Yorker who landed in Beverly Hills back when you could grab a sandwich at the Ontra Cafeteria and rent a house with a pool for $300 a month, headed toward the sitting room. He once wrote music for Dorothy Loudon, managed Dusty Springfield, produced "The Omen. " But Neufeld moves with the fervor of a man less concerned with his legacy than the spread sheet of his latest film.
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