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February 2, 2012 | By Mary McNamara, Los Angeles Times Television Critic
Oh, the pressure we put on young people today. Not only are they expected to survive helicopter parenting, compete for slots at over-priced universities and then find jobs in an increasingly scanty workforce, we also need them to have more diverse and carefree sex than any previous generation — all while exchanging crackling "Juno"-esque banter with their misfit but socially insightful friends. To wit, MTV's new half-hour dramedy "I Just Want My Pants Back," which premiered as a sneak-peek in August, a completely ridiculous yet randomly entertaining exhibition of all these desires.
November 29, 1989 | Dianne Klein
We are sitting in the park, the very private park of Michael and Pat DeAngelo in the Tustin Hills, and the video camera of "The Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous" is rolling. Bruce Nelson, real estate agent to the rich and famous, is sitting on a bench with his back to the 36,000-square-foot DeAngelo manse. There's a slight breeze, just enough to make the palm fronds shimmer a little, and Bruce is talking about the difference between a major and a minor estate.
February 4, 2013 | By Mike DiGiovanna
"Drugs had destroyed my body and my mind and my spirit. I could no longer experience happiness or surprise. I couldn't remember the last time I felt spontaneous joy. Why was I even alive?" Josh Hamilton in his autobiography, "Beyond Belief" WESTLAKE, Texas -- It was 2 a.m. when Josh Hamilton, strung out on crack cocaine, his once-robust 6-foot-4, 230-pound body withered to 180 pounds, most of his $3.96-million signing bonus squandered on booze and drugs, staggered up the steps to his grandmother's house in Raleigh, N.C. Homeless, dirty and barely coherent, Hamilton was a few days removed from a suicide attempt -- an overdose of pills -- and in the fourth year of a harrowing drug addiction that caused the former can't-miss prospect to be banned from baseball for three full seasons.
Kelly Jackson decided to keep it a secret. Rather than spoil the surprise, he would let his mother, who lives in Kansas City, see the Coke commercial herself. "So she called," Jackson said, "and she asked me, 'Were you on television?' and I was like, 'Well, yeah, I was.' And she said, 'Were you drinking a Coke?' And I said, 'Yeah, I was.' And she was just so happy."
Mitchell can't stop washing his hands. Philip has trouble keeping his clothes on--even in cold weather. And Luke goes everywhere with a pair of men's bikini underpants around his neck. Bizarre behavior? Maybe by adult standards, but not for little kids. For 4-year-old Philip, 2-year-old Luke and 3-year-old Mitchell, it's just a part of growing up. Parents may be worried when children's habits mimic frightening adult disorders, but the experts say: Relax.
May 27, 2004 | From Associated Press
Tracy McGrady will not play for the U.S. basketball team at the Olympics, U.S. Coach Larry Brown said Wednesday. "Tracy dropped out," Brown said, breaking the news of yet another superstar's withdrawal from the roster. McGrady joins Ray Allen, Jason Kidd, Kevin Garnett, Karl Malone, Kobe Bryant, Vince Carter, Elton Brand and Kenyon Martin among players who have withdrawn from the team or have told the selection committee they would not accept invitations.
September 15, 2000
Some were born and raised here. Others--such as the U.S. Olympic water polo teams--took up residence in Orange County while training for the 2000 Olympics.
April 27, 1990 | ROB FERNAS
Hawthorne 2, Beverly Hills 1--The Cougars, winless in their first eight Bay League outings, completed a two-game sweep of first-place Beverly Hills with a victory at Hawthorne. Tarrick Brock's bases-loaded single with no outs in the seventh inning drove in Moises Barba with the winning run. Hawthorne, which beat Beverly Hills, 5-4, on Tuesday, improved to 10-14 overall and 2-8 in league play. Beverly Hills (15-4, 7-3) had tied the score with one out in the top the seventh.
As Bill Singer pulls a lever on the transformer box at UC Irvine, he illuminates both the baseball field and his own role as a citizen. Once known as the Singer Throwing Machine, a 20-game winner with both the Dodgers and Angels, Singer is an anomaly in an era when pampered players have developed a reputation for taking their money and never being heard from again.
October 21, 1989
Poway 21, Vista 20--Poway (4-3, 2-2) trailed 12-0 at half, but came back to defeat Vista (1-6, 0-4). Avocado Ramona 21, Carlsbad 20--Carlsbad (3-4, 1-2) scored with 31 seconds left on Charlie Grant's six-yard run, but quarterback Jesse Medina's pitch to Grant on the conversion was behind him and recovered by Ramona (5-2, 3-1). Carlsbad's Chris Greene caught four passes for 59 yards and two touchdowns and running back Will Bartch ran for 148 yards in 15 carries.
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