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February 19, 2013 | By Rene Lynch
Fans of "The Biggest Loser's" Francelina, fear not. If you were thinking "Why does Francelina have to go home? Why can't it be Gina? know this: Francelina says she's happy -- in a bittersweet sort of way -- that it was her time to go. "I knew I had gathered the tools in there that I needed to survive in the real world," Francelina Morillo, 25, of Albany, N.Y., said Tuesday morning during a media conference call. "I was ready to face the real world. " She said she couldn't say the same about the rest of the remaining competitors, including Jeff -- her newfound love.  Francelina stopped short of predicting the future, but said that she and Jeff formed a close, intimate bond on the ranch due to shared heartbreak: They both lost their fathers at a young age and turned to food for comfort.
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March 24, 2014 | By Helene Elliott
PHILADELPHIA - If Flyers fans booed every time Jeff Carter touched the puck Monday, it must have sounded like music to his ears. With extra zip in his step if not revenge in his heart for the acrimonious end to his tenure with the Flyers, Carter scored the Kings' first goal in his first game back at the Wells Fargo Center. Another former Flyer longer removed, Justin Williams, scored the second goal of the Kings' eventual 3-2 victory. "There's an added incentive any time you play your former team, especially the way things ended here," Williams said of Carter, who didn't speak to the media after the game.
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March 16, 2012 | By Betsy Sharkey, Los Angeles Times Film Critic
The addled but amiable comedy of "Jeff, Who Lives at Home" messes around with the "out of the mouths of babes" idea of wisdom coming from innocents. The babe in this case is a 30-year-old pothead/man-child named Jeff, played by the also amiable Jason Segel, who seems to be staking his claim on just about any sweet, clueless character that comes along. He should be more discriminating. Jeff does indeed still live at home, in his mom's basement, drawing most of his murky understanding of the ways of the world from M. Night Shyamalan's spooky film "Signs.
SPORTS
March 21, 2014 | By Lisa Dillman
One of the supposed byproducts of the Kings acquiring Marian Gaborik was the notion that forwards Jeff Carter and Mike Richards could resume their partnership, helping shake Richards out of a prolonged slump. It hasn't quite happened. Richards has three goals in 2014 - nine in all this season - and has no points in the last six games since scoring the game-winner at Winnipeg on March 6. In the last five games, Carter has one assist, but he did score in the shootout of Thursday's win against Washington.
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March 17, 2010 | By Rachel Abramowitz >>>
The world of childhood, according to many movies and TV shows, is full of preternaturally cheery moppets who sing and dance and make calculated wisecracks. That's not the world inhabited by sixth-grader Greg Heffley, the hero of the bestselling "Diary of a Wimpy Kid" books. For Heffley, school is a perilous jungle, where he must navigate the Scylla and Charybdis of prepubescent humiliation and failure, while trying to climb the ladder of popularity. "I'll be famous one day," notes Heffley in the first book, "but for now I'm stuck in middle school with a bunch of morons."
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February 1, 2013 | By Jessica Gelt, Los Angeles Times
Kimberly Bornstein stands blindfolded at the front of a small stage at Hollywood's Magic Castle. Behind her a man from the audience stares intently at a dollar bill in his hands while Bornstein's husband, Jeff, looks on. Slowly, Kimberly recites a list of numbers that comprise the serial number of the dollar bill. The man gasps and says something unprintable under his breath. This is the pinnacle of the Bornsteins' show "Mind Meld," which the celebrated mind-reading duo are performing for the next few weeks at Hollywood's Acme Comedy Theater.
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May 4, 2012
Lyndon B. Johnson was president, "My Fair Lady" swept the Oscars and Martin Luther King Jr.  was leading marches across the South. The year 1965 was also when a 13-year-old boy in Pennsylvania found a box turtle, carved his initials and the year into its rock-hard shell, and then let the creature go. He forgot about it until this week when his father, who still lives on the property, found a box turtle meandering on his land, turned it over,...
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May 23, 2012 | By Margaret Gray
Reality TV has plenty to recommend it - even beyond Schadenfreude - but likable characters are not its long suit. “Nobody Loves You,” an original musical premiering at the Old Globe in San Diego, is about a fictional televised dating contest also called “Nobody Loves You,” a mash-up of “The Bachelor” and “Paradise Hotel” with some clever original twists. The risk of the premise is a parade of objectionable people mocking themselves in song. But the clever co-creators, Gaby Alter (music and lyrics)
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November 1, 2012 | By Gary Goldstein
"The Details," an offbeat, original, pitch dark comedy for adults, offers a chancy return role for ex-"Spider-Man" star Tobey Maguire, who's been largely (and sadly) absent from the big screen of late. As Jeff Lang, an OB-GYN whose routine life snowballs into a suburban hell after a sod-swallowing raccoon starts tearing up his backyard, Maguire tilts his nice-guy persona on its ear while effectively maintaining a kind of "who me?" - and "why me?" - innocence. It's a nutty and surprising ride steered by writer-director Jacob Aaron Estes in his first turn behind the camera since 2004's fine "Mean Creek.
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March 22, 1987 | DOUG SMITH, Times Staff Writer
Jeff R. stood on a platform two-thirds of the way up a telephone-pole tower above the rooftops of a placid Chatsworth neighborhood. "My name is Jeff," he said deliberately, concentrating on a rectangular air bag 40 feet below. "I'm going to do a header." In real life, Jeff R. (as an actor, that is his whole name) was an architect who found office life boring and repetitive. He was lured away by images of excitement and danger that flickered through his thoughts.
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March 19, 2014 | By Oliver Gettell
As the popularity of "The Hunger Games" franchise and the anticipation of the release of "Divergent" can attest, dystopic young-adult stories are all the rage these days, on screen and on the page. Now the first trailer has been released for a big-screen adaptation of one of the genre's seminal books, "The Giver. " Based on Lois Lowry's Newbury-winning novel and directed by Phillip Noyce, "The Giver" is set in a future society free from pain, suffering and conflict but also characterized by conformity and an utter lack of feeling.
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March 17, 2014 | By Molly Hennessy-Fiske
HOUSTON - Polygamist sect leader Warren Jeffs, who has been serving a life sentence in Texas prison, has been hospitalized, officials said. Jeffs was in stable condition Monday at a Galveston hospital, where he was admitted March 11 for treatment of a non-life-threatening condition, according to Texas Department of Criminal Justice spokesman Robert Hurst. Hurst declined to release additional details, including why Jeffs, 58, was hospitalized. Jeffs was transferred to the hospital from a state prison in Palestine, about 140 miles north of Houston, where he had been held in isolation.
SPORTS
March 14, 2014 | By Eric Sondheimer
 Jeff Cirillo spent 14 years in the major leagues. He got a scholarship out of tiny Burbank Providence High, then went to USC. On April 5 at Lakeside Country Club, Providence will honor Cirillo with its "Pioneer Award," becoming only the second alum to receive the honor. It is given to individuals who have "enriched the Providence community through their dedication, loyalty, talents and gifts. " Cirillo has been a strong supporter of Providence. Eric.sondheimer@latimes.com  
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March 12, 2014 | By Eric Sondheimer
 Jeff Turley, the longtime defensive coordinator at Long Beach Poly, will be the new football coach at Huntington Beach Marina, a school spokesman confirmed on Wednesday. Turley was passed over by Poly when Raul Lara resigned this past season, but he was highly regarded as the leader of Poly's outstanding defense over the past decade. He will also leave Poly as a teacher and join Marina's faculty. Eric.sondheimer@latimes.com  
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March 9, 2014 | By Lisa Dillman
EDMONTON, Canada - Goalie Ben Scrivens knew he would have to worry about the usual suspects among his former Kings teammates. Of course, there was leading scorer Jeff Carter and the two-way brilliance of center Anze Kopitar. Then there was the man who came to dinner: Kings defenseman Alec Martinez. Martinez put the Kings ahead for good in their 4-2 victory against the Edmonton Oilers on Sunday night at Rexall Place. Carter scored twice, his 23rd and 24th goals of the season. His first goal went off the left skate of Edmonton defenseman Philip Larsen, just 1 minute 36 seconds into the game, and Carter's other goal glanced off his own skate, giving the Kings a 3-1 lead at 10:16 of the second period.
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March 8, 2014 | By Lisa Dillman
WINNIPEG, Canada -- Kings forward Jeff Carter was once the new kid in town, attempting to fit in with a tight group late in the term. Big transitions, in life and work, aren't always seamless. And so, Carter fully sympathized with new teammate, winger Marian Gaborik, who was acquired Wednesday from Columbus. Gaborik had a long travel day, getting routed through Toronto, before he joined the team in Winnipeg late that night and made his Kings' debut Thursday. For Gaborik, there were moments of tentativeness and other spells of chemistry with new linemates Anze Kopitar and forward Justin Williams in a 3-1 victory over the Jets.
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April 13, 1987 | LAURIE THOMPSON
Being fraternal twins hasn't curtailed the individuality of Jeff and Chris Belloli, Servite's top tennis players. Jeff, the team's No. 1 player, performed as "Tigger" last summer in the Disneyland electrical parade and was voted the parade's most enthusiastic participant by Disneyland employees. Chris, who is No. 2, was one of five Servite students selected to compete in an all-Orange County high school trivia bowl.
BOOKS
March 26, 1995 | CHRIS GOODRICH
GOING UNDER: A Novel by William Luvaas (Putnam: $23.95; 318 pp.). Jerri Tillotson, in the middle of "Going Under," tells her preteen daughter to "act normal." Meena, who's taken to behaving like a spider, begins to wonder what "normal" means. Hiding booze in syrup and soap bottles, like Jerri? Hanging out with the bikini-wearing women next door, like her father Don? Becoming excited by half brother Olson's physical presence, or raped by a blood relative, like Meena herself?
ENTERTAINMENT
March 6, 2014 | By Joe Flint
After the coffee. Before trying out a new dentist. The Skinny: Another intense episode of "The Americans" on Wednesday night. It almost made me forget the 20 minutes of "Mixology" I forced myself to endure. Almost. Thursday's roundup includes former Warner Bros. movie chief Jeff Robinov closing in on a new deal. Also, Fox is looking for big bucks from advertisers for commercials in "24" when it returns in May. Daily Dose: The NBC publicity machine is going into high gear for "Girls" creator Lena Dunham's hosting of "Saturday Night Live" this week.
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March 6, 2014 | By Daniel Miller and Julie Makinen
Beijing-based film production company Huayi Brothers Media Corp. plans to invest up to $150 million in a new movie company from Jeff Robinov, the former president of Warner Bros. Pictures Group. The deal would be one of the highest-profile partnerships between Chinese and Hollywood film entities. Robinov departed Warner Bros. in the summer of 2013 after leading Hollywood's biggest movie studio since 2007.  Huayi Brothers said in a statement that it would invest $120 million to $150 million in Robinov's Studio 8, and distribute the company's movies in China.
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