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July 22, 1990 | JOHN JOHNSON and RONALD L. SOBLE, John Johnson and Ronald L. Soble, Times staff writers, are working on a book about the Menendez case for New American Library.
ON A MILD SUNDAY last summer, a string of "popping sounds" drifted through the lazy night air of Beverly Hills around 10 o'clock. "I didn't think anything of it," said Tom Zlotow, a neighbor who soon learned that the noises he'd heard from the house right behind his were echoes of the most sensational crime in the history of Beverly Hills. "I didn't even think it could be gunfire, especially around here."
April 25, 2014 | By Joseph Tanfani
Federal prosecutors investigating September's massive and deliberate  traffic jam at the foot of the George Washington Bridge want to see the documents gathered by a state committee also probing the mess, another sign that New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie won't be free of the Bridgegate story anytime soon. The two Democratic legislators leading the state committee announced Friday that they would turn over all  documents related to the lane closures in Fort Lee, N.J., saying the federal subpoena “reaffirms our progress in uncovering important information about the apparent abuse of government power and threat to public safety.” The legislative investigation appeared to hit a snag of its own two weeks ago when a state judge ruled that two figures in the bridge controversy, including former Christie staffer Bridget Anne Kelly, didn't have to hand over their records.
June 1, 2010
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April 24, 2014 | By Paresh Dave
A forest fire near New Jersey's Double Trouble State Park scorched more than 300 acres Thursday, damaging some homes and forcing about 40 people to evacuate on a day that officials warned would deliver the perfect conditions for such a blaze. The nearly 1 million acres of wetlands and forests that span the New Jersey Pinelands near the state's southern coast are a major fire risk between Easter and Mother's Day, when the pines tend to dry out in the sunlight. The National Weather Service warned early Thursday that the added mix of low humidity and strong gusts of up to 30 mph would “lead to a more rapid spread rate of any fires that may develop.” The strongest winds were expected in early afternoon. The weather service warned residents to avoid fires and improper disposal of smoking materials.
December 28, 2012 | By Eric Pincus
The Lakers retired the jersey of Jamaal Wilkes at halftime Friday night as the Lakers hosted the Portland Trail Blazers. With Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, James Worthy, Elgin Baylor, Jerry West standing courtside, Wilkes looked up to the rafters to see his number 52 jersey revealed next to Magic Johnson's number 32. Wilkes was a vital part of the first wave of Showtime Lakers, a 6'6" forward/guard with a smooth jumper. Legendary broadcaster Chick Hearn called Wilkes' jump shot a "20-foot layup," fitting to a player whose nickname were "Smooth as Silk" or more simply "Silk.
July 1, 1990
I don't have a son on Randy Pangborn's Little League team, but I know from living across the street from him for the past six years what kind of man he is. I remember when our cat was stranded high in a tree at 11:30 p.m. and Randy volunteered his extension ladder and climbed through the trees for an hour to rescue her. I have watched him playing with his son and daughter in the cul-de-sac in front of our house almost daily. He's the first one to run over and offer help when he sees any one of his neighbors unloading something heavy or otherwise in need of help.
March 2, 2013 | By Eric Pincus
The D-Fenders announced a jersey sponsorship on Friday with MGM Resorts International. The NBA has long considered adding advertisements to jerseys.  The D-League is often used as a proof of concept for the NBA. The Lakers' D-League affiliate will wear the MGM Resorts International Logo on the front of the team's jerseys this season. "The D-Fenders new jersey sponsorship is a progressive and exciting addition to the already renowned partnership between the Lakers organization and MGM Resorts," said D-Fenders President and chief executive Joey Buss.
April 3, 2013 | By Ben Bolch
The moment was perfect. The jersey wasn't. On Tuesday night the Lakers retired Shaquille O'Neal's jersey, but they overlooked one not-so-minor detail: O'Neal's name is stretched across the front of a Lakers home jersey instead of the back. "The oversight will be corrected and a new jersey put up as soon as possible," Lakers spokesman John Black said Wednesday. PHOTOS: Lakers retire Shaquille O'Neal's No. 34 jersey A close look at O'Neal's jersey reveals a V-shape neckline associated with the front as opposed to the more rounded one for the back like the other jerseys around hung at Staples Center for Lakers legends Jerry West, Wilt Chamberlain, Elgin Baylor, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Magic Johnson, James Worthy, Gail Goodrich and Jamaal Wilkes.
February 26, 2014 | By Chuck Schilken
Jason Collins wore the No. 46 jersey in his season debut Sunday with the Brooklyn Nets. He will eventually wear No. 98, his preferred jersey number. But as far as the folks in the NBA are concerned, he has the No. 1 jersey. Just two days after he signed with the Nets and became the league's first openly gay player, Collins' No. 98 jersey was the top seller on A league spokesperson told the Associated Press it is selling well again Wednesday. And he hasn't even worn that number in a game yet. It wasn't available Sunday for the Nets game against the Lakers, during which Collins had no points and two rebounds in 11 minutes.
September 18, 2013 | By Eric Pincus
The Lakers unveiled their "Hollywood Nights" black jersey on Wednesday via Twitter. The team will wear the Hollywood Nights jersey on selected games throughout the season.  The Lakers will also wear a white, sleeved jersey on occasion (including Christmas Day against the Miami Heat).   You asked for it, we listened. Introducing the new #HollywoodNights uniforms: | - Los Angeles Lakers (@Lakers) September 18, 2013 "Hollywood is also a really hard-working town.
April 22, 2014 | By Paresh Dave
An anonymous family of New Jersey atheists is asking a state judge to find that the words “under God” should be stricken from the Pledge of Allegiance. The lawsuit , filed Monday, is nearly identical to one brought in Massachusetts by an unidentified family there. The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court could rule in that case any day. “Public schools should not engage in an exercise that tells students that patriotism is tied to a belief in God,” said David Niose, an attorney for the American Humanist Assn.
April 7, 2014 | By Matt Pearce
As if New Yorkers needed another reason to pinch their noses at New Jersey. A wildfire in New Jersey's Wharton State Forest sent a cloud of smoke rolling over New York City on Monday morning, putting the sunrise into a haze and causing many residents to worry there was a fire in their neighborhoods. The pungent smell of burning grass and brush is familiar to Angelenos during fire season, but it's a little more unusual for New Yorkers, who found themselves under an air quality alert until at least until Monday evening.
April 3, 2014 | By Bill Shaikin
Is Clayton Kershaw the most popular pitcher in Major League Baseball? By one measure, yes. The Dodgers ace and defending National League Cy Young winner led all pitchers in jersey sales during the off-season, based on sales from MLB's online shop. David Ortiz and Dustin Pedroia of the World Series champion Boston Red Sox led the rankings, released Thursday by the league. Derek Jeter of the New York Yankees ranked third, followed by Yadier Molina of the St. Louis Cardinals. Kershaw ranked fifth.
March 27, 2014 | By Amy Kaufman
LAS VEGAS -- By Thursday afternoon, exhibitors' eyes were beginning to glaze over after days of watching movie clips. But Warner Bros., the last studio to put on a presentation for movie theater owners at the annual conference, came prepared to wake them up. The studio flew more in more stars than any of its rivals, bringing big guns like Clint Eastwood and Channing Tatum onto the Colosseum stage. Some handled it better than others. Adam Sandler, no stranger to performing in front of a live audience, made jokes at the expense of his pregnant “Blended” co-star Drew Barrymore, pointing at her baby bump and asking “who did this” to the actress.
March 24, 2014 | By Chuck Schilken
Short-sleeved NBA jerseys may become a thing of the past before ever really becoming a thing of the present. "Ultimately, if the players don't like them, we'll move on to something else," Commissioner Adam Silver told Bleacher Report.  Players don't like them -- at least, many players don't, including the biggest NBA star of them all right now, Miami's LeBron James. "I've had conversations with LeBron [James] about the jerseys, and we agreed that we would park the issue until the end of the season," Silver said.
March 22, 2014 | Steve Lopez
A 10-year-old student from Noble Avenue Elementary School in North Hills visited the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels last week on a diplomatic mission. Jersey Vargas, a fourth-grader, was about to leave for Rome and a possible visit with Pope Francis, but first she wanted to ask Archbishop Jose H. Gomez for his blessing and his help. Jersey said she hoped the archbishop will "help my Dad out, so he can be with me and my family, and we won't be separated ever again. " Her father has been in custody since September, Jersey told me. She said he "was caught driving without a license, and because he wasn't born in the United States, that also didn't help him out….
February 1, 2013 | By Houston Mitchell
  So imagine being a big fan of Detroit's Tayshaun Prince, except you live in Indiana and don't get a chance to see your favorite player in person very often. You scan the NBA schedule to see when the Pistons will be coming to Indianapolis to face the Pacers, and you circle Jan. 30 on your calendar. You buy a ticket next to the aisle where the players come out so you can greet Prince when he comes onto the court. The big day comes. You put on your new Prince jersey, get to the arena a couple of hours later and start counting the minutes.
March 21, 2014 | By Michael Muskal
A rapidly moving fire tore through a motel on the Jersey Shore, killing three and setting off a search for as many as 10 people who remained unaccounted for, officials said Friday. The fire was reported about 5:30 a.m. Friday at the Mariner's Cove Motor Inn in Point Pleasant Beach, N.J. Most of the two-story wood motel was destroyed in the fire, officials said. Ocean County Prosecutor Joseph Coronato told reporters that three males died in the fire and at least eight people were injured.
March 21, 2014 | By Tina Susman
NEW YORK - A Jersey Shore motel gutted in a deadly blaze Friday had been a haven for people displaced by Superstorm Sandy, and the fire was the second major setback in less than a year to a region still struggling to recover from the 2012 storm. At least four people were killed in the early morning fire at Mariner's Cove Motor Inn in Point Pleasant Beach, N.J. All four victims were men, but their identities were not immediately released. The fourth victim was found as rescue workers combed through the wreckage Friday afternoon.
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