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HEALTH
December 27, 2013 | By James S. Fell
Your favorite guitar player wishes he could play like Joe Satriani. Those righteous riffs you hear when Metallica is on the radio? Satriani taught that band's Kirk Hammett and many other metal greats, including Steve Vai and Larry LaLonde, to play. I sat down with 57-year-old Satriani the night before he played his Unstoppable Momentum show to discuss the perils of snowboarding for a guitar player. Were you one of those fit kids, or did activity come later? I grew up on Long Island, so it was baseball and football.
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ENTERTAINMENT
December 19, 2013 | By Alan Eyerly
To save his sexy ex-wife Jasmine Fontaine (Alexa Davalos) from a hit man's bullet, LAPD Det. Joe Teague (Jon Bernthal) resorted to murder once again as TNT's “Mob City” concluded its rookie season with Episodes 5 and 6, “Oxpecker” and “Stay Down.” The series got off to a bloody start when Jasmine's boyfriend Hecky Nash (Simon Pegg) tried to blackmail gangster Bugsy Siegel (Ed Burns). Jasmine covertly snapped photos of Bugsy killing a mob informant, and Hecky demanded $50,000 for the negatives.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 16, 2013 | By Kate Mather
Veteran mixed-martial arts fighter and jiujitsu instructor Joe Camacho died Monday morning at a West Covina hospital, police said. Paramedics took Camacho, 41, from his girlfriend's home in West Covina to Queen of the Valley Hospital early Monday after he had "difficultly breathing," according to the West Covina Police Department. Though paramedics performed CPR, Camacho was pronounced dead at the hospital, police spokesman Rudy Lopez said. Lopez said police were waiting for coroner's officials to determine a cause of death, but noted there were no obvious signs of foul play.
SPORTS
December 13, 2013
Mark Trumbo traded for this year's versions of Joe Blanton and Tommy Hanson? I hereby offer my official resignation as an Angels fan. Good luck surpassing Seattle in the standings with less hitting than last year and the same mediocre pitching. Go, Dodgers! Jeff Pollak La Crescenta :: Looks like I'm going to rehab, because I hallucinated that the Angels traded Mark Trumbo, and his 34 home runs and 100 RBIs. Maybe it was that massive $540,000 salary. Oh well, stupid is as stupid does.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 12, 2013 | By Alan Eyerly
With gangster Benjamin “Bugsy” Siegel (Ed Burns) in jail for murdering a mob informant, LAPD Det. Joe Teague (Jon Bernthal) and ex-wife Jasmine Fontaine (Alexa Davalos) find themselves in mortal danger on “Red Light” and “His Banana Majesty,” Episodes 3 and 4 of TNT's “Mob City.” Along with taking photos of Clover Club customers, Jasmine covertly snaps pictures of Bugsy gunning down stool pigeon Abe Greenberg (Michael Mallory). “We have to burn these,” a frightened Jasmine says of the incriminating photos.
SPORTS
December 9, 2013 | From staff and wire reports
Tony La Russa, Bobby Cox and Joe Torre - three of baseball's most decorated managers - were unanimously selected Monday for induction to the Hall of Fame. The announcement sets the stage for what could be one of the largest Hall of Fame classes in recent history, one year after there were no living inductees. The players up for election include Greg Maddux, Tom Glavine and Frank Thomas; the results will be announced Jan. 8. La Russa ranks third on the list of all-time managerial victories, trailing only Connie Mack and John McGraw.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 7, 2013
Joe Bihari Co-founder of family record company Joe Bihari, 88, the co-founder of a family record company that exposed blues performers such as B.B. King, Little Richard, John Lee Hooker, Elmore James and Etta James to a wider audience, died Nov. 28 in a Los Angeles hospital, family members said. "The Biharis had one of the most important companies in the history of rhythm and blues," said Jim O'Neal, founding editor of Living Blues magazine, "and Joe was the one who produced most of the sessions.
WORLD
December 4, 2013 | By Barbara Demick and Paul Richter
BEIJING - After months of planning a trip to boost U.S. trade with Asia, Vice President Joe Biden instead is leading an urgent diplomatic mission to calm tensions between China and its neighbors and prevent a potential conflict. After arriving here Wednesday, Biden closeted himself with President Xi Jinping for 5 1/2 hours in what U.S. officials described as an effort to reassure anxious allies in the region and prevent escalation of the dispute over China's recent declaration of an air defense identification zone over islands Japan administers.
SPORTS
December 2, 2013 | By Mike DiGiovanna
The Angels added some variety to a bullpen filled with power arms and an effective weapon against left-handed hitters with last week's signing of sidearm-throwing right-hander Joe Smith to a three-year, $15.75-million deal. Smith, the former Cleveland setup man who turns 30 in March, went 16-9 with a 2.42 earned-run average over the last three years. Relying primarily on a hard sinker and slider designed to produce more groundouts than strikeouts, Smith held left-handed hitters to a .203 batting average (59 for 290)
ENTERTAINMENT
December 2, 2013 | By Christie D'Zurilla
Joe Jonas smoked pot with Miley Cyrus and Demi Lovato when he was 17 or 18. He got caught drinking around the same time, 16 or 17. And a while after taking off that well-documented purity ring, he lost his virginity at age 20. Those are just some of the dishy revelations in the middle Jonas' first-person piece, as told to New York magazine - oh, we forgot the one where he fell down a flight of stairs while celebrating his 21st birthday....
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