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May 22, 2013 | By Randy Lewis, Los Angeles Times
The music that keyboardist Ray Manzarek made as part of the Doors helped define the 1960s, and also was a crucial part of the Southern California music scene in the latter half of that decade. Two generations of L.A. music met in the late 1970s when Manzarek connected with punk band X to produce the group's first four studio albums. The band's songwriters and lead singers, Exene Cervenka and bassist John Doe, reflect on the music of the Doors and their relationship with Manzarek, who died Monday at 74 of cancer.
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March 24, 2014 | By Maria L. La Ganga and Matt Pearce
ARLINGTON, Wash. - Danger and uncertainty hang like a pall over the small towns along the Stillaguamish River. The mudslide that tore across State Route 530 - leaving nearly a square mile of debris and slicing a scar in the hillside taller than the Washington Monument - threatened to continue moving Monday. Search-and-rescue teams equipped with sonar, hovercraft and dogs were pulled back from the hardest-hit area for two hours out of fear that they too might become casualties of Saturday's deadly slide.
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May 8, 2012 | By Randy Lewis, Los Angeles Times
"Zen and the Art of Punk Rock"? If anyone were utterly qualified to write such a book, it would be John Doe and his longtime musical partner and ex-wife, Exene Cervenka. On the heels of the recent release of their first duet album, "John Doe and Exene Cervenka Singing and Playing," the two express such a matter-of-fact, "accept life as it is" view that the founding members of X and its rootsy offshoot the Knitters often seem to have reached some level of enlightenment.
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February 15, 2014 | By Randall Roberts, Los Angeles Times Pop Music Critic
The blue glow of a smartphone lights "Cradle Your Device," the first song on singer Tom Brosseau's new album, "Grass Punks. " A compact, personal protest featuring acoustic guitar, accompaniment by producer and Nickel Creek co-founder Sean Watkins and Brosseau's gentle tenor, the song captures an intimate 21st century moment in bed with a preoccupied lover - and her device. With wit, honesty and dueling acoustic guitars propelling it, the North Dakota-born, Los Angeles-based Brosseau details the problem: "Something has come between us, and no, it ain't what you think," he sings, ruling out infidelity.
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July 28, 1994 | MARK CHALON SMITH, Mark Chalon Smith is a free-lancer who regularly writes about film for the Times Orange County Edition
Beware of the "heelots." They can make a mess of you, and quick. A heelot, as Walter Brennan explains in "Meet John Doe," is "a lot of heels." In other words, someone who's greedy, tends to run things, and wants to take advantage of all those decent people out there. Big businessmen can be heelots. So can TV preachers. Politicians, now they make perfect heelots.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 23, 2002 | Brian Lowry
Fox's "John Doe" made the biggest name for itself among new programs premiering over the weekend, while ABC's telecast of the Miss America Pageant walked off with the ratings crown Saturday but came up short compared with last year, based on preliminary estimates from Nielsen Media Research.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 27, 1988 | GEORGE RAMOS, Times Staff Writer
Joseph T. Brooks was a well-known community leader in Long Beach. He was president of the city's transit board and a member of the Public Corporation for the Arts. He was involved in numerous local groups, including the YMCA and the American Cancer Society. But in death, he became a "John Doe" whom authorities forgot about. Brooks' body was unclaimed for 18 hours at a hospital on Los Angeles' Eastside after he died of an apparent heart attack Saturday afternoon.
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April 22, 1988 | LANIE JONES and NANCY WRIDE, Times Staff Writers
From the beginning, paramedics, police and hospital officials knew him only as "John Doe." Called to a Circle K market in Costa Mesa at 5 a.m. Tuesday, paramedics found a young Latino man lying unconscious on the sidewalk. He had dark brown hair, brown eyes and a mustache and was wearing a gray shirt, blue jeans, white tennis shoes and white socks, Costa Mesa Police Lt. Rick Johnson said. He was 5 feet, 8 inches tall and weighed about 145.
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July 9, 1986 | PATT MORRISON, Times Staff Writer
He was just a kid, out way too late on a Saturday night, riding his bike to nowhere. On Sunday morning, they found his body, and his bike, on the sidewalk in front of the parish school of Ascension Catholic Church in South-Central Los Angeles; when the police came knocking, a nun in the nearby church residence told them that yes, she had heard some gunshots a little after 3 a.m., but around there, the sisters heard them all the time.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 5, 1992
I enjoyed Mathews' article, and I have my own film-Perot comparison to share: namely, to the character Chauncey in the film "Being There." I am not comparing Perot to Chauncey, because I understand that Perot is a bright man and Chauncey was a simpleton. But what I find so strikingly similar is the public's reaction to each. Peter Sellers' brilliant portrayal has stuck with me through the years. People react to Chauncey as if he were a mirror or blank screen. Instead of hearing what he tells them--he doesn't read, he's really a gardener--they attach some greater meaning to his words to suit their needs.
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November 30, 2013 | By Rebecca Keegan
Some jobs - catching fastballs, singing pop songs, dancing en pointe - are a lot easier when you're young. Add to that list directing independent movies, where it's not the physical demands that wear out many filmmakers but the financial stresses. At some point, most indie directors tire of the never-ending hustle for the money to make and release their movies and repair to the more lucrative worlds of television and studio fare. That's what makes the career of John Sayles so remarkable.
NATIONAL
November 17, 2013 | By Soumya Karlamangla
A family who wants to send their 15-year-old son to counseling to curb his attraction to other males is suing New Jersey over the state's ban on so-called gay conversion therapies for minors. In August, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie signed into law a bill in that outlaws the therapies, making the Garden State the second state to do so after California. The New Jersey law prevents any licensed therapist, psychologist, social worker or counselor from using the therapies on children under 18, citing health risks, such as depression and suicide, linked to the practice.
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November 2, 2013 | By Randy Lewis
This post has been updated. See note below for details. Many of the songs on "Divided & United: The Songs of the Civil War" had been long relegated to the dustbins of history before executive producer Randall Poster decided to pair the 19th century tunes with contemporary artists such as Ashley Monroe and the Carolina Chocolate Drops. But beyond giving fresh treatments to nearly three dozen songs and commemorating the 150th anniversary of the Civil War, the project also delivers an allegory for the political polarization of the U.S. today.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 1, 2013 | By Lee Romney
OAKLAND -- Police and prosecutors on Tuesday announced arrests in the July slaying of 8-year-old Alaysha Carradine , who was gunned down while at a slumber party here in what authorities say was an attempted retaliation for the killing of a Berkeley man earlier in the evening. The slaying of the girl, known by her family as “Ladybug,” shook a city that is in many ways numbed by a high crime rate, and prompted legislation now on the governor's desk that would allow Oakland to create its own gun registry.
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May 27, 2013 | By Randy Lewis
No, Mick Jagger isn't pointing in the photo above at Carrie Underwood, who joined the Rolling Stones at their Toronto tour stop Saturday night, just to say, “Does this authorized souvenir T-shirt rock or what? And it's a bargain at $40 at RollingStones.com!” Actually, they were singing “It's Only Rock & Roll” as Underwood joined the ever-expanding list of guests during the group's current 50 and Counting tour. PHOTOS: The Rolling Stones celebrate 50-years So far on the U.S. tour, “The World's Greatest Rock and Roll Band” has enlisted assistance from a raft of pop, rock and country stars, including No Doubt's Gwen Stefani, Keith Urban, Dave Grohl, John Fogerty and John Mayer.
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May 23, 2013 | By Chris Lee
On its surface, the arithmetic is baffling. Paris Hilton plus Cash Money Records equals … sweet, sweet music? The jury is still out on whether the former “Simple Life” star's record deal and current EDM-accented musical direction will yield a bonanza of Top 40 hits à la label mates Lil Wayne and Nicki Minaj. But for Paris completists, Hilton's alignment with hip-hop's imprint du jour appears to be a textbook move. PHOTOS: Concerts by The Times As far back as 2006, the professional party girl was claiming fealty to hip-hop's “from the streets to the penthouse” ethos and contextualizing her achievements as an entrepreneur (with a lucrative perfume line, endorsement of champagne in a can and signature nightclub chain)
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March 31, 1989 | JIM WASHBURN
Where X typically packed the Coach House on its many forays there, X guiding-light John Doe drew a far-from-capacity crowd Wednesday, when he presented the debuts of new songs and a new band. It's a shame, for Doe's 25-song set, while moving in a still-rootsier direction than his old band was headed, was brimming with the sense of musical adventure and honesty that marked X's finest moments.
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March 28, 1989 | JIM WASHBURN
A year after the members of seminal Los Angeles punk band X went on indefinite hold to pursue outside projects, bassist-singer-songwriter John Doe is finding that the freedom he anticipated by working alone can be double-edged. "It's much more frightening," Doe said by phone last week from Los Angeles, as his 13-month-old daughter, Veronica Jane, played noisily in the background. "You really have to decide everything all over again. There are no givens.
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May 22, 2013 | By Randy Lewis, Los Angeles Times
The music that keyboardist Ray Manzarek made as part of the Doors helped define the 1960s, and also was a crucial part of the Southern California music scene in the latter half of that decade. Two generations of L.A. music met in the late 1970s when Manzarek connected with punk band X to produce the group's first four studio albums. The band's songwriters and lead singers, Exene Cervenka and bassist John Doe, reflect on the music of the Doors and their relationship with Manzarek, who died Monday at 74 of cancer.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 17, 2013 | By Joseph Serna
Human remains found in a shallow grave in Downey are too decomposed to easily identify, a Los Angeles County coroner's official said Wednesday. The body -- identified only as John Doe -- was found buried off an embankment of the 105 Freeway near Bellflower Boulevard on Sunday afternoon. The area is known for having a large transient encampment, Downey police said. A coroner's official said investigators will have to rely on fingerprints to identify the body. If those are too decomposed, investigators may have to see if they can find dental records.
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