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April 13, 2014 | By James Barragan
During the Q&A session of a Saturday panel at the L.A. Times Festival of Books, "The Fault In Our Stars," author John Green revealed two favorite lines that he's written. Both are from his first book, "Looking for Alaska. " The first is from the character Miles "Pudge" Halter feeling inadequate in the face of the girl he admires, Alaska Young: "If people were rain, I was drizzle and she was a hurricane. " The author revealed two additional secrets about that line. He almost cut it out of the final version of the text, thinking it was too cheesy, and the original version compared people to 'precipitation" instead of "rain.
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ENTERTAINMENT
April 12, 2014 | By James Barragan
The atmosphere at John Green's panel was sort of like a high school classroom. And Green was the coolest kid on campus. The skinny, nerdy-looking author with glasses was treated like a rock star during his panel at the L.A. Times Festival of Books on Saturday, with the crowd - some of whom had waited in line since 9 a.m. for a 12:30 p.m. session - giving him a roaring ovation when he walked onstage. He delighted his audience, which ranged from teenagers to gray-haired baby boomers, in speaking about the autobiographical nature of some of his books, his love of romance novels, his beef with the Internet, and a concept he created in which people who identify as “nerdfighters” team up to spread positivity throughout the world.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 12, 2014 | By Mary Forgione, Daily Deal and Travel Blogger
You could say that John Green fans are excited about hearing the author of "The Fault in Our Stars" talk. Two hours before his Saturday panel was set to begin at the L.A. Times Festival of Books, more than 20 fans had already lined up in front of the door to Bovard Auditorium for the sold-out session set to begin at 12:30 p.m. Event volunteers said fans were waiting even before attendees for an earlier panel about Cesar Chavez at the same...
ENTERTAINMENT
April 12, 2014 | By Adam Tschorn
Rachel Zoe, stylist, fashion designer and author of "Living in Style: Inspiration And Advice for Everyday Glamour," (written with Monica Corcoran Harel) kicked things off at the Festival of Books on Saturday morning. She was interviewed by photographer, TV personality and friend Amanda de Cadenet before a capacity crowd of 150.  Clad in a black jumpsuit and 6-inch Brian Atwood heels with a 1-1/2-inch platform (the audience asked), Zoe and de Cadenet chatted for 45 minutes.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 10, 2014 | By Hillel Italie
Mary Cheever, an accomplished author and poet best known as the enduring spouse and widow of John Cheever, has died, after surviving by decades a husband who used their lonely but lasting marriage as an inspiration for some of his most memorable stories. She was 95. She had been battling pneumonia and died Monday night at her colonial-style manor in Ossining, N.Y., her daughter, Susan Cheever , said. The home served as a well-publicized backdrop to John Cheever's facade as the gentleman scribe of "The Swimmer" and "The Five-Forty-Eight.
SPORTS
April 9, 2014 | By Lance Pugmire
The Ducks believe their second consecutive Pacific Division title is different from last year's, which was soured by a first-round playoff exit. That difference is added grit. Fittingly, on the night Anaheim clinched the division title Wednesday with a 5-2 victory over the San Jose Sharks at a sold-out Honda Center, the game's star embodies the trait. BOX SCORE: Ducks 5, Sharks 2 Rugged forward Patrick Maroon scored two second-period goals to propel Anaheim, and rookie goalie John Gibson made 36 saves to follow a shutout win in his debut with a division clincher two days later.
OPINION
April 9, 2014 | By Steven L. Spiegel
There's a new industry in Washington, Jerusalem and Ramallah. It's called Kerry-bashing: The secretary of State never should have tried to bring about an Israeli-Palestinian deal; he wasted too much time; he's too soft on the Israelis or Palestinians or both; he needs to get on to other issues. Why the criticism? John F. Kerry has brought the peace process back into focus, he's dragged both sides into talks even though they were loath to make concessions, and he has altered the dialogue and perhaps even attained some concessions behind the scenes.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 9, 2014 | By Leah Ollman
It's not uncommon for museums to encroach upon what used to be the exclusive turf of galleries, to indulge in a bit of reputation inflation by showcasing recent MFAs rather than waiting for them to season and mature. In turn, some galleries, driven by a different set of credibility-attuned motives, have assumed museum-like practices, mounting historically significant exhibitions, complete with scholarly publications. Kayne Griffin Corcoran's John Tweddle show is of this ilk. It's guest-curated by Alanna Heiss, founder of PS1 (now MoMA PS1)
SPORTS
April 9, 2014 | By Lance Pugmire
With an opportunity to clinch a second consecutive Pacific Division championship by beating the San Jose Sharks tonight, Ducks' 20-year-old rookie John Gibson was first off the ice at today's morning skate. Throughout the season, with the exception of a last-minute injury to former Ducks goalie Viktor Fasth, the goalie off the ice first has started that night's game. Gibson made his NHL debut Monday night in Vancouver, Canada, making 18 saves in a 3-0 shutout that was one of the Ducks' most complete efforts of the season.
SPORTS
April 8, 2014 | By Eric Pincus
Where will John Calipari be coaching next season?  Will he leave the Kentucky Wildcats to join the Lakers? "I still think Kentucky," said Rex Chapman on "The Dan Patrick Show" on Tuesday. Chapman started a firestorm on Monday, tweeting that Calipari is a " done deal " to the Lakers. The Lakers quickly denied the rumor. "Mike D'Antoni is our coach," said Lakers spokesman John Black.  "There have been no conversations about any specific names for any replacement.
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