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May 3, 2012 | By Morgan Little
The latest volley in the fight for women voters,  “The Life of Julia,”  has pitted the Obama campaign's vision of a country under Mitt Romney's leadership against the president's record.  "The Life of Julia" is essentially an interactive timeline, a tool that examines the life of a composite of American women -- a fictional character named Julia -- and the different ways in which the policies of Obama and Romney would affect  her....
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ENTERTAINMENT
April 21, 2014 | By Nardine Saad
Julia Roberts is finally publicly addressing the death of her half-sister Nancy Motes, who was found dead in February of an apparent drug overdose. The "August: Osage County" star's family issued a statement soon after Motes' death saying that they were "devastated," but Roberts laid low during the surrounding frenzy. "It's just heartbreak," the actress said, tearing up in an interview with WSJ. Magazine that took place just weeks after her estranged sister's passing.
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SPORTS
February 26, 2010 | By Chris Dufresne
The women's giant slalom was finally put to bed Thursday as Julia Mancuso tried to put a few rumors, and her emotional Olympic experience, to rest. Mancuso had no real shot at Whistler to defend her gold medal. Hope ended Wednesday when she finished 18th in her first run. Mancuso was flagged off course during her run and forced to restart after teammate Lindsey Vonn crashed in front of her. Poor weather postponed the second run to Thursday morning, which gave Mancuso time to transition from fuming to philosophical.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 14, 2014 | By Charles McNulty, Los Angeles Times Theater Critic
Julia, the protagonist of Wendy Graf's new play, "Closely Related Keys," is a single, Ivy League-educated African American attorney who lives for her job. Smart, ambitious and happy to sacrifice her personal life for professional advancement, she's one of those corporate control freaks who believes she should be able to subjugate the world with her smartphone. Diarra Kilpatrick plays Julia with the manic air of someone burying themselves in work to avoid more painful feelings. Even the furtive romantic tryst she's having with Ron (Ted Mattison)
SPORTS
February 24, 2010 | By Chris Dufresne
The weather report does not look promising -- snow, rain, slush, fog -- for the running of the women's giant slalom Wednesday, leading some to muse: How could Julia Mancuso get so lucky? She's already had a charmed Olympics -- winning two unexpected silver medals -- and could now benefit from the kind of whiteout that helped her win the GS gold four years ago in Italy. A lot of people don't remember that Mancuso won at Turin because she captured it in almost Donner Party conditions.
SPORTS
February 19, 2010 | By Chris Dufresne
The most accomplished American skier in Olympic history -- the girl with gold already tucked in her pocket -- won another medal Thursday. Her name: Julia Mancuso. The day after a busload of drop-in history assessors returned to Vancouver's media compound after justifiably praising Lindsey Vonn after her dramatic win in downhill, Mancuso sent out a mountain memo suggesting the story isn't over yet. Mancuso, who finished behind Vonn in the downhill, claimed a surprising -- shocking, some might say -- silver medal in the women's super combined.
SPORTS
February 25, 2010 | By Chris Dufresne
It seemed fitting the daytime serial that played out Wednesday between gold-medal-winning American rivals Lindsey Vonn and Julia Mancuso would have to be continued until . . . Thursday. These are, after all, the days of their lives. Skiing bib-to-bib in the Olympic giant slalom, Vonn at No. 17 and Mancuso at No. 18, Vonn crashed while flying back-first into a retaining fence, broke her right pinkie finger, and it might have cost Mancuso the chance to defend her GS gold medal.
BOOKS
November 2, 1986 | Nora Gallagher
ADVENTURES WITH JULIA by Candace Denning (North Point: $13.95; 160 pp.). "Adventures With Julia" is the story of a woman's relentlessly awful inner life, broken only by her mostly vapid outer life. The title, needless to say, is ironic. Julia is 36, a pianist without work, married to a lawyer, well-off, attractive. She lives in a city near enough to New York to go there by train, although the city is never described. Nothing much is described or located.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 29, 1988 | KEVIN THOMAS
In "The Drifter" (selected theaters), an attractive young woman (Kim Delaney) picks up a handsome hitchhiker (Miles O'Keeffe) against her better judgment and winds up sharing a motel room with him. Once home and back to work, she can't shake the guy. Writer Larry Brand in his directorial debut tries so hard to avoid the predictable lady-in-distress formula that he ends up overreaching disastrously. He deftly establishes that Delaney's well-played Julia is the quintessential yuppie.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 24, 2013 | By Margaret Wappler, Special to the Los Angeles Times
Spectral girls and shadow fathers haunt the center and fringes of Veronica Gonzalez Peña's second novel, "The Sad Passions," but this isn't magical realism. These aren't spirits who visit in the middle of the night. These phantom girls and men are living, flesh-and-blood characters shaped by absence and loss, sickness and dead dreams. "The Sad Passions" knows that half-erased people are more devastating than any ghost. Peña's gorgeously dark chronicle revolves around a middle-class Mexican family that seems pretty ordinary, except for Claudia, a young woman who rages with unchecked manic depression.
BUSINESS
March 2, 2014 | By Maija Palmer
There is a sense of despair when it comes to privacy in the digital age. Many of us assume that so much of our electronic information is now compromised, whether by corporations or government agencies, that there is little that can be done about it. Sometimes we try to rationalize this by telling ourselves that privacy may no longer matter so much. After all, an upstanding citizen should have nothing to fear from surveillance. In "Dragnet Nation: A Quest for Privacy, Security and Freedom in a World of Relentless Surveillance," author Julia Angwin seeks to challenge that defeatism.
SPORTS
February 23, 2014 | Chris Dufresne
SOCHI, Russia -- U.S. media members covering Alpine skiing were in attack mode through five Olympic races. The United States had one medal, Julia Mancuso's unexpected bronze in the women's super combined, headed into the men's super-giant slalom Feb. 16. Patrick Riml, U.S. alpine director, was called upon to answer for the team's slow start. Riml was adamant it was too soon to render a final verdict. FRAMEWORK: Best images from Sochi "The Games aren't over yet, we're halfway through," Riml said.
SPORTS
February 15, 2014 | By Chris Dufresne
SOCHI, Russia - The U.S. Alpine medal calculation for Sochi changed the second the ink dried on Lindsey Vonn's statement saying knee surgery would render her unable to compete. Sochi was not going to be Vancouver, when Team Alpine USA won eight medals and, on the way out, almost offered the Austrians ski lessons. Yet, Sochi wasn't supposed to be Nagano 1998, either, when Picabo Street claimed the only U.S. medal (gold) in a super-G she won by a hundredth of a second. The halfway point of the Sochi Games has left the U.S. Ski Team at a crossed-tips crossroads.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 12, 2014 | By Nardine Saad
Mindy Kaling was one of the many celebrities hobnobbing with politicians at a White House State Dinner on Tuesday. "The Mindy Project" star chronicled the entirety of her evening on Twitter and Instagram, taking followers inside the White house fete , which was hosted by President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama to honor French President Francois Hollande. The dinner also took place amid a torrent of rumors revolving around the French leader's personal life. Journalist Valerie Trierweiler, who was considered the French first lady, split with Hollande last month after a swirl of reports that romantically linked him to an actress . PHOTOS: White House State Dinner's entertainment side The party took place in a tent on the White House lawn with more than 300 people attending.
SPORTS
February 10, 2014 | Chris Dufresne
SOCHI, Russia - Julia Mancuso knows that trying to catch Lindsey Vonn in World Cup victories is futile, like a baseball pitcher saying he wants to catch Cy Young. Mancuso and Vonn both are 29 and with Vonn leading by the World Cup score of 59 to 7, that ballgame is over. Mancuso has been left to carve out a different legacy, but it's the one America, and NBC, will probably remember longer. FRAMEWORK: Best images from the Sochi Olympics Mancuso's ski racing legacy will be the Olympics.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 10, 2014 | By Richard Winton
Julia Roberts' sister was found dead Sunday in the bathtub of a Westside home, and law enforcement sources said there is no evidence of foul play. Los Angeles County coroner's officials cautioned that they have made no final determination on the cause of death. But law enforcement sources, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, said some type of drug overdose might have been involved. Nancy Motes, a younger half-sister of the Oscar-winning actress, was found by a friend at a home on North Bundy Drive about 2 p.m. Sunday, according to police.  An autopsy was conducted Monday, but a final determination of cause of death may take several weeks while toxicology results are gathered.
NEWS
December 24, 1989 | ROGER SIMON
Miracles come in all shapes and sizes. There are the very big ones like the parting of the Red Sea. And the smaller ones like the ones that happen every day. Tom and Julia are friends of mine. They got married and they wanted to have a baby. But they couldn't. They did all the things you are supposed to do to have babies--in the beginning it was fun--but after a while there was still no baby to show for it.
SPORTS
February 6, 2014 | By Chris Dufresne
SOCHI, Russia -- The U.S. Alpine skiing team got off to a rousing Sochi start Thursday by winning two medals on the first day of downhill training. Oh wait, they don't hand out medals for training runs, but skiing fast in practice is still better than skiing slow. It was certainly an encouraging start for American superstars Bode Miller and Julia Mancuso, who have already combined for eight Olympic medals. Both skiers raced as if they were itching for more. Miller continued his fine skiing of late by winning the first men's downhill training run in advance of Sunday's first Olympic alpine event.
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