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ENTERTAINMENT
December 17, 2013 | By Inkoo Kang
There's something dispiritingly familiar about "Dancing on a Dry Salt Lake," writer-director-star Dominique De Fazio's tale of a white man's journey into Native American mysticism. De Fazio plays Warner, a 40-something astronomer who heads out to the Californian desert after his live-in girlfriend dumps him for being too selfish. Warner crashes his car on the outskirts of San Bernardino County and ends up in a small community of European expats, among whom he develops a whole new personality (as a result of inconsistent writing, not as plot development)
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BUSINESS
December 17, 2013 | By Daniel Miller
Hollywood talent agency William Morris Endeavor and one of its key investors are nearing a deal to acquire sports and media agency IMG Worldwide Inc. for more than $2 billion, according to three people with knowledge of the matter. The deal, expected to be announced later this week, would be a coup for WME and private equity firm Silver Lake Partners in Menlo Park, Calif., which owns 31% of the agency. WME would have access to a trove of new clients and, perhaps most important, a formidable presence in the sports agency business.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 13, 2013
Audrey Totter, 95, a blond leading lady of 1940s film noir who starred as a tough-talking dame in "Lady in the Lake," "The Set-Up" and "High Wall," died Thursday at West Hills Hospital, said her daughter, Mea Lane. Totter, a Woodland Hills resident, had a stroke and suffered from congestive heart failure. Although she had a relatively short film career, Totter created memorable movie moments while under contract with MGM from 1944 to the early '50s. A former radio actress, she had a small part in "The Postman Always Rings Twice," the 1946 movie based on James M. Cain's pulp novel.
SCIENCE
December 9, 2013 | By Amina Khan, This post has been updated. Please see details below.
Scientists working on NASA's Mars Science Laboratory mission have been somewhat sparing until now when describing exactly how the rocks drilled, gobbled and cooked by the Curiosity rover paint a picture of a life-friendly environment. Well, no more. In a suite of findings announced Monday, the scientists are painting a vivid picture of Gale Crater: filled with a modest lake of water, rich in the chemical ingredients for life, theoretically able to support a whole Martian biosphere based on Earth-like microbes called chemolithoautotrophs.
SCIENCE
December 9, 2013 | By Amina Khan
Billions of years ago, when early life was just taking hold on Earth, Mars was home to an ancient lake filled with the right chemical ingredients for life to thrive, scientists said Monday. Drilling into dry rock, NASA's Curiosity rover has discovered signs that Gale Crater was once watery, perhaps ringed with ice and snow, and could potentially have hosted an entire Martian biosphere based on a type of microbe found in caves on Earth. Such primitive organisms, called chemolithoautotrophs, feed on chemicals found in rocks and make their own energy.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 2, 2013 | By Ari Bloomekatz
Los Angeles County authorities are warning Antelope Valley residents of a planned burn of vegetation around Palmdale Lake from Monday through Thursday. The burn is an attempt to improve the habitat for the tricolored blackbird, which lives in the lake area, according to a news release from the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department. "The 300-acre lake consists of 80% shoreline containing cattail vegetation where nesting for the blackbird occurs," the Sheriff's Department said.
NEWS
November 28, 2013 | By Ben Welsh and Thomas Suh Lauder, Los Angeles Times
Crime reports are up significantly for the latest week in 10 L.A. neighborhoods, according to an analysis of Los Angeles Police Department data by the Los Angeles Times' Crime L.A. database . Six neighborhoods reported a significant increase in violent crime. Silver Lake (A) was the most unusual, recording three reports compared with a weekly average of 0.5 over the last three months. Toluca Lake (G) topped the list of four neighborhoods with property crime alerts.
SPORTS
November 25, 2013 | By Kevin Baxter
Major League Soccer released its 2014 regular-season schedule Monday, and it has the Galaxy opening at StubHub Center on March 8 against MLS Cup finalist Real Salt Lake. MLS teams will take a mid-June break during the group stage of the World Cup in Brazil before finishing the regular season in the final week of October. The Galaxy closes out its regular season Oct. 25 at Seattle. The Galaxy won't win the MLS title this year, having been eliminated in the Western Conference semifinals.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 21, 2013 | By Jason La
Eric Beteille captured this colorful image at the corner of Silver Lake and Sunset boulevards on Nov. 13. His impression is that the intersection is becoming a cultural bookend for the neighborhood similar to nearby Sunset Junction. Beteille used a Nikon D700.  Each week, we're featuring photos of Southern California submitted by readers. Share your photos on our  Flickr page  or  reader submission gallery .  Follow us on Twitter  or visit  latimes.com/socalmoments  for more on this photo series.
OPINION
November 19, 2013
Re "Silver Lake evolution lures newcomers, worries locals," Nov. 16 I find it amusing that residents now long for some golden old days of Silver Lake. When we built a house in 1991 two blocks from the corner of Sunset Boulevard and Hyperion Avenue, my partner and I spent every Saturday getting up at 7 a.m. to paint over gang graffiti, pick up trash in the streets and water some of the two-dozen trees we persuaded neighbors to plant. Our new house overlooked a previously private corner, and we soon discovered we had to shine lights to drive away the cars in which local prostitutes serviced clients.
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