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March 24, 2009 | BILL SHAIKIN, ON BASEBALL
We don't really have to watch the San Diego Padres after this, do we? Talk about a letdown. Japan and South Korea treated us to a delightful championship evening of the World Baseball Classic, and we don't just mean the players. The fans on both sides exuded passion and spirit for 10 of the most memorable innings ever played at Dodger Stadium, a weirdly wonderful mix of baseball game, rock concert and pep rally.
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April 22, 2012 | Kevin Berger
Stories pour out of Gabriela Lena Frank like music. Sitting on an old brown leather chair in her little house, where she lives with her grand piano, books and black Labrador retriever, she is describing her upbringing and musical education with passion and joy and not a note of calculation. The composer has electric-black curly hair and a mind as alive as morning light. Before she finishes her cup of tea, she has described, like a magical character in a Gabriel Garcia Marquez novel, the influence on her music of her father, a Jewish Mark Twain scholar who grew up in the Bronx; her mother, a Peruvian whose Chinese grandfather sold shovels to miners in the 1800s; her congenital hearing loss; Graves' disease, which has diminished her eyesight; bodybuilders and Andes Mountain Indian runners; and her perfect pitch, which Frank's piano teacher discovered when Frank was 10, after Frank informed her that a harp recording of Bach's Prelude in C was really in the key of F. Frank, 39, is also glad to help journalists who stammer like flummoxed tourists to categorize her. "I'm a Berkeley gringa, Latino, Peruvian, Chinese, Lithuanian Jew, deaf, short composer!"
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September 10, 1999 | SHAUNA SNOW
TV & MOVIES News Emmys: PBS took top honors in the annual News and Documentary Emmy Awards held in New York Wednesday night, winning 10 trophies for programs that include "The Living Edens," "NewsHour With Jim Lehrer" and "Africans in America: America's Journey Through Slavery." CBS was second in the tally with six awards, and ABC and NBC tied with five each. CNN's Larry King won his first Emmy, for best interviewer.
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June 21, 1999 | ALISA VALDES-RODRIGUEZ, TIMES STAFF WRITER
If a huge meteor were to plummet onto Miami Beach today, the Americas would instantly become a much quieter, sadder place. That's because thousands of the most influential people in the music business from North America, Central America and South America have descended upon this trendy town for a week of networking, performing, partying and general hustling known as MIDEM Americas.
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February 22, 1996 | JOSEF WOODARD, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Another concert, another Miguel del Aguila piece. When the New West Symphony continued the saga of its inaugural season recently, the ostensible, advertised theme was Russian Romanticism. Conductor Boris Brott summoned up suitably heroic collective bluster for the landscape of Rachmaninoff and Tchaikovsky.
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October 22, 2005 | Sam Enriquez and Hector Tobar, Times Staff Writers
Hurricane Wilma struck the Yucatan peninsula on Friday, pounding beach resorts and dozens of fishing hamlets with 140-mph winds and a 10-foot storm surge that sent water crashing over Cancun's white-sand beaches and into its exclusive hotel district. The slow-moving hurricane reached the island of Cozumel south of here as a Category 4 storm just after dawn, weakening slightly as it cut a swath across the peninsula.
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November 17, 2007 | Agustin Gurza, Times Staff Writer
Shakira was sick of being a celebrity. Colombia's sensationally successful singer-songwriter had just come off her "Oral Fixation" tour earlier this year, taking her to 140 cities on five continents to perform for 2.5 million fans. But even stardom can be a drag. So she put away her revealing sequined gowns and hip-hugging pants, donned jeans and sneakers, tucked her famous shock of dyed hair under a cap and went undercover as a summer student at UCLA.
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