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February 3, 2014 | By Ryan Faughnder
Most people don't think of radio commercials the day after the Super Bowl, but New York-based radio programmer WestwoodOne is trying to change that.  The company that boasted Super Bowl XLVIII coverage that aired on 700 stations asked listeners to vote for the most creative ads. Based on 1,500 responses, the hospitality chain Motel 6 won with a spot featuring its longtime pitchman Tom Bodett.  In the commercial, a typically deadpan Bodett reads...
February 2, 2014 | By David Ng
Unlike many A-list Hollywood stars, Philip Seymour Hoffman never left theater behind. Stage acting and directing remained a cornerstone of Hoffman's career, which encompassed the lofty heights of Broadway and the less-exalted world of small theater. After Hoffman was found dead on Sunday in his New York apartment, the victim of an apparent overdose, according to police, those who worked closely with him described him as an intense stage performer who sometimes inhabited the roles he played to an extreme and troubling degree.
January 31, 2014 | By Ari Bloomekatz
The light showers that teased parched Southern California overnight should taper off Friday morning, but more rain could still be in store this weekend, forecasters said. There may still be some light rain Friday morning  -- and then again Sunday into Monday -- but the weather system "looks like a fairly light event again, less than a quarter-inch," said meteorologist Curt Kaplan with the National Weather Service in Oxnard. Any possibility of rain Friday night is "nothing to really write home about," he added.
January 31, 2014 | By Mary Forgione, Daily Deal and Travel Blogger
Is Manhattan big enough for two seasonal events to take over the lights atop its landmark Empire State Buidling? Apparently so. Red and gold dazzling lights in honor of Chinese New Year will shine brightly on the building's tower lights Friday -- until they are interrupted for an hour-long Super Bowl tribute. The Empire State Building kicked off lunar new year festivities on Wednesday with a lighting ceremony and opening of a Year of the Horse exhibition in the lobby. The bursts of color are meant to represent fireworks for the new year observance, which begins Friday and lasts 15 days.
January 30, 2014 | David Zucchino and Matt Pearce and Lisa Mascaro
Light snow was falling when Samantha Avers left Duluth, a northwest Atlanta suburb, on Tuesday afternoon. She figured she would be home quickly, for it was only a 30- to 45-minute drive. Twenty-two hours later, Avers, an account manager who had just moved to balmy Atlanta from northern Virginia, wearily parked in her Smyrna neighborhood Wednesday morning. She had been stranded in hellish snowstorm traffic, napped in her car in the middle of a freeway, eaten fruit from her Superman lunch box, watched "Private Practice" on her iPad and drank a gas station beer from a coffee cup. Hers was just one of the horror stories from the great Atlanta snow-out of 2014.
January 26, 2014 | By Kim Christensen
Sunday's smattering of rain across several counties was little more than a tease for anyone hoping for relief from Southern California's drought - and the forecast isn't very promising. “We're getting a few light sprinkles up this way, but it will only amount to a few hundredths” of an inch, said David Sweet, a National Weather Service meteorologist in Oxnard. Rain, or at least traces of it, fell  in Santa Barbara, the San Fernando Valley, Malibu, the South Bay and Los Angeles International Airport, Sweet said.
January 26, 2014 | By Booth Moore, Los Angeles Times Fashion Critic
We saw gravity-defying hair, mother-and-son dressing and one batty hat, a striking wide-brimmed Smokey Bear-style worn by Pharrell Williams. But fashion with a capital "F?" There wasn't much of it on the Grammys red carpet this year. In fact, it was kind of a bust. One reason? Though she performed, style diva Beyoncé didn't walk the walk, neither did Rihanna. No Gaga or Miley either. But Taylor Swift did, and she was the best-dressed of the rest, leading the charge in the metallic brigade.
January 22, 2014 | Laura J. Nelson
The crunch of a bulldozer biting into a Crenshaw Boulevard school signaled the start of heavy construction Tuesday on the latest addition to Los Angeles' steadily expanding rail network, a light-rail line that will connect the Mid-City area to the South Bay by the end of the decade. The 8.5-mile Crenshaw/LAX Line will be the first new rail service in a generation to traverse transit-dependent South Los Angeles, increasing connections to a train system that now reaches to Long Beach, the Westside, the San Fernando Valley and the San Gabriel Valley.
January 21, 2014 | By Laura J. Nelson
Officials celebrated the groundbreaking Tuesday for the $2.06-billion north-south Crenshaw Line that will connect the Mid-City Expo Line with the South Bay's Green Line.  "This is a day that Angelenos deserve, a great day for L.A., a day to move America forward," Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti said. The Department of Transportation also announced Tuesday that the project would receive a $545.9-million loan. The project also is expected to receive about $130 million in other federal transportation funds, according to a statement.  LIVE CHAT: Discuss $2-billion Crenshaw line at 9 a.m. Wednesday "This is a partnership -- a local, state and federal partnership," said U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx.
January 17, 2014 | By Betsy Sharkey, Los Angeles Times Film Critic
Gray is the new black. Night, the new day. Rain, the new sun. Clouds gather, shadows linger. The Oscar-nominated cinematographers' images fill the screen with a beauty only possible in worlds gone monochromatic, turning the most elemental of color palettes stunningly rich, subtly vibrant. Incredible combinations of charcoal, smoke, gunmetal and slate. Philippe Le Sourd for "The Grandmaster," Emmanuel Lubezki for "Gravity," Bruno Delbonnel for "Inside Llewyn Davis," Phedon Papamichael for "Nebraska," Roger A. Deakins for "Prisoners" - veterans all. Men all. And though they each have the capacity to shoot softness and light, the varied universes captured through their lenses this year speak to the wonder of black.
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