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February 1, 2014 | By Scott Collins
The sign advertising his show still looms over the NBC parking lot, and for a few more days throngs of fans will crowd the studio gates in Burbank before tapings. But Jay Leno says he's ready to leave - and this time, he says he really means it. After more than 40 years, "The Tonight Show" is leaving Southern California and heading back to New York, with the 63-year-old Leno, who first became host in 1992, handing off the show to Jimmy Fallon, just 39. Four years have passed since NBC botched a similar passing of the torch to Conan O'Brien.
January 31, 2014 | By Tiffany Hsu
Friday is the first day of Chinese New Year, a multi-day celebration marked by money-stuffed red envelopes, dragon imagery and, in the Southland, a flood of tourists from Asia. For the first time, many local shopping centers are greeting the surge in potential customers with fanfare and parades dedicated to the Year of the Horse, festooning their courtyards with paper lanterns and hiring experts in traditional Chinese arts. The hullabaloo over the holiday - also known as the Spring Festival or Lunar New Year - is a calculated move at many of those retail properties, designed to attract the region's vast and growing Asian presence into stores after a lackluster year for retail sales.
January 30, 2014 | By August Brown
You've got to fight for your right to name an NYC street corner after the Beastie Boys -- but that doesn't mean you'll win. A local community board has nixed a plan to name a Lower East Side corner -- famous for its appearance on the Beasties' album art for "Paul's Boutique -- after the group. The "Beastie Boys Square" mission was a passion project of local resident LeRoy McCarthy, who wanted to turn the corner of Rivington and Ludlow into a tribute to the group after the 2012 death of member Adam Yauch.
January 29, 2014 | By Gary Klein
JERSEY CITY, N.J. - Their journeys to the Super Bowl might have been on different roads, but they all started from the same spot - playing college football in Los Angeles. USC and UCLA will have plenty of presence in Sunday's Super Bowl and, although most are backups, names familiar to Southern California football fans are sure to crop up. Seattle Seahawks linebackers Malcolm Smith and Mike Morgan played for the Trojans, and running back Derrick Coleman for the Bruins. Smith, a seventh-round draft pick in 2011, provided the game-saving interception in the Seahawks' NFC championship game victory over the San Francisco 49ers.
January 24, 2014 | By Steven Zeitchik
SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. - In the film "12 Years a Slave," free black man Solomon Northup dreams of one thing during his long captivity in the antebellum South: returning to his family and home in Saratoga Springs. In the film, as Northup, played by Chiwetel Ejiofor, undergoes grueling labor and horrific punishment on a series of Southern plantations, Saratoga Springs becomes a promised land, its name uttered with a sense of longing and hope. Yet mention Northup's name to many locals in modern-day Saratoga Springs or ask about the memoir or movie that tells his story and they'll raise an eyebrow, largely unaware of the man and his legacy.
January 23, 2014 | By Eric Sondheimer
Time Warner Cable has notified dozens of employees around the country who were involved in local operations, primarily covering high school sports, that they would be losing their jobs, including in Southern California. A spokeswoman based in Southern California said in an email: "While the decision to make changes in our local sports operations was a difficult one, it was strictly about better utilizing our resources. SoCal 101 will continue to honor its existing sports programming commitments and continue to provide in-depth coverage of the CIF. During a transition period, we may have to slightly adjust our programming schedule.
January 19, 2014 | By Saba Hamedy
Ask locals, and "the keys to the culinary kingdom can be yours. " That's the best strategy for linking cuisine and culture when traveling, TV travel host Adam Richman said at the L.A. Times Travel Show on Sunday. Richman, host of “Adam Richman's Fandemonium” on Travel Channel and “Food Fighters” on NBC, advised travelers to get the “greatest experience” by immersing themselves in their surroundings. “Find out about those local gems,” he said to a room of hundreds of attendees.
January 16, 2014 | By Teresa Watanabe
State education officials pushed forward sweeping changes to public school funding Thursday, approving rules to give more money to needy students and more power to local educators to decide how to use the dollars. At a daylong state Board of Education meeting, more than 300 speakers underscored tensions over the need to balance newfound flexible spending authority with assurances that the money will be used to improve services for students who are from low-income homes, learning English or in foster care.
January 15, 2014 | By Eric Sondheimer
 Max Fried and Lucas Giolito, former pitching standouts at Harvard-Westlake who became first-round draft choices, have put together a special free event for fans on Sunday, Jan. 26, from 2 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Mid Valley Baseball Complex, 17301 Oxnard Blvd. in Encino. Called Baseball FanFest , fans will be able to watch local professional players in a workout, then get autographs from the players afterward. It's a way for the players to give back to their local community, with free parking and free admission.
January 13, 2014 | By Tony Perry
CAMP PENDLETON - One thing has always been true for 12-year-old Haleigh Cook-Watt: Her father periodically leaves home to spend months in some of the most dangerous places in the world. So the pre-dawn departure Monday of Gunnery Sgt. Dylin Cook-Watt and 140 other Marines and sailors for Afghanistan was familiar for Haleigh, 7-year-old Jamie, and their mother, Samantha Cook-Watt. Still, the leave-taking, while sad and fraught with uncertainty, had a different feel this time: The Marines are allowing the Afghan forces to take the lead in fighting a resurgent Taliban.
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