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September 10, 2012 | By Tony Perry, Los Angeles Times
SAN DIEGO - Todd Vance - Iraq combat veteran, bar bouncer, and social-work major at a local university - is lecturing two dozen of his fellow veterans on the techniques and joys of the chokehold. "You want the blade of your forearm on their windpipe or carotid artery," Vance says in a commanding voice. "Push your opponent into the fence.…Let's have some fun with this drill!" It's Saturday morning in North Park, and the veterans have come to a steamy, noisy gym for Vance's mixed martial arts class.
August 5, 2012 | By Robert Abele
Thrill-seeking one-percenters become mercenary underdogs in "Soldiers of Fortune," a loud, cynical whiz-bang-boom dud that barely serves as an appetizer for the type of grizzled-geriatrics mayhem we can expect from the upcoming "The Expendables 2. " Christian Slater plays a recently retired, down-on-his-luck special forces soldier recruited by an "extreme vacation" company to give wealthy adventurers makeshift special-ops training, only it's really...
July 28, 2012 | By David Wharton
LONDON - Rifle shooting has never been the rowdiest of sports. Competitors stand absolutely silent, focused on the target, squeezing off one shot after another. The crowds - a relative term -  watch intently and respectfully. But the 10-meter air rifle competition at the 2012 London Olympics had a different sort of feel on Saturday, the action punctuated by frequent bursts of applause. British shooter Jennifer McIntosh was taken aback - until she realized that all the clapping was for her, the hometown crowd showing their support after every good shot.
July 3, 2012 | By Diane Pucin
WIMBLEDON, England — Whoosh . Serena Williams heard it. Whomp. Williams heard that too. The sounds of Williams' massive service, still the best and biggest weapon in women's tennis, were amplified Tuesday. Williams beat defending Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova, 6-3, 7-5, with the Centre Court roof closed on the rainy grounds of the All England Club. Kvitova, a 22-year-old Czech, had a forthright answer when asked whether Williams, 30, will win a fifth Wimbledon title.
June 27, 2012 | T.J. Simers
SAN FRANCISCO -- The Choking Dogs didn't score a run in the first two games here. Going back to the Angels series, it's 21 innings without scoring. So before Wednesday's game I'm trying to persuade Vin Scully to give everyone back home a "Scooooooooooooooore!" like soccer broadcasters yell "Gooooooooooooooooal!" What a Scully moment it would be if the Dodgers ever do score again. I suggest the same to Spanish-language broadcaster Jaime Jarrin , who immediately launches into an "Una carrrrrrrrrrrrreeeera!"
June 18, 2012 | By Seema Mehta, Los Angeles Times
DES MOINES — Rick Santorum narrowly won January's Iowa caucuses, and future Republican nominee Mitt Romney finished a close second. But when the state's delegates head to the Republican National Convention in August, most of them will be loyal backers of third-place finisher Ron Paul. His haul of delegates from a weekend Iowa convention is part of the Texas congressman's quiet strategy to have a strong, vocal presence at the national gathering in Tampa, Fla. There's no mathematical way for Paul to derail Romney's nomination.
May 21, 2012 | By Karen Kaplan, Los Angeles Times/For the Booster Shots blog
Warning: Music may be hazardous to your health. It's not just your hearing that's at risk, according to a study out Monday in the June issue of the journal Pediatrics. Teens and young adults who listen to digital music players with ear buds are almost twice as likely as non-listeners to smoke pot, the study says. And those who attend concerts or frequent dance clubs are nearly six times as likely as homebodies to go on a binge-drinking bender. These findings are based on survey results collected from 944 low-income students at two vocational schools in the Netherlands.
March 25, 2012 | By Noel Murray, Special to the Los Angeles Times
In the Land of Blood and Honey Sony Blu-ray, $40.99 Writer-director-producer Angelina Jolie's earnest Bosnian war film received more attention than it otherwise might've because of the presence of her name above its title, but it was subject to undue skepticism as well. This is a well-crafted drama, following the tricky relationship between a Serbian soldier played by Goran Kostic and a Muslim prisoner of war played by Zana Marjanovic. Given the grimness of the subject matter, Jolie drains the film of nearly all lightness and thrills, but as with a lot of actors turned directors, she helps her cast find the emotional truth in every scene and builds a compelling story.
March 23, 2012 | By Colin Stutz, Special to the Los Angeles Times
Late nights in Silver Lake belong to Los Globos. Once a rough-and-tumble haunt of gangs and local toughs, the beat-up-looking spot on Sunset Boulevard has been under new management for eight months that hopes to transform the space into a concert venue on par with the Echo and some of the area's other taste-making music joints. Since late 2011, however, it's been pulling in crowds for a different reason: Friday through Sunday, the dancing goes on until the break of dawn. There's no alcohol served between 2 and 6 a.m., but that hasn't stopped throngs from hanging out all night, as masses of people mostly in their 20s have adopted the club's downstairs room as their domain.
March 7, 2012 | By Lisa Dillman
Ducks Coach Bruce Boudreau finally had seen enough sloppy plays and missed passes Wednesday  morning at Anaheim Ice. It irritated him enough that he halted practice and launched into an expletive-laced blast at his players and their effort, looking much like the man who starred in last season's “24/7” on HBO when he coached in Washington. “I wasn't happy with their practice the first half,” Boudreau said. “Maybe guys aren't used to getting up at 7:30 in the morning or something.
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