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January 2, 2013 | By Richard Verrier
A former senior employee of the American Humane Assn., the group responsible for the "No Animals Were Harmed" certification on film credits, is suing her former employer, saying she was wrongfully terminated for complaining about the alleged abuse and mistreatment of horses on the set of HBO's ill-fated series "Luck. " In a lawsuit filed in Los Angeles Superior Court this week, Barbara Casey, the former director of production for the AHA's film and television unit, alleged that AHA thwarted her efforts to enforce AHA's animal safety standards and prevent "animal abuse and cruelty" during the filming of "Luck," which shut down in March after three horses were killed.
April 18, 2014 | By Amy Reiter
Doing the tried-and-true down-home country-anthem thang week after week carried Dexter Roberts pretty far this season on "American Idol," but not, alas, all the way to the end. The good old boy from Alabama, who may have been as passionate about duck hunting and dog training as he was about singing, finally wore out his welcome with "Idol" voters. On Thursday night's results show (which included a peculiar cameo appearance by Kevin Bacon, who for some reason kicked off the show)
January 28, 2012
'Luck' Where: HBO When: 9 p.m. Sunday Rating: TV-MA (may be unsuitable for children under the age of 17)
April 2, 2014 | By Matt Stevens
A Northern Californian invoked the "luck of the Jedi" on Tuesday when he came forward to claim the $425.3-million Powerball jackpot he won after playing the lottery for 20 years. Wearing a shirt featuring the "Star Wars" character Yoda with the words “Luck of the Jedi I have," retiree B. Raymond Buxton came forward to officially claim his prize, telling officials he purposely chose April Fools' Day to turn in his ticket and take the one-time cash option. His cash option will be worth about $242.2 million before taxes.
April 3, 2010
'Good Luck Charlie' Where: Disney When: 8:30 p.m. Sunday Rating: TV-G (suitable for all ages)
March 14, 2012 | By Yvonne Villarreal and Joe Flint, Los Angeles Times Staff Writers
HBO has pulled the plug on its gambling drama "Luck" after controversy erupted over the deaths of three horses during production. "It is with heartbreak that executive producers David Milch and Michael Mann together with HBO have decided to cease all future production on the series 'Luck,' " the network said in a statement. The statement continues: "Safety is always of paramount concern. We maintained the highest safety standards throughout production, higher in fact than any protocols existing in horseracing anywhere with many fewer incidents than occur in racing or than befall horses normally in barns at night or pastures.
December 19, 2012
Re "For lottery winners, it's hard to hide," Dec. 16 Dang! California releases the names of jackpot winners. If that's what one has to put up with, it just might be better to pass on the whole thing. Still, it's nice that the privacy most of us have right now is ultimately so important. Richie Locasso Huntington Beach ALSO: Letters: Deaf reality Letters: God and gays Letters: Free healthcare is expensive
January 28, 2012 | By Mary McNamara, Los Angeles Times Television Critic
Making my way through HBO's new racetrack drama"Luck," I wondered at times if I was looking at a new rule-breaking version of the art form, a Monet perhaps, or a "Ulysses. " Or I wondered if it was just a show drowning in pretension, the work of people hoping that novelty would disguise a lack of professional rigor. Having finished the nine-episode first season, I am inclined toward the former, though there is enough of the latter to make me appreciate the confines of more traditional television storytelling.
June 3, 1990
Re John W. Larsen's May 27 letter about the unavailability of boxes at the Hollywood Bowl: I thought I was the only one who had such problems: I have had no luck for the last 25 years! It seems the boxes are always filled with drowsy executive types who appear to be there because this is the thing to do . Automatic renewal of box subscriptions should be done away with. Because this facility is a public institution and because of its popularity, the boxes should be assigned annually via lottery.
April 4, 2013 | By Irfan Khan and Kate Mather
A volunteer hiker who heard the cries for help from missing hiker Nicolas Cendoya credited "an amazing amount of luck" for the rescue. Ted Sindzinski said he spent Wednesday hiking in the area and decided to join the volunteers searching for Cendoya and Kyndall Jack, 18. He joined up with a friend of the pair about 5 p.m. and decided to do a “simple, 10-minute hike, just to look around places that perhaps somebody didn't have time to go...
March 7, 2014 | By Marty Fortney
I will meet more single women this week than most men will in their entire lives. The women will touch me, hug me, laugh at my jokes - and then walk out to their husbands, boyfriends or Chihuahuas and hike Runyon Canyon. I'm a casting director for TV commercials. On a typical day I interview 100 beautiful and spirited women, all of whom stare deeply into my eyes and listen to my every musing. Their very livelihood depends on it. If they catch just a nugget of something I say that the other women miss, it might lead to a callback, then a booking and maybe $25,000 in residuals.
February 8, 2014 | By Glenn Whipp
Dinner and a movie. Yes, I realize it represents a profound failure of imagination, but this was the date I had proposed to my wife for Valentine's Day next week. But sometimes life's obligations (not to mention two kids) limit your options for an evening out, so you flail around, punt and resort to an old standby. It still beats takeout and loading the dishwasher, right? Maybe not. A cursory glance at the theater listings reveals a slate of movies not exactly geared toward anyone whose age or IQ exceeds 30. "That Awkward Moment"?
February 8, 2014 | By David Wharton
SOCHI, Russia - It might sound odd to hear one of the most successful ski jumpers in history talk about luck. But, for all his accomplishments, Gregor Schlierenzauer has never been an individual Olympic champion and he knows that winning the men's normal hill event Sunday won't be easy. "Gold medal is my goal," he said. "To win at the Olympic Games, you need not only good form but also luck. " Schlierenzauer figures to be pushed by the likes of Kamil Stoch of Poland, Austrian teammate Thomas Diethart and Simon Ammann of Switzerland.
January 5, 2014 | By Dan Loumena
Did a lucky bounce, or play, help quarterback Andrew Luck and the Indianapolis Colts win their first-round playoff game Saturday when they staged the second-biggest comeback in NFL playoff history? Think again. Sometimes you make your own luck, and that was probably the case when Indianapolis wiped out a 28-point deficit to defeat the Kansas City Chiefs, 45-44, in a wild AFC wild-card game. Only the Buffalo Bills had mounted a bigger playoff comeback - 32 points - in a 41-38 victory over the Houston Oilers in 1993.
January 4, 2014 | By Brad Biggs
  INDIANAPOLIS - Peyton Manning did not win his first playoff game until his sixth season but left the kind of legacy in this city that will be difficult to top. His successor, Andrew Luck, the No. 1 overall NFL draft pick a year ago, won his first playoff game in his second try in a matchup Saturday at Lucas Oil Stadium that will be remembered for years. Now the quarterbacks with this town in common could be headed to a meeting in the playoffs' divisional round next weekend.
December 6, 2013 | By Todd Martens
Nominations for the 56th Grammy Awards are being unveiled tonight at the Nokia Theatre in downtown Los Angeles begining at 7 p.m. PST, and Pop & Hiss will be with you throughout the evening to live blog the proceedings. Stay tuned to this post, and we'll try to keep the typos and the indignation to a minimum.  A number of major artists, many of whom are no doubt in line for some top nominations, are set to perform, including Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Katy Perry, Taylor Swift and Lorde.
March 28, 2012 | By Mark Medina
After he purchased the Lakers in 1979, one of the biggest and most successful moves Jerry Buss made involved suggesting the team draft Magic Johnson as the No. 1 overall draft pick. Johnson then brought "Showtime" to the Lakers and guided them to five NBA championships. Now, Johnson is building off his storied NBA career and various business projects in purchasing the Dodgers for $2.15 billion with a group involving Guggenheim Partners.  "Magic Johnson is probably the most beloved sports figure in Los Angeles history," Buss said in a statement.  "In addition to being a phenomenal success on the court in leading the Lakers to five NBA championships, he has been a success in everything else he's become involved with, most notably his spectacular business career and also his educational campaign on behalf of HIV awareness.  I'd like to congratulate Magic and his partners on their acquisition of the Dodgers and wish them the best of luck.
September 7, 2009 | Michael Hiltzik and Ashley Powers
The Currans of Granada Hills have been taking family vacations on the Las Vegas Strip for years. They weren't about to pass it up just because Jeff Curran's business selling upscale cookware is down sharply. But this summer it would be a smart Vegas vacation. A year ago they plunked down $100 each for tickets to the Blue Man Group show at the Venetian. This year, the family of four -- Jeff, 59, his wife, Michele, 55, and their adult son and daughter -- took in the Mac King Comedy Magic Show at Harrah's with tickets discounted to $10 apiece.
November 12, 2013 | By Roger Vincent
Los Angeles landlord and developer CIM Group has completed its elaborate makeover of the Lady Luck, a once-popular Las Vegas hotel and casino that opened in 1964 and closed in 2006. After an estimated $100-million renovation, the complex at 3rd Street and East Ogden Avenue is now called the Downtown Grand Las Vegas and considered the centerpiece of the city's Downtown3rd Entertainment District. The Downtown Grand has 634 rooms in two towers -- the 18-story Casino Tower and 25-story Grand Tower; 25,000 square feet of gaming space plus bars and restaurants.
November 9, 2013 | By Christopher Reynolds
The first time through middle school was bad for Jeff Kinney. But the second time? Golden. Kinney is the writer and cartoonist behind the "Diary of a Wimpy Kid" books, a series that revels in the thugs and cliques, the clueless parents, the awkward bodies, treacherous siblings and excruciating moments of grades 6 through 8. The seven "novels in cartoons" he published between 2007 and 2012 have sold more than 115 million copies worldwide - many...
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