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ENTERTAINMENT
February 19, 2014 | By Charles McNulty, Los Angeles Times Theater Critic
SAN DIEGO - The difficulty of staging "The Winter's Tale" is legendary. Characters are at the mercy of a crazy plot that wildly mixes genres and tones, there is a leap of 16 years between the third and fourth acts and one stage direction (perhaps the most famous in all of Shakespeare) reads "Exit pursued by a bear. " In making his directing debut at the Old Globe with this late romance of Shakespeare's, artistic director Barry Edelstein clearly isn't playing it safe. But he knows the play intimately, having staged it off-Broadway at the Classic Stage Company, and in this new production he has enlisted a core group of actors who bring refreshing clarity to what is undeniably a tricky text.
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TRAVEL
February 7, 2014 | By John Horn
MOUNTAIN PINE RIDGE FOREST RESERVE, Belize - As Hummingbird Highway carves away from Belize's resort-laden sands, pavement dissolves into rutted dirt tracks and the dense jungle canopy starts to press in from all sides. The tallest buildings pushing through the foliage are Maya ruins, and howler monkeys and macaws lurk in the ceiba trees. Late at night, distant thunderstorms ring the horizon, broad sheets of lightning illuminating the mountains. Before I brought my family to Belize for 10 days last summer, I packed a copy of "Heart of Darkness," knowing that although traveling through Central America wouldn't precisely parallel a trip up the Congo River, Joseph Conrad's novel would remind me that the book was the indirect inspiration for our itinerary.
SPORTS
February 6, 2014 | By Steve Dilbeck
I'd say Magic Johnson is two-faced, but I guess it's more like three-faced. Or maybe 223-faced. It gets so hard. Magic, as you know, was put out there as the face of the Dodgers' new ownership, a beloved Los Angeles sports figure come to save the locals from the dastardly reign of Frank McCourt. His big, wonderful smile everywhere. He even got a bobblehead. Magic warned at the ownership's introductory news conference, front-office employees best be ready to come to work at 8 a.m. every day and roll up their sleeves, because he would.
SPORTS
February 5, 2014
Magic Johnson said Wednesday that his investment group can turn the Sparks into a profitable WNBA team. "We know what we're up against and that's OK," Johnson said. "We love challenges. We feel, yes, we're going to eventually make a profit, no question about it. That's why we're in business, to make a profit. " The investment group, led by Lakers legend Johnson and the Dodgers' controlling owner Mark Walter, purchased the Sparks from Paula Madison and her family-owned business.
SPORTS
February 5, 2014 | By Mike Bresnahan and Melissa Rohlin
CLEVELAND -- Magic Johnson recently said the Lakers needed a face of the franchise, someone like Jerry West or Phil Jackson , to help sell the brand to free agents during dollar-driven summers. A volunteer stepped forward Wednesday: Johnson. He pledged to do whatever it took to turn the Lakers into a championship team, including recruiting of free agents. "I've done that in the past," Johnson told The Times. "I told [General Manager] Mitch Kupchak that last week.
SPORTS
February 5, 2014 | By Melissa Rohlin
Earvin "Magic" Johnson said Wednesday that he's willing to do whatever he can to turn the Lakers into a championship-caliber team, including doing some grassroots recruiting. "I've done that in the past," Johnson told the Los Angeles Times. "I told [General Manager] Mitch Kupchak that last week. First they have to make up their mind on who they want, and then they tell me, just like I recruited Ron Artest, I talked to Lamar Odom. " Johnson pointed out that he has always had a special touch when mediating negotiations between players and Lakers' brass.
SPORTS
February 4, 2014 | By Melissa Rohlin
The Sparks have been sold to an investment group led by Lakers legend Magic Johnson and Dodgers controlling owner Mark Walter, chief executive of Guggenheim Partners, a Chicago-based financial services company. Todd Boehly and Bobby Patton, other members of the group that paid a record $2.15 billion for the Dodgers in March 2012, are also in on the Sparks purchase. The only Dodgers owner who is not is Peter Guber, who owns a stake in the NBA's Golden State Warriors. The WNBA had no comment about the Sparks purchase, which was confirmed to The Times by a person with knowledge of the situation.
SPORTS
January 31, 2014 | By Eric Pincus
Magic Johnson has declared a cease-fire on the Lakers, executive/owner Jim Buss and Coach Mike D'Antoni. The Hall of Fame point guard has recently been very publicly lambasting the Lakers concerning their leadership, on-court play and decision to hire D'Antoni over Phil Jackson in 2012. Via Twitter on Thursday, Johnson vowed to stop criticizing his former franchise. Laker Nation: I want to give Coach D'Antoni credit because offensively he's put the Lakers' players in positions to be successful!
SPORTS
January 31, 2014 | By Mike Bresnahan
Magic Johnson will no longer complain about the Lakers. He promises. Johnson took to Twitter to call a cease-fire on himself after weeks of probing, questioning and even haranguing the Lakers. "I'm going to stop complaining. I'm going to support and encourage [team executive] Jim Buss and Coach [Mike] D'Antoni because I love the Lakers!" Johnson wrote Thursday night. "It doesn't do the Lakers players, coaches or ownership any good for me to complain. " He also added, "I want to give Coach D'Antoni credit because offensively he's put the Lakers' players in positions to be successful!"
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