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September 11, 2004
Kevin Brown fought the wall, and the wall won. Burt Prelutsky North Hills
April 27, 2014 | By Ben Bolch
OAKLAND -- A week after he preached to a congregation that included some of his players at a Van Nuys church, Mark Jackson found himself delivering a different kind of sermon. The Golden State Warriors coach and ordained minister, speaking to the media Sunday before Game 4 of his team's first-round playoff series against the Clippers, described allegedly racist remarks attributed to Clippers owner Donald Sterling as “unfortunate, disappointing and [there's] no place in society for those thoughts or that mentality.
November 16, 2008 | David Colker
It's never too early to make shopping plans for the day after Thanksgiving, traditionally the high holy day of bargains. You already can find advertisements issued by national retailers for the day, aka Black Friday, at and The latter is more gossipy and fun, but both deliver plenty of good information for bargain hunting. Now, if only they included secret parking scenarios for malls. -- David Colker
April 26, 2014 | David Colker
Mark Shand - brother of Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall - was a modern version of the eccentric, slightly bumbling British adventurer. And he came by it honestly. He once walked and canoed across Indonesia for 12 days to get to a place where he could phone his mother. "And after all this enormous trouble," Shand told the Evening Standard in London in 2010, "I got through to the home number and said, 'Hi, Ma, it's me,' and she said, 'I can't talk to you now, I'm watching "Coronation Street.
May 2, 2011 | By Michael A. Memoli, Washington Bureau
President Obama will travel to New York on Thursday to mark the killing of Osama bin Laden and honor the victims of the Sept. 11 attacks during a visit to the World Trade Center site. Obama will also meet with the families of the victims of the attack on the trade center, a White House spokesman said. In Sunday night's historic announcement of Bin Laden's death, Obama recalled the horror of the attacks nearly 10 years ago. "The images of 9/11 are seared into our national memory -- hijacked planes cutting through a cloudless September sky; the twin towers collapsing to the ground," he recalled.
March 25, 2011 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Travel & Deal blogger
Earth Hour will come early to Los Angeles International Airport. The ring of 15 100-foot-tall towers near the airport's entrance will light up a solid green at 7:30 p.m. -- an hour before Earth Hour -- and remain illuminated for 60 minutes. Then the lights will go out from 8:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., an airport news release says. The airport is joining a climate-change awareness campaign in which millions worldwide are expected to shut off their lights for one hour starting at 8:30 p.m.  all over the world.
January 12, 2012 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Travel & Deal blogger
The Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco turns 75 this year with a birthday bash festival over Memorial Day weekend, a new visitor center and new guided tours. There's a lot going on (75 events during the year) to mark the day the first car rolled over the bridge on May 27, 1937. So what's changed in 7 1/2 decades? It has become San Francisco's most iconic landmark and the centerpiece of a national parkland flanked by two former U.S. Army posts, Ft. Baker and the Presidio. About 10 million tourists visit the bridge every year, and this year's festivities will probably boost that number.  The two-day Golden Gate Festival on May 26 and 27 will feature entertainment and exhibits from the bridge to Fisherman's Wharf and Pier 39. By then, at the south side of the bridge, a new Bridge Pavilion will be open as a visitor center and museum store, the current Round House at the site will become an education center and guided tours lasting 45 minutes to an hour will be led during the day and, for the first time, at night too. And there also will be a green-screen photo area where visitors can take pictures of themselves in front of the virtual bridge.
June 7, 1987
Carl Woodend and Reed Nessel, principals of Woodend, Nessel & Friends Inc., San Diego public relations firm, are observing their 15th year in business.
April 27, 1991
Highland Hall High second baseman Tum Ratanatraiphob became the Southern Section career stolen-base leader after stealing three in the Hawks' 24-3 nonleague Small Schools Division victory Friday over Westview at Granada Hills Recreation Center. Ratanatraiphob entered the game with 111 stolen bases, two behind record-holder Dave McLelland, who swiped 113 bases from 1977-80 at Rio Hondo Prep.
October 11, 2007
Re: "A Sturdy Canopy, With a Catch" [Oct. 4]: It was interesting to learn something new about carob trees. Despite the fact that the pods can indeed be a nuisance, I found a use for them in my classroom. The dried pods make wonderful rhythm instruments for elementary school students for music lessons. When the pods crack and break, which they do over time, they are easily and cheaply replaced.
April 25, 2014 | By David Willman
WASHINGTON - Amid concerns about its effectiveness and multibillion-dollar cost, the Department of Homeland Security has canceled plans to install an automated technology that was meant to speed the 24-hour operations of BioWatch, the national system for detecting a biological attack. The cancellation of the "Generation 3" acquisition was made Thursday at the direction of Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson, according to a memorandum circulated by Michael V. Walter, the BioWatch program manager.
April 23, 2014 | By Randy Lewis
After spending 2013 ensconced in Brooklyn, the MTV Video Music Awards return to Southern California this year, landing Aug. 24 at the Forum in Inglewood. It will mark the first awards show at the arena since it reopened earlier this year after a $100-million makeover by Madison Square Garden Co. "Every year we ask the question, 'How do we do it differently?'" MTV President Stephen Friedman told The Times. "We had never done it at the Forum. When we heard it was being overhauled and really elevated in terms of quality and sound and look, this year we felt like the Forum would be a perfect place to do it. " The VMA ceremony has been held in a variety of locations over the years, last year at the Barclays Center arena in Brooklyn, and previously at Staples Center and the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles, and Radio City Music Hall in New York.
April 23, 2014 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Zynga's Mark Pincus will no longer be involved with the day-to-day operations at the company he co-founded seven years ago. The announcement came Wednesday morning along with the company's results for the first quarter . Pincus led Zynga to fame and Facebook success years ago with the release of numerous social games that gained wide followings, including "FarmVille," "Words With Friends," "CityVille" and several others.  But in...
April 23, 2014 | By Steve Appleford
In a dark little room called the Whiskey Kitchen, the four rockers who collectively call themselves Off! are nearly done with basic tracks for a new album, "Wasted Years. " Most of it has been recorded to tape on this Sunday before Christmas, and the sound is raw and snarling, and growing heavier with each take. Crowded into one corner with his amplifier is Dimitri Coats, shaking his auburn curls and slashing at a white electric guitar in a Circle Jerks T-shirt. Most of the songs are done in one or two passes, but they're about to make a rare third try on the song "Meet Your God. " "We've done the majority of our critical listening in the moment," says Coats, who also produces the band's albums.
April 22, 2014 | Helene Elliott
The Kings tried to reestablish their identity Tuesday and climb back into their first-round playoff series against San Jose. However, the resilient but still-flawed performance now leaves them facing an early end to their season. And, maybe, to an era. It wasn't enough that they shook off the two beatdowns they had absorbed in the first two games at San Jose and put together strong stretches Tuesday at Staples Center. Patrick Marleau's backhander off the stick of Kings defenseman Slava Voynov 6 minutes and 20 seconds into overtime gave San Jose a 4-3 victory and put the Kings on the brink of being swept out of the playoffs.
April 22, 2014 | Patt Morrison
"Fracking" - now there's a word that just begs for a bumper sticker. Short for "hydraulic fracturing" - the process of breaking open rock with high-pressure liquids to get at otherwise untappable oil and natural gas - fracking conjures up a welcome energy boom for some, ecological disaster for others. Mark Zoback - Stanford geophysicist since 1984, member of the National Academy of Engineering's Deepwater Horizon investigation committee, personal "decarbonizer," fracking expert - sees the problems and the potential for California.
August 14, 1986
Harry (Bud) Heslet says his California League hitting records aren't likely to be broken because today's best players usually don't stick around long enough to challenge season marks. In 1956, Heslet hit 51 home runs and batted in 172 runs during the 140-game California League season for the Visalia Cubs. He easily broke the league's previous records of 40 homers and 156 runs batted in. Heslet says he won't mind if someone breaks his records, but doubts that will happen.
June 15, 1985
This championship shall go down as the sweetest in L.A. history. CHUCK RICHARDS Goleta
April 21, 2014 | By Mary Forgione, Daily Deal and Travel Blogger
Finn, a large Irish wolfhound, spends some of his time cheering up travelers at Los Angeles International Airport. One day after a gunman opened fire at Terminal 3 and left a Transportation Security Administration officer dead last November, Finn was on the job. A member of LAX's Pets Unstressing Passengers, or PUPS program , Finn moved in and out of boarding gates, stopping for some petting and love from passengers. "I think after the shooting, Finn attracted attention because he represented something comforting," owner Brian Valente said in an airport statement.
April 21, 2014 | By Michael Miller and Rhea Mahbubani
Fourteen years ago, a group of movie lovers banded together to organize the first Newport Beach Film Festival. For the opening-night attraction at Fashion Island, they chose "Sunset Blvd.," the 1950 Billy Wilder drama which famously features a faded Hollywood actress snapping, "I am big. It's the pictures that got small!" As co-founder Todd Quartararo fretted outside the Edwards Big Newport 6 theater before showtime, though, he was more concerned about the size of the crowd than the size of the pictures.
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