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September 11, 2004
Kevin Brown fought the wall, and the wall won. Burt Prelutsky North Hills
April 12, 2014 | Times staff and wire reports
Phyllis Frelich, a deaf actress who received a Tony award in 1980 for her performance in "Children of a Lesser God," has died at her Temple City home. She was 70. The cause of her death Thursday was progressive supranuclear palsy, her husband, Robert Steinberg, said. PSP is a rare neurological condition that also took the life of actor Dudley Moore in 2002. Born Feb. 29, 1944, in Devils Lake, N.D., Frelich was one of nine deaf children. Her parents were deaf as well. Credited with paving the way for other deaf performers, she never dreamed of acting until attending Gallaudet College, a school for the deaf in Washington, D.C. "The dream was to get out of wherever you were and meet and mingle with the cream of the deaf world, all together in one place," she told The Times in 2001.
January 3, 2010 | By Sam Farmer, Times Staff Writer
Tonight's game between the Cincinnati Bengals and the New York Jets is more than a showdown between traditional AFC strugglers who suddenly have the playoffs within reach, more even than two former USC stars going toe to toe. It's a quarterback versus his ball boy. That's right, Jets rookie Mark Sanchez was a ball boy at Santa Margarita High in Mission Viejo when Palmer was the starting quarterback. The two wound up playing for the Trojans, and both were first-round picks: Palmer No. 1 overall in 2003, and Sanchez fifth in April.
April 7, 2014 | By Matt Stevens
The cellphone video from inside a classroom at Santa Monica High School went viral late last week. It showed Mark Black, a longtime teacher and wrestling coach, swatting at a student with his arms, grabbing the teenager by the thigh and then crashing into desks and the classroom wall as he tried to execute a takedown. Moments later, Black had the young man pinned to the ground. District Superintendent Sandra Lyon called the incident "utterly alarming" and acted swiftly, placing the teacher on leave pending the outcome of an investigation.
January 30, 2010 | By Steven Zeitchik
Exactly 10 years ago, Mark Ruffalo became the toast of Sundance when "You Can Count on Me" won the Grand Jury Prize for drama and went on to become one of the year's biggest art-house hits. His career took off from there, with roles in indie classics such as "Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind" to go along with the occasional studio paycheck (including this February's "Shutter Island" directed by Martin Scorsese). A decade later, the actor was again back in Park City as a lion of the festival -- and, briefly, as its punching bag. Sundance fortunes rise and fall, but rarely do they rise and fall during the same festival.
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.
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.
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
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 6, 2014 | Eric Sondheimer
It's with great trepidation that I announce news that's going to create more nightmares for the defensive coordinators who must figure out how to stop Bellflower St. John Bosco on the football field this fall: Sean McGrew is getting faster, stronger and even better. Yes, he's the same running back who rushed for 367 yards in 17 carries and scored seven touchdowns in the CIF Open Division regional bowl game against Corona Centennial last season. Last month, he ran the 100 meters in 10.67 seconds, setting a school record.
April 3, 2014 | By Joel Rubin and Kate Mather
Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck announced Thursday he is interested in a second term as the city's top cop. In comments to reporters at a monthly media briefing, Beck said he would be "more than proud" to continue as the head of the agency should city officials make the offer. Speaking from a terrace on the top floor of the Police Department's downtown headquarters, Beck said he had conveyed his wishes to Mayor Eric Garcetti and members of the Police Commission, which oversees the LAPD.
April 3, 2014 | By Jessica Guynn and Chris O'Brien
REDWOOD CITY, Calif. - Silicon Valley, with its influence and economic clout soaring to all-time highs, is having its pop culture moment. But the stream of movies, books, even a reality TV show spotlighting nerdy start-up culture have all been widely panned locally as cheap caricatures. With Sunday's kickoff of Mike Judge's "Silicon Valley" comedy series on HBO, the geeks here say Hollywood finally gets them - even as it mocks them. "It was like watching a bizarro version of your own reality," said Tesla Motors Chief Executive Elon Musk, after the Silicon Valley premiere Wednesday night at this city's historic Fox Theatre, where stars of the show walked the red carpet and the tech glitterati came out in force.
March 31, 2014 | By Helene Elliott
Times columnist Helene Elliott rates the pluses and minuses in the NHL from the previous week: + Boston's Jarome Iginla had a big day Saturday. The classy veteran reached the 30-goal level for the 12th time in his career and tied Guy Lafleur for 24th on the career goal-scoring list with No. 560. It was a good day for the Bruins, who clinched the Atlantic Division title. On Sunday they extended their points streak to 15-0-1 and finished the month of March 15-1-1. + Montreal Canadiens prospect Tim Bozon, who was placed in a medically induced coma while being treated for meningitis, was released from a Saskatoon hospital last week.
March 31, 2014 | By Steve Chawkins
Mark Stock, a painter known for his evocative portraits of white-gloved butlers and sad, stylish women in slinky gowns, has died. He was 62. Stock, who died Wednesday at an Oakland hospital, had an enlarged heart, his publicist Charlotte Parker said. His most famous painting, "The Butler's in Love - Absinthe," a study of a butler scrutinizing a lipstick smear on an empty glass, inspired a short David Arquette film, "The Butler's in Love" (2008). It is one of more than 100 Stock paintings featuring butlers, often in poses suggesting suppressed longing or brooding disappointment.
March 27, 2014 | By Kathleen Hennessey and Noam N. Levey
WASHINGTON - With the Monday deadline still a few days away, the White House announced Thursday that more than 6 million people have signed up for health insurance through online marketplaces created by the Affordable Care Act. That number, though shy of the 7 million sign-ups the administration had once hoped for, marks a significant milestone because 6 million was the projection for this year's enrollment made last month by the nonpartisan Congressional...
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.
March 26, 2014 | By Kathleen Hennessey
BRUSSELS - The crisis over Crimea has not restarted the Cold War but has revived a "contest of ideas" between belief in powerful leaders and in democratic ideals, President Obama declared Wednesday as he laid out his case for firm opposition to Russia's annexation of the Ukrainian peninsula. Speaking in this European capital as two decades of diplomacy on the continent unraveled, Obama cast the crisis as a fight between "the old way of doing things" and "a young century. " Obama dismissed as "absurd" Russian President Vladimir Putin's justifications for annexing Crimea and sought to gird Europe for a drawn-out dispute.
March 25, 2014 | By Jessica Guynn
SAN FRANCISCO - A tiny Irvine company founded by a 21-year-old Cal State Long Beach drop-out may play a leading role in Facebook's next major bet on the future of the Internet: that virtual reality will change the way people experience the Web. Facebook said Tuesday that it was buying Oculus VR, maker of virtual reality headsets for video game players, for $2 billion. The ultimate goal of the acquisition, the giant social network said, is to create an immersive 3-D experience in which users don't just chat online with friends but grab a cup of coffee with them in a virtual cafe or travel with them to distant places, just by putting on a pair of goggles with dark lenses.
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