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September 23, 2013 | By Hector Becerra
Authorities were at a loss to explain a wave of mayhem over the weekend that left a t least 10 people shot or stabbed to death in Los Angeles County. Ten others were injured in violence that stretched  from the High Desert city of Palmdale to the coastal community of Long Beach. "It's been going full tilt," L.A. County sheriff's Sgt. Rich Pena said. "I don't know what's going on here. " A uthorities sometimes see a spike in crime when the weather's hot and more people are outdoors, but the weekend was relatively cool.
August 7, 2013 | By Gary Goldstein
After a terrific turn in last year's fine indie drama "The Perks of Being a Wallflower," Logan Lerman is back in franchise-land. This time, the engaging young actor reprises his role as earnest demigod (that is, half human-half god) Percy Jackson in the action-fantasy "Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters. " Skippable 3-D aside, it's a serviceable, limber follow-up to 2010's "Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief," again based on a novel from the Greek mythology-inspired adventure series by Rick Riordan.
May 25, 2013 | By Anthee Carassava, Los Angeles Times
ATHENS - Costas Papanicolaou is stuffing his souvenir shop with extra merchandise and stringing his store entrance with welcome flags from umpteen countries. He's also slashing his prices by as much as 50%, and in a scheme that bears a whiff of desperation, he's even thinking of throwing a Greek toga on a Chinese employee to help lure Asian tourists. A painful but relatively peaceful year after Greece was beset by grim headlines of political pandemonium and violent protests, tourism experts and the government are expecting a surge in vacationers, and with it a boost to Greece's struggling economy.
April 29, 2013 | By Kate Mather
A Garden Grove woman was found guilty Monday of torture and aggravated mayhem after allegations that she drugged her estranged husband, tied him to a bed, cut off his penis and threw it in a garbage disposal. Catherine Kieu, 50, also was convicted of a sentencing enhancement for the personal use of a knife, the Orange County district attorney's office said. She faces a maximum possible sentence of life in prison and is scheduled to be sentenced June 28. Kieu was arrested the night of July 11, 2011, after she and her 60-year-old husband -- whose name has not been released -- apparently argued about the possibility of a friend staying at their home, prosecutors said.
April 25, 2013 | By Betsy Sharkey, Los Angeles Times Film Critic
When Michael Bay goes small, "Pain & Gain" happens. Humans handle the bone-crunching. The gore becomes gorier. The dialogue increases substantially too. Metal things may not transform, but they still make a world of hurt delivered by "Pain & Gain's" iron-pumping bodybuilders. The suddenly budget-conscious Bay shot the movie in and around his Miami mansion, so maybe that reference to "Mickey D's fries" wasn't a joke. And yet he still can't wrap up the action in less than two hours.
April 11, 2013 | By Amy Nicholson
"Disconnect" doesn't need cars, fists or guns. Its tech-obsessed characters do enough damage with their keyboards. The first narrative feature from Henry-Alex Rubin (who directed the Oscar-nominated doc "Murderball") is to smartphones what "Crash" is to racism. Call it "Send. " The weapons are social media, Web cams and chat rooms, and the attackers take turns as victims and villains. Jason Bateman, disguised in a beard, plays the father of an awkward teenager (Jonah Bobo) humiliated by a fake Facebook profile.
February 24, 2013 | By Matt Pearce
A party photographer apparently snapped some evidence in Las Vegas' recent homicide case -- a photo of the lead suspect near the scene of the crime wearing a T-shirt that featured a gun. A shooting on the Las Vegas Strip early Thursday morning that resulted in a traffic collision left three dead, triggering a manhunt for the shooting suspect, 26-year-old Ammar Harris, also known as Ammar Asim Faruq Harris. The shooting was thought to have begun after an argument in front of the Aria hotel valet stand sometime after 4 a.m. Valerie Darling, who works for a limousine company that often posts cars at the Aria, previously told the Los Angeles Times that the men involved had been inside the Aria's nightclub, called Haze.
February 23, 2013 | By Matt Pearce
The third victim killed in the wild attack on the Las Vegas Strip early Thursday morning was a Seattle-area businesswoman on her way to the airport. Sandi Sutton-Wasmund, 48, of Maple Valley, Wash., was identified by the Clark County Coroner's Office on Friday night as the passenger in a taxi that burst into flames, killing her and the driver, Michael Boldon, 62. The cause of their deaths was listed as multiple blunt-force injuries. The cab had been struck by a Maserati that lost control after being struck by bullets fired from a Range Rover on the Strip, police said.
January 25, 2013 | By Oliver Gettell
One of the more prolific butt-kickers in recent years, Jason Statham has carved out a nice niche playing the antihero with a heart of gold. His characters may break the law from time to time, but they ultimately do the right thing, stop the bad guy, save the girl, crack a few jokes and look sharp doing it. Statham's title role in the new crime thriller "Parker" (based on the Donald E. Westlake novel "Flashfire") finds the action hero up to his usual tricks, this time as a principled thief seeking revenge on his double-crossing crew.
November 20, 2012 | By David C. Nichols
Would that all indie films translated to the stage as well as “86'd” at Theatre 68. Jon Polito and Darryl Armbruster's dark comedy about collective moral equivalency in a late-night diner weathers some blips in tone and casting to hold us in uncomfortably laughing thrall. Based on the 1996 direct-to-video “Just Your Luck,” written by Todd Alcott and Gary Auerbach , “86'd” occupies an archetypal lower Manhattan greasy spoon, superbly designed by Danny Cistone . At rise, veteran cop Carl (Ed Dyer)
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