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SCIENCE
February 4, 2014 | By Geoffrey Mohan, This post has been corrected, as indicated below.
Memory can be altered by new experience, and isn't nearly as accurate as courtroom testimony might have us believe, a new study suggests. The results suggest a cheeky answer to the question posed by comedian Richard Pryor: "Who you gonna believe: me, or your lyin' eyes?" Turns out, Pryor was onto something. The brain behind our eyes can distort reality or verify it, based on subsequent experience. And somewhat paradoxically, the same area of the brain appears to be strongly involved in both activities, according to a study published online Tuesday in the Journal of Neuroscience.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 2, 2014 | By Nita Lelyveld
Painful memories have the power to surface fresh and raw, even after many years. A great-grandmother once again can become a terrified little girl. A grandfather surrounded by friends and family can feel all alone in a vicious world. So it was at the Los Angeles Jewish Home in Reseda the other afternoon, when the drama club put on a play. The audience was made up almost entirely of octogenarians and nonagenarians. The cast ranged in age from 85 to 92. The performance understandably didn't rely on action.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 30, 2014 | By Glenn Whipp
Driving to Silver Lake the other day to visit his father, Leonardo DiCaprio passed through the intersection of Hollywood Boulevard and Western Avenue, the neighborhood where he spent the first nine years of his life. Back then, DiCaprio says, he'd be in the car, riding to and from school, and see micro-skirted prostitutes on every corner. In the alleyway near his home, he'd occasionally notice people smoking crack and shooting heroin. "I try to tell my godson, who lives close to that area, what it was like, how there used to be a major prostitution ring on my street corner, crime and violence everywhere.
HOME & GARDEN
January 29, 2014 | By Melissa Healy, This post has been corrected, as indicated below.
If you know that a small seahorse-shaped structure deep in the brain -- the hippocampus -- is crucial to committing new facts and skills to memory, you have not only your hippocampus to thank; you also owe a debt of gratitude to Henry Gustav Molaison, known to brain scientists worldwide as the amnesic patient "H.M. " A new study shows that in death as in life, the man who lived 55 years virtually unable to form new memories deepened our understanding of what it takes to make them.
NATIONAL
January 27, 2014 | By Matt Pearce
WASHINGTON -- At an entrance to the Mall in Columbia, Md., a black banner read, "Forever in our hearts," and flowers were quickly accumulating when the shopping center reopened Monday afternoon, two days after a shooting left three people dead, including the gunman. Amid heavy security, mall officials said they were eager to get operations back to normal.  Saturday morning, Darion Marcus Aguilar, 19, opened fire at a skate shop, killing two employees and then himself, sending hundreds of panicked shoppers and workers running for cover.
SPORTS
January 27, 2014 | By Eric Sondheimer
 Paul Blair , one of the best defensive center fielders in major-league history and a 1961 graudate of Manual Arts High, will be honored during a memorial service on Saturday at noon in the school auditorium. Blair died on Dec. 26. He was 69. He helped the Baltimore Orioles win World Series in 1966 and 1970. He received the Gold Glove eight times for his defensive prowess. He played basketball, basketball and ran track during his days at Manual Arts.   Eric.sondheimer@latimes.com  
WORLD
January 25, 2014 | By Amro Hassan
CAIRO -- Before Jan. 25, 2011, I rarely spent time in Tahrir Square. For me, like millions of other Cairenes, it was no more than a busy downtown traffic hub you'd pass through on the way to somewhere else. So it still seems surreal to recall the first protest against longtime ruler Hosni Mubarak three years ago - and the cascade of events that have taken place in the square since I was there that day reporting for the Los Angeles Times. Police easily dispersed that initial gathering of a few hundred protesters on Jan. 25, and I remember wandering around an almost empty square late that afternoon, trying to find an open eatery.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 18, 2014 | By Martha Groves
A memorial for Rose Gilbert, a beloved educator and longtime Pacific Palisades resident, will be held at 1 p.m. Jan. 26 at Mercer Hall at Palisades Charter High School. Gilbert, one of the nation's oldest teachers until her retirement last February, died Dec. 16 at age 95. She had taught literature and composition at Pali High since its opening in 1961. The program will feature presenters from several aspects of her life, organizers said. Gilbert's influence reached far beyond the classroom.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 17, 2014 | By Randy Lewis
Powerful spotlights illuminated a fresh coat of red paint, stately Roman-style columns and a renewed sense of possibility as concert-goers filed into the grand opening of the newly renovated Forum in Inglewood. "It's awesome," Leslie Yamamoto, 30, and sister Kristy, 23, said almost in unison. They'd come from Lomita with their parents Wednesday night to see the Eagles open a six-night run. "We used to come here as kids," Leslie said. "A lot of memories are coming back. " Home of the Southland's top concerts and sporting events for more than three decades, the Forum lost its luster, its resident teams and most of its revenue when Staples Center opened downtown in 1999.
SPORTS
January 16, 2014 | By Houston Mitchell
  Remember the iconic "1984" Super Bowl ad from Apple? Or the ad that had Mean Joe Greene giving his jersey to a kid? Or the Larry Bird vs. Michael Jordan ad where they are trying to one-up each other at shooting? Finally, there's a website where you can watch all your favorite Super Bowl ads in one place. Hulu AdZone , which launched Thursday, is a new website that features the greatest Super Bowl commercials of all time and will let you vote for the best ad at this year's Super Bowl.
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