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March 11, 2014 | By Meredith Blake
For “Mad Men” creator and show runner Matthew Weiner, the reality is beginning to sink in. The series returns to AMC for the first half of its seventh and final season in April, and Weiner is currently toiling away on Episode 9 -- leaving just five episodes until the story of elusive ad man Don Draper reaches its conclusion. “There is a weird psychology to saying 'OK, there's five episodes left, three stories an episode. That's 15 stories left to tell in the entire show.' That's pretty overwhelming,” said Weiner in a telephone interview Tuesday.
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SPORTS
March 9, 2014 | By Gary Klein
Amane Gobena glanced over her shoulder several times as she approached the final stretch of Sunday's L.A. Marathon. Gobena, of Ethiopia, wanted to make sure that no one could threaten her shot at a $75,000 payday. She had no need to worry. Gobena won the women's race in 2 hours 27 minutes 37 seconds to earn $25,000. Countryman Gebo Burka won the men's race in 2:10:37, but his time was not fast enough to overcome the 17-minute 41-second head start afforded the women as part of the event's $50,000 gender challenge.
SPORTS
March 9, 2014 | By Gary Klein
Amane Gobena of Ethiopia won the women's race and Gebo Burka of Ethiopia won the men's race in the 29th Asics L.A. Marathon. Gobena, 31, won in 2 hours 27 minutes 37 seconds, collecting $25,000 for the victory. Burka, 26, clocked a 2:10:37 to win a marathon for the first time. He also won $25,000. Gobena won $50,000 for winning the gender "challenge. " The women were given a 17:41 head start and Gobena finished 41 seconds ahead of Burka. Joshua George won the men's wheelchair race in 1:33:11.
SPORTS
March 7, 2014 | By David Wharton
The thrill of winning a gold medal at the 2014 Sochi Olympics has yet to wear off for Shannon Szabados. Not even close. Earlier this week, the Canadian women's goalie was called to help out at practice with the Edmonton Oilers, who had traded their backup goalie and were waiting for Viktor Fasth to arrive from the Ducks. Now, Szabados says she has an offer to finish the season with the Columbus (Ga.) Cottonmouths of the Southern Professional Hockey League. "I had been talking to this team last year," she told Sportsnet 590 The Fan radio in Canada, addiing: "This isn't confirmed yet ... but it's well on its way. " Szabados has trained with NHL veterans in the summer and said that she played university hockey with several Columbus players.
SPORTS
March 7, 2014 | Bill Dwyre
Remember when we used to have exciting, successful men's tennis players from the United States? Come on. Think hard. Press those thumbs to your temples. Some hints. John McEnroe. Jimmy Connors. Pete Sampras. Michael Chang. Jim Courier. Andre Agassi. Remember Andy Roddick? That wasn't even that long ago. All these guys won majors, some of them lots. All of them had a fire in their bellies, and the thought of losing wasn't on their radar. Roddick was the last man from the U.S. to win a major, if you can believe that.
SPORTS
March 6, 2014 | Wire Reports
LAS VEGAS - Evan Payne scored 19 points as 10th-seeded Loyola Marymount edged past No. 7 seed Portland, 67-64, on Thursday night and advanced to the quarterfinals in the West Coast Conference tournament. The game stayed within a two-point margin through the last five minutes, with four lead changes and one tie until Nick Stover hit a layup and two free throws to give the Lions a four-point advantage with 12 seconds left. Stover and Anthony Ireland scored 14 points each. The Lions (13-18)
NEWS
March 6, 2014 | By Adam Tschorn
Suit-and-tie guys don't traditionally have a lot of real estate to accessorize -- the wrist, the lapel and occasionally the left breast pocket. That's why a recently launched collaboration between Cole Haan and Hook + Albert -- a la carte leather shoe tassels that quickly convert traditional loafers into nattily tasseled versions of same -- caught our attention. According to a company representative, Scarborough, Maine-based Cole Haan, a brand that's been making footwear and accessories as far back as 1928, approached the Hook + Albert folks (who brought the boutonniere business back to full bloom a few years back with their knit lapel flowers)
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 6, 2014 | By Veronica Rocha
A Glendale man accused of killing his estranged boyfriend  to collect on his life insurance policy was ordered to stand trial Wednesday on murder charges. Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Hayden Zacky ruled that sufficient evidence was presented during a three-day preliminary hearing to move forward with a trial against Hovanes Maskovian, 34, as well his brother Hachik “Kriss” Maskovian, 29, and a friend, 20-year-old Nazaret “Nick” Bayamdzhyan, the Glendale News-Press reported . “I think I am convinced as to what occurred,” Zacky said in a San Fernando courtroom.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 6, 2014 | By Adolfo Flores
A 21-year-old man was killed and another critically wounded after three men were fired upon Wednesday at close range in a Harbor City parking lot. Shailo Leafa of Torrance died at the hospital after he was struck at least once, said Los Angeles police Lt. Eric Holyfield. Another man who was also hit remained in critical condition Thursday. The third person was not hit. HOMICIDE REPORT: A story for every victim The shooter, or shooters, approached the three men at 9:40 p.m. in a parking lot in the 200 block of Western Avenue before firing multiple rounds, Holyfield said.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 6, 2014 | by Scott Collins
HBO is a great place to create a TV show - if you're a white guy. So says a new report by Huffington Post TV critic Maureen Ryan, who argues that the premium cable channel - home of such acclaimed series as "True Detective," "Game of Thrones" and "Boardwalk Empire" - is almost exclusively the province of white male writer-producers. Or, as the story refers to such people, "narrative architects. " "Guess how many women or people of color have been a creator or narrative architect on a one-hour HBO drama or miniseries since 2008 (the year after 'The Sopranos' ended)
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