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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 19, 2009 | By Jack Leonard
A former security guard accused of fatally shooting an 18-year-old college student in a Palmdale parking lot nearly a decade ago was convicted of murder Friday, authorities said. The verdict caps a lengthy legal saga that began when Raymond Lee Jennings first reported finding Michelle O'Keefe's body during a routine patrol of the park-and-ride lot. Investigators found the victim, a student at Antelope Valley College, slumped in the front seat of her Ford Mustang. She had been shot four times in the chest and face.
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April 6, 2014 | By Jim Peltz
The gallery surrounded co-leaders Lexi Thompson and Michelle Wie on the first tee anticipating an 18-hole duel to win the Kraft Nabisco Championship. But the battle effectively was over after only nine holes. The 19-year-old Thompson stormed to a five-shot lead over Wie by the turn and finished three shots ahead Sunday to win her first LPGA major tournament and fourth LPGA Tour event. Thompson made a 10-foot birdie putt on the first hole at Mission Hills Country Club in Rancho Mirage and never let up until she took the winner's traditional jump into Poppie's Pond next to the 18th green.
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WORLD
April 14, 2010 | By Katherine Skiba
First Lady Michelle Obama arrived in Mexico City on Tuesday night after making a surprise detour to Haiti during her much-touted first official solo trip abroad. Obama stopped off at the impoverished Caribbean island nation to view the devastation left by a catastrophic earthquake Jan. 12. She was accompanied in Haiti by Jill Biden, the vice president's wife, before flying on her own to Mexico's capital for scheduled events Wednesday and Thursday. The trip to Haiti was not made public until the two women landed there because of concerns about security and crowd control, a White House official said.
SPORTS
April 5, 2014 | By Jim Peltz
Michelle Wie is among the best-known figures in American golf, yet she has never won an LPGA Tour event in the United States. The former teenage phenom does have two LPGA victories but they came in Mexico (in 2009) and Canada (2010). Now the 24-year-old Wie, playing some of her best golf in years, is in position to win the Kraft Nabisco Championship in Rancho Mirage, one of the LPGA's major events. Wie and 19-year-old Lexi Thompson will enter Sunday's final round as the tournament's co-leaders at 10-under-par 206. "I'm really excited that I have a good chance," Wie said.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 14, 2014 | By Gerrick D. Kennedy
While Valentine's Day playlists are undoubtedly being cued up for an evening full of romance, a slew of R&B acts are gifting fans with bundles of free tunes to soundtrack the day. Ne-Yo, JoJo, K. Michelle and Mya have all marked the romantic holiday with EPs and mixtapes. JoJo issued a three-song EP “#LOVEJO,” which pulls from an eclectic variety of inspirations. The EP features her twist on records from Anita Baker, Phil Collins and Kathleen Battle. The singer's chilled take on Collins' pop hit “Take Me Home,” courtesy of Da Internz (Rihanna, Nas)
BUSINESS
September 19, 2013 | By David Lazarus
Michelle found one of those notices outside her home saying her house number would be painted on the curb. A "donation" of $20 was requested. After the work was finished, the painters hassled Michelle for the money. She asks: Is she obliged to pay them? The answer: Nope. ASK LAZ: Smart answers to consumer questions This racket is all too common. An official-looking notice says house numbers will be painted on the curb, and the wording suggests that homeowners are on the hook for a certain amount of money.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 25, 2011 | By Brigitte Frase, Special to the Los Angeles Times
The novel "Wingshooters" is a searing, anguished novel about racial bigotry in a small, insulated Wisconsin town named Deerhorn, where people who were born there tend not to leave. These hard-working, mind-our-own-business townspeople have to contend with a biracial outsider, 9-year-old Michelle, with a Japanese mother and a white American father, who has been left with her paternal grandparents and never retrieved by her cold mother and feckless father. She comes to love her grandparents, especially Charlie Le Beau.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 13, 2011 | By Kevin Thomas, Special to the Los Angeles Times
"Skateland" covers familiar territory — the first summer out of high school, which for some teens is a time wracked with uncertainty and confusion. Yet director Anthony Burns' new film, which he wrote with Brandon and Heath Freeman, still manages to offer a particularly affecting, well-observed portrait of young people coming of age in an east Texas town in the 1980s. At the beginning of summer, Ritchie (Shiloh Fernandez) is a happy guy. He has resisted the efforts of his younger sister Mary (Haley Ramm)
NEWS
December 2, 2007 | Kelli Kennedy, Associated Press
High on prescription drugs and four days without sleep, Michael Berke raced his Harley to the megachurch where he'd found a home. He barged into the church office, cursing loudly and wearing a mesh shirt printed with profanity. In his hands he held a picture of a woman with long, red hair and pouty lips. "This is who I used to be," he said. "And this" -- he gestured to his breastless chest, bald head and red goatee -- "is who I've become." He was born a man.
SPORTS
April 23, 1986 | CHRIS DE LUCA
When Michelle Wesson of Christian High School is struggling on the mound in the late innings of a softball game, she can depend on support from her two sisters, who attend every game. Wesson's sisters, Janelle and Sara, offer Michelle more than cheers--they can provide solid hitting and fielding. The three sisters are members of the Patriot varsity team--Michelle is a junior, Janelle is a senior center fielder and Sara is a freshman left fielder.
SPORTS
April 3, 2014 | By Jim Peltz
To hear Shanshan Feng tell it, the Chinese golfer had the good fortune to be paired with Amy Alcott in Thursday's opening round of the Kraft Nabisco Championship. Alcott, 58, is the LPGA Hall of Famer who won the Kraft Nabisco Championship, one of the LPGA's five major events, three times, in 1983, '88 and '91. So Feng said she asked Alcott on the first hole, "Can you tell me the secrets about winning here?" Feng declined to reveal Alcott's answers, but whatever she said helped Feng earn the tournament's first-round lead with a six-under-par 66 at Mission Hills Country Club in Rancho Mirage.
WORLD
March 22, 2014 | By Barbara Demick
BEIJING - Michelle Obama strayed into taboo territory during a speech Saturday at China's Peking University in which she called the rights of free speech and worship "the birthright of every person on this planet. " The first lady dropped her remarks toward the end of an otherwise uncontroversial speech to Chinese and U.S. students about overseas exchange programs. "We respect the uniqueness of other cultures and societies," Obama said with a caveat nodding to Beijing's frequent protestations that Westerners don't understand their system.
NEWS
March 20, 2014 | By Susan Denley
Michelle Obama wore a color-blocked Derek Lam dress with tights as she arrived in Beijing on Thursday for a six-day visit to China accompanied by daughters Sasha and Malia and the first lady's mother. The trip is being called "family diplomacy. " [WWD] After an autopsy and  coroner's inquest, the death of fashion designer L'Wren Scott (who was also Mick Jagger's long-time girlfriend) was ruled a suicide on Wednesday. [The Hollywood Reporter] A new phone app allows you to snap pictures of clothes you see on the streets and then shop for similar pieces online.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 18, 2014 | By Booth Moore
L'Wren Scott, a towering 6-foot, 4-inch fashion figure who started modeling in her teens, created her own high-end clothing line and dressed fashion fans including Nicole Kidman and First Lady Michelle Obama, was found dead Monday. Sources differ on her age but police said she was 49. Her body was found in her New York City apartment by an assistant. Though there were widespread reports that she was found hanged, police said no criminal activity was suspected and the coroner's office is investigating.
NATIONAL
March 13, 2014 | By Lisa Mascaro
MILLEDGEVILLE, Ga. - In an Atlanta hotel ballroom, Republican candidates vying for one of this year's most competitive Senate seats sparred recently over who could best impress a mostly white, conservative-leaning audience. Among the contenders: a gun rights advocate who made a national splash with plans to raffle an AR-15 rifle; a doctor who once agreed with the suggestion that pregnancy rarely results from rape; and a third who wanted poor students to sweep cafeteria floors to pay for their government-subsidized school lunches.
NEWS
March 12, 2014 | By Susan Denley
On a trip to Manhattan on Tuesday, President Obama made an unscheduled visit to a midtown Gap to talk about raising the minimum wage and draw attention to the retailer, which has done so. And he also shopped for a jacket for First Lady Michelle Obama and sweaters for his daughters. [People] Justin Bieber wore a Dries Van Noten varsity jacket with floral-print detailing on the shoulders and sleeves to his deposition last week in Miami in a case involving a scuffle between his bodyguard and a photographer.
BUSINESS
May 3, 2013 | By Martin Eichner
Question: I have been renting an apartment to a man named Michael, who recently asked me to start calling him Michelle because, he says, he now identifies as a woman. He has also started wearing makeup and women's clothing. Both the name change and the change in dress make me uncomfortable, and I'm worried that it may make my other tenants want to leave. At least one of the other tenants has commented about the "freak" in Apartment 201 and has asked me if the "freak" has any plans to move out. Michael has been an otherwise good tenant for several years.
NEWS
July 11, 1994 | By the Editors of Ladies' Home Journal
Michelle is certain that Eric, her husband of 10 years, is going to leave her. "He says he loves me," the 35-year-old civil engineer says, "but I know he doesn't mean it. And it's all because I'm too fat." Michelle never dreamed that anyone would fall in love with an ugly, overweight girl like her. "My mother convinced me of that. And she would hit me or scream at me whenever I didn't do something right."
ENTERTAINMENT
March 6, 2014 | By Christopher Knight, Los Angeles Times Art Critic
SANTA BARBARA - Michelle Stuart and Alice Aycock are very different artists. Stuart is a kind of cartographer, mapping not just the land but our intimate experience of it. Aycock is more literary, transforming familiar themes like the intrusion of technology into nature and society's spiritual discontents into sculptures that are sometimes participatory. However, the juxtaposition of two sizable, retrospective exhibitions of their drawings at the Santa Barbara Museum of Art is fortuitous.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 27, 2014 | By Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times Film Critic
For years, decades even, Liam Neeson was an action hero hidden in plain sight. Yes, he was an impressive 6-foot-4, with the rangy physical grace of the former amateur boxing champion still visible, but the Oscar nominee for "Schindler's List" could put you away with his acting. Was it necessary or even prudent to have him throttle evildoers with his bare hands? FOR THE RECORD: "Non-Stop": A review of "Non-Stop" in the Feb. 28 Calendar section said the movie opens with air marshal Bill Marks (played by Liam Neeson)
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