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February 21, 2014 | By Mark Swed, Los Angeles Times Music Critic
Venezuela's state-supported music education marvel, El Sistema, offering free instruction to nearly 600,000 young people in all corners of the country, is not without controversy. With an increasingly restive Venezuelan public protesting human rights violations and economic dysfunction, El Sistema, an agency in the executive branch of the government, cannot escape its association with the administration of President Nicolàs Maduro. But those who argue that El Sistema has always been a program above politics and an example of positive social action that is catching on around the world had powerful evidence with the exceptional Los Angeles debut Wednesday night of the Bahia Orchestra Project.
February 21, 2014 | By David Undercoffler
They are the bad boys of Subaru's lineup. Offsetting the brand's otherwise crunchy mind-set, the WRX and WRX STI pocket rockets have worked hard to bring some tire-smoking street cred to a brand that otherwise markets its vehicles with love and puppies. Based on the humble Impreza compact sedan, both the everyman WRX and the rally-ready STI are new for 2015. The basics stay the same: turbocharging and all-wheel-drive. But both models get an overhauled chassis, a refined cabin and fresh styling.
February 17, 2014 | By Christie D'Zurilla
Pete Wentz of Fall Out Boy is expecting a baby with girlfriend Meagan Camper, a model. First using the emojis saying "man + woman = baby," the bassist wrote Monday on Instagram , " we're super excited to announce we're expecting a baby!" With it he posted a shot of himself and Camper cuddling. The two have been together for three years and, according to an interview Wentz did in January with Wendy Williams , talk about marriage "a lot. " "It's really interesting when you're in a relationship with somebody who's truly your best friend," he said.
February 13, 2014 | By Matt Wilhalme
  While much of the United States battles winter weather, the Sports Illustrated 50th-anniversary swimsuit issue will have you ready for summer. The cover, revealed during the “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” show on Thursday, features models Chrissy Teigen, Nina Agdal and Lily Aldridge striking a provocative pose in the Cook Islands near New Zealand. Their names might not sound familiar now, but the swimsuit issue has helped launch the meteoric rise of models such as Kathy Ireland, Tyra Banks and Heidi Klum.
February 12, 2014 | By Stuart Pfeifer
Prosecutors in Utah have charged a San Diego tech executive with assaulting Ariane Bellamar, a model and one of the pampered mothers on reality TV show "Beverly Hills Nannies. " The Summit County prosecutor on Tuesday accused Patrick Henry, chief executive of Entropic Communications Inc., of assaulting Bellamar on Jan. 23 at his vacation home near Park City, Utah, after a night of drinking. When Bellamar tried to call police from her cellphone, Henry snatched the device from her and threw it to the ground, smashing the glass screen, said Summit County Atty.
February 12, 2014 | By Jerry Hirsch
Toyota Motor Corp. launched a massive global recall of its popular Prius hybrid to fix a software glitch that could cause the car to stall, an aggressive reaction to counter past criticism of its slow response to defects, experts said. The Japanese automaker also said it would recall about 260,000 RAV4 sport utility vehicles, Tacoma trucks and Lexus RX350 SUVs sold in the United States to address a separate issue. The recall of the Prius, one of America's best-selling passenger cars and the top-selling vehicle in California, covers 1.9 million hybrids from the 2010 through 2014 model years.
February 9, 2014 | By Susan Denley
Former model Babette loves living "off the grid," as she puts it on her website. But that doesn't mean, ever, letting herself go. On the subject, she says: Philosophy: "It's important to keep up appearances, even when no one is looking. " Exercise: "A body in motions stays in motion. " Her friend Kathryn Moore attests that Babette routinely walks five miles a day. Skin: She likes a sun-kissed look but tans easily, so doesn't overdo it. Beauty products: "What I can find in the drugstore, nothing expensive, whatever works.
February 9, 2014 | By Andrea Chang
The gig: Jessica Herrin is founder and chief executive of Stella & Dot, a fast-growing company that sells fashion jewelry, handbags and other accessories online and via direct sales. Stella & Dot salespeople, called stylists, pay a minimum of $199 for a starter kit and sell the company's merchandise at in-home trunk show parties; they also earn money from purchases made on the brand's website and mobile app. The San Bruno, Calif., company has 370 employees and more than 18,000 active stylists in five countries.
February 6, 2014 | By Nardine Saad
Supermodel Doutzen Kroes has another little angel on the way! The Victoria's Secret model and husband Sunnery James are expecting their second child and announced the news Thursday with a nude Instagram photo of the model cradling her protruding belly. Some people just have the genes for that sort of thing ... PHOTOS: 2013 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show  |  Backstage "This is not a #throwbackthursday this is now!" the 29-year-old wrote . "So happy to share with you that we are expecting.
February 6, 2014 | By Andrea Chang and Daniel Miller
Sony Corp., a struggling electronics maker trying to regain its once stalwart status, is undertaking a major restructuring that includes the sale of its PC division, a spinoff of its TV business and layoffs of thousands of employees. The Japanese tech giant said Thursday that it had decided to shed its Vaio personal computer brand after a "comprehensive analysis of factors, including the drastic changes in the global PC industry. " It is in talks to sell Vaio to Japan Industrial Partners Inc., a Japanese investment fund.
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