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February 12, 2014 | By Meredith Blake
In news that has prompted an outcry from film geeks across the Internet, indie darling Greta Gerwig has been cast in the pilot for CBS' "How I Met Your Mother" spinoff, "How I Met Your Dad. "  Gerwig, 30, will play the female equivalent of Josh Radnor's Ted Mosby character -- in this case, a young woman named Sally, described as a female Peter Pan type. The quasi-spinoff will feature an all-new cast of characters but will take place in the same bar, Maclaren's, as "How I Met Your Mother.
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 11, 2014 | By Matt Stevens
A mother who was crossing the street with her 9-year-old daughter has died after being hit by a big rig in Hollywood early Tuesday, Los Angeles police said. The girl appeared to be in stable condition at a local hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. Police and fire personnel responded to West Sunset Boulevard and North Bronson Avenue about 7:50 a.m. after reports a car hit pedestrians. Los Angeles police Officer Wendy Reyes said a semi-truck was traveling south on Bronson Avenue when it struck the mother and her child inside a crosswalk near Joseph Le Conte Middle School.
February 7, 2014 | By Paresh Dave
A pregnant Montana teacher who alleges that she was fired from a Catholic middle school because she was not married has hired a law firm in the latest conflict between religious doctrine and shifting societal values. Shaela Evenson, 36, was fired from the Roman Catholic Diocese of Helena for violating the morality clause of her contract, the diocese said. “As with any Catholic school, we have the obligation to provide an authentically Catholic learning environment,” Supt.
February 6, 2014 | By Mark Swed, Los Angeles Times Music Critic
Driving home from a performance of Handel's "Theodora" the night Pete Seeger died, I switched on the radio. "Where Have All the Flowers Gone" was playing. It was an extraordinary concurrence. Handel's oratorio concerns political protest. Christian martyrs Theodora and her lover stand up to bad government, as Seeger so often, so famously and so effectively did. Handel's score has an unromanticized directness, another Seeger specialty. Plus Seeger, like Handel, lifted spirits, however sad the subject.
February 4, 2014 | By a Times staff writer
A Napa mother and her boyfriend accused of beating the woman's 3-year-old daughter to death did not enter pleas in court Tuesday after being charged with murder. Sara Krueger, 23, and Ryan Scott Warner, 26, were ordered to return to court Feb. 25 after Judge Michael Williams appointed lawyers to represent them, the San Francisco Chronicle reported. They were being held without bail in the death of Kayleigh Slusher . They admitted  to police that they hid the girl's body in a suitcase inside a freezer for three days, according to court documents released Tuesday.
February 2, 2014 | By Noel Murray
Dallas Buyers Club Universal, $29.98; Blu-ray, $34.98 Available on VOD beginning Tuesday As the Oscars approach, some of this year's big contenders are starting to show up on home video, including this best picture based on the true story of self-medicating Texas AIDS patient Ron Woodroof, who started slinging drugs not approved by the Food and Drug Administration to people who were similarly suffering. As both a drama and a period piece (set in the mid-1980s), "Dallas Buyers Club" tries too hard to be a crowd-pleaser, to make the audience feel superior to the doctors and bigots who stood in the way of Ron and his customers.
January 30, 2014 | By Annlee Ellingson
When a loved one dies, sometimes those left behind experience a sort of purgatory themselves, a pause seized by grief. "The Wait" opens with just such a passing of a family matriarch, and a mysterious phone call convinces Emma (Chloë Sevigny) that her mother will rise from the dead like Lazarus. Or Jesus. They just have to wait. Emma's sister Angela (Jena Malone), going through some kind of breakup, finds the situation macabre but uses the break from daily life to reclaim her sense of freedom after a relationship of neglect.
January 26, 2014 | By Anky van Deursen
Question: I own a rental home that has been occupied by a very nice tenant for more than 10 years. About two years ago, her adult son moved into the house. When I realized he was living there, I reminded my tenant that her rental agreement required every adult living in the property to be a party to my rental agreement. The son complied, which means both mother and son are now on the month-to-month agreement. But over the last several months, neighbors have told me that the son is growing marijuana in the backyard and selling it to his friends.
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