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July 4, 2012 | By Diane Pucin
WIMBLEDON, England -- BBC commentator Sue Barker summed up the atmosphere here at Wimbledon on Wednesday. "Ready for Murray mania," she said. Indeed, the fourth-seeded Murray and Spaniard David Ferrer, who was seeded seventh, played exquisite tennis Wednesday in the Wimbledon quarterfinals. The force of the hitting from both players was punishing but both players also used slices and drop shots and lobs to the delight of the Centre Court crowd, which was willing to cheer for Ferrer even though no British player has won Wimbledon since Fred Perry in 1936, which makes Murray sort of the Chicago Cubs.
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April 17, 2014 | By Betsy Sharkey, Los Angeles Times Film Critic
Perhaps at some point it will again be possible to write the name Woody Allen and go from there. But after a year marked by artistic highs and controversial lows for the filmmaker, it seems impossible. To address the elephant in the room, all you'll find on the docket today is a look at "Fading Gigolo," an amusing indie film that includes some of Allen's finest work as an actor in years. Written and directed not by Allen but John Turturro, "Fading Gigolo" is something of a tart meditation on romance and morality through the prism of the oldest profession.
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June 3, 2013 | By Jeff Gottlieb
An AEG executive testified Monday in the Michael Jackson wrongful death civil trial that he offered Dr. Conrad Murray $150,000 a month on the singer's instructions to serve as his personal physician on the "This Is It" concert series in London. Murray originally asked for a total of $5 million, which Paul Gongaware testified was ridiculous. When Gongaware later made the $150,000-a-month offer, Murray at first turned him down. "I told him the offer comes directly from the artist," Gongaware testified.
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April 3, 2014 | By Patrick Kevin Day
Suddenly, the selfie is everywhere. It's been around since forever, but Ellen DeGeneres' Oscar-night selfie has suddenly made it a pop culture "thing" for celebrities to do. Latest evidence: Bill Murray, Lady Gaga and David Letterman on Wednesday night's "Late Show. " Murray popped up continually on Letterman's show Wednesday night as he checked items off his personal bucket list. He asked, and was allowed, to deliver a joke during Letterman's monologue. And he got Letterman to air a clip from his movie, "The Grand Budapest Hotel" and read nice things off a piece of paper.
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August 29, 2013 | Thomas H. Maugh II
Although most of his fellow space scientists scoffed at the idea, Jet Propulsion Laboratory scientist Bruce C. Murray insisted that a picture of a planet's surface was worth a thousand words - or at least as much as the measurements of magnetic fields and particle concentrations that his colleagues favored in the early days of planetary exploration in the 1960s. "Pictures," said Louis Friedman, a founder and former executive director of the Planetary Society, "were considered a stunt.
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October 20, 2011 | By Victoria Kim and Harriet Ryan, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
Dr. Conrad Murray probably gave Michael Jackson 40 times more of the surgical anesthetic than he admitted to police, and left the drug running into the singer's veins even as his heart stopped beating, a leading expert on the drug testified Thursday. The testimony of anesthesiologist Steven Shafer is the most direct refutation yet of Murray's account of what happened in the hours leading up to his famous patient's death. Shafer, a Columbia University professor, said mathematical modeling based on levels of the drug found posthumously in Jackson's body debunked Murray's statement that he gave only a single 25-milligram dose of the drug shortly before Jackson's death.
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August 29, 2013 | By Geoffrey Mohan
If you are among the millions who gawk at spectacular photographs and other images from space, you may have Bruce C. Murray to thank. The former director of NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, who died Thursday , considered photography and imaging in general to be as important as the esoteric measurement of fields, radiation and particles that were the cutting edge of astronomy at the time he took the helm. When Murray's tenure began in 1976, most researchers there considered visual imagery a "stunt" unworthy of time and money.
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May 23, 2013 | By Jeff Gottlieb and Corina Knoll, Los Angeles Times
The central question in the Michael Jackson wrongful-death trial is who employed Dr. Conrad Murray: Jackson or concert promoter AEG. In testimony that appeared to undercut AEG's claims that the doctor worked for Jackson, a company executive said Thursday that negotiations over Murray's $150,000-a-month contract did not include the singer or his advisors. He also said that the performer's camp never saw the drafts of the agreement. The admission by Shawn Trell, AEG Live's senior vice president and general counsel, appeared to help the Jackson family members who insist the company negligently hired and supervised Murray, now serving time for involuntary manslaughter after giving the singer a fatal dose of the anesthetic propofol.
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January 8, 2011 | By Harriet Ryan, Los Angeles Times
After three days of testimony about the medical care Dr. Conrad Murray gave Michael Jackson, prosecutors shifted their focus Friday to the physician's complicated personal life, summoning to the witness stand two former girlfriends and his current mistress. Only one of the women, a Santa Monica actress with whom the married doctor now lives, testified at length about her relationship. But the decision to call the witnesses suggested prosecutors may attempt to connect Murray's numerous and expensive affairs to his desire to obtain and keep the job as Jackson's $150,000-a-month personal physician.
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April 15, 2011 | By Victoria Kim, Los Angeles Times
Prosecutors want jurors at Dr. Conrad Murray's manslaughter trial to hear about how, in the hours leading up to Michael Jackson's death, the singer's physician was talking to one woman on his cellphone and texting another while a third repeatedly called him. In papers filed Thursday, Deputy Dist. Attys. David Walgren and Deborah Brazil wrote that the details of Murray's relationships with the three women should be allowed at trial because it was "relevant to show Dr. Murray's level of inattentiveness and distraction while he was responsible for the care of Mr. Jackson.
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April 3, 2014 | By Mikael Wood
Lady Gaga, as you may have heard, is currently in the middle of a run of concerts at New York's Roseland Ballroom, the historic venue's final engagement before it closes its doors after half a century on West 52nd Street in Manhattan. Something else you may have heard: Lady Gaga is currently battling a perception -- one that began to creep up when sales of last year's "Artpop" didn't quite meet expectations -- that she no longer matters. So Wednesday night, the pop star dropped by "Late Show with David Letterman" to talk up the Roseland gigs -- and to remind everyone that she can still cause a stir.
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March 26, 2014 | By Michael D. Sorkin
Murray Weidenbaum taught students at Washington University in St. Louis and presidents in the White House that government should get out of the way and let people and businesses work as hard as they can to achieve as much as they can. He preached deregulation, and his syndicated newspaper columns caught the eye of Ronald Reagan, who in 1980 was running for president. Reagan took Weidenbaum to the White House as his top economic advisor. At first, the administration used tax cuts to fight high unemployment and inflation.
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March 21, 2014 | By Chuck Schilken
Ivan Lendl has helped Andy Murray reach incredible heights the last two years, as the British tennis star transformed from a four-time Grand Slam runner-up into a two-time major champ and Olympic gold medalist. Now the coach and player are parting ways, with the two announcing their decision with a mutual statement Wednesday on Murray's blog. “I'm eternally grateful to Ivan for all his hard work over the past two years, the most successful of my career so far,” wrote Murray, who returned from back surgery before losing in the quarterfinals at the Australian Open and in the fourth round at Indian Wells this season.
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March 7, 2014 | By Susan King, Los Angeles Times
Don Murray is a man of convictions. When he was 19 and working as an usher at CBS in New York City for $17 a week while attending the American Academy of Dramatic Arts, Murray turned down an offer to sign a contract with Universal for a whopping $150 a week. FOR THE RECORD: Don Murray: An article in the March 7 Calendar section about a UCLA film event honoring actor Don Murray gave the actor's age as 83. He is 84. "They could put you in whatever picture they wanted," explained the genial actor, 83, over the phone recently from his home in Santa Barbara.
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February 28, 2014 | By Rick Schultz
In his recital on Thursday at the Valley Performing Arts Center in Northridge, his first in Southern California since 2009, Murray Perahia displayed a breathtaking drive and imagination playing the music of Bach, Beethoven, Schumann and Chopin. The 66-year-old pianist seemed especially focused. Opening with Bach's French Suite No. 4, Perahia's dreamy rendition of the Allemande gave way to a visceral feel for the rhythms of these Baroque dances, including a jig-like Courante and a crisply articulated Gavotte, Menuet and Gigue.
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February 13, 2014 | By Patrick Kevin Day
Bill Murray talked to Charlie Rose for the full hour of Rose's PBS program this week. Like most interviews with the great Murray, it was full of great, candid insight and this time, Rose even got Murray to reveal what he was planning to say for his Oscar acceptance speech. You may recall Murray received his first and only Oscar nomination in 2004 for playing the lead opposite Scarlett Johansson in Sofia Coppola's "Lost in Translation. " However, he lost out to Sean Penn, who starred in "Mystic River.
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May 21, 2013 | By Jeff Gottlieb, Los Angeles Times
Dr. Conrad Murray, who administered the fatal dose of the anesthetic propofol to Michael Jackson, did not have a signed contract with the promoter of the London concerts by the singer, who died two weeks before they were scheduled to begin. Whether the contract was valid is a major issue in the wrongful death suit Jackson's mother and three children have filed against Anschutz Entertainment Group. Murray, who worked with the singer for two months to prepare him for the concerts, signed his contract the night before Jackson died, but neither the singer nor a company executive signed.
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November 27, 2012 | Thomas H. Maugh II, Special to The Times
Since ancient times, surgeons have dreamed of transplanting healthy organs into patients disabled by disease and injury, but the human body's powerful immune system stymied all such attempts, leading many observers to conclude that the procedure was impossible. But on Dec. 23, 1954, Dr. Joseph E. Murray of Peter Bent Brigham Hospital in Boston removed a healthy kidney from 23-year-old Ronald Herrick and implanted it in his identical twin, Richard, who was dying of severe kidney disease.
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February 7, 2014 | By Amy Hubbard
Tilda Swinton, as usual, made a strong fashion impression, with flat, feathered sandals and a tuxedo with a ruffle at the opening of the Berlin International Film Festival. "The Grand Budapest Hotel," in which Swinton stars along with Bill Murray, Edward Norton, Ralph Fiennes, Saoirse Ronan and others, launched the European event Thursday night. The film, by Wes Anderson, is set to open in the United States on March 7. Swinton, whose hair color has varied, had high, platinum-blond curls and bright lipstick and toes for the event, which also featured costar Murray in a dapper hat. The fashion choices were in keeping with the film.
SPORTS
January 27, 2014 | By Lance Pugmire and Lisa Dillman
His team has the NHL's best record, just swept the rival Kings in consecutive games and is getting career seasons from stars and others alike. Yet, Ducks General Manager Bob Murray is taking nothing for granted, telling The Times in a telephone interview Monday that he and his staff spent an hour mulling ways to improve the roster earlier in the day. "This is no different than any year; you're always trying to get better, never satisfied," Murray...
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