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October 23, 1998 | JEFF GOTTLIEB, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Olympic sprint champion Florence Griffith Joyner died after suffering an epileptic seizure, according to autopsy results released Thursday, and her family and friends say they hope the findings will put to rest rumors that drug use contributed to her death. Griffith Joyner died last month in her sleep at age 38. Her husband, Al Joyner, bitterly criticized those who suggested that she took performance-enhancing drugs.
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April 26, 2014 | By Meredith Blake
NEW YORK - John Oliver will have the crab cakes - but that's all, thanks. In a private dining room at HBO's plush headquarters overlooking Bryant Park in midtown Manhattan, a waitress in a crisp black uniform asks the 37-year-old comedian if he'd like anything else - perhaps some soup or salad? He declines with a polite insistence that suggests he's not quite used to all the luxurious trappings. Then, as soon as the waitress leaves the room, he launches into a riff about possibly sinister deeds going on behind the scenes at HBO. "I don't know what happens here," he says, "This is, like, unsettlingly nice.
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April 23, 2014 | By Ed Stockly
Customized TV Listings are available here: www.latimes.com/tvtimes Click here to download TV listings for the week of April 20 - 26, 2014 in PDF format This week's TV Movies SERIES KTLA Morning News In segments airing Thurday and Friday starting at 5 a.m. and repeating throughout the morning newscasts, anchor Chris Schauble concludes his six-month search for his birth family. 5 a.m. KTLA Chicagoland In the unscripted series' finale, Mayor Rahm Emanuel lays out his vision of the city.
SPORTS
February 17, 1993 | From Staff and Wire Reports
Al Ames, 68, sports editor of the Glendale News-Press for 33 years before retiring in 1985, died of injuries suffered when he was struck by a car near his home in Greenwich, England.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 21, 1999 | ERIKA MILVY, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
"WASHINGTON--In a measure strongly supported by Republicans and Democrats alike, Congress passed legislation Monday budgeting an additional $540 million for evil for fiscal year 1998-9," begins a news story in a deceptively authentic-looking online news source, the Onion. "The allotment marks the most significant increase in federal evil funding since the approval of a 30% hike in budgetary evil subsidies in November 1996." The Onion (http://www.theonion.
BUSINESS
June 9, 1998 | From Reuters
The number of Americans reading news on the Internet at least once a week has more than tripled in the last two years, according to a survey released Monday. But those who go online for news do not appear to cut their consumption of news from other sources such as newspapers and television, the Pew Research Center said.
NEWS
September 20, 1992 | N.F. MENDOZA, Times Staff Writer
"The show is really for kids not about kids," emphasized 14-year-old Tania Mendoza, Los Angeles bureau chief of News for Kids. "On the regular news, they use a lot of big words and we're left hanging. We interview people who we think know what's happening and break it down for kids to understand." Tania is one of five adolescent bureau chiefs who report for the show. The other correspondents are in Atlanta, Boston, San Fransico and Washington.
WORLD
April 10, 2010 | By Lily Kuo
Sunday is a slow night for the Beijing Hooters girls. Jiang Xin -- or Summer, as her name tag reads -- takes the opportunity to teach the new hires one of their dance routines. With smoky dark eyes and her all-black trainer uniform, 24-year-old Jiang is sexy, smoldering and standoffish until she smiles. This she does when she gently admonishes the girls to loosen up, laugh, and stop tugging at the bottoms of their shorts. Hooters in Beijing is much like its American counterpart.
WORLD
January 7, 2010 | By John M. Glionna
He rarely leaves his secure confines in Pyongyang, but Asian news reports cite signs that reclusive North Korean strongman Kim Jong Il is preparing for a trip to Beijing. Kim, who is believed to have traveled to China four times since 2000, two of them in the month of January, could be ready to announce his nation's return to the six-party nuclear disarmament talks, some analysts say. North Korea's desperate economy, weakened by international sanctions after Pyongyang's nuclear and missile tests last year, could force Kim back to the bargaining table in the hopes of extracting food and financial aid. Kim's previous trips abroad have signaled new business ventures or a renewed push for nuclear talks.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 10, 2014 | By Meg James
ABC News has a new accent. James Goldston, a veteran producer who began his career at the BBC in his native Britain, on Thursday was named president of ABC News. The move completed an executive shuffle that began a month ago when Anne Sweeney , president of the Disney/ABC Television Group, said she would leave the company early next year. Goldston, 45, replaces Ben Sherwood, who was named Sweeney's replacement as president of the company's Burbank-based entertainment channels, including ABC, ABC Family and the Disney Channel.
SPORTS
April 9, 2014 | By Ben Bolch
The word on Blake Griffin has changed. All he does is debunk. Lest anyone is still clinging to the ridiculous belief that he is just a dunking marvel, the Clippers forward offered another retort Wednesday night at Staples Center. He led fastbreaks. He made midrange jumpers. He flung smart passes to open teammates. Problem was, not enough of those teammates showed up during the Clippers' too-little, too-late 107-101 loss to the Oklahoma City Thunder. Griffin and Chris Paul came to play, but they aren't going to take the Clippers anywhere playing two on five.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 4, 2014 | By Robert Lloyd, Los Angeles Times Television Critic
In a flurry of unexpected tweets and hastily assembled blog posts, the news went out across America and the world that David Letterman is retiring from CBS's "Late Show," which he has hosted for 21 years, sometime in 2015, or as he put it "2015, for the love of God. " The first report came, reportedly, from Mike Mills, formerly the bassist of R.E.M., who was on the "Late Show" set to play behind musical guest Joseph Arthur, and heard Letterman's unexpected...
BUSINESS
April 2, 2014 | By Roger Vincent
The former home of the Hollywood Citizen News newspaper, now an office building, has been sold for more than $14.5 million to Los Angeles investor SE Edinger. Brentwood Capital Partners sold the two-story building at 1545 Wilcox Ave., said real estate broker Trevor Belden of Industry Partners. Constructed in 1930, the  art deco structure designed by architect Francis D. Rutherford was the production headquarters for the Hollywood Citizen News. The newspaper operated under various owners from the 1930s to the early 1970s.
SPORTS
April 1, 2014 | By Dylan Hernandez
SAN DIEGO - For the Dodgers, the start of this season is beginning to feel uncomfortably similar to the start of the last. In fact, this could turn out worse. The Dodgers did beat the San Diego Padres on Tuesday, 3-2, to improve to 3-1. But the good news ended there. Not only did Manager Don Mattingly have to concede that ace Clayton Kershaw was unlikely to pitch this month because of a strained back muscle, he said $10-million setup man Brian Wilson was about to join the sidelined ace on the 15-day disabled list.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 1, 2014 | By Ryan Faughnder
Maria Bartiromo's new Sunday morning show on Fox News Channel opened with strong ratings, according to data from Nielsen.  "Sunday Morning Futures with Maria Bartiromo," which airs each week at 7 a.m. PT (10 a.m. ET), averaged 1.078 million viewers, more than the combined total audience for "Fareed Zakaria GPS" on CNN and the first hour of "Melissa Harris-Perry" on MSNBC.  Among 25-to-54-year-olds, the most coveted demographic for news programming, "Sunday Morning Futures" delivered 312,000 viewers, up 19% compared with Fox News' average in the time slot so far this year.  ON LOCATION: Where the cameras roll Bartiromo's coverage focused largely on the sign-up deadline for the Affordable Care Act, and guests included Cleveland Clinic Chief Executive Toby Cosgrove, former Treasury Secretary Lawrence Summers and drug company Merek's chief executive, Kenneth Frazier.
SPORTS
March 31, 2014 | By Helene Elliott
Times columnist Helene Elliott rates the pluses and minuses in the NHL from the previous week: + Boston's Jarome Iginla had a big day Saturday. The classy veteran reached the 30-goal level for the 12th time in his career and tied Guy Lafleur for 24th on the career goal-scoring list with No. 560. It was a good day for the Bruins, who clinched the Atlantic Division title. On Sunday they extended their points streak to 15-0-1 and finished the month of March 15-1-1. + Montreal Canadiens prospect Tim Bozon, who was placed in a medically induced coma while being treated for meningitis, was released from a Saskatoon hospital last week.
BUSINESS
March 31, 2014 | By Salvador Rodriguez
More than a year ago, Facebook unveiled plans for a drastic redesign of its website's News Feed that would place a greater emphasis on pictures and look a lot more like the social network's mobile app. Ultimately, Facebook discarded that look and went with a less drastic redesign, and the reason for that decision was that many of the company's users still have older computers and laptops, according to a blog post by Julie Zhuo, the social network's...
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