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February 19, 2014 | By Mark Swed, Los Angeles Times Music Critic
Wherever he goes, Los Angeles Philharmonic music director Gustavo Dudamel is hailed as a symbol of El Sistema, Venezuela's model music education program. But Tuesday Dudamel arrived in L.A. as the subject of criticism for not speaking out against Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro's policies. Just off the plane from Caracas, the Venezuelan capital, and sitting in his office at Walt Disney Concert Hall with an espresso and poring over a Wagner opera score, Dudamel gave his first interview about his situation at home.
February 19, 2014 | By Robert J. Lopez
Former Los Angeles news anchor Bree Walker was arrested on suspicion of DUI in Anaheim, police said Wednesday night. Walker, 61, was  stopped at 12:35 a.m. near the intersection of Beach Boulevard and Ball Road and was arrested at 1:47 a.m., said Anaheim Lt. Tim Schmidt. She was booked and released. Walker was a respected fixture on L.A. television and worked at KCBS-TV Channel 2 in the 1980s and 1990s. She was caught up in an on-air scandal in 1990 when she became romantically involved with co-anchor Jim Lampley while they were still married to other people.  The two later married but were divorced in 2000.
February 18, 2014 | By Robert J. Lopez
Oakland police Wednesday night were looking for suspects who used guns to rob a Bay Area News Group photographer. Veteran photographer Ross Cameron was on assignment Tuesday morning at 29th and West streets in West Oakland when two men with guns confronted him, the Oakland Tribune reported . The robbers got away with two cameras and two lenses. They were seen leaving the area in a car. Another photographer with the Bay Area New Group, as well as several other television camera crews, have been robbed in Oakland in recent years.
February 14, 2014 | By Patrick Kevin Day
If you watch local news, especially in the days before Valentine's Day, then chances are good you've heard this phrase: "Those with a special someone may look to their mobile device to help them say 'I love you.'" Sound familiar? If not, it definitely will after watching this segment from Thursday night's "Conan" in which Conan O'Brien once again pointed out the depressing sameness of local news around that country with prepackaged stories that various anchors read with varying degrees of inflection.
February 13, 2014 | By Susan Denley
Are Kermit and Miss Piggy finally tying the knot? Probably not. But Vivienne Westwood designed a wedding gown for the stylish porker to wear in her latest movie, "Muppets Most Wanted. " [Vogue UK] Gwyneth Paltrow, Diane Kruger, Reese Witherspoon, Gerard Butler and Benedict Cumberbatch brought out the star power at Hugo Boss' New York Fashion Week show on Wednesday. [Los Angeles Times] It's not what she wore but what she didn't that has Lebanese Olympic skier Jackie Chamoun in a pickle.
February 11, 2014 | By Kevin Baxter
COLUMBIA, Mo. - Craig Kuligowski heard the words, but at first they didn't register. In nearly three decades in college football, the University of Missouri defensive line coach had come to view summer team-building sessions as a typically uneventful training camp exercise. So he wasn't expecting different on a sweltering day last August when he gathered 15 players in a nondescript, windowless meeting room on the first floor of the Mizzou Athletic Training Complex. There, beneath seven black-and-gold placards professing an adherence to teamwork, camaraderie and character, one of the players tested whether those were core values or just empty words.
February 11, 2014 | By Patrick Kevin Day
NBC News special correspondent Tom Brokaw revealed on Tuesday that he has been diagnosed with multiple myeloma, a type of cancer than affects the white blood cells in bone marrow. The 74-year-old former anchor of "NBC Nightly News" is currently contributing to the network's Winter Olympics coverage in Sochi. He released a statement through the network. "With the exceptional support of my family, medical team and friends, I am very optimistic about the future and look forward to continuing my life, my work and adventures still to come," he says.
February 9, 2014 | By Oliver Gettell
"Nymphomaniac" star Shia LaBeouf continued his recent bizarre behavior, this time at the Berlin International Film Festival on Sunday, first walking out of a media conference after cryptically responding to a single question, and later showing up for the film's red-carpet premiere wearing a paper bag with the words "I am not famous anymore" written on it. About 10 minutes into the media session for "Nymphomaniac: Volume I," the first of two installments...
February 8, 2014
Re "Media upheaval is bad news," Column, Feb. 2 Michael Hiltzik rightly spotlights the fact that hard news is sharply declining in many newer forms of media. Commentary, often poorly worded, is disguised as news, even at outlets that have admitted they are subordinating high standards of journalism to pursuit of high advertising revenues available when the audience is large. Worse, many are politically partisan and tend to attract people who are unsophisticated and use these commentators as their only source of "news.
February 7, 2014 | By Jeffrey Fleishman
In an old, whitewashed motel, where folklore has it studio executives once brought their secretaries for "lunch," Robert Greenwald, a mercurial man trailed by insults and death threats, leads a small band of filmmakers dedicated to unnerving political and corporate powers with righteous anger and quick-cut editing. Greenwald embodies the populism of George Bailey and the sly delight of a spy handed a secret dossier. His Brave New Films has skewered Wal-Mart, Fox News (Bill O'Reilly despises him)
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