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December 19, 2012
"O Holy Night," 1847, by Adolphe Adam This is John Sullivan Dwight's translation from 1855. He was a Unitarian minister and a schoolmaster at the Brook Farm commune who went on to become America's first influential music critic. That might be one reason the song is much more popular in the United States than in Europe. O holy night! The stars are brightly shining, It is the night of our dear Saviour's birth. Long lay the world in sin and error pining, 'Til He appear'd and the soul felt its worth.
April 10, 2014 | By Mike Bresnahan and Eric Pincus
Kobe Bryant was annoyed. Really, really annoyed. The Lakers traded Steve Blake before the February deadline, immediately sending a dissatisfied Bryant to Twitter. He said he was "not cool" with the trade "AT ALL," hitting caps lock for effect and also calling Blake a "psycho competitor. " Blake is still appreciative two months later. He'll play with his new team, Golden State, against the Lakers in his return Friday to Staples Center. "Whenever you have support like that from a teammate, it feels great, especially from one of the greatest," Blake said in a phone interview.
November 8, 2009
Al Michaels serves as the play-by-play announcer and Cris Collinsworth provides the color commentary for tonight's Dallas at Philadelphia game (5:15 p.m., Channel 4): Michaels says ... You never would have thought three or four weeks ago that this would be the game of the week. But you know what? It's the game of the week. You were looking at both these teams and wondering if they could stay within hailing distance of the Giants, and now you've got a situation where the Giants are in third place.
April 9, 2014 | Meghan Daum
In a final passing of the torch to a new generation of late-night talk show hosts, David Letterman announced last week that he would retire in 2015. As intelligent and unique a force as he's always been, the timing seems right. Since beginning his late-night career more than 30 years ago, Letterman has evolved from exuberant, smart-alecky nerd to crotchety, occasionally befuddled elder statesman. Watching him now, it's hard to believe he was once considered the epitome of edginess, a darling of the college crowd and hero to sarcastic eggheads everywhere.
July 10, 2013 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Deal and Travel Blogger
The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, the hip hotel that claims to foster "just the right amount of wrong," is giving away free Wednesday night stays -- for those who act fast. The online flash sale started about five minutes ago (as in 6 a.m. Wednesday -- that's today) and ends in 24 hours. So ask yourself: Could Wednesday be the new Friday? The deal: Wednesdays on Us is just that, a free night's stay at the Cosmopolitan with the purchase of a room on Tuesday or Thursday. Guests must pay in full and in advance, and no refunds if you change your mind.
December 16, 2009
A Rainbow in the Night The Tumultuous Birth of South Africa Dominique Lapierre Da Capo Press: 288 pp., $26
February 27, 2012 | By Dylan Hernandez
At the Academy Awards on Sunday night, a mustachioed man was sitting behind best actress nominee Michelle Williams. Dodgers Manager Don Mattingly said he was flipping through channels when the  mustachioed man caught his eye. The man was his general manager, Ned Colletti. “I flipped the channel and was like, 'Ned!' ” Mattingly said. Colletti wasn't at the Dodgers' spring-training complex on Sunday. He was expected to be back some time Monday. Asked if he was hurt that he wasn't invited to the awards show, Mattingly laughed and said, “I found that out, right?
January 27, 2011
Slake, a new showcase for long-form journalism, seems not only bent on resuscitating passionate reporting but also the grand tradition of literary partying, which can be a dangerous enterprise with a bunch of people who revel in the joys of a multi-clause sentence. The local magazine will host a night of readings from its second issue, themed "Crossing Over. " Authors will include Dana Johnson, John Albert, Joseph Mattson, Victoria Patterson, Rachel Resnick, Harry Shannon and Joe Donnelly.
November 14, 2012
UCLA vs. James Madison When: 8 p.m. Where: Pauley Pavilion. On the air: TV: Pac-12 Networks; Radio: 570. Records: UCLA 2-0, James Madison 0-0. Update: Freshman guard Kyle Anderson is a game-time decision after suffering a bone contusion during UCLA's 80-79 overtime win against UC Irvine on Tuesday. This is the Bruins' second game in the Los Angeles Regional of the 2012 Progressive Legends Classic. James Madison was 12-20 last season. - Baxter Holmes
December 6, 2012 | By Deborah Netburn
It's not just the stars that twinkle in the dark of night. The Earth is twinkling too. NASA has released new, spectacular images of our planet at night, from a satellite orbiting 512 miles above the Earth's surface. The agency stitched some of these images together to create a composite image of the entire planet. They call it the Black Marble. But the cobweb of city lights that stretch over the planet is just one of the images that the super sensitive light sensor captured.  It also sent back images of Auroras over Antarctica, volcanoes and natural gas flares.
April 5, 2014 | By Lisa Dillman
VANCOUVER, Canada - All the years of near misses, tedious bus rides and one excruciating waiting game faded away on Saturday morning for Andrew Campbell. Kings Coach Darryl Sutter summoned the 26-year-old defenseman and told him that he would be making his NHL debut, against the Vancouver Canucks. Televised on "Hockey Night in Canada," no less. "I got like a shiver right down my body, 'Wow, This is going to be the night,'" Campbell said after the morning skate. Arguably, this was the most important conversation of Campbell's hockey life.
April 4, 2014 | By Ben Bolch
This was precisely why J.J. Redick wanted to come back when he did. So what if the Clippers shooting guard unfurled a clunker against the Dallas Mavericks in a game that will be forgotten by next week? Better than doing it in a playoff game, when an off performance could lead to an early off-season for a team with championship aspirations. That was the lesson Redick learned three years ago, when he sat out the final 17 games of the regular season for the Orlando Magic because of an abdominal injury and then came back for the first round of the playoffs.
April 4, 2014 | By James Barragan
Tom Umberg still remembers the Ducks' inaugural game at Honda Center in 1993. The Arrowhead Pond, as it was then called, was packed with more than 17,000 fans, all using their duck calls to accompany a Dixieland band in its rendition of "When the Ducks Go Marching In. " At one point during the pregame show Wild Wing, the team's greater than life-sized duck mascot, flew into the arena from the rafters. Umberg was in awe. So much so that almost 21 years later he remembers the pregame more than the final score.
April 1, 2014 | By Broderick Turner
CLIPPERS AT PHOENIX When: 5. Where: US Airways Center. On the air: TV: Prime Ticket; Radio: 980, 1330. Records: Clippers 53-22; Suns 44-30. Record vs. Suns: 2-1. Update: The Clippers have won three of their four games on the five-game trip that ends in Phoenix. The Suns are fighting Dallas and Memphis for a playoff spot in the West. Phoenix has won eight of 11 games since guard Eric Bledsoe returned to the lineup after sitting out two months because of knee surgery.
March 31, 2014 | By Hector Becerra and Rosanna Xia
The magnitude 5.1 La Habra earthquake that shook Southern California isn't going into the seismic history books for its modest size and small damage totals. But it was an event on social media, which transmitted stories and images of the quake and its many aftershocks with a speed and breadth that left seismologists and emergency personnel taking notice. The first signs of damage came not from authorities but from residents posting photos on Facebook of broken dishes and fallen cabinets.
March 28, 2014 | By Vincent Bevins
SÃO PAULO, Brazil - This mega city 270 miles southwest of Rio is the largest in South America and Brazil's main destination for culture, night life and cosmopolitan gastronomy. Where you'll see soccer: The action kicks off at the new Arena Corinthians, where Brazil takes on Croatia on June 12 in the opening match. This temple to soccer in the Itaquera district, a bit outside São Paulo proper, also hosts the semifinals on July 7. FIFA, soccer's world governing body, is setting up a giant outdoor screen at Vale do Anhangabaú, a big public square in a beautiful but often sketchy part of downtown, where fans and festivities should be plentiful and rowdy.
January 6, 2013 | By Mike Bresnahan
Dwight Howard took part in the Lakers' morning shoot-around and was expected to play Sunday night against Denver. Howard did not practice Saturday because of a sprained rotator cuff in his right shoulder. He was injured Friday against the Clippers after Caron Butler fouled him. Howard returned to the game following a Lakers timeout. Howard is averaging 17.4 points and 12 rebounds in his first season with the team. The Lakers have a tough schedule this week, starting Sunday against a team ahead of them in the standings and continuing with back-to-back games in Houston and San Antonio on Tuesday and Wednesday.
June 21, 2012 | By Michael Muskal
The jury weighing sex-abuse charges against former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky adjourned for the night late Thursday and will resume deliberations in the morning, when members will rehear testimony about what allegedly happened in the shower at the school's football training facility. More than seven hours after jurors began deliberations, they asked to rehear testimony from Mike McQueary, a former graduate assistant at the school who said he saw Sandusky abusing a boy in the shower, and from the friend he talked to that night, Dr. Jonathan Dranov.
March 28, 2014 | By Ellen Olivier
The event: The 22nd annual “A Night at Sardi's,” which honored  members of “The Big Bang Theory's” cast, Glen Campbell and the Campbell family. A star-studded revue of Broadway and country tunes, the Wednesday affair benefited the Alzheimer's Assn. (Campbell, who suffers from the disease, did not attend.) The program : Sarah Rafferty of “Suits” and Ben Feldman of “Mad Men” welcomed the crowd. TV director-producer James Burrows introduced comedian Bob Newhart, who told both a riddle and a parrot joke (from what he called his collection of parrot jokes)
March 25, 2014 | Helene Elliott
WASHINGTON - Every sign pointed to the Kings losing to the Capitals on Tuesday, and they could have trotted out the cliched but reasonable excuse of lacking energy at the end of a back-to-back sequence on the road, against a team desperate to make the playoffs. They didn't settle for a respectable defeat. If the Kings go far in the playoffs - and their 5-4 shootout victory made that seem distinctly possible - it will be because they've shown they're capable of blending poise, determination and scoring into a potent mix. BOX SCORE: Kings 5, Washington 4 (SO)
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