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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 25, 2014 | Lisa Dillman
Justin Williams reached back and delivered some of his Game 7 playoff magic for the Kings in Game 4. For the Kings, it might as well have been Game 7. Justin Time. Or should that be Just In Time? With the Kings facing playoff elimination against the San Jose Sharks on Thursday night, Williams, who had been without a point in the first three games, scored twice in the Kings' 6-3 victory over the Sharks in Game 4 at Staples Center. San Jose leads the best-of-seven Western Conference quarterfinal series, three games to one. Game 5 will be on Saturday in San Jose.
December 16, 2009
A Rainbow in the Night The Tumultuous Birth of South Africa Dominique Lapierre Da Capo Press: 288 pp., $26
April 25, 2014 | By Jim Peltz
CHIVAS USA AT SAN JOSE When: 7:30. Where: Buck Shaw Stadium, Santa Clara. On the air: TV: None; Radio: 1330. Records: Chivas USA 1-3-3, Earthquakes 0-2-3. Record vs. Earthquakes (2013): 0-2-1. Update: This game pits Western Conference rivals that are struggling to get on track. Chivas USA has gone six games without a victory and last-place San Jose is still looking for its first win of the season. Chivas USA is coming off a 2-1 home loss to the Seattle Sounders a week ago, while the Earthquakes played to a scoreless tie last week against the Rapids in Colorado.
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.
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
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.
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 25, 2014 | Mary MacVean
Workouts don't always have to be sweaty, and my mind and spirit needed some attention after a recent long week. We can all meditate or downward our dogs at home, but sometimes it helps to have a little guidance. Reset: 8254 Melrose Ave., Aura: Seems like miles from the hullabaloo just outside; dimmed lights, electric candles and cushiony mats. Effort: Laid-back, for sure. But there's no payoff if you just drop off and don't try to follow the teacher.
April 24, 2014 | By Broderick Turner
OAKLAND - With two days off before the Clippers played the Golden State Warriors in Game 3 of the NBA playoffs, reserve guard Jamal Crawford was forced to be careful with his left calf. "I just got treatment, lots and lots of treatment," he said. But Crawford was able to play Thursday night in the best-of-seven series despite a calf injury that's bothering him. "The calf, it limits you a lot," he said. "It happened in the first half of [Game 2] and I pulled myself out. That's when I was actually getting a rhythm, which was weird.
April 24, 2014 | By Scott Collins
When he takes command of CBS' "Late Show" next year, Stephen Colbert will have to battle the two Jimmys, Fallon and Kimmel. But he'll also square off against a robot chicken, a mad scientist and a talking hamburger. From the humblest of beginnings 13 years ago - one early offering was made with microphones purchased at Radio Shack - Adult Swim, Cartoon Network's nighttime block, has a powerful hold on one of the most highly sought-after populations around: young men. Adult Swim's mostly animated shows - among them hits such as "Robot Chicken," "Aqua Teen Hunger Force" spinoffs and the new "Rick and Morty" - rely on absurdist, often surreal humor, and they're making it harder than ever for the growing crowd of chat shows featuring celebrities hawking their latest movie.
April 23, 2014 | By Mike DiGiovanna
WASHINGTON -- Albert Pujols was so wired -- and so busy talking and texting friends around baseball -- after hitting his 500th career home run Tuesday night that the Angels slugger didn't get to sleep until about 4 a.m. and managed only three or four hours of sleep, at best. “Trust me, I was trying to sleep,” Pujols said before Wednesday night's series finale against the Washington Nationals. “I knew we had a game today. I'm a bad sleeper no matter what. So, it's not that I need an excuse.
April 23, 2014 | Helene Elliott
Were they grasping at straws or coaxing small embers into becoming flames when the Kings repeatedly pointed out that their best players played better in the team's third straight playoff loss to San Jose than in the first two defeats? Better, in this case, is a relative term. And despite a more intense and effective effort by the top players who must carry the load, the Kings still lost, 4-3, in overtime. Now, they must defeat the Sharks on Thursday at Staples Center to avoid being swept - and to prolong a season that only a few weeks ago held great promise for another long postseason run. "It's a good opportunity for us to show - everybody's kind of writing us off right now - a good opportunity to show how resilient we are right now as a group," forward Mike Richards said Wednesday after the Kings' optional practice in El Segundo.
April 23, 2014 | By Sam Farmer
Picking up where they left off in February, the two teams in Super Bowl XLVIII, Seattle and Denver, open the 2014 NFL season with blockbuster games. The league released its schedule Wednesday, revealing the defending champion Seahawks will play host to Green Bay in the opener Thursday, Sept. 4, and Indianapolis will play at the Broncos in the opening Sunday night game. Packers-Seahawks is a rematch of a 2012 "Fail Mary" game won by Seattle on the final play, a controversial touchdown pass that from every camera angle looked to be an interception by Green Bay. Replacement officials called it a touchdown for the Seahawks, however, and that game proved to be the final straw that ended the officiating lockout.
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.
April 23, 2014 | By Rebecca Keegan
In the new movie "Hateship Loveship," Kristen Wiig's character, an introverted, thirtysomething housekeeper named Johannna practices kissing herself in the mirror. It's a moment of loneliness that Wiig and director Liza Johnson envisioned as a sad beat in the film. But at a screening last September at the Toronto International Film Festival, Wiig was shocked when audiences laughed at the scene. "I'm so surprised that comes across as funny," she said in a recent interview at a Los Feliz cafe.
April 22, 2014 | By Lance Pugmire
DALLAS - It's not just about getting under the Ducks' skin with the Dallas Stars, it's about penetrating their minds. The evidence includes Antoine Roussel's Game 3 punch directed at Ryan Getzlaf's cut-up face, Ryan Garbutt's slide that broke the right leg of Ducks defenseman Stephane Robidas, and Stars Coach Lindy Ruff's endorsement of the roughness. “A couple of scrums that, I'm pretty sure if you watch, our guys got punched in the face a few times … when you're getting punched in the face, you're going to punch back … playoff hockey's emotional,” Ruff said after Dallas' 3-0 victory that cut the Ducks' Western Conference first-round best-of-seven series lead to 2-1. After losing the first two games, the Stars clearly displayed their desperation mode in a 17-penalty battle, and now it's the Ducks' turn to answer in Game 4 on Wednesday at American Airlines Center.
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