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February 9, 2014 | Cary Schneider
Today, the Beatles hold an exalted place in the history of rock 'n' roll. But 50 years ago, when they first crossed the Atlantic to perform in the United States, the reaction was decidedly mixed. Here is a sampling of what the critics were saying. Los Angeles Times Feb. 11, 1964 With their bizarre shrubbery, the Beatles are obviously a press agent's dream combo. Not even their mothers would claim that they sing well. But the hirsute thickets they affect make them rememberable, and they project a certain kittenish charm which drives the immature, shall we say, ape. - William F. Buckley Jr. Boston Globe Sept.
What a difference a week makes. On Sept. 12, in the first leg of the American Pacing Classic, Odds Against went wire to wire for an easy victory, while Heavy Tipper, one of the few California-bred pacers in the series, finished a disappointing sixth. The second leg of the series last Saturday was a different story. Instead of going to the lead early, Odds Against was content to pace in the middle of the field with Heavy Tipper even farther toward the back.
April 12, 1987 | DOUG SMITH, Times Staff Writer
They climbed onto the big red and silver bus in the parking lot of a Simi Valley shopping center, 36 Saturday travelers in their easy clothes, heading out for the distant enchantment of Crazy T, 6-Pack the Hard Way and a $35,000 Do-It-Yourself. Almost everyone on the expedition lit up a cigarette right away, and soon, in the smoke-clogged cabin, they crossed that hazy boundary that divides the reach of California law from the pull of Big Stakes Bingo.
The odds were not in Anthony Trear's favor. He was 11 years older than his opponent, Tony Bujon, and he hadn't played a tournament in 2 1/2 years. Meanwhile, Bujon, 20, was in the prime of his tennis career and coming off a round of 16 performance at the NCAA's in his hometown of Palm Desert. For a short while, it looked like Trear, a resident of San Diego, might buck those odds as he led 4-1 in the first set.
Larry Trusley isn't sure that it's advantageous to let the world know that he's the Head Cluckster. For most other pertinent questions, though, the odds are that he's got the odds figured out. Trusley loved sports as a kid, but eye problems kept him from playing. Instead, he began keeping sports statistics, which he continues to do, eschewing his convenient computer to still do it all by hand.
March 21, 2010 | By Grahame L. Jones
When David Beckham's left leg crumpled beneath him on an Italian soccer field last Sunday, a collective groan went up in England. It didn't come from England's fans, many of whom have long considered Beckham an increasingly unnecessary ornament on their country's national team, but from bookmakers. Gambling is as much a part of international soccer as dribbling. It was no surprise, therefore, that previously odds were given on whether Beckham, 34, would be chosen for England's 2010 World Cup squad.
April 27, 2012 | By Robert Abele, Special to the Los Angeles Times
Would "Safe"be as brutally fun as it is without Jason Statham's gravel-voiced comic timing and explosive physicality? Writer-director Boaz Yakin's urban shoot-em-up isn't exactly the most cohesive narrative, throwing together the Russian mob, the Triads, dirty cops (led by Robert John Burke) and a corrupt mayor (Chris Sarandon) into a New York turf war over a bunch of coded numbers that lead to … who cares, really? It's the pairing of Statham's disgraced cage fighter and ex-cop - pushed to the brink of suicide by gangsters who killed his wife - with an endangered 12-year-old Chinese math whiz (Catherine Chan)
May 10, 1987
R.E.M. has always seemed a bit too fey and sensitive for comfort. A Simon & Garfunkel for the '80s, they evoke images of a lovelorn swain gazing pensively at the rain through lace curtains. However, this pleasantly surprising collection of B-sides, outtakes and oddities reveals that the Athens, Ga., quartet has a fine sense of humor as well as excellent taste in outside material.
June 11, 2012 | T.J. Simers
Someone wanted to know how it went with Stan Kasten , the Dodgers' new president, now that I have love in my heart after seeing a spiritualist. Here's what Kasten had to say Monday when we came together to commune: "I'm entitled to say, 'no comment.' I'm entitled to evade. I'm entitled to change the subject. " How do you think it went? Maybe Kasten is an acquired taste. Maybe he will turn out to be what the Dodgers need to make an economic go of it after being left bankrupt.
December 16, 2013 | By Paul Whitefield
The Mega Millions jackpot Tuesday: $586 million. The odds of winning: 1 in 259 million. Sounds good; count me in. Yes, lottery fever is sweeping the nation - or at least that part of the nation that takes part in the Mega Millions game (the game is played in 43 states plus the District of Columbia and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Wouldn't want to leave the Virgins out, right?). Somehow, I can't help but think that if the Obama administration had modeled the roll-out of Obamacare after the lottery, everyone in the country would've signed up by now - many more than once.
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