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February 7, 2014 | By Paresh Dave
A 6-day-old baby taken from his Wisconsin home before sunrise Thursday was found alive, swaddled in blankets, at an Iowa gas station at 10:15 a.m. local time Friday, authorities announced. The Beloit Police Department worked around the clock with state, county and federal law enforcement -- totaling about 100 officers -- to track down Kayden Powell. Beloit Police Chief Steven Kopp said at a press conference that Kayden was in excellent condition despite cold temperatures. Kayden and his parents were expected to be reunited at a hospital later Friday.
February 7, 2014 | By Oliver Gettell
Playtime has just begun for "The Lego Movie," and film critics could scarcely be more delighted. Directors Phil Lord and Christopher Miller's new 3-D animated film about an ordinary Lego minifigure-turned-unlikely-hero is meeting with nearly unanimous positive reviews. The Times' Betsy Sharkey writes , "'The Lego Movie' is a massive collision of subversive humor, hyper-kinetic energy, mind-jangling design, spinning colors and about 15 million Legos, no exaggeration. " The film benefits from "a cast that knows precisely how to play with a good line," including Chris Pratt, Elizabeth Banks, Will Ferrell and Will Arnett.
February 6, 2014 | By Robert Abele
Liam Neeson has proved of late how entertainingly potent the one-tough-middle-aged-SOB-against-impossible-odds movie can be. But there's not a lot to be - ahem - "Taken" by, however, in the lo-fi imitation thriller "The Outsider," which stars British slab Craig Fairbrass as Lex, a private security mercenary stationed in Afghanistan who hotfoots it to Los Angeles to investigate the supposed death of his estranged daughter. With all signs pointing to a weaselly, well-protected high-tech firm magnate (James Caan)
February 6, 2014 | By Nicole Santa Cruz and Ari Bloomekatz
While authorities said a man who was shot to death in the Westmont area Wednesday evening was walking his wife to church at the time, Pastor Anthony Williams said that report is wrong. Williams, the pastor at 88th Street Temple Church, said Thursday, "That report is inaccurate. " The man "was not dropping off his family here, he was not even a member here, we've never seen him before," Williams said. "He was just walking by the outside of the gate and began to speak to the security guard.
February 3, 2014 | By Ari Bloomekatz
One man was killed and another was shot in the back after a fight outside a Boyle Heights nightclub early Monday morning, authorities said. At about 1 a.m., a security guard at the club in the 2100 block of East Cesar Chavez Avenue heard gunfire outside and, when he went to check, saw one man in his 20s lying on the sidewalk and another who was shot in the back, said Lt. Carlos Solano of the Los Angeles Police Department. The man on the sidewalk, who was not immediately identified, was pronounced dead at the scene, officials said.
February 3, 2014 | By Marisa Gerber
Sgt. Victor Arellano drove slowly through the hills of Echo Park, cruising by the places where he had seen the guys hanging out in the past. There was the market painted bright yellow with large green letters spelling out "BEER WINE" and the hidden staircase nearby. The graffitied stretch of pavement along Preston Avenue and the house where a known gangster lives. A few hours into his evening shift and the LAPD gang officer still hadn't spotted any members of the Echo Park Locos.
January 31, 2014 | Sandy Banks
The beating death of Kim Pham has begun to morph into urban legend a la Kitty Genovese, the New York City woman stabbed to death 50 years ago while dozens of bystanders supposedly watched but did nothing to help her. In the Genovese case, it took decades to debunk that claim, which became the basis of a psychological concept called the "bystander effect" that explains why crowds fail to come to a victim's aid. In the Pham case, it took...
January 29, 2014 | By Steven Zeitchik
The passing of a Hollywood executive is often greeted with pleasant industry remembrances and kind emails. But the death of Tom Sherak at the age of 68 set off a round of intensely warm reactions not just from fellow Hollywood players but also from personalities as wide-ranging as Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti and Dodgers general manager Ned Colletti. Their depth of feeling and the breadth of people expressing them underscore a legacy that goes well beyond movies. Sherak, who died Tuesday at his home in Calabasas after a fierce battle with prostate cancer, served as a long-running executive at 20th Century Fox and then Revolution Studios, as an advisor to Marvel Studios and as president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
January 28, 2014 | By Los Angeles Times Staff
A 52-year-old woman who was one of five family members struck by a car outside an elementary school in Highland Park on Friday has died, officials said. The woman, Guadalupe Chavez, along with her daughter and three grandchildren, were struck when a car drove through the intersection of Avenue 57 and Meridian Street outside Yorkdale Elementary School about 8:12 a.m., Los Angeles police said. Chavez succumbed to her injuries on Sunday, police said. Chavez's 10-year-old granddaughter, Marina Carrillo, remains in critical condition.
January 27, 2014 | Sandy Banks
I can't understand the beating death of Kim Pham, the 23-year-old woman kicked and pummeled to death outside a popular nightclub in Santa Ana. I can't understand the silence of her friends, who were with her that night and must have seen the altercation but refuse to talk to police. I can only understand the pain and confusion of Pham's father, who is trying to come to grips with the sudden loss of a much-loved daughter who seemed destined for success: She'd graduated from college, recently moved out of the family home and had just begun a new job. A few hours before she was beaten unconscious, she was reportedly texting her buddies about how she should wear her hair.
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