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October 9, 2009 | Mike Penner
With reigning champions in the NFL and the NHL, Pittsburgh was named best sports city by the Sporting News in its annual rankings. The state of Pennsylvania fared well, with Philadelphia coming in second, ahead of No. 3 Boston, No. 4 Chicago and No. 5 Los Angeles. "I don't know how we don't win this every year," Mayor Luke Ravenstahl told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Here's how: The Pittsburgh Pirates. Trivia time Honus Wagner had 825 of these in this career, including 60 in 1905.
April 22, 2014 | By Steven Zeitchik
Authorized biopics are rarely the most juicy or revealing films. But what happens in the opposite instance, when‎ the family of your subject actively doesn't want a movie and is willing and eager to share that sentiment with the world? That's the situation that James Ponsoldt's "The End of the Tour," a look at the late acclaimed writer David Foster Wallace starring Jason Segel, finds itself in. Ponsoldt's movie, based on reporting from magazine writer and novelist David Lipsky, recently finished shooting and is about to enter the editing room.
Something odd happened at Chase Field on Tuesday night. The clock turned back. The Dodgers went from being essentially a .500 team in the second half of the season to the club that used to somehow win on nights it appeared doomed for defeat. This didn't feel like September. It felt like April, May or June. In a game in which they equaled a franchise record by hitting into five double plays, the Dodgers erased a three-run deficit with two out in the eighth inning to earn a 5-4 victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks and maintain a share of the best record in the National League with St. Louis.
April 15, 2014 | Christopher Hawthorne, Los Angeles Times Architecture Critic
For Kerry Brougher, newly named director of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' planned film museum, the bubble may be nothing compared with the spaceship. Brougher comes to the academy from the Hirshhorn in Washington, D.C., where one of his first tests as interim director was dealing with fallout from a failed proposal to install a $15-million inflatable bubble in the museum's circular courtyard. In Los Angeles, Brougher will inherit a new architectural challenge: what do with a major building project that isn't in danger of being scrapped, as the bubble was, but has significant, even fundamental design flaws.
March 23, 1991
Talk about comeback stories! What about Bill Walton? No, not as a player, but as an announcer. This is a person who, as a young man, had a tremendous stutter and had great difficulty conversing in public. With hard work and perserverance, he has overcome these problems to become, in a very short period of time, an outstanding "color man" in the NCAA tourney. It's wonderful to see ex-athletes excel at life after sports, especially when they overcome handicaps to do it. Bill Walton's a class act through and through.
August 9, 1992
Clancy pointed out that it is possible to break the chain of bad fathering. Only by establishing a loving and positive relationship with our children can we hope to become the type of father we never had. Working for a positive future can overcome a negative past. NICHOLAS R. RAY Encino
May 15, 1992
Re "The Way Patti Sees It" (April 30): Patti (Reagan) Davis ought to grow up and open her eyes. Only then would she be able to recognize that all children, no matter how good or how bad their families were, must somehow overcome their childhood and forgive their parents. What Patti Davis fails to recognize is that her struggle for self is a struggle we all must make. She has disregarded discovering who she is and is constantly reminding us how she is inexplicably riding on her famous parents' coattails and is quite content to stay there.
July 14, 1991
As a past resident of California who now lives in Hawaii, I am concerned that your state Legislature is moving to restrict statewide initiatives. I was sometimes annoyed at the number and complexity of ballot initiatives when we lived in California, but in Hawaii, where there is no initiative, we are powerless to overcome an entrenched political machine. Like so many things in life, you won't know the value of the initiative until it's gone. MIKE CORNFORTH Kaneohe, Hawaii
May 16, 1989 | ALEENE MacMINN, Arts and entertainment reports from The Times, national and international news services and the nation's press
Comic actor Gene Wilder, back on the big screen in "See No Evil, Hear No Evil" after a three-year break to help wife Gilda Radner overcome ovarian cancer, says the struggle has made him appreciate life much more. "Life is very short. Everyone says, 'I know, I know,' but . . . if they knew, they'd stop doing what's unimportant and do what is important. There's no time for anything else. And it's too sad to learn it when it's too late," Wilder says in an interview in the May 29 issue of US magazine.
December 10, 1992
In response to "Experts Weigh Desalination's Promise, Impact," Nov. 29: California's environment is already staggering under the ecological burden of 31 million people, more than the entire country of Canada. Now growing at 2.7% annually, a rate faster than India's, the state's population will reach the incomprehensible figure of 60 million in less than 30 years. Water shortages might prevent that from ever happening. However, if this environmental limit is overcome by desalination, Californians can look forward to ever-increasing congestion, pollution, regulation, crime, ugliness, blight and, ultimately, flight from this "paradise lost."
March 20, 2014 | By Inkoo Kang
The steadily affecting relationship drama "Stay" is a great example of how a film can rise above its terrible dialogue. So many phrases out of characters' mouths are as overused and flavorless as a thrice-steeped tea bag, and yet a sturdy narrative structure, increasing thematic complexity and finely detailed performances from Aidan Quinn and Taylor Schilling make writer-director Wiebke von Carolsfeld's sophomore effort an agreeably pensive experience....
February 27, 2014 | Kevin Baxter
The Kings returned from their three-week Olympic break Wednesday in Colorado. And like most people coming back to work after a long vacation, they were a little rusty. But they refused to knock off early and were rewarded when a tip-in by Anze Kopitar from the edge of the crease 3 minutes 13 seconds into the final period ended a tie and lifted the Kings to a wild 6-4 victory over the Avalanche. "We could have packed it in easily and blamed it on the Olympic break, and it was the first game back and chalk it up with a couple of excuses," Kopitar said.
February 23, 2014 | By David Wharton
SOCHI, Russia - Down near the bottom of the track, shooting out of Turn 15, Steve Holcomb glanced at a time clock just off to the side. Bobsled pilots are not supposed to let their focus wander - not at 80-plus mph - but Holcomb could not help himself. And the green numbers meant that his time was good. Oh God, don't mess up, he recalled thinking. Don't mess this up in the last two corners. FRAMEWORK: Best images from Sochi The final stretch went according to plan, just fast enough for Holcomb and USA 1 to capture bronze in the four-man bobsled on the final afternoon of the Sochi Olympics.
February 21, 2014 | Chris Dufresne
SOCHI, Russia - Mikaela Shiffrin said she played the Olympics out in her head a thousand times before she arrived here. In reality, it was a thousand times more intense. She wrote down all the questions she thought reporters would ask and believed she had every course angle covered. FRAMEWORK: Best images from Sochi But two days before Friday's race, the world's top slalom racer got a head cold. Her legs burned so intensely over the last pitch on Friday's first run she wondered if she could make the finish line.
February 7, 2014 | By Dylan Hernandez
PHOENIX - The Dodgers won the National League West by 11 games last season, the largest margin in any division in baseball. They were only the third team since 1900 to win 42 times in a 50-game stretch. And if not for a fastball that fractured Hanley Ramirez's rib in October, they might have gotten to the World Series for the first time in 25 years. Starting with the pitchers and catchers Saturday, the Dodgers will report to spring training over the coming week with largely the same roster they had last year.
February 6, 2014 | By David Wharton
SOCHI, Russia -- Now that he has been chosen as the U.S. team's flagbearer for the 2014 Sochi Olympics opening ceremony, Todd Lodwick faces a potentially painful challenge. Holding the flag. Less than a month ago, the Nordic combined athlete fell hard in the ski jump portion of a competition in France. He fractured his left shoulder, tearing the labrum and ligaments. "It was a devastating crash," he said. Lodwick, who competed in his first Olympics in 1994, kept the arm immobilized for three weeks, taking it out of a sling only for physical therapy.
September 30, 2009
Re "Alicia de Larrocha, 1923-2009: Spanish pianist went from child prodigy to virtuoso," Obituaries, Sept. 27 Spanish pianist Alicia de Larrocha is such an inspiration. As you wrote, "she was just under 5 feet tall and had unusually small hands for a pianist," but she managed to conquer that and become one of the world's most outstanding pianists. I compare her triumph to the bumblebee's ability to overcome gravity, although its anatomical makeup suggests that flight is impossible.
July 24, 2008
Re "Tighter money contest in 46th," July 18 Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (R-Huntington Beach), a 10-term incumbent, was described as "popular." He is anything but. Like others who are either far right or far left, he will continue to serve as long as districts are gerrymandered to assure that an extremist -- left or right -- is assured victory. In California, incumbents are rarely defeated. We need an educated public that can overcome the special interests that have left our country ungovernable.
February 5, 2014 | By Alicia Banks
Are you Parker Sithole? The question served as the original title for "Of Good Report," which screens Thursday as the opening night film of the 22nd Pan African Film Festival in Los Angeles. Set in the South African countryside, the film follows a troubled teacher named Parker Sithole (Mothusi Magano), who begins an illicit relationship with the beautiful student Nolitha (Petronella Tshuma) - a relationship that takes a brutal turn and forces Parker to battle past demons. More subtly, the film noir explores the lies that people tell and the morals that they bend to justify actions, at any expense.
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