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April 15, 2014 | By Alicia Banks
They came with iPhones, iPads, digital cameras and even some film cameras -- ready to capture the "blood moon," the first full lunar eclipse of 2014. Hundreds converged on Griffith Observatory, which has a prime view. Here are some photos of the eclipse posted to various social media from the observatory on Tuesday morning:  [<a href="//storify.com/shelbygrad/full-lunar-eclipse-capturing-blood-moon-live" target="_blank">View the story "Full lunar eclipse: Capturing 'blood moon' live" on Storify</a>]
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 14, 2014 | By a Times Staff Writer
The first lunar eclipse of 2014 - known as "blood moon" - is lighting up social media tonight as people post photos of the moon and the eclipse. Large crowd descended on the Griffith Observatory to look at the eclipse. They posted a variety of photos on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Here is a sampling:   In Los Angeles, the most impressive part began around 11 p.m. when the first "bite" is taken out of the moon. It will be blotted out entirely by 12:06 a.m. Tuesday, said experts at the observatory.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 14, 2014 | By Samantha Schaefer
Aaron Guy Leroux caught this shot at the start of the Los Angeles Tough Mudder race in San Bernardino on March 29. He took the photo with a Sony ILCE-7. Follow Samantha Schaefer on  Twitter . Each week, we're featuring photos of Southern California submitted by readers. Share your photos on our  Flickr page  or  reader submission gallery .  Follow us on Twitter  and on  Instagram  or visit  latimes.com/socalmoments  for more on this photo series.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 14, 2014 | By Ryan Faughnder
Maker Studios said on Monday that its deal to be acquired by the Walt Disney Co. has already been approved, throwing cold water on a last-minute offer from  Relativity Media  worth up to $1.1 billion.  "As per the announcement made on March 24, Maker Studios has entered into a merger agreement with The Walt Disney Company," a Maker spokesperson said in an emailed statement. "The agreement has been approved by Maker Studios' Board of Directors and the majority of its shareholders and is expected to close in the next few weeks, subject to regulatory approval.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 12, 2014 | By Tracy Brown
Art aficionados planning to attend the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books this weekend will be able to watch artists create works live on the USC site as well as hear the many assembled writers. Artists' Row, a new feature at the festival, will house six artists who specialize in various media as they create pieces guided by the festival's theme, “Inspire Your Fire.” The artists will work throughout the weekend at the gathering at the University of Southern California; their pieces are expected to be finished by the end of the day on Sunday.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 12, 2014 | Steve Chawkins
Today, the image would have gone viral in an instant: The president of the United States, dripping wet in swim trunks before a throng of excited beachgoers, trading a look and a laugh with an attractive woman in a polka-dot bikini. But well before the Internet's relentless rationing of spontaneous fame, the 1962 photo of President Kennedy at Santa Monica's beach made quite a splash. For a Los Angeles woman named Eva Ban, its effect lasted a lifetime. Ban was the woman in the two-piece swimsuit, which was called a bikini in news accounts but was modest by today's standards.
NEWS
April 11, 2014 | By Trishna Patel
Michaeleen Gallagher captured this image of two nestling hummingbirds at the  Sunnyland Gardens in Rancho Mirage. The garden is a 9-acre, arid yet colorful landscape on the grounds of the Annenberg Retreat by Sunnylands . It's a peaceful sanctuary often used as a backdrop for meetings among national and global political leaders, most recently by President Obama and King Abdullah II of Jordan in February .  Perhaps these baby...
HOME & GARDEN
April 11, 2014 | By Jen Kucsak
I hate meeting guys on the Internet. It's weird. It's creepy. It's not safe. But I liked blogger guy. I didn't meet blogger guy on Match, JDate or Tinder. I didn't meet him on Facebook or even on Twitter. He was an avid reader of my blog and often commented on my posts. He too was a twentysomething blogger, and he just seemed to get me. His comments led to emails. His emails led to instant messaging. And the instant messaging led to being Facebook friends. I enjoyed everything he had to say. He seemed so genuine.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 10, 2014 | By Gary Goldstein
The world of Christian pop music gets the "Best in Show" and "A Mighty Wind" treatment in the clever, consistently amusing mockumentary "Jesus People. " The film, an offshoot of a Web series made popular on FunnyOrDie.com, brings together a deft comedic cast (including six of the series' original actors) who enjoyably sell this tale of the speedy rise and fall of a hapless Christian band named Cross My Heart. Formed under the aegis of the earnest, supposedly dying - and conspicuously bewigged - Pastor Jerry (Joel McCrary)
ENTERTAINMENT
April 10, 2014 | By Robert Abele
Countless movies are funnier, cuter, livelier and smarter than "Go With Le Flo," but few match this proudly cheapo dud's near-contemptuous lack of thoughtfulness and entertainment value. Seemingly made for a rare breed of moviegoer who's never seen a romantic comedy before, it asks us to care for a dopey, klutzy Francophile Berliner named Florian (Denis Aubert) who runs a French deli and (somehow) has a shallow, glitzy Gallic girlfriend (Leslie Dubreuil) he hopes to marry. All along though his kind, beautiful best friend Jenny from the nearby bakery pines for him, because, one can only assume, she's never met any other man. (The smiles on the sweet-faced actress playing her, Marina Senckel, look forced.)
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