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ENTERTAINMENT
November 20, 2013 | By Patrick Kevin Day
"Black Sails," the pirate drama from executive producer Michael Bay, will premiere on Jan. 25. Although it is still two months from the premiere of the eight-episode first season, Starz has enough faith in it that production on a greenlighted second season begins this month in Cape Town, South Africa. Toby Stephens stars as Capt. Flint, who takes on a brash young crew member named John Silver (Luke Arnold). On the set: movies and TV That's right. This series is a prequel to the Robert Louis Stevenson classic "Treasure Island.
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SPORTS
November 12, 2013 | By Bill Shaikin
Don Mattingly, who nearly lost his job as manager of the Dodgers in June, was second in the voting for National League manager of the year. Mattingly finished behind Clint Hurdle, who led the Pittsburgh Pirates to their first playoff spot in 21 years. Mattingly was all smiles on MLB Network, which broadcast the award announcement Tuesday. In his first public appearance since he challenged the Dodgers to grant him a multiyear contract, he said the team has engaged him in discussions about a new deal.
NEWS
November 6, 2013 | By Laura E. Davis
Just over a month after the illicit drug-dealing website Silk Road was shut down and its alleged founder arrested, the site relaunched Wednesday morning. The new Silk Road promises better security and is offering much of the same fare as its predecessor -- heroin, ecstasy and prescription medications purchased using the online currency Bitcoin , which is designed to be untraceable. Authorities arrested Ross William Ulbricht on Oct. 1, accusing the 29-year-old of building an illegal drug empire on the deep Web, that part of the Internet not reachable by standard search engines.
WORLD
October 24, 2013 | By Shashank Bengali
WASHINGTON - Two Americans were taken hostage by pirates who attacked their ship off the coast of Nigeria, U.S. officials said Thursday. The captain and chief engineer of the C-Retriever, a U.S.-flagged oil supply ship, were kidnapped in the attack early Wednesday in the Gulf of Guinea, according to news reports. The ship is owned by Edison Chouest Offshore, a maritime company based in Cut Off, La. A company spokesman didn't immediately respond to a request for comment. The identities of the hostages weren't released.
WORLD
October 24, 2013 | By Shashank Bengali
WASHINGTON - Two Americans were taken hostage by pirates who attacked their ship off the coast of Nigeria, a U.S. official said Thursday. The captain and chief engineer of the C-Retriever, a U.S.-flagged oil supply ship, were kidnapped in the attack early Wednesday in the Gulf of Guinea, according to news reports. The ship is owned by Edison Chouest Offshore, a maritime company based in Cut Off, La. A company spokesman didn't immediately respond to a request for comment. The identities of the hostages weren't immediately known.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 14, 2013 | By Rebecca Keegan
Barkhad Abdi is used to finding his way in strange new places: At age 7, he moved with his family from war-torn Somalia to Yemen, where he learned Arabic on the soccer field. At 14, he moved to Minneapolis and learned English from Jay-Z songs and "Seinfeld" episodes. Now, at 27, Abdi has made himself at home in another new town - Hollywood - by starring opposite Tom Hanks in the film "Captain Phillips. " In director Paul Greengrass' fact-based thriller, which opened Friday, Abdi plays Muse, a Somali pirate who hijacks an American cargo ship and takes its captain hostage.
OPINION
October 11, 2013 | By J. Peter Pham
The Tom Hanks movie "Captain Phillips," which opens Friday, will focus attention - again - on piracy off the coast of Somalia. The movie, in which (spoiler alert) the bad guys get caught, unfortunately might lead you to think that this is a problem that's been solved. After all, since the April 2009 seizure of the cargo ship Maersk Alabama, recounted in "Captain Phillips," there has been only one hijacking of a U.S.-flagged vessel by Somali pirates, the February 2011 seizure of a U.S. yacht in which the Americans were killed.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 10, 2013 | By Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times Film Critic
When Paul Greengrass directs a thoroughly dramatic tale based on true events and Tom Hanks takes on the title role, you think you know what to expect. But just you wait - the piercingly realistic "Captain Phillips" will exceed your expectations. The story of the six days that Richard Phillips, captain of the cargo ship Maersk Alabama, spent in April 2009 first trying to avoid a gang of Somali pirates and then as their restive captive, this film does an impeccable job of creating and tightening the narrative screws.
SPORTS
October 9, 2013 | By Kevin Baxter
ST. LOUIS - It was fitting that the St. Louis Cardinals waited for Adam Wainwright before beginning their victory celebration Wednesday. A bubble of plastic sheeting enveloped their clubhouse and large red tubs filled with ice and countless bottles of champagne stood at the ready in each corner. But in the center of the room the players, standing in a semicircle, waited impatiently for Wainwright to finally burst up the tunnel from the dugout. It was Wainwright, their ace, who threw the first pitch of their season.
SPORTS
October 8, 2013 | By Kevin Baxter
ST. LOUIS - Gerrit Cole shouldn't be here. Shouldn't be in the major leagues. Shouldn't be in a Pittsburgh Pirates uniform. Definitely shouldn't be scheduled to start Wednesday against the St. Louis Cardinals in the deciding game of a National League division series. "I should be watching this game on TV," Cole said with a grin. "It's kind of surreal. " Cole was supposed to be the Pirates' future, not their present. As the first pick in the 2011 draft, he was expected to develop like fine wine - getting better with age and maturity.
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