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February 28, 2010
Okay, so cartoonists have skated a bit recently, courtesy of ready-made Olympic metaphors. But in between the curling cracks, mismatched-political-pairs portrayals and giant-budget slaloms, a few deserve medals for being on their mettle. A bronze to Tony Auth's unsure uninsured, who faced an uphill climb with no wheelchair lift. Pat Bagley's money moguls earned plenty of silver in the double-cross. And Sergei Tunin tipped a macabre stocking cap to the opening-day luge tragedy, earning him black-humor gold.
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ENTERTAINMENT
March 3, 2014 | By Steven Zeitchik and Oliver Gettell
The Oscars on Sunday night were a popular affair with some moving moments -- including speeches from Jared Leto and Lupita Nyong'o -- and some warm humor courtesy of host Ellen DeGeneres. It also had its share of mysteries. Was John Travolta rehearsing backstage or otherwise engaged before he invented the new Broadway singer Adele Dazeem? What was Jennifer Lawrence laughing about when she took the podium to present best actor? And who was that exuberant Frenchman who staged one the night's few upsets?
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ENTERTAINMENT
April 27, 2012 | By Jamie Wetherbe
Kurt Masur, former music director of the New York Philharmonic, was hospitalized after an onstage injury at Theatre des Champs-Elysees in Paris. The 84-year-old conductor fell from the podium into the front row of the audience while conducting the National Orchestra of France on Thursday night. Masur was taken to Georges Pompidou hospital in Paris, where reports say he didn't sustain serious injuries and will soon be released. No audience members were injured during the incident.
SPORTS
February 21, 2014 | By Lisa Dillman
SOCHI, Russia - Marielle Thompson heard a voice, someone calling "inside," up high on the course in the women's ski-cross final at the Winter Olympics. It was her Canadian teammate, Kelsey Serwa. Thompson gave Serwa a little space on the first turn. The four-woman final on Friday featured the two Canadians, Anna Holmlund of Sweden and France's Ophelie David. FRAMEWORK: Best images from Sochi "We definitely try to help each other," said the 21-year-old Thompson, who is three years younger than Serwa.
NEWS
January 14, 2011 | By Mary Forgione, Tribune Health
Public speaking can be stressful, especially when it comes with the job. Witness King George VI, whose stuttering set off a royal crisis when he had to speak calmly to his jittery subjects during World War II. Some of us can relate -- and it has nothing to do with stuttering. Julie Deardorff in Julie’s Health Club blog reports on how to overcome public speaking anxiety. Here's what she says: "To combat the embarrassing blushing, shaking or sweating that may occur, invoke the 'quieting response,' a five-minute technique that occurs automatically with practice, said [Jonathan]
NEWS
May 8, 2012 | By Melissa Rohlin
After the Clippers' 101-97 overtime win Monday against the Memphis Grizzlies in Game 4 of their NBA Western Conference first-round series, Nick Young put on a celebration outfit. He wore a yellow, blue and white patterned shirt and Christian Louboutin shoes with gold spikes around the  edges.  Young's teammates were so amused by his ensemble that they took photos  in the locker room after the  victory.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 30, 1996 | SUSAN BLISS
The Long Beach Symphony last programmed Charles Ives' Second Symphony in 1984, five years before JoAnn Falletta became music director. Saturday night, the orchestra offered an overdue reprise of this appealing work. Falletta had rehearsed the band, but a death in her immediate family prevented her from leading the performance at Terrace Theater. Instead, Assistant Conductor Eugene Castillo conducted.
SPORTS
July 26, 2009 | Chuck Culpepper
Way down this photogenic mountain and way up this photogenic country, they'll take one very loud photograph today in Paris. Far from your run-of-the-mill tourist photo with which your friends and neighbors bore you from their gawky ambles up Avenue Champs Elysees, this image will feature three guys who appear gaunt to the verge of emaciated yet in a sense barely fit in the frame together.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 21, 2011 | Donna Perlmutter
A heart attack on the podium in Rotterdam, an ouster from the Metropolitan Opera, a six-month strike by his Detroit Symphony Orchestra, a diagnosis of breast cancer for his fiancee. Call it Leonard Slatkin's most turbulent two years. "Well, that's life," says the native Angeleno, who seems to be a master at deflecting or absorbing adversity, while at the same time serving up heaping doses of candor. "Look," he says softly, of the Met scandal last year -- when management asked him to resign from its run of "La Traviata," based on his bad press notices.
SPORTS
February 12, 2014 | By Houston Mitchell and Lisa Dillman
SOCHI, Russia -- It wasn't supposed to end up this way, but Kaitlyn Farrington is glad it did. The U.S. snowboarder defeated favorites Kelly Clark and Torah Bright to win the gold medal in women's halfpipe at the Sochi Olympics on Wednesday. Her second-run score of 91.75 gave her a narrow win over Australia's Bright, who scored 91.50. Clark, also of the U.S., won bronze with a score of 90.75, just edging U.S. teammate Hannah Teter, who finished fourth with 90.50. Said Teter: "Who would have known she was going to win this thing?
SPORTS
February 20, 2014 | Stacy St. Clair
The first time Aja Evans took a run down the bobsled track, a sensation she likens to being stuffed in a garbage can and pushed off a cliff, she wasn't sure she wanted to do it again. Her mother insisted. "She told me to fight through it. She told me I was in this for bigger reasons than that one run," Evans said. "And I'm so glad I listened to her. " Two years after heeding her mother's advice, Evans and her pilot Jamie Greubel won a bronze medal Wednesday in the women's bobsled.
SPORTS
February 20, 2014 | By Lisa Dillman
SOCHI, Russia - The fab threesome of U.S. freeskiers Joss Christensen, Gus Kenworthy and Nick Goepper landed on the cover of a limited-edition Kellogg's Corn Flakes cereal box after sweeping the slopestyle medals. Now that a French trio of ski cross racers - gold-medalist Jean Frederic Chapuis, silver-medalist Arnaud Bovolenta and bronze-medalist Jonathan Midol - have swept, what does that mean for their commercial futures in France? Probably very little. Instead, the skiers will be happy if it brings their sport more recognition.
SPORTS
February 20, 2014 | By Lisa Dillman
SOCHI, Russia - The fab threesome of U.S. freeskiers Joss Christensen, Gus Kenworthy and Nick Goepper landed on the cover of a limited edition of Kellogg's Corn Flakes cereal box after sweeping the slopestyle podium. Now that the French trio of ski cross racers -- gold-medalist Jean Frederic Chapuis, silver-medalist Arnaud Bovolenta and bronze-medalist Jonathan Midol swept the Olympic podium -- what does that mean for their commercial futures in France? Will it be adverts for Nutella, the popular chocolate hazelnut spread?
SPORTS
February 17, 2014 | By Stacy St. Clair
SOCHI, Russia - Steven Holcomb tried to hide the pain as he limped from interview to interview after the first day of competition in the two-man bobsled. He blamed the limp on his shoes, saying he accidentally brought the wrong pair and they made him walk funny. He didn't want his competition to know he was vulnerable, hobbled by a left calf strain suffered a few steps into the push on his second run Sunday. In fact, the pain was so intense, he wasn't sure whether to stop running or hop in the bobsled.
SPORTS
February 12, 2014 | By Houston Mitchell and Lisa Dillman
SOCHI, Russia -- It wasn't supposed to end up this way, but Kaitlyn Farrington is glad it did. The U.S. snowboarder defeated favorites Kelly Clark and Torah Bright to win the gold medal in women's halfpipe at the Sochi Olympics on Wednesday. Her second-run score of 91.75 gave her a narrow win over Australia's Bright, who scored 91.50. Clark, also of the U.S., won bronze with a score of 90.75, just edging U.S. teammate Hannah Teter, who finished fourth with 90.50. Said Teter: "Who would have known she was going to win this thing?
SPORTS
February 11, 2014 | By John Cherwa
WOMEN'S DOWNHILL Can Julia Mancuso win her second medal of the Games? It's certainly possible. Mancuso surprised everyone with a bronze in the super combined, but now she gets to race her better discipline. This was Lindsey Vonn's race to lose until she was injured. Now it's anybody's race to win. MEN'S 1,000 SPEEDSKATING Shani Davis hopes to become the first American to win the same event three straight times. Poised to stop him is Michel Mulder of the Netherlands, who won the 500 earlier this week.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 9, 2009 | Shane Goldmacher
Republican Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger made an unannounced stop -- and got an unwelcome reception -- at a Democratic Party gala Wednesday night. As he took the podium and began to speak, San Francisco Assemblyman Tom Ammiano shouted, "You lie!" It was a West Coast reprise of GOP Rep. Joe Wilson's now-infamous outburst during a congressional address by President Obama last month. Asked Thursday about his own interjection, Ammiano, a liberal Democrat who once was a stand-up comedian, said of the governor's impromptu appearance: "When he got up to the podium, it was totally inappropriate.
SPORTS
February 20, 2014 | By Lisa Dillman
SOCHI, Russia - The fab threesome of U.S. freeskiers Joss Christensen, Gus Kenworthy and Nick Goepper landed on the cover of a limited edition of Kellogg's Corn Flakes cereal box after sweeping the slopestyle podium. Now that the French trio of ski cross racers -- gold-medalist Jean Frederic Chapuis, silver-medalist Arnaud Bovolenta and bronze-medalist Jonathan Midol swept the Olympic podium -- what does that mean for their commercial futures in France? Will it be adverts for Nutella, the popular chocolate hazelnut spread?
SPORTS
February 7, 2014 | By Stacy St. Clair
SOCHI, Russia - After dominating the first half of the World Cup season, U.S. bobsled pilot Steven Holcomb walked into a suburban Chicago high school gym on an icy December morning and headed straight toward the weight room. "The goal is two gold medals in Sochi," said Holcomb, who along with teammate Katie Eberling took no respite from Olympic ambitions while in the Chicago area for a wedding. "Anything else would be a disappointment. There's no more thinking you're just happy to be there.
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