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October 12, 2013 | By Robert Hilburn
Johnny Cash's life in the 1960s is mostly remembered as a time of glorious achievement - from the landmark prison albums at Folsom and San Quentin to the launch of the ABC-TV series featuring such guests as Bob Dylan and the Doors that led to his becoming a giant figure in popular culture, a symbol to millions, no less, of the best of American social values. But Cash also experienced excruciatingly dark times in the decade, fueled by drugs and guilt over the breakup of his marriage.
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April 27, 2014 | By Louis Sahagun
An albino variety of California kingsnake popular in the pet trade has infested the Canary Islands, decimating native bird, mammal and lizard species that have had no time to evolve evasive patterns in what was once a stable ecology northwest of Africa. Unchecked by natural predators, the kingsnake population has exploded, say U.S. Geological Survey biologists helping the Spanish archipelago attempt to control the highly adaptive and secretive predators. "The kingsnakes in question are from a species found in San Diego and bred in captivity," said Robert Fisher, a research biologist with the USGS.
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ENTERTAINMENT
July 18, 2009 | ROBERT LLOYD, TELEVISION CRITIC
Locally occupying the space left by the 2006 amalgamation of UPN and the WB as the CW, the WE is among the least of the networks (Lifetime, Oxygen, Style) branded as being "for women." (Menu choices on its website include "Singles" "Bridal" "Expecting" and "Moms."
FOOD
April 26, 2014 | Noelle Carter
Rabbits "are helping win the war," proclaimed a Los Angeles Times article from 1943. Touted as a patriotic food during World War II, rabbits were raised by thousands of Americans in their backyards. Along with victory gardens, rabbits helped put food on the table when much of the nation's supply was shipped to soldiers overseas and ration stamps provided less at home. But even though rabbit consumption spiked during the war, it all but disappeared afterward. Think rabbit today and your thoughts probably veer to cartoon characters, cereal mascots, Easter and adorable pets.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 25, 1993
President Reagan was a very popular President. Look where it got us. President Bush was a very popular President (most of his term). Look where it got us. Frankly, I'm reassured we've got an unpopular President for a change. Bill Clinton must be doing something right. WILLIAM DIX Los Angeles
ENTERTAINMENT
July 31, 2013 | By Meredith Blake
Since his “Carlos Danger” alter-ego emerged a week ago, wannabe New York mayor Anthony Weiner has once again become late night's favorite punching bag. Now, even Kristin Chenoweth is joining in the pile-on. Tuesday on “The Tonight Show,” the multi-talented performer proved that despite her diminutive stature, she sure can pack a punch, singing a devastating spoof of the song “Popular” from her Broadway musical “Wicked.” In the original number, Chenoweth's character counseled her unpopular roommate in the art of being liked.
NEWS
September 6, 2012 | By Mary MacVean
As a parent, I never wished popularity on my children; it takes a lot of work to stay on top. And researchers have come up with a reason I hadn't thought of: Popular kids are more likely to smoke cigarettes, they say. The conclusion, published Wednesday in the Journal of Adolescent Health, is based on surveys among teenagers in ninth and 10 th grades at seven predominantly Latino high schools in the Los Angeles area. It confirms previous studies about high school students in the U.S. and Mexico.
SPORTS
September 18, 2009 | Mike Penner
Conclusive proof that controversy sells: During the five-month period from April 1 to Aug. 28, Brett Favre's jersey was the top-seller on the NFL's merchandise website, followed by Jay Cutler at No. 2 and Michael Vick at No. 4. It is also further evidence that wherever he plays, Favre sells. "It is normal for sales of a player's jersey to jump significantly when he changes teams," NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy told the Associated Press. "However, we're witnessing the Favre Factor.
NEWS
June 22, 2008 | James Hannah, Associated Press
As midnight approached, a grassy field where the old train depot once stood pulsed with activity. About 90 people tiptoed around night-vision cameras atop tiny silver tripods and dodged remote sensors connected to a computerized surveillance system. They waited for the Lincoln ghost train, which some people believe passes through this western Ohio city on the anniversary of the 1865 trip that carried the president's body to Springfield, Ill., for burial. Ghost-hunting groups around the country are swelling with members, their popularity fueled by television shows, the Internet and the increasing availability of high-tech equipment.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 14, 2010 | By Martha Groves
Alerted by Facebook, Twitter and plain old word of salivating mouth, foodies by the thousands descended Saturday on downtown Los Angeles for the "first annual" LA Street Food Fest. By midday, the line of eager epicures extended for blocks along South Beaudry Avenue, outside the grounds of Los Angeles Center Studios, and the wait to buy a $5 entry ticket was two hours. Once inside, the hordes queued up again to grab tidbits for a dollar or two or three from about 30 of the city's most popular food trucks, among them Flying Pig, Fishlips Sushi, Komodo, Frysmith and Coolhaus.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 25, 2014 | By John Horn
SYDNEY, Australia - The video playing on the television inside Baz Luhrmann's bedroom was supposed to be much steamier. But where there should have been desirous bumping and prurient grinding, the couples were remarkably chaste, as if they had been ordered to abstain from all manner of randy moves. "Look at this," the filmmaker behind "Moulin Rouge!" and "The Great Gatsby" said from the foot of his bed. "You couldn't get any more sexless. " Working inside the creative compound he calls Iona in Sydney's arty Darlinghurst neighborhood, Luhrmann was sitting with a reporter, reviewing news clips from 1980s Australian ballroom dancing competitions, whose judges favored technique over passion.
BUSINESS
April 23, 2014 | By E. Scott Reckard
Banc of California in Irvine is acquiring Popular Community Bank's 20 Southern California offices, part of a deal in which Popular Inc., Puerto Rico's largest bank, is shedding 41 mainland U.S. branches. The companies said Wednesday that Banc of California would pay $5.4 million for the local franchise, more than doubling its current network of 18 branches. The deal includes $1.1 billion in deposits and $1.1 billion in loans from eastern and southern Los Angeles County and northern Orange County.
BUSINESS
April 23, 2014 | By E. Scott Reckard
Banc of California, a growing community bank in Irvine, is doubling its footprint in Southern California as it joins a new wave of smaller California banks pushing to expand into regional players in the aftermath of the financial crisis and the Great Recession. Banc of California said Wednesday that it agreed to buy 20 Popular Community Bank branches from struggling Popular Inc. in Puerto Rico, adding them to its 18 branches from Los Angeles to San Diego. The new branches would be in lightly banked Latino neighborhoods in Los Angeles and Orange counties.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 16, 2014 | By Soumya Karlamangla
Announcing that rapper Jay Z's popular Made in America music festival is coming to downtown, Mayor Eric Garcetti said Wednesday that the event will "shine a spotlight" on Grand Park, the city's up-and-coming Civic Center gathering spot. But what was billed as a coup for a reemerging Central City is also prompting debate about the idea and future of a refurbished and increasingly lively public venue that cascades from the edge of the Music Center to the steps of City Hall. The open space, expanded to 12 acres and relaunched in 2012, hosted free Fourth of July fireworks and a New Year's Eve party, events that each drew tens of thousands of visitors.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 10, 2014 | By Susan King
The curtain goes up Thursday on the fifth TCM Classic Film Festival with the world premiere of the restoration of Fred Zinnemann's 1955 "Oklahoma!," based on the landmark Rodgers and Hammerstein musical. Shirley Jones, who made her film debut in the hit, will be on hand at the TCL Chinese Theatre Imax to discuss the film with Robert Osborne, Turner Classic Movies' popular host. Over the next four days, rabid movie fans will descend on Hollywood to watch beloved classic films and see some of Tinseltown's most venerable stars, including Jerry Lewis, who will have a hand and footprint ceremony outside the Chinese and appear at the screening of 1963's "The Nutty Professor"; Kim Novak, who will appear at the screening of 1958's "Bell, Book and Candle"; Maureen O'Hara, who will be the special guest at the presentation of the 1941 Oscar-winning best film "How Green Was My Valley"; and Mel Brooks, who will be cracking wise at the 40th anniversary celebration of "Blazing Saddles.
WORLD
April 7, 2014 | By Ramin Mostaghim and Paul Richter
TEHRAN - When Iran's leaders signed a preliminary nuclear deal with world powers in November, they promised the six-month agreement would quickly start "melting the iceberg" of Western sanctions, lead to new trade ties and lift the lives of ordinary Iranians. Opponents of the deal in the United States and the Middle East said much the same thing, warning that it would rapidly erode the international sanctions that have crippled Iran's economy. It hasn't worked out that way. More than four months into the deal, many Iranians think the interim accord has done little to help them.
BUSINESS
January 24, 2008 | From Times Staff Wire Services
Popular Inc., the parent of Banco Popular, agreed to sell much of U.S. consumer finance unit Equity One to a unit of American International Group Inc. for about $1.5 billion, the companies said. The sale includes much of Equity One's mortgage loan and consumer loan portfolio, and carries a 3% premium to the amount of loans sold, Popular spokesman Enrique Martel said. AIG may close 106 of Equity One's 130 branches, which operate in 15 U.S. states, and retain about 250 of the unit's 512 employees, Martel said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 26, 1994
Most popular Republican drink around Washington right now: Southern Discomfort with a splash of Whitewater. BOB MILLS Studio City
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April 6, 2014 | By Carlos Lozano
The idea is to get Angelenos to abandon their cars for the day in favor of bicycles, skates and walking shoes. On Sunday, tens of thousands of area residents are expected to participate in the ninth edition of the popular CicLAvia festival that will turn a six-mile stretch of Wilshire Boulevard into a car-free zone. The route from One Wilshire in downtown Los Angeles to the Miracle Mile-area west of Hauser Boulevard will be closed to motorists for the free event from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Planners have arranged for food trucks along the route.
SPORTS
April 2, 2014 | By Mike Bresnahan
SACRAMENTO -- Sad news for Lakers writers. There might be only seven games left to cover the eminently quotable, entirely likable Nick Young . But good news for Young: Lakers governor Jeanie Buss loves his personality, seeing a player who can connect with fans. It might not lead to more money when he becomes a free agent this summer, because Buss defers to her brother, Jim , and Lakers General Manager Mitch Kupchak to make the business decisions. But it can't hurt the player who calls himself "Swaggy P," the "P" still an unknown entity that Young is reluctant to reveal.
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