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ENTERTAINMENT
February 15, 2014 | By Nicole Sperling
PITTSBURGH - Most movie sets orbit around one key individual. Usually, it's the director or the star. Occasionally, it's a heavyweight producer. Seldom is it the writer of the movie's source material. But John Green is not just any writer. On a crisp day in early October as cameras rolled on Fox 2000's film adaptation of his 2012 novel "The Fault in Our Stars," a bestselling love story about two wry, cancer-stricken teenagers, the 36-year-old author was exerting a strong gravitational pull.
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BUSINESS
February 13, 2014 | By Roger Vincent
One of the tallest office buildings in downtown Los Angeles has been acquired by a major Hollywood real estate investor, CIM Group, in an unusual portfolio sale that included a regional shopping center in Montclair, a high-rise in Anaheim and a hotel in Bakersfield. The crown jewel of the seven properties acquired by CIM Group is Two California Plaza, a prestigious but troubled skyscraper on Bunker Hill where gleaming office towers erected during the last building boom decades ago are having a tough time attracting tenants.
SPORTS
February 11, 2014 | By Eric Pincus
Despite a season decimated by injury, the Lakers are still a big draw in the secondary ticket market. According to online marketplace StubHub, the Lakers are second to  the Miami Heat in ticket sales when playing on the road. The Oklahoma City Thunder, Chicago Bulls and the Clippers round out the top five in ticket sales as the away team on StubHub. As the home team, the Lakers are fifth in the NBA on StubHub, behind the New York Knicks, Brooklyn Nets, Heat and Golden State Warriors.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 8, 2014 | By L.J. Williamson
Enjoy whirlwind tours of Los Angeles neighborhoods, eavesdrop on celebrities, drive interest in your in-progress screenplay. Just when you thought this town's attention span couldn't get any shorter - or its residents any more publicity-hungry - along comes social video to prove that entertainment can be had in as little time as it takes to blurt out a one-liner. When photo-sharing site Instagram introduced its 15-second video feature last June, many predicted that it would spell the demise of the Twitter-owned 6.5-second video service, Vine, launched just six months earlier.
SPORTS
February 7, 2014 | Helene Elliott
SOCHI, Russia -- My Winter Olympic experiences have gone from telegrams to Twitter, from a small, isolated village in New York's Adirondack Mountains that produced a sports miracle few people knew about as it unfolded to an international resort on Russia's Black Sea where the world can keep up with every development almost immediately by consulting mobile devices that didn't exist even a few years ago. The Sochi Games will be my 10th straight Winter...
ENTERTAINMENT
February 7, 2014 | By Greg Braxton, Los Angeles Times
Being a redneck during a zombie apocalypse can be hazardous to your health. Remaining among the living often depends on overcoming the traditional redneck worldview. One challenge is to recognize the urgent need to work, play and kill well with others of different races and ethnicities. Another is remembering that flesh-eating zombies come in all colors, even white. For survivalist Daryl Dixon of AMC's "The Walking Dead," which returns Sunday for the second half of its fourth season, these were life lessons learned the hard way. Dixon's ability to grow beyond the limits of a childhood of neglect and poverty - not to mention his pinpoint accuracy with a crossbow and sex appeal - has made him one of the most popular characters on the most popular scripted show on television.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 7, 2014 | By Stephen Ceasar
Parents, students and community members rallied Friday in front of Crenshaw High School against the removal of the school's longtime choir director, who was reassigned while under investigation by the Los Angeles Unified School District. Iris Stevenson, who leads Crenshaw's award-winning choir, was removed from the school in December and is reporting to work at district offices - often called “teacher jails” - that house instructors who are facing allegations of misconduct. District officials would not comment on the specific allegations, citing privacy laws.
BUSINESS
February 6, 2014 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Flappy Bird is incredibly simple, incredibly frustrating and incredibly addictive to play. And it's raking in an incredible $50,000 in revenue daily. Created by Vietnamese developer Dong Nguyen, Flappy Bird has been one of the most popular games and apps for both the iPhone and Android devices over the last month. The game is free to download and only requires that users tap the screen to play. The main character is a round, yellow bird who must avoid hitting green pipes as it flies.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 3, 2014 | By Russ Parsons
Jimmy Murphy, the genial Irishman who reigned as a Beverly Hills dining room power broker for more than three decades, has died. The longtime maitre d', first at the Bistro in Beverly Hills and later at his own Jimmy's Beverly Hills, was an icon in the days when restaurants were better known for their dining room staffs than for the chefs who were working in their kitchens. Murphy, 75, died at home in Beverly Hills on Friday afternoon after a long battle with pancreatic cancer, his family said.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 1, 2014 | By Barbara Isenberg
NEW YORK - A few years ago, playwright Christopher Durang began wondering "what if" a bunch of Anton Chekhov's characters lived in Bucks County, Penn., as he did. And what if two of the older ones lived in a nice stone farmhouse like his for not just in midlife, as he does, but for their entire lives? "Even when I studied Chekhov's plays in college, I felt empathy for his older characters, often regretful and unhappy," says Durang. "Now that I'm older, I wanted to do something triggered by Chekhov but put in the present day. My farm house, which is on a little hill, made me think of a lot of the sets I've seen in 'The Seagull.'" The result of such musing is "Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike.
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