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October 29, 2012 | By Brady MacDonald
Halloween is my favorite time of year. And I love to be scared. Over the years, I've been through my fair share of theme park mazes, independent haunted attractions and backyard spookfests. I even dress up every Halloween as a chainsaw-wielding maniac in a hockey mask and scare the neighborhood kids at the haunted house on our block. So I like to think I've seen it all - from the mundane to the extreme. But I've never experienced anything like McKamey Manor . > Photos: Inside the McKamey Manor backyard haunt in San Diego On Friday night I went through the backyard haunt tucked behind the three-bedroom, brick-and-stucco home of Russ and Carol McKamey in an otherwise ordinary San Diego subdivision near Poway.
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April 24, 2014 | By Susan Denley
The Duchess of Cambridge wore a pale outfit with a peplum top and box-pleated skirt by Alexander McQueen on Wednesday when she and Prince William visited Elizabeth, a suburb of Adelaide, Australia. Among other things, the pair tried out a DJ deck at a youth center. [People] And the duchess wore a white frock with a lace peplum by American designer Lela Rose to a cocktail party Thursday marking the end of the couple's tour of Australia and New Zealand. [People] First Lady Michelle Obama is to cut the ribbon officially opening the new Anna Wintour Costume Center at the Metroplitan Musuem of Art's Costume Institute on May 5. [WWD]
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ENTERTAINMENT
January 9, 2012
Elizabeth the Queen The Life of a Modern Monarch Sally Bedell Smith Random House: 684 pp., $30
BUSINESS
April 24, 2014 | By Tiffany Hsu
Simon Malls unveiled the $100-million expansion of its Desert Hills Premium Outlets in Cabazon on Thursday, allowing crowds of tourists and shoppers to stream into new off-price stores from Alexander McQueen, Valentino, Fendi and more. Fifty new outlet stores make up the 146,000-square-foot build-out. The McQueen store, along with the Helmut Lang and Belstaff shops, marks a first foray into the outlet world in the U.S. Simon also added a 1,100-space parking garage, new landscaping, lighting and wider walkways.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 22, 2013 | By Nardine Saad
Catherine, the Duchess of Cambridge, took on some major royal duties Sunday when she honored the Queen's Scouts at Windsor Castle. The former Kate Middleton attended the National Review of Queen's Scouts for the first time in place of the queen, who was celebrating her 87th birthday privately, the Daily Mail reported . And it looks as if she's got this royal duty down pat. Since the duchess, a trained scout volunteer, joined the scouts in...
ENTERTAINMENT
December 18, 2009
'The Snow Queen' Where: Glendale Community College Performing Arts Theater, 1500 N. Verdugo Road, Glendale When: 7:30 p.m. today and Saturday, 2:30 p.m. Sunday Price: $20 to $30 Contact: (818) 790-7924 or www.ccballet.net
OPINION
September 21, 2013
Re "In the running, as herself," Sept. 19 Transgender teen Cassidy Lynn Campbell would get my vote for homecoming queen at Marina High School. Not only is she beautiful, she is smart, brave and true to herself. Kudos to Marina High and her parents for allowing her to be who she is. Marsha Pasarow Schiff Los Angeles ALSO: Mailbag: Fight over food stamps Letters: Obamacare and public opinion Letters: Back-and-forth on Syria policy
ENTERTAINMENT
November 19, 2010 | By Mark Olsen
A long-time habitué and self-styled chronicler of life on the fringes of Hollywood, filmmaker Henry Jaglom makes movies in a style of studied nonchalance that borders on relentless self-indulgence. With "Queen of the Lot," he picks up from his 2006 film "Hollywood Dreams" for the further adventures of a psychotically fame-obsessed young actress (Tanna Frederick) who has this time out realized her dream of becoming a star. Frederick comes across as an adult who never outgrew the cutesy tricks of a child performer ?
ENTERTAINMENT
September 14, 2009 | Yvonne Villarreal
A simple scan of songwriter-artist-video director-designer Allee Willis' home is visual rhapsody. A plastic Mr. T piggy bank circa 1983 with painted-on yellow bling is perched on a shelf in the rec room. A pink magazine rack of spun spaghetti metal, made to look like a poodle, is positioned between a pair of shaggy pink couches covered in plastic. On a side table is a squished beer bottle disguised as an ashtray, which renders the colloquialism "Sock it to me" in psychedelic blue. A bottle of Farrah Fawcett creme rinse and conditioner by Fabergé is nearby.
NEWS
November 5, 1995
Please don't think of me as picky but regarding your review's Critic's Pick on "The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert" (Oct. 15) you stated Terence Stamp was Oscar-nominated. Sorry, Stamp was not nominated for this film. The only Oscar nomination "Priscilla" got was for best costume design--which it won! Marc Andrew Downing, MARC88@ix.NETCOM.COM
ENTERTAINMENT
April 21, 2014 | By Chris Lee
Lana Del Rey was in no way afraid of the selfie. At three different points in the alt-torch singer's 45-minute Outdoor Stage set Sunday night, Del Rey descended into the audience to vamp and pose with fans, allowing - encouraging, even - the rampant repurposing of her image across social media. She even prolongued one cinematically sexy smooch with a male fan who couldn't seem to get his phone-camera game together quickly enough to simply point and shoot.   Given Del Rey's nostalgia-tinged sex appeal, who could have blamed him?
ENTERTAINMENT
April 10, 2014 | By Jeffrey Fleishman
It's too easy to start with the face or what she wears, how she sits. The color of her earrings. The essence is in the vowels, the way she holds and releases them. The voice drops a register, as if in a conspiracy, and a morning conversation drifts across art, ambition, age and riding camels in the desert. Many roles come to mind when Nicole Kidman speaks: inconsolable mother, suicidal writer, dangerous weather girl, nuclear scientist, gangster lover, top-hatted cabaret singer and Southern femme fatale with an earthy remedy for jellyfish stings.
WORLD
April 8, 2014 | By Henry Chu
LONDON - In a historic first, the president of Ireland began a state visit to Britain on Tuesday to mark the growing reconciliation between his nation and the one that long ruled it from afar through centuries of oppression and rebellion. After a bloody war of independence and decades of mistrust, London and Dublin have become increasingly close partners linked by trade, history and culture. The rapprochement was made possible by the 1998 accord that ended armed sectarian violence in Northern Ireland, which remains part of Britain but enjoys a measure of self-rule.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 7, 2014 | by Greg Braxton
"Single Ladies," the romantic comedy series about three female best friends working in the fashion, music and celebrity world that was just canceled by VH1 after three seasons, is coming back. Queen Latifah's Flavor Unit Entertainment company, which produces "Single Ladies," is developing an all-new fourth season as part of a new exclusive programming partnership with BET Networks' Centric, which is being positioned as the first network aimed at black females. Under the deal, Flavor Unit, which is owned by Latifah and her partner Shakim Compere, will produce new shows in addition to "Single Ladies" for the network.
NEWS
March 19, 2014 | By Armand Emamdjomeh
Brian McStotts' cat Sammie shows her owner how to relax while sunbathing on the couch . While she enjoys the sunshine, she's happiest when doing so from behind a window because, according to McStotts, the 16-year-old cat is "an inside cat and not real comfortable in the great outdoors. " Follow Armand Emamdjomeh on Twitter or Google + . 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  or visit  latimes.com/socalmoments  for more on this photo series.
NEWS
March 19, 2014 | By Mary Forgione, Daily Deal and Travel Blogger
Can you measure the size of a ship by its captain? Cunard Line pulled off a spectacular photo shoot of Capt. Kevin Oprey posed in front of his ship, the Queen Mary 2, while balanced on the vessel's underwater bow. The recent photos, in which the captain appears in uniform as a tiny dot in front of the behemoth ship, were snapped to mark a decade at sea for the ocean liner in 2014. "It's the incredible majesty of that ship, it's a towering, beautiful ocean liner," photographer James D. Morgan said in a statement from the luxury cruise line.
TRAVEL
October 8, 1989
By coincidence you ran an article on Hawaii's Kohala Coast (Footloose, Sept. 17) the day I came back from a week's stay at the Mauna Kea Beach Hotel. Exactly as you described it, the hotel resort is the queen of the island resorts. The dining experience at the Batik room and the Pavilion was something to behold. From the bellhop to the pool/beach manager, the service was superb. I am already looking forward to seeing these newly made friends again. ANNIE G. KO Torrance
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 11, 2013 | By KTLA News
A transgender teen is making history at Marina High School in Huntington Beach after she was selected as one of the top 10 finalists for homecoming queen. Cassidy Lynn Campbell was born Lance Campbell, but has been living as a woman for the last three years. The 16-year-old said she has always felt trapped in the wrong body, even as a child. According to Campbell, her shot at becoming homecoming queen isn't just about a title but a hard-fought token of acceptance. “Gay people have been brought into the limelight and it's a very touched-on subject," Cassidy Campbell said.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 15, 2014 | By Reed Johnson, Los Angeles Times
Last month, after years of futile goose-chasing, Mexican authorities captured the country's most-wanted criminal, the powerful Sinaloa drug cartel boss Joaquín "El Chapo" Guzmán. But another legendary Mexican desperado remains at large after 40 years, haunting the fantasies of an adoring public. She's Camelia la Texana, a comely San Antonio ingenue turned drug-smuggling queen who shot and killed her lover in a jealous rage. At least that's her story as immortalized in "Contrabando y Traición" ("Contraband and Betrayal")
NEWS
March 14, 2014 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Deal and Travel Blogger
The Queen Mary in Long Beach embraces its British lineage by hosting the Christ Church Cathedral Choir from the famed 12th century church in Oxford, England. The choir will perform a pre-Easter concert April 1 in the Queen's Lounge -- and it's free. The deal: The choir of 12 men, 16 boys and two organists has a history that dates back 500 years. Cardinal Wolsey appointed its first director, John Taverner, in 1526. Today choral conductor Stephen Darlington fills that role for the singers who perform around the world.
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