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June 18, 2011
The spectacular rise to fame of singer Susan Boyle is being turned into a stage musical that will tour Britain, the United States and Australia. Scottish actress Elaine C. Smith has been cast as Boyle, a shy, fortysomething church volunteer from a Scottish town who became an Internet sensation through her performance on the TV show "Britain's Got Talent" in 2009. She went on to top the British and U.S. album charts and has sold more than 14 million records. Producer Michael Harrison said Friday that Boyle's story has "all the qualities of a fairy tale, but with the added bonus of being absolutely true.
April 7, 2014 | By Matt Stevens
The cellphone video from inside a classroom at Santa Monica High School went viral late last week. It showed Mark Black, a longtime teacher and wrestling coach, swatting at a student with his arms, grabbing the teenager by the thigh and then crashing into desks and the classroom wall as he tried to execute a takedown. Moments later, Black had the young man pinned to the ground. District Superintendent Sandra Lyon called the incident "utterly alarming" and acted swiftly, placing the teacher on leave pending the outcome of an investigation.
November 13, 2010
If Yelp had a CliffsNotes, would be it. What's hot: You get the no-frills lowdown on what's hip and cool in Los Angeles and London. Browse the collection of hotels, spas, restaurants and shops. Register to create a "passport" of your list of faves as you read through the recommendations. The quick, irreverent descriptions were spot on when I found hot spots that I'd already frequented. Co-founders Emily T. Chang and Jennifer Garcia-Alonso and their staff say they pay their own way when reviewing venues.
April 7, 2014 | By Helene Elliott
Los Angeles Times columnist Helene Elliott rates the pluses and minuses in the NHL from the previous week: + Kings goaltender Jonathan Quick is on the verge of winning the Jennings Trophy, which goes to "the goalkeeper(s) having played a minimum of 25 games for the team with the fewest goals scored against. " The oddity is that Quick has played only 47 games. Ben Scrivens played 19 before the Kings traded him to Edmonton, and Martin Jones has played 18. It's a significant award and would be a first for the Kings.
October 11, 2009 | Associated Press
Jonathan Quick was appreciative of the Kings' special-team units. Because of their success, his workload was fairly light despite 30 shots. Ryan Smyth scored the Kings' sixth power-play goal of the season and the penalty killer stopped St. Louis on five opportunities in a 2-1 victory Saturday night. Former Blues player Michal Handzus also scored for the Kings, who won their third in a row after opening the season with a home loss to the Phoenix Coyotes. The Kings, who gave up four power-play goals in a game earlier in the week, made it easy for their goalie, who stopped 29 shots on the night -- 14 in the third period.
April 24, 2002
Watch a Quick Fix dish being prepared in a weekly video on The Times Web site, www. Times Test Kitchen Director Donna Deane demonstrates the key steps of this week's Quick Fix recipe.
March 31, 2014 | By Hector Becerra and Rosanna Xia
The magnitude 5.1 La Habra earthquake that shook Southern California isn't going into the seismic history books for its modest size and small damage totals. But it was an event on social media, which transmitted stories and images of the quake and its many aftershocks with a speed and breadth that left seismologists and emergency personnel taking notice. The first signs of damage came not from authorities but from residents posting photos on Facebook of broken dishes and fallen cabinets.
March 30, 2014 | By Lisa Dillman
Upon further review . . . Teammates were more than impressed with Kings goalie Jonathan Quick's incredible kick save on Blake Wheeler with just under a minute remaining in their 4-2 win over Winnipeg on Saturday night. Quick was on his stomach and kicked his right leg back to make the save on Wheeler, who was shooting from a sharp angle from the right corner. The view on the ice was one thing. But it looked even better when the Kings were finally able to watch the replays afterward.
March 28, 2014 | By Broderick Turner
HOUSTON - Blake Griffin seems to relish telling his critics how wrong they are about the perceived holes in his game. On Thursday night the Clippers power forward put the clamps on Dallas All-Star Dirk Nowitzki during the most important moments in the Clippers' 109-103 win over the Mavericks. Nowitzki missed all six of his fourth-quarter shot attempts, one of which was blocked by Griffin, who also pressured Nowitzki into throwing the ball into the backcourt for a turnover with 38.9 seconds left and the scored tied.
March 27, 2014 | By Lance Pugmire
EDMONTON, Canada - Traded Ducks goalie Viktor Fasth left Anaheim on March 4 in 82-degree weather, arriving at his new team's home with the thermometer at minus-13. That's minus-25 Celsius up here. "Here we go … ," Fasth said to himself, capping events that reveal how fast yesterday's rising star can transform into an expendable commodity. Fasth, 31, went from being goalie 1-A for the playoff-thinking Ducks (47-18-7) to sharing time in net with ex-King Ben Scrivens for the last-place Edmonton Oilers (25-39-9)
March 27, 2014 | By Kathleen Hennessey
VATICAN CITY - President Obama visited Pope Francis for the first time Thursday, a meeting the White House hoped would amplify the two men's shared concern about economic inequality rather than the president's conflicts with the Roman Catholic Church hierarchy at home. Obama introduced himself to Francis as a "great admirer. " The pope has become internationally popular as he has shed some of the lavish trappings of the papacy and focused his teachings on caring for the poor. Obama has sought to borrow some of that goodwill for the new pope to help promote his own effort to reduce income inequality in the United States.
March 27, 2014 | By Howard Blume
A groundbreaking, two-month trial challenging teacher job protections in California concluded Thursday with both sides asserting that the interests of students are at stake. The case, Vergara vs. California, seeks to overturn a set of laws that affect how teachers are fired, laid off and granted tenure. The Silicon Valley-based group Students Matter brought the lawsuit on behalf of nine plaintiffs, contending that the regulations hinder the removal of ineffective teachers. The result is a workforce with thousands of "grossly ineffective" teachers, which disproportionately hurts low-income and minority students, attorneys said.
March 24, 2014 | By Jim Puzzanghera
WASHINGTON - Four out of five people who take out a short-term payday loan either roll it over or take out another one within two weeks, pushing them into a cycle of debt, according to a report to be released Tuesday by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. Nearly a quarter of borrowers - 22% - renewed the loan at least six times, causing them to end up paying more in fees than they originally borrowed, the bureau said in an analysis of 12 million loans made by storefront payday loan companies.
March 24, 2014 | By Helene Elliott
Times columnist Helene Elliott rates the pluses and minuses in the NHL from the previous week: + The San Jose Sharks touched many hearts by going all-out to grant the wish of 17-year-old Sam Tageson, who has a debilitating heart condition. They signed him to a one-day contract and let him skate onto the ice with them last Tuesday, triggering a flood of emotions from him and all who saw or read about it. Many teams do similar good deeds. Bad guys make headlines but there are good people in the sports world.
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