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April 1, 2013 | By Christopher Hawthorne, Los Angeles Times Architecture Critic
When you see the revamped Dodger Stadium, you may wonder, at least at first, where that $100 million went. A nine-figure budget usually produces a major overhaul or architectural transformation. But the changes that the new owners of the team, Guggenheim Baseball Management, carried out at Chavez Ravine over the offseason are not especially dramatic, at least not visually. The most obvious changes fans will see at Monday's opening game against the Giants are to the scoreboards beyond the outfield, which are bigger and show high-definition images while retaining their old chevron shape.
March 27, 2013 | By Janet Stobart
LONDON -- The British government Wednesday lost another bid to deport a radical Muslim preacher to face trial in Jordan when a court of appeals rejected a request to reconsider an earlier court decision. After more than a decade of judgments and appeals in British and European courts, cleric Abu Qatada has won several legal battles against deportation. “This is not the end of the road, and the government remains determined to deport Abu Qatada,” said a Home Office spokesperson after the judgment.
March 8, 2013 | By W.J. Hennigan, Los Angeles Times
Redesigning an icon like the Corvette presents a delicate balance of preservation and innovation. New 'Vettes arrive only about once a decade, each paying homage to a storied past while distinguishing itself as a new generation. The job of designing the seventh Corvette fell to Kirk Bennion. He was in Southern California at the Petersen Automotive Museum last week for the car's first appearance on the West Coast, and he sat down with The Times to discuss the car's radical design departure.
February 4, 2013 | By Sam Quinones, Los Angeles Times
The last that Cassidy Vickers' street friends saw of him was about 10 p.m. on Nov. 17, 2011, outside the Donut Time shop on Santa Monica Boulevard in Hollywood. He was waving and saying he'd be back in a bit. A transgender prostitute whose legal name was Nathan, Cassidy had come down from the San Francisco Bay Area to work the Hollywood streets. That night, on Lexington Avenue, 10 blocks from the doughnut shop, Vickers was shot to death by a man on a bike. FOR THE RECORD: An earlier online version of this article contained a typographical error inserted during initial editing of the text, referring to Cassidy Vickers as "heshe.
January 23, 2013 | George Skelton, Capitol Journal
SACRAMENTO - Imagine a lawmaker being allowed to read a proposed law before voting on it. For that matter - and this seems like a stretch - try to envision the public being offered an opportunity to express its view on a bill before legislators vote. Granted, this is a radical concept - at least during the final secretive, skulking days of a legislative session. We're talking usually late summer, although legislative sleight-of-hand can occur anytime, including the dead of winter.
January 12, 2013 | By Steven Zeitchik, Los Angeles Times
Shortly before Lily Tomlin arrived on set to play an aging feminist in Paul Weitz's dramatic comedy "Admission," she had a flash of inspiration. What if she had a breastplate made to cover her upper torso, tattooed it and then appeared in the film shirtless while chopping wood? The act would perfectly symbolize '60s radical feminism. "It seemed like a fun idea, but it was a little more than anyone could handle," Tomlin said in an interview, offering a laugh. "So I had an arm tattoo of Bella [Abzug]
December 26, 2012 | By Betty Hallock
Downtown L.A.'s Grand Central Market is undergoing a major overhaul intended to catapult the landmark community marketplace into a new food-retail age. The nearly 100-year-old open-air market on Broadway near 3rd Street houses more than 40 food stalls, which will be updated to reflect a changing downtown and the next generation of vendors while staying true to its legacy, planners say. Owner Adele Yellin, president of the real estate development company...
November 19, 2012 | By Steven Zeitchik
In many respects, the "Harry Potter" and "Twilight" movies have  a lot in common. They're both wildly successful film franchises based on popular young-adult books. They both inspire a cult-like, camp-out-all-night devotion. They both took a shake-it-up-approach to directors before winding down with a single filmmaker. And of course they both made Beatles-esque stars out of their previously unknown actors. All these similarities would make you think that they're pretty similar phenomena at the U.S. box office too. But over the course of their lifetimes--Potter ending in summer '11 and the Kristen Stewart-Rob Pattinson series of course wrapping up this weekend with "Breaking Dawn Part 2"--they've in fact behaved in radically different ways, ways that I'd submit suggest some interesting things about both the properties and their fan bases.
November 13, 2012 | By Deborah Vankin
Award-winning playwright Tarell Alvin McCraney will direct a new -- and drastically different -- version of Shakespeare's "Antony and Cleopatra. " McCraney's adaptation explores colonialism and racial politics set against the Haitian Revolution in the 1700s. The production is a collaboration among the Royal Shakespeare Company in England, Miami's GableStage and New York's Public Theater. It will premiere November 2013 at the Royal Shakespeare Company's Stratford-upon-Avon home, before playing Stateside at GableStage in January 2014 and then the Public Theater in late January 2014.
November 8, 2012 | By James Rainey
Voting machines have barely cooled and postmortems flow forth, but the bobbing and weaving over governing has begun in Washington. Just for starters, how will the government avoid the “fiscal cliff” and can it finally agree on how to deal with immigrants who have come to the country illegally? The most partisan voices tend to dominate these discussions, but a group of moderates took heart Thursday in some of the conciliatory notes coming from the White House and Congress.
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