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January 14, 2014 | By Ben Bolch
It was almost too bad someone had to win it. A pair of struggling teams barely played defense and produced plenty of unremarkable moments Tuesday night at Staples Center, the Lakers coming up with a few more of them during a 120-118 loss to the Cleveland Cavaliers. No real shock there. Lakers forward Pau Gasol was the master of misfortune in the fourth quarter, throwing the ball directly to Cleveland's Dion Waiters underneath the basket for a layup and later missing a pair of free throws.
January 8, 2014 | By Booth Moore, Los Angeles Times Fashion Critic
Los Angeles-based designer Jeremy Scott , who was appointed creative director at Italian luxury brand Moschino in October, gave buyers and the media a taste of what's to come with his pre-fall collection lookbook, which went out this week. And judging from the photos, it looks like he's off to a good start. Scott has mixed classic Moschino design codes (biker jackets, ladylike suits, quilted leather and chain trim) with his own sporty, 1980s-era streetwear touches. I like the backpack made to look like a biker jacket and the blingy logo baseball caps, the varsity-jacket-styled ladylike skirt suit and the tromp l'oeil slip-meets-shirt dress.
December 28, 2013 | By Ken Dilanian
Haley Koko shouldered an AK-47 and aimed uncertainly at the human silhouette on a paper target 25 yards away. Standing next to her, Lt. Col. Chris Robishaw, an active-duty Green Beret, leaned in to offer a word of advice about handling the Russian-designed assault rifle, raising his voice to be heard over the rapid explosions of heavy weaponry in the shooting gallery. Brass shell casings littered the floor, and an acrid whiff of gun smoke sneaked past the air filtration system. Koko, a 21-year-old bartender, fired off a few rounds - blam!
December 25, 2013 | Helene Elliott
  When it was over, when the Lakers' heave-three-pointers-and-hope strategy failed Wednesday and the Miami Heat showed the heart of a champion and the hunger to win again, Kobe Bryant embraced LeBron James and Dwyane Wade, exchanging kind words and pats on the back in the true Christmas spirit. The problem for the Lakers was that Bryant was in street clothes, a black jacket and pants and sparkly black sneakers. James and Wade were in uniform and in a state of contentment after their 101-95 victory over the Lakers.
December 23, 2013 | By Eric Pincus
The Phoenix Suns had a big night from three-point range, defeating the Lakers, 117-90, making 14 of 32 three-point shots. Gerald Green scored 22 points, hitting 6 off 11 from long range.  Marcus Morris contributed 19 points, missing only one of six three-point shots. The Lakers struggled from the field, shooting 37%.  Nick Young scored 19 points and Jodie Meeks added 18 for the Lakers, who were playing from behind almost the entire night. Center Miles Plumlee had a career night for the Suns, finishing with 17 points and 20 rebounds.
December 23, 2013 | By Susan King
Howard Hawks never met a movie genre he couldn't adapt to splendidly. In a career that spanned the silent era to 1970, Hawks directed gangster melodrama (1932's "Scarface") screwball comedies (1938's "Bringing Up Baby"), westerns (1948's "Red River"), film noirs (1946's "The Big Sleep"), musicals (1953's "Gentlemen Prefer Blondes") and adventures (1939's "Only Angels Have Wings"). This weekend, two of his best comedies, 1940's "His Girl Friday" with Cary Grant and Rosalind Russell and 1941's "Ball of Fire" with Gary Cooper and an Oscar-nominated Barbara Stanwyck, screen at the American Cinematheque's Aero Theatre.
December 20, 2013 | By Christopher Hawthorne, Los Angeles Times Architecture Critic
The revolution is no longer a fragile or tentative one. When I arrived in Los Angeles nine years ago, the city had just begun to turn away from a largely private urbanism and toward a new embrace of the public realm. The first phase of the Gold Line light-rail route, from downtown to Pasadena, had recently opened; construction on the Expo Line had yet to begin. James Hahn was nearing the end of a largely uneventful single term as mayor. Measure R, the transit tax that would help remake the city, was four years away.
November 29, 2013 | By Mike Bresnahan
AUBURN HILLS -- The Lakers were dominated in the paint, practically embarrassed, but still beat the Detroit Pistons. Nick Young, of all people, drew a charge on Detroit power forward Josh Smith with 1.9 seconds left and the Lakers snared a 106-102 victory Friday at The Palace. Young, known much more for his high-volume shooting than his defense, then made two free throws to seal the victory, pushing the Lakers to 9-8 overall and 2-1 on their three-game road trip. The Pistons had 76 points in the paint while the Lakers had only 28. But the Pistons made only one of eight from three-point range while the Lakers made 14 of 31. Wesley Johnson had 27 points and Shawne Williams had 20 off the bench for the Lakers.
November 21, 2013 | By David Undercoffler
Claudia Deutsch looked out over the main lawn of her sprawling Beverly Hills mansion. To her left was Berenice Marlohe, the actress who played Bond girl Severine in "Skyfall. " To her right, Goran Visnjic of "E.R. " chatted with a couple of well-dressed gentlemen snacking on hor d'oeuvres prepared by chef Josef Centeno of Baco Mercat. And directly in front of her -- in gleaming Valloire white paint -- sat the evening's $200,000 raison d'etre, the 2014 Range Rover Autobiography Black.
November 15, 2013 | By Jessica P. Ogilvie
At a conference at a Newport Beach hotel, more than 250 teachers from around the globe learned how to refine exercises, target particular muscles and work with people who have injuries. "The brilliance of Pilates is how it helps you with your daily living," says Lolita San Miguel, one of the stars of the conference. She studied with Joseph Pilates and has practiced his fitness method for more than five decades. Graceful and flexible at 79, she still teaches in Florida, where she lives.
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