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February 11, 2009 | Rebecca Ascher-Walsh
Enough with the suffering. Kate Winslet's killing herself for an Oscar. The 33-year-old actress has gone down with the Titanic for James Cameron, lost her memory in Michel Gondry's "Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind," endured an unhappy marriage and a lingering pedophile in Todd Field's "Little Children," played the Alzheimer's-doomed poet Iris Murdoch in Richard Eyre's "Iris," and courted heartache as Marianne Dashwood in Ang Lee's "Sense and Sensibility."
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SCIENCE
March 13, 2014 | By Amina Khan
Think of a robot. Chances are you imagined one with legs like C-3PO of "Star Wars" fame or something with wheels like NASA's Mars rover Curiosity . Neither of these rigid body types are particularly flexible and certainly can't move through water well. But what about a robot with a tail? Scientists at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology have designed a soft robot based on a fish, which can bend its body and quickly flee the way that real fish do to escape predators. Typical robots are rigid with exposed mechanisms and unnatural movement, but the fish described in the first issue of the new journal Soft Robotics is covered in a soft silicone skin.
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SPORTS
August 18, 2009 | Diane Pucin
Shaquille O'Neal's legendary NBA career is flawed by one statistic: free throws. He has a .528 average, meaning he misses a lot of them. "There are two classes of male," O'Neal said the other day. "The great athlete and the guy who sits on the couch and thinks it's easy and saying, for example, when I miss a free throw, 'I know I could do that.' " From that thought was born ABC's "Shaq Vs.," the latest in a string of sports-star reality shows. Tonight's premiere has the Cleveland Cavaliers center turning to football.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 7, 2014 | By Carolyn Kellogg
Touchstone has canceled its book deal with John LeFevre, the man behind the @GSElevator Twitter account. The book "Straight to Hell: True Tales of Deviance and Excess in the World of Investment Banking," had been planned for an October 2014 release. Up until a few weeks ago, @GSElevator was an anonymous account that purported to tweet gossip and tidbits overheard in the elevator at Goldman Sachs. More than 650,000 followers read its feed, which included such tidbits as "Music was better when ugly people were allowed to make it," and "Don't apologize for being late with a Starbucks latte in your hand.
FOOD
September 23, 2009 | Russ Parsons
I just got back from a week in New Mexico, and that usually means, by rough calculation, having consumed approximately 21 meals based on chile, most of it green. That's not including snacks. This time the number was far lower. And for the first time I can remember, I didn't have to smuggle hardly any home in my luggage, either. That's certainly not because I've lost my affection for the fiery stuff, but rather because it's becoming so readily available in Southern California. Green chile roasts are now regular fall events here, held at farmers markets and supermarkets alike.
SCIENCE
March 13, 2014 | By Amina Khan
Think of a robot. Chances are you imagined one with legs like C-3PO of "Star Wars" fame or something with wheels like NASA's Mars rover Curiosity . Neither of these rigid body types are particularly flexible and certainly can't move through water well. But what about a robot with a tail? Scientists at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology have designed a soft robot based on a fish, which can bend its body and quickly flee the way that real fish do to escape predators. Typical robots are rigid with exposed mechanisms and unnatural movement, but the fish described in the first issue of the new journal Soft Robotics is covered in a soft silicone skin.
IMAGE
June 21, 2009
Adele isn't the first chanteuse whose voice and style make you forget that she's not a cookie-cutter Hollywood cutie. Though the celebrity "ideal" may be based on a model-thin figure, when it comes to talent and fashion-forward oomph, these ladies are the "real deal."
HEALTH
August 29, 2005 | Emily Singer, Special to The Times
SHAM medicines can sometimes bring real pain relief. Now scientists say they know why. New research shows that the "placebo effect" has a real physiological basis: It triggers the brain's pain-fighting chemicals. The findings could boost the search for drug-free ways to treat pain. "Just the expectation of pain relief is enough to activate anti-pain mechanisms," says lead scientist Jon-Kar Zubieta, a neuroscientist at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor.
SPORTS
January 3, 1999 | From Staff and Wire Reports
Tennessee Coach Jerry Green only needed to see No. 17-ranked Auburn play in person one time for him to change his mind about the Tigers. Green was critical of Auburn two weeks ago, wondering if its record and ranking were nothing more than products of a soft nonconference schedule. But Green was singing a different tune on Saturday after the Tigers rolled to a 90-62 victory over the Volunteers in the Southeastern Conference opener for both teams at Auburn, Ala.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 30, 2004 | PATRICK GOLDSTEIN
Michel GONDRY, the director of "Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind," was racking his brain, trying to find the right way to explain why Steve Golin, who produced "Spotless Mind," is such a magnet for gifted filmmakers. "When we were editing the movie, my girlfriend dumped me," Gondry says, speaking in a slippery French accent. "I was very depressed, and Steve was the only person I could really talk to. He even let me sleep over at his place, in the same bed." "Did you say in the same bed?"
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 25, 2014 | By Adolfo Flores
The mayor of Santa Ana's vote in favor of offering a local business an exclusive city contract after swapping a piece of property with the owner is troubling, said a UC San Diego professor. "It does raise the question about whether there was a quid pro quo," said political science professor Steven Erie. "It makes you wonder whether the swap predisposed or set him up to support the later vote. " As part of his real estate transaction, Mayor Miguel Pulido also purchased a Westminster home from the auto parts business owner for about $230,000 below fair market value, according to property records.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 24, 2014 | By Adolfo Flores
Santa Ana's longtime mayor is under investigation for his relationship with an auto parts business owner, to whom the mayor sold a piece of downtown property and then voted in favor of giving the auto parts store an exclusive city contract. As part of his real estate transaction, Mayor Miguel Pulido also purchased a Westminster home from the auto parts business owner for about $230,000 below fair market value, according to property records. Pulido later sold the home for a $197,000 profit.
SPORTS
December 24, 2013 | By Eric Sondheimer
  Pitcher Chad Plant hasn't made the varsity team yet at Upland High, because he's only a freshman, and his coach, Mike Alonso, has seen him pitch just once. But Plant has already committed to UC Santa Barbara before his first high school game. It's just another example of colleges deciding to take chances on young players based on workouts, camps and word of mouth. Plant, a 6-foot-1 right-hander, could have trouble making the starting rotation, since Upland returns Michael Gomez, who signed with Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, and 6-6 junior Jeff Kross.
SPORTS
November 18, 2013 | By Eric Sondheimer
   Sophomore cornerback Treyjohn Butler of Etiwanda has established himself as a player to watch for 2014 after finishing his season with seven interceptions. "He's the real deal," Coach Brandon Rohrer said. "He runs a 10.7 100. He's a 4.0 student. He's just a great kid. " Etiwanda finished 6-5 for the season. Butler got his final interception in a playoff loss to Corona Centennial. Here's the link to Hudl highlights. Eric.sondheimer@latimes.com  
BUSINESS
October 14, 2013 | David Lazarus
Robert Marcum knew he had a problem when he found out he was dead. The tragic news arrived recently as he was trying to close a deal to buy property in Palm Springs. Marcum, 70, was informed that, according to his credit file, he'd passed away a couple of years ago. "No one had told me," he said. Looking more closely at his credit file, Glendale resident Marcum discovered that not only was he dead but that, when he was alive, he was apparently involved with a woman named Jean Thomson.
SPORTS
September 9, 2013 | By Eric Sondheimer
 With victories over Banning, 46-0, and Granada Hills Kennedy, 59-0, the Birmingham Patriots are probably walking around campus with their their heads held high and talking a little smack. Except the next three games will let everyone know what kind of team the Patriots really have. First up is a Friday game against Fairfax, which played well in close losses to L.A. Roosevelt and Dorsey. Then come games against Southern Section powers Sherman Oaks Notre Dame and Newhall Hart.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 29, 1993 | LYNNE HEFFLEY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
There's nothing subtle about the Los Angeles Teen Theatre's hip-hop, nightmarish rap production of the AIDS-prevention drama "The Real Deal" at the Mojo Ensemble in Hollywood. The uncompromising message delivered by a cast of young adults in their teens and 20s is that AIDS kills and unprotected sex and drug abuse are a direct route to the grave. Free to those age 17 and under, the 40-minute show is aimed at junior high and high school age youth.
NEWS
June 7, 2001 | HELENE ELLIOTT, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Comparing the early-season personality clashes between Shaquille O'Neal and Kobe Bryant of the Lakers to the conflicts on reality-based TV shows, NBA Commissioner David Stern said Wednesday the bond forged between O'Neal and Bryant--as well as the emergence of Allen Iverson as a leader for the Philadelphia 76ers--added intrigue to a season he declared terrific. "I said to somebody today that sports is the original reality-based programming," he said during a news conference at Staples Center.
BUSINESS
August 11, 2013 | By Marc Lifsher
SACRAMENTO - Gov. Jerry Brown is embroiled in potentially costly lawsuit over a Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger-era real estate deal gone bad. At the center of the legal battle is the Golden State Portfolio, a collection of 11 state office buildings, including two in downtown Los Angeles, that Schwarzenegger agreed to sell to investors for $2.3 billion before leaving office at the end of 2010. Schwarzenegger launched the deal to help fill a $25-billion deficit in the recession-racked state budget.
FOOD
August 3, 2013 | S. Irene Virbila, Los Angeles Times
No mistaking when you meet Semsa Denizsel. She is the real deal: a female chef in a place where that's unusual enough, self-taught, outspoken in her opinions, fierce in her love for Turkey and its food. She's been called the Alice Waters of Istanbul. Not only do they share a farm-to-table philosophy, but they also have the same uncompromising sensibilities. Her cooking at Kantin , her simple but sophisticated restaurant in Istanbul, is lusty, exuberant, real. The plating is natural, unforced, a woman's eye. "I don't like fussy.
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