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May 31, 2012 | By Jason la, TV Critic
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April 25, 2014 | Helene Elliott
Sometimes, coaches make lineup decisions based on a gut feeling. When those decisions backfire, their gut feelings can become spasms of tension, anxiety, and early-playoff-exit regrets. Ducks Coach Bruce Boudreau, fighting a reputation of being unable to lead talented teams in Washington and Anaheim deep into postseason play, made several decisions Friday that proved pivotal in the 6-2 victory that gave the Ducks a 3-2 lead over the Dallas Stars in the teams' opening-round playoff series.
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OPINION
August 8, 2010
WikiLeaks, oil leaks, jobs forecasts, foreclosures, Chelsea Clinton, Lindsey Lohan — no shortage of grave subjects for the ink-under-our- nails crowd. But sometimes political cartoonists just stick to … politics! And the dog days of August aren't too early to speculate about the dog-eat- dogfights of November. Phil Hands sees the GOP hanging ten and the Dems wiping out. Jack Ohman's homespun double-entendre makes a real-(e)statement. And Dan Wasserman's reworked campaign poster serves up a slice of practical realism instead of pie-in-the-sky idealism.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 24, 2014 | Mary McNamara
"House" meets "Homeland" and goes dancing with "Grey's Anatomy" on the new ABC "medical" drama, "Black Box," a show so deeply flawed and absurdly derivative you will wonder if you, like the main character, are experiencing a manic episode. Kelly Reilly stars as Dr. Catherine Black, a predictably brilliant and beautiful neurosurgeon who is also bipolar and prone to go off her meds. Like "Homeland's" Carrie Mathison and Dr. Gregory House, Black believes there is a direct relationship between her abilities and her disorder.
OPINION
February 3, 2013
Re "The debt debate," Opinion, Jan. 31 Michael Kingsley asks, "Is it not at least possible, though, that some folks really mean it when we say, no, we really are concerned about the effect of the national debt on America's long-run prosperity"? The answer is no. The national debt is simply being used as a stalking horse by those who want to punish the poor and reward the rich. If these people sincerely wanted to cut the deficit, they would raise taxes on the rich to more historical levels.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 20, 2009 | By Mary McNamara television critic >>>
Balloon Boy, the White House party crashers, Octomom, Jon & Kate, Speidi -- nearly 10 years after the first "Survivor" offered us winner and dubious role model Richard Hatch, reality television remains the genre that just keeps on giving. Ten years ago, who among us could have imagined a nation riveted by the semi-scripted rantings of various "real" housewives or the emotional and physical exertions of the morbidly obese? (P.T. Barnum being already dead and all.) Certainly, as a concept, reality programming offers the possibility, and rare actuality, of personal drama and cultural revelation.
NEWS
October 14, 2011
In the future, what will our well-dressed, mean girl leaders have in common? A childhood filled with a lot of reality television. A revealing survey released this week from the Girl Scout Research Institute exposes the good, bad and ugly influences reality TV may be having on our impressionable female youth. The survey included 1,141 girls across the U.S. age 11 to 17 who were asked about their reality TV-watching habits as well as their opinions on relationships, self-confidence, self-image and success.
OPINION
June 9, 2013
Re "House vote opens immigration divide," June 7 Since House Republicans seem obsessed with littering the path to citizenship with traps, I suggest they turn this process into a reality show. Illegal immigrants would be forced to endure a series of hardships; some would succeed and gain citizenship, but most would give up. As harsh as this sounds, it is no less harsh than what is being proposed. Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa) wants to go after the "Dreamers," those young adults who are on the path to a college degree or who have served in our military but lack legal status.
OPINION
September 6, 2012
Re "Democrats are missing magic of '08," Sept. 4 The Democratic jubilation of 2008 was the product of the rejection of the Republican leadership and ideology and the wishful thinking that Democratic leadership and ideology would have magical powers. For four years we have been shown there is no magic; that political, social and economic change take work and time. It took about 10 years to foul up the banking system and the economy; it will take at least four more years of work to fix them - and a little collaboration could help.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 24, 2013 | By Joe Flint
Mike Darnell, the president of alternative entertainment at Fox Broadcasting and one of the most influential programming executives of the last two decades, is resigning. The diminutive Darnell, known for his wild curly locks and cowboy hat, is considered one of the godfathers of raunchy reality TV. He was the force behind shows such as "When Animals Attack" and "My Big Fat Obnoxious Fiance. " More recently, Darnell has been guiding "American Idol," Fox's musical talent program that at one point was the biggest TV show in America.
OPINION
April 11, 2014 | By Amy Wilentz
Reading is such an improbable idea -- a miracle, really. Yet simple squiggles on a page, arranged just so, can convey ideas that change the way we think or introduce to us characters we love for a lifetime. In celebration of reading -- and of this weekend's Los Angeles Times Festival of Books -- we asked four readers (who also happen to be writers) to celebrate books that mattered in their lives. My grandfather's house on the New Jersey shore was a huge 1880s double-parlor Victorian with 11 bedrooms, a wraparound porch and a big green couch in the living room next to the piano.
NATIONAL
April 5, 2014 | By Molly Hennessy-Fiske
KILLEEN, Texas -- This week's shooting at Ft. Hood has drawn attention to survivors of the 2009 shooting at this sprawling Army post -- and, those  survivors hope, to their ongoing effort to heal and win compensation from the government. Numerous victims of the earlier attack sued the government two years ago, arguing that the shooting should be considered terrorism, with the requisite benefits and military commendations. In that attack, Army psychiatrist Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan had shouted "God is great!"
BUSINESS
March 28, 2014 | By Andrea Chang
It's long been the stuff of science fiction, the ability to wear a headset and feel as if you're in another world. Creating an affordable virtual reality device for the mass market has been the holy grail of sorts for game developers and futurists. Now Facebook's $2-billion purchase of Oculus may bring that dream one step closer to reality. Virtual reality enthusiasts say they've been waiting for decades for the technology to take off and have been developing headsets and content in the hopes they could soon have mainstream appeal.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 26, 2014 | by Scott Collins
Fox's newest dating show is out to deceive contestants royally. In "I Wanna Marry 'Harry,' " 12 single American women travel to Britain to meet a young man they are led to believe is -- yes, you guessed it -- Prince Harry, the rakish 29-year-old grandson of Queen Elizabeth II and fourth in line to the British throne. Harry he is not, of course, but, rather, one Matthew Hicks, a lookalike who is not in line for anything except the starring role in a dating show that proves just how hard it is to embarrass TV programmers.
BUSINESS
March 25, 2014 | By Jessica Guynn
SAN FRANCISCO -- Facebook said it would buy virtual reality company Oculus VR for about $2 billion in cash and stock. Oculus is the Irvine, Calif., maker of the Rift headset. The company will continue to operate independently within Facebook, Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg said in a blog post. With the purchase, the giant social network is focusing on “what platforms will come next to enable even more useful, entertaining and personal experiences,” Zuckerberg said. When you put on the Oculus headset, “you enter a completely immersive computer-generated environment, like a game or a movie scene or a place far away,” Zuckerberg said.
BUSINESS
March 25, 2014 | By Jessica Guynn
SAN FRANCISCO - A tiny Irvine company founded by a 21-year-old Cal State Long Beach drop-out may play a leading role in Facebook's next major bet on the future of the Internet: that virtual reality will change the way people experience the Web. Facebook said Tuesday that it was buying Oculus VR, maker of virtual reality headsets for video game players, for $2 billion. The ultimate goal of the acquisition, the giant social network said, is to create an immersive 3-D experience in which users don't just chat online with friends but grab a cup of coffee with them in a virtual cafe or travel with them to distant places, just by putting on a pair of goggles with dark lenses.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 20, 2012
His wife starred in a reality series about Alaska. His daughter stars in a reality series set in L.A. that premiered Tuesday night. Now Todd Palin, Sarah's husband and Bristol's father, will compete against retired boxing champion Laila Ali, singer Nick Lachey and other celebrities in a competition show called "Stars Earn Stripes. " NBC announced Tuesday that retired Army general and former presidential candidate Wesley Clark will co-host the series with television personality Samantha Harris.
NATIONAL
March 24, 2014 | By Lalita Clozel
WASHINGTON - Working as a Jack in the Box cashier, Marissa Cruz Santos breathed a sigh of relief last year when she qualified for an Obama administration program that defers deportation of young immigrants who came to the U.S. illegally as children. With high expectations and a freshly minted work permit, Santos, 27, hit the job market, hoping to leverage her new status and a Cal State Fullerton degree into an entry-level office position. But after applying for several jobs near her Riverside home, Santos got only two interviews and no offers.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 15, 2014 | By Richard Verrier
In a climactic car-chase scene in the new movie "Need for Speed," a race car barrels into the back of a police SUV, sending the truck flying through the air. To put viewers in the drivers' seats, director Scott Waugh placed cameras inside the SUV so they could feel the sensation of the truck rotating in the air. He positioned cameras on the head of the stunt driver maneuvering the vehicle that collides with the SUV, and in the car driven by Tobey...
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