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January 28, 2013 | By T.L. Stanley
Even though beloved octogenarian actor Larry Hagman died late last year, his iconic character J.R. Ewing will be back in trademark form for the second season of TNT's reboot of "Dallas. " With bushy eyebrows twitching, J.R. will plot his way through seven episodes with a characteristic evil smile on his face and a greedy scheme up his sleeve. And when he departs the show - an unspecified untimely death is planned to reflect the real-life passing and to celebrate a life fully lived - he'll leave behind a mighty mess.
January 12, 2013 | By Sam Farmer
The Houston Texans abandoned their running game when they played at New England last month. They also abandoned their passing game and defense. The Texans were blown out, 42-14, meaning they were back to the drawing board this week for their divisional game Sunday against the Patriots. “We know that our effort and how we performed last time wouldn't give us a chance against anybody on the road,” Houston Coach Gary Kubiak said. “It's about right now refocusing on all the things we have to do to go down there and have a chance to be successful, and I'm sure that's what they're thinking about.” The Patriots know, though, not to get overconfident.
November 20, 2012 | By Michael A. Memoli
WASHINGTON -- The man who managed President Obama's successful reelection campaign said Tuesday that the Chicago-based operation will carry on in some form to advocate the president's second-term agenda, and may even engage in the debate over how to avoid the so-called fiscal cliff. But before closing up shop in its current form, the analytics-driven Obama for America (OFA) has again turned to its massive online network to determine how best to do that. A survey emailed to supporters asked what kind of activities they'd like to see OFA engage in, including supporting Obama policy offerings and backing individual candidates in future campaigns.
November 15, 2012 | By Larry Gordon, Los Angeles Times
SAN FRANCISCO - Two UC campuses received important endorsements Thursday for long-stalled projects: a new medical school at Riverside and a major classroom building at Merced. The UC regents included a proposed $15 million to help run the medical school and $45 million for the Merced building in their 2013-14 budget request to the governor and Legislature. The regents said they were more optimistic than in the past about their chances since state tax revenues are improving. Meanwhile, about 60 student protesters - demanding that any new UC revenue be used to freeze tuition or roll it back - blocked an intersection for several hours near the UC San Francisco facility where the regents were meeting.
November 14, 2012 | By Kevin Baxter
In his first public comments since taking control of Chivas USA in late August, owner Jorge Vergara said Tuesday he is returning the struggling Major League Soccer franchise to its founding principles by reemphasizing the team's Mexican roots and reestablishing its ties to Vergara's Mexican league team, Chivas de Guadalajara. "This is the return of the prodigal son," Vergara said during a Beverly Hills news conference conducted primarily in Spanish. "From the start the plan was to make Chivas USA the son of Chivas de Guadalajara.
November 2, 2012 | By Chris Erskine
Red double-decker tour buses have begun rolling again in New York and Circle Line boats have started plying the waterways as tourism took a few more baby steps toward normalization after the super storm Sandy, AP reports. The Empire State Building, Broadway theaters, the Museum of Modern Art and Metropolitan Museum, and many stores, have reopened. But the wire service says city parks (including Central Park), the High Line and the Statue of Liberty remain closed pending damage assessment . . . . Enjoy nibbles from top chefs and specialty food companies at the San Diego Bay Wine & Food Festival, Nov. 14-18.
October 26, 2012 | By L.J. Williamson
Even objectivists yearn for romance. Adherents of Ayn Rand's philosophy may strive to live with an emphasis on the power of reason and objective reality, but that didn't stop Stephanie Betit and Jamie Hancock from falling so crazy in love that they'd constantly email during work, talk on the phone until 4 a.m. and drive for nine hours to see each other. Frustrated with her love life, Vermonter Betit, a 32-year-old special-education coordinator, wondered aloud to a girlfriend, "How the heck do you meet people nowadays who are intelligent, don't do drugs, don't drink and are serious about life?"
September 21, 2012 | By Mitchell Landsberg
Despite a trying week in which he was forced to explain a damaging videotape and endure rebuffs from fellow Republicans, Mitt Romney  said his campaign was doing fine and didn't need a turnaround. “I've got a very effective campaign. It's doing a very good job,” Romney said in an interview with Scott Pelley of CBS' “60 Minutes.” “But not everything I say is elegant. And -- and I want to make it very clear, I want to help 100% of the American people.” Romney was, of course, referring to the clandestine video in which he declared that 47% of the American people were certain to vote for President Obama because they paid no income tax, relied on federal entitlements and lacked personal responsibility.
August 29, 2012 | By Joe Flint
After the coffee. Before asking for Stephen Strasburg's work schedule. The Skinny: Being single with no kids sure can make one feel left out of the political process. At least that was my takeaway from Ann Romney's speech. Wednesday's headlines include ESPN's new baseball deal, Eddie Murphy's plan to milk "Beverly Hills Cop" for one more payday and a look at Chinatown's long history as a key location for filmmakers. Daily Dose: Apparently New Orleans isn't the only place bracing for Hurricane Isaac.
August 22, 2012 | By Patrick Goldstein, Los Angeles Times
When I began writing this column in 2000, I was wringing my hands about what looked like a new low in the movie business. Sony Pictures was about to release "Charlie's Angels," a less-than-stellar remake of a less-than-venerable TV show. It sounded like a terrible idea, especially when I discovered that the studio had paid a whopping 17 writers to work on the film - including A-listers such as Akiva Goldsman and Susannah Grant, and a batch of"Seinfeld" vets who did a round-table joke writing session right before production started.
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