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April 7, 2014 | By Joel Rubin
Los Angeles police officers tampered with voice recording equipment in dozens of patrol cars in an effort to avoid being monitored while on duty, according to records and interviews. An inspection by Los Angeles Police Department investigators found about half of the estimated 80 cars in one South L.A. patrol division were missing antennas, which help capture what officers say in the field. The antennas in at least 10 more cars in nearby divisions had also been removed. LAPD Chief Charlie Beck and other top officials learned of the problem last summer but chose not to investigate which officers were responsible.
April 15, 2014 | By Andrew Khouri
Most Californians can't afford their rent. The state's affordability crisis has worsened since the recession, as soaring home prices and rents outpace job and income growth. Meanwhile, government funds to combat the problem have evaporated. Local redevelopment agencies once generated roughly $1 billion annually for below-market housing across California, but the roughly 400 agencies closed in 2012 to ease a state budget crisis. In addition, almost $5 billion from state below-market housing bonds, approved by voters last decade, is nearly gone.
December 6, 2013 | By Mark Swed
Sites for CD-quality and studio master downloads: Qobuz: This French site is now the world's best megastore record store for downloads. While the catalog is not quite as deep as Amazon or iTunes, it offers a vast wealth of recordings available as downloads in CD quality and often hi-def. Plus it has a wealth of unbelievable bargains, although you have to search for them. HDtracks: Although the selection is fairly limited, this pioneering U.S. site has hi-def recordings you won't find anywhere else and is especially good at providing astonishingly rich remasterings of classic '50s and '60s jazz, rock and classical.
April 15, 2014 | By Mike Bresnahan
AT SAN ANTONIO When: 5 PDT. Where: AT&T Center. On the air: TV: TWC SportsNet, TWC Deportes; Radio: 710, 1330. Records: Lakers 26-55, Spurs 62-19. Record vs. Spurs: 0-3. Update: The Lakers didn't fare so well the last time they played in San Antonio, losing by their largest margin ever against the Spurs (34 points). San Antonio clinched the NBA's best record and might rest some starters against the Lakers. Then again, all the Spurs' starters sat out the fourth quarter of that game last month in San Antonio.
August 15, 2008
Helms obituary: The obituary of steel guitar player Don Helms in Thursday's California section stated that the Hank Williams recordings featuring Helms included "I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry." Steel guitarist Jerry Byrd performed on that recording.
March 21, 2013 | By Randy Lewis
This post has been updated. See note below for details. Pink Floyd's “Dark Side of the Moon” is no longer just the rock album that has logged more weeks than any other on Billboard's national album chart nor merely the one acid heads favored for syncing up as a twisted soundtrack for “The Wizard of Oz.” It's also now going into the 2012 National Recording Registry, one of 25 recordings over the last century singled out for their “cultural,...
November 30, 2012 | by Randall Roberts
Metallica has gone indie. The band announced on Friday that it has officially left its longtime home, the Warner Music Group, taken its master recordings and formed a new independent label, Blackened Recordings. All forthcoming Metallica projects -- including future studio albums, reissues, live recordings and long- and short-form video work -- will come out via Blackened. The label will also handle its own marketing and promotion, and be distributed by WMG reissue subsidiary Rhino Entertainment.
November 7, 2013 | By Randy Lewis
A new perspective on L.A. country-rock band Lone Justice arrives Jan. 14 with the release of “This Is Lone Justice-The Vaught Tapes, 1983,” a collection of live-in-the-studio recordings the band made as its career was heating up. The band, fronted by singer Maria McKee, entered a Van Nuys recording studio in December 1983 with engineer David Vaught and recorded versions of a dozen of the songs that were a core part of the group's set at the...
February 13, 2013 | By Randy Lewis, Los Angeles Times
A broad-scale plan to preserve the nation's cultural heritage captured on sound recordings and to make more than a century's worth of recorded materials more widely available for educational purposes is being unveiled Wednesday at the Library of Congress in Washington. James H. Billington, the Librarian of Congress, was scheduled to introduce the library's comprehensive National Recording Preservation Plan, the library's response to Congress' passing of the National Recording Preservation Act of 2000.
January 4, 2014 | By Rick Schultz
"Vladimir Horowitz: Live at Carnegie Hall" Vladimir Horowitz's technical ease, power, wide color palette, singing tone and musicianship sent other now-legendary pianists, including Rudolf Serkin, Arthur Rubinstein and Claudio Arrau, back to the practice room. Serkin said Horowitz "opened a new world for me," and Rubinstein admitted in his autobiography to feeling jealous after hearing Horowitz's near note-perfect playing. Arrau's own mother turned to him after a Horowitz recital and said, "He plays better than you. " Most baby boomers never got to hear that Horowitz, when his technique was unsurpassed.
April 14, 2014 | By Broderick Turner
VS. DENVER When: 7:30. Where: Staples Center. On the air: TV: Prime Ticket, TNT; Radio: 980, 1330. Records: Clippers 56-24, Nuggets 36-44. Record vs. Nuggets: 1-2. Update: The Clippers need one more win to set a franchise record for most victories in a season. The Clippers, playing in their final regular-season home game, are 33-7 at home. The Nuggets are 14-26 on the road. Nuggets point guard Ty Lawson won't play because of a sprained left ankle.
April 13, 2014 | Broderick Turner
It was a win. That was all that mattered to the Clippers. The intensity was lacking for the most part, but the Clippers still worked hard enough for a 117-101 victory over the Sacramento Kings on Saturday afternoon at Staples Center. No one really expected the Clippers to play with the same passion against a Kings team going nowhere as they displayed Wednesday night against the Oklahoma City Thunder in a game that had playoff implications. "Certain games are a little tougher than others just because one team might not be playing for anything and one team might," said Blake Griffin, who led the Clippers with 27 points on nine-for-15 shooting and nine assists.
April 13, 2014 | By Paloma Esquivel and Adolfo Flores
Two transients arrested in Orange County on suspicion of killing four women were registered sex offenders who were required to wear electronic monitoring devices and check in with police every 30 days, according to law enforcement authorities and court records. Franc Cano, 27, and Steven Dean Gordon, 45, were arrested Friday evening in an industrial part of Anaheim, just blocks from the trash-sorting center where the body of one victim, Jarrae Nykkole Estepp, 21, was found last month.
April 12, 2014 | By Steve Galluzzo
Nine days after breaking the Orange County record in the 100-meter dash, Santa Ana Mater Dei sprinter Curtis Godin made more history Saturday night at the Arcadia Invitational, running the event in a state-best 10.36 seconds. Godin's 100 time was the third-fastest in the country this season and equaled the meet record set by Jamere Holland of Woodland Hills Taft in 2006. The UCLA-bound senior, who ran the 200 in a wind-aided 21.11 (fastest in the state) at the West Coast Relays a week earlier, clocked 21.03 in the race Saturday, finishing second to Paul Lucas of Mountain Pointe, Ariz., who clocked a national-best 20.84.
April 11, 2014 | By Teddy Greenstein
AUGUSTA, Ga. -- After carding an opening-round 69, Bubba Watson didn't make his first bogey of the tournament until the 9th hole Friday. But he then rebounded by making consecutive birdies at 12, 13, 14, 15 and 16, a surge that pushed him out to a second-round 68. He's 7-under par, three clear of John Senden and four of Thomas Bjorn and Jonas Blixt. Watson thrived on another day of high wind gusts and subsequent high scores. How did he do it? “Just close my eyes and putt,” he replied.  “You know, they went in. “I'm a professional golfer.
April 11, 2014 | By Mike Bresnahan
Nobody got hurt. The Lakers didn't lose by 50. There are only three games left. These were reasons for the Lakers to celebrate a 112-95 loss Friday to Golden State at Staples Center. The season that won't ever end is down to a handful of days. Nobody's complaining. No crying. Tension was sucked out of this season a month ago, if not longer. BOX SCORE: Golden State 112, Lakers 95 There's a lot of losing, though, six in a row for the Lakers (25-54) after a late run fell short, extending their team record for losses in a season.
January 25, 2013 | By Nicole Santa Cruz, Los Angeles Times
Prosecutors were ordered Friday to hand over material about a jailhouse informant who helped authorities secretly record hours of conversation with the man accused of gunning down eight people in the deadliest mass shooting in Orange County history. The recordings were made a week after the arrest of Scott Dekraai, 43, in the 2011 midday rampage at a Seal Beach salon where his ex-wife worked. Defense attorney Scott Sanders argued that he needs more information about the informant and his involvement with other criminal cases, including Dekraai's, to determine whether his client's right to a fair trial has been violated.
December 3, 2012 | By Valerie J. Nelson, Los Angeles Times
Mickey Baker, an exceptional 1950s session guitarist who played on hundreds of recordings, helping to transform rhythm and blues into rock 'n' roll, died Tuesday at his home near Toulouse, France, according to French media reports. He was 87. A cause of death was not disclosed. Baker "was the first great rock and roll guitarist," rock historian Dave Marsh wrote in 1989 in "The Heart of Rock and Roll: The 1001 Greatest Singles Ever Made. " The sassy "Love Is Strange" was one of them.
April 11, 2014 | Helene Elliott
If the hockey gods had a sense of humor, they would have arranged for the Kings and the Ducks to play for the Pacific Division title Saturday at Staples Center. At the very least, they would have put one team in position to knock the other out of the playoffs. Alas, the hockey gods must have been busy elsewhere because they didn't leave much drama surrounding Saturday's game. The Kings have been locked into third place in the division for a while, certain that they will start on the road against the San Jose Sharks, likely on Wednesday.
April 10, 2014 | By Lisa Dillman
EDMONTON, Canada - Records, refining and an imminent retirement. The three Rs marked the Kings' final regular-season road game as they defeated the Edmonton Oilers, 3-0, on Thursday night at Rextall Place behind Marian Gaborik's three-point effort and the fourth shutout of the season for rookie goalie Martin Jones. Records were matched and others broken with the Kings' late-season tour of the also-rans in the Pacific Division ending, thankfully, as did their three-game losing streak.
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