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October 15, 2013 | By Gerrick D. Kennedy
Music industry rule No. 101: Never tick off the headliner inviting you on the road. According to reports, Drake has dropped Future from his upcoming arena trek, a move that could turn into a $1.5-million feud between the two artists. The reason? Disparaging remarks the singsongy  Atlanta rapper made about Drake's latest album during an interview with Billboard, according to the New York Post . In a conversation earlier this month to preview his forthcoming album, “Honest,” Future shared his thoughts on Drake's latest chart-topper, “Nothing Was the Same,” with Billboard associate editor Erika Ramierz.
October 9, 2013 | By David Wharton
Italian gymnast Carlotta Ferlito has apologized for a racist remark she made in reference to an American rival at the world championships in Belgium. Ferlito and teammate Vanessa Ferrari had finished just off the podium in the balance beam competition on Sunday when she commented on bronze medalist Simone Biles, who is African American. "I told Vane that next time we'll have our skin black so we can win too," she said. Ferlito tweeted her mea culpa on Tuesday. "I want to apologize with the Americans girls.
October 3, 2013 | By Christie D'Zurilla
Barbara Sinatra has replied to the bombshell comment by Mia Farrow that Frank Sinatra could "possibly" be the father of Ronan Farrow, heretofore known as Mia's one biological child with Woody Allen. Her take on the situation? "It's just a bunch of junk," Barbara Sinatra told the Desert Sun on Thursday. "There's always junk written - lies that aren't true. " Farrow, in a new interview with Vanity Fair , said she and Frank Sinatra "never really split up" after their two-year marriage, which ended in 1968.
September 24, 2013 | By Karen Kaplan
What's cuter than a panda cub? Fourteen cubs sharing an oversized crib at the Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding in China. Researchers wearing blue surgical gowns, hairnets and face masks presented the furry cubs to the world Tuesday as they gave an update on the recent panda baby boom. A total of 20 cubs were born to pandas from the research base between July 10 and Aug. 30, according to Huang Xiangming, chief of the animal management division there. Seventeen of those cubs are still alive, Huang told the China Daily newspaper.
September 20, 2013 | Mark Swed
For a few foolish moments in the feverish run-up to the opening of Walt Disney Concert Hall 10 years ago, cynical wags nicknamed the new venue Mouse House. Tomorrowland would have been more like it. The Los Angeles Philharmonic has enjoyed the most remarkable decade of its nearly 100-year history. In Yasuhisa Toyota's transparent acoustical design for Disney Hall, there is nowhere to hide. The surround-sound auditorium favors democracy over exclusive accommodations, since listeners sit in direct contact with the musicians and with one another.
September 18, 2013 | By Greg Braxton, Los Angeles Times
"Big Brother" houseguest GinaMarie Zimmerman had a clear goal after being cast for the latest edition of the CBS reality show, which isolates several contestants from the outside world for an entire summer. Asked what she would do if the series made her famous, she replied, "I would use my personality and popularity to be in the spotlight and make me a household name. " As the reality series wraps up its 15th season Wednesday, Zimmerman may realize part of her dream, but not in the way she may have imagined.
September 13, 2013 | By Chris Megerian, Patrick McGreevy and Melanie Mason
SACRAMENTO - It was an off-the-cuff conversation in a Capitol hallway that rescued one of the year's most consequential and controversial proposals, a bill to grant driver's licenses widely to immigrants who are in the country illegally. Sen. Kevin de León (D-Los Angeles), wrapping up a Wednesday meeting with Gov. Jerry Brown, mentioned his disappointment that the measure was stalled. He thought the governor was wary of it, because the bill's author, Assemblyman Luis Alejo (D-Watsonville)
August 28, 2013 | By Christine Mai-Duc
A Montana judge has come under fire after handing down a 30-day sentence to a former high school teacher convicted of raping a 14-year-old student and for making statements in court that the victim was "older than her chronological age" and "as much in control of the situation" as her teacher. Outrage is particularly sharp in Billings, where the crime took place, because the girl committed suicide in 2010, just shy of her 17th birthday, as the criminal case was pending. A protest was planned for Thursday, and organizers have called on Montana District Judge G. Todd Baugh to resign.
August 21, 2013 | By Betsy Sharkey
There is a scene early in "Cutie and the Boxer" of 80-year-old Ushio Shinohara brushing his teeth - although attacking his teeth might be a better description. It's a small detail, but like many in Zachary Heinzerling's remarkable documentary debut, a carefully chosen one. The director wants us to understand Shinohara is a fierce man. The avant-garde artist is known for his "action" painting - boxing gloves are indeed involved. But as riveting as Shinohara is, the real artist the film is interested in is Noriko, Shinohara's wife of 40 years.
August 15, 2013 | By Betsy Sharkey, Los Angeles Times Film Critic
There is a scene early in "Cutie and the Boxer" of 80-year-old Ushio Shinohara brushing his teeth, although attacking his teeth would come closer to the ferocity with which he goes at the job. It's a small detail, but like so many in Zachary Heinzerling's remarkable documentary debut, a carefully chosen one. The director wants us to understand Shinohara is a fierce man. An artist, Shinohara is known for his "boxing" technique, part of his...
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