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January 21, 2013 | Wire reports
Renee's Titan rallied to win the $150,000 Santa Ynez Stakes by three-quarters of a length as a 20-1 longshot on Monday at Santa Anita. Ridden by Tyler Baze, Renee's Titan ran 61/2 furlongs in 1:16.14 and paid $43.80, $7.80 and $4.20 while ending a six-race skid. Beholder, who the Eclipse Award as champion filly last weekend, wound up second in her 3-year-old debut. She returned $2.20 and $2.10, and Dawn's Charm was another nose back in third and paid $3.20 to show. Baze rallied Renee's Titan from six lengths behind at six furlongs despite losing his whip in the upper stretch.
January 21, 2014 | By David Ng
Before the Denver Broncos take on the Seattle Seahawks at this year's Super Bowl, they will be serenaded by soprano Renée Fleming in a performance of "The Star-Spangled Banner. " Fleming has been tapped to sing the national anthem at the Super Bowl, set for Feb. 2 at the MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J. A publicist for the soprano said it hasn't been determined yet if Fleming will be accompanied by musicians. The Super Bowl is to be broadcast on Fox, with kickoff time scheduled for 3:30 p.m. PST. PHOTOS: LA Opera through the years Fleming joins a long list of performers -- mostly pop stars, including Alicia Keys last year -- to have sung the national anthem at the Super Bowl.
June 6, 2010 | By Kevin Berger, Special to the Los Angeles Times
It's safe to say that if Renee Fleming appeared on "American Idol" and sang "Hallelujah," the Leonard Cohen song immortalized by Jeff Buckley, and a favorite of "Idol" contestants, judges Randy Jackson and Kara DioGuardi would not say she is "pitchy." "Thank you!" exclaimed the opera star, laughing. Dialing down her soprano to a tenor, Fleming sings a tender version of "Hallelujah" on her surprising new album, "Dark Hope," a set of rock songs by artists including the Arcade Fire, Band of Horses and Death Cab for Cutie.
July 10, 2012 | By Rene Lynch
If you find yourself in the jaws of an alligator, fight like your life depends upon it. Because it does, says a Florida alligator expert. Frank Mazzotti, a wildlife ecology and conservation professor and alligator expert at the University of Florida's Fort Lauderdale Research and Education Center , offered up this suggestion and other tips for emerging in one piece after an admittedly unlikely encounter with an alligator. We asked Mazzotti for the advice after some unsettling news out of the Sunshine State: Two Florida residents have lost limbs to alligators in the past few weeks.
July 5, 2006 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Renee Denise Golabek-Kaye, 52, a concert pianist who was coached from an early age by her mother, the late concert pianist Lisa Jura Golabek, died June 12. Her family did not disclose where she died. Golabek-Kaye earned a master's degree at the Juilliard School and made her performance debut at the age of 18. Through her career, she performed at a number of fundraising concerts benefiting Jewish causes.
October 14, 1996 | From Associated Press
Rene Lacoste, the French tennis champion of the 1920s who transformed his nickname--"Le Crocodile"--into a status symbol on polo shirts around the world, has died. He was 92. His daughter, Catherine Lacoste, said her father's heart failed in his sleep Saturday, four days after surgery on a broken leg. Lacoste had been ailing for years with prostate cancer. Lacoste was the last survivor of the "Four Musketeers" of French tennis--Lacoste, Henri Cochet, Jean Borotra and Jacques Brugnon.
March 22, 2002 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Rene Assa, 57, a character actor who had a prolific career in films and on television, died March 10 in Los Angeles of lung cancer. Born in Cairo, Assa moved to the United States as a teenager. He began his professional career in the theater, participating in the Padua Hills Playwrights Festival as well as the Mark Taper Forum's New Works Festival. He performed in several Los Angeles productions of plays by Murray Mednick. Assa's film credits include "Walker" and "Postcards From the Edge."
May 20, 2005 | Valerie Nelson, Times Staff Writer
Renee Riese Hubert, a professor of French and comparative literature who helped found graduate departments in those subjects at UC Irvine, has died. She was 89. Hubert died Wednesday of a heart attack at Hoag Hospital in Newport Beach, said Judd Hubert, her husband. In recent years, Hubert became known for studying the relationship between literature and painting. She published three books on the subject, including "Magnifying Mirrors: Women, Surrealism, and Partnership" (1994).
Actor Rene Enriquez, who once rejected advice to change his surname if he wanted a career in show business and went on to make Lt. Ray Calletano on "Hill Street Blues" a role model for Latinos everywhere, has died of pancreatic cancer. He was 58. Enriquez died Friday at his suburban Tarzana home, the Henry Bollinger Public Relations firm announced Tuesday. His body was cremated the following day, said his sister, Violetta Enriquez.
October 24, 1992 | From Associated Press
Rene Lachemann, third base coach for the Oakland Athletics the last six years, signed a three-year contract Friday to manage the expansion Florida Marlins. Lachemann, 47, has been fired twice from managing jobs--by the Seattle Mariners in 1983 and the Milwaukee Brewers in 1984. He had a combined record of 207-274. He was a coach for the Boston Red for two years before joining the Athletics. "I've been fortunate to be in five playoffs and four World Series," he said.
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