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June 29, 1985
The Ricky Bell Memorial Scholarship Fund, which began with donations when Bell died last November, is being expanded. Bell's widow, Natalie, announced Friday that the fund would be perpetuated through what is scheduled to be an annual golf event. The first fund-raising golf outing will be held July 12 at the Brookside Golf Course in Pasadena. Mike Garrett, a Heisman Trophy winner who, like Bell, attended USC, is serving as the honorary chairman of the scholarship fund.
April 1, 2014 | By Oliver Gettell
Get ready for Meryl Streep to strap on a guitar and rock out. The 18-time Oscar nominee is set to play the lead role in the upcoming rock 'n' roll dramedy "Ricki and the Flash," which TriStar Productions announced it has acquired. In the film, to be directed by Jonathan Demme ("The Silence of the Lambs," "Philadelphia") from a script by "Juno" writer Diablo Cody, Streep will play a grocery store checkout lady by day and by night a fading rock musician who has one last chance to reconnect with her estranged family.
April 4, 2013 | By Betsy Sharkey, Los Angeles Times Film Critic
"Babe's and Ricky's Inn," Ramin Niami's new documentary on the legendary L.A. blues club, is a bit like the music that founder Mama Laura gathered up in her big, open-hearted embrace - an improvisational riff filled with weeping guitars, wailing harmonicas, pounding keyboards and sweat-soaked players rather than rigorous storytelling. If you don't want to get up and move at some point during this film, go see a doctor. Music in "Babe's and Ricky's" is righteous and raucous and easy to come by, but the story of Mama Laura is more elusive.
March 27, 2014 | By Gary Goldstein
The middling "Locker 13" is a "Twilight Zone"-like anthology of quasi-chilling stories mostly unified by an unlucky little storage closet and the theme of choices and consequences. Featuring five short yarns, each spun out by its own writer and director, the film takes a decidedly old-fashioned approach to situation and character. The result is an alternately creaky and intriguing ride, one of earnest ambition and dashed potential. More consistent is the array of knowing performances, led by the dependable Jon Gries ("Napoleon Dynamite")
August 16, 2012 | By Mark Olsen
Richard Leacock is a towering figure in the world of non-fiction filmmaking, best known for his involvement in seminal documentary films such as "Primary" and "Monterey Pop" and the movement of observational style known as direct cinema or cinéma vérité. In "Ricky on Leacock" Leacock's former student Jane Weiner mixes together interviews, archival material and casual footage of Leacock that crosses decades to create a film that is as much a portrait of aging as it is of the man himself.
January 25, 2004
"My phone doesn't stop ringing now, so I just keep it off. I don't know if I am a star, but that's the way everyone is making me feel." Ricky Manning Jr., Carolina rookie cornerback, who has four playoff interceptions.
December 23, 1987 | RICHARD HOFFER, Times Staff Writer
It's every father's dream, taking junior into the family business. "Son, someday this will all be yours." Sweep of the arm. That kind of thing. Yet Bill Berry, whose business is basketball, was reluctant. Ricky could play, would play. No question. But not for Dad. Father Knows Least is the name of this story. Eventually Ricky did play for Dad, right here at San Jose State.
March 14, 2013 | By Glenn Whipp
Ricky (Sheldon Shepherd), the hero of Storm Saulter's ambitious coming-of-age drama "Better Mus' Come," is a man for all seasons. Gangster, community leader, part-time poet, full-time dad, Ricky negotiates the dangerous complexities of the culture of violence inflaming Jamaica in the late '70s, uncertain what path he should take. "You cannot fight the righteous battle with weapons of war," Ricky is told, though, given the political unrest and poverty of his country, the words are easier to say than practice.
October 31, 1994 | ALEXA BELL FOSTER, Foster, 36, lives in Los Angeles with her husband, Stephen, and their 10-month son, West. She is a doctoral student in clinical psychology
Even though Ricky was only 7, he always seemed to know what people were thinking. When his father came home from work angry, Ricky was always waiting with a special drawing for him. And when Molly was fighting tears because that bully down the hill had called her "fatty," Ricky somehow knew to find her and slip his hand into hers. Everyone thought Ricky was special, called him "amazing, really." Even Johnny had a particular tender spot for his little towheaded brother.
July 23, 1989 | JOY HOROWITZ, Joy Horowitz's last story for this magazine was "Dr. Amnio."
REMEMBERING HER DAYS AS A young girl--"No one would have accused me of being a happy child"--Leslie Abramson has an enduring memory of her favorite means of escape. After school, at the corner luncheonette, she'd buy button candies and chocolate marshmallow twists (two for a nickel) and spend hours at the comic-book racks, reading. Mad magazine was good for a giggle. But it was the spooky stuff, the horror comics like "Tales From the Crypt," that she really loved. And hated, too.
March 6, 2014 | By Jim Peltz
LAS VEGAS - The USA Today headline about a NASCAR exhibition race said it all. “Tony Stewart, Danica Patrick, boyfriend crash at Daytona,” the headline declared last month. Who's the “boyfriend”? Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Stenhouse is a second-year driver in NASCAR's Sprint Cup Series after an accomplished stint in its lower-tier Nationwide Series, where he earned consecutive championships in 2011-12. But as Stenhouse readily admits, he's known mainly for dating Patrick, who's one of the nation's most recognized sports figures and is also in her sophomore year in the Cup series.
February 27, 2014 | By Christie D'Zurilla
Allison Williams, a star of HBO's "Girls" and the daughter of NBC newsman Brian Williams, is reportedly engaged to Ricky Van Veen, her boyfriend of three years. The actress met the co-founder of the CollegeHumor website through mutual friends, according to People magazine, which first announced the news. And her dad "likes him a lot," she told Larry King in January. Williams, 25 and a Yale graduate in English, plays Marnie on Lena Dunham's cable comedy about four single twentysomething women in New York City.
January 25, 2014 | By Eric Sondheimer
 Junior quarterback Ricky Town of St. Bonaventure sent out a tweet on Saturday morning announcing that he was no longer committed to Alabama. Then by Saturday night, he announced he had committed to USC. Here's a story link from He had been committed to Alabama since early August.  
January 2, 2014 | By Nardine Saad
Ricky Martin and boyfriend Carlos Gonzalez Abella have split. "Ricky and Carlos have mutually agreed to end their relationship but continue to be united by friendship and their shared experiences," a rep for the singer told several news outlets in a statement Thursday. The Latin singer, 42, and his ex have been parents to 5-year-old twins, Matteo and Valentino, who were born in August 2008 via surrogate. The couple started dating in early 2008, and Martin came out to the public in 2010.
December 27, 2013 | By Steve Dilbeck
RICKY NOLASCO , 31, starting pitcher Final 2013 stats: 13-11, 3.70 ERA, 1.21 WHIP, .255 opponent batting average, 7.4 strikeouts per inning pitched (8-3, 3.52, 1.20 WHIP, .247, 7.8 as a Dodger). Contract status: A free agent, signed a four-year, $49-million contract with the Twins. The good: After coming over from the Marlins on July 6, the Rialto native got off to a roaring start as a Dodger. He went 8-1 with a 2.07 ERA in his first 12 starts, holding opponents to a .213 batting average.
December 24, 2013 | Times staff and wire reports, This post has been corrected, as indicated below.
Drummer Ricky Lawson, 59, who performed and recorded with many of the biggest names in popular music in the 1980s, died Monday at Long Beach Memorial Medical Center of a brain hemorrhage. The death was confirmed by hospital spokeswoman Wendy Dow. Lawson became disoriented during a performance Dec. 13 and was hospitalized, according to an Associated Press report. He died after being removed from life support, said his uncle, Paul Riser of Detroit. Lawson performed with Michael Jackson, Eric Clapton, Phil Collins, Bette Midler and many others.
Jovita Marquez and Virginia Villa were among the thousands of Southern California Latinos drawn to La Luz de Oro Corp., whose name means "The Light of Gold." At the company's festive sales rallies--marathon sessions mixing evangelism with secular promises of money, cars and homes--the two women were told they could realize their financial dreams if they invested in the telecommunications company, followed its rules and held on to their faith. But faith has given way to anger.
In the deadliest shooting spree in U.S. history, a man crashed his pickup truck into a cafeteria crowded with lunchtime patrons here Wednesday afternoon and began firing rapidly and indiscriminately with a semiautomatic pistol, killing 22 people. The gunman later was found dead of a gunshot wound in a restaurant restroom, police said. The massacre resulted in injuries to 20 others, many of them listed in "very critical condition."
December 4, 2013 | By Steve Dilbeck
Ricky Nolasco, thanks for the memories. They were short and sweet, aside from that ending. Nolasco, the right-hander from Rialto, officially signed with the Minnesota Twins on Wednesday, ending his half-season career as a Dodger. Nolasco, who turns 31 on Dec. 13, wanted a five-year deal and the Dodgers weren't interested in that kind of commitment, which is perfectly understandable. He ended up signing for four years with the Twins for a guaranteed $49 million. If he pitches 400 innings in the 2016 and 2017 seasons, the contract vests for another year at $13 million.
October 15, 2013 | By Kevin Baxter
Monday's win in Game 3 of the National League Championship Series didn't change Dodger Manager Don Mattingly's mind about who will pitch in Game 4 on Tuesday: Right-hander Ricky Nolasco, who was passed over in the Division Series with Atlanta, will get the ball Tuesday night against the St. Louis Cardinals. "Well, to be really honest, we've put Ricky in; it's not a great spot for Ricky. He hasn't pitched in a while," Mattingly said of Nolasco, whose last appearance was Sept. 29. "Ricky's competitive, and he's worked hard in here to try to stay sharp.  We'll just be keeping an eye on him and see where he's at and try to manage the game as it tells us what to do. " If the Dodgers had lost Monday, Game 4 would have been a potential elimination game and there was speculation Mattingly would have gone to ace right-hander Zack Greinke on short rest.
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