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March 22, 2012 | By Morgan Little
Former senator and Democratic presidential candidate John Edwards has been connected by a New York online news site to Anna Gristina, the "Millionaire Madam," a claim that Edwards has swiftly denied. According to DNAinfo , a New York City crime news site, a call girl working for Gristina divulged to the Manhattan district attorney's office that she was paid to service Edwards in 2007, while he was in the city to raise money for his presidential bid. Allison Van Laningham, a lawyer for Edwards, released a statement on the allegations, and has requested that the story be retracted.
April 21, 2014 | By Sarah Hashim-Waris
Clothes make the man. But what about the man who makes the clothes? ... In this case, for characters in the colorful, uber-dramatic world of Mexican freestyle wrestling. Manuel Quiroz is a well-known mask and gear maker for fighters across the globe, many in L.A.'s popular lucha libre circuit. His journey to be known as the "best of the best" as he puts it, is as finely detailed and at times dramatic as a character plot constructed for the very fighters he clothes. When he was an aimless teenager in Aguascalientes, Mexico, Quiroz's curiosity led him to toy around with his mother's sewing machine.
December 25, 2004
Well done, Steven Barrie-Anthony! His story about Salvation Army worker Terri Brown ["Her Gratitude Is Ringing True," Dec. 21] really put some humanity into what most people consider the droning background of life. That's the voice that has the potential to reveal your enemies to be sympathetic humans with their own stories, trials and tribulations. [Giving them such voice] could lead to ending wars. It's hard to hate that which you know intimately. Eruch Adams Arden, N.C.
April 18, 2014 | By Mark Swed, Los Angeles Times Music Critic
Los Angeles' two greatest cultural disappointments of the past three decades may have been the failure of the Olympic Arts Festival in 1984 to mount director Robert Wilson's eight-hour international operatic epic, "the CIVIL warS" and the Music Center's inadequate support in 2000 of Frank Gehry's grand plan to renovate and urbanize the facility and reshape downtown's civic center in the process. All, though, is not lost. As part of Minimalist Jukebox on Thursday night, the Los Angeles Philharmonic reunited those two transformative artistic visions by presenting Philip Glass' contribution to "the CIVIL warS," known as the Rome section, in Gehry's successful contribution to the Music Center, Walt Disney Concert Hall.
May 22, 2012 | By Oliver Gettell
2 Chainz, a rapper named and known for his predilection for flashy jewelry, was arrested Tuesday at New York's LaGuardia Airport for toting an off-limits accessory: an alleged set of brass knuckles. Born Tauheed Epps, and featured on recent songs by Kanye West and Nicki Minaj, 2 Chainz was detained at the Delta Airlines terminal when airport officials found “metal knuckles” in his carry-on luggage, according to MTV News. A Port Authority officer confirmed the arrest to MTV and said, “The knuckles were in his personal bag and sounded the alarm.” Fellow hip-hop artists Big Sean and DJ Drama rushed to 2 Chainz's defense on Twitter, saying that the offending item was not a set of brass knuckles but rather a four-finger ring, a staple hip-hop accessory since the days of Slick Rick and Big Daddy Kane in the 1980s.
December 1, 2011
Pop radio takes a victory lap at the KIIS FM Jingle Ball, a round table of dance-friendly hit makers with David Guetta, Lady Gaga, Sean Paul and other FM staples. Bring earplugs for all the screaming. Nokia Theatre, 777 Chick Hearn Court, L.A. 5:30 p.m. Sat. $80.25-$150.25.
December 29, 2001
Impelled by Kenneth Turan's enthusiasm and my own lifelong high fantasy addiction, I raced to see "Lord of the Rings" the first day it was out ("Fulfilling a Grand Quest," Dec. 19). I was not disappointed, which is surprising since it is so rare for a film to catch the magic of a much-loved book. One point driven home to me as I watched the film was the inadequacy of the frequently repeated phrase that the story is about a war between good and evil. Far from the simplistic dualism of our current leaders, the "fellowship" must not only be concerned with defeating the external "evildoers" but must also constantly beware of the potential of corruption or weakness within themselves.
November 28, 2013 | By Laura J. Nelson
Authorities say they have broken up a burglary ring that targeted medical conferences at high-end Southern California hotels. Mayra Alejandra Gutierrez-Leon, 27 , and Eddwin Ricardo Bejaranobarrios , 26, both of Los Angeles, were arrested Tuesday on suspicion of stealing electronics from conference attendees at hotels in Orange and Los Angeles counties, the Newport Beach Police Department said. When people at the conference were on a break, Gutierrez-Leon and Bejaranobarrios used a “distraction technique” to take bags that contained laptops, iPads and iPhones, said Jennifer Manzella of the Newport Beach Police Department in a prepared statement.
August 29, 2013 | By Meredith Blake
Anderson Cooper tends to refrain from giving Pat Robertson much attention on his CNN show, but on Wednesday the televangelist earned a spot on Cooper's “RidicuList” for spouting a ludicrous theory about gay men spreading AIDS to unsuspecting victims using sharp rings. “Uh, what?” you ask. Yes, you read that correctly. On his long-running Christian Broadcasting Network show, “The 700 Club,” Robertson told co-host Terry Meeuwsen, “You know what they do in San Francisco?
July 16, 2013 | By Amy Kaufman
Ah, hometowns. When things finally get real. How else could Desiree discover, for example, that a man who says his occupation is “drilling fluid engineer” actually drives a snow cone truck for a living? That's right. Zak, 31, doles out icy treats on the daily back in Texas. Or maybe he doesn't. He called the truck his “family business,” but seemed to know how to operate the whole thing pretty intricately. He also had no hesitation about putting on a penguin suit to persuade local kiddies to buy snow cones.
April 18, 2014 | By Russ Parsons
Call it the Great Easter Egg Smackdown of 2014. Every time I write about hard-boiled eggs, I seem to get a flood of mail telling me, essentially, "You're an idiot, and you're doing it all wrong. " So this year I threw down the gauntlet. On our Daily Dish blog and on social media, I posted a challenge to all those hard-boiled naysayers: You tell me how you do it, and we'll give it a try. Not to get all smug, but my method won out again. Though I did pick up a couple of refinements along the way. (None of which is to say, however, that I am not an idiot; just that I can boil an egg.)
April 15, 2014 | By Karen Kaplan
The moons that orbit Saturn may be increasing by one -- an icy, pint-sized object that astronomers have named “Peggy.” NASA's Cassini spacecraft has spotted evidence that a mysterious object measuring perhaps half a mile across is disturbing the outer edge of Saturn's large, bright A ring. The object's gravity seems to have roughed up the ring's usually smooth profile. PHOTOS: Amazing close-ups of moons As a result, a stretch of the A ring that measures 750 miles long and 6 miles wide is now about 20% brighter than it would typically appear.
April 11, 2014 | By Christie D'Zurilla
Coldplay rocker Chris Martin didn't have his wedding ring on at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Awards on Thursday night, but that might be the only sign that his "conscious uncoupling" from Gwyneth Paltrow is really a breakup.  After sealing their split oddly with a family vacation to the Bahamas, the two have since ventured out together looking "lovey-dovey," according to a  People  source. Martin and Paltrow reportedly held hands, laughed and joked while attending Robert Downey Jr.'s birthday party with their children, Apple and Moses, on Sunday.  Partygoers were surprised by the affectionate display to the point that the source said it wouldn't be a surprise "if a report came out in a couple of weeks that they are back together.
April 5, 2014 | By Mary McNamara, Los Angeles Times Television Critic
Slowly they return, the clean-shaven, square-jawed heroes of yore, displaced for so many years now by their darker, more intricately conflicted brethren - the detectives with one foot on either side of the law, the pill-popping acerbic doctors and philandering, power-mad family men. The broadcast networks pivoted first; the leads of shows like NBC's "Grimm," Fox's "Sleepy Hollow" and ABC's "Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. " are good guys through and through. Now AMC, the fledgling powerhouse that branded itself with the moral ambiguity of "Mad Men" and "Breaking Bad," and the bleak and ever-shifting convictions of "The Walking Dead," is entering the straight-up hero business.
April 5, 2014 | By Mark Swed, Los Angeles Times Music Critic
Shortly after assuming the helm as the fourth director of the Museum of Contemporary Art last month, Philippe Vergne visited the Los Angeles Times to meet with editors and writers. Still in the beginning stage of absorbing MOCA's history and formulating his mission, he didn't have a great deal to share about his plans. But when asked whether he thought performance, a currently disregarded part of the museum's founding mission, was important, Vergne answered that he wouldn't call it important.
April 5, 2014 | By Eric Sondheimer
The rings are in. San Fernando High football players have received the ring they earned for winning the City Section Division II championship last fall. San Fernando went 15-0 in winning its second consecutive title.  
October 29, 2009 | Andrew Blankstein and Richard Winton
The roster of young celebrities allegedly victimized by the so-called bling ring expanded Wednesday as Los Angeles police detectives said the group targeted Brian Austin Green, Ashley Tisdale and Megan Fox as part of a string of at least 10 burglaries in the Hollywood Hills. So far, at least eight celebrities -- including Paris Hilton, Audrina Patridge, Lindsay Lohan, Rachel Bilson and Orlando Bloom -- have allegedly had property stolen by the gang that police said was made up primarily of teenage girls, most of whom attended the same continuation school in Agoura Hills.
August 13, 2013 | By Elisabeth Donnelly
Kelly Clarkson is currently out $235,000, is not able to take possession of the Jane Austen ring she bought last year, and faces British Austen fans who want to buy the ring back. Clarkson, an avowed Austen fan who has also purchased a first edition of the author's novel "Persuasion," set off a battle with her purchase at auction of Austen's gold and turquoise ring . The British government stepped in, declaring the object a national treasure and placing a temporary export ban on the item on Aug. 1, meaning it can't leave the country.
March 28, 2014
Not sure which game Bill Plaschke was watching when he wrote such glowing compliments of UCLA's Sweet 16 performance against Florida. Defense wins games in the tournament, and the Bruins' defense, absent for much of the season, was AWOL as Florida nailed jump shot after jump shot. But at least Steve Alford made great halftime adjustments .... oh, wait. UCLA lost to a less-talented, better-prepared, better-coached team. But they did beat the 12th and 13th seeds to get there. Another Steve-16 for UCLA ... just with a different Steve.
March 28, 2014 | By Meredith Blake
RICHMOND, Va. - Seth Numrich can't quite get a straight answer. In character as Ben Tallmadge, the leader of a group of Revolutionary War spies known as the Culper Ring and a central character in the new AMC drama "Turn," he is interrogating a ragged-looking background player whose toes have been painted black to mimic frostbite. The unfortunate man is a scout who has failed to relay crucial information to Tallmadge and fellow spy Caleb Brewster (Daniel Henshall), who are working on behalf of Gen. George Washington, and his explanation for the botched mission is suspicious at best: He claims he fell in the river because he was blinded by fog. "It's very difficult to gather intelligence when we possess so little of it," says a frustrated Tallmadge, exiting a makeshift hospital tent that, on camera, appears situated in a dense thicket of woods but is actually inside a giant converted warehouse.
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