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January 1, 2014 | By Samantha Schaefer
On a walk to the Annenberg Space for Photography, Josephine Runneboom spotted this little guy on the side of a curb on Olympic Boulevard. She snapped a photo with her  brand-new Sony RX100M2, which she bought to capture everyday moments, just like this one, when her Canon 7D is too heavy to lug around.  Each week, we're featuring photos of Southern California submitted by readers. Share your photos on our  Flickr page  or  reader submission gallery .  Follow us on Twitter  or visit  for more on this photo series.
April 24, 2014 | By Chris O'Brien
Big earnings. Big stock buyback. Big stock bump. On Thursday, investors cheered Apple's performance by sending its stock up by as much as 8.5% in early trading.  The stock climbed to $ 569.50 at one point early Thursday, up from $524.75 the previous day.  Riding a wave of strong iPhone sales, Apple on Wednesday reported fiscal second-quarter revenue of $45.6 billion, well above analysts' consensus of $43.6 billion, and up from the...
October 12, 2009 | SAM FARMER
The Cincinnati Bengals once felt like this season's unluckiest team. Now, they're feeling like one of the best. For the third time in three weeks, the Bengals pulled off a last-minute victory Sunday, winning at Baltimore, 17-14, to claim first place in the AFC North. The Bengals are 4-1 for the first time since 2006, and they would be 5-0 if not for Denver's fluke touchdown off a deflection in the opener. The winning touchdown Sunday came with 22 seconds left, when Carson Palmer hit Andre Caldwell on a 20-yard slant.
April 23, 2014 | By Lance Pugmire
DALLAS - The captain is hurt, the goalie is shaken, old demons are at the door. The top-seeded Ducks are now in a three-game fight for survival against an energetic, upset-minded Dallas Stars team that roared back Wednesday for a 4-2 victory to tie the Western Conference first-round playoff series at two games apiece. “It's all about us and our execution,” Ducks defenseman Cam Fowler said. “We're lying if we tell ourselves we've played our best hockey in any one of these four games.
September 5, 2013 | By Mikael Wood
When your song refers to "the eye of the tiger" -- as the latest from Katy Perry does -- you can more or less go two ways with your visuals: boxing ring or jungle. Having donned a pair of gloves (a la Rocky Balboa) for her performance of "Roar" on last month's MTV Video Music Awards, Perry takes to the wild in the just-released clip for her new single, which this week reached No. 1 on Billboard's Hot 100. TIMELINE: Summer's must see concerts The video opens just as Perry and a mate have crash-landed in a jungle, after which the singer, operating with her usual pluck, takes over the place and starts taking selfies with monkeys and brushing alligators' teeth.
September 25, 2009 | Randy Lewis
Benefit concerts this weekend in Huntington Beach to celebrate the long-defunct Golden Bear nightclub rate a mention in the annals of ironic pop music moments. For three decades, the club was Orange County's answer to such L.A.-area folk and rock institutions as the Troubadour, the Ash Grove and McCabe's, hosting scores of local and touring performers not the least of which were Janis Joplin, the Byrds, Bob Dylan, the Grateful Dead, Neil Young, the Doors, B.B. King, Steve Martin and Jackson Browne.
May 23, 2010 | By Richard Rayner, Special to the Los Angeles Times
The Welsh poet Dylan Thomas died in New York on Nov. 9, 1953, at age 39. Already a celebrity, Thomas was turned into a legend. Did he die as a result of 18 double whiskies drunk neat in the White Horse Tavern? Or was the cause half a grain of morphine (enough to lay out a horse) administered by an incompetent physician? Did another doctor really say that the poet was dying of "a serious insult to the brain"? Reports conflict, myth balloons. Thomas' put-upon physique took several days to finally give up its ghost, time enough for hundreds to flock to the doors of his hospital ward, to pay their respects, perhaps, or to glimpse the roaring boy in his ruin, and for his glamorous and equally tempestuous wife, Caitlin ( Uma Thurman and Lindsay Lohan are among the actress who have down the years been slated to play her, in bio-pics that — this being the story of a great love, and Dylan Thomas — always seem to fall apart at the last minute)
April 26, 2008
RE "Sweetness, Sex and Willpower," April 24: Would Ann Powers devote so many words at the beginning of an album review to the cover art of Bruce Springsteen, Mick Jagger or Prince? I was taken aback at the sexist tone of her review of Madonna's "Hard Candy." Would the artists I mentioned merit such an analysis of their fading sexuality, or is that reserved for women only? By the way, Madonna just signed a huge deal with Live Nation that requires more albums and tours, so I hardly think "Hard Candy" is "one last roar" before she "mellows into the autumn of her years."
December 24, 2011 | By Judi Dash, Special to the Los Angeles Times
Faders look like high-tech stereo ear buds for listening to music. They're not. Their job is to reduce sound, not amplify it. Unlike typical plastic or moldable foam earplugs, which muffle sound by plugging your ear canal, these high-fidelity metal earplugs filter out sound by 12 decibels evenly across the frequency spectrum, so you still get the full crisp range of sound - only toned down. Faders come with three sizes of interchangeable silicone fittings to get the right fit. Now you don't need to choose between enduring deafening noise levels at, say, a rock concert, and looking like a dork with those endemic squishy orange earplugs.
October 18, 2012 | By Gary Goldstein
The pro-Democracy documentary "A Whisper to a Roar" is a vivid reminder of the late-19th century quote "Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely. " It's doubtful, however, that citation's author, British historian Lord Acton, could have imagined just how devastatingly corrupt some governments could - and would - eventually become. Writer-director Ben Moses, inspired by the work of executive producer and prominent author and democracy scholar Larry Diamond, travels to five disparate countries whose authoritarian regimes have spawned, over the last decade, such native egalitarian movements as the Orange Revolution and the Arab Spring.
April 21, 2014 | By Lauren Beale
Robin Williams, star of the sitcom “The Crazy Ones,” sold a house this year in the Hollywood Hills  for $869,000, The Times has confirmed. A brick walkway leads to the entry and a brick stoop. The tidy two-bedroom has a Roaring '20s ambience with an arched front door accented by painted bricks in a starburst pattern. Interior archways, hardwood floors, high ceilings and built-in bookcases continue the vibe indoors. The 1,318 square feet of living space includes a screening room, an updated kitchen with stainless steel appliances and 1.5 bathrooms.
April 19, 2014 | By Steve Dilbeck
Deep and dangerous, that was the plan. An almost embarrassing wealth of weapons. Recently, though, that mighty Dodgers offense had looked rather drowsy, looked oh-so average. After scoring 24 runs in three games in Arizona last weekend, the Dodgers had scored two, one, one and two runs in their next four. "This game is so stupid sometimes," Dodgers Manager Don Mattingly said. That much ballyhooed, four-headed outfield? The four went into Saturday batting a combined .217. Not one of them was hitting better than .235 and it brought the question that maybe all this outfield platooning was affecting their offensive rhythm.
March 30, 2014 | Maria L. La Ganga and Molly Hennessy-Fiske and Matt Pearce
Volunteer firefighter Jan McClelland, who runs a dairy farm outside this tiny town on the edge of the Cascade Range, was delivering baby goats on the morning of March 22. It was a sunny Saturday in birthing season, filled with the gentle mewling of new life. Summer Raffo, punctual to the core, was heading down State Route 530, passing through Oso on the way to one of her three jobs. She had an appointment to shoe horses in nearby Arlington, and she would not be late. Her anvil was stowed in her blue Subaru.
February 21, 2014 | By Jay Jones
NASCAR returns to Las Vegas in early March for five action-packed days on and off the track. The pre-race excitement starts at 6 p.m. March 5, with the so-called “hauler parade” along the Vegas Strip. Big rigs carrying the race cars will head north along Las Vegas Boulevard as they make their way to the Las Vegas Motor Speedway . Fans can watch their favorite drivers practice on the 1 1/2-mile oval March 6 and 7. Grandstand admission will be free on March 6. March 8 begins with qualifying laps at 9:35 a.m. The Nationwide Series Boyd Gaming 300, formerly known as the Sam's Town 300, will get the green flag at 1:15 p.m. At noon March 9, the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Kobalt 400 gets underway.
February 21, 2014 | By Mikael Wood
Justin Bieber's crowd was loud. One Direction's too. And though they seem like somebody's uncles now, the Jonas Brothers once inspired the kind of shrieks that could knock down a lesser heartthrob. But in my life as a concertgoer, I can't recall an audience operating at a higher volume -- and for as sustained a period of time -- as the one that Miley Cyrus thrilled Thursday night at the Honda Center in Anaheim. The Disney Channel child star turned hip-hop provocateur was kicking off the first of two Southland dates on her recently launched North American tour.
February 14, 2014 | By Charles Fleming
The remake of the 1980s thriller "RoboCop" roars into theaters this weekend, and the title character roars into action on a motorcycle. Except he doesn't roar. The filmmakers behind the MGM remake were determined that the futuristic robocycle underneath their RoboCop be authentic. So it's electric. VIDEO: The Can Am Spyder RSS Production designer Martin Whist, working closely with director Jose Padilha, started with a Kawasaki Z-1000. They stripped it down to the frame, extended the swing arm to increase the overall length of the bike, and clad it with a fiberglass-like shell.
June 26, 2003 | David A. Keeps
Being caught in the Los Feliz-Riverside-Griffith Park-5 Freeway bottleneck is one of the city's circles of summer traffic hell. Fortunately, there is an oasis of light and water, mist and percussion: the William Mulholland Memorial Fountain. Grand in scale but simple and pleasing to the eye, it is a symmetrical melding of classical curved tiers and rectilinear Deco spouts, with a bas-relief of stylized waves and an outer pool lined in icy turquoise tiles.
April 8, 2009 | Teddy Greenstein
A fresh breeze rustled the pink dogwoods and Chinese fir trees here Tuesday, and that's not to be confused with the 25-mph wind gusts that made the aptly named Augusta National feel more like Royal Birkdale or St. Andrews. "This looks more like a British Open press conference than it does a Masters press conference," said Tiger Woods, surveying the cardigans and windbreakers in the crowd. The more meaningful breeze wasn't supplied by Mother Nature.
January 23, 2014 | By Heller McAlpin
Judith Mackrell's "Flappers" is a juicy, energetic exploration of six dazzling iconoclasts who all flared to fame in the Roaring '20s. Unlike recent books such as Simon Winchester's "The Professor and the Madman" and Edward Ball's "The Inventor and the Tycoon," which explore closely intertwined lives, "Flappers" features multiple mini-biographies of women who interacted only minimally with one another, although they shared common unconventional impetuses...
January 17, 2014 | Bob Pool
We heard it before we felt it. A roaring sound jolted us awake a second or so before the Northridge earthquake violently shook our house at 4:31 a.m. It was Jan. 17, 1994. We live in Woodland Hills, 51/2 miles from the earthquake's epicenter -- which actually was in Reseda, not Northridge. And the ripple effects from that morning 20 years ago still haunt us. Once the shaking started it lasted only 25 or 30 seconds, although I thought it wouldn't stop before the whole house shook apart.
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