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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 29, 2009 | Times Staff And Wire Reports
Col. Robert L. Howard, one of the most decorated soldiers in the Vietnam War and a Medal of Honor recipient, has died. He was 70. Howard died Wednesday of pancreatic cancer at a hospice in Waco, Texas, said his son-in-law, Frank Gentsch. "He was a soldier's soldier," Gentsch said. "He loved his family, especially his grandchildren, but he was very much his whole career about taking care of soldiers. " Howard, who was wounded 14 times in Vietnam and awarded eight Purple Hearts, was nominated three times for the Medal of Honor, the most prestigious award for U.S. combat veterans.
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September 22, 2013 | By Noel Murray
"Much Ado About Nothing" Available on VOD beginning Tuesday The degree to which viewers connect with Joss Whedon's modern-dress adaptation may depend on how familiar they are with Whedon's TV shows "Buffy the Vampire Slayer," "Angel," "Dollhouse" and "Firefly" - some of the stars of which play out Shakespeare's tale of romantic confusion and deceit in Whedon's own sunny Southern California home. By and large, these actors aren't so great at reciting the Bard, with the notable exception of Amy Acker, who as the sharp-tongued anti-romantic Beatrice finds exactly the right balance between contemporary casualness and poetic classicism.
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December 3, 1990 | MYRNA OLIVER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Robert Cummings, the perennially youthful bachelor photographer of the 1950s television series "The Bob Cummings Show," died Sunday at the Motion Picture and Television Hospital in Woodland Hills. Cummings, 80, died of kidney failure and complications of pneumonia, hospital spokeswoman Louella Benson said. The actor, who also was in advanced stages of Parkinson's Disease, was admitted to the hospital Nov. 18.
BUSINESS
August 12, 2013 | By Salvador Rodriguez
In its most daring effort yet to stay in league with Apple and Samsung, HTC announced a massive marketing campaign Monday starring "Iron Man" actor Robert Downey Jr. The Taiwanese phone maker confirmed it has signed Downey to a two-year deal, which is reportedly worth $12 million. The new campaign, called "Change," is intended to get consumers talking about HTC once again. The company said the campaign will last at least two years and cost about $1 billion -- the same as HTC's global marketing budget last year.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 1, 1998 | STEVE CHAWKINS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
When the phone rings in the Chatoff kitchen, it could be a credit-card pitch--or it could be a well-known actress with emotional problems less well-known to her fans. "Trust the process," Steven Chatoff counsels in a firm, soothing voice. "Trust it." Translation: Take your medication. The problem right now isn't the business. The problem is you. From his Thousand Oaks home, Chatoff routinely delivers such messages to entertainment figures--particularly rock musicians--on both coasts.
BUSINESS
October 7, 1993 | STUART SILVERSTEIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
More than 120 investigators and prosecutors looking into workers' compensation fraud in Southern California served search warrants Wednesday at 31 sites, including the homes and offices of a string of doctors and lawyers suspected of paying illicit kickbacks. The investigation is one of several major workers' compensation fraud probes launched by authorities in the region since the beginning of last year.
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April 15, 1993 | ZAN DUBIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Kelly Jackson decided to keep it a secret. Rather than spoil the surprise, he would let his mother, who lives in Kansas City, see the Coke commercial herself. "So she called," Jackson said, "and she asked me, 'Were you on television?' and I was like, 'Well, yeah, I was.' And she said, 'Were you drinking a Coke?' And I said, 'Yeah, I was.' And she was just so happy."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 11, 1999
The sentencing of Robert Downey Jr. to three years in the penitentiary is just one more example of our barbarous approach to the drug problem in this country (Aug. 6). Fifty years from now they will look back on these times and shake their heads in disbelief that we put people in prison for addiction problems, instead of offering treatment for what is a health--not a criminal--problem. The war on drugs is a total, miserable failure, and you need look no further back in our history than the pathetic attempt at prohibition of alcohol in the 1920s to see what a doomed policy it truly is. Prohibition didn't work then, and it's not working now. DON M. HOWARD Oak Hills Cheers to Mike Downey for his Aug. 6 column on Robert Downey Jr.'s jail sentence.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 9, 2011 | By Geoff Boucher, Los Angeles Times
A truly calm Robert Downey Jr. is a rare and spooky sight to behold, but on a recent Venice Beach morning, there he was with a faraway expression and a cup of warm tea waiting by his folded hands. "So," he said with deadpan eyes, "you want to talk about the past. " The past is a tricky subject for Downey — he is reluctant to glorify his fire-breathing days (especially the stops in prison, rehab and Hollywood's career penalty box), but they are a huge part of his mojo at this point, and they add the decadent wink to his most resonant sort of role: the wickedly smart guy who dances on life's ledges.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 17, 2013 | By Steven Zeitchik
On Wednesday, Forbes released its annual list of highest-paid actors and, for the first time, Robert Downey Jr. topped the list . The man best known these days for playing Tony Stark had raked in $75 million between June 2012 and June of this year, best among all actors. News reports were breathless -- not least of which the report from Forbes itself, which touted his success as a coup of sorts. “It's hard to remember that just a few years ago, Downey was box office poison, and regarded by the studios as damaged goods.” Now, the magazine said, “he's a hit machine.” Well, Marvel is the hit machine -- Downey has struggled outside it -- but that's a separate post.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 20, 2013 | By Steven Zeitchik
Robert Downey Jr.'s four Marvel movies have grossed an astounding $3.9 billion. So it's no surprise that the studio wants two more. The company announced Thursday that it has locked down just that, re-upping its deal with the man who plays Tony Stark for two more “Avengers” films. (No word of any progress on the “Iron Man 4” front.) “Avengers 2” is set to begin shooting next spring, with Joss Whedon returning behind the camera; the film will be released in May 2015.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 14, 2013 | By Christie DZurilla
That moment you learn your hero's not who you thought he was - that's how it was for an 18-month-old Massachusetts boy who was brought to tears by Robert Downey Jr.  Seems the kid expected to meet the real Iron Man. The one in the suit. Downey, who plays genius billionaire philanthropist playboy Tony Stark as well as the titular character in the "Iron Man" movies, had been in Sunderland, Mass., for a few weeks filming "The Judge" down the street from the Denno family when mom Heather Denno finally took up her husband's challenge to get a photo of the actor, the Boston Globe reported.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 14, 2013 | By Robert Faturechi, Los Angeles Times
A Compton jury Friday awarded $7.5 million to the parents of a man shot dead by a Los Angeles County sheriff's deputy. According to the parents' attorney, Robert Thomas Jr. was standing outside with about 60 others at a party in Willowbrook in 2010 when two deputies pulled up. One stopped Thomas and frisked him. Thomas then bolted, and the two deputies gave chase. A sheriff's spokesman said the deputies saw Thomas reach for a gun that was sticking out of his pocket. Deputy Victor Lemus fired nine shots, hitting Thomas seven times and killing him, said John Sweeney, the Thomas family's attorney.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 21, 2013 | By DiAngelea Millar
With "Iron Man 3" breaking box-office records, Robert Downey Jr. is emerging as the go-to blockbuster man. But is he big enough to beat world box-office champ Johnny Depp? Downey has taken on the role of a superhero, playing Tony Stark in the "Iron Man" franchise. The first movie made more than $500 million worldwide, with its sequel raking in more than $600 million. "Iron Man 3" has made more than  $1 billion so far and will go on to surpass the totals of both previous movies put together.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 17, 2013 | By Jim Newton, Los Angeles Times
At his confirmation hearings for the position of chief justice of the United States, John G. Roberts Jr. parried skeptics with a reassuring metaphor: "Judges are like umpires," he memorably testified. "Umpires don't make the rules, they apply them. The role of an umpire and a judge is critical to make sure everybody plays by the rules. But it is a limited role. " Senators were charmed by that modesty and impressed by Roberts' undeniable brilliance, but his chief justiceship has hardly been a model of restraint.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 2, 2013 | By Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times Film Critic
Batman's done it. Spider-Man too. Superman is about to try. As studios attempt to inject new life into overly familiar comic-book franchises, reboots - with changes in tone, directors and stars - are all the rage. But "Iron Man 3" proves there is more than one way to skin this particular cat. The story of "Iron Man 3" is a continuation of the previous two films, and its key cast is the same. But like a stunt driver taking over the wheel while the car is moving at 100 mph, new director (and co-writer)
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