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October 27, 2012 | By Mikael Wood
Thick billows of acrid smoke engulfed the stage of the Palladium about an hour into A$AP Rocky's sold-out concert on Friday night. A young Harlem-born rapper whose next-big-thing status in New York hip-hop mirrors that of Kendrick Lamar in L.A., A$AP Rocky had quieted the room and was attempting to start some kind of birthday presentation for one of the show's openers, Schoolboy Q. Suddenly, both men -- as well as a cake topped with burning candles...
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April 27, 2014 | By Dylan Hernandez
Matt Kemp suddenly found himself linked to the Donald Sterling scandal Sunday. In the hours leading up to the Dodgers' 6-1 defeat by the Colorado Rockies, the celebrity gossip site TMZ released a second audio recording of what was said to be a conversation between the Clippers owner and a woman described in court filings as his girlfriend. The female voice in the recording promised to remove from her Instagram account a picture of her with Kemp. On a recorded conversation released earlier, a man identified as Sterling chided a female friend for "associating with black people.
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ENTERTAINMENT
March 14, 2014 | By David Ng
The late-career comeback of Sylvester Stallone took a detour to Broadway this week with the opening of his "Rocky" at the Winter Garden Theatre. The new show, which Stallone co-wrote and produced (but doesn't star in), is a musical version of his 1976 movie about a Philadelphia boxer who dreams of big victory. Stallone took a bow on Thursday when "Rocky" officially opened in New York following a month of preview performances. The actor has been working on the musical for a number of years, first unveiling the show in Hamburg, Germany in 2012.  The musical -- which comes with a reported price tag of $16.5 million, steep by Broadway standards -- features music by Stephen Flaherty, who has reworked some of the movie music originally scored by Bill Conti.
SPORTS
April 27, 2014 | By Dylan Hernandez
ON THE MOUND: Hyun-Jin Ryu had another rough day at Dodger Stadium. The left-hander was charged with six runs and nine hits over five innings. Ryu is 0-2 with an 11.08 earned-run average at Dodger Stadium. On the road, he is 3-0 with a 0.00 ERA. AT THE PLATE: Dee Gordon collected two more hits, raising his average to .353. He also stole his 13th base, which leads the major leagues. Gordon put the Dodgers in front, 1-0, in the first inning when he scored on a single by Adrian Gonzalez.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 29, 2013 | By Lee Margulies
Talk about an out-of-town tryout. Producers of "Rocky: The Musical" say they are planning to open on Broadway in February after a successful run in Hamburg, Germany ... in German. Don't laugh. As "Backbeat" recently reminded us in its tour stop at the Ahmanson, Hamburg is where the Beatles notched their first success. PHOTOS: Hollywood stars on stage Based on the Oscar-winning 1976 film that starred Sylvester Stallone as an up-and-coming boxer, the musical features Stallone as a producer, along with Stage Entertainment USA. The score is by "Ragtime" lyricist Lynn Ahrens and composer Stephen Flaherty, and the book is by Thomas Meehan, who wrote "Hairspray" and “The Producers.” The show opened in Hamburg last November, using a script that was written in English and then translated into German.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 28, 2012 | By Todd Martens
Give Lana Del Rey this much credit: She knows how to get press. Yet her latest ploy -- playing the roles of Marilyn Monroe and Jacqueline Kennedy in the video for her song "National Anthem" -- is curiously naive. The clip reappropriates American symbols with the seeming belief that the visuals themselves will carry thesis-worthy meaning. But this is politics as accessory, which comes across especially slight during an election year, when artists regularly feel compelled to campaign and even those who are apolitical are granted a reprieve for speaking their mind.  Along with rapper A$AP Rocky, Del Rey and director Anthony Mandler aim to provoke but instead play with our expectations.
NATIONAL
February 23, 2012 | By Amy Hubbard
A 27-pound lobster? Robert Malone went fishing for shrimp and pulled in a surprise: a 27-pound Maine lobster that could never be viewed as shrimpy.  The critter, caught in the vicinity of Rockland, Maine, was dubbed Rocky, reports the Associated Press. Of course, the size of the lobster's fearsome claws also bring to mind the meaty fists of that boxer named Balboa. Malone opted to donate the nearly 40-inch-long crustacean to the Maine State Aquarium in Boothbay Harbor, the AP says.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 11, 1986 | CHARLES CHAMPLIN, Times Arts Editor
"More money has been lost trying to imitate 'Rocky' than 'Rocky' has made," producer Irwin Winkler remarked at lunch a few days ago. That might be hard to prove--"Rocky" times four equals an awful lot of money. But it is true that "Rocky" continues to be the most inspirational film of recent years, having inspired "Underdog makes good" movies in almost every sport this side of hurling the caber.
NEWS
December 1, 1985 | CATALINA CAMIA, Times Staff Writer
Bill Scott, the voice of cartoon characters Bullwinkle and Dudley Do-Right, has died at his Tujunga home after suffering a heart attack. He was 65. Scott, who died Friday, was best known as the head writer, co-producer and the voice of several characters from the popular "Rocky and His Friends" show, starring a flying squirrel named Rocky and his moose sidekick, Bullwinkle. The show began in 1959 and spun off several other programs, running through 1973. The shows are still being rerun.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 3, 1988 | STEVE WEINSTEIN, Arts and entertainment reports from The Times, national and international news services and the nation's press
Stallone's other alter ego, Rocky, has apparently had enough of Russians, and, after disposing of Mr. T and the formidable Dolph Lundgren, will return to the mean streets of Philadelphia in "Rocky V." Stallone told US magazine that the latest incarnation of the Italian Stallion will inherit his old coach Mickey's gym and become an instructor himself.
SPORTS
April 26, 2014 | By Steve Dilbeck
Last season Adrian Gonzalez would dismiss it, acting completely unimpressed by his power displays despite leading the Dodgers with 22 home runs. Seems he's going to need a new approach for 2014. Gonzalez made his 1,500th career hit Saturday night memorable, driving it out for a home run in the Dodgers' 6-3 victory over the Rockies before a Dodger Stadium crowd of 45,241. On a night when shortstop Hanley Ramirez was giving them a scare when he left the game with an injured thumb and starter Paul Maholm was turning in a top-notch outing on the mound, Gonzalez hit his eighth home run of the season.
SPORTS
April 25, 2014 | By Steve Dilbeck
That seemed inevitable, the way the Dodgers have been going of late, the way their offense has underperformed and their bullpen struggled in the late innings. The Dodgers wasted a terrific start by Josh Beckett and fell out of first place on a wet Friday night when they fell, 5-4, to the Rockies in 11 innings at Dodger Stadium. The Dodgers have now lost four of their last five games and have fallen half a game behind the Giants in the National League West, tied with the Rockies for second.
SPORTS
April 25, 2014 | By Dylan Hernandez
KEY MOMENT: Jamey Wright gave up an 11th-inning double to Rockies pinch-hitter Brandon Barnes, after which Wright was replaced by left-hander J.P. Howell. Facing the left-handed-hitting Charlie Blackmon, Howell gave up a run-scoring single that broke a 2-2 stalemate. The run was the first of three in the inning for the Rockies. Adrian Gonzalez closed the gap to 5-4 with a two-run home run in the bottom half of the inning. ON THE MOUND: Josh Beckett pitched what was by far his best game of the season, limiting the Rockies to two runs and four hits over eight innings.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 21, 2014 | By Gerrick D. Kennedy
OutKast will headline the 2014 BET Experience, the three-day music festival scheduled for June in downtown Los Angeles. Black Entertainment Television is expected to make an official announcement Monday that the Atlanta duo will topline the festival's rap-heavy showcase, which includes Rick Ross, ASAP Rocky and DJ Khaled. When BET announced in March the first set of performers for the festival, which will be in its second year, the network teased a “very special hip-hop reunion you won't want to miss.” RELATED: The inside story on OutKast That reunion is OutKast, which recently ended a seven-year hiatus with a headlining slot at the Coachella Valley Music and Art Festival this month.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 18, 2014 | By Samantha Schaefer
Hugo Ramirez took this photo of Otto's "Rocky moment" at a Pasadena high school in February with a Sony A57. "Otto is a boxer so it just felt natural to put a hoodie on him," he said. "Obviously, this photo was not spontaneous however, it wasn't easy to take until some background noise caught his attention. " Follow Samantha Schaefer on  Twitter . 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  and on  Instagram  or visit  latimes.com/socalmoments  for more on this photo series.
NATIONAL
April 10, 2014 | By Noam N. Levey and Christi Parsons
WASHINGTON - Kathleen Sebelius, who helped guide the rocky and controversial rollout of President Obama's landmark health law, has resigned as Health and Human Services secretary after more than five years. In her place, the president plans as soon as Friday to nominate Sylvia Mathews Burwell, director of the White House Office of Management and Budget, according to a senior administration official. Sebelius was not pressured to resign, the official said. But she leaves after presiding over the disastrous launch of the health law's online insurance marketplaces last fall.
BUSINESS
July 3, 2009 | Times Wire Reports
A Denver-focused daily Web magazine led by former staffers of the defunct Rocky Mountain News and others plans to launch Monday. A dozen equity owners, about a dozen freelancers and partner blogs are providing content for the Rocky Mountain Independent. One editor, Steve Foster, declined to say how much owners have invested but said it was enough to get through three months as the group finalizes a business plan. Several people behind the Rocky Mountain Independent also worked on In Denver Times, an online venture backed by three entrepreneurs who pulled back after the site missed subscription goals.
SPORTS
April 5, 2014 | Dylan Hernandez
Yasiel Puig was late for batting practice and scratched from the lineup, but he wasn't the reason the Dodgers were crushed Friday in their home opener by the San Francisco Giants. Hyun-Jin Ryu was. The pitcher the Dodgers leaned on most in the aftermath of Clayton Kershaw's back injury, Ryu lasted only two innings and gave up every one of the runs scored by the Giants in an 8-4 defeat at Dodger Stadium. This was the very antithesis of the first game here last season, when Kershaw not only pitched a shutout against the Giants but also hit a home run in a 1-0 victory.
BUSINESS
March 27, 2014 | By Salvador Rodriguez
You've got a decent set of speakers but almost all of your music is in your smartphone. You could attach a cable or buy yourself a wireless Bluetooth speaker for hundreds of dollars. Or you could consider getting the $49 Rocki, a tiny device that turns traditional speakers into "smart" ones that can be controlled with a smartphone. The gadget is essentially a low-cost alternative to getting a Sonos wireless sound system. Rocki attaches to the back of the speaker's auxiliary port.
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