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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.
April 27, 2014 | Eric Sondheimer
Ever since Granada Hills Kennedy opened in 1971, it has been known to produce lots of baseball-playing brothers. Tagliaferri, Serr, Miranda, Avlas, Kane, Pinto, Ramirez, Sanchez, Bourne - they are just a few of the families that helped propel Kennedy to seven City Section championships. But no brother combination comes close to pulling off what Nick and Estevan Rodriguez did this month in a home game against Granada Hills. Batting third and fourth in the starting lineup, Nick, a senior shortstop, and Estevan, a junior first baseman, hit back-to-back inside-the-park home runs.
December 30, 2013 | By Karin Klein
Saturated fat's bad, bad image - the evil ingredient that supposedly makes people fat and keeps them that way, while clogging our blood vessels and raising our cardiovascular risk - has been getting a bit of a makeover. That shouldn't surprise anyone too much. Just a few years ago, anything but a low-fat diet was considered sure to doom people to a life of obesity. Then studies began finding that “good” fats such as those from olives, nuts and some fish were healthful for us and that people on diets high in refined carbohydrates - so-called high-glycemic diets --lost less weight than those on some diets richer in fats, even when the groups ate the same number of calories.
April 27, 2014
The inside viewof Hanalei Just a quick note to say Christopher Reynolds did a great job representing Hanalei ["Rooted in Kauai," April 20]. As a born and raised Kauaian (who grew up on Weke Road), I must say I was surprised to open the paper at my current home in California and see my hometown taking over a full spread. Reynolds did a great job representing the island and calling out all the best restaurants and things to do - exactly the list I've sent to friends looking for Kauai recommendations.
April 29, 2011 | By Bill Shaikin
Dodgers owner Frank McCourt sat for an interview Friday with Times staff writer Bill Shaikin. The transcript follows: Q: You said the other day you would be receptive to Mr. Schieffer (the trustee appointed by Commissioner Bud Selig) coming in to help the Dodgers but not to "somebody coming in and controlling my business. " You had the chance to meet him for the first time today. What do you take his role to be, and what do you take your role to be? A: It's unclear to me. I had a very cordial meeting with Tom. We were both very respectful of one another.
December 19, 2012 | By Nicole Sperling
Amanda Seyfried may have put it best: "I'm just so sick of my part," she said half in jest of her role as Cossette, but as an explanation for why she put "I Dreamed a Dream" into her karaoke machine and sang Fantine's iconic song in her bedroom. "It wasn't as good as yours," she said with a laugh to Anne Hathaway, who plays the role in "Les Miserables," during the Envelope Screening Series. When asked what other parts they would like to sing, both Hathaway and co-star Hugh Jackman said it would be Inspector Javert's "Stars," sung in the film by Russell Crowe.
October 5, 2010
How high is too high when it comes to your blood pressure? A reading of 140/90 and up is considered high. About two-thirds of Americans older than 65 have high blood pressure, and more may experience pre-hypertension. There's no quick and easy way to reduce blood pressure, but a combination of exercise and eating right can help. DASH, or Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension , published by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, outlines specific foods and serving sizes for a 2,000-calorie diet that may help bring your numbers down.
February 27, 2012 | By Mike DiGiovanna
Bobby Abreu, perhaps placated by assurances he would receive significant playing time this season, seemed to back off his play-me-or-trade-me demand a bit after meeting with Angels Manager Mike Scioscia and General Manager Jerry Dipoto before the team's first full-squad workout Monday . "They said they would find a way to get me about 400 at-bats as a designated hitter, left fielder and right fielder," said Abreu, who turns 38...
July 24, 2012 | By Greg Braxton
Sherman Hemsley, who was found dead Tuesday in El Paso at the age of 74, gained fame as the cantankerous George Jefferson on "All in the Family" and its spinoff "The Jeffersons. " But he had one role he wanted to play before the end of his career: Willy Loman. "He wanted to do 'Death of a Salesman,'" said veteran director Oz Scott, who directed 40 episodes of "The Jeffersons. " "I spoke to him about a year and a half, two years ago, and he said he had this last dream, to do 'Death of a Salesman.' We had a few talks about doing it. " Added Scott: "Sherman was an actor first.
January 7, 2007
I'M a fan of current Mexican cinema and of Gael Garcia Bernal's work, but his role in "Y Tu Mama Tambien" and his real-life commitment to AIDS prevention awareness are completely contradictory ["A Leading Man of the World," Dec. 31]. The movie depicted many sex scenes, including the menage a trois scene at the end, which demonstrated extremely risky behavior for AIDS. I wish young actors would choose socially responsible movie roles. JANET STAPLES-EDWARDS, M.D. Montebello
April 27, 2014 | By David G. Savage
WASHINGTON - Justice Antonin Scalia, the Supreme Court's new champion of the 4th Amendment, is likely to play a crucial role Tuesday when the court hears this year's most important search case: whether the police may routinely examine the digital contents of a cellphone confiscated during an arrest. Civil libertarians say the stakes are high because arrests are so common - 13.1 million were made in 2010, according to the FBI - and smartphones hold so much private information. Under current law, officers may search a person under arrest, checking pockets and looking through a wallet or purse.
April 27, 2014 | By Lisa Dillman
He has the beard of a hockey player residing in the first round of the playoffs, not one of a man living for months in the mountains. Kings forward Jeff Carter offered a take on the attitude - and, well, altitude - of a now-compelling playoff series between the Kings and the San Jose Sharks in the Western Conference quarterfinals. "Yeah, we're halfway there. Halfway up the mountain," Carter said Sunday afternoon at the Kings' practice facility in El Segundo. Game 6 is Monday night at Staples Center with the Sharks holding a three-games-to-two series lead.
April 23, 2014 | By Carren Jao
After having grown up on the Monterey Peninsula, L.A. architect Polly Osborne couldn't help but take nature into consideration in her work. "It was all around me," Osborne says. So too were pioneers whose ideas would ripple down the history of green architecture. Will Shaw, one of the founders, with Ansel Adams, of Foundation for Environmental Design, was her stepfather. Lawrence Halprin, a revered elder of landscape architecture, and George Brook-Kothlow, architect of handmade houses, were friends of the family.
April 23, 2014 | By Rebecca Keegan
In the new movie "Hateship Loveship," Kristen Wiig's character, an introverted, thirtysomething housekeeper named Johannna practices kissing herself in the mirror. It's a moment of loneliness that Wiig and director Liza Johnson envisioned as a sad beat in the film. But at a screening last September at the Toronto International Film Festival, Wiig was shocked when audiences laughed at the scene. "I'm so surprised that comes across as funny," she said in a recent interview at a Los Feliz cafe.
April 18, 2014 | By Susan King
Valerie Harper is positively radiant these days. There's a sparkle in her eyes and a genuine warmth in her smile. Why not? She's defied the odds. Early last year, Harper was told she had three months to live. Harper, a non-smoker who had a cancerous tumor removed from her lung in 2009, has a rare form of lung cancer that had spread to areas around her brain.  "I was supposed to be dead a year ago," said Harper, 74. "We are all terminal, let's face it.  I did the shock and grief.
April 14, 2014 | Helene Elliott
Were those tears or drops of sweat rolling down Teemu Selanne's face Sunday as he skated around the Honda Center, absorbing and returning the crowd's love after the final regular-season game of his Hall of Fame career? If he wept, he wasn't alone. Selanne's love for Southern California was mutual from the day he joined the Ducks in February 1996, traded here by the financially strapped Winnipeg Jets. One sunny breakfast under palm trees, and he was home. "This is my kind of place," he recalled thinking.
October 25, 1989
I completely agree with Estoban E. Torres' column "America Should Rejoin a Reformed UNESCO" (Oct. 9). As a strong advocate of strengthening the United Nations, I think it's time that the United States rejoin UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization). Federico Zaragoza, its new director general, has streamlined and decentralized UNESCO, de-emphasized controversial ideological issues and has laid greater stress on basic programs, such as literacy. It is important for a nation such as ours, so rich in scientific knowledge, to cooperate and participate in worldwide programs that aim to promote development by means of social, cultural and economic projects.
June 2, 2013 | By David Wharton
CHICAGO - The Rolling Stones effect on the Kings-Blackhawks playoff series might be extending past schedule conflicts. The Western Conference finals, which continue with Game 2 Sunday night, are beginning with back-to-back games because the United Center must shoehorn hockey in the middle of a weeklong series of concerts by the seminal English rock band. When the arena pulled a quick change from rock and roll to rink for the Blackhawks' Game 7 against Detroit last week, players complained of poor ice quality.
April 11, 2014 | By Paul Richter and Ramin Mostaghim
WASHINGTON - The White House will block Iran's choice of United Nations ambassador from entering the United States, officials said Friday, stoking new tension between Tehran and Washington as they approach a critical moment in negotiations over Iran's disputed nuclear program. Facing overwhelming bipartisan pressure from Congress, White House officials said Hamid Aboutalebi would not be granted a U.S. visa. The choice of the veteran diplomat set off an outcry in Washington because of his membership in the radical student group that stormed the U.S. Embassy in Tehran and held U.S. diplomats hostage during Iran's 1979 revolution.
April 10, 2014 | By Jeffrey Fleishman
It's too easy to start with the face or what she wears, how she sits. The color of her earrings. The essence is in the vowels, the way she holds and releases them. The voice drops a register, as if in a conspiracy, and a morning conversation drifts across art, ambition, age and riding camels in the desert. Many roles come to mind when Nicole Kidman speaks: inconsolable mother, suicidal writer, dangerous weather girl, nuclear scientist, gangster lover, top-hatted cabaret singer and Southern femme fatale with an earthy remedy for jellyfish stings.
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