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April 8, 2010
Writer John Fante -- Charles Bukowski's hero and our preeminent chronicler of life in downtown L.A. -- was born 101 years ago Thursday. In his honor, the intersection of Grand Avenue and 5th Street will be renamed John Fante Square . The location is at the foot of the old Bunker Hill neighborhood where Fante gathered inspiration for "Ask the Dust" and other classics. The event includes a dedication, speeches from members of the Fante family, a ride on the Angels Flight Railway and a stop at the King Edward Saloon.
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April 21, 2014 | By Nathan Fenno
BOSTON - Before Meb Keflezighi embarked on the 26.2-mile journey Monday to become the first American man to win the Boston Marathon since 1983, he wrote four names on his yellow race bib. Martin, for Martin Richard. Krystle, for Krystle Campbell. Ling, for Lu Lingzi. Sean, for Sean Collier. The first three died in the bombings that occurred near the finish line of last year's race. The last was shot and killed, investigators said, by one of the alleged bombers. "It could've been me, my wife or me watching as a spectator," said Keflezighi, a 38-year-old UCLA graduate.
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NATIONAL
December 19, 2012 | By Shashank Bengali and Henry Chu
NEWTOWN, Conn -- Daniel Barden wanted to be a fireman like his father's cousins in New York City, whom he idolized. So it was only fitting that at Wednesday's funeral for Barden, one of the young victims in the Sandy Hook massacre, dozens of firefighters joined the crowd of mourners. The New York firefighters were clad in dress blue uniforms, many with white gloves, at the Wednesday morning at funeral services for 7-year-old Daniel. PHOTOS:  Mourning after the massacre Twenty children and six adults were killed Friday morning when a gunman, identified by police as Adam Lanza, invaded Sandy Hook Elementary School.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 16, 2014 | by Greg Braxton
The Russians are coming ... again. "The Americans," FX's drama about Russian KGB  spies masquerading as a suburban American married  couple, has been renewed for a third season of 13 episodes. The series, which stars Keri Russell, Matthew Rhys and Noah Emmerich, is currently in its second season. PHOTOS: WGA's top 101 shows of all time "The Americans" was created by and is executive produced by Joe Weisberg, a former CIA agent who went on to become an author and screenwriter.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 28, 2011
The Criterion Collection's Eclipse series pays tribute to the Indian-born actor Sabu. At 13, he was discovered by documentary filmmaker Robert Flaherty ("Nanook of the North"), who cast him in a role of an elephant driver in the popular 1937 film "Elephant Boy. " Sabu is best known for his role as Abu in Alexander and Zoltan Korda's 1940 film "The Thief of Bagdad. " Sabu became a U.S. citizen in 1944 and served in the armed services during World War II. His postwar career suffered. He died of a heart attack in 1963.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 28, 1986
We don't know why Dr. Gerald Rosander resigned, but we are losing the most dynamic and most effective educator/administrator our county office of education has ever had. Dr. Rosander became superintendent of the San Diego County Office of Education in the wake of Proposition 13, when school employee moral was at an all time low. Through proactive programs and emphasis on the great good already in our county school systems, he brought state and...
SPORTS
May 5, 2012 | By Gary Klein
Louis Zamperini, the 95-year old former Olympic runner, World War II veteran and subject of the 2011 bestseller “Unbroken,” is scheduled to throw out the first pitch Sunday when USC's baseball team plays host to Washington on Salute to the Brave Military Appreciation Day at Dedeaux Field. The event is the brainchild of Ryan Morris, a former USC walk-on baseball player who started a company called Salute the Brave that manufactures and sells baseball caps and garments celebrating the military.
NEWS
April 21, 2011 | Greg Braxton, Los Angeles Times
The National Geographic Channel on Aug. 25 will broadcast an encore of the award-winning "Restrepo," the documentary co-directed by photojournalist Tim Hetherington, who was killed Wednesday while covering the conflict in Libya. The 9 p.m. airing of "Resterpo," which chronicles the deployment of U.S. troops in the Korengal Valley, one of the most dangerous outposts in Afghanistan, will be expanded for television and include a special tribute to Hetherington. The documentary was nominated for an Academy Award for documentary feature and was also a Grand Prize Jury winner at the Sundance Film Festival.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 9, 2010
The Recording Academy has chosen Barbra Streisand as its MusiCares person of the year in conjunction with the 2011 Grammy Awards and will salute her musical and philanthropic achievements Feb. 11 with an all-star fundraising dinner and concert featuring Tony Bennett, Stevie Wonder, Herbie Hancock, Barry Manilow, Diana Krall, Kristin Chenoweth and others. Along with such pop, jazz and Broadway veterans, the event also will bring in a new generation of singers, with appearances by cast members from Fox TV's hit series "Glee," including Lea Michele, Matthew Morrison and Darren Criss.
SPORTS
March 17, 2013 | By Dan Loumena
Giorgos Katidis, a soccer player from Greece, has been banned for life from the Greek national team after his goal celebration Saturday appeared to be a Nazi salute. Katidis, who had scored the go-ahead goal in AEK Athens' 2-1 victory over Veria, said he did not know that throwing his arm forward in a raised position was a Nazi gesture. The governing body of Greek soccer reacted swiftly Sunday in the aftermath, calling the salute "a deep insult to all victims of Nazi brutality.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 17, 2014 | By Randall Roberts, Los Angeles Times Pop Music Critic
AUSTIN, Texas - Here's to bad vibes, colored vomit and off-years. Go ahead and toast those who prevailed at South by Southwest by getting signed, licensed or folded into a future marketing plan, but the losers in this vicious cycle earned more respect. This was a year in which Apple infiltrated the event to put on its own "festival" within the festival, and the year that party sponsors required that before entering, attendees sign away their rights for possible commercial use. The keynote speaker, Lady Gaga, trivialized bulimia with a shocking stunt, and the salted snack brand that funded her bull-in-a-china-shop arrival at South by Southwest further insulted the festival's spirit of creation with ham-fisted ploys to link music and munchies.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 8, 2014 | By Randy Lewis
Veteran New Orleans pianist, songwriter and producer Dr. John will be the honoree at a star-studded tribute concert during the city's 2014 Jazz & Heritage Festival , with friends and admirers paying tribute on May 3. Mavis Staples, Allen Toussaint, Irma Thomas, Lucinda Williams, Gregg Allman and at least a dozen others will take part in the concert, dubbed “The Musical Mojo of Dr. John: A Celebration of Mac and His Music,” to...
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 7, 2014 | By Kate Mather, Matt Stevens and Joseph Serna
Two rows of officers lined a Beverly Hills street Friday to salute the flag-draped body of a veteran Los Angeles police officer killed in a crash that also injured a rookie cop and a truck driver earlier in the morning. Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck and Mayor Eric Garcetti accompanied the body as it was removed from his wrecked patrol car and taken to a coroner's van before it drove past the LAPD's Hollywood Station, where the officer was assigned. About 100 uniformed officers and civilian employees lined the street outside the Hollywood Station, saluting or placing their hands over their hearts as the van turned onto Wilcox Avenue.
NEWS
March 1, 2014 | By Ellen Olivier
The event: Roberta Armani hosted a pre-Oscar bash at the Giorgio Armani Beverly Hills boutique Friday, celebrating Italian heritage and the directors of two Academy Award-nominated films: Martin Scorsese for “The Wolf of Wall Street” and Paolo Sorrentino for the foreign-language film “The Great Beauty.” (Scorcese is also nominated for best director.) The crowd: Not even the downpour that flooded many of L.A.'s streets could stop a multitude of A-listers from heading to Rodeo Drive to pay homage to the directors.
NATIONAL
February 26, 2014 | By Paresh Dave and Stacey Leasca
An Army private who wrote on Instagram that she was “hiding” in her car to avoid an end-of-day flag salute is the latest soldier to face possible punishment over what the military has called distasteful social media posts. Pfc. Tariqka Sheffey of Ft. Carson in Colorado posted a selfie, with a caption that read: “This is me laying back in my car hiding so I don't have to salute the 1700 flag, KEEP ALL YOUR 'THATS SO DISRESPECTFUL/HOWRUDE/ETC.' COMMENTS TO YOURSELF cuz, right now, IDGAFFFF,” the last string of letters referring to “I don't give a …” Ft. Carson officials said Wednesday that they are aware of the photo and investigating after the image began circulating on Tuesday and was first reported by the Army Times . Last week, a National Guard funeral honors team member in Wisconsin was suspended after Instagram posts of her making light of military funerals started spreading.
SPORTS
February 20, 2014 | By Lisa Dillman
SOCHI, Russia -- Was the late Sarah Burke the real winner of the women's halfpipe Thursday night? Twenty-year-old Maddie Bowman of South Lake Tahoe, Calif., didn't hesitate when asked that question on the night she won the gold medal in the first women's free ski halfpipe event at the Olympics. "I would absolutely say that. Sarah's inspired us on snow and off snow,” Bowman said. “I think she would have been very proud of how all the girls rode tonight. "I sure hope I and everyone else made her proud because we would not be here without her. " Burke, of Canada, was one of the leaders in the push to get the freestyle skiing events into the Olympics.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 6, 2012 | By Randy Lewis
The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's salute to Chuck Berry as the 2012 honoree for its "American Masters" series will be capped with a multi-artist concert featuring Ernie Isley of the Isley Brothers, Darryl McDaniels of Run DMC, New York Dolls singer David Johansen, roots-rock singer-songwriter-guitarist Rosie Flores, Motorhead front man Lemmy Kilmister, guitarist Joe Bonamassa, Oklahoma singer-songwriter John Fullbright and several others, including Berry...
SPORTS
October 25, 2012 | By Bill Shaikin
SAN FRANCISCO -- The congratulatory telegram is a historical relic. When Michael Phelps became the most decorated Olympic athlete last summer, President Obama congratulated him via Twitter. On Wednesday, when Pablo Sandoval of the San Francisco Giants became the fourth player ever to hit three home runs in a World Series game, Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez tweeted his congratulations. Sandoval said he got 300 text messages. He cherished this spotlight on his home country, and on its baseball success this season.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 18, 2014 | By Lee Romney
SAN FRANCISCO - For decades, former eight-term Bay Area Rep. Paul N. "Pete" McCloskey Jr. has dreamed of a Korean War battle moment he cannot shake: Peering into a trench he sees the terrified faces of his teenage opponents, clutching wicker baskets full of grenades. He empties his weapon. Last week, at 86, he at last had an opportunity for personal reconciliation. As a member of a small delegation led by Donald Gregg, a former U.S. ambassador to South Korea, McCloskey traveled to Pyongyang with a singular intention.
SPORTS
February 14, 2014 | By Lisa Dillman
SOCHI, Russia -- Emily Cook was doing a facile job of providing a summation of her Olympic career and the future of American aerialists, all neatly done in the confines of the mixed zone on Friday. One question took slightly longer for Cook to answer. Cook was asked what Jeret "Speedy" Peterson would have had to say about her career. “He would have been bummed I didn't hit that second jump,” Cook said, laughing. “But no, he's with me. He's here. I'm positive of that.” Cook's close friend, Peterson, was a major figure in the sport by virtue of his skill and considerable charisma and helped her deal with a devastating injury in 2002, which kept her out of the Olympics.
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