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May 16, 2011 | Eric Sondheimer
Southern Section baseball playoff pairings were released on Monday, and here's a rundown of the seven divisions. Wild-card games are set for Tuesday, with first-round games on Thursday and Friday. The championships for Divisions 1 and 4 will be June 3 at Dodger Stadium. The championships for Divisions 2 and 3 will be June 2 at Dodger Stadium. Championships in Divisions 5-7 will be June 4 at Riverside Sports Complex. Division 1 Top seeds: 1. Edison. 2. Mater Dei. 3. Vista Murrieta.
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ENTERTAINMENT
April 4, 2014 | By Patrick Kevin Day
The news that David Letterman had announced his retirement on Thursday was broken not by an interepid reporter or a hard-charging news organization, but by a musician. Former R.E.M. bassist Mike Mills was a guest on "Late Show" on Thursday to perform with Joseph Arthur in paying tribute to the late Lou Reed. When he heard Letterman make his surprise announcement that he was planning to retire in 2015, he hesitated, then shared the news on Twitter. Turns out, he was the first to do it. "Right place, right time, what can I say?"
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NATIONAL
October 8, 2012 | By Amy Hubbard
It was just a scoop of dirt, but NASA scientists applauded more loudly than they had since the Curiosity rover landed on Mars. Collecting and analyzing the first Martian soil sample is a "huge milestone" in the Curiosity mission, deputy project scientist Ashwin Vasavada told the Los Angeles Times on Monday. A primary purpose of this project, after all, is to determine whether there were conditions on Mars at one time that could have fostered microbial life. PHOTOS: Awesome images from space "There was a lot of clapping yesterday, probably the most since landing, when we saw a nice full pile of soil in the scoop," Vasavada said.
BUSINESS
March 17, 2014 | By Michael Hiltzik
It's still possible, very marginally, that Newsweek is correct in fingering Dorian S. Nakamoto as the mysterious inventor of bitcoin. But it's hard to imagine a more thorough and detailed denial than the one the 64-year-old Temple City man issued late Sunday through a Los Angeles lawyer.  The unemployed computer engineer, whose full name is Dorian Satoshi Nakamoto, says he's not the "Satoshi Nakamoto" who wrote the seminal paper ...
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 24, 2013 | By Nita Lelyveld
The life of a reporter is tough. I recently had to work on a warm and sunny Saturday. My assignment? To go a four-hour ice-cream tour of Los Angeles, starting well before noon. I got on a bus at Universal City and tasted my first ice cream at 10:30 a.m. It was at the Addiction Bistro on La Cienega Boulevard, which unlocked its doors an hour and a half early to let us sample two flavors: tiramisu and red velvet. By noon, I'd tasted seven different flavors. By the time it was over, I'd had 13. Among the offerings: Cactus fruit, tequila, black truffle caramel and smoked milk.
NATIONAL
October 5, 2012 | By Amy Hubbard
For the Mars Curiosity rover, it's one "first-ever" after another. The 1,982-pound explorer is now at a spot in Mars' Gale Crater called Rocknest, ready to use its robotic scoop for soil samples. Scientists hope the samples will provide information crucial to the project's central mission -- determining whether there were conditions on the planet at some time that could have fostered life. That's microbial life, to be exact, but still -- alien life. Four scoops of Martian dirt should be about right to provide new data to help solve this mystery.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 26, 2013 | James Rainey, Los Angeles Times
At the top of great social movements, charismatic leaders spin out visions of things that just might be. Closer to the bottom, it's journalists who sometimes force us to confront the way things are. Jack Nelson was one of the best journalists of the last half of the 20th century because he held a mirror up to his fellow Southerners just when the civil rights movement needed him to, and showed them a reflection they could not abide. "Scoop: The Evolution of a Southern Reporter" tells the story of Nelson's progression from a scrawny kid with middling grades and no particular consciousness about race into a crusader against inequality, who would follow a story's truth to the most uncomfortable places.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 25, 2007 | Jenny Sundel
Amy Adams, decked out in an ethereal gown fit for a fairy tale, was the belle of the ball at the premiere of "Enchanted" Nov. 17. Just don't tell that to Beauty, who stepped out of a limo with Beast, before the legendary couple walked down the red carpet at the Disney affair. 1. Patrick Dempsey enjoyed (soda) shop talk with leading lady Adams before hitting the after-party, where the ballroom set from the film was re-created in a tent behind the El Capitan Theatre. 2.
BUSINESS
September 7, 1997 | (Times staff and wire reports)
Scoop Inc., a provider of business information services that went public earlier this year, has hired a veteran marketing executive as chairman and chief executive. Rand Bleimeister succeeds one of the founders, Karl-Magnus S. Karlsson, as chairman. The chief executive's position has been vacant. Karlsson will continue as a director and remain available for consulting, the company said.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 15, 2008 | From the Associated Press
The world's entertainment press tripped over themselves, making embarrassing errors along the way, as they fought to be first to report the biggest celebrity story of the year: the birth of Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt's twins. In the end, the scoop went to a provincial French newspaper. "It was Brad Pitt who chose to give the scoop to Nice-Matin," said assistant editor in chief Olivier Biscaye. "He said to the doctor that the local media should be the first informed about the birth."
TRAVEL
December 22, 2013 | By Catherine Watson
The trans-Atlantic eclipse voyage was organized by Betchart Expeditions ([800] 252-4910, http://www.betchartexpeditions.com ), a California-based company specializing in science-oriented travel. It offers about two dozen science-themed trips a year to destinations around the globe. I'd traveled with Betchart once before, on a trip to Antarctica 20 years earlier, and I trusted the company, the intellectually oriented clientele its trips attract and the experts it chooses for daily lectures.
NEWS
December 12, 2013 | By Lisa Boone
Los Angeles illustrator Kim Baise, who works under the name Jikits, said she created playful papier-mâché mobiles "to represent the side of me that enjoys being trapped in my own inner world. " Her work is reminiscent of Mexican folk art. The eloquent objects are made from newspaper, flour, hemp twine and water-based soy paints. Her most popular mobiles at the Silver Lake shop ReForm School (where we spotted them) are her single-strand mobiles made with five potted succulents.
SPORTS
November 3, 2013 | By John Cherwa
CLASSIC Winner: In a finish that was as close as possible without being a dead heat, Mucho Macho Man held off Will Take Charge to win the $5-million race by less than a nose. The crowd of 58,795 was on its feet during the race and afterward as the stewards looked at the photo. Scoop: Winning jockey Gary Stevens also won Friday's big race, the Distaff. Kathy Ritvo, the first female trainer to win the Classic, received a heart transplant a few years ago. Favorite Game On Dude finished ninth.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 17, 2013 | By Nardine Saad
Details of Prince George's christening have emerged. The son of Britain's Prince William and his wife, Catherine, the former Kate Middleton, will be christened at the Chapel Royal at St. James Palace on Oct. 23, with the third in line to the throne just over 3 months old.  The private ceremony, which will be conducted by the Archbishop of Canterbury, will take place at 3 p.m. and will be about 45 minutes long, according to Kensington Palace....
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 24, 2013 | By Nita Lelyveld
The life of a reporter is tough. I recently had to work on a warm and sunny Saturday. My assignment? To go a four-hour ice-cream tour of Los Angeles, starting well before noon. I got on a bus at Universal City and tasted my first ice cream at 10:30 a.m. It was at the Addiction Bistro on La Cienega Boulevard, which unlocked its doors an hour and a half early to let us sample two flavors: tiramisu and red velvet. By noon, I'd tasted seven different flavors. By the time it was over, I'd had 13. Among the offerings: Cactus fruit, tequila, black truffle caramel and smoked milk.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 23, 2013 | By Nita Lelyveld, Los Angeles Times
How early is too early for ice cream? How many scoops constitute too many scoops? No doubt there are some who fret over such matters. But none of them was on the big black bus that set forth on a warm Saturday. It carried more than 40 people - the youngest 22 months old. In a seat near the middle beamed Olivia Melito, 13, who for the occasion had postponed a date to get braces. PHOTOS: L.A. ice cream tour They had come for the latest Secret City Tours outing in a series called "Eat Your Way Through LA. " That the organizing principle was ice cream naturally made the mood merry.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 5, 1987 | LAURIE BECKLUND, Times Staff Writer
As is often the case with truly monumental discoveries, the exact origin of ice cream has been lost to history. No anthropologist has detected traces of hot fudge on the pots found in the ancients' graves. No etymologist can say with certainty who first uttered the term ice cream , let alone who first ate it. So, anyone searching for the cold, hard facts will have to sift through legends of the past as well as the advertising slogans of the present.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 28, 2009 | Scott Collins and Meg James
This is a critical moment for TMZ, the celebrity website overseen by lawyer and former KCBS-TV Channel 2 reporter Harvey Levin. The 4-year-old website last week broke its biggest story yet -- the death of Michael Jackson -- following up with scoops and rumors about the singer's alleged drug habit, audio of the initial 911 call from his rented mansion, and news of what it suggested was a brewing fight over custody of his children.
TRAVEL
May 12, 2013 | By George Hobica
Some answers to readers' airline questions: Question: I understand that London's Heathrow Airport has a horrendous arrival fee. Is the same true for Stansted and Gatwick, London's two other airports? Answer: I'm not sure if you're referring to the airport landing fee, which is assessed based on the size of the aircraft and does vary from airport to airport but is paid directly by the airline, or Britain's air passenger duty, which is, essentially, a tax levied on airline tickets and varies depending on the class of service (economy or premium)
BUSINESS
April 9, 2013 | By Andrew Khouri
Ice cream lovers around the world just let out a scream, one so loud it brought down a company's website. Ben & Jerry's is dishing out free scoops at participating locations worldwide Tuesday as the Vermont firm celebrates its 34 th annual "Free Cone Day. "  But its website wasn't working Tuesday morning as ice cream fans flooded the site, likely searching for the nearest location to enjoy a free scoop of Chunky Monkey at one of its more than...
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