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January 3, 2014 | By Nardine Saad
Lacey Chabert just designated herself a party of two: The "Party of Five" alum has gotten married.  Though she excitedly announced the news of her secret nuptials on Twitter on Friday, the "Mean Girls" actress did not name her groom.   "Just wanted to share some personal news with you guys... " the 31-year-old tweeted Friday, adding , "I'm starting off 2014 as a Mrs! Over the holidays, my best friend & love of my life...we became husband & wife! #soblessed #love" She of "fetch" fame also shared a photo of herself with her maid of honor, Crissy.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 2, 2014 | By Adolfo Flores
Fullerton must turn over portions of the personnel files of two former officers charged in the death of Kelly Thomas after losing an appeal to keep details of the police department's investigation into the incident private. The Fourth District Court of Appeal on Tuesday upheld a judge's decision to release the confidential files. The Orange County district attorney's office filed a motion to view the files for Manual Ramos and Jay Cicinelli to rebut a Fullerton police officer's testimony that he saw no department violations in the video of the officers' clash with Thomas in 2011.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 29, 2013 | By Oliver Gettell
Regardless of their success level, many actors seem to dread auditions, which sometimes replicate the "pick me!" anxiety of a schoolyard basketball game, only on a much grander scale. But as it turns out, plenty of directors find the process stressful as well. At the Envelope Directors Round Table , six of the year's top filmmakers talked about the ins and outs of casting: Nicole Holofcener of "Enough Said," Steve McQueen of "12 Years a Slave," J.C. Chandor of "All Is Lost," Spike Jonze of "Her," Paul Greengrass of "Captain Phillips" and John Lee Hancock of "Saving Mr. Banks.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 28, 2013 | By Paul Pringle and Rong-Gong Lin II
The Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum was flirting with insolvency, but that didn't stop its government overseers from incurring hundreds of thousands of dollars in legal expenses to keep secret their deliberations on a new long-term lease for the stadium. For more than a year, the Coliseum Commission fought an open-government lawsuit that challenged the legality of the closed-door talks on USC's lease of the historic venue. The suit also sought to make records related to the deal public.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 26, 2013 | Times staff and wire reports
Kelly Clark, an Oregon attorney who won a nearly $20-million judgment for a sex abuse victim against the Boy Scouts of America and forced the organization to release secrets on pedophiles contained in its so-called perversion files, has died. He was 56. A resident of Portland, Ore., Clark died Dec. 17 at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., said Paul Mones, Clark's friend and co-counsel in the case. Doctors were in the process of diagnosing Clark's condition when he died. Clark was one of the most prominent American attorneys who fought for childhood victims of sexual abuse - bringing and winning cases against the Roman Catholic Church, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and the Boy Scouts of America.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 24, 2013 | By Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times Film Critic
As a director and star trying to extend into new territory, Ben Stiller is his own best friend. With wild and crazy films like "Zoolander" and "Tropic Thunder" in his past, Stiller's taken a different turn in "The Secret Life of Walter Mitty," but, fortunately for all concerned, the Old Ben has decided to come along for the ride. As a result "Walter Mitty," inspired by the brief 1939 James Thurber short story about a man who lapses into heroic daydreams at the slightest provocation, has a pleasant, curiously off-center quality that reflects the blending of these two sensibilities.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 24, 2013 | By Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times Film Critic
The numerous works of Charles Dickens, perhaps the English language's preeminent storyteller, have been turned into films and television over and over again for more than a century. "The Invisible Woman," however, might be the first film to be made about the great man's private life, and it turns out to be as compellingly dramatic as anything he put on the page. More than that, as directed by and starring the superb Ralph Fiennes as Dickens and splendidly assisted by Britain's Felicity Jones as the title character, "The Invisible Woman" is an exceptional film about love, longing and regret.
NATIONAL
December 22, 2013 | By John M. Glionna
They were two veteran emissaries for a Los Angeles-based philanthropy, tasked with staging a clandestine operation to rescue a series of Native American spiritual artifacts from public sale half a world away. This month, Annenberg Foundation staffers Allison Gister and Carol Laumen found themselves making anonymous telephone bids at a Paris auction to secure rarities considered sacred by the Hopi and San Carlos Apache tribes in Arizona, including exotic mask-like visages that had been lost - some say looted - over the last century.
NATIONAL
December 20, 2013 | By Richard A. Serrano
WASHINGTON -- Investigators reviewing allegations of misbehavior by Secret Service agents tasked with safeguarding the president and other top administration officials found no evidence that “misconduct is widespread” or that the agency's leadership “tolerates inappropriate behavior.” However, the investigation by the Department of Homeland Security's inspector general, launched after several agents were caught in 2012 with Colombian prostitutes,...
BUSINESS
December 20, 2013 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Who knew Bill Gates was such a nifty Reddit user? The billionaire philanthropist and Microsoft co-founder took to Reddit recently to partake in the online community's Secret Santa Exchange . Gates was matched up with Reddit user NY1227 , otherwise known as Rachel, who he then proceeded to give a memorable gift. Gates shipped the unsuspecting Reddit user a seven-pound box filled with a travel book, a stuffed cow, a card indicating a donation to Heifer International in Rachel's name, a signed holiday card, and a picture of himself holding the card and the cow in front of a Christmas tree.
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