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ENTERTAINMENT
July 17, 2013 | By Patrick Kevin Day
Syfy is wading back into "Sharknado" infested waters. The cable channel's surprise viral sensation is getting a sequel -- or prequel -- to debut in 2014. "Sharknado," starring Ian Ziering and Tara Reid, is the latest low-budget science fiction thriller to debut on Syfy, which has been host to such films as "Sharktopus" and "Malibu Shark Attack. " But somehow, the film's absurd premise, about a tornado picking sharks up from the ocean and spinning them above the streets of Los Angeles, bringing serrated death from the skies, caught on with social media.
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SPORTS
July 7, 2013 | By Dylan Hernandez
SAN FRANCISCO - A.J. Ellis' three-run double in the ninth inning lifted the Dodgers to their second victory at AT&T Park in three days, a 4-1 win over the San Francisco Giants on Sunday. But one player in the Dodgers' clubhouse argued that Ellis' double wasn't the most important hit of game, saying that designation belonged to Yasiel Puig's leadoff single that inning. "He was embarrassed yesterday," the player, who asked not to be identified for publication, said of Puig.
SPORTS
July 5, 2013 | By Dylan Hernandez
SAN FRANCISCO - Reinstated from the disabled list, Carl Crawford was faced with a new reality Friday. For a day, if not more, he was starting the game on the bench. Crawford was arguably the Dodgers' best offensive player when he went down with a strained left hamstring more than a month ago. But the emergence of Yasiel Puig has changed the dynamics of the Dodgers outfield. Puig figures to be the everyday right fielder for the foreseeable future, leaving Crawford and two other former All-Stars to split time in the other two outfield positions.
SPORTS
July 4, 2013 | By David Wharton
There wasn't much room for debate at Dodger Stadium on a recent summer evening. Not among the people who came out early to watch Yasiel Puig take batting practice. Not among those who wore T-shirts with the rookie's name and number. Dodgers fans seemed confident that Puig belongs in the All-Star game. "Are you kidding me?" said Javier Diaz, sitting along the third base line. "The guy is amazing. " No other player in baseball has generated more buzz this summer.
SPORTS
June 27, 2013 | By Dylan Hernandez
While the rest of the country debates whether Yasiel Puig should be invited to the All-Star game, the fans at Dodger Stadium have already bestowed him with an even more prestigious title. "M-V-Puig!" the announced crowd of 51,037 fans chanted over and over Thursday for a rookie outfielder playing in his 23rd game. Moments earlier, Puig had reached across home plate and pulled a slider by Justin De Fratus into left field, driving in two runs to reverse a one-run deficit, sending the Dodgers to their sixth consecutive victory, a 6-4 decision over the Philadelphia Phillies.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 21, 2013 | By Chris Lee, Los Angeles Times
Alongside Mr. Spock, Archie Bunker and the Fonz, James Gandolfini's Tony Soprano has been absorbed wholesale into the American psyche to rank as one of TV's most indelible icons. In every sense of the term, Gandolfini's mob boss was larger than life: a man of grand appetites, enormous externalized rage and tremendous heart who cast an equally gigantic shadow across popular culture during six seasons on HBO's "The Sopranos" that qualify as some of the finest television ever produced.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 21, 2013 | By Mary McNamara, Los Angeles Times Television Critic
After the news broke that actor James Gandolfini had died, media outlets everywhere scrambled to put him, and his beloved character Tony Soprano, into cultural context. But if you wanted to understand the importance of the man and the show, all you had to do was listen to sports radio. Even as the NBA Finals moved toward a thrilling and decisive Game 7, ESPN sportscasters were talking about nothing but Gandolfini's death, reminiscing about "The Sopranos" with the tones of sorrowful obsession usually reserved for the passing of an iconic coach or star athlete.
NATIONAL
June 20, 2013 | By Devin Kelly
Sara Broncho-Morning has never been to Brimfield, a town of about 10,300 in northeast Ohio.  But the Redlands resident -- and tens of thousands of others around the country and the world -- regularly reads the Facebook page for the town's police department . It's where she finds observations like this: "Attention Residents....This is an APB. We repeat...an APB. It's an All Pig Bulletin. If you have a black pot-belly pig...make sure you still have it. Some nice residents recovered one at Old Forge and Congress Lake last night.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 14, 2013 | By Mark Schone
History may be written by the victors, but Alexander Hamilton became a victor by writing history. He died at the hands of lifelong rival Aaron Burr in a famous duel, yet posterity has been kinder to Hamilton because of the power of his pen. During his lifetime, Hamilton couldn't stop Burr from eclipsing him politically - Burr became vice president and invented the Democratic Party , while Hamilton's career died with George Washington. But with years of letters impugning Burr's motives and morals, Hamilton was able to sway enough opinions to deny Burr a second term as vice president and the governorship of New York.
SPORTS
June 7, 2013 | By Dylan Hernandez
One swing of the bat and more than 44,000 fans in Dodger Stadium erupted. As the ball sailed over the right-field fence - with the bases loaded - even Hall of Fame broadcaster Vin Scully was at a loss. "I don't believe it!" he exclaimed to television viewers. "A grand-slam home run!" On the Dodgers radio broadcast, veteran announcer Charley Steiner shouted, "This doesn't happen even in Hollywood!" As the stadium shook with emotion and Dodgers in the dugout exchanged high-fives and hugs, a chiseled 6-foot-3, 245-pound ballplayer circled the bases.
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