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February 16, 2010 | By Lisa Dillman
Going from fourth place to first on dry, flat land: Hard. Going from fourth to first careening down a tight, slushy course on a snowboard: Harder. Doing it at the Winter Olympics: Priceless. Improvisation, thy name is Seth Wescott. The 33-year-old Wescott went from last to first Monday afternoon in the men's snowboard cross final at Cypress Mountain, holding off crowd favorite Mike Robertson at the finish line to win the U.S.'s second gold medal. Wescott, of Sugarloaf, Maine, remains the only winner of this event at the Olympics, having captured the inaugural snowboard cross four years ago in Turin, Italy.
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ENTERTAINMENT
April 25, 2014 | By Joe Flint
After the coffee. Before finding out why I'm not hosting the Emmys. The Skinny: It is never fun giving a cat medicine. Try giving your cat three different doses if you really want frustration. I'm pretty sure Skinny isn't enjoying it either. Today's roundup includes the weekend box office preview. Also, lots of debate over the FCC's proposed new Net neutrality rules, and Seth Meyers will host this year's Emmy Awards. Have a great weekend. Daily Dose: Aside from consumer groups and media watchdogs, Netflix has emerged as the most vocal opponent of Comcast's proposed acquisition of Time Warner Cable.
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ENTERTAINMENT
November 1, 2009 | Michael Ordona
Disney's family comedy "Old Dogs" stars Robin Williams and John Travolta as aging bachelors, lifelong friends and business partners who have to take care of a pair of kids, perhaps at the peril of the biggest deal they've ever made. Is this light family comedy a surprising place to find the likes of . . . Seth Green? "I don't know, I don't know what people think of me! If you look at my filmography, I'm all over the place," says the Seth Green of "Can't Hardly Wait" and "Rat Race."
ENTERTAINMENT
April 25, 2014 | By Yvonne Villarreal
Seth Meyers will go from late night to prime time in August: The funnyman will host this year's Emmy Awards, NBC and the Television Academy confirmed Thursday night. TV's biggest night falls on Aug. 25 at 8 p.m. -- remember, that's a Monday! -- on NBC, and the network certainly has proved to have a pool of worthy hosts (ahem, Amy Poehler, Tina Fey). Perhaps only a slightly less obvious choice than recently installed "Tonight Show" host Jimmy Fallon (who hosted in 2010), the selection of Meyers comes on the heels of the "Saturday Night Live" alum being named one of Time magazine's 100 most influential people in the world for 2014 -- so maybe he's been doing some influencing with his network bosses?
BUSINESS
December 4, 2013 | By Michael Hiltzik
The anti-vaccination movement has long been a public menace. It's responsible for the resurgence of numerous serious diseases that were on the decline, including measles, mumps and whooping cough. Now the movement has been given a big booster shot by Katie Couric, who devoted a large portion of her daily talk show Wednesday to some highly emotional and scientifically dubious claims by critics of Gardasil, a leading vaccine for human papillomavirus, or HPV. The segment focused on a mother convinced that her 20-year-old daughter died after a cycle of Gardasil immunization, and a second family whose 14-year-old daughter fell ill after the shots.
NEWS
February 3, 1985 | CLAIRE SPIEGEL and ROBERT WELKOS, Times Staff Writers
Whenever Samuel Benitez, who now lives in Portland, Ore., even thinks about his old job as a Los Angeles policeman, he says he starts coughing. And the closer he gets to Los Angeles, the worse the hacking gets. Benitez, 35, claims that the cough is caused by stress from working for the Los Angeles Police Department. Complaining that the cough disabled him, he recently won a lifetime tax-free disability pension of $1,480 a month, plus $51,390 in back benefits.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 3, 1998 | ROBIN RAUZI
* The former cha-ching guy from the Rally's commercials now plays Oz, the teenage werewolf on "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" and appears in the film "Enemy of the State." Movie Monster: We tend to work late hours on Fridays on "Buffy," but occasionally I have a Friday off and I'll go see whatever movie just came out. I see everything that comes out. I'll go wherever it's playing, since some films only play at certain theaters.
NEWS
January 26, 1996 | MYRNA OLIVER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Carl Alexander Faber, popular psychologist and UCLA educator who wrote a book about relationships titled "On Listening," has died. He was 60. Faber died Monday at St. John's Hospital in Santa Monica of non-Hodgkins lymphoma, his daughter, Jollee, said Wednesday. In private practice in Westwood for more than 30 years, Faber lectured widely and taught classes intermittently at UCLA.
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September 20, 2007 | Mike Flaherty
MacFarlane is the naughtily ingenious creator of Fox's animated sitcom "Family Guy," which returns for its sixth season this Sunday, one week before the return of his other Sunday night, boundary-stretching cartoon, "American Dad." The 33-year-old Kent, Conn., native stopped slaving over his cels long enough to chat about his love of show tunes and fueling the rage of would-be censors. I understand the "Family Guy" season premiere will be an hourlong "Star Wars" spoof. The power goes out in the Griffins' house and they're looking to entertain themselves, so Peter tells them the story of "Star Wars."
NEWS
August 3, 2009 | Michael Ordona
What is the funniest TV show on that you're not involved with? Bill Maher [HBO's "Real Time With Bill Maher"]. It's the most unexpected, consistently surprising, the most incisive in every way. It's the only show I watch that gets me laughing out loud. What show really needs some Emmy love? How about "The Simpsons"? They did try to submit in the comedy category in the '90s and suffered from doing it in an era of juggernaut comedies like "Friends" and "Seinfeld" and "Cheers" and whatnot.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 13, 2014 | By Claire Zulkey
Marijuana? Check. James Franco? Check. Some cringe-worthy sophomoric phallic jokes? Check. Seth Rogen last night hosted what was probably a frat house's favorite episode of “Saturday Night Live” from this season. The weed humor came fast and furious (or slow and mellow), kicking off with Rogen's monologue, during which he read from his "journal," mentioning getting high twice before joking about setting up friend James Franco's Instagram scandal . Franco showed up smiling, not really looking like a man hiding in shame from an underage-sex-text scandal, making the “It's a hoax” theories seem more plausible.
SPORTS
March 26, 2014 | By Steve Dilbeck
All that bullpen depth, and you would have thought the Dodgers would get something for their overflow. But it was nothing doing, and on Wednesday they lost both Javy Guerra and Seth Rosin to waiver claims. Guerra, their ex-closer who saved 21 games in 2011 , could never duplicate that late-season surge. He lost his role early the next season and spent most of 2013 in the minors. He flat-lined enough that it seems no team was willing to dangle anything for him in trade, so the Chicago White Sox claimed him. Dennis Gilbert, special assistant to White Sox Chairman Jerry Reinsdorf, watches most every game at Dodger Stadium directly behind homeplate.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 13, 2014 | By Nardine Saad
Seth Rogen has thrown in his lot with the Bieber bashers.  The "Neighbors" star, 31, stopped by Andy Cohen's "Watch What Happens Live" on Wednesday, and the host asked him about a tweet he'd posted in January following Justin Bieber's arrest on suspicion of DUI in Miami. Sorry, guys, we can't republish the tweet here, but it involved Rogen calling the pop star "a piece of" something. The 20-year-old "Beauty and a Beat" singer's latest antics have further sullied his name.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 11, 2014 | By Patrick Kevin Day
Jimmy Kimmel is hosting his show from Austin, Texas, this week and to celebrate one of the city's favorite sons, he paid tribute to Matthew McConaughey's stellar performance in the HBO series "True Detective. " As many people know, McConaughey and co-star Woody Harrelson were only signed on for one season of the anthology mystery series. Next season will have new actors in an entirely new story. But who will get those plum roles? Speculation is rampant on the Internet. But Kimmel used his Monday night show to "reveal" the identities of season two's actors as well as the location of the second season.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 8, 2014 | By Meredith Blake
"It's time to get going again. " With these words, host and astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson kicks off the new documentary series, "Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey. " Premiering on Fox, the National Geographic Channel and eight other affiliated networks Sunday night, it is a follow-up to "Cosmos: A Personal Voyage," the groundbreaking and hugely popular 1980 PBS series hosted by astronomer Carl Sagan. Tyson, strolling along the scenic California coastal cliffs of Monterey - just as Sagan did in the opening minutes of the original - is talking about bringing the franchise to a new generation, but with a command that can also be interpreted as a mission statement.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 7, 2014 | By Meredith Blake
"Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey," is a 21st-century reboot of the groundbreaking 1980 PBS series "Cosmos: A Personal Voyage. " The original, hosted by renowned astronomer Carl Sagan, was a top-rated phenomenon that has been viewed by some 750 million people around the world. Executive producer Seth MacFarlane hopes the new version will prove just as popular, and help remedy what he sees as a growing problem of scientific illiteracy. We talked to the "Family Guy" creator about the series, his interest in science, and what he thinks we need to do to get back on track.  How did you get involved in "Cosmos"?
NEWS
January 3, 1987 | RALPH and TERRY KOVEL
A reader named Chris wrote that in his grandfather's attic he found a paper American Express card. He wanted to know if it was old or valuable. We talked to the archivist at American Express and learned that the very first American Express credit card was issued Oct. 1, 1958. It was made of paperboard. More than 500,000 were issued by the end of the year, each for a fee of $6. On May 1, 1959, the paper was replaced with a purple plastic card that was used for the next 10 years.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 6, 2014 | by Greg Braxton
Fred Armisen hasn't been on "Saturday Night Live" for quite a while, but he seems to be everywhere else. He's just started the fourth season of the quirky IFC sketch comedy show "Portlandia," which features him and Carrie Brownstein poking subtle fun at the people and rituals of Portland, Ore. He's taken on a major gig as a bandleader, with his 8G Band, for NBC's "Late Night with Seth Meyers," and he's making the rounds at other events. He was even a presenter at last week's Independent Spirit Awards.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 5, 2014 | By Meredith Blake
"Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey," the new, 13-episode documentary series, premieres Sunday at 9 p.m. on Fox, National Geographic and eight other affiliated cable networks -- not to mention 220 channels in 181 countries around the globe.  The project is a reboot of the landmark 1980 PBS series, "Cosmos: A Personal Voyage," created and hosted by astronomer Carl Sagan and aims to introduce the wonders of science to a new generation. (For those of you unfamiliar with the original, this weekend NatGeo will air a marathon of all 13 episodes.
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