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September 11, 2009 | Christopher Smith
From the waist up, Don Knotts was perhaps the perfect assembly of male imperfections. His high forehead, perched above a worried, wrinkly brow, set off his trademark googly eyes, ever-ready to pop out in alarm at whatever misfortune came his way. Below the eyes, his recessed chin tapered into a longish neck that highlighted a bulgy Adam's apple that Knotts worked up and down in synchronized tandem with petrified double-takes or facial tremors....
April 19, 2014 | By Tim Logan
Sarah Luna wants to buy a home in up-and-coming northeast Los Angeles before it's too late. At 31, she has a master's degree and earns more than $70,000 as a court reporter and freelance editor. She daydreams about trading the Glendale apartment she shares for a little condo, maybe in Echo Park or Highland Park. Just one thing holds her back: The $700 she's paid every month since 2008, after she graduated from the University of Southern California - with $75,000 in student debt.
Jered Weaver's spark plugs, air filter and brake fluid look fine. The right-hander looked sharp in his final tuneup for the playoffs Friday night, throwing five shutout innings with five strikeouts and no walks in the Angels' 5-2 victory over the Oakland Athletics. But the check-engine light came on for setup man Kevin Jepsen, who suffered his second shaky outing in seven days, giving up singles to three of the four batters he faced and two runs in the ninth inning. "I feel like I'm out there trying to work on things instead of doing what I normally do, which is go after guys and let it all hang out," Jepsen said.
April 9, 2014 | By Bill Shaikin
Josh Beckett was not great. The Dodgers do not need him to be, and that makes for a pretty great situation for the home team. Think about it. What other team could afford to employ a guy making close to $16 million as a fifth starter, with no shortage of experienced understudies behind him? In his first major league start in 11 months, Beckett lasted four innings, gave up five runs and got no decision in the Dodgers' 7-6 loss to the Detroit Tigers on Wednesday in 10 innings. He was long gone by the time Victor Martinez roughed up Kenley Jansen again.
October 8, 1988
If Keith Olbermann can make offensive remarks about "FloJo" on television, then I can do the same in print. Keith Olbermann is an overrated, unprofessional, very corny and very shaky sportscaster, but I have proof. Just watch Channel 2's sports segment every night at 11. MARK LYTES Long Beach
August 17, 2002
It's good to see that the city of Yorba Linda and other officials are so diligently watching out for hillside home buyers ("Fault Lines in Law Leave Homes on Shaky Ground," Aug. 11). It's certainly much less work to just take a developer's report for granted rather than, say, hire an expert to look at it. Besides, if you can't trust a developer, whom can you trust? Robert Greeley Sunland
January 28, 1990
It is only mildly reassuring that even George Will is appalled at the emptiness of purpose and lack of vision of the Bush-Quayle Administration ("The Man and the Moment Have Met," Op-Ed Page, Jan. 21). The present picture of a failing and flailing once-great nation is hurtful to behold. We have no business telling any country what to do until we set our own increasingly shaky house in order. This means rebuilding our decaying and polluted cities and roads; admitting we have lost generations of youth through a failed educational system; and simply doing away with the inane point of view of far too many that we are better than everybody else.
December 29, 1991
So Stone thinks the Warren Commission was wrong. Welcome to the world, Mr. Stone. As far back as 1979, a House select committee concluded that Kennedy was probably killed as a "result of a conspiracy." Even further back--about the time Stone was getting out of high school--many of us were convinced that the Warren Commission was wrong in its "lone-gunman" theory. All we really wanted was the truth out of the many theories that abounded at the time: the L.B.J. theory, the Cuban theory, the Mafia theory, the Texas right-wing-radicals theory and, yes, even the Clay Shaw-CIA-secret government theory.
November 27, 2006 | J.A. Adande
We're at the point where any San Diego Chargers victory can be summarized in two words. This goes back to Nov. 19, when between updates I saw a 24-7 San Diego deficit against Denver turn into a 35-27 Chargers victory and I text-messaged a friend to ask what happened. My buddy's reply: "LT happened." Flash-forward to Sunday, when the Chargers had to deal with a strong Oakland Raiders defensive effort, a shaky performance by quarterback Philip Rivers and a 14-7 Raiders lead in the fourth quarter.
February 28, 1988 | KAY BARTLETT, Associated Press
Shawn Robbins, psychic, author and mail-order entrepreneur, has turned her big hazel eyes toward Wall Street since the stock market has become so volatile. A shaky market is good for people in her line of work, she says. "For psychics," she says, "the market is boring when it's good, but now is the chance to really shine with psychic abilities. This is a good time to go to a 'reputable psychic.' "Be careful, though. This is not the time to go to Madame Ripoff on the corner with your portfolio.
March 28, 2014 | By Mark Swed, Los Angeles Times Music Critic
Now that we've got 3-D printers, shall we make a singer? I want Al Jolson for the base material, useful for wholehearted expression derived from curious cultural transgression (but obviously without the blackface). Add a tad of Ethel Merman to enhance that in-your-face quality. For technique and theatricality, of course, Callas. This may be the ingredient hardest to obtain, but you can never have too much Maria Callas. Nor can you have too much Cathy Berberian, who not only blended opera and pop but took new music to new vocal heights developing extended vocal techniques and who understood that sex is part of song in all genres and cultures.
March 17, 2014 | By Tim Logan
The spring selling season is fast approaching, but home builders remain in a dour mood. A survey of builders on the prospect of single-family home sales remained basically flat, and a bit pessimistic, in March, same as the month before. The National Assn. of Home Builders Housing Market Index edged up to 47 , from 46 last month. Scores above 50 generally indicate optimism, and the index had been above that mark for eight straight months until falling in February. The group said poor weather across much of the country was a major factor, as was difficulty in finding buildable lots and the necessary skilled labor.
March 14, 2014 | By Mike DiGiovanna
Padres 4, Angels 2 AT THE PLATE: J.B. Shuck, who is competing with Collin Cowgill and Matt Long for a reserve outfield spot, tripled and scored in the first inning and singled in the third and eighth innings. Grant Green hit a sacrifice fly in the first and singled in the sixth. An apparent bunt single by Long in the fifth was overturned by an instant replay process that Manager Mike Scioscia said was "much cleaner" than what he had experienced during previous games. ON THE MOUND: Tyler Skaggs, the 22-year-old left-hander who is expected to be the team's fifth starter, allowed three runs and eight hits, including Nick Hundley's solo homer, in four innings.
March 3, 2014 | By Dylan Hernandez
PHOENIX - It was only a spring-training game, but it didn't matter. "It matters to me," Clayton Kershaw said. Kershaw was upset Monday after making his second exhibition-season start, which was even worse than his first. Facing the Oakland Athletics, he pitched two perfect innings, only to implode in the third, giving up three walks and two run-scoring singles. He was removed by Manager Don Mattingly before recording an out. "Physically, I feel great," Kershaw said.
March 1, 2014 | By Julie Cart
IVANPAH VALLEY, Calif. - The day begins early at the Ivanpah solar power plant. Long before the sun rises, computers aim five square miles of mirrors to reflect the first rays of dawn onto one of three 40-story towers rising above the desert floor. The 356,000 mirrors, each the size of a garage door, focus so much light on the towers that they pulsate with a blinding white light. At the top of each tower is an enormous boiler where the sun's energy heats water to more than 1,000 degrees, creating steam that spins electricity-generating turbines.
February 5, 2014 | By Alicia Banks
Are you Parker Sithole? The question served as the original title for "Of Good Report," which screens Thursday as the opening night film of the 22nd Pan African Film Festival in Los Angeles. Set in the South African countryside, the film follows a troubled teacher named Parker Sithole (Mothusi Magano), who begins an illicit relationship with the beautiful student Nolitha (Petronella Tshuma) - a relationship that takes a brutal turn and forces Parker to battle past demons. More subtly, the film noir explores the lies that people tell and the morals that they bend to justify actions, at any expense.
September 23, 1988 | DOUGLAS FRANTZ, Times Staff Writer
First Interstate Bancorp said Thursday that it will set aside a surprisingly hefty $180 million for loan losses at its Texas bank and shift $400 million in non-performing loans to a so-called bad bank. The separate actions will result in a third-quarter loss "much in excess of $100 million," but earnings should improve sharply in 1989, Joseph J. Pinola, chairman and chief executive of the Los Angeles-based banking company, said in an interview.
November 24, 1985 | RICHARD EDER
"World's Fair" is E. L. Doctorow's portrait of the artist as a young child. The author's alter-ego, Edgar Altschuler, grows into an awareness that the world stretches far beyond the protective confines of a Bronx Jewish household. It was a quieter passage than Stephen Daedalus' vehement breakout from a constricted Dublin youth, and conducted with far greater cautiousness.
December 15, 2013 | George Skelton, Capitol Journal
SACRAMENTO - Maybe I've watched the movie "Chinatown" too many times, but a major justification for digging Gov. Jerry Brown's massive water tunnels just seems suspicious. Brown's not creating a drought by dumping water in the ocean and poisoning wells, as Noah Cross (John Huston) does in the classic film inspired by Los Angeles' draining of the Owens Valley. Developer Cross was selling L.A. voters on the need for a water bond to finance an aqueduct and reservoir. Brown and the water buffaloes - government bureaucrats, corporate farmers, urban expansionists - are peddling their own rationale for a $25-billion re-plumbing of the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta.
November 18, 2013 | Sam Farmer
They are the darlings of the NFL - Seattle, Denver, Kansas City, New Orleans, San Francisco - but it isn't always the November darlings that wind up lifting the Lombardi Trophy in February. Last season, for instance, the eventual-champion Baltimore Ravens lost four of five games in December before igniting in the playoffs and going on their run. There are similar stories for other recent Super Bowl winners. So, while it's easy to be distracted by the so-called elite teams in the NFL, there's also a second tier of teams who have risen from the ashes of shaky starts and, though they don't lead their respective divisions, have played their way to relevance.
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