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September 19, 2012 | by Carolyn Kellogg
Argh, mateys! It's that time again: National Talk Like a Pirate Day. How to talk like a pirate? The Johnny Depp movies are a guide, the Disney ride they were based on, and the Talk Like A Pirate Day website . But readers know the best reference for pirate talk -- invented, yes, but still iconic -- is Robert Louis Stevenson's classic adventure tale, " Treasure Island . " Here are some lines from the book. Feel free to borrow from them for pirate-speak to brighten up your day. There must be a way to work the expressions "smart as paint" or "I'll stake my wig" into that meeting you've got this afternoon.
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NATIONAL
February 9, 2014 | By Matt Pearce
Stacie Testerman lives in York County, about 100 miles west of Philadelphia, and gets her water from a well.  So when her power suddenly went out at 3 a.m. Wednesday -- as it did for several hundred thousand Pennsylvanians last week -- her faucets and toilets stopped working too. But rather than abandon her home, Testerman thought she'd tough it out by burning wood in the stove and melting snow to make water for flushing the toilet. Five days later, Testerman and tens of thousands of other Pennsylvanians are still waiting for relief.
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ENTERTAINMENT
August 27, 2010 | By Robert Abele
"The Last Exorcism" stirs up a caldron of handheld-camera technique, faith-challenged drama and solid acting for a suitably squirmy tale of demonic possession. It won't supplant " The Exorcist," but it stands up nicely to DIY-tinged shiver stalwarts "The Blair Witch Project" and "Paranormal Activity. " Director Daniel Stamm's faux documentary begins as a "Marjoe"-like portrait of Cotton Marcus ( Patrick Fabian), a charming huckster preacher who intends to show a film crew how the fake-exorcism business works by taking the case of a distraught, hyper-religious Louisiana farmer (Louis Herthum)
NEWS
January 13, 2013 | By Booth Moore
It's a chilly 56 degrees in L.A. today. So will Hollywood shiver its way down the red carpet or cover up with capes and furs? Shiver, at least judging from the strapless early arrivals. I guess you don't spend all those hours at SoulCycle to cover up. So far, I haven't been wowed by any of the gowns. Debra Messing is in a rather simple Donna Karan strapless black ruched silk organza creation, and Claire Danes is in an equally understated red carpet red halter gown by Versace. Julianne Hough's white Monique Lhuillier gown with gold, shard-like beading on the bodice has a little more spunk.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 16, 2011 | By Susan Carpenter, Los Angeles Times
The Scorpio Races A Novel Maggie Stiefvater Scholastic: 409 pp., $17.99, ages 13 and up Maggie Stiefvater is the bestselling author of the werewolfian romance, the Shiver trilogy - a series that wrapped up over the summer with more than 1.6 million books printed in the U.S. and foreign rights sold to 36 countries. Now the young-adult novelist is turning her attention to another breed of mythological creature - the maniacal water horse. American readers are probably unfamiliar with such a thing, but the capall uisce (pronounced "copple ooshka")
ENTERTAINMENT
December 6, 1987
Such nonsense, holding the Hollywood Christmas Parade at night--when it is dark and freezing cold. Who is the idiot responsible for this? Everyone I know likes the parade, but they shiver with the cold watching it. And it is a crime to subject old people and children to standing or sitting for 2 hours in such shivering cold weather. Start the parade at noon. RICHARD W. QUINN Hollywood That's just the way it's always been, says a spokesman for the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce.
NEWS
January 13, 2013 | By Booth Moore
It's a chilly 56 degrees in L.A. today. So will Hollywood shiver its way down the red carpet or cover up with capes and furs? Shiver, at least judging from the strapless early arrivals. I guess you don't spend all those hours at SoulCycle to cover up. So far, I haven't been wowed by any of the gowns. Debra Messing is in a rather simple Donna Karan strapless black ruched silk organza creation, and Claire Danes is in an equally understated red carpet red halter gown by Versace. Julianne Hough's white Monique Lhuillier gown with gold, shard-like beading on the bodice has a little more spunk.
NEWS
February 3, 2004 | CHRISTOPHER REYNOLDS
EVENTUALLY, JUST SO YOU KNOW, THIS IS GOING TO be a column about endurance, the national psyche and how John Kerry looks in a wetsuit. But it starts here in a crowded hotel lobby, where my wife and I and five of our friends stand zipping parkas, fiddling with gloves, wrapping mufflers and wincing at the white wasteland just out the door. Some people chase storms, or wars, or skirts. We're chasing handshakes.
NEWS
March 29, 1998 | JULIE CART, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Shannon Wright, who shielded a sixth-grade pupil from gunfire and was fatally wounded as a result, was remembered Saturday as a hero as the final victims of Tuesday's shooting spree at Westside Middle School were laid to rest. The 32-year-old teacher, who leaves behind a husband and a 2-year-old son, was memorialized at a jammed church service just five miles from the scene of the bloody schoolyard ambush that claimed the lives of Wright and four young girls and injured 10 others.
NEWS
May 22, 1999 | JESSE KATZ, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The call came on the eve of his Los Angeles concert, just as he was leaving his home in Mexico. We have your son. Follow our instructions. Don't make trouble. It was a year ago, and Vicente Fernandez was about to headline four sold-out shows at the Pico Rivera Sports Arena, his annual Memorial Day pilgrimage to the Eastside suburbs of L.A. Now this voice, saying his 33-year-old son, his namesake, was being held for a ransom of millions.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 19, 2012 | by Carolyn Kellogg
Argh, mateys! It's that time again: National Talk Like a Pirate Day. How to talk like a pirate? The Johnny Depp movies are a guide, the Disney ride they were based on, and the Talk Like A Pirate Day website . But readers know the best reference for pirate talk -- invented, yes, but still iconic -- is Robert Louis Stevenson's classic adventure tale, " Treasure Island . " Here are some lines from the book. Feel free to borrow from them for pirate-speak to brighten up your day. There must be a way to work the expressions "smart as paint" or "I'll stake my wig" into that meeting you've got this afternoon.
NATIONAL
July 10, 2012 | By Rene Lynch
It's a journalistic no-brainer: People love a good shark story. (Blame it on "Jaws. ") But this week's shark news managed to slice through the media clutter with razor-sharp teeth: This shark story came with photographic evidence. Hair-raising photographic evidence, at that. A sizable dorsal fin was captured on video slicing through the sparkling blue water Saturday afternoon -- trailing , or perhaps stalking, a kayaker off Nauset Beach on Massachusetts' Cape Cod. A photo from the video created an online sensation Monday.
NATIONAL
December 16, 2011 | By Kim Murphy, Los Angeles Times
In the middle of winter, when the temperature slips toward zero and bone-numbing winds blow in off the prairie, living in a Federal Emergency Management Agency trailer may not be hell — it's way too cold for that — but as the saying goes, you can see it from here. "We basically live in a 400-square-foot icebox," said Shanda Cool, who lost not only her house, but the boutique artisan bakery she was on the verge of opening before the Souris River flooded most of central Minot last June.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 16, 2011 | By Susan Carpenter, Los Angeles Times
The Scorpio Races A Novel Maggie Stiefvater Scholastic: 409 pp., $17.99, ages 13 and up Maggie Stiefvater is the bestselling author of the werewolfian romance, the Shiver trilogy - a series that wrapped up over the summer with more than 1.6 million books printed in the U.S. and foreign rights sold to 36 countries. Now the young-adult novelist is turning her attention to another breed of mythological creature - the maniacal water horse. American readers are probably unfamiliar with such a thing, but the capall uisce (pronounced "copple ooshka")
ENTERTAINMENT
July 17, 2011 | Susan Carpenter, Los Angeles Times
Forever A Novel Maggie Stiefvater Scholastic: 390 pp., $17.99, ages 13 and up The middle book in Maggie Stiefvater's bestselling "Shiver" trilogy ended with a Romeo-and-Juliet cliffhanger, as Grace mysteriously disappeared from the hospital, Grace's father punched out her werewolf boyfriend and said boyfriend wondered whether he'd ever see his beloved again. In "Forever," the highly anticipated conclusion to this shape-shifting young-adult series, the drama continues to ratchet up as Grace and her boyfriend Sam negotiate the complications of nascent werewolf love.
WORLD
April 26, 2011 | By Borzou Daragahi, Los Angeles Times
Unrest roiling Syria, a linchpin state in the Middle East, is shaking the region in ways that even the revolution in Egypt did not, threatening to upend some longstanding alliances and encouraging neighbors to scramble for sudden advantage. Already, the chaos in Syria is showing the potential to affect issues as broad as Iran's conflict with the U.S. and its allies, and as narrow as regional water rights. Whether or not President Bashar Assad weathers the storm, the uprising is forcing countries in the region to formulate a response and may ultimately change the balance of power.
NEWS
July 10, 1994 | SUSAN KING, TIMES STAFF WRITER
That's one small step for a man, one giant leap for mankind. With those immortal words, Apollo 11 astronaut Neil Armstrong stepped on the ghostly lunar surface, becoming the first man to walk on the moon. It was July 20, 1969, and the whole world sat enraptured in front of TV sets as the haunting black-and-white images were beamed back to Earth. But few knew the real story behind America's 10-year race to beat the Soviet Union to the moon. Until now.
FOOD
November 21, 1996 | MATT KRAMER, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
It must be said right away: When you talk about sparkling wine, you're talking almost purely about individual preference. The usual wine standards simply don't apply. With the best still wines you can compare, say, a set of Cabernets or Chardonnays from particular districts and arrive at a consensus about how well a particular wine expresses its climate, soil and grape variety. From there you can talk about quality. It's how nearly all of the world's best wines are recognized.
WORLD
February 18, 2011 | By Jeffrey Fleishman, Los Angeles Times
Images of a former Cabinet minister and a steel magnate walking into prison have sent a shiver of disgust across much of Egypt as prosecutors widen investigations of the corrupt inner circle of former President Hosni Mubarak. Rich and once untouchable men connected to the seat of power have tumbled into disgraced suspects captured on YouTube stepping out of a police truck and into jail. It's another sign of the startling change of fortunes that has enveloped this nation since protests forced Mubarak to step down a week ago. Former Tourism Minister Zuheir Garana and steel tycoon Ahmed Ezz, a close friend of Mubarak's son Gamal, were arrested late Thursday and will be held for 15 days of investigation of corruption and other charges.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 31, 2010 | By Sam Allen and Alan Zarembo, Los Angeles Times
A blast of cold air from the North Pole has been a late Christmas gift for Southern California skiers and snowboarders ? at least for those hardy enough to brave it. At the 8,200- foot peak of Snow Summit late Thursday morning, it was 9 degrees. In Big Bear Lake, temperatures were expected to plummet to 6 degrees overnight. In case there is any confusion, that's Fahrenheit, not centigrade ? or 26 degrees less than the freezing point. Oren Barkan, a real estate agent from Woodland Hills, hadn't factored in the cold when he decided it was the perfect day to teach his 9-year-old son to ski. "His feet were screaming in pain," said Barkan, who bought his son, Noah, a pair of toe warmers from the ski shop at the Mountain High Resort.
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