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October 10, 1991 | MARK CHALON SMITH, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
"Shooting Stars" is a snappy little comedy that tries too hard to be a metaphor for feminism, when it just should have been happy with its ability to amuse. In a zesty staging by director John Ferzacca at Orange Coast College, Molly Newman's play fast-breaks us into the locker room of the Shooting Stars, an all-female, barnstorming basketball team on the eve of its latest game against some local men's outfit. These ladies--mostly girls, really--know what's expected of them: Put on a good show.
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August 9, 2013 | By Deborah Netburn
The Perseid meteor shower is one of nature's most spectacular light shows, and it's happening this weekend. The annual meteor shower will peak Sunday night into the dawn of Monday morning, and at the height of the shower, you can expect to see 100 meteors an hour.  This year, the moon is your friend and will appear as a thin crescent that shouldn't spoil your view of the shooting stars. And just to make you extra excited, NASA recently declared the Perseids the fireball champion of the meteor showers -- meaning it has the brightest meteors of all the annual showers.
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HOME & GARDEN
January 23, 2010
If soggy flower beds and slippery slopes are keeping you out of the garden, two new books can replace the urge to plant with the inspiration to plan. Garden photographer and Home section contributor Debra Lee Baldwin takes on common design questions in her new book, "Succulent Container Gardens." Which plants? With which pots? For which spots on the patio, balcony or deck? Baldwin's book ($29.95 from Timber Press) delivers ideas, including a chapter on unusual succulent arrangements in unconventional containers.
NATIONAL
August 11, 2012 | By Rene Lynch
The Perseid meteor shower is expected to result in a dazzling display of shooting stars this weekend. And NASA would like your help counting them. The nation's space agency has developed an app for Android and iPhones to help amateur sky-watchers "count meteors in a scientific way and report the results to us," according to Bill Cooke, head of NASA's Meteoroid Environment Office. Tweet us your Perseid photos at #LATPerseid The Perseid meteor shower data collected by your smartphone can be used by Cooke's office to study and model the Perseid debris stream.
NEWS
May 21, 1990 | KRISTINA LINDGREN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
When Milton Andrew Gordon set foot on this rambling pastoral campus in 1986, many took bets on how long Sonoma State University's new vice president would last. After all, a half dozen or so of his predecessors--known as "shooting stars"--averaged little more than a year each under the tumultuous reign of the former president.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 17, 2009 | David Davis
In 2002, LeBron James first appeared on the cover of Sports Illustrated, which dubbed him "The Chosen One." He was compared to Michael Jordan and Magic Johnson. Talk about hype: James was all of 17 and a junior in high school. Now 24, James is the NBA's reigning MVP and the best hoops player on the planet not named Kobe Bryant. Today, he views that SI cover as a symbol of the outsized celebrity he attained at a young age. "Now that I look back on it, I'm like, 'wow, that was huge,' " he says.
SPORTS
June 3, 1985 | RANDY HARVEY, Times Staff Writer
As a player, Chris Ford didn't look for an analyst's couch every time he missed a shot. He figured the only cure he needed for a shooting slump was another shot. Now that he's an assistant coach for the Boston Celtics, you can imagine what kind of advice he's giving the gang that suddenly can't shoot straight. "Keep shooting," he said Sunday after the Celtics missed 53 of 93 shots from the field in a 136-111 loss to the Lakers at the Forum. Spoken like a true shooter, someone told him.
MAGAZINE
December 1, 1985
English-born photographer Terry O'Neill has been shooting stars for more than 20 years. The portraits on these pages are from "Legends," a new book of his work from the 1960s and 1970s. From "Legends," by Terry O'Neill. Copyright Terry O'Neill, 1985. Reprinted by arrangement with Viking Penguin Inc.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 9, 2000
On the night of Nov. 17, North Americans may witness a very brief meteor shower when the Earth passes through a narrow swarm of debris shed by a comet more than a century ago. Face east and watch for "shooting stars" during the 20 minutes before midnight. If we are lucky, we may see a dozen or more meteors radiating from the approximate direction of the moon (whose bright light will wash out all but the brightest meteors).
SPORTS
July 31, 2012 | By Mike Bresnahan
LONDON — Vincent Hancock no longer liked the feel of the "USA" letters on his back as his skeet-shooting legacy crumbled. An Olympic gold medalist four years ago at age 19, he spun out last year, finishing 67th at the world championships and hitting a numbingly low 116 targets at a World Cup event in Slovenia. He felt embarrassed representing the U.S. and "having people see me shoot those scores. " Strong words for an Army sergeant. PHOTOS: Team USA: Skeet shooting It made his spot atop the medal stand Tuesday at the Royal Artillery Barracks that much more memorable.
SPORTS
August 6, 2011 | Grahame L. Jones, On Soccer
What do shooting stars and dinosaurs have to do with Chelsea FC or, for that matter, with the English Premier League, which launches its 2011-12 season on Saturday? Nothing and everything. Recently a story circulated about a Malaysian businessman who took delivery of a gold- and platinum-plated yacht that cost him a staggering $4.5 billion, or more than it would have cost him to buy Manchester United, Chelsea, Arsenal and Liverpool combined. Amid all the glitter, the vessel, named the History Supreme, has as part of its decor a wall made from a meteor and a statue made from the bone of a Tyrannosaurus rex. The toy has put Chelsea's owner Roman Abramovich's own $450-million yacht -- the one with the helipads and the missile defense system -- into dry dock, so to speak.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 2, 2011 | Kenneth Turan, Film Critic
"I want to be gay, I want to be free," the stunning young woman says, vivacious, casually amoral, all but blistering the screen. "Life is short and I want to live it while I'm alive. " The actress is Jean Harlow, and the bitter irony is that she lived only eight years past that moment of dialogue in Howard Hughes' legendary "Hell's Angels," dying of kidney failure at age 26 in 1937. Yet in that short span of time Hollywood's original platinum blond created an impressive body of work that is shockingly little seen today.
SPORTS
February 18, 2011
NBA All-Star weekend at Staples Center and the Los Angeles Convention Center. Friday ? NBA All-Star Jam Session, 4-10 p.m. at Convention Center South Hall. Sophomore All-Stars practice, 9:45-10:30 a.m.; rookies practice, 11-11:45 a.m.; both at Jam Session Center Court in South Hall. Tickets through ticketmaster.com. ? ESPN celebrity game, 4-6 p.m. at Jam Session center court, South Hall. (Separate admission.) ? T-Mobile Rookie Challenge and Youth Jam, 6 p.m. at Staples Center; rookies vs. sophomores game.
SPORTS
February 16, 2011 | By Baxter Holmes
NBA All-Star weekend at Staples Center and the Los Angeles Convention Center. Friday ? NBA All-Star Jam Session, 4-10 p.m. at Los Angeles Convention Center South Hall. Sophomore All-Stars practice, 9:45-10:30 a.m.; rookies practice, 11-11:45 a.m.; both at Jam Session Center Court in South Hall. Tickets through ticketmaster.com . ESPN celebrity game, 4-6 p.m. at Jam Session center court, South Hall. (Separate admission.) T-Mobile Rookie Challenge and Youth Jam, 6 p.m. at Staples Center; rookies vs. sophomores game.
SPORTS
December 5, 2010 | Jerry Crowe
Jim Murray once called Meadowlark Lemon an American institution, a description the longtime Harlem Globetrotters star claims mystifies him. "I don't know what that means," he says. Oh, but he does. "We were part of something that America needed at one time," Lemon says of the Globetrotters. "America needed Joe Louis. America needed Arnold Palmer. America needed Sammy Davis Jr. and Louis Armstrong. "And America and the world at one time needed people like the Harlem Globetrotters and Meadowlark Lemon.
NEWS
November 18, 1998 | DIANA MARCUM and PAUL LEVIKOW, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
For a few hours before dawn Tuesday, the clouds parted above the desert sky here and opened to a light show that delighted hundreds of stargazers, part of the planetwide audience for the annual Leonid meteor shower. The search for a clear night sky far from city lights drew people from across Southern California to desert spots like Jumbo Rocks, a popular Joshua Tree campground.
SPORTS
February 18, 2011
NBA All-Star weekend at Staples Center and the Los Angeles Convention Center. Friday ? NBA All-Star Jam Session, 4-10 p.m. at Convention Center South Hall. Sophomore All-Stars practice, 9:45-10:30 a.m.; rookies practice, 11-11:45 a.m.; both at Jam Session Center Court in South Hall. Tickets through ticketmaster.com. ? ESPN celebrity game, 4-6 p.m. at Jam Session center court, South Hall. (Separate admission.) ? T-Mobile Rookie Challenge and Youth Jam, 6 p.m. at Staples Center; rookies vs. sophomores game.
HOME & GARDEN
January 23, 2010
If soggy flower beds and slippery slopes are keeping you out of the garden, two new books can replace the urge to plant with the inspiration to plan. Garden photographer and Home section contributor Debra Lee Baldwin takes on common design questions in her new book, "Succulent Container Gardens." Which plants? With which pots? For which spots on the patio, balcony or deck? Baldwin's book ($29.95 from Timber Press) delivers ideas, including a chapter on unusual succulent arrangements in unconventional containers.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 2, 2009 | KENNETH TURAN, FILM CRITIC
It's always risky to mix sports metaphors, but it's hard to resist the notion that the basketball-themed "More Than a Game" is a knockout of a sports documentary. Destined against its will to be known as "the LeBron James movie," it is all that, and a good deal more. James, of course, is one of the NBA's most impressive players, someone so gifted that he was drafted in 2003 by the Cleveland Cavaliers right out of high school. Given that this film is coming out around the same time as his autobiography, "Shooting Stars," it may sound like part of a calculated media blitz, but the film's origins are considerably more complex.
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