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January 10, 2013 | By Laura J. Nelson
At 8:30 a.m. Thursday, it was 32 degrees in western Massachusetts, and documentary filmmaker Cynthia Wade had no heat and no power in her house in the Berkshires. 'This is not the morning for this to happen ,' Wade thought, as she lit candles. She switched her cellphone to vibrate and perched it on a windowsill, thinking she would get better reception that way. Just in case. “I've had a film on the short list before that didn't make the cut,” Wade said. “And so I know it can go either way. Whatever happens, happens.”   When the windowsill vibrated, she knew.
December 7, 2012 | By Susan King
Malik Bendjelloul's  "Searching for Sugar Man" won the Best Feature Award at the International Documentary Assn.'s 2012 IDA Documentary Awards at the Directors Guild of America on Friday evening. The acclaimed chronicle about Sixto Rodriguez, a  U.S. singer-songwriter who failed to catch on in the 1970s, only to become the voice of a whole generation in Apartheid-era South Africa, also won the Creative Recognition Award for Best Music for Rodriguez's original songs and Bendjelloul's additional score.
August 13, 2012 | By Ben Bolch
Miami's Big Three has been outnumbered. San Antonio's savvy veterans have been outsmarted. Oklahoma City's freakish athletes have been . . . well, let's not get ridiculous here. The Lakers are not a perfect team, nor are they foolproof picks to win the 2013 NBA title just because Dwight Howard now graces a roster that also includes Kobe Bryant, Pau Gasol and Steve Nash. But any bet on them to edge out top challengers involves smarter money than it did a few days ago. RJ Bell of bumped the Lakers ahead of the Thunder and into the No. 2 spot in his odds to win the NBA title, trailing only the defending champion Heat.
March 9, 2012 | Bill Dwyre
Reporting from Tempe, Ariz. -- Spring training is a home game for the Angels' Peter Bourjos. The fast-track center fielder went to Notre Dame High of Scottsdale, just down the road from Tempe Diablo Stadium, and that may have been the best break of his athletic life. Notre Dame High's graduating class in Bourjos' senior year was 65. Everything was small, including the number of sports offered. "Nope. No thoughts of being a sprinter," Bourjos says. "We didn't even have a track team.
February 14, 2011 | By Maura Dolan, Los Angeles Times
Thomas A. Saenz, a nationally known Latino civil rights lawyer who led the fight against Proposition 187, the 1994 measure that would have barred illegal immigrants from public services, is among the top candidates Gov. Jerry Brown is considering for the California Supreme Court, according to judges and law professors who have been consulted about the selection. Brown has yet to interview any of the candidates, and an appointment is not believed to be imminent. But sources familiar with the vetting process said the search has narrowed to several candidates, including Saenz, president and general counsel of the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund.
November 21, 2010 | By Mike Bresnahan
Vladimir Radmanovic was back in town, making it the perfect time to ask Phil Jackson who would be atop the list of characters and flakes he has coached. Jackson has seen quite a few, most famously Dennis Rodman and most recently Ron Artest , with Radmanovic definitely in the mix for top-five consideration. "I've got a couple on this team that have a chance to make it," Jackson said Sunday. "[Artest] is an interesting, very interesting, player. Sasha [ Vujacic ]
October 22, 2010 | By Harriet Ryan, Los Angeles Times
A middle-aged man in a neon orange polo shirt and baggy blue gym shorts sat at a conference table in West Hollywood one recent afternoon interviewing a prospective ghostwriter. "It's called 'Redemption,'" said Aaron Tonken, the man with the story to tell. "It's going to be big. " When Tonken was marched off to federal prison six years ago in a charity fraud scandal that embarrassed a slew of A-list celebrities, it was difficult to imagine him returning to Hollywood, let alone persuading a major literary agency to shop a book and movie deal about his life.
July 25, 2010 | By Christopher Smith, Special to the Los Angeles Times
Of the following fabled songwriting teams of the 20th century, which won three Oscars, garnered eight Oscar nominations, but never won a Tony? A) Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II. B) George and Ira Gershwin. C) Alan Jay Lerner and Frederick Loewe. D) Sammy Cahn and Jimmy Van Heusen. If you picked "D," well done!
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