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April 25, 2014 | By Randy Lewis
Michael Nesmith's name is far more often associated with the Monkees than the birth of Southern California country rock. Yet the former rock sitcom star played a key part in a 1960s scene when long hair and cowboy boots all a sudden made sense together. Nesmith blended rock and country music alongside artists such as Linda Ronstadt and Gram Parsons. Much of it happened at the Troubadour, where the hybrid sound was taking shape. "Linda would come play, the Dillards, [Roger] McGuinn would come play, [David]
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BUSINESS
April 25, 2014 | By W.J. Hennigan
Elon Musk, founder and chief executive of Hawthorne rocket maker SpaceX, hastily called a news conference Friday in Washington, D.C., where he outlined an array of matters confronting his upstart company. A cryptic email was sent to media around 9 p.m. Pacific time Thursday that said he would "make an important SpaceX announcement" the next day at the National Press Club. The big announcement, however, wasn't quite clear. Musk made several revelations during the half-hour event. First, he provided an update on SpaceX's goal of creating the world's first fully reusable rocket - the holy grail in rocketry.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 25, 2014 | By Emily Alpert Reyes
A bitter political tug-of-war over who will host a Fourth of July fireworks show at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum took another turn Friday when City Councilman Bernard C. Parks withdrew his bid to host the show -- and said he would hold a separate event. Parks said he was pulling out because Councilman Curren Price had received a copy of his "blueprint" for the proposed event, which he argued should have remained confidential. He said he would hold his Independence Day fireworks event elsewhere, without indicating a location.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 24, 2014 | By Patrick Kevin Day
On Tuesday, Stephen Colbert stopped by "Late Show" to say hello to David Letterman, whom he will be replacing next year. On Wednesday, Colbert returned to "The Daily Show" to tell Jon Stewart how he had "won television. " Colbert got his start as a correspondent on "The Daily Show" from 1997 until 2005 when he left to host his own show, "The Colbert Report. " But on Wednesday, Colbert had to break the news to Stewart that he was ending his show, which airs immediately after "The Daily Show," to go to CBS. Stewart already knew this, but it didn't stop Colbert from breaking the news to him again.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 24, 2014 | By Matt Cooper
Customized TV Listings are available here: www.latimes.com/tvtimes Click here to download TV listings for the week of April 20 - 26, 2014 in PDF format This week's TV Movies SERIES Last Man Standing The sitcom starring Tim Allen and Nancy Travis ends another season. 8 p.m. ABC Great Performances Choreographer Matthew Bourne offers his own take on the Tchaikovsky classic "Sleeping Beauty. " 9 p.m. KOCE The Writers' Room This new episode looks at small-screen adaptations of such comic books and graphic novels as "Superman" and "The Walking Dead.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 24, 2014 | By Ryan Faughnder
"American Idol" rose in the ratings Wednesday according to early numbers from Nielsen, orchestrating a weeknight win for Fox.  The veteran singing contest, Fox's only program for the night, earned a 2.1 average rating among key 18-to-49-year-old viewers, up 11% from a week ago.  The second-place network among young adults, ABC, was the one with the highest-rated show in the key demo: "Modern Family. " The sitcom scored a 3.4 in 18-to-49, up slightly from its most recent episode, while "The Middle" and "Suburgatory" each fell a bit. The new comedy "Mixology" rose 25% to a 1.5.  CBS' "Survivor" was the night's most-watched show, with 9.3 million viewers overall and a 2.2 in 18-to-49, down 4%.  NBC showed only reruns.  ALSO: William Hurt pulls out of 'Midnight Rider' 'Last Comic Standing' editors return to work FX Network brews up sponsorship deal with MillerCoors ryan.faughnder@latimes.com Twitter: @rfaughnder MORE ON LOCATION: People and places behind what's onscreen PHOTOS: Biggest box office flops of 2013 PHOTOS: Celebrity production companies  
WORLD
April 24, 2014 | By Nabih Bulos
AMMAN, Jordan -- Video has surfaced that appears to show antitank guided missiles in the hands of a rebel faction operating in southern Syria, the latest indication that sophisticated U.S. weaponry is making its way to antigovernment fighters in Syria. The video, posted April 13 on YouTube, seems to depict a fighter from a group called the Omari Brigades firing a BGM-71 TOW missile at what appears to be a bunkered Syrian army tank. Although other videos circulating on the Internet have shown rebel groups in northern Syria firing TOW missiles, this marks the first time the U.S.-made weapon has appeared publicly in the arsenal of insurgents in southern Syria, a key front close to the Jordanian border.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 24, 2014 | By Hector Tobar
A decade ago, as a foreign correspondent traveling through South America, I witnessed cellphone technology's march across the globe-- to a remote corner of the Peruvian Amazon, where even tricycle taxi drivers had them.   Now smartphone technology is completing its own conquest of the developing world. Handheld devices that allow you to browse the Web, or read a book, are now ubiquitous in South America, sub-Saharan Africa and the Indian subcontinent. This week, UNESCO reports on an unexpected consequence of the smartphone revolution: People with limited access to books are reading more, thanks to those tiny, portable screens.
SPORTS
April 23, 2014 | By Steve Dilbeck
They couldn't make the final rotation cut. Aaron Harang went early, Chris Capuano was ultimately relegated to the bullpen but did not make the Dodgers' playoff roster. But look at them now. Chris Capuano, the man who was initially reluctant to make the bullpen move , has been a revelation as a left-handed reliever for the Boston Red Sox. He threw 2-1/3 scoreless innings Tuesday and has yet to give up a run in nine appearances. Capuano, 35, did not sign with the Red Sox until just before spring-training camp opened, but they must be having a difficult time figuring out how they would get by without him. In 13 innings, he has struck out 12, walked one and given up six hits.
SPORTS
April 23, 2014 | Helene Elliott
Were they grasping at straws or coaxing small embers into becoming flames when the Kings repeatedly pointed out that their best players played better in the team's third straight playoff loss to San Jose than in the first two defeats? Better, in this case, is a relative term. And despite a more intense and effective effort by the top players who must carry the load, the Kings still lost, 4-3, in overtime. Now, they must defeat the Sharks on Thursday at Staples Center to avoid being swept - and to prolong a season that only a few weeks ago held great promise for another long postseason run. "It's a good opportunity for us to show - everybody's kind of writing us off right now - a good opportunity to show how resilient we are right now as a group," forward Mike Richards said Wednesday after the Kings' optional practice in El Segundo.
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