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February 6, 2013 | Chris Erskine
What fun, this national signing day, colleges' version of the NFL draft. Story I'm following most closely is of the Florida mom who reportedly ran off with her kid's signing papers so he wouldn't leave home. As Dave Barry used to say, I'm not making this stuff up. So much to mock on this overblown, overripe event, with 12 hours of breathless election-caliber coverage of the day when high school players officially sign with their colleges. Or in the case of the missing Florida mom, do not. GRAPHIC: UCLA recruits Also, so much to love.
February 1, 2013 | By Glenn Whipp
Daniel Day-Lewis may have been "clothed in immense power" in "Lincoln," but when it comes to memorable movie lines from the past year, it would be hard to top Jessica Chastain's forceful explanation of why she happens to be attending a particular CIA briefing in "Zero Dark Thirty. " When Chastain's CIA operative, Maya, feels herself being pushed to the margins of decision-making after discovering Osama bin Laden's location, she tells CIA Director Leon Panetta, "I'm the ... who found this place, sir. " In the video interview above, the second of three parts, Chastain said she still can't believe the life that particular line has. EXCLUSIVE VIDEO: Jessica Chastain on 'Zero Dark Thirty' "I would never have imagined that line would hit such a button as it does," the lead actress Oscar nominee said.
January 30, 2013 | By Corina Knoll and Ruben Vives, Los Angeles Times
A key prosecution witness in the Bell corruption case testified Wednesday that signatures on city contracts, minutes for council meetings, agendas and even resolutions were forged. Bell City Clerk Rebecca Valdez's testimony could bolster the defense's argument that record-keeping in Bell was so sloppy that it would be difficult to prove that six former council members inflated their annual salaries to nearly $100,000 by serving on boards and commissions that met for a few minutes, if ever.
January 23, 2013 | By Ben Bolch
It's the move that twists ankles, crushes spirits and confounds even the sharpest of defensive minds. Jamal Crawford's crossover dribble is a straight-up pain to those who try to stop it. He can fake to his left and go to his right. Dribble behind his back or between his legs. Or hesitate before accelerating toward the basket. Often, the veteran Clippers guard will combine multiple moves in a blur of activity that resembles something out of a Harlem Globetrotters routine. Don't bother guessing which move he will go to next.
January 19, 2013 | Booth Moore, Los Angeles Times Fashion Critic
Since Michelle Obama and her kitten heels first stepped onto the national stage five years ago, the keys to her personal dress code have remained remarkably consistent. Pearls, cardigans and brooches are all components of the first lady's look. Conservative relics of an old world Washington wardrobe? Not the way Obama interprets them, always adding her own twist. Here are a few of her most influential style signatures. - Booth Moore Pearls Obama breathed new life into the most traditional of heirloom accessories by choosing updated interpretations of the classic pearl necklace, which have included the edgy (tangled strands of blue-tone pearls by L.A.-based designer Tom Binns worn with a Marchesa gown to a state dinner in March)
January 18, 2013 | By Joseph Serna
Apparently, it is possible to have too much of a good thing. In response to a wave of civic activism or, in some cases, cynicism, the White House announced this week that it's upping the threshold required for petitioners to receive a response from the government. As Andrew Khouri reported Wednesday, no longer will petitions that reach 25,000 online signatures trigger a response from the government. It's now 100,000 in 30 days. Thanks a lot, all 50 states. Though White House Director of Digital Strategy Macon Phillips didn't say it in his blog outlining the new policy, the more-difficult-to-reach threshold looks to be a response to a number of petitions the White House has received since President Obama was elected.
January 12, 2013 | By Suzanne Muchnic
Ninety-six works by 26 artists from the United States, Europe and Asia, brought together to illuminate a big - but overlooked - idea. "Destroy the Picture: Painting the Void, 1949-1962" is vintage MOCA. A boldly thoughtful, revisionist exhibition that focuses on destruction as a creative force, it's the sort of show that has long distinguished Los Angeles' Museum of Contemporary Art. The project is also vintage Paul Schimmel, who organized "Destroy the Picture" and edited its substantial catalog.
January 10, 2013 | By Houston Mitchell
Oakland Raiders linebacker Rolando McClain was pulled over Tuesday afternoon in Decatur, Ala., for driving a car with overly dark window tinting. That seems simple enough. You get a ticket, sign it and go about your business after promising to have the issue fixed. But not if you are McClain. Rather than signing his name to the ticket, he reportedly signed an obscenity followed by "y'all. " When asked by police to sign his name properly, McClain said "That is my name. " McClain was then arrested and taken to jail.
January 9, 2013 | By David Lazarus
If, as it appears, Jack Lew is being picked by President Obama as his nominee to serve as Treasury secretary, get ready for a goofy addition to our money. No, he's not going to dress it up in fancy colors or include a picture of Kim Kardashian. He's going to sign his name. That's what Treasury secretaries get to do -- they slap their signature on our currency. Typically, that's not such a big deal. Quiz: How well do you remember 2012? In Lew's case, though, it's noteworthy.
January 7, 2013 | By Irene Lacher
Cathy Rigby flies across the Pantages Theatre stage from Jan. 15 through 27 in J.M. Barrie's "Peter Pan," reprising her signature role, which earned her a 1991 Tony nomination. At age 60, the San Diego native still fits into the costume she wore for her 1974 debut as the boy who never grows up; theater producers had recruited her to parlay her fame as an Olympic gymnast into box-office gold. Rigby lives in La Habra Heights with her husband, Tom McCoy, who is also her partner in their theatrical production company, McCoy Rigby Entertainment, which produced her latest "Peter Pan" tour as well as productions of other American musicals.
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