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February 13, 2014 | By Leah Ollman
Like many artists based in L.A. and weaned on the tropes of cinema, Joel Kyack makes work about artifice and the potential humor and poignancy of its seductions. Like many artists engaging a meaty theme by invoking but not penetrating it, his work elicits a yawning "So what?" "Old Sailors Never Die," Kyack's show at François Ghebaly, features a stripped-down jet ski mounted vertically on a wooden scaffold. A giant nose carved in foam protrudes from the seat cavity and a pink towel flops, tongue-like, from a storage slot below.
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April 24, 2014 | By Steven Borowiec, This post has been corrected. See the note at the bottom for details.
ANSAN, South Korea - Seniors from the high school that lost scores of students in last week's ferry sinking returned to class Thursday, a step toward resuming normal routines in the community that's become the focal point of South Korea's biggest maritime tragedy in decades. Of the 476 people aboard the Sewol when disaster struck on April 16, 340 were staff and students from Danwon High School. As of Thursday afternoon, a total of 171 people had been confirmed dead and 131 were still listed as missing.
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ENTERTAINMENT
January 10, 2010
At long last, you can talk about: Vampire Weekend's "Contra" You've heard -- and loved -- "Cousins" by now. And if you did that, you've probably already listened to the Ivy Leaguers' entire second album on their MySpace page. So I'm guessing you already know that the "Horchata" rhyming (horchata and balaclava!) is superb, "Run" rocks rock-meets-reggaeton and "White Sky" and "California English" are just plain awesome. It's worth repeating either way. (Tuesday) Speaking of things nerdtastic, it's also time to talk about: "Chuck" If you bought a Subway sandwich to help keep this show on the air last year, you'll be glad you did. At the outset of Season 3, our once hapless hero is now a willing, kung fu-fighting spy pumped with more mojo than ever.
WORLD
April 22, 2014 | By Barbara Demick
ANSAN, South Korea - For South Korea, a country that pulled itself out of abject poverty to become the world's 15th-largest economy, the most stinging accusation about last week's ferry sinking is that it looks like a Third-World disaster. While the captain escaped and the crew dithered and bickered with emergency officials, hundreds of passengers, most of them high school students, obediently remained in their cabins as the ferry rolled and slipped beneath the surface of the cold, gray sea. Mistake piled atop mistake turned a near-shore mishap into the nation's worst maritime disaster in decades.
BUSINESS
February 4, 2010 | By Walter Hamilton, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
The Dow Jones industrial average is closing in on 10,000 -- from the wrong direction. Stock markets around the world plunged Thursday on concern over the mounting debt problems of several European governments as well as an unexpected rise in U.S. jobless claims. The Dow tumbled more than 250 points -- coming within three points of closing below the 10,000 mark that it retook in October during its long climb back from the financial crisis. In the final minutes of trading, the blue-chip gauge was briefly below 10,000, falling as low as 9,998.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 7, 2014 | By Matt Stevens
A teenage girl in Madera, Calif., pleaded not guilty Thursday to killing her newborn. Investigators discovered the infant wrapped in a plastic bag under a bathroom sink. Authorities told the Fresno Bee that Gloria Mendoza Santos, 17, had arrived in Madera from Oaxaca, Mexico, just three days before going to a hospital last week. Doctors there discovered she was suffering from postpartum bleeding, but at the time she reportedly denied giving birth. Investigators searched her home and discovered the infant's body stuffed beneath a bathroom sink.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 18, 2013 | By Jessica Gelt
Matt LeBlanc was all mixed up on Emmy nomination morning. He thought the nominations were going to be announced at 5 a.m., not nearly an hour later. So he set his alarm for 5 a.m. When his phone didn't ring by 5:15 a.m., LeBlanc thought that was that. "I thought, 'Well, OK, it didn't happen this year,' and I went back to sleep," said LeBlanc, speaking on the phone from his trailer on the set of his Showtime series "Episodes. " "Then at quarter of 6 my publicist called. After that I called my mother and she said what she always says, 'Why does it have to be so early?
TRAVEL
April 6, 1986
This is the first Sunday I have left breakfast dishes in the sink. Your Traveling in Style magazine has relived my memories and expanded my education. This new issue is more comfortable to read. I am thrilled that I can pick up the issue or put it aside at a convenient place (a whole newspaper section, no). I never knew the scary things a pilot had to be concerned with about our safety. I agree we do applaud the landings, but of the other very important uncertainties I was ignorant.
BUSINESS
January 31, 2008 | From Bloomberg News
Yahoo Inc. co-founder Jerry Yang has lost about a half-billion dollars on paper after failing to regain investor confidence since taking over as the Internet company's chief executive in June. Yang, the fifth-biggest Yahoo shareholder with about 4% of its shares outstanding, has seen the value of his stake sink by about a third to $1 billion in the last seven months. Shares of Sunnyvale, Calif.-based Yahoo sank $1.76, or 8.5%, to $19.05 on Wednesday after the company late Tuesday reported an eighth straight quarter of declining profit, announced 1,000 job cuts and issued a sales forecast that fell short of analysts' expectations.
SCIENCE
March 2, 2010 | By Thomas H. Maugh II
Whether it is "Women and children first" or "Every man for himself" in a shipwreck may depend on how long it takes the ship to sink, researchers said Monday. When the Lusitania was torpedoed by a German U-boat in 1915, it sank in 18 minutes and the bulk of survivors were young men and women who responded immediately to their powerful survival instincts. But when the Titanic struck an iceberg in 1912, it took three hours to go down, allowing time for more civilized instincts to take control.
WORLD
April 18, 2014 | By Steven Borowiec
ANSAN, South Korea -- The vice principal of the high school that is missing more than 250 students and teachers in the wake of a ferry sinking committed suicide Friday afternoon, authorities said. Kang Min-kyu, 52, had been traveling with the group of Danwon High School students and staff to Jeju Island when the ship sank Wednesday with 475 people aboard. He was rescued on one of the first boats, but most of the others from the school were not so fortunate. So far, 11 Danwon students and three teachers are among the confirmed dead, but the toll is expected to rise sharply once divers can access the hull of the vessel, which remains submerged.
WORLD
April 18, 2014 | By Steven Borowiec
ANSAN, South Korea - Prosecutors asked a court Friday to issue arrest warrants for the captain and two crew members of a ferry that capsized off the southern coast of South Korea, leaving 28 people confirmed dead and 268 missing, most of them schoolchildren. Investigators are looking into charges that Capt. Lee Joon-seok, 69, and other personnel abandoned ship Wednesday before the passengers had been safely evacuated. They are also trying to determine whether a quicker evacuation might have saved lives.  Survivors have said that they were told not to move when the ferry started listing.
WORLD
April 16, 2014 | By Steven Borowiec
SEOUL -- As a ferry carrying 462 people slowly sank off South Korea's southern coast Wednesday, a high school student sent a heartbreaking cellphone text message. “Mom,” it said, “This might be my last chance to tell you I love you.” The mother messaged back with her love -- but received no response. In the emotional aftermath of the disaster, a screen grab of the exchange went viral. By late Wednesday, authorities had confirmed four passengers killed, 55 injured and more than 280 missing --  most of them high school students on what was meant to be a fun trip to a tourist island.
BUSINESS
April 9, 2014 | By Hugo Martin
The cruise industry has suffered a series of calamities over the last two years or so that have continued to sink its already plummeting image. The bad publicity continued Tuesday when Princess Cruises announced that 37 people had fallen ill on a cruise along the California coast. In fact, Americans have a more favorable attitude about commercial air travel -- despite higher air fares and shrinking economy seats -- than cruising, according to an online survey of more than 2,000 adults by the Harris Poll.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 7, 2014 | By Saba Hamedy
Superhero sequel "Captain America: The Winter Soldier" soared in its opening weekend to a record-breaking $96.2 million in North America and a worldwide total to date of $303.3 million. The $170-million 3-D film, starring Chris Evans as the shield-bearing superhero and Scarlett Johansson as Black Widow, is the top April opening of all time and more successful than its 2011 predecessor, "Captain America: The First Avenger," which made $65 million domestically in its first three days.
SPORTS
April 7, 2014 | By Chuck Schilken
Michael Jordan may have a thing or two to learn about being a gracious host. I've never held my own celebrity golf tournament before (I think you have to be a celebrity and at least know how to hold a golf club before they let you throw one of those shindigs), but I'm pretty sure Rule No. 1 would be not to show up your guests. You know how celebrities can be with their large egos (I don't happen to know any, but that's what I assume). But, you know, MJ being MJ, he just couldn't help himself this weekend during the Michael Jordan Celebrity Invitational at Shadow Creek in Las Vegas.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 26, 2000
Your Sept. 21 Science File story about astronomers finding an enormous black hole at the center of the Milky Way galaxy confirms my thought that spiral galaxies are the equivalent of the water going around in the sink before it washes down the black hole of the drain. I'm getting dizzy just thinking about it. MIKE KILGORE Los Angeles
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 17, 1998
We're hearing way too much about the Titanic--the movie and in general. Pass the Dramamine and let's sink it again! SHARON KARP Los Angeles
SPORTS
March 23, 2014 | By Mike DiGiovanna
TEMPE, Ariz. — With a fastball he can dial up to 97 mph, a big overhand curve and a sharp-breaking slider, Garrett Richards has the kind of electric stuff to average at least one strikeout an inning. But the less the 25-year-old right-hander tries to blow pitches by hitters, the better he seems to do. Richards threw 6 1/3 scoreless innings in a 5-2 exhibition victory over the Cleveland Indians on Sunday, giving up three hits, walking three and striking out two. Of the 19 outs he recorded, 13 came on ground balls.
NATIONAL
March 15, 2014 | By Lisa Mascaro
WASHINGTON - Intense opposition from the National Rifle Assn. has all but doomed prospects for President Obama's nominee for surgeon general, officials said Saturday as pro-gun Senate Democrats peeled away from the White House on a volatile issue in an election year. Facing a potential high-profile setback for the president, the White House is not pushing for a vote to confirm Dr. Vivek Hallegere Murthy, a Harvard- and Yale-educated internist and former emergency room doctor who has advocated for stricter gun control laws, the officials said.
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