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January 4, 2014
No stars, just talent Toronto Raptors Coach Dwane Casey , on his team's efforts to continually improve: "Until we get four or five Michael Jordans in here, we've got to stick with our plan with a young team and see which way it takes us. " Analyze this Hall of Fame center Kareem Abdul-Jabbar , on a Facebook post regarding troubled protege Andrew Bynum , who has been excused from all team activities after a suspension from...
January 3, 2014
Henri Lazarof Composer, teacher and art collector Henri Lazarof, 81, a prolific composer and teacher who may have been best known for the modern art collection he and his wife amassed, died Sunday at his home in Los Angeles. The cause was Alzheimer's disease, said his wife, Janice Lazarof. The Lazarofs significantly bolstered the modern art collection of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art in 2005 when they gave 130 works - including pieces by Pablo Picasso, Paul Klee, Henry Moore, Alberto Giacometti and others - to the institution.
January 2, 2014 | By Gary Klein
Florida State linebacker Telvin Smith will be ready for anything when the Seminoles play Auburn on Monday in the Bowl Championship Series title game at the Rose Bowl. It's a lesson he learned while watching Auburn play during the season. First, Smith watched Auburn defeat Georgia with a last-minute pass that Georgia safety Josh Harvey-Clemons tipped into the hands of Auburn receiver Ricardo Louis for a 73-yard game-winning touchdown on Nov. 16. Smith said Thursday he felt bad for Harvey-Clemons, a sophomore who also attended Lowndes High in Valdosta, Ga. “We grew up together, we played on Boys Club teams together, so that's like my little cousin,” Smith said.
January 2, 2014 | Chris Lee
James Avery, who portrayed the commanding yet cuddly father figure on the hit 1990s sitcom "The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air," died at a Glendale hospital Tuesday of complications from open heart surgery. He was 65. His death was confirmed by his manager, Toni Benson. Although trained as a Shakespearean actor, Avery won his widest audience in the role of Judge Philip Banks - "Uncle Phil" - on "Fresh Prince," which aired on NBC from 1990 to 1996. Ranked No. 34 on TV Guide's 50 Greatest TV Dads of All Time, the Navy veteran's stern, straight-arrow character provided a foil for series star Will Smith, who played the wise-cracking teenage nephew from the mean streets of west Philadelphia who moved into Uncle Phil's uptight Bel-Air household.
January 1, 2014 | By Sam Farmer
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are finalizing a deal to make Lovie Smith their next head coach, according to a report by Fox's Jay Glazer. Smith, fired by Chicago after the 2012 season, was a linebackers coach in Tampa from 1996-2000 before becoming defensive coordinator for St. Louis. The Buccaneers fired coach Greg Schiano and general manager Mark Dominik on Monday. The Bears fired Smith after a 10-6 season in which Chicago missed the playoffs for the fifth time in six years.
December 30, 2013 | By David S. Cloud
TRAVIS AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. - Shortly after he arrived at Ramstein Air Base in Germany in March 2012, Air Force security guard Trent Smith was at an off-base apartment when, he says, a male sergeant touched him and pressed him to go into the bedroom for sex. "I said, 'No, I don't want to spend the night,'" Smith recalled. But Smith, 20, says he felt he had no choice. "I went along with it. " For Smith, the encounter - which he reported up the chain of command three days later - began an emotional ordeal.
December 27, 2013 | By Mikael Wood, August Brown, Chris Barton and Gerrick D. Kennedy
The Times asked its reporters and critics to highlight figures in entertainment and the arts who will be making news in 2014. Here's who they picked: Kelela | Singer-songwriter With its spacey textures and shape-shifting grooves, Beyoncé's self-titled album - released this month on iTunes with no warning - felt like the superstar end point to a year rich in adventurous R&B. Among the underground acts that appear to have inspired her is...
December 27, 2013 | By Deborah Vankin
The Times asked its reporters and critics to highlight figures in entertainment and the arts who will be making news in 2014. Here's who they picked: Anne Ellegood | Curator Hammer Museum Senior Curator Anne Ellegood will likely see some attention this spring with the debut of her long-mulled, provocative show "Take It or Leave It: Institution, Image, Ideology. " The 35-artist historical show - co-organized by Ellegood's friend, New York-based art historian Johanna Burton - is an institutional critique of museums themselves as it examines American artists who the curators felt have changed the way we, as a culture, think about art. Among those included in the exhibition, focusing on work largely from the '80s and '90s, are Barbara Kruger, Mike Kelley, Jimmie Durham, Adrian Piper and David Wojnarowicz.
December 27, 2013 | By Gerrick D. Kennedy
The highlight of Sam Smith's recent two-night stint at Troubadour didn't happen during, “Latch,” his exuberant dance jam with UK electronic duo Disclosure which exploded onto British radio late last year. It came during the aching ballad, “Lay Me Down,” his first offering as a solo artist . Couples embraced, the glow of smartphones lit up the room and a few concertgoers even had to wipe tears. Without prompt, the crowd began to compete with Smith's effortless, R&B-inflected melisma during the song's chorus.
December 20, 2013 | By Paula L. Woods
In 1938, Winston Churchill famously said in reference to Russia's possible involvement in the war in Europe, "I cannot forecast to you the action of Russia. It is a riddle, wrapped in a mystery, inside an enigma. " Seventy-five years later, Russia is a roiling stew of corruption, crime and capitalism. A perfect mix for Arkady Renko, Martin Cruz Smith's redoubtable investigator, now a senior investigator in the Moscow prosecutor's office. Introduced to readers 32 years ago in "Gorky Park," Arkady has traveled a tumultuous road through the Cold War, glasnost, the fall of the Soviet Union and burgeoning capitalism in the seven books that preceded the newest one, "Tatiana.
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