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December 14, 2012 | By Palav Babaria
With the deadline upon us for states to decide whether to set up their own health insurance exchanges under the Affordable Care Act, I find myself thinking about Sofia. Sofia first noticed the mass on her arm when it was the size of a walnut. Over the next four months, it didn't disappear, as she had expected; instead, it grew, pushing up at her skin until it was the size of a large grapefruit. But still she ignored it. Sofia, whose name I have changed to protect her privacy, is uninsured, like 49 million of her fellow Americans, and she couldn't see the point of paying hundreds of dollars to see a doctor for a pesky bump.
March 19, 2014 | By Oliver Gettell
Director Sofia Coppola has frequently explored the ennui and existential crises of the beautiful and well-to-do, including Scarlett Johansson's drifting college graduate in "Lost in Translation," Kirsten Dunst's stifled princess in "Marie Antoinette" and Stephen Dorff's blase actor in "Somewhere. " Now she is negotiating to helm a live-action adaptation of Hans Christian Andersen's classic fairy tale "The Little Mermaid," the story of a sea creature chafing against her life of looking lovely and swimming aimlessly about, according to Deadline Hollywood . Caroline Thompson ("Edward Scissorhands")
September 23, 2007
February 25, 2014 | By Nardine Saad
Tommy Lee is getting married again: The rocker has popped the question to girlfriend Sofia Toufa. The founding M o tley Cr u e drummer and Toufa, a Greek-German singer, announced their engagement Monday on Twitter.  "There comes a time in a mans life when you just know your partner is for LIFE!!" the 51-year-old  wrote . "Say hello to my fiancé and soon to be wife @SOFIofficial" PHOTOS: Celebrity weddings & engagements of 2014 Toufa, 30, who goes by the stage name SOFI, cutely dubbed herself  "something that rhymes with Beyonce!
April 18, 2007
Maria Muller, top, of Germany pulls and pins Aurelie Gerlac of France as if shaping a pretzel during a women's freestyle wrestling match for third place at the European Championship in Sofia, Bulgaria.
August 7, 2005
I am writing to you from Sofia, Bulgaria, where I am visiting my husband on a movie shoot. I was very excited about visiting here after reading Barry Zwick's article ["Sofia, the Belle of the Balkans," June 12], but I couldn't disagree more with his findings. My family and I just came from the Machu Picchu restaurant, where we had an almost inedible meal. Zwick's quote "my fellow shoppers were full of good cheer" is the direct opposite of what we encountered. My advice is forget Sofia and visit Rila Monastery up in the mountains, where people are friendly and prices are reasonable.
October 3, 1996 | From Times Wire Reports
Andrei Lukanov, 58, Bulgaria's first post-Communist prime minister, was gunned down outside his home in Sofia in an assassination that reflected the growing anarchy in the impoverished Balkan country. Lukanov helped oust Communist strongman Todor Zhivkov and headed two Socialist governments until strikes forced him to step down in November 1990. He remained an important member of parliament.
May 24, 1989
As many as seven people were reported killed and others were injured when security forces in Bulgaria, backed by tanks and other armored vehicles, opened fire during weekend protests by thousands of ethnic Turks in several cities, sources in Vienna and Sofia said. They reported that the confrontations were the most violent outbursts since a campaign in recent years by Bulgaria's Communist authorities to get ethnic Turks to adopt Bulgarian-sounding names, restrict their Muslim religious rites and bar the Turkish language in public.
February 20, 2013 | From Bloomberg
Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borissov offered to step down after anti-government protests sparked street violence four months before parliamentary elections are scheduled to take place. The premier, who has been in office since 2009, told the Sofia-based assembly he will submit his resignation before lawmakers were scheduled to vote on Cabinet changes involving the replacement of Finance Minister Simeon Djankov, who was dismissed on Feb. 18. “We won't be making any Cabinet changes,” Borissov said.
February 10, 1990 | Associated Press
Secretary of State James A. Baker III will make an unscheduled stop in Romania this weekend after his trip to Moscow, the government announced Friday. Baker will be the highest-ranking U.S. official to visit Romania since the December revolution that toppled Communist dictator Nicolae Ceausescu. Dan Radulescu, spokesman for the governing National Salvation Front, said Baker would spend "a few hours" in Bucharest, probably Sunday morning.
September 5, 2013 | By Nardine Saad
Sofia Vergara has topped Forbes' list of highest-paid prime-time TV actresses for the second year in a row. The Emmy-nominated "Modern Family" star's ranking comes embedded in the financial magazine's Celebrity 100 list, which sees TV queen Oprah Winfrey in the No. 1 spot overall. Vergara ranks No. 54 on that list, with the likes of female performers Madonna, Lady Gaga, Katy Perry, Taylor Swift, Ellen DeGeneres and Jennifer Lawrence ahead of her. Vergara, 41, raked in $30 million thanks to a major boost in her salary and endorsement deals with Diet Pepsi, CoverGirl, Rooms to Go, Comcast, State Farm Insurance and thyroid medicine Synthroid, according to the mag . Those deals are said to make her one of the "most in-demand spokespeople" because she has that whole crossover appeal thing going on. The actress' K-Mart clothing line is thriving, and she sits as executive producer of ABC's new drama "Killer Women.
July 11, 2013 | By Susan Denley
"Modern Family's" Sofia Vergara admits she has a fondness for Hermes Birkin bags. In August's Harper's Bazaar, she says she tells her agent: “What would you prefer? Me popping champagne bottles and doing drugs and wasting money or buying bags? These are valuable. " So valuable that she jokes with her son that if necessary, he can sell them to pay for college. [Harper's Bazaar] Target, Macy's, Nordstrom, J.C. Penney and Wal-Mart were among 17 major American retailers that signed an agreement in Washington on Wednesday to spend millions of dollars to improve worker safety in Bangladesh.
June 18, 2013 | By Nardine Saad
Sofia Vergara is sexy and she knows it. Currently vacationing with fiance Nick Loeb before starting work on her next films, the "Modern Family" actress is flaunting her famous curves and taunting her manager and assistant with selfies on WhoSay. "Where @keegankillian and @luisbalaguer cant find me!!!" she wrote Saturday, posting a photo of herself playing hooky and showing off her fabulous face in the foreground and her bountiful and nearly bare bum in the background. PHOTOS: 50 most beautiful female celebrities Save for a pink thong bikini revealing more than it was concealing ... Too bad her corresponding tweet made its way to Balaguer, her manager, who replied: "found U, can we take some pics for @dietpepsi?
June 16, 2013 | By Amy Kaufman
“The Bling Ring” made out like a bandit at the box office this weekend. Sofia Coppola's take on a real-life group of San Fernando Valley youths who burglarized celebrity homes in 2009 debuted in limited release and grossed $210,001, according to an estimate from distributor A24 Films. Playing in two theaters in New York and three in Los Angeles, the film earned a healthy per-theater average of $42,000. Though the movie is set in Hollywood's backyard, the film did the most business this weekend at a cinema near New York University.
June 16, 2013 | By Mark Olsen, Los Angeles Times
Forget "World War Z. " The true zombie movie this summer is "The Bling Ring. " Written and directed by Sofia Coppola, the film has the quality of a vacant stare, reflecting back a disturbing, unsettling blankness. The story is based on the real-life group of L.A youths who burglarized the homes of celebrities they ostensibly admired - an iconographic coterie that included Lindsay Lohan and Paris Hilton. Seeming to lack a conscience or sense of consequence, the gang grabbed tabloid infamy as a jaundiced apex of contemporary consumer/reality culture.
June 13, 2013 | By Booth Moore, Los Angeles Times Fashion Critic
A couple of looks caught my eye from the Women in Film's Crystal + Lucy Awards presented at the Beverly Hilton on Wednesday night in Beverly Hills. At left, Sofia Coppola wore a chic short black Valentino dress from the spring 2013 collection. Coppola has always had her own refreshingly demure style, and I like this simple sleeveless dress with just a hint of sheerness and a crisp white collar. It's serious and grown-up, but not stodgy. I'm starting to see a lot of black-and-white looks on the red carpet and in stores.
The pattern of electricity supply is two hours on, two off, and Sofia is even running out of matches, candles and kerosene. The periodic darkness and prospects of a cold, hard winter are symptomatic of Bulgaria's worst economic and political crisis. Prime Minister Andrei Lukanov and his Socialist government resigned last month after a paralyzing general strike and street demonstrations. Selection of a new government is pending. Dimitar Sokolov, deputy chairman of the Committee for Power Generation, said that the electricity supply may be erratic even if Bulgaria's crippled nuclear plant is repaired and brought back into normal service.
December 11, 1985
The British government had been left no acceptable alternative to quitting the U.N. Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization. In the year since the United States withdrew, no fundamental reforms had been implemented, and the same irresponsible leadership of Amadou-Mahtar M'Bow, the director general, had continued.
June 13, 2013 | By Betsy Sharkey, Los Angeles Times Film Critic
For a brief and blinding moment in 2009, the Bling Ring crime spree ruled the social networks, TV news cycles and front pages of newspapers around the globe, including this one. At the time, I was bothered by the way the stories about a gang of affluent teen fashionistas stealing from trend-setting local celebrities underscored our out-of-control obsession with fame. Sofia Coppola's new movie about the real-life Hollywood caper does not bring any comfort. "The Bling Ring" is a warped tour of the teens' short but lucrative run when they lifted more than $3 million in luxe goods from the homes of Paris Hilton, Orlando Bloom, Lindsay Lohan and others.
June 13, 2013 | By Amy Kaufman, Los Angeles Times
In Hollywood, all that glitters is not gold - or even fool's gold. That's the lesson Anne Ross learned last year while working as a production designer on "The Bling Ring," Sofia Coppola's film about a group of teenagers so desperate to get close to celebrity that they broke into stars' mansions. The movie, in theaters this weekend, is based on the true story of a 2009 crime spree, during which a gaggle of San Fernando Valley youths burglarized the homes of Lindsay Lohan, Paris Hilton, Orlando Bloom, Brian Austin Green, Audrina Patridge and Rachel Bilson.
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