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The call came on the eve of his Los Angeles concert, just as he was leaving his home in Mexico. We have your son. Follow our instructions. Don't make trouble. It was a year ago, and Vicente Fernandez was about to headline four sold-out shows at the Pico Rivera Sports Arena, his annual Memorial Day pilgrimage to the Eastside suburbs of L.A. Now this voice, saying his 33-year-old son, his namesake, was being held for a ransom of millions.
April 27, 2014 | By a Los Angeles Times staff writer
A mother with reported emotional problems fatally stabbed her 7-month-old son at a Bay Area park on Saturday, police said. East Bay Regional Park District Police Chief Timothy Anderson told the San Jose Mercury News that the mother, who was not identified, had depression.  Police discovered a car abandoned at  Del Valle Regional Park on Saturday morning. Rangers began searching and found the woman on a trail holding her lifeless baby. "This kind of thing rarely happens in our jurisdiction," Anderson told the newspaper.
November 12, 2013 | By Patrick Kevin Day
Actress Katey Sagal can be heard crooning regularly on the soundtrack of the FX drama "Sons of Anarchy," but the acting has really been a long detour from her first love, singing. And to remind people of that, she's releasing her first album in nine years, titled "Covered. " Back in her pre-"Married ... With Children" days, Sagal had a budding singing career, performing as a backup performer with Tanya Tucker and Bob Dylan, according to Billboard. She released her first album, "Moon Over Brooklyn," in 1976.
April 24, 2014 | By Sam Farmer
LAS VEGAS - Floyd Mayweather, preparing for his May 3 fight against Marcos Maidana, was humorously diplomatic this week when asked about promoter Bob Arum's latest gambit to force a superfight between Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao. Arum suggested this month that boxing fans should boycott the Mayweather-Maidana fight, suggesting they not buy tickets to see it live at the MGM Grand or watch it on Showtime pay-per-view. “Only thing we can do is pray for Bob Arum,” Mayweather said this week during media day for his 12-round world championship unification bout with Maidana.
March 13, 2010
'Sons of Tucson' Where: Fox When: 9:30 p.m. Sunday Rating: TV-PG-DLV (may be unsuitable for young children with advisories for suggestive dialogue, coarse language and violence)
August 2, 2009 | Lisa See, Lisa See is the author of, most recently, "Shanghai Girls."
A few years ago, I corresponded with a young Chinese American man who complained that his grandparents didn't treat his father and him like the rest of the family. I asked if his father might have been a "paper son" -- someone who had come to this country from China using papers claiming false U.S. citizenship and often false blood ties. My correspondent had never heard the term, but he asked his father, and it turned out I was right. I met the young man a few days later, and he was devastated.
September 29, 2006 | Mike Bresnahan, Times Staff Writer
Lamar Odom sat down, placed his Bible on a table and, with damp eyes, told the story of his summer. His infant son died while sleeping in a crib, a loss that has tugged at him since it happened in June. The autopsy report labeled it an "unremarkable" death, a seven-month-old's life snatched by sudden infant death syndrome, the latest in a line of losses traceable through Odom's years. Odom was in New York for the funeral of an aunt when Jayden Odom died.
September 5, 2010
'Sons of Anarchy' Where: FX When: 10 p.m. Tuesday Rating: TV-MA-LSV (may be unsuitable for children under the age of 17 with advisories for coarse language, sex and violence)
David Crosby's new band, C.P.R., had its embryonic beginnings long before he met Stephen Stills, Graham Nash and Neil Young, or learned to spell "Birds" with a "y." It was the early '60s, and Crosby, a young folkie from Santa Barbara, was ready for the freebooting life of a traveling minstrel, not for fatherhood. He lit out for the territories. His ex-girlfriend gave birth to the child Crosby had fathered and gave him up for adoption.
November 2, 2011 | Richard Verrier, Los Angeles Times
A group of Irish mobsters pulled up in an SUV outside a barn and makeshift gun warehouse, where a band of gang members parked their custom-made Harley-Davidson motorcycles. The men huddled inside the barn, as bodyguards in leather jackets and armed with chains and foot-long knives swatted away flies and eyed one another with suspicion. After a tense exchange, the men got down to business to discuss a weapons deal involving a Mexican cartel. Whether staging weapons deals, gunfights or motorcycle chases, the FX television series "Sons of Anarchy" is creating mayhem all over Los Angeles — and that's a good thing.
April 24, 2014 | By Lance Pugmire
Ducks Coach Bruce Boudreau's decisions to pull Teemu Selanne from Game 3 after Dallas' third goal, then make the 43-year-old retiring veteran a healthy scratch in Game 4 didn't fly with Selanne's 18-year-old son, Eemil. After hearing his dad was to be scratched in favor of 21-year-old Emerson Etem on Wednesday, the younger Selanne posted this on his Twitter account that afternoon: “ROSTER MOVE: Bruce Boudreau has been reassigned to Norfolk Admirals (AHL).” The elder Selanne not only had to deal with the professional disappointment but handle a family matter too. “Just like a box of chocolates ... you never know,” Teemu Selanne said Thursday.
April 23, 2014 | By Los Angeles Times staff
The father of a 15-year-old boy who stowed away in the wheel-well of a Hawaii-bound plane "thanked God" his son survived the ordeal, saying the boy may have been trying to return to Africa, according to the Voice of America . “When I watched the analysis about the extraordinary and dangerous trip of my son on local TVs and that Allah had saved him, I thanked God and I was very happy,” Abdilahi Yusuf Abdi, of Santa Clara, told VOA's Somali...
April 23, 2014 | By Mike Bresnahan
There was an open seat in Section 106 amid the sellout crowd at Staples Center. Row 10, Seat 14. It belonged to Mychal Thompson for Game 2 of the Clippers-Golden State Warriors playoff series. He wasn't sitting in it. One of the Lakers' radio voices, Thompson is better recognized these days as the father of Warriors shooting guard Klay Thompson. He doesn't see his son play often in person and he didn't want to sit for Monday's game. Too nervous. The elder Thompson carved out some standing room near the tunnel by the Warriors' bench.
April 18, 2014 | By Alicia Banks
A 40-year-old Los Angeles mother and her 4-year-old son were identified Friday as the victims killed in a single-vehicle crash on Interstate 80 in Sacramento. Carrie Tricia Sears was driving a 2005 Nissan Pathfinder west on the freeway with her son, Skylar Eubanks, in a child restraint seat in the back Thursday afternoon, according to the California Highway Patrol. Sears' 9-year-old daughter also was in the backseat next to Skylar, officials said. CHP Officer Lizz Dutton said the family was heading back home to West Hills in the San Fernando Valley after visiting family in the Rocklin-Auburn area.
April 18, 2014 | By Christie D'Zurilla
  Idris Elba and his girlfriend Naiyana Garth welcomed a baby boy on Thursday, the actor announced Friday on Twitter.  "My Son Winston Elba was born yesterday..Truly Amazing :-)," he wrote, including a black-and-white  picture of the new cutie's tiny hand wrapped around his dad's fingertip.  The British actor, a 2012 Golden Globe winner for "Luther," went public about his relationship with makeup artist Garth last November, though they'd reportedly been dating for several months already.
April 18, 2014 | By Houston Mitchell
Craig Sager, TNT's sideline NBA reporter best known for his loud suits, will miss the playoffs this season because he is undergoing treatment for leukemia, his son tweeted Thursday. My Dad's 3-4-week acute leukemia treatment starts tmrw.Be thinking of him & let's get him back on the sidelines soon - Craig Sager II (@CraigSagerJr) April 17, 2014 @MikeSolarte Thanks.We'll be watching lots of basketball together these playoffs. And it's more time for him to brainstorm some new outfits.
June 22, 2013 | By Richard Verrier
Veteran TV director Paris Barclay has been elected president of the Directors Guild of America, becoming the first-ever African American to head the union. Barclay, whose directing credits include "Sons of Anarchy,"  "Glee," "NCIS: Los Angeles" and "NYPD Blue," has served four terms on the national board as first vice president and has co-chaired the guild's Diversity Committee since 2004. "I am profoundly honored to be elected president of the DGA," Barclay said to delegates at a union convention in Los Angeles on Saturday.
October 18, 2009 | Tami Abdollah
A young mother who allegedly shot her two boys Saturday -- killing her 5-year-old and critically wounding her 1 1/2 -year-old -- shouted, "I've wasted my life!" from her balcony and threatened to kill herself before she was arrested, police and neighbors said. LaTonya Dixon, 25, called 911 about 8:30 a.m. Saturday and told the dispatcher that she had killed her children. When officers arrived at the three-unit apartment complex in the 7200 block of South Gramercy Place in South Los Angeles, the woman was standing on a second-floor balcony waving a handgun.
April 18, 2014 | By Michael Muskal
Cody Wygant was an avid player of video games like "Aliens Extermination" and "Call of Duty. " The role-playing games were so important that the persistent screams of his 16-month-old son was too much of an annoyance, according to the Citrus County sheriff's office in Florida. So Wygant, an unemployed resident of Homosassa, Fla., about 90 miles west of Orlando, suffocated the boy and left him in a playpen, officials allege. "It is inconceivable that a father could kill his infant son -- it just baffles the mind," Citrus County Sheriff Jeff Dawsy said in a statement.
April 12, 2014 | By Chris Lee
Randall Wallace didn't expect a rock-star reception when he went on the road to promote his faith-based drama "Heaven Is for Real" ahead of its Easter-weekend release. Yet at the First Assembly of God Church in Phoenix, 9,000 congregants greeted the filmmaker with a standing ovation. A few days later, 11,000 boisterous students packed a convocation in the sports arena at Liberty University, a Christian college in Lynchburg, Va., where Wallace, best known for writing the 1995 battle biopic "Braveheart" and directing the equestrian drama "Secretariat," spoke about "Heaven Is for Real.
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