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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 15, 1999
Re a CAT scan for a Goliath tarantula (June 6), you omitted the most important information of this ironic story. What HMO did the spider have? FRED J. CROWE San Diego
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ENTERTAINMENT
April 27, 2014 | By Amy Kaufman
The 'Spider-Man' sequel doesn't swing into North American theaters until next weekend, but the superhero flick is already sticking with moviegoers overseas. Since launching in a handful of international markets this month, "The Amazing Spider-Man 2" had collected an impressive $132 million, according to an estimate from distributor Sony Pictures. The movie is currently playing in roughly 40 foreign markets, performing best in the Britain, Mexico and South Korea. The picture has yet to open in an additional 30 countries abroad, including major markets like Brazil and China.
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SCIENCE
August 17, 2012 | By Monte Morin, Los Angeles Times
They managed to avoid the notice of nosy humans beings for thousands of years, mostly by clinging to the roofs of dark caves and keeping their six, tiny eyes peeled for trouble. But the secret existence of these eight-legged West Coasters has come to an end. On Friday, scientists announced the discovery of a heretofore unknown family of spider that some have playfully compared to Bigfoot, the privacy-loving man-beast of legend. In the journal Zookeys , California Academy of Sciences arachnologist Charles E. Griswold and colleagues described their discovery of trogloraptor, or “cave robber,” a spider that is partial to caves and redwood debris in coastal forests from California to British Columbia.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 25, 2014 | By Steven Zeitchik
NEW YORK -- “The Amazing Spider-Man 2” is one of the splashiest of the many action-adventures to debut this moviegoing season, so it's fitting that it had a premiere to match. On Thursday night outside this city's landmark Ziegfeld Theater, fans with balloons, Spidey suits and other accouterments lined the street, where stars from the film including Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone and Jamie Foxx all walked a red carpet. Inside the theater, director Marc Webb, looking surprisingly fresh given the globe-trotting tour that has taken him and the cast across Asia and Europe in the last few weeks, shouted out to the New York locations and brought the cast to the front of the theater.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 18, 2010
Producers have once again delayed the opening of the troubled new Broadway musical " Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark," the fourth major delay in performances this year for the much-mocked show. The opening was pushed back to Feb. 7, because a key actor has missed several previews due to injury and after producers decided that the creative team needs to work out more kinks before allowing critics to weigh in. "Due to some unforeseeable setbacks, most notably the injury of a principal cast member, it has become clear that we need to give the team more time to fully execute their vision," lead producer Michael Cohl said in a statement Friday.
BUSINESS
March 8, 2011 | By Jerry Hirsch, Los Angeles Times
The web of mystery continues ? Mazda is no longer the only automaker with a spider problem. The same yellow sac spider that sparked a recall of 65,000 Mazda6 sedans also likes to nest in Honda Accords. Honda Motor Co. hasn't announced a recall but has notified its dealers to be on the lookout for the spider. The company has issued what is known as a technical service bulletin telling Honda mechanics how to fix the problem. "It was the same scenario and the same breed of spider.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 19, 1985
It was pure joy to find the spider illustration and the spider editorial. It made my morning. For years I have been a spider watcher--totally unscientific in approach. Sometimes when the webs are not to be found, get down on your hands and knees and look through the twigs and rocks for the "wolf" spiders. In season you will find them with babies riding on the back as they run and hide in their non-web building world. GORDON FISK Cypress
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 13, 1998
Re "Snakes, Pests Rattling Nerves: Shelter-Seeking Critters Pose Danger, Nuisance Near Homes," Sept. 1. The person quoted in this story as saying someone who finds a spider in their house should "get something and smash it" must prefer the fly and the mosquito. There are only two spiders in Southern California with a dangerous bite: the black widow and the brown recluse. And you'd have to put your hand in some unlikely places to find either one. Every other spider is your harmless and often beautiful friend.
BUSINESS
March 3, 2011 | By Tiffany Hsu, Los Angeles Times
Mazda Motor Corp. has an itsy-bitsy problem, and it's recalling 65,000 cars to fix it. Spider nests in tiny rubber hoses linked to fuel tank systems could cause pressurization and ventilation problems in certain cars, according to the Japanese automaker. In a worst-case scenario, such clogs could lead to fuel leaks and fires. But the problem hasn't resulted in any serious incidents so far, the company said, and all technicians fixing the hoses have escaped unbitten. After dealers around the country found 20 cases of the arachnid infestation, the company pulled back 65,000 Mazda6 cars from the 2009 and 2010 model years in the U.S., Canada and Mexico.
SCIENCE
October 9, 2012 | By Jon Bardin
Oregon State University researchers have discovered a spider and a wasp frozen together in a piece of amber, a moment in time from the Early Cretaceous period. The find, which was dug up in a northern region of Myanmar called Hukawng Valley, is believed to be the first fossil capturing a spider about to attack its prey. Just seconds before the spider was about to strike, resin flowed over the insects, preserving them both -- and the moment. The discovery was reported in the latest issue of the journal Historical Biology.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 25, 2014 | By Nardine Saad
  Emma Stone has a new 'do to go along with her new film.  "The Amazing Spider-Man 2" star debuted a bob-like haircut and blunt bangs for  the film's world premiere  Thursday night at New York's Ziegfeld Theater, where she was the picture of elegance in a a cream-colored cut-out gown by Prada. The Italian fashion house also supplied her with the shoes and clutch, and she wore Sidney Garber jewelry, according to  Just Jared . The 25-year-old slipped into a shorter Victoria Beckham frock for the premiere's after-party at Skylight at Moynihan Station.
NATIONAL
April 19, 2014 | By Colleen Mastony
The nurses on the 20th floor were the first to see them. "Oh my goodness," declared Colleen Forrester, 29, a nurse dressed in green scrubs, who pointed to the windows. Other nurses came to look and laughed. Were the children strong enough to come see? Soon, parents and nurses were leading kids out of their rooms. The children were small and frail-looking. Most were undergoing treatment for cancer and other serious disorders. But on this cold April morning, they had a precious moment of distraction.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 12, 2014 | By Richard Verrier
Care to supersize that ticket? Regal Entertainment is banking on it. The nation's largest theater chain is selling a "SuperTicket" for Sony's "The Amazing Spider-Man 2," which debuts in U.S. and Canadian theaters May 2. The cost is $20 above the regular movie ticket price and includes a high-definition digital copy of the film before it is released on DVD, as well as a digital copy of "The Amazing Spider-Man" on the streaming service Vudu....
NEWS
April 11, 2014 | By Susan Denley
Emma Stone wore a stunning marigold yellow gown from Atelier Versace to the London premiere of "The Amazing Spider-Man 2" on Thursday. But her elegant garb didn't prevent her from getting down and snapping a crowd selfie. [People] Thigh-gap controversy alert: A photo on Beyonce's Instagram showing the star golfing in a bathing suit is drawing allegations from commenters that her thighs were digitally altered to look thinner. [Racked] Model Elle MacPherson, launching a new lingerie line called the Body for JC Penney, recommends that women have no fewer than seven sets of lingerie -- and tells the Cut blog that she herself has 50 and that she keeps it all color-coded.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 9, 2014 | By Oliver Gettell
"The Amazing Spider-Man 2" doesn't swing into U.S. theaters until May 2, but early reviews have begun trickling out as the superhero sequel readies its international rollout. So far, most film critics agree that director Marc Webb's second installment is somewhat overstuffed but benefits greatly from the sparks that fly between Andrew Garfield (Spider-Man/Peter Parker) and Emma Stone (Gwen Stacy). Variety's Guy Lodge says that although "Amazing Spider-Man 2" feels redundant, coming just five years after Sam Raimi's "Spider-Man 3," the movie "acrobatically spins enough sound and fury to distract from the issue, while the tinderbox chemistry between leads Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone delights once more.
AUTOS
April 7, 2014 | By David Undercoffler
Mazda's web of spider problems is growing. In one of the stranger recalls in recent memory, Mazda is again recalling some of its cars to fix a problem with spiders getting inside and wreaking havoc. The latest recall involves 42,000 Mazda6 midsize sedans from the 2010-12 model years, and equipped with the 2.5-liter, four-cylinder engine. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said the spiders can weave a web inside a vent hose connected to the fuel tank. This blockage can cause excessive negative pressure inside the gas tank itself.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 4, 2012
Look who's got a big smile behind his mask on Broadway: none other than the once-mocked Spider-Man. The Broadway League reported Tuesday that "Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark" took in a whopping $2,941,790 over nine performances last week, which is the highest single-week gross of any show in Broadway history. The Spider-Man show shatters the old record held by "Wicked," which last January recorded the then-highest one-week take on Broadway with a $2,228,235 haul, though over eight shows.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 31, 2014 | By Todd Martens
There's no hiding the intent behind "It's on Again," the new Alicia Keys single boasting guest spots from Kendrick Lamar and Pharrell Williams. In the song's opening moments, Lamar is heard shouting that this song "is for the warrior"; soon after, Keys arrives to coo that she's "a freedom fighter" and an "eye of the tiger for hope. " For  most of its four minutes, "It's on Again" makes it clear that this is a tune designed for a superhero movie. With the start of baseball season this week, don't be surprised to hear this upbeat soulful pop song at more than a few parks over the summer.  PHOTOS: Unexpected musical collborations Recorded for "The Amazing Spider-Man 2," the single also features an assist from soundtrack workhorse Hans Zimmer, who tapped Williams and former Smiths guitarist Johnny Marr to work on the score.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 19, 2014 | By Steven Zeitchik
There's plenty of Harry Osborn/Green Goblin and not quite as much Electro in this new, and final, trailer for Marc Webb's “Amazing Spider-Man 2.” But the villain count is beside the point. The cast and filmmakers are about to embark on a major continent-hopping trip, and the film opens internationally in just a month, on April 18, so we'll see pretty soon what happens on the big screen to Andrew Garfield's Peter Parker and Emma Stone's Gwen Stacy (or at least hear about it from overseas reviewers)
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