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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 21, 1985
J. P. Devine's rueful bit of nostalgia did not get an understanding smile out of me. He didn't want to kill spiders but he did so to earn his daughter's gratitude and expressions of love. I know the article was meant to be humorous but I think the subject merits more than easy humor. Devine could have himself learned about spiders and then seen to it that his daughter gained understanding. Instead he catered to her ignorance. If his daughter was indeed worth making sacrifices for, she would ultimately have given him a truer, deeper love for caring enough to help her over her fear.
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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
March 10, 2007 | From Times Wire Reports
A study of spiders' copulation techniques found that males leave part of their sex organ inside females as a sort of "chastity belt" to deter rivals. "Males can reduce sperm competition and thereby increase their paternity success," Bonn University researchers wrote in the journal Behavioral Ecology. A male only has only seconds to have sex before the larger female kills him. In more than 80% of cases, the tip of the male's genital organ breaks off inside the female.
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 19, 1985
I cannot believe that you devoted an editorial to spiders. Yeeekkk!!! Those noxious creatures with their twitchy, spindly legs and eerie webs are enough to make me climb up a wall! Recently I noticed to my horror that several gigantic spiders were stationed in elaborate webbings based on fluorescent lights in the garage of my apartment complex. I was horrified, and my skin began to crawl! At first I considered calling the police, but I then realized that would be a cowardly thing to do for a brave, young, powerful man such as myself.
HOME & GARDEN
October 20, 2005
RE "Special Issue: Fall Gardens" [Oct. 6]: I very much enjoyed the gardening issue, a blessed departure from the usual grandiose palaces that are owned by people with more money than most of us will ever see in a lifetime. Gardens, however, are different. Even the most ornate landscaping can be created over time with a small budget. I am particularly intrigued by the emphasis these days on the use of native flora. I was also interested in the article about spiders. I am terrified of them on general principles, poisonous or not, and have been afraid to go into the backyard ever since I got an e-mail from a neighbor about the horrors that ensue from the bite of the brown recluse.
SCIENCE
October 31, 2009 | Thomas H. Maugh II
On the creepiest day of the year, we have news about one of the creepiest insects around: the spider. Researchers have discovered the largest orb-weaving spider ever seen, a (relatively) massive creature whose body is about 1 1/2 inches across and whose leg span reaches 5 inches. A second group has found a specimen that is perhaps a little less creepy, although somewhat disturbing for different reasons -- a vegan spider. The newly discovered orb weaver, called Nephila komaci , was discovered in Madagascar and Africa by a team led by Matjaz Kuntner of the Slovenian Academy of Sciences in Ljubljana.
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
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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