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June 2, 2011 | By Michael Muskal, Los Angeles Times
People awoke in the Springfield, Mass., area on Thursday to the damage done by tornadoes that had raced through the region, leaving at least four dead and about 40 injured, officials said. “When I spoke with the mayor of Springfield yesterday, he told me they had about 10 minutes' warning” before Wednesday's tornadoes, Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick said on  ABC's "Good Morning America. " "When you consider how quickly the tornadoes developed and then touched down, the fact that there wasn't even greater damage and loss of life is a remarkable thing," the governor said.
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February 15, 2014 | By Kari Howard
When I was editing the Valentine's Day Great Read (which showed you there's no expiration date on love), one song was a true soundtrack: I played it on repeat for the entire time I was editing it. That song, the spanking-new “Always Forgetting With You,”   was a Valentine from the band Spiritualized to its fans. With lyrics like “If you want a shooting star/I would be a shooting star for you,” it had my heart doing flips and really got me in the mood to see the band Friday night.
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April 24, 2013 | By Michael Muskal
Five members of a family were killed in a home in Manchester, Ill., and the suspected gunman died after a police chase, officials said Wednesday. The family, including a grandmother, a young couple and two small children, were found dead in the Scott County Housing Authority complex on East Street, officials said. A sixth relative, a 6-year-old child, was listed in critical condition in a Springfield, Ill., hospital. Those slain were identified as: Joanne Sinclair, 65; her granddaughter Brittany Luark, 22, and boyfriend Roy Ralston; and Nolan Ralston, 5, and Bradley Ralston, 1, according to Brad Teeter, Sinclair's son-in-law, who spoke with the Chicago Tribune.
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May 28, 2013 | By Carolyn Kellogg
Pop star and actor Rick Springfield will publish his first novel, "Magnificent Vibration," in 2014, and it looks like it's going to be pretty wacky. That's despite its mainstream pedigree; "Magnificent Vibration" is coming to us from Touchstone, an imprint of Simon & Schuster. Here's Touchstone's description: "[T]he novel portrays a hero who has hit a dead end in his life, but who serendipitously receives a 1-800 phone connection to God via an inscription in a mysterious self-help book that may just give him a shot at saving the planet.
SPORTS
October 16, 1990 | THERESA MUNOZ, TIMES STAFF WRITER
National swim team coaches from the United States, Hong Kong and Australia suspect the Chinese women's team of using steroids in the wake of China's world-best performances during last month's Asian Games. Richard Quick, coach of the U.S. national team and Stanford women's team, said he felt obligated to speak out after the Chinese produced three times that rank No. 1 in the world this year and three others that are No. 2 during the competition at Beijing.
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August 21, 2004 | Larry B. Stammer, Times Staff Writer
Ever since Walt Disney began turning out feature-length animated films, scholars, theologians and journalists have plumbed the depths of the simple morality tales for deeper religious meanings and messages. Was Snow White's eating of the poison apple an allusion to the Fall in the Garden of Eden? When the puppet maker Geppetto was swallowed by a whale, was that a veiled reference to Jonah in Hebrew Scriptures? Were Jiminy Cricket's initials in "Pinocchio" a hidden reference to Jesus Christ?
NEWS
April 21, 1999 | JULIE CART and ERIC SLATER and STEPHEN BRAUN, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Laughing as they killed, two youths clad in dark ski masks and long black coats fired handguns at will and blithely tossed pipe bombs into a crowd of their terrified classmates Tuesday inside a suburban high school southwest of Denver, littering halls with as many as 23 bodies and wounding at least 25 others.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 23, 2003
"The Simpsons" is almost certainly the most subversive show in the history of television ("The real first family," Feb. 16), and the way in which the mainstream media have celebrated it brought to my mind a passage from James Agee's introduction to "Let Us Now Praise Famous Men," in which he implores the reader not to view his work as "art": "Every fury on earth has been absorbed in time, as art, or as religion, or as authority in one form or another.
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August 28, 1992 | ROBERT HILBURN, TIMES POP MUSIC CRITIC
Today's Top 40 crowd may know Dusty Springfield best for her 1987 recording of "What Have I Done to Deserve This" with the Pet Shop Boys. But the singer has a string of hits dating back to (gulp) the pre-Beatles days--and her "Dusty in Memphis" album is evidence enough that she is the greatest soul-flavored female pop singer ever to come from England. Sorry, Lisa Stansfield.
SPORTS
March 31, 1999 | JIM HODGES
The Kings have signed right winger Scott Barney to a three-year contract, and he will join Springfield today to help in its drive to the American Hockey League playoffs. Barney, 20, had 44 goals and 67 points in 41 games for Peterborough of the Ontario Hockey League. * King radio analyst Cammi Granato received the Lester Patrick Award on behalf of the Olympic gold medal-winning U.S. women's hockey team. The award also went to 27-year Boston General Manager Harry Sinden.
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April 24, 2013 | By Michael Muskal
Five members of a family were killed in a home in Manchester, Ill., and the suspected gunman died after a police chase, officials said Wednesday. The family, including a grandmother, a young couple and two small children, were found dead in the Scott County Housing Authority complex on East Street, officials said. A sixth relative, a 6-year-old child, was listed in critical condition in a Springfield, Ill., hospital. Those slain were identified as: Joanne Sinclair, 65; her granddaughter Brittany Luark, 22, and boyfriend Roy Ralston; and Nolan Ralston, 5, and Bradley Ralston, 1, according to Brad Teeter, Sinclair's son-in-law, who spoke with the Chicago Tribune.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 7, 2013 | Ed Stockly
Click here to download TV listings for the week of Feb. 3 - 9, 2013 in PDF format This week's TV Movies     The Real Estate Story Housing in Los Angeles and nationwide: Madison Hildebrand. (N) 3 a.m. - 5 p.m. Fox Business CBS This Morning Kat Cole, Cinnabon. (N) 7 a.m. KCBS Today Tiffany Thiessen; Jane Pauley. (N) 7 a.m. KNBC Good Morning America Madeleine Stowe; Bethenny Frankel; Dale Earnhardt Jr.; Kendall and Kylie Jenner. (N)
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November 23, 2012 | By Joseph Serna
A natural gas explosion that tore through a strip club in western Massachusetts on Friday night scattered brick and glass for blocks, injured more than a dozen people and displaced dozens of apartment dwellers. About 40 apartment units have been condemned, at least one neighboring building will have to be demolished and others will be inspected Saturday morning after what Springfield Police Commissioner William Fitchet called the "most devastating" gas explosion in his 40 years in the city.
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November 23, 2012 | By Joseph Serna
A natural gas explosion tore through a strip club in western Massachusetts on Friday evening, leveling the business and sending at least eight people to the local trauma center. The smell of gas had sent employees, customers and dancers racing out of the building. Then, at about 5:20 p.m., a gas leak at the Scores Gentleman's Club in Springfield's downtown district ignited, sending shock waves that rattled the community, knocking people down and shattering windows blocks away. Police said there have been no reports of fatalities.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 10, 2012 | By Danielle Paquette
Rick Springfield has wrapped up his DUI case by pleading no contest to reckless driving, thereby avoiding time behind bars related to a 2011 arrest in Malibu. The "Jessie's Girl" singer, who was pulled over May 1 of last year for speeding on Pacfic Coast Highway, will serve three years' probation and attend a three-month alcohol-education program, the district attorney's office said. Springfield, who did not attend Thursday's hearing, was allegedly driving with a blood alcohol content of .10%, which exceeds the legal limit of .08%.
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April 11, 2012 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Travel & Deal blogger
If you go to the Springfield Museum in Springfield, Ore., you can take your picture on the "Simpsons" couch sculpture with Bart and family. And you can read the plaque that says: "Yo to Springfield, Ore., the real Springfield. Your pal, Matt Groening , proud Oregonian, 2007. " So why the big buzz about the "The Simpsons" hometown being revealed Wednesday in a Smithsonian magazine interview for the May issue? Likely because it's news to the rest of us who live outside that Springfield, population around 57,000.
SPORTS
October 7, 1998 | JIM HODGES
The Kings' lines are as set as they will be--"None of my lines are ever set in stone," Coach Larry Robinson said--and on Saturday night in the opener at Edmonton rookie Josh Green will skate on a line centered by Yanic Perreault, with Luc Robitaille on the other wing. Olli Jokinen, who has competed with Green for a job with the Kings, will center a line in Springfield, Mass., of the American Hockey League.
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June 2, 1998 | AL MARTINEZ, Al Martinez's column appears Tuesday and Fridays
I saw an amazing movie the other day called "Paulie" about a parrot that is smart, funny and philosophical. What's amazing about it is not that the parrot is cool and articulate but that not once during the movie does he cut anyone's throat, smash anyone's head in or blast anyone's face away with a 9-millimeter Baretta.
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April 11, 2012 | By Michael Muskal
Massachusetts, you're out. Ohio? Sorry, another loser. In the race for cultural mecca, the winner is: Oregon. That is, Oregon is the winner as far as "The Simpsons” are concerned, according to creator Matt Groening, who told Smithsonian magazine that the real-life home of his fictional characters is the Springfield in the Northwest. It was the first time that Groening had specified the place where almost anything can happen - and seemingly has in the show's 22 years on TV. Groening acknowledged that he has always avoided naming the state.
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