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December 29, 2012
Re “ Jack Klugman, 1922-2012 ,” Obituary, Dec. 25 Jack Klugman was on my flight years ago when I was a flight attendant. I told him: “I've never asked for an autograph, but I couldn't go home without asking for my nephew, who idolizes you.” He signed the autograph and arranged tickets to a taping of his show for my two nephews and me. Afterward, he came over and shook hands with both boys. Needless to say, he had three fans for the rest of his life. B.J. Peterson Big Bear Lake, Calif.
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SPORTS
April 24, 2014 | Bill Plaschke
OAKLAND -- The Clippers walked into an angry beehive, thousands of folks wearing bright yellow T-shirts and surrounding them with a roaring buzz. The Clippers walked into a building that is adjacent to the home of the Oakland Raiders and feels every bit like a Raiders end zone, the Black Hole, only deeper. In their first road game of this postseason Thursday night, the Clippers found themselves engulfed by screaming and booing and chanting Oracle Arena fans and a Golden State Warriors team that mirrored every bit of their desperation.
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OPINION
October 10, 2013
Re "The recall revolution that wasn't," Opinion, Oct. 7 Among Peter Schrag's many good points was this one: "The major changes of the last decade have been in the state's election system. Redistricting is now in the hands of an independent commission, not the Legislature. " That statement doesn't apply to all elections. The redrawing of county supervisorial district lines has remained with the boards of supervisors. The state, not the redistricting commissions, possesses the authority to extend reform down to the local level.
SPORTS
March 11, 2014 | Bill Dwyre
A sport that needs every bit of personality it can get held its breath for a few minutes Tuesday at Indian Wells. One of tennis' marquee names had departed from the BNP Paribas Open the day before, and out the door with upset victim Rafael Nadal went lots of star quality. FOR THE RECORD: Tennis: An article on the BNP Paribas Open at Indian Wells in the March 12 Sports section said that Novak Djokovic defeated Alejandro Gonzalez, 6-1, 6-3, 6-1, on Tuesday. The score was 6-1, 3-6, 6-1. It's not a ticket-selling thing.
SPORTS
March 26, 2009 | Shannon Ryan
This season's NCAA tournament games have caused television ratings to skyrocket and made the blood flow, whether it runs Cardinals red or Carolina blue. Like last season, four teams seeded No. 1 are alive in this week's regionals, including Louisville and Pittsburgh, who shrugged off upset-minded underdogs to maintain order in the brackets yet entertain CBS audiences. What's missing is the NBA draft audition. As much debate took place last season about which player would be the No.
SPORTS
July 21, 2012 | By Andrew Owens
Between the recent offensive surge by the Galaxy and the defensive stability Chivas USA has found, something had to give Saturday night. With a relentless attack and sparkling play by its veterans, the Galaxy proved too much for Chivas as L.A. recorded a 3-1 victory at the Home Depot Center. The match presented an opportunity for both sides, with Chivas trying to prove itself as a contender in the Western Conference playoff race. For the Galaxy, winning the rivalry game meant increasing the gap between the sides, as L.A. entered the contest ahead of Chivas for the fifth and final playoff berth in the conference.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 29, 1987 | Leonard Klady
Kevin Costner--now filming "Bull Durham" in North Carolina--will star in and exec produce "Revenge," based on the psycho-adventure novella by Jim Harrison. The long-in-development project at Warners was acquired by Ray Stark in a swap for "Bird," the story of jazzman Charlie Parker, now being directed by Clint Eastwood. "Revenge" will be filmed for New World early in 1988.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 1, 2012 | By Gerrick D. Kennedy
During Sunday's live telecast of the 2012 BET Awards, anticipation reigned, with questions filling Los Angeles' Shrine Auditorium. What would polarizing singer Chris Brown say? How would soul singer D'Angelo's highly awaited comeback performance fare? And how would BET pay tribute to fallen pop titan Whitney Houston, whose February death cast a shadow over the Grammys ? The annual show, which started in 2001, is known for its over-the-top performances and drama onstage and last year pulled in 7.7million viewers.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 10, 2012 | By Mike Boehm
The annual Sundance Theatre Lab at Robert Redford 's Sundance resort in Utah means hard work in a relaxed setting for playwrights who get three weeks to tinker with nascent scripts they're hoping to perfect, and a mountainside working vacation amid babbling brooks for an acting corps recruited to help the writers see how well their scenes play. Several acting luminaries are attached to this year's Lab, which began Monday and runs through July 29.  The 27-member ensemble includes  Cherry Jones , who won lead actress Tony awards for “The Heiress” (1995)
SPORTS
August 24, 2012 | Chris Erskine
1. Kobe Bryant, Lakers: An easy No. 1 based on his Lakers reign and strength of personality. 2. Matt Barkley, USC football: Sports Illustrated cover boy poised to be the top player in America's top sport. 3. Dwight Howard, Lakers: With Steve Nash, brings the Lakers a Dream Team aura. 4. David Beckham, Galaxy: Defines star power; in most cities, he's probably No. 1. 5. Matt Kemp, Dodgers: Immense talent in a hip-hoppy package; bonus points for celebrity dating. 6. Albert Pujols, Angels: One of the greatest to ever play the game; but is he big enough for L.A.?
SPORTS
December 3, 2013 | By Dylan Hernandez
The Dodgers' bench figures to have a new look next season. Matt Kemp could be on it. So could Andre Ethier, Carl Crawford, or Yasiel Puig, depending on how they're playing and who's pitching for the other team. A person who met with Dodgers officials at the general managers' meetings last month was convinced they have no plans to trade any of their four high-profile outfielders. If that person is right, Manager Don Mattingly could have a dangerous late-inning option in reserve next season, provided all four outfielders remain healthy.
OPINION
October 10, 2013
Re "The recall revolution that wasn't," Opinion, Oct. 7 Among Peter Schrag's many good points was this one: "The major changes of the last decade have been in the state's election system. Redistricting is now in the hands of an independent commission, not the Legislature. " That statement doesn't apply to all elections. The redrawing of county supervisorial district lines has remained with the boards of supervisors. The state, not the redistricting commissions, possesses the authority to extend reform down to the local level.
OPINION
October 10, 2013
The irony of the 2013 Nobel laureates being announced concurrently with the U.S. government shutdown is perhaps too perfect. The immaturity of the quibbling American statesmen is only amplified by the refined maturity found in a girl from the backwaters of a country we rarely mention unless the word "terrorism" or "drone" follows closely behind. Malala Yousafzai is 16 years old. She has done more to legitimize the "war on terror" than any politicians in Washington. She and her compatriots have been suffering from this war for longer than most Americans have recognized the name of her homeland.
BUSINESS
June 21, 2013 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Hoping Hollywood star power will help sell smartphones, HTC has reportedly signed actor Robert Downey Jr. to a two-year, $12-million deal. The "Iron Man" and "Avengers" star will be at the forefront of the Taiwanese phone maker's fight against Samsung and Apple to remain relevant in the smartphone market, according to Bloomberg. PHOTOS: Tech giants' new headquarters In the last few years, Downey has attracted massive audiences to his films, including the "Sherlock Holmes" movies, and this week Disney announced Downey will appear in two more "Avengers" movies, meaning his star power should stay strong.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 24, 2013 | By Mary McNamara, Los Angeles Times Television Critic
Steven Soderbergh's "Behind the Candelabra" was preceded by so much fuss over the casting of Michael Douglas as bedazzled pianist icon Liberace and Matt Damon as the entertainer's young lover Scott Thorson, that you'd have thought the duo did something other than act for a living. Yes, biopics are hard, and Liberace was quite a character. That elfin face and sweet whine of a voice appear so at odds with his carefully controlled career. And certainly not every actor can convincingly rock sequined pants and an ermine cape.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 17, 2013 | By Scott Collins
  If viewers are losing interest in broadcast TV, what can lure them back? Executives hope they have an answer: stars. Lifting the curtain on their 2013-14 schedules at the "upfronts" in New York this week, the networks behaved like smartphone-toting fans crashing a red carpet. Stars they craved, and stars they got: There was James Spader, the former "Boston Legal" headliner tapped for NBC's crime thriller "The Blacklist. " Greg Kinnear plays a troubled lawyer on Fox's midseason drama "Rake.
BUSINESS
September 28, 2011 | By Dawn C. Chmielewski, Los Angeles Times
AOL has recruited some Hollywood heavyweights to revitalize its struggling year-old online entertainment site Cambio, aimed at teens and young adults — a demographic coveted by advertisers. Reality television producer Mark Burnett and director McG, best known for the "Charlie's Angels" movies and NBC's spy comedy "Chuck," will create original Web shows with production spending as big as any prime-time series. AOL and its investment partners — brand strategist MGX Lab and Jonas Group, which manages such musical acts as the Jonas Brothers, Demi Lovato and Jordin Sparks — are betting that recognizable screenwriters, actors and directors are the digital catnip needed to draw a greater share of the 49 million people ages 12 to 24 who go online.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 10, 2012 | By Mark Olsen
TORONTO -- Amid the endless waves of hoopla and hype at a festival like the one that has  taken over the city of Toronto, it's sometimes easy to forget the power of a bona-fide movie star. And then, you encounter Johnny Depp. Late Saturday afternoon, a huge crowd waited outside the Ryerson Theatre for the arrival of Depp , who was appearing in support of the documentary “West of Memphis.” The film centers on three teenagers who were convicted of murdering three 8-year-old boys in Arkansas and spent 17 years in prison for the crimes before being released last year; of course, the so-called West Memphis Three already were the subject of a series of documentaries that transformed them into figures of outsider resistance and social injustice.
IMAGE
May 12, 2013 | Booth Moore, Los Angeles Times Fashion Critic
There are few designers working today who have had as big an influence on fashion as Giorgio Armani. Founding his company in Milan in 1975, he modernized the suit, giving it a relaxed, soft silhouette, and created a daytime uniform of power and success that defined men's and women's style for two decades. He banished the ugly red-carpet excesses of the 1980s and introduced a modern way of dressing beginning in 1990, when his sleek Oscar-night designs for Michelle Pfeiffer and Jodie Foster transformed Hollywood from tacky to tasteful overnight.
SPORTS
April 28, 2013 | By Gary Klein
Reggie Theus played in the NBA for more than a decade, covered the league as a broadcaster and coached the Sacramento Kings. So postseason drama at Staples Center draws his attention. "I've been a Lakers fan since I was a kid," said Theus, who starred at Inglewood High in the mid-1970s, "and I know a lot of guys on the Clippers. " But Theus has no time to be immersed in the playoffs. For the last three weeks, Cal State Northridge's new coach has been busy on campus or on the road recruiting, laying the groundwork to turn around a program.
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