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NATIONAL
August 11, 2012 | By Rene Lynch
The Perseid meteor shower is expected to result in a dazzling display of shooting stars this weekend. And NASA would like your help counting them. The nation's space agency has developed an app for Android and iPhones to help amateur sky-watchers "count meteors in a scientific way and report the results to us," according to Bill Cooke, head of NASA's Meteoroid Environment Office. Tweet us your Perseid photos at #LATPerseid The Perseid meteor shower data collected by your smartphone can be used by Cooke's office to study and model the Perseid debris stream.
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SCIENCE
September 5, 2013 | By Amina Khan
Astronomers studying dying stars' colorful cast-offs have discovered a mysterious pattern: Some planetary nebulae in the Milky Way galaxy's central bulge are strangely aligned, according to a study to be published in Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society. The findings by two University of Manchester researchers provide insight into how the stars behind these nebulae formed - and what unknown forces near the Milky Way heart could have pulled them into formation, said astrophysicist and lead author Bryan Rees.
SPORTS
March 28, 2012 | By Karen Chaderjian
The Times is pleased to have tennis legend Martina Navratilova guest-blogging for us while she competes on " Dancing With the Stars . " Today, Navratilova answers a few questions from Karen Chaderjian and gives some insight into the competition. Here are Navratilova's thoughts, which she offered via email. Q: You had a very indefatigable response immediately after the disappointment Monday night, saying, "You just pick yourself up and dust yourself off. " What would you compare this experience to?
SPORTS
May 22, 2012 | By Houston Mitchell
After weeks of competition, we are down to the finale of "Dancing With the Stars" on Tuesday night, when the final three competitors will learn who has won, and who goes home without the Mirrorball Trophy. Breaking down the three remaining competitors: William Levy: The world's perfect man, whom every woman loves. All he has to do is smile and hearts flutter around the world. And every time I see him, I think I'm looking in a mirror. On Monday night's show, Levy received two perfect scores for his two dances and ended the night in first place with 60 points.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 25, 2012 | By Meredith Blake
Could “Dancing With the Stars” finally be losing its luster? Monday's premiere of the long-running ABC competition series was down 32% from last year - and all this despite months of heavy promotion and an “all star” cast including Bristol Palin and Pamela Anderson. It also finished well behind NBC's younger-skewing “The Voice” in key demographics, but the news for “Dancing” wasn't all bad: The show drew 14.6 million total viewers, versus 11.9 million for “The Voice,” easily making it Monday's top entertainment draw.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 27, 2009 | Jon Thurber
Hermien M. Lee, a Beverly Hills nutritionist who taught her no-nonsense approach to eating right to a variety of stars including Ann-Margret, Joan Lunden, Suzanne Somers and Robert Wagner, has died. She was 92. Lee died of heart failure June 18 in Nashville, where she had been recovering from a Christmas Eve fall in which she broke her hip and elbow.
SPORTS
April 12, 2014 | By Steve Galluzzo
The night session has begun at the Arcadia Invitational, where some of the top track and field athletes in the nation will compete in the Invitational Division. Some of the standouts are Mater Dei's Curtis Godin, who has the fastest 100 and 200 meter times in the state this season, Heritage hurdler Torrey Atkins and Long Beach Poly sprinter Ariana Washington, the reigning girls state 100 and 200 meter champion.    Loyola edged Fresno Edison by eight hundredths of a second to win the boys 4x100 relay in 41.61 seconds and in the girls 4x100, St. Mary's Academy won in 46.72.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 1, 2012 | By David Ng
Placido Domingo is taking time out of his operatic schedule this week to appear on ABC's "Dancing with the Stars. " But fans hoping to see the tenor demonstrate some fancy footwork will be disappointed. Domingo is only expected to sing on the live telecast Tuesday. The Spanish tenor will perform "Come What May" -- from the 2001 movie "Moulin Rouge" -- in a duet with Katherine Jenkins. The number is part of his new album, "Songs," in which Domingo performs a series of popular tunes.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 3, 2009 | By from times wire reports
For one week at least, Donny Osmond was a big-time television star again. Osmond's victorious turn on ABC's "Dancing With the Stars" was Thanksgiving week's most popular prime-time TV program, narrowly beating CBS' "NCIS." The "Dancing" results show came in third, the Nielsen Co. said Wednesday. Osmond is familiar with the prime-time television world, having hosted a variety show with his sister, Marie, three decades ago. Still, with an audience of 19.29 million viewers, it was the lowest fall finale for the dancing competition, down 7% from a year ago. The 2006 fall finale averaged 27.52 million viewers.
SPORTS
October 3, 2012 | By Jim Peltz
In motor-racing terms, IndyCar driver Helio Castroneves found himself dropping to the rear of the pack on "Dancing with the Stars," and now he'll need to charge back up through the field. But at least Castroneves survived to dance another week. The Brazilian driver, who won the fifth season of "Dancing," returned as part of this season's show featuring past winners and fan favorites. His partner is professional dancer Chelsie Hightower. Other contestants include former NFL running back Emmitt Smith and Olympic speed skater Apolo Anton Ohno.
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