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October 10, 2013 | By Randy Lewis
Stephen Stills' new blues band The Rides will headline the latest benefit concert for Cal State Northridge-based radio station KCSN FM (88.5) on Nov. 3 at the university's Valley Performing Arts Center. In addition to Stills' band, which includes guitarist Kenny Wane Shepherd and keyboardist Barry Goldberg, singer-songwriter Lucinda Williams will perform along with rising Los Angeles musician L.P., reflecting the station's programming mix of music from established stars and novice musicians across a broad range of genres.
April 26, 2014 | By Bill Plaschke
An Instagram photo of Magic Johnson posing with Donald Sterling's female friend V. Stiviano has become a historical document. After TMZ released unverified audio of Sterling purportedly making racist comments about the photo, it will be the last time anyone will see Johnson at a Clippers game at Staples Center. "I will never again set foot in Staples Center when the Clippers are playing," Johnson said Saturday afternoon in a phone interview. "I know where I'm not wanted. " Johnson was furious upon hearing the comments, which were aimed at all African Americans, and is calling upon the NBA to take serious action that could include stripping Sterling of his ownership duties.
July 25, 2013 | By Steve Appleford
Celebrity was a fresh concept at the beginning of the last century, as the movies introduced the world to a new kind of famous person: pretend heroes and ingénues glamorized on the big screen and the pages of movie fan magazines. In the silent era, image became everything. In his richly illustrated "Still: American Silent Motion Picture Photography," David S. Shields examines the groundbreaking work of the early cinematographers and still photographers who created that phenomenon. Shields is both scholarly and deeply passionate about the pictures (some from his own collection)
April 26, 2014 | Kevin Baxter, Brian Bennett
Yasiel Puig's journey to Los Angeles - and riches with the Dodgers - is a serpentine tale of drug cartels, nighttime escapes and international human smuggling. Yet in the booming marketplace for Cuban ballplayers, it is far from unique. Since 2009, nearly three dozen have defected, with at least 25 of them signing contracts worth more than a combined $315 million. Many, like Puig, were spirited away on speedboats to Mexico, Haiti or the Dominican Republic. Once there, they typically were held by traffickers before being released to agents - for a price.
April 27, 1986 | MIKE McLAUGHLIN, United Press International
Clayton McKinney made no effort to hide the .38-caliber revolver on his hip as he examined a friend's still tucked into a laurel thicket high in a mountain hollow. "I got one of my eyes knocked out four months ago. It's giving me all kinds of trouble," the night watchman said. "I don't know if I could see the law coming or not." McKinney, like his father before him, once used the pistol to ward off snooping revenuers over a lifetime of illegal liquor making.
February 9, 2008 | From the Associated Press
Neil Young has a pessimistic message: Music has lost its power to change the world. The 62-year-old singer brought his new movie, "CSNY Deja Vu," to the Berlin Film Festival on Friday. It was shot during the 2006 Freedom of Speech tour by Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young. Young, who directed the movie under the pseudonym Bernard Shakey, wasn't making any big claims about its effects. "I think that the time when music could change the world is past," he told reporters. "I think it would be very naive to think that in this day and age."
August 5, 2006
THANK you, Rich Kane, for focusing your review on the irony-laden side of Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young's "Freedom of Speech '06" tour ["Young's Passion Sparks His Old Band," Aug. 1]. I love this band, and Neil Young is especially on a tear with his last three CDs. But how can a band's message be any more hollow when they are charging those kinds of prices for tickets? Has Neil Young listened to any of his recent anti-consumption anthems? RICHARD KRATT Woodland Hills MONDAY'S Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young show at the Hollywood Bowl made me at once feel old and young.
January 3, 1993 | SUZANNE MUCHNIC, Suzanne Muchnic is The Times' art writer
When they converged in San Francisco about 45 years ago, Wolfgang Paalen, Gordon Onslow Ford and Lee Mullican wanted nothing less than to be image makers of cosmic freedom. The purpose of art, they thought, was self-transcending awareness.
In the rarefied, regimented world of ballroom dancing, an incident in 1982 proved nothing short of a fashion coup: During an international competition, half a dozen of the world's reigning ballroom dancers--queens of the floor--threw down their tutus. For decades they'd been consigned to wear short skirts with layer upon layer of netting that made them look as if they had stick legs and huge hips. They'd had enough.
April 30, 1989 | GEORGE ESPER, Associated Press
The war was still raging that day 15 years ago when Vietnamese nuns heard the cries of a baby boy stuffed in a garbage can and took him inside their orphanage to raise. Today, Nguyen Thanh Binh, the son of a black American who went home and a Vietnamese mother who abandoned him, shares the plight of thousands of Amerasian youths languishing in the decay of Vietnam, desperately trying to get out and find their fathers. "My circumstances are miserable," says Lam Anh Hong, 18, whose mother gave her away to a relative.
April 25, 2014 | By Chuck Schilken
Herschel Walker has no plans of playing pro football again. But it has nothing to do with the fact that he's more than half a century old. Instead, the former college, USFL and NFL star told USA Today that he's just too busy with multiple business ventures to suit up again. Otherwise, Walker said, he truly believes he could be successful as part of a running-back platoon. “I can play in the NFL today,” he said . “I couldn't take every snap. But running backs nowadays don't play every down.
April 25, 2014 | By Howard Blume
A Los Angeles high school science teacher returned to the classroom Friday two months after being suspended over concerns that two students had assembled "dangerous" science projects under his supervision. Both projects overseen by teacher Greg Schiller were capable of launching small objects. A staff member at the downtown Cortines School of Visual & Performing Arts had raised concerns about one of them. Both are common in science fairs. "I am very excited to be back with my students and help them prepare for the Advanced Placement tests, which are a week away," Schiller said Thursday.
April 25, 2014 | By David Willman
WASHINGTON - Amid concerns about its effectiveness and multibillion-dollar cost, the Department of Homeland Security has canceled plans to install an automated technology that was meant to speed the 24-hour operations of BioWatch, the national system for detecting a biological attack. The cancellation of the "Generation 3" acquisition was made Thursday at the direction of Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson, according to a memorandum circulated by Michael V. Walter, the BioWatch program manager.
April 24, 2014 | By Steve Dilbeck
There it is. What, just taking a little nap? Slipped into one of those cyclical down modes? The Dodgers offense has been something of a stop-and-start proposition this season, lately with too many stops. The Dodgers went into Wednesday having averaged fewer than two runs in seven of their last eight games (the eighth was an 8-6 win over the Diamondbacks). Among the major leagues' 30 teams they were 15th in slugging percentage (.386), 16th in runs, 24th in batting average (.235)
April 24, 2014 | By Dylan Hernandez
Familiar problems resurfaced Thursday for the Dodgers and their manager. Brian Wilson again didn't resemble the pitcher he was last season, as he was charged with four runs in the ninth inning of a 7-3 loss to the Philadelphia Phillies. There were problems aside from the continued instability of Wilson, who has already spent 15 days sidelined because of issues with his surgically repaired elbow. BOX SCORE: Philadelphia 7, Dodgers 3 The Dodgers made another costly error, this time in the form of a routine bouncer hitting first baseman Adrian Gonzalez's glove and dribbling into the outfield.
April 24, 2014 | By Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times Film Critic
Before he loved anything else, Jean-Luc Godard loved genre: He famously dedicated his first feature film, "Breathless," to Monogram Pictures, one of the monarchs of Poverty Row B-picture production. But as "Breathless" demonstrated, Godard never did anything straight up. He did genre his own playful way, and never more so than in 1965's "Alphaville," a film that was part science fiction, part hard-boiled adventure, and all Godard. Playing for a week at the Nuart in West Los Angeles in a sharp new digital restoration, "Alphaville" is more than quintessential Godard.
February 28, 1988 | KAY BARTLETT, Associated Press
Shawn Robbins, psychic, author and mail-order entrepreneur, has turned her big hazel eyes toward Wall Street since the stock market has become so volatile. A shaky market is good for people in her line of work, she says. "For psychics," she says, "the market is boring when it's good, but now is the chance to really shine with psychic abilities. This is a good time to go to a 'reputable psychic.' "Be careful, though. This is not the time to go to Madame Ripoff on the corner with your portfolio.
November 21, 1994
Rock musician David Crosby was in critical but stable condition Sunday after undergoing a seven-hour liver transplant operation, said a spokesman for UCLA Medical Center. "I was pleased with the way Mr. Crosby's surgery proceeded," said Dr. Ronald W. Busuttil, director of the Dumont-UCLA Liver Transplant Center and Crosby's surgeon. "As with all transplant patients, we will watch his progress closely for several days and I am optimistic that he will do well," Busuttil said.
April 23, 2014 | By Dylan Hernandez
The Dodgers didn't make any errors behind Zack Greinke in their 5-2 victory Wednesday over the Philadelphia Phillies at Dodger Stadium. This was significant, considering how the Dodgers have played defense in the first three-plus weeks of the regular season. They have been one of the worst defensive teams in baseball. They entered the day with 22 errors, the second-most among the 30 teams in the majors. Their fielding percentage of .974 was third-worst. “We have to get better,” Hanley Ramirez said.
April 23, 2014 | By Tiffany Hsu
Same clown, new clothes: Is that the main takeaway of McDonald's newest makeover of its brand ambassador Ronald McDonald? On Wednesday, the Oak Brook, Ill., fast-food giant unveiled a new look for the redheaded clown and announced he'd be featured on McDonald's social media accounts. Gone are the lumpy yellow jumpsuit and Where's Waldo-esque sleeves. In its place is something a Weasley twin might wear -- mustard cargo pants and a red-and-white striped rugby shirt. For “special occasions,” there's a bow tie and a red blazer festooned with golden arches and Ron's signature.
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