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June 8, 2013 | By Audrey Bilger
I knew the relationship was over when she told me she'd never heard of the Kinks. I could overlook her mood swings, her occasional cruelty and even those all-too-frequent phone calls with her "ex"-girlfriend, but music ended up being the deal breaker. I had given her a mix tape, and I chose tunes that lived in my heart. Buddy Holly, Sandy Denny, Tom Waits, Nick Lowe, Kate Bush, Television, Big Star - a deeply personal canon. I stayed up all night working out the ideal segues, pulling records and dropping the needle just so. I calculated minutes and seconds for the perfect track list.
April 26, 2014 | By Nathan Fenno
The racist comments purportedly made by Donald Sterling in the audio recording that surfaced Saturday via are the latest in a years-long string of racially charged incidents linked to the real estate mogul. In 2009, Sterling agreed to a $2.765-million settlement in a case that alleged discrimination against African Americans, Latinos and others at apartment buildings he owned in Los Angeles County. Sterling denied the charges by the Justice Department and in two separate lawsuits by former tenants.
February 7, 1985
As he came out of a market we stepped forward, map in hand, and said," Sir, could you help us? Which street will take us back to 210 North?" As he gave us directions a lady came over. She said that she was just leaving for home in La Canada and would be glad to have us follow her onto the freeway north. To these two kind people in Pasadena willing to take time to help strangers we say, "Thank you so very much." TOM and NAIDENE EVANS Chico
April 26, 2014 | Steve Lopez
Let me state my bias up front. I like hot sauce. I like it on eggs. I like it in ramen. I like it on stir-fry dishes and Mexican food, and I don't think you can honestly call yourself a Californian if you're not a hot sauce lover. And so I went to Irwindale last week to investigate the Sriracha sauce standoff. As you may have heard, city officials are waging battle against the manufacturer, responding to citizen complaints that jalapeño-scented air blowing out of the hot sauce plant can irritate your throat and make your eyes water, especially during the late summer, which is pepper-grinding season.
October 14, 2013 | By Leon Logothetis
“It is only in adventure that some people succeed in knowing themselves -- finding themselves” --Andre Gide It's quite humbling to think that I have already traveled from the fabled Hollywood sign in Los Angeles to the edge of Asia. Istanbul, Turkey, is a magnificent city, filled with culture and a thriving throb of humanity. I had reached this ancient city all on the kindness of strangers. This Kindness One adventure is an around-the-world trip that is being funded by strangers I meet as I go. I am driving a 1978 Chang Jiang yellow motorcycle with a sidecar that's been refitted with a BMW 750cc engine.
This city's three-decade effort to create an arts district has been hard fought by any definition of the term. It began in 1977, when Kevin Lynch, the noted planner and writer on cities, helped pick out a site just northeast of the downtown core, hard up against a partially sunken freeway, for a linked collection of museums, concert halls and public parkland. Over the intervening years the 68-acre area has been built out in consistently ambitious but decidedly piecemeal fashion, with an arts museum (designed by Edward Larrabee Barnes)
June 30, 1996
Can you stand one more anecdote on whether to talk to strangers on trains? More than a decade ago, on a train ride through Belgium, my parents and I struck up a conversation with an older woman from Rotterdam. She spoke beautiful English with a hint of a clipped British accent. After a lively chat, she rose for her stop and noted, "If I sit with you another hour, I'll be speaking bloody American." ANNE RIFFENBURGH South Pasadena
April 13, 1994
Recently I had gone to the Beverly Hills Municipal Courthouse for a hearing. I parked in front of the building, and in my rush I failed to put a coin in the parking meter. Two hours later as I approached my car I saw what from a distance appeared to be ticket under my windshield wiper, but I was relieved to find rather a handwritten note on tissue paper: "Dear Sir. It is now 2:00. Your parking meter ran out apx. 1/2 hour ago. I just put in another quarter. Hope you return by then.
February 19, 2000
I am totally in agreement with Brian Lowry regarding "Who Wants to Marry a Multi-Millionaire?" ("Women: As They Roar . . . or Choose Richer Over Poorer," Feb. 15). This is just another example of how the tabloids are taking over all forms of entertainment. We've gone backward to the turn of the last century, when freak shows were all the rage. It's a shame that modern-day television executives feel that they have to cater to the lowest common denominator. It's humorous in a twisted way, but how sad do these women's lives have to be for them to be willing to marry a total stranger?
January 10, 2014 | By Jim Ruland
Throughout the history of boxing, the sport's appeal has been its undoing: A contest between equally matched opponents will always attract bettors, and betting begets corruption. With the rise of the National Football League, boxing has waned in popularity. Thanks to the Ultimate Fighting Championship, which recently celebrated its 20th year of promoting mixed martial arts events, boxing is not even the most popular combat sport. While the sport may be in serious decline, the boxing novel is alive and well, thanks to Michael J. Seidlinger's audacious new book, "The Laughter of Strangers.
April 11, 2014 | Diana Wagman
Reading is such an improbable idea -- a miracle, really. Yet simple squiggles on a page, arranged just so, can convey ideas that change the way we think or introduce to us characters we love for a lifetime. In celebration of reading -- and of this weekend's Los Angeles Times Festival of Books -- we asked four readers (who also happen to be writers) to celebrate books that mattered in their lives. In 1975, when I was young, I went to hear James Baldwin speak. Afterward, I waited in a long line and finally got to stand before him. I told him that his book "Giovanni's Room" had made me want to be a writer.
April 6, 2014 | Chris Dufresne
ARLINGTON, Texas - Monday night's NCAA championship game at AT&T Stadium sets up as a matchup of over-achieving seedlings. If you didn't know the history you'd say it was nice to see the "little guys" finally breaking through the plexiglass backboard. This No. 15 combination platter is the highest total number to play for the title since the NCAA started seeding in 1979. NCAA BRACKET: Track how UConn and Kentucky got to the final Poor old No. 7 Connecticut hasn't won an NCAA title since 2011 and luckless No 8 Kentucky hasn't hoisted a banner since 2012.
April 3, 2014 | By Sheri Linden
When amateur filmmaker Tom Berninger's rock-star brother Matt, frontman for Brooklyn quintet the National, invited him to be a roadie on his band's biggest tour, Tom had never even been on a tour bus. His lack of experience did not serve him well during his initiation into the business, but a funny thing happened on the way to the concert hall: Tom turned defeat into a documentary that's insightful, sweet and often hilarious. In "Mistaken for Strangers," a fresh revamp of the music-doc template, the National's angsty songs are mere backdrop to a story whose true subjects are sibling love and rivalry and the thorny matter of creative success - here explored through the tension between achievement and striving, or, as one observer puts it, alpha male versus underdog.
March 27, 2014 | By Sheri Linden
Strangers on a train, played to perfection by Emmanuelle Devos and Gabriel Byrne, are destined for a brief encounter, Parisian-style, in "Just a Sigh. " The blah title suggests bad middle-school poetry (the original French, " Le Temps de l'aventure ," at least has energy), but the film is a bracingly romantic drama that's alive with a mature sense of passion and mystery. Devos, a performer with a singular, sometimes off-putting combination of abrasiveness and fragility, is riveting as Alix, an actress.
March 25, 2014 | By Chris Barton
Dressed in his usual dark shirt, suit jacket and matching denim pants, singer Matt Berninger of Brooklyn, N.Y.'s the National is peevishly hammering a beach umbrella into the ground with his dress shoe. As he settles into a camp chair in a sun-drenched Brooklyn park, an offscreen voice cheerily tells him to relax before peppering him with questions: "On tour, it's day in and day out - does that ever make you sleepy onstage? … Have you ever woken up, in a nightmare, on the bus because of the movement?"
March 12, 2014 | By Ken Dilanian
WASHINGTON - This is not Robert Eatinger's first run through a full-blown CIA controversy. But it's his most public ordeal. For most of his career, few outside the world of espionage knew of Eatinger, 56, who has spent 22 years moving up the ranks to become the CIA's top lawyer. But in a scathing speech Tuesday, Sen. Dianne Feinstein, the head of the Senate Intelligence Committee, accused him of trying to impede a Senate investigation into a notorious CIA detention and interrogation program that Eatinger had helped manage.
March 27, 2014 | By Sheri Linden
Strangers on a train, played to perfection by Emmanuelle Devos and Gabriel Byrne, are destined for a brief encounter, Parisian-style, in "Just a Sigh. " The blah title suggests bad middle-school poetry (the original French, " Le Temps de l'aventure ," at least has energy), but the film is a bracingly romantic drama that's alive with a mature sense of passion and mystery. Devos, a performer with a singular, sometimes off-putting combination of abrasiveness and fragility, is riveting as Alix, an actress.
April 27, 2012 | By Nita Lelyveld, Los Angeles Times
You live in a large and diverse city. You love the idea of its many worlds. But you rarely leave your own neighborhood. And your friends are more or less like you. How do you meet those who aren't? How do you breach your own borders? Marissa Engel, 35, of Hollywood long pondered these questions. Then, last December, she took action. "Host a meal in your own home," she wrote in a post on Craigslist. "Make new friends and have a dinner party without spending anything!"
March 3, 2014 | By Jessica Guynn
SAN FRANCISCO - Samsung Electronics Co. struck social media gold when Oscars host Ellen DeGeneres used one of its smartphones to take what has now become the world's most famous selfie. DeGeneres never mentioned Samsung, a major Academy Awards sponsor, but handed actor Bradley Cooper the company's Galaxy Note 3 for the celebrity-filled shot that included Meryl Streep, Jennifer Lawrence, Kevin Spacey, Jared Leto and Lupita Nyong'o. The Oscars selfie was such a viral hit that it crushed the previous record set by President Obama after his reelection in 2012 and temporarily knocked Twitter's service offline as fans retweeted it more than 700,000 times in the first half hour alone.
February 13, 2014 | By Martin Tsai
In "A Stranger in Paradise," hedge-fund hotshot Josh (Colin Egglesfield of "The Client List" and the "Melrose Place" TV reboot) narrowly evades an SEC investigation with an impromptu trip to Thailand, only to find thugs and crooked cops on his trail. His brother, Paul (Stuart Townsend), runs a local hot spot and has shady dealings with the mob. The managing partner who urged Josh to take the vacation - who also happens to be Paul's college pal - vanishes along with the mob money he helped launder.
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