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March 21, 2014 | By Meredith Blake
Thanks for the nightmares, Shonda Rhimes.  As alarmingly commonplace as murder is on “Scandal,” it's rarely ever depicted as gruesomely or disturbingly as it is in the closing minutes of Thursday's episode, “Kiss Kiss Bang Bang.” Shot in the back as he runs away from Jake, James lies in the street experiencing what is very clearly a slow and painful death. But his assassin, rather than leaving him there to suffer alone, shows some mercy. Jake sits calmly by James' side, soothing him as he expires.
March 21, 2014 | By Paresh Dave
A lesbian couple in Michigan who have lived together for eight years have the right to marry, a federal judge ruled, finding that the state's ban on gay marriage is unconstitutional. In striking down the ban, U.S. District Judge Bernard Friedman became the ninth federal judge to strike down state gay marriage bans in successive cases. Since December, judges in Texas, Utah, Oklahoma and Virginia have found gay marriage bans unconstitutional. "Many Michigan residents have religious convictions whose principles govern the conduct of their daily lives and inform their own viewpoints about marriage," Friedman wrote in his ruling issued late Friday.
March 20, 2014 | By Ken Schwencke
A shallow magnitude 2.7 earthquake was reported Thursday evening six miles from Universal City, California, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. The temblor occurred at 7:17 p.m. Pacific time at a depth of 0 miles. According to the USGS, the epicenter was six miles from Beverly Hills, California, eight miles from West Hollywood, California and eight miles from San Fernando, California. In the past ten days, there has been one earthquake magnitude 3.0 and greater centered nearby.
March 19, 2014 | By Eric Sondheimer
 The word is spreading: Junior Nick Sprengel of El Dorado is quite a pitcher. He struck out 12 on Wednesday in handing Esperanza its first defeat, a 6-0 decision in a Century League game. In the Trinity League, Anaheim Servite improved to 2-0 with a 7-3 victory over Santa Margarita. Zach Huarte had two RBIs and junior Nigel Ward threw a complete game, allowing no earned runs. JSerra also is 2-0 after a 5-4 win over St. John Bosco. Jake Pries had a triple and two RBIs. St. John Bosco's Jesus Mercado went four for four.
March 18, 2014 | Robin Abcarian
OAKLAND -- The allegations in the cheerleaders' lawsuit are pretty straightforward: When it comes to working conditions for the Raiderettes, the Oakland Raiders routinely break California labor law. The women, who are professional dancers, earn less than minimum wage and are paid at the end of the season instead of every two weeks as required by California law. They earn $125 per game and are not paid for practices or meetings. They can be fined for being late to practice, or for not having the right hair color or for failing to appropriately polish their nails.
March 17, 2014 | By Ryan Faughnder
Content Media Corp. has struck a deal with Seven Stars Entertainment & Media, the Beijing company founded by Chinese mogul Bruno Wu.  Content Media, a London and Los Angeles distributor of film and television assets, will buy the Alive Group from Seven Stars, giving Content reach into the fast-growing Chinese entertainment market.  As part of the deal, Seven Stars is buying a minority stake in Content and Wu is joining the company's board...
March 17, 2014 | By Ken Schwencke
A shallow magnitude 2.7 earthquake aftershock was reported Monday morning four miles from Westwood, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. The temblor occurred at 7:23 a.m. Pacific time at a depth of 4.3 miles. A magnitude 4.4 earthquake was reported at 6.25 a.m. and was felt over a large swath of Southern California. According to the USGS, the epicenter of the aftershock was five miles from Beverly Hills, six miles from Santa Monica and six miles from West Hollywood. FULL COVERAGE: Southern California earthquakes In the last 10 days, there has been one earthquake of magnitude 3.0 or greater centered nearby.
March 16, 2014
Nicaragua has long been a travel spot for those who love Central America, for the good reasons Rosemary McClure pointed out ["Revved and Ready," March 9]. But she should not have had to disparage Costa Rica in order to do it. That is really tacky, and an editor should have spotted it. To say that Costa Rica has no history is an outrage my Tico friends would gag on. Evidently she never visited the anthropology museum or the Gold Museum in San Jose. A shame. James J. Horn Cuernavaca, Mexico Keep stories in the rotation Crying foul from the letter writer [March 9]
March 14, 2014 | By Joseph Carman
NEW YORK - In "Banquet of Vultures," veteran Paul Taylor Dance Company member Michael Trusnovec, dressed in a crisp black suit with a red power tie, yanks his bent knee toward his ear, conjuring up a bird of prey as he steps shrewdly through a mass of bodies. As he unfolds his talon-like hands, he evokes both a predator and a profiteer. Hands on hips, elbows splayed wide, he thrusts his leg back and swivels around a woman holding a candle, then tosses her overhead and onto the floor.
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