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April 7, 2014 | By Joel Rubin
Los Angeles police officers tampered with voice recording equipment in dozens of patrol cars in an effort to avoid being monitored while on duty, according to records and interviews. An inspection by Los Angeles Police Department investigators found about half of the estimated 80 cars in one South L.A. patrol division were missing antennas, which help capture what officers say in the field. The antennas in at least 10 more cars in nearby divisions had also been removed. LAPD Chief Charlie Beck and other top officials learned of the problem last summer but chose not to investigate which officers were responsible.
April 11, 2014 | By Amy Wilentz
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. My grandfather's house on the New Jersey shore was a huge 1880s double-parlor Victorian with 11 bedrooms, a wraparound porch and a big green couch in the living room next to the piano.
September 10, 2012 | By Booth Moore, Fashion Critic
NEW YORK -- Marissa Webb, who was the head of women's design at J Crew two years and with the company for a decade before striking out on her own earlier this year, had an auspicious debut at New York Fashion Week, where she showed her spring-summer 2013 collection in a presentation format. Photos: NYFW Week celebrity sightings The look: Versatile separates that play on the contrast between hard and soft, masculine and feminine, neutral and bright colors. A lot of leather (moto shorts, pants and zippered vests)
April 7, 2014 | By Chris Foster
It is not unusual to find coaches from other schools visiting UCLA practices. It is a little different when one comes from halfway around the world to be there. Daisuke Nishimura , head coach at Kyoto University, and one of his assistants traveled to Los Angeles last week to watch spring practices as a guest of offensive coordinator Noel Mazzone . The two met last summer, when Mazzone was in Japan doing football clinics with a group of coaches. "I love the passion for it," Mazzone said.
Except for the remarkable "The Sixth Sense," the hottest summer on record is finally beginning to show some signs of cooling down. The weekend's three new films all opened on the mild side, with only the Mafia comedy "Mickey Blue Eyes," starring Hugh Grant, demonstrating any sparkle, mainly with older audiences. "Mickey" came in at an estimated $10.4 million in its 2,573-theater debut, placing third.
June 13, 2011
'Summer of Silents' When: Mondays at 7 p.m. through Aug. 8 (no screening on July 4) Where: Samuel Goldwyn Theatre, 8949 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills Admission: $5 for general public; $3 for academy members and students with valid I.D. Passes are $25 for the general public; $20 for academy members and students. Information:
January 17, 1999 | RICHARD CROMELIN
The Adventures of Sebastian Cole. Quests for identity consume both a 17-year-old boy and his sex-change-ready stepfather in first-time writer-director Tod Williams' comedy-drama. (Paramount Classics) Alice et Martin. Juliette Binoche ("The English Patient") as a woman whose lover is haunted by a mistake in his past. (October Films) Austin Powers the Spy Who Shagged Me. The dentally challenged agent (Mike Myers) swings again, with Heather Graham as his leading lady. (New Line) Autumn Tale.
August 17, 2012
Olive oil 1 yellow onion, coarsely chopped 3 cloves garlic, minced Salt Freshly ground pepper 1 1/2 pounds eggplant 3 sweet red peppers 3 small zucchini, to equal 1 pound, ends trimmed and soaked in cold water 30 minutes 6 plum tomatoes, peeled, seeded and chopped 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar 3 tablespoons assorted fresh herbs (parsley, thyme, basil, marjoram and oregano) Heat 1 tablespoon olive oil in medium non-stick saute pan over medium-high heat.
August 9, 2006
  California summer pudding Total time: 25 minutes, plus 12 hours chilling time Servings: 6 to 8 3/4 pound brioche, challah or egg bread 1 1/2 pounds peaches 3/4 pound blackberries 1/2 cup sugar 3 tablespoons brandy 1. Trim the crusts from the bread and if it has not been sliced, cut it in roughly one-third-inch slices. Stack the slices and cut them in half diagonally to make triangles. 2. Line a 6-cup mold or bowl with plastic wrap, fitting the wrap tightly into the corners.
August 8, 2007
Total time: About 1 hour, 45 minutes, plus resting time for the pasta dough Servings: 6 to 8 Note: From Donna Deane. This recipe calls for a pasta machine to make the noodles. You can substitute purchased fresh fettucine. If desired, serve with toasted slices of baguette. 1/2 cup flour plus extra for kneading 1/8 teaspoon salt 1 egg, beaten 2 cups onion, cut into 1/4 -inch dice 1/4 cup olive oil 2 cloves garlic, minced 9 cups good-quality chicken broth 2 to 3 large tomatoes, grated (about 1 3/4 cup grated)
March 27, 2014 | By Shan Li
For the first time in months, most Californians are shelling out more than $4 for a gallon of regular gasoline. And with the busy summer driving season ahead, prices are likely to move even higher, fuel analysts said. It's a rite of spring as predictable as warmer weather or blooming flowers: Gasoline prices are edging up. A gallon of regular gasoline Thursday cost an average of $3.99 in the Golden State, the highest since September 2013, according to the AAA Daily Fuel Gauge report.
March 15, 2014 | By Erwin Chemerinsky
Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg should retire from the Supreme Court after the completion of the current term in June. She turned 81 on Saturday and by all accounts she is healthy and physically and mentally able to continue. But only by resigning this summer can she ensure that a Democratic president will be able to choose a successor who shares her views and values. A great deal turns on who picks Ginsburg's successor. There are, for example, four likely votes to overturn Roe vs. Wade on the current court: Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. and Justices Antonin Scalia, Clarence Thomas, and Samuel A. Alito Jr. If a Republican president selects Ginsburg's replacement, that justice easily could be the fifth vote needed to allow the government to prohibit all abortions.
March 14, 2014 | By Kari Howard
I'm one of those music fans who never really gave their hearts to CDs. Sure, I bought a million of them, but their chilly perfection always left me cold, and I quietly mourned the warmth of vinyl. So it was particularly satisfying that when MP3s came along, not only did CDs fall by the wayside, but a new generation of listeners got turned on to vinyl. Of course, I had never given up my turntable, but it got a little less lonely in the album fan club. Then I saw something that's been making waves at SXSW this week: a wayback machine that turns MP3s into vinyl.
March 14, 2014 | By Carolyn Lyons
CERRETO, Italy - Think of an Italian summer and you think of azure seas, sun-splashed beaches, cool mountains cupping dark lakes and overheated crowds of tourists investigating every museum and ancient church. Things are different in Tuscany as well as in Umbria, where I live, for part of the year. Every local community, no matter how small, puts on its own summer festa, or festival. Some are based on religion: Each village has its own patron saint to celebrate with a day of services and parades followed by a night of feasting, dancing and, of course, fireworks.
March 14, 2014 | By Robert Lloyd, Los Angeles Times Television Critic
"Summer Dreams" (CBS, Saturday). A vivid, elegantly made, two-hour documentary centering on the NBA Summer League, a 10-day yearly event, held in Orlando, Fla., and Las Vegas, where pro-ball hopefuls and rookies run and dribble, pass and shoot before a worldwide array of coaches and executives -- a kind of last-chance marketplace for some, and a pre-season workout for contracted others. ("The 'American Idol' of basketball," Dallas Mavericks General Manager Donnie Nelson calls it. "It's a little stepping stool, man," says undrafted outsider Dwayne Davis.)
March 11, 2014 | By Yvonne Villarreal
CBS has set its summer slate, with return dates for "Big Brother" and Stephen King's "Under the Dome" announced -- among others -- and a slight delay for the Halle Berry-Steven Spielberg limited-run series "Extant. " The end of June kicks off the rollout. "Big Brother" will return Wednesday, June 25. New legal drama "Reckless" will make its debut a few days later, on Sunday, June 29, finished off by the third season premiere of "Unforgettable. " Then, on Monday, June 30,  it's time to gear up for people trapped in a bubble, with the return of “Under the Dome.
June 7, 2011
The Summer Without Men Siri Hustvedt Picador: 182 pp., $14. Paper
August 16, 2009 | Joel Pett, Joel Pett is the Pulitzer Prize winning cartoonist at the Lexington Herald-Leader in Kentucky. His work also appears in USA Today.
Cartoonists can really put the spite in respite. Even when we're kicking back, contemplating the waning sunny days of summer, we find something to kick about. Signe Wilkinson's banner day at the beach was seasickening. Stephanie McMillan's domestic policy piece kidded about stay-at-home kids. And as the days grow ever shorter, so do Dan Wasserman's pharm-boys of summer. Dogging people, even in the dog days, that's a cartoonist's natural pastime. -- Joel Pett Joel Pett is the Pulitzer Prize winning cartoonist at the Lexington Herald-Leader in Kentucky.
March 8, 2014 | By Kevin Baxter
Since taking over as coach of the U.S. national team 2 1/2 years ago, Juergen Klinsmann has repeatedly preached the superiority of European soccer. "When you watch Premier League, you watch the German Bundesliga or you watch Spanish football - Barcelona, Madrid - then you know the benchmark," he said. But with this summer's World Cup less than 100 days away, Klinsmann has softened his tone a bit. Not that he's had much of a choice. Because after the cream of Klinsmann's crop of European-based players was embarrassed during the U.S.'s 2-0 loss to Ukraine on Wednesday, it became apparent the team he will take to Brazil this summer will be dominated by players from Major League Soccer.
March 7, 2014 | By a Times staff writer
For late summer travel as well as fall travel to Tokyo, Singapore Airlines has an $870 round-trip fare from LAX that includes all taxes and fees. It is for travel Mondays-Thursdays from Sept. 1 until Nov. 20 and for return any day of the week through February. It is subject to availability. Info: Singapore Air , (800) 742-3333 Source: Airfarewatchdog
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