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February 14, 2012 | By Deborah Netburn
The Valentine's Day Google Doodle is pure sweetness. A one-minute animation, drawn with childlike innocence, it depicts a little boy trying to figure out what to get for his heart's desire - a little girl who jumps rope. He buys her flowers, and chocolates (via Google, of course), but she pays no attention. He tries clothes, and balloons, a pie and a television, a top hat, an old-fashioned submarine helmet, and still she continues to jump rope, oblivious to his overtures. As a last-ditch effort he walks over to her with his own jump rope clutched in his hands and starts to jump rope alongside her. And then -- she stops jumping.
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March 28, 2014
Not sure which game Bill Plaschke was watching when he wrote such glowing compliments of UCLA's Sweet 16 performance against Florida. Defense wins games in the tournament, and the Bruins' defense, absent for much of the season, was AWOL as Florida nailed jump shot after jump shot. But at least Steve Alford made great halftime adjustments .... oh, wait. UCLA lost to a less-talented, better-prepared, better-coached team. But they did beat the 12th and 13th seeds to get there. Another Steve-16 for UCLA ... just with a different Steve.
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FOOD
September 15, 2012
  Total time: 10 minutes Servings: 9 to 12 6 tablespoons tahini, stirred in the jar until blended before measuring 3 tablespoons water, more if needed 6 tablespoons date honey (also known as silan or date molasses) or bee honey, more if desired Spoon the tahini into a small bowl. Add the water and stir until smooth. Stir in the date honey and continue stirring until the sauce is smooth. Taste, and add more date honey if you would like the sauce to be sweeter.
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March 28, 2014 | By Chris Foster
Moving the UCLA basketball program forward is going to be tricky. The Bruins had a good season, reaching an NCAA regional semifinal for the first time since 2008 and pushing top-ranked Florida to the final minutes. For two days in Memphis - pregame and postgame - Coach Steve Alford talked about the "foundation" that was built. Less than 24 hours later, though, that foundation already had a crack. Freshman guard Zach LaVine will declare for the NBA draft, his family said Friday.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 23, 2012 | By F. Kathleen Foley
Director Matt McKenzie fails to master the sprawl in “Sweet Thursday,” a world premiere adaptation of John Steinbeck's 1954 novel, now at Pacific Resident Theatre. A sequel to Steinbeck's “Cannery Row,” “Thursday” centers, once again, on marine biologist Doc, introduced in the previous novel.  Just back from World War II, Doc seems to have lost his spark, prompting his old friends -- namely, the hookers and indigents of the Row -- to try and fix Doc up with Suzy (Lela Loren)
FOOD
May 2, 2007
Itook a great interest in your story on Armenian cookies ["Chasing a Sweet Secret," April 18]. My wife, non-Armenian, learned how to make tahinov hats just last week from an infamous chef -- my mother. Boy, was it delightful. GARO MANSOURIAN Pasadena
ENTERTAINMENT
September 26, 2009 | MARY McNAMARA, TELEVISION CRITIC
The folks behind "Family Guy" have been saying some of the most alarming things. Like "sweet and funny" and "sense of family." They are using these words to describe "The Cleveland Show," a "Family Guy" spinoff that premieres Sunday night. Coming from Seth MacFarlane's crew, such descriptions are like tiny time bombs disguised as rubber ducks, or festively wrapped birthday gifts filled with fake vomit and itching powder. Because while executive producer Rich Appel may be sincere when he says "The Cleveland Show" is "kinder and gentler" than its predecessor, he is working from the same warped palette that gave us Stewie, the erudite and profane baby who most recently beat his dog to a bloody pulp for laughs on the Emmy broadcast last Sunday.
TRAVEL
May 25, 2003
I would recommend to Susan Spano ("A Good Cause Fits the Bill, or Coin," Her World, April 23) that she consider converting her extra foreign currency into chocolate. It is a universal product, easily disposed of, and you avoid paying conversion commissions. Floyd Zula Fullerton Send letters to Travel, L.A. Times, 202 W. 1st St., Los Angeles, CA 90012; fax (213) 237-7355, e-mail travel@ latimes.com. Include your name, address and phone number.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 19, 2010 | By Robert Lloyd, Los Angeles Times Television Critic
To every generation are born multiple sitcoms in which single people sit around talking about love and sex and other things they are not getting enough of or are getting a lot of but of the wrong kind. "Romantically Challenged," which premieres Monday on ABC, is one of these. It stars Alyssa Milano as a person. Who has friends. (Three friends, exactly.) Her character's premise is that she is single after a very long marriage and has begun to wade really for the first time in the dating pool.
SPORTS
May 25, 1991
Obviously, Will Rogers never met Rickey Henderson. FRED BAPTISTE, Redlands
SPORTS
March 27, 2014 | Bill Plaschke
MEMPHIS, Tenn. - There were 10 minutes remaining in what would have been the maddest March moment of all. UCLA trailed top-seeded Florida by just one point. The streaking, upstart Bruins had the veteran Gators reeling, gasping, wondering. Steve Alford's kids were on the verge of stunning their way through South Regional semifinals and on to previously unimaginable greatness. "We really felt like were on the verge of taking the lead," said Norman Powell. "The energy was shifting.
SPORTS
March 27, 2014 | By Chris Foster
MEMPHIS, Tenn. - Out of the mouths of Bruin babes. UCLA freshmen Zach LaVine and Bryce Alford decompressed in the locker room, a long day of chasing without reward over. LaVine looked up at Alford and said, "Man, no more games. No practice tomorrow. No meetings. It's just over. " Alford just nodded. Finality gave clarity even to the young. UCLA could go this far and no further. BOX SCORE: Florida 79, UCLA 68 Florida was bigger, deeper, more experienced. Florida was ready to move on. A 79-68 victory over UCLA in FedEx Forum on Thursday made that clear.
BUSINESS
March 27, 2014 | By Jim Puzzanghera
WASHINGTON - The Senate confirmed Maria Contreras-Sweet, a former California official who founded a Los Angeles community bank, to head the federal Small Business Administration. Contreras-Sweet was approved Thursday by voice vote to the Cabinet position, which helps small businesses with loans and other assistance. She takes over for Karen Mills, a former venture capitalist who stepped down as the agency's administrator last year. President Obama said Contreras-Sweet "understands what it means to start a small business" and has "a proven track record of helping other small businesses succeed.
SPORTS
March 25, 2014 | Chris Dufresne
Steve Fisher, San Diego State's basketball coach, peered down from the high heaven of an NCAA news conference platform last Saturday and remarked, "This is a funny business we're in. " Fisher's words came after Xavier Thames had scored 53 points in 48 hours to lead the Aztecs out of an NCAA sub-regional in Spokane. It wasn't funny if you were trying to stop the senior known as "X," who was definitely a factor in giving a point-guard tutorial against New Mexico State and North Dakota State.
SPORTS
March 22, 2014 | By Chris Dufresne
SPOKANE, Wash. - Michigan State advanced to the round of 16 on Saturday but only after going 12 unexpected rounds with middleweight Harvard. Michigan State, a watch-out No. 4-seeded team in the East Regional that many think can win the national title, almost didn't make it out of Spokane. The bigger, stronger but not necessarily smarter Spartans blew every inch of a 16-point second-half lead and had to muster all their talent to escape with an 80-73 victory before 11,623 at Spokane Arena.
SPORTS
March 22, 2014 | By Chris Dufresne
SPOKANE, Wash. - San Diego State led New Mexico State by eight points with 1:20 left on Thursday night and frittered it all away. The Aztecs, luckily, rallied in overtime to avoid one of the worst collapses in recent NCAA tournament history. If was for that reason alone San Diego State fans couldn't celebrate early Saturday against North Dakota State, even after star guard's Xavier Thames' layup put the Aztecs up by 10 at the four-minute mark. 2014 NCAA tournament bracket This time, though, the lead was safe and San Diego State finished with a flourish in a 63-44 win at the Spokane Arena.
HOME & GARDEN
February 14, 2008
Thank you for the article on "Shaker's Sweet Success" [Feb. 7]. I immediately went to the top shelf in my kitchen and took down my sugar shaker. Sure enough, on the inside of the lid was printed Dripcut-Starline. Mine was dated 1959. In 1957, I worked on a campaign to build Bay Harbor Hospital in Harbor City and later I became a volunteer. I have no idea when the hospital purchased the shakers, but when the hospital closed in 2000, I took a shaker. I have placed the article inside so my heirs will know its history.
NEWS
December 26, 1985
For the past 15 years or so, short bangs have had little place in fashion except as the bane of fourth-graders, whose mothers insisted on a chopped-off fringe to save money on haircuts. Months could go by before the hair inched down over the eyebrows enough to necessitate another trip to the haircutter's. But sleek, short bangs were the coiffeur of choice in European designer shows last fall, and Valley hair stylists have brought it home for spring.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 20, 2014 | By Robert Abele
Sensitively observed, the indie drama "A Birder's Guide to Everything" concerns a gangly 15-year-old birder prodigy named David (Kodi Smit-McPhee) with a timely distraction on the eve of his widower father (James Le Gros) marrying his girlfriend: the sighting of a supposedly extinct duck unseen since the 19th century. Spurred by a local ornithology legend (a sublimely eccentric Ben Kingsley) to find it before it migrates, David, his Young Birders Society chums (Alex Wolff, Michael Chen)
SPORTS
March 16, 2014 | By Ben Bolch
1 Florida (32-2, Southeastern champion) 16 Play-in winner (See matchup below) Can you say "Gator bait"? Whoever wins the play-in game will have effectively played its way out of the tournament by Thursday. 8 Colorado (23-11, at-large) 9 Pittsburgh (25-9, at-large) Colorado has struggled since Spencer Dinwiddie suffered a season-ending injury Jan. 12. Pittsburgh will try to do the ACC proud. 5 Virginia Commonwealth (26-8, at-large) 12 Stephen F. Austin (31-2, Southland champion)
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