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September 14, 2009 | ANN POWERS, MUSIC CRITIC
At least the shocker this year was related to music. The MTV Video Music Awards are always willfully chaotic, keeping alive the myth of pop as the provenance of rebels by placing a bunch of moderately edgy celebrities within a festive environment and fueling the mood with sexy performances, off-color jokes and "incidents" that are often staged, but good for a thousand Twitter tweets. One of these mostly bogus controversies usually goes a bit deeper, hinting at real issues of identity, status, personal power and self-expression -- the sticky stuff from which pop music is, in fact, made.
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SPORTS
April 26, 2014 | By Barry Stavro
Reaction was widespread Saturday after the NBA said the league is launching an investigation into a report of an audio recording in which a man identified as Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling allegedly tells a woman not to bring black people to games. --NBA spokesman Mike Bass called the comments “disturbing and offensive.” --Miami Heat star LeBron James called the comments “appalling” and James said he was not sure if he would play the remainder of the NBA playoffs if he was on the Clippers.
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ENTERTAINMENT
September 15, 2009 | Todd Martens and Yvonne Villarreal
It was "The Jay Leno Show's" big prime-time debut, but Kanye West unquestionably stole some of the spotlight from the host to announce he'll be taking time off to reflect on his actions after his controversial outburst over the weekend at the MTV Video Music Awards. One day after the famously outspoken artist interrupted an acceptance speech from 19-year-old country star Taylor Swift at the award show, suggesting that her prize for best female video should have gone to Beyoncé, a contrite West appeared on Leno's new NBC show to deliver an apology.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 14, 2014 | By Nardine Saad
Taylor Swift proved over the weekend that she's pretty darn committed to her superfans: The "Mine" singer reportedly stopped everything in order to fly to Ohio to make a surprise appearance at one lucky fan's bridal shower. Hey, if you invite them, they might come. Swift first met "superfan" Gena Gabrielle at numerous meet-and-greet events beginning in 2007 and the country crooner was invited to Gabrielle's bridal shower and wedding, E! News reported . Since the Grammy-winner couldn't make the wedding , she said she was sure to pop in on the bridal shower to fete the bride-to-be with gifts.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 14, 2009 | Michael Rothfeld
Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, who recently revealed that he cuts off the water when his children take extremely long showers, may have entered a new realm of domestic drama Tuesday involving a more formidable member of his household: his wife. Schwarzenegger promised "swift action" after TMZ.com posted two pictures of Maria Shriver driving while apparently violating the hands-free cellphone requirement he signed into law. The pictures show Shriver with her right hand on the wheel and her left holding a cellphone to her ear. One is dated July 12, 2009, and the other was taken Sunday, according to TMZ. The pictures appear with an article that begins, "Maria Maria, cell phone cheatah!"
OPINION
March 6, 2007
Re "Up a creek in a Swift boat," Opinion, March 2 As a Vietnam-era vet and antiwar activist, I continue to be appalled by the Swift boaters' hate campaigns. Who is more truly on the side of the troops than we who have served and decry the futility of wars that end in a quagmire? The Swifties, having attacked Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.) and then Rep. John Murtha (D-Pa.), must be in search of new soldiers to smear. Who will be next? Vietnam War veteran and anti-Iraq war Nebraska Republican Sen. Chuck Hagel?
BUSINESS
October 23, 1985
The nation's largest pork packer, Swift Independent Corp., said the buy-out offer is from a partnership led by a Texas investor group. The proposed cash and preferred stock transaction will be presented to Swift's board of directors at meetings later this week, company spokesman Bill Dillman said. The proposal comes from a partnership composed primarily of trusts of the Edwin L. Cox Jr. family of Dallas.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 20, 2008 | Randy Lewis
Teen "American Idol" runner-up David Archuleta makes an impressive debut near the top of the pop chart this week with his first album, but he couldn't come close to America's teen sweetheart Taylor Swift, who pummeled the competition with her sophomore album "Fearless." Swift's album sold 592,000 copies during its first week in stores, according to Billboard, the highest for a country release since the veteran Eagles sold 711,000 copies of "Long Road Out of Eden" a year ago. It's also the best debut for any female artist this year.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 31, 2009 | Todd Martens
In her first major headlining tour, country upstart Taylor Swift will go straight to one of L.A.'s biggest stages. The teen singer will headline Staples Center on May 22 as part of a 52-date tour. Tickets go on sale Feb. 6 via Ticketmaster. While ticket prices have not been announced for the Los Angeles date, a press release promises that tickets in most markets will sell for $20 (not including applicable service fees). Swift was the top-selling artist of 2008. Combined, her self-titled 2006 debut and her recently released "Fearless" sold more than 4 million copies in 2008, according to Nielsen SoundScan.
OPINION
August 16, 2006
Re " 'Swift Boat' Veterans Set Sights on Rep. Murtha," Aug. 13 The Swift-boating of Sen. John Kerry was an effective tactic in the 2004 presidential election. So effective, in fact, that I'm certain that John O'Neil, the Swift-boaters' principal spokesman, still has a smirk on his face. The fact that their charges were false had little effect on the minds of those who were disposed to believe them. The repetition of the charges by the American media amplified them even after sufficient evidence had surfaced to debunk them.
NEWS
April 7, 2014 | By Booth Moore, Los Angeles Times Fashion Critic
Perhaps taking a cue from Beyonce's showstopping, barely there Grammys dress by L.A. designer Michael Costello, country music divas embraced the sheer-and-sexy cutout trend on the red carpet at the American Country Music Awards held Sunday night in Las Vegas. It was impossible to ignore Shakira's Zuhair Murad teal blue silk jersey long-sleeve gown with embroidered detail and nude silk cutouts snaking down the sides.   Sheryl Crow wore a black sheer, diamond cutout gown by Christian Siriano . And Kimberly Perry chose a similar style with a geometric pattern by another maximalist designer,  Georges Hobeika.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 11, 2014 | By Christie D'Zurilla
What do Taylor Swift, Kenny Chesney and Luke Bryan have in common? Well, they're all country artists. And they all made more money in the U.S. than Justin Bieber did in 2013, according to Billboard magazine. We point that out because, well, in the wake of Bieber's spoiled-brat deposition behavior revealed Monday, it's fun to see some grown-ups taking him to school professionally. Even if one of those grown-ups is only 24. And yes, that was just some gratuitous Bieber-bashing there.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 10, 2014 | By Randy Lewis
Taylor Swift has added another award to her pile, one that doesn't come with a statuette, but signifies her broad appeal to music fans. She was announced as the winner of Billboard magazine's annual Money Makers ranking of musicians who reaped the biggest paydays during 2013. Swift's take is tallied at $39.7 million in Billboard's combining of her revenue from music sales, artists' publishing and streaming royalties, and concert tickets. Swift, Billboard noted, “crushed it on pretty much every level.
NATIONAL
February 16, 2014 | By David G. Savage
WASHINGTON - The legal campaign for marriage equality is picking up speed, moving at a pace that has surprised even longtime advocates and increasing the likelihood of a definitive Supreme Court test as early as next year. Efforts by some lawyers to plan a careful strategy for which cases to push forward to the high court have largely been put aside amid a rush of lower-court rulings striking down bans on same-sex marriage. The most recent came Thursday in Virginia, the first such ruling in the South.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 12, 2014 | By Nardine Saad
Taylor Swift's Rapunzel-like locks are gone! The country darling has chopped off her hair, introducing a chic bob in lieu of her signature long blond look. The shearing, which was successively chronicled on social media, comes just after the seven-time Grammy winner completed the European leg of her blockbuster Red tour at London's O2 Arena on Tuesday. The big chop was recounted by Swift and her friends, Victoria's Secret model Cara Delevingne, 21, and singer Ellie Goulding, 27. "Lights" singer Goulding joined Swift onstage earlier that night to perform "Burn" at the arena, which was reportedly packed with more than 15,500 fans.
NATIONAL
February 6, 2014 | Matt Pearce
The young New York woman had just gotten home from rehab but couldn't wait to shoot up again. Her parents, who lived in an affluent neighborhood of Long Island's Suffolk County, found her in the shower when they heard the water running too long. She had overdosed on heroin. By the time Suffolk County Police Officer James Garside and a firefighter arrived and pulled her out of the bathroom, she wasn't breathing. That's when they gave her a dose of naloxone, the go-to drug for treating heroin and painkiller overdoses.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 4, 2014 | By Christie D'Zurilla
Watch out for Taylor Swift when she's quiet. "Silence speaks so much louder than screaming tantrums," says Glamour's 75th anniversary cover girl. "Never give anyone an excuse to say that you're crazy. " Not that she'd be likely to know it if someone on the Internet was calling her crazy - she chooses not to look. No, she's not ignoring the whole Internet, just the parts that seem dangerous to her mental well-being and her health as a songwriter. "I know when not to read an article," the 24-year-old tells the mag. "Is it going to help my day?
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 29, 2014 | By Carla Rivera
California State University Chancellor Timothy P. White announced a $50-million plan Wednesday to hire more experienced faculty and advisors, create more flexible class schedules and provide students more internships and other opportunities to help them graduate more quickly. The measures are part of an ambitious project over the next decade to increase graduation rates for first-time undergraduates by 10% and for community college transfers by 5%, as well as to improve the overall learning environment for students, White said.
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