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April 27, 2013 | By John M. Glionna
Some intruder picked the wrong house to menace. That's what happened this week when a gate-crasher in Salt Lake City came face to face with a Mormon bishop - wielding a Samurai sword. Kent Hendrix's teenage son pounded on his bedroom door, telling him somebody was being mugged in front of their house. Hendrix, a fourth-degree black belt and instructor in the Kishindo form of martial arts, grabbed the closest weapon -- a 29-inch high-carbon steel sword -- and went to investigate. As his son called 911, the 47-year-old Hendrix, who is also a Mormon bishop, said he came upon a fight between a woman and a man. He raised his weapon and told the man to get on the ground.
April 21, 2013 | By Steve Dilbeck
Dodgers' optimists everywhere, how do you like Sunday's challenge? How does anyone hear the Chad Billingsley news and not think the absolute worst? Visualize surgery and his losing the season, and parts of next season? The sword of Damocles, indeed. Everyone knew from the instant Billingsley elected to try to rehab his elbow instead of undergoing Tommy John surgery that this was a possibility. The pessimists called it inevitable. Billingsley made it through two starts before the elbow barked again.
March 7, 2013 | By Steve Dilbeck
Ah, and so it goes. The constant watch. The crossing of fingers and hopeful talk. Or as Vin Scully put it, “the sword of Damocles” that hangs over Chad Billingsley and his elbow with each outing. Billingsley elected not to have reconstructive Tommy John surgery on his right elbow in the off-season, instead attempting to let the minor ligament tear heal as well as possible and strengthen his arm and elbow. There is risk involved, but Billingsley has reported no setbacks in his bid to return to form.
February 16, 2013 | By John M. Glionna
Melanie Kramer insists she's no thrill-seeker. She's a practical single mom who gets squeamish even at the thought of, say, riding a roller coaster. Still, a girl's got to do a few dicey, death-defying things to get work in this town in her chosen profession of circus arts. Kramer has had knives thrown at her, pyrotechnic explosions set off in her face, swords thrust into a box when she's curled up inside - not to mention having cigarettes knocked from her lips by a man with an evil-looking bullwhip.
December 17, 2012 | Bill Dwyre
Hate to be a killjoy, but has anybody pondered when the goose might stop laying those golden eggs? We now live in the land of the Magic Guggenheims and Arte. That sounds like a circus act, and with the way the money has been flowing of late, that might not be an unfair moniker. Those are our two baseball owners, the owners of the Los Angeles Dodgers of Los Angeles and the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. We used to hate the Yankees for doing what our teams are doing. Now, we are them.
November 16, 2012 | By Chris Foster
UCLA and USC had retreated to neutral corners. The Bruins came out swinging. The Trojans came out with a letter. UCLA put an end to a tradition — the pregame ritual of the USC drum major stabbing the turf with a sword — then went wild at its own annual event. A bonfire rally at UCLA Thursday night brought out some of the rivalry's rancor. "We hate those dudes across town," senior fullback David Allen told the crowd. "We're taking it back this year. " Meanwhile, across town, there was displeasure with UCLA not allowing the drum major to stab the field.
November 15, 2012
Mark Z. Danielewski knows his way around a horror story - and in the case of his famous novel "House of Leaves" it's a labyrinthine, mind-melting way through a haunted house. After taking on the American road trip in "Only Revolutions" he revisits spookier fare in "The Fifty Year Sword," where a Pandora's box unleashes terror on a family of Texas orphans. Skylight Books, 1818 N. Vermont Ave., L.A. 7:30 p.m. Thu.
November 14, 2012 | By Laura J. Nelson, Los Angeles Times
By the time Joe Rosenkrantz took his seat in his company's conference room, a video camera had already handled the introductions. An image of Rosenkrantz taken as he walked toward his chair instantly popped up on a nearby TV screen. "FaceFirst has found a possible match," the caption read. "Joe Rosenkrantz, Founder and CEO. " The process took less than a second, a demonstration of a capability that developer FaceFirst says could transform facial-recognition technology into an everyday security tool.
November 14, 2012 | Bill Plaschke
In the last 15 years, I've covered nearly every USC road game where the Trojans marching band performs on the field, and there's always a moment in those games that makes me cringe. It's the moment before the pregame show in which the USC drum major majestically - or is that tauntingly? - plants a sword in the middle of the opponent's field. I hate it. I'm stunned other schools allow it. It feels like more than just a piece of metal digging into grass, it feels like a lack of respect burrowing under the stadium's skin.
November 13, 2012 | By Chris Foster, Los Angeles Times
UCLA already has one stop against USC, and it's still several days until Saturday's Pac-12 Conference football showdown at the Rose Bowl. The drum major for USC's band will not be allowed to stab his sword into the UCLA logo at midfield during its traditional pregame performance. The Trojans drum major has been planting his sword in that way at games home and away dating back to the 1970s. USC was told that if the sword is planted, the Trojans band will not be allowed to perform at halftime, a person in the UCLA athletic department confirmed.
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